Thursday, 5 July 2018

9 royal birthdays for July

July isn't nearly as popular for royal birthdays right now as some of the earlier months of the year (April and June. we're looking at you). But there are plenty of high profile names marking their big days in July. Here are the names you need to put on the royal birthday card list for the month ahead.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

William's special message for England

It's not often that you get a personal tweet on the Kensington Royal account but after England's big win at the World Cup, the Duke of Cambridge wasted no time in taking to social media to join in the celebrations. Prince William, President of the Football Association, sent a personal message to the team after the famous victory over Colombia in Moscow.

Monday, 2 July 2018

5 royal brides for July

July is made for weddings. It's a sun filled, flower filled, glow without even trying kind of month but it's not overly popular for royal brides - perhaps because of the heat, perhaps because the royal courts are starting to wind down for the summer and finding a date when everyone's not on holiday can be hard. But some of the royal weddings that have taken place in this month are among the most famous in modern royal history - here are five royal brides for July.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Prince Louis' Christening

Prince Louis of Cambridge will be christened on July 9th 2018. The ceremony will take place at St. James' Palace, in the Chapel Royal, where his big brother, Prince George, was baptised.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Zara Tindall welcomes a second daughter

Happy royal news today. Zara Tindall and her husband, Mike, have welcomed a second daughter. Their little girl was born on June 18th 2018 t Stroud Hospital, weighing 9lbs 3oz. She is a little sister for Mia.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Sweden's June Royal Brides

Everyone loves a June bride and in Sweden it's hard to find a royal wedding that hasn't taken place in this summer month. King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia chose a June date for their marriage in 1976 and all three of their children followed suit. Three of the king's sisters said 'I do' on a day in June while his grandparents, Gustaf Adolf and Margaret, also married in the month. Here are Sweden's June royal brides.

Royal Wedding Dresses: Princess Sofia of Sweden

The wedding dress of Sofia of Sweden in all its glory in one of the official photographs

Like every royal wedding gown, the once worn by Sofia Hellqvist three years ago today as she became a princess, was eagerly anticipated. And the bride have us a modern twist on traditional royal with enough stand out moments to make it her own. As Sofia and Carl Philip celebrate their anniversary with their sons, let's enjoy that dreamy dress once more.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

George and Charlotte's fun in the sun

After the pomp and ceremony of Trooping the Colour, today was all about running in the long grass for Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Let's face it, the mini Cambridges seemed to have a ball at their great granny's official birthday celebrations in London on June 9th (apart from that little bump that sent Charlotte into her mum's arms) but on a day out at the polo with their parents on June 10th, they really let their hair down. While dad William took part in the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at the Beaufort Polo Club in Gloucestershire, mum Kate kept George and Charlotte entertained with the help of Autumn Phillips and her two girls, Isla and the girl who shusshed the future king, Savannah. Here are some of the best photos from the family's fun in the sun....

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Trooping the Colour 2018

It's the Queen's Official Birthday which means one thing. Time for the Trooping the Colour. The traditional ceremony took place today at Horse Guards Parade followed by the equally traditional Buckingham Palace balcony appearance. But it was also a day of firsts as the Duchess of Sussex made her debut at this annual event and the Duke of York rode out in the parade for the first time. Here's a look back in pictures at the highlights of the day.

Monday, 4 June 2018

Harry and Meghan share big news

The Sussexes have been dominating royal news today. First Prince Harry went Dutch on us then his wife starred in a royal announcement that got lots of people very excited indeed. Here's the day Harry and Meghan shared some big news.

Pearls for June: A Lover's Knot Tiara

The Duchess of Cambridge in the Cambridge Lover's Knot tiara in July 2017

It's the creation of a queen consort based on a gift of love for her granny so it's rather appropriate that this tiara has such a romantic name. The Lover's Knot Tiara, seen with growing regularity on the Duchess of Cambridge, links this future queen to one past and plenty of other royal women in between. This diadem has a long royal history but in recent times it was closely associated with Diana, Princess of Wales. It's now a favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge and as pearls are the birth stone for June, let's take a look at a tiara we're all very familiar with indeed.

