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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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Earl and Countess of Wessex Visit Guernsey

  July 7, 2009 at 5:47 pm by

Le Viaer Marchi, which translates as “the old market”, is an annual event on the island of Guernsey. It has been held for the past 30 years, but this year was a special year, as the event welcomed royal visitors, the Earl and Countess of Wessex. The Earl and Countess spent an evening at the fair, where they learned about traditional arts and crafts, and enjoyed the local cuisine. Earlier … Continue reading

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Possible Visit to Australia in 2010 in the Works for Prince William

  July 7, 2009 at 8:54 am by

A visit to Australia, with Melbourne in particular, is believed to be in the works for the second-in-line to the British throne, Prince William. While nothing has been confirmed by Clarence House, the Prince himself spilled the beans during a recent visit to the Tower of London. Speaking and posing for photos with two Australian teens and their mother, Prince William asked where the trio was from. Upon receiving the … Continue reading

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President Patil To Pay State Visit to Britain in October

  July 5, 2009 at 9:44 pm by

President Pratibha Patil of India has been invited to pay a state visit to Britain and will be visiting the Queen at Windsor from 27 to 29 October of this year. As is customary for visiting heads of state, President Patil will also meet with the Prime Minister and other senior government ministers. In all the years of the Queen’s reign, President Patil is only the fourth female head of … Continue reading

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Countess of Wessex’s PR Firm Debt Not Fully Paid

  July 2, 2009 at 9:48 pm by

Documents have been released that show that Sophie Rhys-Jones, the Countess of Wessex, has paid only £5000 of the £1.7 million owed to creditors by her former public relations firm, according to a recent report in The Sun. Liquidators will officially close R-JH Public Relations by the end of this month. The firm owed £30,000 to HM Revenue and Customs, which will be written off. All outstanding debts will be … Continue reading

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New British Military Medal Named for Queen Elizabeth

  July 2, 2009 at 4:21 pm by

For the first time since the George Cross in 1940, a new medal of honor for fallen British military men and women will be named for a reigning monarch. The Elizabeth Cross, named for HM The Queen, will be awarded to the families of British military men and women killed in active duty from World War II to the present. Those killed in terrorist attacks will also be eligible for … Continue reading

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Duke of Gloucester Honors Men and Women of the Royal Air Force

  July 2, 2009 at 1:12 pm by

The Duke of Gloucester paid a visit to the RAF Oldham recently, where he honored several members of the Royal Air Force with medals, commendations, and awards for length of service. The Duke serves as the Honorary Commodore for the RAF station, and is known for his commitment to honoring the men and women of the British military. According to an article from This Is Hampshire, the Duke said to … Continue reading

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Duke of Kent Helps to Modernize Wimbledon

  July 1, 2009 at 7:10 pm by

The scoreboards at Wimbledon have undergone a change. They are no longer listing the names of the players with “Miss” or “Mrs.” (or even Ms.). In the past, female players have been listed with “Mrs.” or “Miss” before their names on the scoreboards, but men have never had a title before their names. A spokesman for the prestigious tennis tournament said, “We decided to bring it in line with the … Continue reading

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Investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales – 1 July 1969

  July 1, 2009 at 3:11 pm by

Today is the 40th anniversary of the investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales. The title Prince of Wales has been traditionally given to the heir apparent to the English (and then the British) monarch since it was first bestowed by Edward I on his infant son Edward of Caernarvon, later Edward II, in 1031 after the English conquest of Wales. Unlike the Dukedom of Cornwall, which automatically falls … Continue reading

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