Wednesday, 28 February 2018
Let's end the month with a bit of sparkle. Today, we're talking amethysts. It's the birthstone for February and it's also usually purple which is as about as regal as it gets. Despite that, however, it's never been a truly popular gem in royal collections especially when it comes to tiaras. But then, purple is a mourning colour and past royals tended to keep amethysts for periods of grieving. That's not to say there's no purple to be seen anywhere in modern royal jewel collections. Let's just call it quality over quantity as we enjoy the purple of the modern reigns....
Saturday, 24 February 2018
We first saw it 37 years ago today. Now it's one of the most famous pieces of royal jewellery, ever. The sapphire and diamond ring that sparkled on the finger of Lady Diana Spencer as her engagement to the Prince of Wales was announced on this day in 1981 has a place in regal history all of its own. It sparkled on the day Diana debuted in royal circles and it's still making headlines today.
Wednesday, 21 February 2018
Billy Graham, who has died at the age of 99, was one of the best known preachers of the 20th century but one very important friendship was kept discreetly low key. In his later years, he wrote about it on his own website and in the past few months it's been debated once more after being included in series 2 of The Crown. As the world remembers Billy Graham, let's remember his friendship with the Queen.
Not long to wait now to find out who is getting one of the most sought after envelopes of the year. The invitations to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's marriage on May 19th 2018 at St. George's Chapel, Windsor are going out soon as discussion continues as to who might have made the guest list. One of the questions that keeps coming up is whether we'll see other royals at the wedding and, if so, who. A tricky one to call right now so instead let's take a look back at William and Kate's wedding when Westminster Abbey was buzzing with European regal relatives. It's April 29th 2011, it's Westminster Abbey, it's the royal guest list for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's marriage, it's time to get glitzy.....
Tuesday, 20 February 2018
Let's close the day with a gesture of true love that will sing for years to come. As Prince Henrik of Denmark was laid to rest, he had one final moment of romance for his wife of 50 years, Queen Margrethe II. As she walked into the church where she would say her final farewell to her husband. she found the wreaths arranged as a ''blooming garden'' - on Henrik's instructions. On their wedding day, the prince had spoken of his new home as that garden and his bride, always known to her family as Daisy, as the most beautiful flower of all. Henrik, the poet prince, made sure his queen knew how loved she was by him right to the very end.
Monday, 19 February 2018
Should Kate have worn black to the Baftas? That's the royal question on everyone's mind today after the Duchess of Cambridge chose green for the British film industry's biggest night of the year. Ordinarily, that wouldn't raise an eyebrow but in a year when wearing black has become a public statement of solidarity with the Time's Up movement, all kinds of shade are being thrown on colour choice.
There are plenty of style questions waiting to be answered at the Royal Weddings of Windsor this year and while what the brides might wear is clearly top of all the fashion need to knows, what the Queen will choose is right up there, too. We know there will be a hat, we know there will be a sensible handbag, what we don't know is the colour. But we've got form to go on from previous royal weddings. Tomorrow, I'm looking at the outfits the Queen wore to her own children's weddings but today it's a glance at the style statements from her grandchildren's marriages being as that's the camp Harry and Eugenie fall into. There may even be a clue or two here as to what to expect from the Queen at the Royal Weddings of 2018....
Sunday, 18 February 2018
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. It all starts with a very confident bride indeed....
Saturday, 17 February 2018
Flowers in the snow lie like a path to the heart of the matter. Tributes continue to come in for Prince Henrik of Denmark who died on February 13th 2018 at the age of 83. The consort of Queen Margrethe II may have been sometimes controversial in life but as people come to pay their respects, what is being celebrated is his vitality, his range of talents and his devotion to his monarch and his adopted country.
Wednesday, 14 February 2018
Kate and William on the way back to Buckingham Palace chat about whether they should do the whole kiss thing....like not was ever an option
On Valentine's Day, everyone needs a bit of romance and what could be more romantic than the first kiss of a handsome prince and his beautiful princess? The wedding day snog has become a royal tradition just about everywhere and Valentine's is perhaps the best moment to remember some of the most romantic royal kisses - little looks of love that promise so much.
Tuesday, 13 February 2018
More sad news from Denmark this afternoon as the Royal Court announced that Prince Henrik had left hospital for his home at Fredensborg Castle where he will spend his last days. It follows a week in which the prince's health took a turn for the worse.
Maria Teresa of Luxembourg on her wedding day
Monday, 12 February 2018
This is where the party gets started. St. George's Hall at Windsor Castle is the venue chosen for the wedding reception for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19th 2018. It lies at the very heart of Windsor Castle and while it looks the very picture of medieval magnificence, all is not exactly as it seems. It's time to meet one of the stars of the first Royal Wedding of 2018.....
We know the date, we know the place, now we got us the times. The schedule for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding has been revealed and it's a case of high noon for this pair of royal lovebirds. Here's what you need to know about the day Harry weds Meghan...
Sunday, 11 February 2018
Let's talk flowers, it's August after all. Lily-of-the-valley has been used in two of the most famous royal wedding bouquets of the last sixty years. The tiny flower with its big scent was a feature in Kate Middleton's posy when she walked into Westminster Abbey to become Duchess of Cambridge while six decades earlier, Grace Kelly had used this flower alone in her bouquet. If you want to get the lace and loveliness vibe of these two famous royal brides, then lily of the valley is the way to go.
