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Five royal reasons to remember May 2015

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It's been a right royal month. From the very start, the days of May have been packed with royal news, events and unforgettable photographs. As the fifth month of 2015 retires into history, here are five reasons to remember this most royal time.

1.  Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge

It's hard to believe now but as May got under way Princess Charlotte of Cambridge hadn't even been born. On May 1st all the talk was of how overdue her mum, Kate, was, whether the second royal baby would be a boy or a girl and how much money the bookies would lose if a baby called Alice was born. And then George's little sister arrived, in super fast time, and less than ten hours after the Duke and Duchess ducked in a side door at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington they left again - more publicly - with their baby daughter in their arms. Her name caused widespread aahing when it was announced as it honoured her grandfather, her great grandmother and, of course, the maternal grandmothe…

The Royal Wardrobe

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There was a rainbow of queens on display this week as the royal women of Europe took the lead at home and abroad. The Royal Wardrobe still had elements of the monochrome that had dominated the week before but as summer began to arrive, the outlook got much brighter. Here are the outfit from the last seven days that made up that Royal Wardrobe - starting with Queen Maxima who has worn some pretty eye catching pieces on her visit to Canada but this red dress chosen for an evening event in Ottawa is easily the most noticeable. Very eighties, very bright and just very, very Maxima.



The Dutch queen chose a full length red dress by Valentino for the concert that she and Willem-Alexander hosted as a thank you for their welcome in Ottawa. Maybe it was the slicked back hair or the fact that her husband seemed to have hit the hair gel as well but the overall look was very glamourous and ever so slightly Dynasty.


It was pretty hard to pick a stand out look for Maxima from her Canadian wardrobe b…

Royals on social media

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The official royal social media accounts were buzzing this week as overseas visits, State Openings and big book events all joined the usual range of royal engagements.  Here's what the royals shared on their official social media this week.
Taking a seat
You can't beat a monarch taking the weight off their feet in an unusual way and that's just what Queen Maxima did this week as she and her husband paid their first State Visit to Canada. They gave the city of Toronto seven Tulpi chairs and the queen gamely sat down in one in the middle of a park and waved like she's never waved before. Classic Maxima, a classic photo - shared on the official Twitter account.

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians paid a visit to the studios of VRT, the national public service TV and radio station for the Flemish community in their country. And not long afterwards they shared a photo on Twitter of the king and queen perched on reporters' chairs in the news studio. Philippe…

Letizia says thank you

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As she ended her four day visit to Honduras and El Salvador to see first hand projects involving co-operation from Spain, Queen Letizia was full of thanks. She expressed her gratitude to her hosts, to those she had met and to those she had seen working on major projects to help thousands of people. And she passed on the good wishes of her husband, King Felipe, as well. And when she steps off the plane in Madrid she may well be getting some thanks of her own for her first major overseas solo tour as a queen has been a success.


Queen Letizia of Spain with the President and First Lady of El Salvador at a lunch they gave in her honour as she ended her visit to their country (photo @sanchezceren Twitter)
The final day of the visit had seen Letizia hold a meeting with people from around the world who are working on co-operation projects in El Salvador before heading off to the Cultural Centre of Spain in the country's capital, San Salvador, where she heard about projects based in the arts…

Looking forwards and backwards to say thank you

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The King and Queen of the Netherlands have begun their first State Visit to Canada. And while this first official trip to the country marks a new step forward in the reign of Willem-Alexander and his consort, Maxima, the royal couple's focus has been on the past. The visit began by looking back and saying thank you to those who helped free the Netherlands from occupation in World War Two. And that will be the theme of their four day stay as the king and queen travel thousands of miles across Canada.


The King and Queen of the Netherlands with the Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harpur, and his wife at the start of their Canadian visit
Willem-Alexander and Maxima were welcomed to Canada by its Governor General who threw open the doors of his official residence, Rideau Hall, for a ceremony to say hello. His royal visits planted a tree and then went on to the parliament buildings where they were shown historical records charting the relationship between their own country. But memorie…

Letizia goes to the market

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Queen Letizia of Spain popped to the market on day three of her visit to Honduras and El Salvador but Felipe doesn't need to worry. She wasn't gathering the ingredients for a new attempt on a recipe from another cook book. She was hearing about more co-operation projects involving Spain as her visit brought her to Suchitoto in El Salvador.


Letizia does lunch - the Queen of Spain hears about local produce from a woman at the market in Suchitoto (photo casareal.es)
The trip to the market gave the queen a chance to see lots of different local produce and to meet many of those who rely on it for their living. There was also time for a visit to Santa Lucia's Church and the local town hall. But it was the time at the market stalls that got the most attention - not only was the queen hearing all about Spanish co-operation work, she was also providing some perfect royal photos. After all, who doesn't love a royal talking vegetables, bread and milk?

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Pomp, ceremony and the Queen's Speech

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It is a duty that monarchs have performed for hundreds of years and the Queen is up there with those who have done it most often. The State Opening of Parliament signals the official beginnings of the new government which won power in the General Election of May 7th and today, following a pattern of decades standing, the Queen read out its intentions from the throne in the House of Lords while the House of Commons jostled for position at the opposite end of the chamber.


The Queen's Speech started the new parliamentary term
It was, as always, a day of history, pomp and pageantry and a reminder of how the way that Britain is ruled has changed throughout time. The Queen travelled by carriage from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall followed them and shared their departure with the rest of the world in a strangely compelling video tweeted by the British Monarchy account.

The Prince of W…