Thursday, 17 January 2019

Prince Philip involved in car crash



The Duke of Edinburgh has been involved in a car accident. Prince Philip was unhurt in the incident which happened this afternoon close to the Sandringham Estate. Two women in the other vehicle were treated at hospital for minor injuries.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

A duchess kind of day



It's been a duchess kind of day. In a week which is usually quiet for the royals, the Windsors have been everywhere and no more so than today.  And the charge has been led by the duchesses who do with Camilla, Kate and Meghan all out and about as January 16th ground through its otherwise grey and Brexit dominated existence. From ballet to beagles and all kinds of education in between, here's how three Windsor women turned it into a duchess day.

Monday, 14 January 2019

Meghan's April Baby


After all the speculation that baby Sussex was perhaps set to arrive earlier than anticipated, the royal mum to be has put all the whispers to bed and confirmed her due date. On an engagement in Birkenhead, the Duchess of Sussex has told wellwishers that her first child is due in April.

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Royal Brides: Princess Astrid of Norway


Princess Astrid of Noreway on her wedding day with her father and husband
(photo kongehuset.no)

If you're expecting a great big train and endless veil, look away now. The marriage of Princess Astrid of Norway was a relatively simple affair with a relatively simple dress which ended up being converted into a gala gown by the thrifty bride. But while there's no eighteen feet of tulle following this royal bride up the aisle, there is a very pretty dress that's very of its time and all the more standout because it's so different from many that we've seen before and since.

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Meghan's First Patronage and a very Eager Theatre



In her engagement interview, she famously said she said yes before the question was even finished and now it seems that eagerness has spread to the organisation which is about to get the Duchess of Sussex as its royal patron. Meghan was due to be announced in that role for the National Theatre on January 10th but with hours to go, their website shared the news ahead of schedule.

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Kate's royal birthday wishes



There was a time when royal watchers bemoaned the fact that Windsor birthdays were rarely mentioned by the family themselves. Not this year, though. The 37th birthday of the Duchess of Cambridge has been celebrated with a series of royal wellwishes in a move that has all the echoes of European ruling houses. Although perhaps not enough for some regal fans.

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Royal Travel: following Henry VIII's fourth bride


Poor Anne of Cleves. She's gone down in history as the frumpy bride who left the always lascivious Henry VIII so cold, he rejected her within weeks of their wedding to marry someone else. However, his fourth queen is far more interesting than all that. Apart from the fact her contemporaries found her quite lovely, she also played Henry so well that following their divorce she ended up with a healthy set of lands and houses not to mention the title of Queen's Sister. And she kept her head which in any separation negotiation with Henry was a win and then some. So in tribute to her royal wedding, which took place on January 6th 1540, here are a few ideas of place to go to get the vibe of Anne as a bride.

The Queen on Three Kings Day



On the day of the Three Kings, the Queen has been seen attending church. HM headed to morning service at St. Mary Magdalene Church near Sandringham on Epiphany, the modern end of the Christmas holiday period.

Thursday, 3 January 2019

Royal Social Media, 2019 style


It may be about to enter its most important year to date. Official royal social media, just an optional extra and often an inefficient one at that just five years ago, is now a major communication tool for ruling houses across the continent. And with an ever growing audience across all platforms, especially in the younger generation that royalty needs to get on board to keep the popularity levels high, this coming year promises opportunities and challenges for royal social media on a new scale. And that means no snoozing over the New Year period. Here's how the official royal channels got 2019 started.

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

New Year, First Royal Engagements of 2019


No one tell Mary but the Danish royals weren't first out of the blocks in 2019. Royal fans know they'll get a dose of regal glamour every New Year's Day as Denmark's ruling house takes to the chilly palace steps of Copenhagen for the annual gala dinner but this time round the royal diary had already started before they'd even got their tiaras out of the boxes. The Prince of Wales was back at work on New Year's Day morning in 2019.