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Showing posts from April, 2015

Harry's quiet night out

So now we really know that the party prince belongs to history. Harry of Wales has been spotted out and about in Australia on a rare night off in his four week attachment to the Army there and enjoyed his two hour meal by sipping on mineral water. He refused VIP treatment, had a great time and made himself super popular with the other people in the restaurant. Harry can't help doing things right.

Prince Harry has been spotted eating out in Perth
Harry popped into The Stables Bar in the city where he was seen eating with other soldiers. And the bar's manager later told newspapers that although he had prepared the VIP area for the royal, Harry refused to sit there and chose a table slap bang in the middle of the bar.

Everyone loves Harry. Again. The popular prince just won more fans
Harry was snapped - from quite a distance - sipping his mineral water and eating pork belly as well as chatting happily to his companions. And he kept everything so low key that his fellow diners were …

Kate, the bride, four years on

Every single time Kensington Palace tweets, the world goes quite literally royal baby crazy. The announcement that Kate is in labour will come via social media followed by a press release so every little 140 characters or less from @KensingtonRoyal is seen as possibly heralding the start of the arrival of the littlest Cambridge. And today the digital media masters in this palace have been at it again, sending not one but to tweets - to mark the fourth wedding anniversary of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

As part of its Twitter celebrations it has shared two videos of the Royal Wedding including the moment that Catherine Elizabeth Middleton walked down the aisle to become Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge. And while many were thinking a little princess of Cambridge might be the star of the royal Twitter account today it turns out that honour belongs to the mother of the family. Four years on, four years strong. Happy Anniversary to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Kate in the driving seat

After a day of speculation that the Duchess of Cambridge was about to give birth there was only one person who could provide a definitive answer either way and she did it in style. Kate hopped into her very large car to drive Prince George the very short distance to the Buckingham Palace swimming pool and back and by taking the wheel she took control of a very excitable situation. Mrs Cambridge is back in the driving seat.

Here she is, definitely not on her way to hospital - The Duchess of Cambridge heads out on April 28th 2015
All through the day there had been talk of Kate being snuck in back doors, underground doors and front doors while waiting fans were diverted but by teatime photos obtained by the Daily Mail told otherwise. The mummy to be had put her feet up, taken them back down so George could go swimming in great granny's pool then put them back up again leaving a set of photos to show that she wasn't about to give birth anytime soon.
Pregnant Kate Middleton spotted …

Kate's coffee run

The world of Twitter has been, well, all atwitter for most of today with repeated rumours that the royal baby wait is almost over. First there were royal protection officers spotted at the Lindo Wing then an ambulance with an escort whizzed through central London then there were reports of a helicopter hovering nearby the spot where mini Cambridge will be born. But while none of these turned into hard and fast reports of labour, one fact has emerged from the constant watching of St Mary's. Kate has done a coffee run.

Kate and William are still waiting for baby number two to arrive
To be precise, she and her husband sent coffee and croissants to some of the royal superfans camped nearby to get the best spot for the eventual emergence with royal baby in arms to 'let them know we are thinking about them'.

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 The food, wrapped in very bright pink ribbon, was much appreciated and pretty soon images of men and women wearing all kinds of union jacks while…

Willem-Alexander makes it King's Day

Last year it was called King's Day for the first time but it will still held on Queen's Day. In 2015, Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands rang the changes and moved this big Dutch holiday to his own birthday. April 27th 2015 marked the debut of King's Day.

The King of the Netherlands greets the crowds on his special day accompanied by his wife and daughters
The traditional celebrations, a national holiday in the Netherlands, were held on April 30th because that was Queen Juliana's birthday. When she abdicated in favour of her daughter, Beatrix, the date remained unchanged as the new monarch's birthday was January 31st and the weather was never going to be favourable then. Beatrix stepped aside on Queen's Day 2013 and in 2014 her son kept the celebrations on the usual day. But as an April baby himself, this year Willem-Alexander moved the big day to his own big day, April 27th, and got a new party started.

