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Order of the Garter Service at Windsor Castle

  June 19, 2012 at 10:30 am by

Windsor Castle got its share of fabulous display of pageantry for the annual Order of the Garter Service. The weather couldn’t have been better as hundreds of people gathered around the Castle to watch the spectacle. The service takes place every June on the Monday of the Royal Ascot week, known as Garter Day. The Queen was joined by most members of her family, including the Prince of Wales, the … Continue reading

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Day in History: Birth of James I and VI of England and Scotland

  June 19, 2012 at 10:22 am by

With so much focus on contemporary royals, historical ones are often forgotten. These blog entries will focus on British royals of the past on days that bear particular importance in relation to them. Today’s Royal is not in any imminent danger of fading into background; the reign of James VI and I was one of the pivotal moments in English, Scottish, and eventually, British histories – the Union of Crowns. … Continue reading

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Trooping The Colour Marks The Queen’s Official Birthday

  June 17, 2012 at 7:38 pm by

Even in a year featuring once-in-a-lifetime Diamond Jubilee celebrations, Trooping the Colour ceremony has a unique place. A wonderful display of traditions, the it is an enactment of the traditional preparations for battle when the Colours (flags of the regiments) were paraded in front of the soldiers to be recognised by them during the battle. Queen Elizabeth presided over her 60th Trooping the Colour ceremony on June 16. Her Majesty … Continue reading

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Prince Charles Awarded Highest Military Ranks

  June 17, 2012 at 7:30 pm by

The Princes of Wales has been awarded the highest rank in all three military services by the Queen. The Prince becomes a Field Marshal, Admiral of the Fleet and Marshal of the Royal Air Force. The Queen has appointed Prince Charles honorary five-star rank in all three services to acknowledge his support in her role as Commander-in-Chief. Only one other member of the Royal Family holds similar distinction – the … Continue reading

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Prince Charles: Men’s Fashion Icon

  June 15, 2012 at 9:16 pm by

Prince Charles was named one of the world’s most stylish men by GQ magazine. For those who had followed the Prince’s style, it is no surprise; he has long been an epitome of gentlemen’s style. Whether for a private or an official occasion, Prince Charles has always been immaculately dressed. Bearing in mind the award, he was also a fitting choice to launch London’s first Men’s Fashion Week with a … Continue reading

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The Earl and Countess of Wessex’s Visit to Gibraltar: June 11-13

  June 14, 2012 at 5:00 am by

As part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the Earl and Countess of Wessex undertook a highly successful tour of Gibraltar from June 11 to 13. The British Overseas Territory is home to almost 30,000 residents who all seemed to be out in force to welcome the royal couple. Edward and Sophie were greeted by cheering crowds, many of them waving Union Flags and chanting “British Forever”. Buntings and other … Continue reading

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Jewel of the Day: Queen Victoria’s Bow Brooches

  June 13, 2012 at 6:49 pm by

It’s always wonderful to see a piece of jewellery that is not only beautiful, but also has a lot of historical significance behind it. Today was one of those occasions: Her Majesty chose to wear one of Queen Victoria’s Bow Brooches – part of British Crown Jewels – for a visit with Nottingham with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Bow brooches have been very popular since the 17th century; … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth Joined by William, Catherine For a Jubilee Visit

  June 13, 2012 at 5:49 pm by

The Queen was joined by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for a trip to Nottingham – part of the Diamond Jubilee tours across Britain. Over 35,000 people lined the streets of Nottingham to greet the royals; some had arrived as early as 5am for better view. When the royal party finally arrived, a huge cheer erupted from the crowd, and when the Queen, Prince William and Catherine made a … Continue reading

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The Prince of Wales Makes a Private Visit to Romania

  June 12, 2012 at 10:55 pm by

The Prince of Wales made a five-day private visit to one of his favourite places, Transylvania. Prince Charles owns a property there and supports traditional farming method in Transylvania, which he calls “the jewel in Romania’s crown”. His fondness for the country appears to have been transferred to his sons, since Prince Harry chose to spend Easter holidays there. Although the visit was a private one, it nevertheless received a … Continue reading

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Zara Phillips Picked For UK Olympic Team

  June 12, 2012 at 1:35 pm by

Zara Phillips has been nominated as part of the British team for the London Olympics, the British Equestrian Federation officially confirmed. The Queen’s eldest granddaughter defied the odds to claim her way to a spot on the team. Just a couple of weeks ago, she was considered to be a long shot to make the strong squad – one of Britain’s main hopes for an Olympic gold. However, always a … Continue reading

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Eugenie Raises Money For Hospital With Overnight Bike Ride