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Royal Wedding Dresses: the Duchess of Windsor


It's one of the most famous blue wedding dresses in the world even it's usually seen in black and white. It's about as well known as a royal wedding gown gets even though it was worn to a ceremony that took place behind closed doors and which was recorded for posterity in a brief photo session in the hot French sun later on. Yet the dress worn by Wallis Warfield Simpson at her wedding to Edward, Duke of Windsor has a place in royal history all of its own. This is the gown worn to the wedding that changed the House of Windsor, and royalty, forever.

Saturday, 2 June 2018

The Queen's Coronation, 65 years on

Sixty five years ago today, Elizabeth II was crowned Queen. Her coronation, at Westminster Abbey on June 2nd 1953, was seen as the start of a new Elizabethan era despite the rain that drenched London that day. The young monarch with her consort starred in a sparkling show that was watched by millions on television for the first time while hundreds of thousands lined every part of the procession route and see history being made. Sixty five years on, the images remain as iconic as ever. To mark this special anniversary, here are some of the photos that tell the story of the Queen's Coronation.

Friday, 1 June 2018

8 royal brides for June

June is always a pretty popular month for weddings and that's just as true for royalty as for the rest of us. Putting aside the Royal House of Sweden, where weddings are rarely held in any other month (lots more on that soon), there are plenty of other regal marriages that have taken place in this sunny, happy month. Here are eight royal brides for June.

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Royal Wedding Dresses: Meghan's evening look

If you can't have two wedding dresses when you're a royal bride then there's no hope for the rest of us. The Duchess of Sussex scored her second style hit of the day as she left Windsor Castle for her evening reception at Frogmore House in a full length gown by Stella McCartney.

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Royal Wedding Guests: the Celebrities

It was the starriest royal wedding we've seen in years. As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said 'I do' they had a celeb packed set of guests cheering them on all the way. From super successful sports stars to Oscar winners, this was a sparkly guest list and then some. Here are some of the famous faces who attended the Royal Wedding 2018....

Friday, 25 May 2018

The Coat of Arms of the Duchess of Sussex

Meet the royal who brought sunshine to the family. The Duchess of Sussex has her own coat of arms, approved by the Queen, and it's filled with references to a life that now takes on a regal chapter.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Royal Wedding Guests: the Royal Family

You can't have a royal wedding without royal guests. Well, you can but it kind of takes the edge off it a bit. That was never going to be a worry at Harry and Meghan's marriage as the House of Windsor turned out in force to celebrate alongside them. And very jolly they all looked, too. As we soak up yet more wedding fever, here's a look at the royal guests at the wedding of the year.

Royal Wedding Flowers: the Duchess of Sussex

Meghan Markle made no secret of her love of flowers. While her lifestyle blog, The Tig, was up and running she often posted pictures of blooms and posies so the floral displays at this royal wedding were always going to be rather special. The bride let us know beforehand which flowers she wanted to include in her big day with London florist, Philippa Craddock, chosen to mastermind the displays. The result was blooming marvellous.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Royal Wedding Tiaras: the Duchess of Sussex

A diamond debut for the newest duchess in town. Before her royal wedding everyone wanted to know whether Meghan Markle would wear a tiara and, if so, which one. And this royal bride with her own sense of style did what she does best and surprised us all. After months of talk about Strathmore Roses and Cartier Bandeaus, the Duchess of Sussex went art deco retro with a diamond diadem from the hidden depths of Queen Mary's collection.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Royal Wedding Dresses: the Duchess of Sussex

The Duchess of Sussex went simple and classic for her royal wedding dress and scored a huge hit while she was at it. Meghan Markle walked away from the Windsor tradition of adding all kinds of embellishments to her actual gown and ended up with a magical modern style moment. There was plenty of symbolism on the veil she chose but her gown was all about bridal and turned into a stunning success.

