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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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Wedding of Prince Michael of Kent and Baroness Marie-Christine von Reibnitz – 30th June 1978

  June 30, 2009 at 9:29 pm by

The engagement between HRH Prince Michael of Kent and Baroness Marie-Christine von Reibnitz was announced on 30th May 1978. The official pictures were taken by Lord Lichfield. image The couple were unable to marry in an Anglican chuch because she was divorced and the Catholic Church also refused to recognise the union. The Queen had given her consent to the couple’s marriage and it was announced that Marie-Christine would become … Continue reading

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Lady Helen Taylor and Giorgio Armani End Partnership

  June 30, 2009 at 8:52 pm by

For the past 17 years, Lady Helen Taylor has been serving as the fashion ambassador and muse to designer Giorgio Armani. The partnership began in 1992, when Armani designed a wedding outfit for the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Kent, who was then known as Lady Helen Windsor. In addition to working as a fashion ambassador, Lady Helen was a constant presence at the many Armani runway shows … Continue reading

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Duke and Duchess of Gloucester’s South Pacific Visit Costs Revealed

  June 29, 2009 at 6:23 pm by

Last August, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester took a trip to the nation of Tonga in order to be present for the coronation ceremony of King George Tupou V. They also visited the Solomon Islands. It is now revealed that the cost to fly the Duke and Duchess to the South Pacific was £149,413, according to an article by the Press Association. The information was revealed in a report … Continue reading

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69p Queen

  June 29, 2009 at 12:45 pm by

First it was Charles, now it’s the entire clan. The annual Civil List report has been published with the usual arguments surfacing about the role of the monarchy as an accompaniment. But let’s look at the facts first. The Royal Family cost the UK taxpayer 69p each in the 2008/9 financial year, a 3p rise on the 2007/8 financial year with the total cost rising by £1.5m to £41.5m. The … Continue reading

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Calls To Extend Public Access to Buckingham Palace: Update

  June 27, 2009 at 7:48 pm by

Early this month we wrote about a proposal to open Buckingham Palace to the public beyond the two months it is currently open, in a bid to raise funds for urgent repairs needed, the bill running to the many millions of pounds. The Telegraph is now reporting that this proposal (by MPs) has been turned down because the palace is a place of work for the royal family, who use … Continue reading

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Duke and Duchess of Gloucester Honor Veterans, Active Military During Armed Forces Day

  June 27, 2009 at 10:53 am by

Today, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, along with Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and his wife, Sarah, attended the very first Armed Forces Day celebrations at the Historic Dockyard, in Chatham, Kent. This is not the first time that Great Britain has honored the military; the event was previously known as Veteran’s Day. The name has been changed to Armed Forces Day, in order to include the thousands of men … Continue reading

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I Scream, You Scream, The Queen gets some Ice Cream

  June 26, 2009 at 2:58 pm by

Agricultural shows are all part and parcel of the Windsors’ working lives but today Her Majesty got a special treat that will surely go down well in the heat-wave the UK is currently enjoying: a year’s supply of ice cream. The gift was given by Maitland Mackie at the Royal Highland Show near Edinburgh. Mackie’s is a well-established brand and can be found in almost all British supermarkets alongside Walls … Continue reading

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Ascot Fashion – Days 3, 4 & 5

  June 26, 2009 at 7:11 am by

Day 3 – Thursday ‘Ladies Day’ Ladies Day at Royal Ascot saw a large turnout in the carraige procession including the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum , the Duke of York, The Princess Royal, Princess Haya of Jordan, Princess Eugenie and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. The Queen wore a matching dress and coat by her in-house designer Angela Kelly. The outfit of … Continue reading

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Senior Royals Miss Inaugural Armed Forces Day

  June 26, 2009 at 3:35 am by

There will be no ‘senior royals’ attending the inaugural Armed Forces Day in Kent, according to the British media. The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester will attend the event, and one Buckingham Palace spokesman has referred to the couple as ‘senior royals’, although this does not seem to match the call from the public. The palace official pointed out the Duke and Duchess’s multiple visits to the Middle East, including … Continue reading

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Organic Garden Blossoming at Buckingham Palace

  June 24, 2009 at 3:37 pm by

Back when HM The Queen was still just HRH The Princess Elizabeth, Buckingham Palace sported its own “victory” vegetable garden allotment as a way to economize during the rationing days of the Second World War. Now, following in the footsteps of American First Lady Michelle Obama’s White House garden, a new vegetable patch has been planted at Buckingham Palace. The allotment is located in the “Yard Bed” section of the … Continue reading

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Fiftieth Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s 1959 Trip to Canada

  June 24, 2009 at 3:31 am by

Last week marked the fiftieth anniversary of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s visit to Canada in 1959. The Georgian newspaper interviewed people who were there during the Queen’s visit. To read some some interesting anecdotes click here. The Royal Couple was received by the Prime Minister John Diefenbaker and Governor General Vincent Massey and other dignitaries when they arrived in Gander. A pretty little girl handed HM a bouquet and … Continue reading

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The Richest Royals

  June 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm by

Forbes has recently released their annual list of the world’s 15 richest royals. Emphasised in the article was the impact of the credit crunch, real estate values plumeting and stock market difficulties with Forbes stating all in all the global recession has led to the royals listed loosing a total of $22 billion, 17% of the total wealth listed last year. More specifically, they state that whilst two of the … Continue reading

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New Speaker of the House of Commons Elected

  June 23, 2009 at 2:43 am by

The House of Commons has just elected Tory MP John Bercow as the new Speaker of the House in an ancient balloting process to replace the outgoing Speaker Michael Martin, forced to resign over the MPs expenses scandal. He is the first Speaker in 300 years to be forced from office and his successor will have a tough job to reform the British parliament. The role of the Speaker will … Continue reading

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Duke and Duchess of Gloucester Pay Tribute to Fallen Soldiers at Armed Forces Memorial

  June 21, 2009 at 5:30 pm by

On Saturday, June 20, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester attended a memorial service dedicated to the 66 servicemen and women who lost their lives in 2008. The service was held at the Armed Forces Memorial in the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire. It was attended by the families of the deceased, the Duke and Duchess, and the Defense Minister, Baroness Ann Taylor, according to the BBC. The memorial … Continue reading

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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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