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Is the long wait going to be over for another Royal Match?

  June 20, 2009 at 11:07 pm by

It’s 2-1 odds at some British bookies this weekend, after reports that Kate Middleton has been formally invited to meet the Queen at Balmoral during the August Bank Holiday, that there will be an engagement announced this year. While Middleton has met the Queen previously, this will be the first time that she has been to the Scottish home of the Queen. In the minds of many, it’s about damn … Continue reading

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Memories of Marina and Wimbledon

  June 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm by

With the 2009 Wimbledon Championship starting on Monday, all eyes are firmly focussed on Andy Murray but Royal watchers will be surveying the scene for the odd Prince and Princess (and let’s face it there’s quite a few odd ones about these days). Years ago, there was no question of a Royal-less Wimbledon as the long-time President of Wimbledon All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club did her duty by … Continue reading

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Edward and Sophie – 19th June 1999

  June 19, 2009 at 3:50 pm by

On the 6th January 1999 the long awaited engagement between Prince Edward and Miss Sophie Rhys Jones was finally announced. image The couple were presented to the press at St. James’s Palace gardens that day. Sophie’s diamond ring was one of the most expensive engagements rings ever in the British royal family. image The wedding took place at 5pm on Saturday 19th June 1999 in St George’s Chapel Windsor followed … Continue reading

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Ascot Fashion: Days One and Two

  June 18, 2009 at 4:36 pm by

Every fashion watcher loves Royal Ascot and the opening two days of the annual race meeting did not disappoint. Tuesday and Wednesday witnessed one of the biggest numbers of British royals attending in recent years. Day One – Tuesday The carriage procession today included the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke of York, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and Princess Beatrice. The Queen wore a bright … Continue reading

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Monstrous Carbuncles Just Keep on Coming

  June 18, 2009 at 12:14 pm by

Twenty five years ago Prince Charles, in a fit of righteous indignation, condemned an architectural plan for being, in his words, “a monstrous carbuncle on the face of an old friend”, thus enraging the Royal Institute of British Architects, who angrily bit back at anyone having the temerity to question their architects’ view of the future. A future that seemed to be a cold, soulless, glass and concrete skyscraper jungle … Continue reading

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Duchess of Gloucester Charms Exhibitors at Mobility Roadshow

  June 17, 2009 at 7:21 pm by

Princess Birgitte, the Duchess of Gloucester, recently paid a visit to the annual Mobility Roadshow. The roadshow featured exhibits and information from manufacturers of wheelchairs and other devices designed to help with mobility. While at the exhibition, the Duchess was presented with a teddy bear from a young boy named Dillon, according to a report from This is West Country. The Duchess was so charmed by Dillon, and even named … Continue reading

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Countess of Wessex Announces Upcoming Visit to Isle of Wight; Presents an Award to Top Chef

  June 16, 2009 at 6:04 pm by

Sophie Rhys-Jones, the Countess of Wessex, will visit the Isle of Wight in early July, according to an article in the County Press Online. Her visit will be short, but very busy. The Countess will visit St. Catherine’s school, where she will meet students who are in the speech therapy, learning, and training sessions offered by the school. She will also have the opportunity to see and learn about the … Continue reading

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Recycled Fashion on Parade

  June 16, 2009 at 3:01 pm by

Recycling old outfits was the order of the day for the royal ladies at both Saturday’s Trooping the Colour and at Monday’s Garter Day. The Queen and the Duchess of Cornwall both wore similar shades of turquoise. The Queen’s turquoise and red outfit has been seen many times in the past few years. image Her Majesty always likes to wear bright colours so that the public can identify her on … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Ma’am (again)

  June 13, 2009 at 11:25 am by

It’s been a day of celebration for the Windsor clan as Her Majesty The Queen marked her official birthday today, several weeks after her actual birthday in April. The 83 year old monarch was treated to the stunning pageantry of the Trooping the Colour, an annual ceremony first performed in the reign of King Charles II. This year was the turn of the Irish guards who proudly displayed their new … Continue reading

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Prince Michael of Kent Tours Alberta Aviation Museum

  June 13, 2009 at 9:40 am by

On Thursday, Prince Michael of Kent was invited to be the guest of honor at the Alberta Aviation Museum in Canada. It was a very special visit for the Prince, who also happens to be a pilot, and an enthusiastic fan of aviation history. During his tour, Prince Michael was able to practice his flying on a DC-6 flight simulator, which featured technology developed exclusively by the Alberta Aviation Museum. … Continue reading