  June 11, 2012 at 5:38 pm by

Princess Eugenie joined 3,000 cyclists to take part in the Nightrider event to raise money for charity. Eugenie finished at 7.50AM at Alexandra Palace; her seven-hour effort helped bring in £9,000. Part of the money will go to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. The Princess is Patron of the Redevelopment Appeal of the Hospital: the accommodation unit at the hospital will be named Princess Eugenie House. The Hospital is of … Continue reading

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The Duke of Edinburgh Celebrates 91st Birthday

  June 10, 2012 at 9:23 am by

Prince Philip celebrates his 91st birthday today – a day after being released from hospital. A Buckingham Palace spokesman confirmed the Duke will be spending the day privately. To mark the birthday, The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery will fire a 41-gun salute in Hyde Park, while the Honourable Artillery Company will fire a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London, both at midday. The salute is fired every year … Continue reading

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Prince Philip Leaves Hospital

  June 9, 2012 at 6:43 am by

The Duke of Edinburgh has been discharged from hospital today. The Prince waved to well-wishers outside the King Edward VII hospital as he walked to a waiting car. His Royal Highness has been in hospital since Monday, recovering from a bladder infection. The day before, the Queen and the Prince had spent several hours under pouring rain and heavy winds during the Thames Jubilee Pageant. While both were praised for … Continue reading

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Prince William Qualifies as RAF Search and Rescue Captain

  June 7, 2012 at 1:12 pm by

Clarence House spokesman today confirmed that Prince William has qualified as a search and rescue captain. According to the spokesman, the Prince passed his tests on 29 May and is “pleased to have passed the milestone”. Prince William has spoken about the day he’d become a Caption: “The training has been challenging, but I have enjoyed it immensely. I absolutely love flying, so it will be an honour to serve … Continue reading

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Jewel of the Day: Cullinan III and IV Brooch – “Granny’s Chips”

  June 6, 2012 at 9:25 am by

Ever since the Diamond Jubilee celebrations started, avid jewellery fanatics (like me) have been waiting for the appearance of any of the Cullinan diamonds. And yesterday, Her Majesty answered those silent requests and finally wore one of the most gorgeous brooches to have ever existed – Cullinan III and IV brooch, also known as “Granny’s Chips”. The Cullinan III and Cullinan IV were two of nine stones cut from the … Continue reading

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Service of Thanksgiving: Royal Fashion

  June 6, 2012 at 9:22 am by

Throughout the Diamond Jubilee celebrations royals made sure their attires were impeccable and occasion-appropriate. Yesterday’s Thanksgiving Service was no exception; royal ladies donned their very best in spectacular variety of colour and style. Her Majesty set an example with another beautiful creation by her trusted dresser of many years, Angela Kelly. The Queen wore a beautiful mint dress studded with Swarovski crystals. The outfit was made of silk tulle, embroidered … Continue reading

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Diamond Jubilee: Thanksgiving Service and Carriage Procession

  June 6, 2012 at 9:18 am by

Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations came to magnificent conclusion yesterday with a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, followed by a carriage procession through central London and a flypast. It was a fitting closure for a four-day celebration across Britain and other Commonwealth Realms that including a spectacular 1,000 boat Pageant on the River Thames, and a Jubilee Concert featuring music industry’s greatest names. As in previous days, cheering … Continue reading

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Diamond Jubilee Concert

  June 5, 2012 at 5:55 am by

Over half a million people joined the British Royal Family and music royalty for an absolutely unforgettable performance. The Queen arrived about halfway through the performance; as she made her way to her seat, accompanied by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the crowds broke into a standing ovation and laud cheers. Her Majesty was wearing a cocktail dress of gold lame designed by Angela Kelly under … Continue reading

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Prince Philip Hospitalised With Infection

  June 4, 2012 at 12:43 pm by

The Duke of Edinburgh was hospitalised on Monday with a bladder infection and will miss the rest of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, Buckingham Palace said. The statement about Prince Philip’s health said: “His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was taken to King Edward VII Hospital in London this afternoon, from Windsor Castle, as a precautionary measure after developing a bladder infection, which is being assessed and treated. Prince Philip … Continue reading

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Jewel of the Day: The Jardine Star Brooch

  June 4, 2012 at 12:31 pm by

The Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant was without a doubt the single most exciting and eagerly awaited event during the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations. In the best traditions of pomp and pageantry, the British put on a magnificent display that is certain to be remembered for decades to come. For such an important event, Her Majesty had to wear a piece of jewellery that didn’t disappoint. Unfortunately, tiaras and statement necklaces … Continue reading

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