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100th Anniversary of the Historical Meeting of Nicholas II and Edward VII

  August 3, 2009 at 5:58 pm by

Today is the 100th anniversary of the historical meeting between Emperor Nicholas II of Russia and King Edward VII of the United Kingdom. The meeting significantly improved the relationships between the two countries. The Russian Emperor, accompanied by his wife and all 5 children, arrived at the Isle of Wight on the Imperial Yacht Standart, which was escorted by Russian Cruisers and Destroyers. King Edward VII prepared a no-less impressive … Continue reading

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Royal Tributes to World War One Veteran, World’s Oldest Man – Henry Allingham

  August 2, 2009 at 11:43 pm by

In the past week the last two surviving World War One veterans living in Britain have both passed away. Henry Allingham (image) died aged 113 on 18th July and a week later the last veteran Harry Patch also passed away. Earlier this year Bill Stone another WW1 veteran died. To mark the passing of the last of the Great War veterans a memorial service is planned for later in the … Continue reading

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William & Harry to Pose for Rankin Portraits

  August 2, 2009 at 5:51 pm by

After taking a striking photograph of Queen Elizabeth II, photographer Rankin will now aim his lenses at her two grandsons, Princes William and Harry. “I think that Prince William and Prince Harry are amazing,” he told the Telegraph. “I would absolutely love to photograph them. For me, it’s not about celebrity or the privilege into which you were born. They have an incredibly difficult life and I think they carry … Continue reading

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Jewels from Commonwealth on display at Buckingham Palace

  July 30, 2009 at 12:53 am by

The summer opening of Buckingham Palace this year includes a exhibition of royal gifts from the Commonwealth countries. Included are a number of brooches and a necklace that have been gifts during the royal tours of the Commonwealth countries in the last 60 years. One of the first gifts the Queen received on a Commonwealth tour was the Flame Lily Brooch from Rhodesia. During a 1947 tour with her parents … Continue reading

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Will Secret British Royal Wills Be Unsealed?

  July 27, 2009 at 6:55 pm by

The BBC reports that the question of the legality of sealing of royal wills, which has been raised several times over recent years, is being considered by a panel of judges. The privilege is unique to the royals — normally British wills are a matter of public record. The practice of sealing the wills was brought to public attention by Robert Brown (pictured at right), a man who claims that … Continue reading

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Diana at Disneyland! (It’s not a joke)

  July 27, 2009 at 1:07 pm by

When you think about the Disney Princesses, the names of Princess Aurora, Cinderella, and Snow White come to your mind – soon Diana? Now lets be serious for a moment: Since when, of all places in the US, do you have to make an exhibition at Disney to gather a few coins for charities? Especially when the one concerned isn’t a pink Minnie Mouse but a deceased former royal. If … Continue reading

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Prince Charles, The First Carbon Neutral Monarch?

  July 27, 2009 at 12:16 am by

In a recent article in ‘Autopia’, Tony Borroin posited the extreme notion that Prince Charles would become the first carbon neutral Monarch. It, and related eco matters have been exercising the “Grrrrrrrr…the Royal Family are absolutely the bigest eco-wasters of all time, Piety Brigade.” Each and every appearance by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall is scrupulously turned inside out, upside down and thoroughly shaken to ensure … Continue reading

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Prince William Hikes for Charity

  July 24, 2009 at 2:43 pm by

Prince William went hiking through England’s countryside Friday, in the name of charity. Six teenagers from Centrepoint, an organization which helps homeless youths, and members of Mountain Rescue, a volunteer run charity, joined the future King in a trek up Helvellyn, a mountain in the Cumbria region of northeastern England. Prince William did this to help the teens get a different view of life. “A lot of these guys have … Continue reading

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Countess of Wessex Christens HMS Daring

  July 23, 2009 at 10:20 pm by

Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, christened the HMS Daring, the Royal Navy’s newest warship, in Portsmouth today. Even though the weather was grey and cloudy, many people came out to celebrate the ship’s christening, and to hear the Countess speak. The countess is the patron of the ship, and was present when the ship first launched in 2006, according to The News of Portsmouth. “It is an enormous pleasure to … Continue reading

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Duchess of Gloucester Opens New Military Barracks

  July 22, 2009 at 7:50 pm by

Last Saturday, over 200 people attended the grand opening of the Edward Brooks military barracks in Oxfordshire. The new barracks cost £4 million to build, and were officially opened by the Duchess of Gloucester. The Oxford Mail reports that the barracks have been named for Edward Brooks, who was a local Territorial Army hero during World War I. Brooks was awarded the Victoria Cross in 1917. Many members of Sargent … Continue reading

