Friday, 25 March 2016

One week, five photos

As the week comes to an end and the spring sunshine reminds us of all there is to look forward to, there are some royal memories that will linger for a long time to come. Seven days, five photos, one week in images. Here are some of the best royal pictures of the week just gone.

It's the royal baby photo we were all waiting to see, Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar of Sweden together. We weren't disappointed. Dad Daniel did the honours and we got a hug and a smile that was worth the wait and then some. Plus Estelle did retro fashion again by wearing a dress first used by mum back in 1982 when Princess Madeleine made her debut. A picture for the history books.

Prince Harry's visit to Nepal provided so many must see again images that it's hard to choose just one to sum the whole trip up but the picture posted as he began his private stay in the country just wins it. Harry selected some photos from his overnight stay in Leorani in the middle of his tour and as the caption says, this one really does need no words. One of the royal images of the year.

His grandmother didn't too bad on the photos to remember front this week either. As the Queen handed out the traditional Maundy Money at St George's Chapel, Windsor there was a chance for a photo with full pomp and ceremoy as she stood on the steps surrounded by beefeaters. There was even a sprinkle of spring sunshine to turn this into a sparkling image of royal tradition.

Grand Duchess Marisa Teresa of Luxembourg marked her 60th birthday in the week and the day before she and her family had an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican. It really was a family affair and the photo of Maria Teresa beaming as she holds her granddaughter, Princess Amalia, for the group picture is a pretty special way to mark a pretty special birthday.

This week made its mark on Europe and left many mourning and in shock. As Brussels was hit by terrorist attacks which killed at least 34 people and left hundreds more injured, royal families across Europe sent condolences, paid tributes and had flags lowered to half mast. Leading those tributes were King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians - we share your pain, the king said in his address after the attacks and as they remembered those killed and injured that was shown in poignant images.

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