The Royal Wedding Menu

The wedding of the year needs a pretty impressive menu to go with it and it seems that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle didn't disappoint. From their flower strewn cake to champagne macarons, there was plenty of foodie fabulousness going on at their celebrations on May 19th 2018. Kensington Palace shared some of the details so pull up a chair and let your mouth water as we celebrate the Royal Wedding Menu.

Monday, 21 May 2018

The Official Wedding Portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

The official royal wedding photos are here and they are gorgeous. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared three formal portraits, taken by Alexis Lubomirski, of their special day. And they are rather special themselves.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Meghan's Floral Tribute

The Duchess of Sussex has ended the weekend of her wedding by paying a very special, traditional tribute. Meghan has sent her wedding bouquet to Westminster Abbey to be placed on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The Royal Wedding Bridal Party

In the end, Charlotte almost stole the show. The little princess was the star of the bridal party that accompanied Meghan Markle to St. George's Chapel, Windsor for the Royal Wedding on May 19th 2018. Charlotte, one of six bridesmaids and four pageboys, showed again what a natural she is at the whole royal wave thing . Let's take a look at this very sweet royal wedding bridal party....

Saturday, 19 May 2018

The Royal Wedding: the Ceremony Album

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have married in an intimate ceremony at St. George's Chapel, Windsor. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said 'I do' just after noon on Saturday May 19th 2018. Here are some of the best images of their very special wedding service.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Say hello to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married this afternoon at St. George's Chapel, Windsor and sealed their wedding with a kiss on the church steps as they emerged to sunshine and cheers as husband and wife.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Prince Charles to walk Meghan down the aisle

The Prince of Wales is to walk Meghan Markle to the altar. Kensington Palace has announced that Prince Charles will accompany his soon to be daughter in law on the final part of her walk down the aisle on her wedding day, May 19th 2018.

The first glimpse of the Royal Wedding Cake

Here it is, THE cake. With just hours to go until the Royal Wedding, the Royal Family has shared some behind the scenes images of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding cake being prepared and very nice it looks, too.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Meghan Takes Control as Royal Wedding Countdown Starts

In the end, it was the bride who sorted things out. Meghan Markle has put an end to days of uncertainty that were beginning to cast a shadow over the Royal Wedding by issuing a statement confirming that her father, Thomas Markle, won't now be attending. He had been due to walk his daughter down the aisle of St. George's Chapel, Windsor on May 19th but will be missing because of unspecified health problems.

Royal Wedding Tiaras: the Duchess of Cambridge

The Duchess of Cambridge made her tiara debut on April 29th 2011, the day she got married

Something old, something new, something borrowed....Kate Middleton managed to trump the entire world with her something borrowed as she took loan of a sparkling diamond tiara that is very much a part of the modern House of Windsor and made it her own. On the day that Catherine Elizabeth Middleton became HRH The Duchess of Cambridge she wore the Cartier Halo tiara, borrowed from her new husband's granny. That really takes some beating.

The Windsor Wedding Rings: a band of Welsh gold

It's been a Windsor tradition from almost the moment that the ruling house came into existence but will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle follow it? For almost 100 years, every senior royal bride of the House of Windsor has worn a wedding ring made from Welsh gold. As speculation over every part of the Royal Wedding continues, here's a look at how Welsh gold came to be such a major part of Windsor marriages.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

George and Charlotte are stars of Royal Wedding 2018

You can start getting really excited now. After a few days of rather turbulent royal wedding news, we're back to the stuff we all love. The bridal party has been announced and guess who's walking up the aisle with their soon to be auntie? Yep, here come George and Charlotte.

