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Day in History: Birth of Louis VIII the Lion

  September 5, 2012 at 8:05 pm by

Louis VIII of France earned his epithet “the Lion” for the courage he displayed on the battlefield, for seizing back many of the lands that were lost to the English (such as Avignon, Poitou, Saintonge, Languedoc) and for his strong, wilful character. Yet he is arguably most famous for being the only French Monarch who succeeded in invading most of England and claiming the English Throne, even if temporarily. Louis … Continue reading

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Prince Andrew Abseils Down Europe’s Tallest Building

  September 5, 2012 at 8:04 pm by

The Duke of York abseiled down the Shard – Europe’s tallest building – to raise money for charity. The trip down the slippery glass-sheathed 1,016ft started at down and took each volunteer at least 30 minutes to complete. Prince Andrew was one of 40 volunteers, including Ffion Hague, wife of the foreign secretary, to undertake the challenge hoping to funds for the Outward Bound Trust and the Royal Marines Charitable … Continue reading

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15 Years Since the Death of Diana, Princess of Wales

  August 31, 2012 at 7:56 am by

Today marks the 15th anniversary since the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. She was only 36-years-old when she fatally injured in a tragic car accident in Paris, on August 31, 1997. Born on 1 July 1961 to one of Britain’s most illustrious and oldest noble families, the Spencers, the shy 19-year-old was catapulted to the world stage when her engagement to Prince Charles was announced in 1981. The couple’s beautiful … Continue reading

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Jewel of the Day: The Boucheron Aquamarine Clips

  August 31, 2012 at 7:55 am by

Another event attended by Her Majesty, another jewel – in this case, the marvellous Boucheron Aquamarine Clips, which Queen Elizabeth opted to wear for Paralympics Opening Ceremony. I happen to be a huge fan of Aquamarine jewellery (and that includes the Queen’s much maligned Brazilian Aquamarine parure, and especially the Aquamarine and Diamond Brooch), so every time the Queen wears these, I’m one very happy jewellery watcher. These Art Deco … Continue reading

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2012 London Paralympics Opening Ceremony

  August 31, 2012 at 7:22 am by

The Paralympics Opening ceremony proved once and for all that when it comes to staging a brilliant, witty and spectacular show, Britain simply has no match. The ceremony was billed as a “journey of discovery”, and it didn’t disappoint. It was a display dedicated to the Age of Enlightenment – the period between 1600 and 1800 which saw unprecedented intellectual revolution sweeping Europe and the American colonies. The fabulous festivities … Continue reading

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Prince William Leads Rescue Mission at Cymyran Beach

  August 16, 2012 at 7:05 pm by

Prince William today led a rescue operation of two young girls swept out to sea off the Anglesey coast. The Royal Air Force described the mission as one of the “fastest and shortest” operations, with the helicopter, captained by Prince William, taking only 38 seconds to arrive after the distress call was received. The younger of the girls, aged just 13, got caught in on a riptide while body-boarding: her … Continue reading

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Prince Philip Admitted to Hospital Again

  August 15, 2012 at 5:03 pm by

The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to hospital again today. According to Buckingham Palace spokesman, Prince Philip travelled to the Scottish hospital, about 40 miles away from Balmoral where the Duke and the Queen are staying, as a “precautionary measure”. The Prince appears to be suffering from recurrence of the bladder infection that saw him hospitalised back in June. Prince Philip is likely to remain in hospital for the next … Continue reading

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The Princess Royal Celebrates 62nd Birthday

  August 15, 2012 at 5:02 pm by

Princess Anne was born on 15 August 1950 at Clarence House, as the only daughter and second child of then Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh. At the time of her birth, she was third in the Line of Succession, after her mother and elder brother. She was baptised at the Buckingham Palace by the Archbishop of York two months after her birth. The Princess’s Godparents were: Queen Elizabeth … Continue reading

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Closing Ceremony of London 2012 Olympic Games

  August 13, 2012 at 9:13 am by

After fantastic two weeks, London 2012 came to end with the traditional Closing Ceremony – and what a ceremony it was! The night’s spectacle was led by Prince Harry, who was tasked with the role of Her Majesty’s official representative; other British and foreign royals, including the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Anne, Prince Albert of Monaco, were present as well. The magnificent ceremony satisfied even the most demanding, providing a … Continue reading

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London 2012: A perfect round from Zara in cross-country

  July 30, 2012 at 12:01 pm by

Zara Phillips continued her quest for an Olympic medal with a highly successful result in the difficult cross-country portion of eventing. The Queen’s eldest granddaughter finished well inside the time frame with a final result of 9 minutes and 55.11 seconds, to the delight of the cheering crowd. Zara was also one of the few riders to go through the 5.7-kilometer course dotted with 28 obstacles without a single penalty. … Continue reading

