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Day In History: 95th “Birthday” of the House of Windsor

  July 17, 2012 at 8:47 pm by

  – It is not only Queen Elizabeth who celebrates a Jubilee this year, but also the very House she belongs to – the Royal House of Windsor.  On July 17, 1917 George V issued Royal Proclamation, changing the name of his family and house, meaning that today is the 95th anniversary of the historic event. When Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, she personally continued to … Continue reading

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French City Demands British Crown Jewels

  July 15, 2012 at 2:13 pm by

A French city of Angers, once the capital of the House of Plantagenet which produced fourteen English Monarchs, is demanding a compensation for the murder of its last pretender to the Throne. Edward Plantagenet, 17th Earl of Warwick, was murdered in the Tower of London on orders of Henry VII Tudor; upon his death in 1499, the House of Plantagenet became extinct in the legitimate male line. A petition posted … Continue reading

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Jewel of the Day: The Rhodesian Flame Lily Brooch

  July 13, 2012 at 9:11 am by

Time for another jewellery update! When Queen Elizabeth visited Birmingham and Shropshire yesterday, she was wearing one of her (and my) favourite brooches – the Flame Lily Brooch. The brooch is one of the oldest in the Queen’s collection; she has had it for 65 years now. In 1947, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret accompanied their parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, on a tour of southern Africa. During … Continue reading

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Prince Charles and Camilla on their Annual Tour of Wales

  July 12, 2012 at 6:06 pm by

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are undertaking their annual week of engagements in Wales. Their tour started with a visit to St Asaph cathedral; upon arrival, they were greeted by hundreds of well-wishers who had gathered to give the royal couple a warm welcome. Charles and Camilla spoke to the waiting crowds, and then attended a service to celebrate St Asaph’s new city status. The former … Continue reading

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Prince William Shows Prince Charles Around The RAF Valley

  July 12, 2012 at 4:47 pm by

Prince William had a very special guest at the base at RAF Valley on Anglesey where is stationed – his father. The Prince of Wales was welcomed at the Search and Rescue operation by Flight Lieutenant Wales, as his son is known in his unit. Right before Prince Charles’ arrival, there was a call for help; since Prince William was on shift, his father’s arrival had to be delayed for … Continue reading

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Princess Eugenie Graduates From Newcastle University

  July 9, 2012 at 1:03 pm by

Princess Eugenie attended her graduation ceremony, having been awarded 2:1 degree in English and History of Art at Newcastle. Along with fellow students and their families, the Duke of York and Princess Beatrice joined forces to support Eugenie; the Duchess of York was unable to attend the ceremony, presumably because of an operation she had to undertake. After the ceremony, the beaming princess shared just how much she had enjoyed … Continue reading

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‘Spot the Royals’ at Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Final

  July 9, 2012 at 12:17 am by

It was a game of ‘spot the royals’ in the Royal Box at Wimbledon yesterday afternoon, as Roger Federer and Andy Murray battled it out for the Gentlemen’s Singles Title. The Duchess of Cambridge was joined by her sister, Philippa Middleton, arriving in a Duchess-driven Land Rover. The two sisters sat in the front row of the Box, and watched the match with smiles on their faces. The Duchess wore … Continue reading

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Hyloscirtus princecharlesi – The Frog Named After Prince Charles

  July 5, 2012 at 3:35 pm by

In fairytales, it is usually a frog that turns into a prince, but this time, it’s a Prince that has become a frog. Well, sort of. In honour of Prince Charles’ tireless environmental campaigning, a rare species of Ecuadorian stream frog has been named Hyloscirtus Princecharlesi, or Prince Charles Stream Tree Frog. The brown-coloured amphibian with large orange blotches was discovered by Ecuadorian scientist Dr. Luis Coloma four years ago among … Continue reading

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Jewel of the Day: The Delhi Durbar Emerald Necklace

  July 5, 2012 at 2:28 pm by

The ceremonies like Order of Thistle or Garter aren’t the most jewellery-friendly since most of the decorations consist of order insignia. Nevertheless, for today’s Thistle service Her Majesty found a way to please jewellery-watchers by donning a beautiful emerald necklace. Unfortunately, it is not the magnificent Delhi Durbar Emerald Necklace – the hero of today’s entry, but still a beauty in her own right. First the “main course” – the … Continue reading

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Order of The Thistle 2012: Pomp, Ceremony, And a New Knight

  July 5, 2012 at 2:28 pm by

The annual Order of the Thistle ceremony took place today amid the usual impressive display of pomp and centuries-old ceremony. The event – one of the highlights of the Queen’s annual Holyrood week – was all the more special this year since a new Knight was officially installed – the Earl of Strathearn (as Prince William is known in Scotland). The installation ceremony was conducted by the Dean of the … Continue reading