Royal Wedding Album: Charles and Diana

It remains the most famous royal wedding of all. The ending may not have been the fairytale everyone hoped for on that July day in 1981 but the event itself was a modern royal event like no other. In the intervening 36 years we have had many other royal weddings but none has really come close to matching the moment when Charles, Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer were married at St Paul's Cathedral, London on July 29th 1981. Here are ten legendary images of Charles and Diana's marriage.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

The Brides Who Came Across the Sea to Marry into Windsor

After a frenzy of excitement about a possible royal engagement on Friday, it's back to the waiting game this weekend. Any upcoming royal nuptials are still top secret but that doesn't change the fact that just about all of us have decided Prince Harry is going to marry Meghan Markle. And if when he does, his bride will be joining a rather select club. For the House of Windsor has brought mostly homeborn brides into its ranks. Despite that, some of those saying 'I do' have travelled across seas to marry into Windsor and Meghan will (probably) be the latest with that claim. So as we keep on waiting (it really only heightens the excitement more), here's a look back at some of the brides from other lands who have wed a Windsor....

Monday, 14 May 2018

Windsor Weddings: Diana's Dress

As we wait to find out what Meghan Markle will wear for the Royal Wedding of 2018, we're taking a look back at the gowns chosen by other Windsor women for their marriages. And today we arrive at perhaps the most famous and most poignant. It's the one worn by Diana, the mum that Harry said would be 'thick as thieves' with his bride to be, Meghan Markle.  The Emanuel design chosen by Lady Diana Spencer as she married the Prince of Wales on July 29th 1981 remains an icon of modern royal fashion. We know the bows, the frills and the creases like the backs of our own hands but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy them one more time. Diana's dream is the latest to feature in Windsor Wedding Dresses.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

May's Royal Brides: Queen Letizia of Spain's Dress

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain on their wedding day, May 22nd 2004

Letizia of Spain is a bit of a royal style icon and even before her marriage in May 2004 she was known for her sense of fashion. So there was huge anticipation about the wedding dress she would wear to the Almudena Cathedral to marry her prince. It left a lot of divided opinion.

Monday, 7 May 2018

Royal Wedding Venues: Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey, London has been the location for some of the most famous royal marriages in history
(photo credit: vgm8583 via Flickr)

Westminster Abbey is probably the most famous royal wedding location around thanks to the marriage there in 2011 of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. But while Wills and Kate were walking in historic footsteps as they traipsed down the aisle as royal husband and wife, the links between regal marriage and the abbey are sporadic to say the least. There was a gap of five centuries between royal weddings at this famous church and it's reputation as a marriage venue for kings, queens, princes and princesses owes a lot to the House of Windsor.

Royal Weddings: 5 outfits for a civil marriage

Royal civil weddings, eh? Why on earth would anyone be thinking about those right now? Odd. But as we are, let's talk outfits. Several European royals have had a civil and religious wedding on the same day in which case there's no change for the bride. They can keep their big frocks to themselves right now. We're looking at outfits made purely for a civil marriage. Other brides have said 'I do' in front of a registrar in a different outfit from the one worn to the church for their religious wedding or blessing afterwards. Among them is Claire Lademacher whose civil wedding to Prince Felix of Luxembourg took place on September 17th 2013. In honour of that, and the possibility we might just be doing civil weddings in the UK again sometime soon, here's a look at five recent times we've seen royal brides dressed for a civil marriage.

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Princess Charlotte's sisterly love

There it is, a new best friendship, sealed forever with a kiss. Princess Charlotte has introduced her baby brother to the world of royal official photos with a sweet snap that is filled with sisterly love.

Windsor Weddings: Princess Margaret's Dress

It's been called the height of simplicity and the epitome of sophistication. Vogue loved it while thousands have copied it. The wedding dress worn by Princess Margaret on May 6th 1960 as she wed Antony Armstrong-Jones is one of the most famous royal gowns of all. And you don't even need to look closely to find out why. As we wait for Meghan Markle to add her own sense of style to royal marriage history, here's a look at Princess Margaret's moment as a bride in Windsor Wedding Dresses....

Saturday, 5 May 2018

5 royal brides who didn't wear tiaras

Will she, won't she? We're all kind of expecting Meghan Markle to wear a tiara for her royal wedding but there's still a chance she'll ditch the diamonads for something more unusual. She wouldn't be the first. Several have chosen to go sans sparkle for their big day, including some unexpected queens and one of the most famous royal brides ever. =Here are five famous royal consorts who didn't wear tiaras to their weddings.

