Sunday, 24 July 2016

William and Kate set sail...

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge head for the high seas on a day out sailing
(photo Kensington Royal Twitter)

It was a life on the ocean wave for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today as they headed to Portsmouth to support the bid to bring the America's Cup to Britain. William and Kate dressed down and zipped up for an afternoon on the water as they found out more about the bid to win the most famous trophy in sailing as well as watch preparations in full sail.  

Rubies for July: the Netherlands

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands in one of the ruby tiaras belonging to her royal house

Rubies have been used by royalty for centuries. In fact, it's one of the most regal gem stones there is. It's bright colour and deep hues make it a stand out stone for royalty but while the huge rubies of history sat happily in crowns, orbs and sceptres, the smaller settings used in modern gems made it less popular for designs in the 19th and 20th centuries when many tiaras were being designed. The Dutch Royal House has a very famous ruby tiara in its jewellery box from the late 19th century which showcases this fiery gem against a sea of sparkle. Here are Rubies for July from the Netherlands.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Kate is queen of style again

Kate's Wimbledon dress proved a winner
(photo Wimbledon TV still)

She's having a good July. The Duchess of Cambridge has topped the Royal Wardrobe poll for the third week in a row with the print dress that she wore to the Wimbledon men's singles final. It might not have been as clear cut a victory as previous weeks, but it's a big vote of confidence in Kate's style.

The Royal Week - in Numbers

Queen Letizia of Spain at the National Fashion Awards in Madrid this week
(photo Casa Real Twitter)

As summer takes hold, the royal diary is getting quieter with holidays dominating or calling and engagements slowly winding down. That's not to say we haven't had some good royal fixes in the week. In the past seven days we've had big photo firsts, big birthdays and big anniversaries. To sum it all up, here's the Royal Week in Numbers.

Friday, 22 July 2016

The other royal birthday boy of July 22nd

Felix of Denmark in one of the new photos released to mark his fourteenth birthday on July 22nd
(photo credit Steen Brogaard)

No date in royal history belongs to one person alone and while Prince George may have got most of the attention on July 22nd as he marked his third birthday, there was another royal celebration going on. Prince Felix of Denmark, second son of Prince Joachim, turned fourteen and showed just how grown up he is in a new set of photos.

Prince George at three - the new photos

Here he is. Prince George of Cambridge turns three on July 22nd 2016 and of course there are official photos. On this big birthday, the third in line to the throne is looking as cheeky as ever. Welcome to George's birthday album 2016.

Prince George at three: the photo album

Prince George of Cambridge in one of the millions of photos taken of him in his three years

Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge is three today and while we wait for official photos, there are still plenty of snaps of the boy who will be king to keep everyone entertained on his big birthday. George, born on July 22nd 2013 at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, became one of the most photographed people in the world within twenty four hours of his birth as his parents showed him off to the press and just about everyone everywhere succumbed to royal baby mania. As George celebrates his third birthday, here's a look back at some of his most famous photos yet.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Belgium's National Day Celebrations 2016

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians enjoy the evening celebrations on their country's national day, July 21st 2016
(photo Monarchie Belge Twitter)

It's been a day of celebrations for Belgium's Royal Family as they led their country on its National Day. From the traditional Te Deum in the morning to the party in the park in the evening, the focus has been on coming together and on enjoyment. And while the celebrations have been led by King Philippe, marking his third anniversary as monarch, and Queen Mathilde in many ways it's been their four children who have been the focus on National Day 2016.

Prince Harry's serious message

Prince Harry at the International AIDS conference in Durban, South Africa
(photo Kensington Palace Twitter)

Last week, he gave us a royal first as he took an HIV test live on Facebook. Today, at the International AIDS conference in Durban, Africa, Prince Harry had a simple message - get tested, why wouldn't you? And he was so serious about it, he wrote it out for all to see.

Belgian National Day celebrations under way

Belgium's Royal Family at the Te Deum in Brussels this morning as the country's National Day celebrations get under way

It's the day the modern monarchy in Belgium began and the day that the most modern of those monarchs began his tenure - July 21st is a pretty special royal day. As Belgium marked its National Day and Philippe his third anniversary as King, his Royal Family began the day of celebrations by attending the traditional Te Deum service in Brussels.


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