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Camilla Greeted by her Grandsons on a Visit to Marlborough

  October 20, 2012 at 3:12 pm by

The Duchess of Cornwall visited Marlborough, Wiltshire, as part of the ongoing Diamond Jubilee tours. During her visit, she unveiled a 10ft long mosaic – part of the town’s local history exhibition – which was designed by local children. The Duchess also had a guided tour of the prison cells at Marlborough Town Hall, which she described as “spooky”. A 200-strong crowd had gathered to greet the Duchess. Delighted, Camilla … Continue reading

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Letters from Prince Charles to Ministers to Remain Private

  October 18, 2012 at 7:53 pm by

The Government has blocked the release of around 20 private letters the Prince of Wales wrote to ministers between 2004 and 2005. The letters were requested under the Freedom of Information Act but the Attorney General stopped their release, maintaining that the publication could potentially undermine the Prince’s position of political neutrality. The High Court had previously ruled that two dozen letters should be accessible under Freedom of Information Act. … Continue reading

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Day in History: Battle of Hastings

  October 14, 2012 at 2:49 pm by

On October 14th one of the most important battles in British history was fought – Battle of Hastings. Not only did it signify the end of Anglo-Saxon era and the beginning of the Norman one, it was also the very last successful invasion of England. Since then, for nearly 1,000 years, no one succeeded to repeat the feat of William the Conqueror, the illegitimate son of Robert I, Duke of … Continue reading

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Day in History: King John Loses Crown Jewels

  October 14, 2012 at 11:59 am by

The period between 1214-1216 was a particularly difficult one for King John: most of his country was occupied by the French King, Louis VIII The Lion (who had been declared King in London), even his most ardent supporters were deserting John’s side, the Barons forced him to sign Magna Carta, the Pope issued a proclamation whereby anyone who tried to seize the Crown from John would be entitled to do … Continue reading

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Prince William Attends Funeral of Former Nanny

  October 11, 2012 at 4:31 pm by

Prince William cancelled high-profile engagements in the North East of England to attend the funeral of his childhood nanny, Olga Powell. The Prince also represented his brother, Prince Harry, who was unable to attend as the latter is currently in Afghanistan. The Duke of Cambridge paid an emotional goodbye to the woman who was by his side for most of his life, from childhood to adult years. He was joined … Continue reading

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New Addition to the Wales Family: Bluebell the Rescue Pup

  October 3, 2012 at 1:55 pm by

Sometimes fairytales do come true, even for dogs. Found abandoned in a park at just four weeks old, Bluebell didn’t have the best start in life. The tiny Jack Russell was in very bad shape; she suffered from starvation, cold, a severe skin condition that had stripped her of much of her hair, and was scared and bewildered. Now, however, Bluebell has been nursed back to health and will have … Continue reading

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New Official Portrait of Queen Elizabeth Unveiled

  September 29, 2012 at 2:32 pm by

A new portrait of the Queen to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee has been unveiled in Australia. Painted by Australian-born artist Ralph Heimans, it depicts the Queen in the Sacrarium of Westminster Abbey. The magnificent artwork shows the Queen in a moment of solitary reflection at the centre circle of the Cosmati pavement, exactly where she was crowned over 60 years ago. The Cosmati pavement is the spot ever English monarch … Continue reading

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Day in History: Battle of Stamford Bridge

  September 25, 2012 at 4:52 pm by

1066 is nowadays remembered as the year of the Norman Invasion of England, but it could have as easily been the Norwegian invasion. The death of the childless Edward the Confessor triggered a succession crisis as there was no clear-cut heir to the Throne. At some point, it was believed he would be succeeded by Edmund Ironside’s son, Edward Aetheling. And indeed, the King ensured the young heir returned to … Continue reading

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Day in History: Coronation of George III and Queen Charlotte

  September 23, 2012 at 10:49 am by

When George II died on 25 October 1760, his grandson succeeded him as George III at the age of 22. The new King was very popular; as Dr Johnson said, he enjoyed “the great advantage of not being his grandfather”. Unlike his two predecessors of the House of Hanover, George III was raised in England and spoke English as his first language, which furthered endeared him to people. George III … Continue reading

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The Duchess of Cambridge’s Jubilee Tour Fashion – Malaysia

  September 16, 2012 at 7:34 am by

When the Duchess of Cambridge touched down in Malaysia after Singapore, she was wearing the pale green custom-made Jenny Packham dress see here from earlier in the day. For the dinner hosted by the King of Malaysia for over 400 guests, Catherine wore a floor-length Alexander McQueen custom dress with gold hibiscus embroidered all over. Catherine matched her dress with a Catherine Zoraida scale bracelet and double leaf earrings see … Continue reading

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The Duchess of Cambridge’s 5 Looks in Singapore

  September 16, 2012 at 6:19 am by

When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Singapore to start the first day of their Jubilee Tour to Singapore, all eyes were on the Duchess and what she would be wearing. Upon arrival and for the visit to the Singapore Botanic Gardens, the Duchess choose a custom-made three-quarter sleeves dress by British designer Jenny Packham. The dress was pale pink and printed with orchid flowers with a full … Continue reading

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Prince Harry Re-deployed to Afghanistan

  September 7, 2012 at 1:31 pm by

Prince Harry has arrived in Afghanistan for his four-month tour of duty as an Apache attack helicopter pilot, the Ministry of Defence has announced. Captain Wales, as the Prince is known in the military, arrived on Thursday night at the main British base, Camp Bastion in Helmand, where he will be based with the 662 Squadron, 3 Regiment Army Air Corps. Looking relaxed if somewhat tired, Harry gave a thumbs-up … Continue reading

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Jewel of the Day: The Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara

  September 5, 2012 at 8:07 pm by

The tiara was named after its original owner Maria Pavlovna, Grand Duchess Vladimir of Russia, the wife of Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich (third son of Alexander II and brother to Alexander III). The Grand Duchess had impeccable taste in sparkling gems and wore them to great effect. Maria Pavlovna never tried to hide her disdain for Empress Alexandra, wife of Nicholas II, and went as far as to establish a … Continue reading

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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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