Wednesday, 31 August 2016

The Royal Wardrobe: August's summer seven


The Duchess of Cambridge in a standout summer look from August 2016

Summer holidays means two things when it comes to the Royal Wardrobe. One, not as many appearances and two, a lot of casual clothes. But putting that aside, August 2016 still produced some standout summer looks so as the month comes to an end here are seven times we all went wow for outfits from the Royal Wardrobe.

Queen Maxima heads to Indonesia


Queen Maxima during her visit to Indonesia as a special UN envoy for inclusive finance
(photo koninklijkhuis.nl)

After welcoming home Team NL and celebrating their medal success at Rio 2016, it was back to business for Queen Maxima before August was even over. She has headed to Indonesia in her role as the United Nations Secretary General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance - it's government talks and a big conference for Maxima as the summer holidays come to an end.

August's Royal Instagram Hits



Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway shared this photo of her and her husband to mark their wedding anniversary on Instagram

A picture tells a thousands words so what the Royal Houses of Europe share on their Instagram accounts is a pretty quick way of getting a message across. August has seen plenty of snaps shared to the social media platform and some of them have had huge hit rates. Here are the biggest Instagram hits on the royal accounts of Europe.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Mary in Greenland


Crown Princess Mary of Denmark is visiting Greenland for three days
(photo Mary Foundation press release)

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark has headed to Greenland for a three day visit. She's there with the Mary Foundation and part of the reason for her visit is to take part in a conference on domestic violence. And as we've come to expect from Mary in recent times, she's not been afraid to tackle a tricky subject head on.

Monday, 29 August 2016

Royal Weddings: Harald and Sonja of Norway, August 29th 1968



Harald and Sonja of Norway on their wedding day
August 29th 1968, Oslo



She walked into a church a commoner and stepped out as the first lady of Norway. Sonja Haraldsen was a ground breaking new bride. She had waited nine years to wed her handsome prince and her marriage caused debate and controversy. But it put her on a path that would make her Queen of Norway and today she celebrates 48 years of marriage.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Prince Nikolai of Denmark at 17


Prince Nikolai of Denmark, Count of Monpezat, is seventeen today

When I was 17, it was a very good year...the seventeenth birthday of Prince Nikolai of Denmark is something of a milestone and not just for him. Because as is clear in new photos taken by Steen Brogaard, the eldest grandchild of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark is suddenly very grown up indeed.

Queen Victoria's coronet in the balance


Queen Victoria in her sapphire coronet in a famous portrait by Winterhalter from 1842

One of Queen Victoria's most famous coronets has been placed under an export ban after a buyer asked to remove it from the UK. ThIt's hoped that the ban, in place until December 27th,  will allow enough time for a new purchaser inside the UK to be found - but they will need around £6 million pounds to secure this part of royal history.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Maxima and the medal winners


A royal welcome for the medal winners of Team NL
(photo koninklijkhuis.nl)

This time last week, they were cheering them to the podium in Rio. Now, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima have welcomed the medal winners of TeamNL to one of their royal homes to celebrate their success at the Olympics.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Royal Rio 2016: the king of photographs



The King of Sweden brings his trusty camera along as he and Queen Silvia congratulate Peder Fredericson on his silver medal in equestrianism in Rio 2016
(photo kungahuset Instagram)

Royals are used to having their photos taken, it's an occupational hazard. But in Rio, King Carl XVI Gustaf made sure he enjoyed life on both sides of the lens. For wherever Sweden's monarch went, so did his camera. Let's hope he's got a great eye for detail because this is one seriously chunky photo album that the family is going to have to sit through on the lengthening evenings. It might well help get the grandkids to sleep but judging from these images of the king of photographs, his queen has already had enough.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Kate and William speak out for Heads Together


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to YoungMinds as part of their Heads Together campaign
(Kensington Palace Instagram)

You can tell just how seriously William and Kate are taking their Heads Together campaign as they have spoken publicly about the importance of parents getting the support they need and not trying to be superheroes. As they visited YoungMinds to find out about their work, they both talked openly about the stresses of being parents and how much it means to know that help is available.

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