Showing posts from October, 2013

Mary and Letizia: the next decade

In the ten years since the engagements were announced of Prince Frederik of Denmark and Prince Felipe of Spain, much has changed within the royal families of which they will one day be the heads and in the countries which will one day proclaim them kings.  The fact remains that although much of the spotlight in the last decade has been on the women they have chosen as their future queens, the role of head of state and monarch regnant is theirs alone.  But how has the image of the women who became princesses within days of one another influenced that royal role and what challenges do these couples face as the next decade opens up before them?

Frederik and Mary of Denmark in the autumn of 2013, ten years on from their engagement announcement Felipe and Letizia in September 2013, almost a decade on from their engagement Ten years ago this week, the princess in waiting most likely to succeed was Letizia Ortiz.  On the day of her engagement press conference she was confident, calm and in con…

Royal round up, week ending October 26th 2013

A round up of all the news from Europe's royal houses for the week ending October 26th 2013...

United Kingdom The christening of the future king of Great Britain, Prince George of Cambridge, took place on October 23rd 2013 at the Chapel Royal, St James' Palace.  The prince was baptized by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, at the Lily Font used by the Royal Family since 1841 and normally held in the Tower of London.  He received the names George Alexander Louis. Hid seven godparents were named just hours before the ceremony with Zara Tindall the only one with any royal connections.  The official photographs, including an historic portrait of Queen Elizabeth II with the three generations of princes that will succeed to her throne, were taken by Jason Bell and released on October 24th 2013.  Full details of the royal christening are on a special page. The first portrait of four generations of British monarchs taken in over 100 years as Queen Elizabeth II is photographed …