Thursday, 5 May 2016

Sofia's turn to cheer

Infanta Sofia of Spain watches Real Madrid go through to the Champion's League final with her dad

It's only fair that both sisters got a turn for a night at the football with dad. Last week, Princess Leonor headed off to see Atletico Madrid's first leg semi final match in the Champions' League with King Felipe VI. And last night, as Real Madrid took on Manchester City in the second leg of their game, it was Infanta Sofia who accompanied dad to the footie.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Kate strikes a pose at Vogue exhibition

The Duchess of Cambridge at the Vogue 100 exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery tonight
(photo @KensingtonRoyal Instagram)

It's one thing to be on the cover of Vogue, it's another altogether to see those portraits in an exhibition. Tonight, the Duchess of Cambridge was at the National Portrait Gallery in London to see two of the already world famous images from her photo session with British Vogue in a new display to mark the magazine's centenary.

Kate, a cake and a hamster called Marvin

And here's one I made earlier - the Duchess of Cambridge is rather impressed with the cake on show at Hampton Court Palace today
(photo Kensington Royal Twitter)

No one predicted this one. Ahead of Kate's trio of engagements (there will be another post on the evening do at the National Portrait Gallery) expectation that the day would turn out to be dominated by a huge pile of sugar and a tiny little hamster was slim to non existent. But in the end, it was the cake and Marvin which dominated the day.

Henrik of Denmark turns 7

Prince Henrik of Denmark turns 7 on May 4th 2016

The Danish Royal Family are great at official photos for birthdays, big or small, and as Prince Henrik the younger turns 7 there is another set of lovely snaps for everyone to enjoy. The third son of Prince Joachim is looking about as much like his dad as is possible in these photos and one of them is a lesson in charming royal portraits all by itself.

5 royal May brides

Mary Elizabeth Donaldson on her wedding day, May 14th 2004

May weddings have been popular with royal brides in the 21st century. Maybe it's the hint of summer in the air, maybe it's the fact it's not holiday season so there's no need to co-ordinate invitations with royal holiday plans - whatever it is, several very famous royal brides of the last fifteen years have said 'I do' in the month of May. Here are five women who walked down the aisle and into royal history in May.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

5 times that royal blue ruled

Queen Mathilde of the Belgians in royal blue

It's the most famous colour in the world right now as Leicester City's shirt and scarves are shown on TV screens around the world following their famous football fairytale that has ended with them taking the Premiership title.  And of course, royal blue is a pretty popular colour for royals themselves, adding a sense of regality that is hard to beat. As royal blue is definitely the colour today, here are 6 times it's ruled for royals starting with Mathilde of the Belgians who chose this stunning dress for one of her accession portraits in 2013.

Richard III and Leicester City's football fairytale

He lost his crown but is now being credited with Leicester City winning theirs - Richard III, King of England and unlikely football icon

His famous statute in Leicester has worn the team's scarf and there is even a placard reading 'A title, a title, my Kingdom for a title'. It didn't come to that as Leicester City won the Premiership with two games to go and sent just about every football fan in the world into dream land. Richard III lost his crown but he is being credited with helping a team everyone had written off win theirs in the most romantic story football has known.

Prince Harry and the heart throb Prime Minister

Prince Harry meets the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, ahead of the launch of the third Invictus Games 
(photo @JustinTrudeau Twitter)

It was a clash of the famous handsome faces in Toronto yesterday as Prince Harry met Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, in a photocall made to enjoy. But behind the smiles was a serious message as the men came together to officially announce the third Invictus Games.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Ten Royal Birthdays in May

A May birthday for Maxima

May is filled with royal birthdays and while not all of them may get the attention that Princess Charlotte's first anniversary has got, they're all big days in their own ways. Here are ten royals who blow out candles in the month of May, starting with the only queen consort on the list...

Eight times Kate has worn yellow

Kate's most famous yellow dress made its first appearance on May 2nd 2015 on the steps of the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington

It's twelve months to the day that the Duchess of Cambridge wore a yellow dress to present her daughter to the world and made the colour about as popular as it can be - for a while at least. The Kate Effect saw sales of yellow dresses soar by over 200% after she chose that print Jenny Packham dress as she left hospital with Princess Charlotte in her arms.  It's one of several yellow choices by Kate - here's eight of the best.


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