Friday, 4 May 2018

Royal Wedding Countdown: here comes the bride

In a very sweet moment of royal wedding preparation, we found out today that the mother of the bride, Doria Ragland, will have a very special role in the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. For while Meghan's dad, Thomas Markle, will walk her down the aisle, it's mum who will accompany her on the journey to Windsor that will begin her path to royalty.

Royal Wedding Countdown: the Myrtle of Sweden

Princess Sofia of Sweden's wedding bouquet was the latest to follow a royal tradition

We're all expecting Meghan Markle to include some myrtle in her wedding bouquet - it's a long standing tradition for British royal brides and they usually take a sprig from a plant belonging to Queen Victoria. But the House of Windsor isn't the only one that follows this rather romantic tradition. All Swedish royal brides wear myrtle in their hair or carry it in their bouquets on their wedding day. It's a sweet custom that not only makes the flowers a bit easier to sort, it provides a link to an ancestress whose influence shaped the modern family.

May's Royal Brides: Queen Letizia of Spain's Tiara

Queen Letizia of Spain in her 'something borrowed' tiara
(photo casa real)

When you're royal, something borrowed takes on a whole new meaning. Meghan Markle will no doubt be dipping into the tiara troves of Buckingham Palace for a piece of sparkle to set the tone on her bridal look. And she's just the latest in a long line of recent royal brides who have borrowed the bling for their big day. When TV presenter, Letizia Ortiz Rocosolano, married the then Prince Felipe of Spain on May 22nd 2004 she took a loan from her soon to be mother in law for her dose of diamonds. She couldn't have made a more symbolic choice because this tiara has serious royal wedding history.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

May's Royal Brides: Princess Marie of Denmark

As royal wedding fever ramps up, all things regal and bridal just get lovelier. This week, we're looking back at some other May royal brides as we wait for Meghan Markle to join their club. We're rewinding ten years, to May 24th 2008, when Marie Cavallier married Prince Joachim of Denmark. it was relatively low key but that didn't mean a full on white frock and tiara were out of the question. When Joachim and Marie said 'I do' on May 24th 2008, we got a lace confection with diamonds and train. Here's a look back at the dress worn by Marie of Denmark on the day she became a princess.

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Royal Wedding Countdown: the lovebirds' carriage

Just over two weeks to go until the Royal Wedding and more details have trickled out about what we can expect on the day Prince Harry and Meghan Markle say 'I do'. The latest details involve a horse and cart and a bit of history. The Landau has landed.

Royal Wedding Countdown: regal settings for a marriage

Kensington Palace is a wedding venue with very royal links
(photo JR P via Flickr)

All eyes are on Windsor where we get two royal weddings this year. But if you want a regal setting for your own marriage then there's plenty of choice outside the medieval walls of this rather regal institution. Kensington Palace, which will be home to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank after their 2018 marriages, has a licence for civil ceremonies but it's just one of a growing list of buildings with royal connections where couples can say 'I do'. Here are ten right royal locations for a civil wedding...curtsies to the groom's granny on the way out are optional.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Royal Wedding Countdown: May's Royal Brides

May is about to get a new royal bride. Meghan Markle will marry Prince Harry this month at St. George's Chapel, Windsor. May's collection of royal brides already contains some of the most famous to say 'I do' in recent years and while Meghan will get plenty of attention on her big day, these women have also starred in celebrations that made headlines around the world. As Meghan makes the final preparations for her big day, here are eight royal brides who also got married in May....

Monday, 30 April 2018

Royal Wedding Countdown: the music

We've less than three weeks to go until THE wedding of the year (apologies to Eugenie and Jack, we're still really excited about your big do, too, but.....) so it's time to start rounding up what we know just to keep a lid on all the excitement. Like that's a possibility. As it's Monday, let's get musical and remind ourselves of what we know so far about the sounds of Harry and Meghan's marriage. It's Royal Wedding Countdown, the music....