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The Swan Upping 2009

  July 21, 2009 at 6:30 am by

Yesterday Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Seigneur of the Swans, observed for the first time the Swan Upping from a launch on the River Thames. The Queen owns all unmarked mute swans in the United Kingdom, but today Her Majesty only exercises this right in the area of the Thames. Each year, in the third week of July, the annual swan census is carried out by Her Majesty’s Swan Marker … Continue reading

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Sophie’s PR Firm Debts Officially Written Off

  July 19, 2009 at 11:44 am by

The ending of what has been a royal headache and unwanted negative attention has finally arrived. The Daily Mail is reporting that last week, the former RJ-H Public Relations company was officially ended, despite the more than £1.7 million in unpaid debts. RJ-H PR was founded in 1997 by Sophie Rhys-Jones, now the Countess of Wessex and wife of Prince Edward, the youngest son of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, … Continue reading

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Wedding of The Lady Helen Windsor and Tim Taylor – 18th July 1992

  July 18, 2009 at 6:15 am by

The engagement between The Lady Helen Marina Lucy Windsor and Timothy Taylor was announced on 8th January 1992. image Tim gave Lady Helen an art deco ring of a square cut emerald surrounded by diamonds. The couple married on 18th July 1992 in St George’s Chapel Windsor. image A reception was held at the Kent family’s country home of Cocker End House in Nettlebed Oxfordshire. image Lady Helen’s wedding dress … Continue reading

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Earl and Countess of Wessex Attend Opening of 80th Annual Kent County Show

  July 17, 2009 at 5:09 pm by

Despite the threat of rains, the annual Kent County Show opened today. The event was even more exciting this year, due to the visit from royalty. The Earl and Countess of Wessex arrived at the showgrounds at 10:00 this morning, where they were greeted by farmers and royal fans. The Wessexes were welcomed by George Jessel, the Deputy Lieutenant and Chair of the Kent County Agricultural Society. According to a … Continue reading

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The Cambridge Lovers Knot Tiara

  July 17, 2009 at 2:31 am by

The Cambridge Lovers Knot Tiara was made by Garrad in November 1913 for Queen Mary. The design was to copy that of a tiara which had been owned by Mary’s grandmother, Princess Augusta of Hesse, who was married to the Duke of Cambridge. Augusta of Hesse’s tiara had been made to a neo-classical design in early nineteenth century and was a popular design of the period with at least five … Continue reading

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Countess of Wessex Visits Isle of Wight

  July 10, 2009 at 4:44 pm by

Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, visited the Isle of Wight on Thursday. She met with ambulance operators and volunteers, who provide first-aid support for the island’s residents. Young volunteers, who are known as Badgers and Cadets, demonstrated their knowledge of first-aid, radio and computer skills for the Countess. The Countess serves as Grand President of St. John’s Ambulance. The charity has centers all over the island, but only two ambulances … Continue reading

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Knighthood for Sir Don McKinnon

  July 10, 2009 at 9:20 am by

HM Queen Elizabeth II today knighted former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Don McKinnon, as Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order in recognition of his 2000-2008 (two terms) “outstanding” service as Secretary-General. Today is Commonwealth Day, a fitting day for his knighting. Sir Don McKinnon was also New Zealand’s longest serving Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade and Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand. He is also a member … Continue reading

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Prince William Made Honorary Barrister

  July 9, 2009 at 2:57 pm by

The second-in-line to the British throne was called to the bench on Monday. Prince William went to London’s Middle Temple, where he was made an honorary barrister. He is the sixth member of the royal family to be made a member of the bar. The list also includes his great-grandmother, the Queen Mother, and his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. The Prince told a little about himself in an … Continue reading

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Edward and Sophie Continue to Charm the People of Guernsey

  July 8, 2009 at 1:13 pm by

During day 2 of their visit to Guernsey, the Earl and Countess of Wessex spent time meeting and greeting the locals. They arrived to Sark by boat, and were taken to the top of the Harbour Hill where many residents and tourists eagerly awaited their arrival. Franny Currie, a 14 year-old visitor from Oxford, had the chance to speak with Edward. “I was very excited. I’ve never met a member … Continue reading

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Charles and Camilla Honour Terrorist Victims

  July 7, 2009 at 11:01 pm by

Today is the fourth anniversary of the terrorist attacks in London on 7 July 2005, and the day when the memorial to the victims was unveiled in Hyde Park. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were present at the dedication ceremony, along with government officials and family members of the victims. The Prime Minister, the leaders of the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties, and the Mayor of London were … Continue reading

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