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Princess Eugenie Earns a 2:1 University Degree

  July 3, 2012 at 1:38 pm by

Princess Eugenie has been awarded a 2:1 in her degree from Newcastle University. Eugenie started at Newcastle in September 2009; she had previously gained A grades in English and Art, and a B in History of Art in her A-levels at Marlborough College. The younger daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York read a combined degree in English Literature and History of Art. When asked about the Princess’s plans … Continue reading

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Jewel of the Day: Brooches Worn at Ascot

  June 27, 2012 at 8:36 pm by

Whenever the Queen attends Ascot races, we are certain to be treated to five different outfits (with bookies placing bets on the colour of Her Majesty’s hat every day) and five different brooches. Queen Elizabeth didn’t disappoint this year as well, wearing some of her beautiful pieces – each meticulously chosen to match her ensemble of the day. Some of the brooches were the among those we see quite often, … Continue reading

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The Queen to Give William and Kate a Cottage at Sandringham

  June 26, 2012 at 8:35 pm by

Prince William received many presents for his milestone 30th birthday, including a portrait of his wife and a sea ride. However, quite possibly the biggest present came from his grandmother, the Queen. According to reports, Her Majesty plans to give the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge a cottage on her Sandringham estate; at the moment, it is not known which of the many cottages Queen Elizabeth intends to present her … Continue reading

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Royal Ascot 2012: Days 3, 4 and 5

  June 25, 2012 at 11:35 pm by

Time for a report on Royal Ascot Day 3 to 5. Some pretty exciting things happened, from a victory from one of the Queen’s horses (her 21st victory at Royal Ascot), to a brilliant performance from Black Caviar. Queen Elizabeth attended each day with various members of her family joining her in support. Day 3 The Ladies Day at Ascot started amid rain and forecasts of a thunderstorm. The Queen … Continue reading

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Prince Harry Hopes to Join Expedition to South Pole

  June 25, 2012 at 9:30 am by

Prince Harry is hoping to participate in a 2013 trek to the South Pole that would involve around a dozen injured servicemen racing in teams. The young royal is a patron of Walking with the Wounded, an UK charity that organizes expeditions to fundraise for and assist wounded veterans. Edward Parker, a co-founder of the Walking With The Wounded, confirmed he had already talked with the Prince: “He would love to … Continue reading

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Nude Heels Only for the Royal Ladies at Garter Service

  June 24, 2012 at 6:46 am by

One could think that the dress code for shoes to the Order of the Garter service last week was nude heels, or was it just a coincidence? The Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Countess of Wessex all turned up to the service in nude heels and, funny enough, in pastel-colored outfits. The three royal ladies heels all looked very similar, but they were slightly different. Camilla’s … Continue reading

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge Celebrates 30th Birthday

  June 21, 2012 at 4:14 pm by

The boy who is destined to become King was born at 9.03am on June 21, 1982 at St Mary’s Hospital in London to the Prince and Princess of Wales. At birth, he weighted 7lbs 5oz. Prince William Arthur Philip Louis was Christened on August 4, 1982 by the Archbishop of Canterbury, with King Constantine of Greece, Princess Alexandra, the Honourable Mrs Ogilvy, the Duchess of Westminster, Lady Susan Hussey, Lord … Continue reading

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Prince Charles and Camilla Welcome Aung San Suu Kyi

  June 21, 2012 at 10:12 am by

On June 20, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall welcomed one Nobel Prize laureate at Clarence House – the Dalai Lama. And just a day later, they had the chance to greet another equally fascinating person (and fellow Nobel Prize laureate) – Aung San Suu Kyi. The Burmese pro-democracy opposition leader met with Prince Charles and Camilla at Clarence House in the latest stop on her tour … Continue reading

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Prince Charles & Camilla Welcome Dalai Lama at Clarence House

  June 20, 2012 at 9:25 pm by

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall welcomed the Dalai Lama at Clarence House. The meeting was a very friendly and informal one full of jokes and genuine warmth. Prince Charles appeared to be delighted to meet the Dalai Lama for the first time in four years; the Prince placed his hands together in a prayer before embracing him. The two have built strong friendship; at one point … Continue reading

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Royal Ascot 2012: Days 1 and 2

  June 20, 2012 at 8:09 pm by

Royal Ascot time has come, which means the unusual hats, interesting outfits and of course, Royal attendance. Her Majesty attends the races not only as a keen watcher; she also has a very practical interest. She has in fact enjoyed 63 Ascot wins so far, with 20 of her horses winning at Royal Ascot. The most recent victory was back in 2008, when Free Agent won in The Chesham Stakes. … Continue reading

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