Thursday, 11 January 2018

The Queen and the Corsetiere


There's a word you don't get to write every day. Corsetiere. And so much more sophisticated than bra supplier even though they have both been used to describe a lady who has just fallen foul of the Queen of England. To much fanfare, and headlines around the world, Rigby & Peller has lost its royal warrant because one of its leading ladies wrote a book about bras and Buckingham Palace.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Royal Wedding Dresses: Princess Margriet of the Netherlands


Princess Margriet and Pieter van Vollenhoven on their wedding day, January 10th 1967
(photo koninklijkhuis.nl)

If the cold days of January are starting to make you feel a bit grey, how about a royal wedding dress covered in daisies to celebrate a golden anniversary to brighten things up? Today marks the anniversary of the marriage of Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and Pieter van Vollenhoven and, just like this rather happy royal couple, the wedding gown of January 10th 1967 has stood the test of time.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Meghan Markle's Media Day


For a woman who made her name in the media, perhaps it shouldn't be that surprising that Meghan Markle's first public engagement of 2018 was dominated by communication. Meghan, along with Prince Harry, was a guest at a radio station. But while they heard about this take on the oldest form of broadcast media, a new way of getting the message across was making headlines, too. Yes, Meghan has closed down her social media accounts. Anyone would think she was marrying into royalty or something.

The Birthday Duchess: Kate's year in pictures


The Duchess of Cambridge is 36 today. Catherine Elizabeth Middleton, born on January 9th 1982 in Reading, Berkshire, is celebrating with a busy year ahead of her as she gets ready to welcome baby number three to her family. But the year just gone has been pretty packed, too, so as Kate enjoys her special day, here's a look back at some of her best pictures in the year since she was last a birthday duchess.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Princess Charlotte's first day at school


She is one confident looking litte girl. Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge started school today with mum on hand to capture the moment on camera and number four in line to the throne seemed more than ready for her big day. Smiling cheekily and ready to step out, Princess Charlotte headed off to begin a new chapter in her life brimming with confidence.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

January's Royal Brides


January. Not really the month you think of when someone says ''wedding''. But there are plenty who choose to say 'I do' as the new year gets under way and three modern royal brides are among them. And they're all sisters of sovereigns. As the wind bites and the chill sets in, get warmed up and loved up with these three January royal brides....

Saturday, 6 January 2018

A Day of Kings in Spain


The feast of Epiphany, marking the day the three kings visited Jesus at the stable in Bethlehem, is a high point of the Christmas celebrations in Spain. And in 2018 it became a Day of the Kings for another reason. Juan Carlos joined his son, Felipe VI, at the traditional Pascua Militar for the first time since his abdication. Spain's two kings were joined by its two queens for a regal start to the country's royal year.

The Windsor Wrap, January 6th 2018


A new year, a new start and some lovely news as 2018 begins. The Windsors might still be on their Christmas break but that didn't stop them making headlines. Here's what the Royal Family got up to this week, all in one minute (and there's music, too, just make sure you're not on mute).

Friday, 5 January 2018

Juan Carlos at 80


For a man who never really did birthdays, it was as low key as you might expect. Juan Carlos, King of Spain from 1975 - 2014, marked his 80th with a family lunch at the palace he calls home and celebrated with a special photo.

King Juan Carlos at 80: eight decades, eight photos


King Juan Carlos of Spain celebrates his 80th birthday today. Once the most popular monarch in Europe, he is now largely unseen following his abdication in favour of his son, Felipe VI, in 2014. But few royals have left as much of a mark on Spanish history as Juan Carlos and his milestone birthday is another reason to reflect on his life and work. On his 80th birthday here are eight photos for his eight decades...