Saturday, 10 February 2018
It's one of the most famous royal weddings of all time and it took place #otd in 1840. Queen Victoria, the young monarch who had already shown she knew what she wanted and how to get it, wed her first cousin and one true love, Prince Albert, in a marriage that would make history. Here's what you need to know about this very royal wedding.
Friday, 9 February 2018
There is sad news this morning about the husband of Queen Margrethe of Denmark. The health of Prince Henrik has taken a turn for the worse and the couple's elder son, Crown Prince Frederik, is currently flying back from Seoul to be with his family.
Thursday, 8 February 2018
The most romantic royal wedding of all? Queen Victoria was a February bride to her beloved Albert
St Valentine's Day might be the feast of lovers but finding a royal couple happy to say 'I do' in this chilly month can be hard work. However, some regal lovebirds have been brave enough to get the bunting and bling out in February and ended up starring in some of the best known royal weddings in history. In this month of lovers, here are four historic royal brides for February.
This famous portrait of Queen Victoria in her wedding dress by Franz Xaver Winthalter was actually painted in 1847 as an anniversary present for Prince Albert
(picture Wiki Commons)
It's one of the most famous royal wedding dresses of all but very hard to define. The gown worn by Queen Victoria on February 10th 1840 at St James' Palace to marry her already beloved Albert is credited with making white weddings top of every stylish bride's wish list but try and describe it and you might just come a cropper. Of course, there are no photos (well, possibly but that's a whole other great big royal row) and artist's impressions are often just that - an idea or ideal. So what do we know about one of the most famous wedding dresses ever made?
Tuesday, 6 February 2018
Monday, 5 February 2018
Amidst all the rows about who will and won't be invited to the Royal Wedding on May 19th 2018 are lots of discussions about protocol, past practice and precedent. But if there's one thing you can expect from a royal wedding - apart from a big white dress, a sparkling tiara and at least one guest dressed in what looks like a Quality Street wrapper - it's a surprise or three. Rewind to February 1968 and the photo album of the wedding of Princess Benedikte of Denmark and Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and you might well be shocked to see a former empress sitting in the front row. After all, Benedikte was very much the spare in this royal family and yet she counted on the presence of a very royal guest - Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.
Sunday, 4 February 2018
The tiara is a pretty major part of any royal bride's wedding look but when you're walking down the aisle to marry a future king and become a queen in waiting yourself, it takes on a whole new dimension. When Maxima Zorreguieta married the then Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands on February 2nd 2002, she became the first woman in over a century to be in line to become queen consort of the country. She was also the star turn in a hugely popular royal wedding and she and her fiance had captured plenty of hearts with their regal love story and general all round happiness. So it was no wonder that stars featured in Maxima's tiara. She chose a diadem with plenty of history but made it all her own in a way that would form the basis for her very confident sense of style. Here's her royal wedding tiara....
A rather exclusive club is about to get a new member. Princess Eugenie of York will wed Jack Brooksbank on October 12th 2018 at St. George's Chapel, Windsor and so become the latest royal bride to say 'I do' in this autumnal month. It's not the most popular month for a wedding so Eugenie joins a select band of brides with links to British royalty who have married in October. Here's the chapter of history she'll be adding her own name to....
Saturday, 3 February 2018
Fifty years ago today a rather special royal wedding took place in Denmark. The bride, Benedikte, was the second daughter of the country's King and Queen while the groom, Richard, was the latest in a line of princes who traced their history back for centuries. Benedikte's big sister, heir to the throne Margrethe, had married just a year earlier while their baby sibling, Anne Marie, had become Queen of Greece at her own wedding in 1964. But while this wasn't the biggest wedding in the family, it had all the glitter we'd expect from a royal event including a rather lovely bridal gown. Here's a look at Benedikte of Denmark's wedding dress....
Spot the bride - Willem-Alexander and Maxima of the Netherlands on their wedding day
They started with sport and ended with sport. All very circular. As #RoyalVisitNorway came to an end, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge headed to one of the best known ski-ing spots in Europe and put a snowy seal on their five days in Scandinavia. Here's how William and Kate in Norway came to an end....
Friday, 2 February 2018
It started with snow and ended with sparkle and all wrapped up with a rather cosy family feel. The first day of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's visit to Norway saw them hook up with their nearest royal relatives on the continent and have a pretty marvellous time while they were at it. Welcome to William and Kate's winter wonderland....
Thursday, 1 February 2018
So long Sweden and howdy Oslo. William and Kate are wrapping up the first part of their Scandinavian tour and heading to Norway. They arrive there on the morning of February 1st for a two day visit that will include a royal gala dinner, a visit to a famous ski resort and a focus on culture. Lovely. They are following in plenty of regal footsteps as Norway's royals have swapped visits with the House of Windsor on plenty of occasions since Elizabeth II took the throne in 1952. The Cambridges aren't on a State Visit but don't worry, there are plenty of those to look back on already. Here's a glance at the past royal trips between Norway and the UK.....