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Jewel of the Day: King William IV Brooch

  July 29, 2012 at 5:20 pm by

The Opening Ceremony of London Olympic Games was a dazzling and a magnificent event, and of course, Her Majesty had to wear jewellery to match. Her choices for the significant occasion included Queen Victoria’s Diamond Collet Necklace, Queen Mary’s Cluster Earrings, and the hero of this blog entry – King William IV Brooch. In 1830, shortly after William IV’s accession to the Throne, the new King took six large diamonds … Continue reading

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The Name’s Elizabeth, Queen Elizabeth

  July 29, 2012 at 3:55 pm by

The Opening Ceremony of London 2012 Olympic Games was a spectacular affair certain to be remembered for years to come. From poignant tributes to Armed Forces, to British humour at its best, the ceremony was lauded all over the world. Arguably the most memorable event was, however, Queen Elizabeth’s acting début as a “Bond Girl”. As the film began, many expected the Queen to be portrayed by a double, yet … Continue reading

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Jewel of the Day: The Duchess of Cambridge Pearl Pendant

  July 25, 2012 at 9:57 am by

I guess we need to clarify one thing first: today’s jewel has nothing to do with the present Duchess of Cambridge. It was name so after Princess Augusta of Hesse-Kassel who married Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had three children together; the youngest of them was Mary Adelaide, Duchess of Teck – mother of Mary of Teck (George V’s Consort). Princes Augusta was known … Continue reading

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The Queen meets British Prime Ministers, Past and Present

  July 25, 2012 at 9:19 am by

Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha hosted a lunch on Tuesday to honour the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Former Prime Ministers Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Sir John Major were also there to pay respect to the woman who was the one constant throughout their times in the office. Baroness Thatcher was the only living Prime Minister absent; the Iron Lady has largely withdrawn from public life due to … Continue reading

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Jewel of the Day: Prince Albert’s Sapphire Brooch

  July 23, 2012 at 6:05 pm by

Most of Her Majesty’s important jewels are currently being showcased in various Diamond Jubilee exhibitions, meaning we have been deprived of serious jewellery for quite some time now. Today, however, Queen Elizabeth made up for those unfortunate circumstances by wearing one of my personal favourite brooches – Prince Albert’s Sapphire Brooch. The brooch, also known as Queen Victoria’s Wedding Brooch, is not only absolutely stunning – it also has important … Continue reading

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Reception for Members of the IOC at Buckingham Palace

  July 23, 2012 at 5:32 pm by

Queen Elizabeth hosted a reception for members of the International Olympic Committee today. The Monarch invited IOC representatives from around the world to Buckingham Palace to welcome them to London. During the reception, Count Jacques Rogge, President of the IOC, made a speech, then presented the Queen with a set of Olympic medals. Her Majesty also addressed her guests, welcoming them to London. The Queen said: “In the coming days … Continue reading

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British Royal Family No Longer The Most “Expensive” In Europe

  July 21, 2012 at 11:01 am by

For many years, British Monarchy was considered to be the most expensive in Europe based on the amount the Head of State receives from the taxpayers. However, that distinction now belongs to the Dutch Royal Family, which overtook the British one this year. Professor Herman Matthijs of Ghent University has published a report on the costs of European Heads of State. In it, he notes that according to a very … Continue reading

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Day in History: Mary I becomes Queen Regnant of England

  July 19, 2012 at 7:46 pm by

On July 19, 1553 Mary Tudor replaced Lady Jane Grey on the English Throne, becoming the first undisputed Queen Regnant of England. Mary was born on 18 February 1516 to Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon. She was a much loved child and, because she was their only surviving one, was doting upon by her parents. Once it became apparent Queen Catherine would not have more children, Mary was treated … Continue reading

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Kate Opens National Portrait Gallery’s Olympic Exhibition

  July 19, 2012 at 7:46 pm by

The Duchess of Cambridge visited the exhibition “Road To 2012: Aiming High” at London’s National Portrait Gallery today. The exhibition features images of famous athletes and newcomers all hoping for Olympic glory. Kate met the photographers, as well as some of their sitters. Among them was the London 2012 Olympic torch relay’s oldest bearer, Diana Gould. Mrs Gould, who turned 100 this year, is set to be a torch-bearer in … Continue reading

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Prince Charles Shows Off His Wall-Climbing Skills

  July 19, 2012 at 7:46 pm by

It seems everyone is getting into the spirit of the London Olympics, even Prince Charles. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, on the first day of their tour to Channel Islands, went to Grainville Secondary School where they talked to teachers and students and popped into the school gym. That’s when the Prince saw a traversing wall – and immediately decided to climb it. To the surprise … Continue reading

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