An official portrait of the King and Queen of the Netherla…

King's Day 2015 - in pictures

It really was King's Day in 2015 as the annual festivities took place on April 27th, Willem-Alexander's birthday.

Last year, the new monarch had celebrated on April 30th - the date always kept by his mother and grandmother as Queen's Day. But the first man to wear his country's crown for over a century moved everything for his second year in charge and quite a party was had by all at the celebrations in Dordrecht. Here are some of the best images of King's Day 2015.

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Leonore's first big audience

It's her first official audience and although she's only fourteen months old, Princess Leonore of Sweden made sure it was a good one. She donned her best gold shoes and headed to the Vatican with her mum, dad and granny for a meeting with Pope Francis I. That's right, the toddler princess has shaken hands with the Pontiff.

Princess Leonore of Sweden meets Pope Francis I on April 27th 2015 at the Vatican
Leonore was in Rome with her grandmother, Queen Silvia, her mother, Princess Madeleine, and her father, Chris O'Neill, as the grown ups attend a very serious conference indeed. Silvia and Madeleine are there to take part in a seminar on trafficking and as part of that two day event, the queen was presented with The European Humanitate Prize, which she accepted at an event at the German Embassy on Sunday night. And then on Monday morning all four of them headed to the Vatican to meet the Pope.

Queen Silvia with the prize she was given at the German Embassy on Sunday 26th A…

Baby Cambridge - what we know so far

The Great Kate Wait goes on and while it does the little prince or princess who is about to make their debut in the world is fast becoming one of the most talked about people on the planet. Before they've even arrived, there's plenty of informjation about Royal Baby Number Two and as we seemingly have several more days to fill in before the littlest royal in Europe arrives here's a round up of what we already know about the boy or girl probably not born to rule.

The expectant parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
The baby is due to be born at the Lindo Wing, a private section of St Mary's Hospital in London where Prince George made his debut and where Prince William and Prince Harry were also born. Princess Anne had her two children, Peter and Zara, there as well. Its dark wooden door and cool white stone surround is already one of the most famous hospital views in the world and you can expect to see plenty of images of it in the coming days as the world waits for …

The Great Kate Wait goes on

Most people thought we'd know by now. Ever since the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced their second pregnancy, there's been a general consensus that the baby would be born in April and by the time May was hovering on the horizon there would be a new fourth in line to the throne. Instead, the Great Kate Wait goes on. And even the papers have stopped putting it on their front page as they run out of things to say.

Still a bump - Kate in her second pregnancy
Kate made the front of the Express on both Saturday and Sunday but as Monday morning dawned there just wasn't enough to say to justify putting the duchess photo there to entice readers in. In fact, over the weekend Kate was pretty much honours even with Prince Harry when it came to front pages after Captain Wales came back from Australia briefly and hit the front of The Herald in an image showing him paying tribute on the 100th anniversary of the start of the Gallipoli campaigns.

The Sunday Express was the only nation…

Royals on social media

Europe's royals have had a busy week with all the reigning houses packing plenty into their agendas and a certain baby Cambridge sitting tight while the world became increasingly interested in their arrival date. In fact, an announcement of a new prince or princess was about the only thing not shared on an official royal social media account this week so to round it all up, here's Royals on Social Media...

Cake and concerts King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima headed to Zwolle to help celebrate the Long Live festival which highlights the work of volunteers around the Netherlands. There were lots of people at the party and a huge cake to feed them all and after the kind had cut the first slice he started handing it round - images were shared on the official Facebook page of the Dutch Royal Family.

She was the star of the show the week before and she came close to stealing it this time round as well. After her birthday celebrations, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark  hopped over t…

Seven degrees of Alice separation

If just about everyone in the world is right and baby Cambridge is a girl called Alice then she will begin her life by costing the bookies around £50,000 in payouts. Not bad going for a newborn. The name Alice has been a hot favourite for a couple of months now, interesting for a kind of semi royal name which has - so far - hung around the edges of royal life rather than being truly centre stage.