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Duchess of Gloucester Gives Royal Send-off to British Warship

  June 11, 2009 at 6:40 pm by

HRH Princess Richard, who is better known as the Duchess of Gloucester, gave a royal send-off to warship the HMS Gloucester, in Portsmouth today. She was welcomed warmly by the sailors on the ship, according to an article in The News. The Duchess took the time to greet and speak with the sailors, providing what was referred to by Lieutenant Commander Douggie Ward as a “morale booster”. The HMS Gloucester … Continue reading

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The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay: One Day, Two Very Different Ways

  June 10, 2009 at 7:15 pm by

Earlier this month on a on a visit to Scotland the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay conducted two very different engagements in one day with projects dear to their hearts. At the launch of an eco friendly education centre Charles took the opportunity to share the difficulties of being an unwitting trailblazing eco warrior. Long before most of us (Boomers) had given a passing thought to the ramifications of oodles … Continue reading

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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh Turns Eighty-Eight

  June 10, 2009 at 1:19 pm by

Happy birthday to HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who turns 88 years old today! Prince Philip was born HRH Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark on the Greek island of Corfu on June 10, 1921. His entrance into the world was rather unusual for a royal prince: he was born on a kitchen table at the Mon-Repos Palace. Not long after his birth, his family fled from Greece … Continue reading

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Princess Alexandra of Kent Receives Royal Welcome In Cornwall

  June 9, 2009 at 7:11 pm by

Princess Alexandra of Kent, the Honourable Lady Ogilvy, received a warm welcome as she arrived at the Royal Cornwall Show last Saturday afternoon. This year is the 216th year of the agricultural show, and the fifth time that the princess has taken part in the festivities; her last visit was in 2005. The three day event covers nearly all aspects of agriculture, and has grown to include a motor fair, … Continue reading

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The Earl of Wessex Visits Calgary

  June 8, 2009 at 10:32 pm by

The Earl of Wessex is currently on an official visit to Canada, and has stopped in Calgary. On Saturday Prince Edward visited Simon Fraser Junior High School in Calgary to meet students involved in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme and other leadership schemes. On Sunday morning the Prince handed out awards to 100 Gold Award recipients at the Palliser Hotel in Calgary. He told the students that they could … Continue reading

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Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, Marries Katharine Worsley, June 1961

  June 8, 2009 at 1:25 pm by

On the 8th June 1961, Miss Katharine Lucy Worsley married Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent in York Minster. It was the first royal wedding to take place there for over six hundred years when King Edward III had married in 1328. The bride, who had been born in 1933, was the only daughter of the late Sir William Worsley of Hovingham Hall. The couple had met in 1956 whilst … Continue reading

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Prince Charles Represents Queen Elizabeth at D-Day Commemoration

  June 7, 2009 at 10:15 pm by

The Prince of Wales has attended the D-Day Commemorative service in France, on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II. President Obama, President Sarkozy, Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, and Prime Minister Gordon Brown also attended. As reportedly planned by President Sarkozy, the commemoration was largely a Franco-American affair, with the contributions of the British and Canadian troops downplayed. At the official commemoration at the Normandy American cemetary near Colleville-sur-Mer (Omaha … Continue reading

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Prince Edward in British Columbia for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

  June 7, 2009 at 8:02 pm by

Prince Edward is in Canada this week, paying a brief visit with the primary purpose of handing out Duke of Edinburgh awards. The Prince attended a private dinner on Wednesday night at the Vancouver Art Gallery, before heading to the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel on Thursday for the first award ceremony. Here he presented 76 DoE awards, and spent nearly an hour talking with the recipients and their families. Edward also … Continue reading

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Countess of Wessex Continues To Shine During Official Visit to Canada

  June 7, 2009 at 2:59 pm by

During the past two days, Sophie Rhys-Jones, who is better known as the Countess of Wessex, has been very busy. She has participated in ceremonies honoring police and the military. Her whirlwind schedule continued today as she participated in church services at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, according to an article in the Edmonton Journal. The Countess read from the Book of Isaiah during the Sunday morning service. Shortly before the … Continue reading

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Derby Day Fashion

  June 7, 2009 at 12:11 pm by

Royal Ascot may be just over a week away but royal watchers got a small taste of the high fashion and hats that will be on show when the Queen, Princess Alexandra of Kent and Princess Haya of Jordan attended Derby Day at Epsom on Saturday. The Queen wore a pretty pink herring-bone coat with a matching trilby shaped hat. image This outfit had been worn a number of times … Continue reading

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