Friday, 24 June 2016

Sophie steals the style title

The Countess of Wessex topped this week's poll in the Royal Wardrobe
(photo by Holger Motzkau 2010, Wikipedia/Wikimedia Commons (cc-by-sa-3.0), CC BY-SA 3.0,)

It was a winner of an outfit. The Countess of Wessex always brings her A game to Royal Ascot and this year was no different. Sophie gave us several stunning looks at the race meeting but this coral and cream confection was a favourite and won the poll at a canter.

Norway's three generations

Three generations, one crown

It is a photo for the history books. To mark the 25th anniversary of the accession of King Harald V of Norway, a special picture of him with two future monarchs of the country has been released. But this is no ordinary three generations photo. For Harald, Haakon Magnus and Ingrid Alexandra stand in front of the crown regalia of their country in Trondheim, seat of Norwegian royalty in centuries past.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Queen's Sonja's floral crown

Norway's royal women wear crowns of flowers of a special day for King Harald and Queen Sonja

Twenty five years ago today, she walked into Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim dressed all in white as she and her husband were blessed as King and Queen of Norway. Sonja returned exactly a quarter of a century on, still all in white, for a special ceremony marking her and her husband's silver jubilee. There was no coronation that day in 1991 but on this special anniversary, Queen Sonja later appeared in a crown of flowers. It was a fitting end to a happy day.

Luxembourg's National Day celebrations

The Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg with the Hereditary Grand Duchess during the country's National Day celebrations
(photo RTL still)

It's been pretty hot in Luxembourg recently which meant that the country's royals have been out celebrating National Day in very warm weather. If Stephanie and Claire looked ever so slightly flushed, don't get overly royal baby excited. With the thermometer hitting 30 Celsus, pink cheeks were de rigeur. The royals enjoyed all the traditions of this annual event and all with bigger crowds than usual. 

Pearls for June: Luxembourg

There are some pearls in there - Stephanie of Luxembourg in a very unusual tiara
(photo By Frankie Fouganthin - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wiki Commons)

The ladies of Luxembourg have a lot of tiaras to choose from and among them are two diadems decorated with pearls. One is grand and does the whole classic diamond and pearl mix thing. The other is more discreet and mixes the pearls with a more unusual stone.  Settle back and enjoy Luxembourg's contribution to pearls for June.

Kate's dinner date

The Duchess of Cambridge has been attending a dinner for one of her charities
(photo British High Commission, New Delhi via Flickr)

Take a lovely summer's evening, add in a grand stately home, mix in a list of glamourous guests and finish with a royal appearance and you have a night to remember. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a gala dinner for Kate's charity, East Anglia Children's Hospices last night, to say thank you to many of the people involved in its Nook Appeal. And it was a night to remember.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Royal Headlines, June 22nd 2016

Queen Letizia paid tribute to Queen Sofia of Spain at an event marking her work on June 22nd 2016
(photo casareal Twitter)

A little bit of art, a touch of football and a huge crowd that will take some beating this week at least. It's been a busy day for royalty across Europe - here are the royal headlines from June 22nd 2016.

A royal tweet treat

A birthday like no other - and it all ended with a tweet
(photo BBC TV still)

There are millions of messages sent on Twitter every day but not many are signed Elizabeth R. That regal name was placed in a most modern manner at the end of a message of thanks from the Queen in a tweet sent by Elizabeth II herself. And it immediately won a place in the history books, a digital document to add to the pantheon of parchment and paper that has been signed by monarchs in centuries past. This is the queen of tweets.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Baby William at the Lindo Wing

Prince William makes his first public appearance in the arms of his father, Prince Charles

A whole country waited up to hear news of his birth. On this day in 1982, William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales was born at the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington and instantly became the most famous baby in the world. And when Charles and Diana brought their son home the following day, the world watched as the second in line to the throne made his first appearance.

The Queen Adelaide

Queen Adelaide, wife of William IV

There are quite a few people who wouldn't be able to say what they were doing tonight if it wasn't for the queen consort who was learning to become a dowager on this day in 1837.  If you're a regular at one of the ten or so pubs in England that rejoice in the name of Queen Adelaide then tonight might be the night to raise a drink in honour of the woman who's head is no doubt swinging just above yours on a painted sign.


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