Just about everyone seems convinced Kate is having a girl named Alice
If William and Kate's baby is a girl called Alice she will be seven generations on from the first woman to bear the name, in its modern form, in Britain's Royal Family. Here's how baby Cambridge number two, a possible Alice, is linked to that first woman - the great, great, great, great grandmother of Prince George and his sibling.

1.  Princess Alice of Great Britain

The royal woman who started it all off was born on April 25th 1843 at Buckingham Palace and christened Alice Maud Mary on June 2nd that year. The th…

Royal baby false alarm

Mid April is now becoming late April. This Saturday will be the 25th. And as the Duchess of Cambridge said her second child was due 'mid to late April' and the reported date of great expectations is the 25th then royal baby mania is getting, well, manic. And every Great Kate Wait needs at least one false alarm which is what happened on April 21st 2015.

The wait goes on for the duchess
Perhaps it was because the Queen was marking her 89th birthday that everyone got just slightly over excited. With the whole world, and quite possibly several other universes, convinced baby Cambridge is a girl (despite ma and pa not asking to find out the gender at pregnancy scans) the idea of this little princess being born on great granny's birthday and maybe even being named after her was irresistible. Suddenly, there were reports appearing that Kate was in labour.

Baby number two is due any day for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
It all started when Chris Evans suggested on his BBC Radio …

Sharp angles for Letizia

She's teased us with something similar before but now the Queen of Spain has really gone for the chop. Letizia appeared at an awards ceremony on Monday night sporting an on trend bob with geometric shaping - sharp angles to emphasise her looks and capture plenty of attention at the same time.

The Queen of Spain 
But other angles also caught the eyes of some commentators at the same event which saw the queen presenting high achieving women with awards. Letizia was wearing an off the shoulder knee length sequinned dress and her shoulder and arms got plenty talking. They were pretty angular too leading some Twitter users and more mainstream media commentators to ask whether there was such a thing as being too thin.

Queen Letizia arrives at a prize ceremony in Madrid on Monday night with a new haircut
Letizia's slender frame has raised concerns before. She can sometimes look very slim. And this is one of those occassions. From the back she looked tiny - a bit too tiny for some who w…

The April royal baby who surprised the world

On this day, 89 years ago, an announcement of a royal birth came from Buckingham Palace. To the Duke and Duchess of York, a daughter; to King George V and Queen Mary a grandchild; to England, a baby expected to grow up to be a minor royal, a name to fade into history as her family's dynasty grew and the Crown passed to a cousin yet to be born but guaranteed to rule. Except that cousin never came and the baby born today, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary of York, became a monarch who broke records and surprised the world. Happy Birthday to the Queen.

The Queen is 89 on April 21st 2015
This royal baby was an adored child and grandchild, doted on by her family who turned into a chatterbox. But at the age of ten, her life changed forever when her uncle, Edward VIII, gave up his throne and her father, George VI, was given a crown he never wanted, Within a year, Lilibet had lost her beloved grandparents, seen her family torn apart by the Abdication and been transformed from the minor royal in wai…

Royals on social media

There were birthdays, no royal babies and lots of trips overseas this week for Europe's royals and much of it was shared on their official social media channels. Which means it's time for Royals on social media...

Birthday wishes The Queen of Denmark turned 75 in the week and royals from across Europe headed to Copenhagen to share her celebrations. The Swedish Royal Family shared images on its official Facebook page after King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia attended the pre birthday banquet and Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel joined them for festivities on the day itself.

The Norwegian Royal Family were also there and shared a photo of Queen Margrethe and King Harald on its Facebook page.

The Danish queen shares her big day with two other royals and the Belgian Royal Family shared a photo of the youngest of these, Princess Eleonore, on April 16th on its Facebook page when she celebrated her seventh birthday.

Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg marked his sixtieth birth…