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....

The royal birthdays that rule April

Three kings, two queens and one Grand Duke all celebrated their special days this month.  Yep, the chances of a head of a European ruling house being born in the sunny month of April are pretty high - six out of ten isn't a bad batting average. As the month comes to an end with yet another monarchical milestone, let's enjoy the six royal birthdays that rule in April.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

The Cambridge Royal Wedding Album

It's the seventh wedding anniversary of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Prince William Arthur Philip Louis married Catherine Elizabeth Middleton on April 29th 2011 at Westminster Abbey but then you probably knew that bit already. In fact, we all feel like we know every second of this spectacular royal day out as we've looked at it so often but that doesn't mean we can't go back in again and enjoy the photos all over again. As William and Kate celebrate their copper anniversary with brand new baby Prince Louis to join the party, here's a look back at the Cambridge Royal Wedding Album....

Royal Wedding Dresses: the Duchess of Cambridge

Catherine Elizabeth Middleton married Prince William on April 29th 2011
They emerged from Westminster Abbey as Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Ahead of THE royal wedding (Megs and Haz in case you've been under a rock for the last year or so), there is a lot to get excited about. The flowers, the tiara, the bridesmaids, the cake. Oh, and the dress. Let's drop the dignified front and cut to the chase. We all want to know what Meghan Markle will be wearing when she steps into St. George's, Windsor to wed her handsome prince. The bride to be will keep us guessing until the last moment, and because it's the wedding anniversary of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, let's visit Kate's dress one more time. The dress that Kate Middleton wore on the day she married her prince and became HRH The Duchess of Cambridge is already a part of royal history. As we wait for Meghan to add her style choice to the history books, here's a look back at what Kate wore, a classic among the Windsor Wedding Dresses.

Saturday, 28 April 2018

The week the new generation starred

It was a royal week all about the new generation. Throughout the past seven days, the real regal stars of the show have been the youngest members of dynasties across the continent. From new arrivals to landmark events, this has been a time when the spotlight has shone firmly on the younger royals and they were more than ready for their close ups.

Friday, 27 April 2018

Prince Louis of Cambridge

Well, we didn't see that one coming. Four days after his birth, baby Cambridge has a name. Meet His Royal Highness Prince Louis Arthur Charles.

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Brothers and Best Men

In perhaps the least surprising royal announcement of recent times, Kensington Palace has confirmed that Prince Harry has asked big brother, William, to be his best man. As he stands at the altar on May 19th, waiting for his bride, Harry will have at his side the man who has been at his side from the get go. Brothers and Best Men.

Monday, 23 April 2018

Meet Baby Cambridge

Here he is. The new fifth in line to the throne has gone home to Kensington Palace in the arms of his proud mother just hours after his birth. The littlest prince in the House of Windsor was born at 11.01 this morning and just before 6 this evening he began his big adventure into the world with mum and dad. The baby boy slept through his first photocall before heading off to see his brother and sister, George and Charlotte, who had already popped in to meet him. Let's enjoy our first glimpses of Baby Cambridge and isn't he lovely?

George and Charlotte meet their baby brother: the photos

Prince George and Princess Charlotte have met their baby brother for the first time. They arrived at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington in the mid afternoon of April 23rd and headed inside to meet the little boy who was born at 11.01 and is about to change their lives forever. It's the last time we see them as a two, they are now a three, a trio ready to take on the world. Here's how that special moment of first meeting unfolded.

Royal Baby Cambridge: it's a boy

The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a boy. The baby prince was born at 11.01am on April 23rd 2018, just hours after his mum was admitted to hospital. Kate and her new son are doing well.

The Duchess of Cambridge is in labour

The Duchess of Cambridge is in hospital after going into labour early this morning. Kate is now at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington where her third baby will be delivered.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Hooray for the Queen

There were ukeleles, royal debuts and yet another outing for the Mummy joke. Welcome to the celebrations for the Queen's 92nd birthday. HM had a night of music at the Royal Albert Hall to mark her latest milestone and it seems that just about everyone wanted to celebrate with her.

Monday, 9 April 2018

Royal Baby Countdown is under way....

Stand by, everyone, baby Cambridge is imminent. No, Kate hasn't gone into labour but the parking restrictions have been put in place outside St. Mary's, Paddington which means the hospital is expecting a rather special patient very soon. The countdown to the newest royal baby on the block has started.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Royal Wedding Countdown: Harry and Meghan's great love

The royal love birds might be making final preparations for their marriage (May 19th, just in case you've been hiding under a rock) but Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had time for another of their great passions. It what may well be (one of) their final appearance before their wedding, Harry and Meghan have been getting match fit with the Invictus team.

Monday, 2 April 2018

A hat trick of Windsor April brides

Wedding season has begun. While all eyes might be on May this year for the first big royal marriage of 2018 (yes, we're looking at you, Meghan), April has produced its fair share of Windsor royal brides. From the most famous regal wedding of recent times to one that caused a fair share of controversy to another starring a princess with her own fairytale romance, these are moments for and from the history books. Here's a hat trick of Windsor royal brides....

The Windsor (not exactly overly happy) Easter

Well, that all went well. The last big Windsor celebration in Windsor before the first royal wedding of the year turned out to be a little grey and grumpy. There was a row about a protocol breach, Prince Philip's health gave cause for concern and over the course of three days, everyone looked ever so slightly down in the dumps. Presumably, the chocolate kicked in after Sunday lunch at the Castle and it was smiles all round. Here's how the Windsors spent their Easter.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

The Day the Queen was kept waiting....

When is it OK to keep the Queen waiting? The answer is never. And yet in a somewhat incomprehensible series of events, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived late at the Easter Sunday service at Windsor today, walking to the church door after the Queen had entered. And by the look on her face, the Queen was not amused.