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William & Harry Join Charles on Saving Rainforests

  May 6, 2009 at 4:28 pm by

Princes William and Harry joined their father, Prince Charles, in a 90 second video which aired on MySpace to encourage viewers to save the world’s rainforests. The video also included the Dalai Lama, Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig. But the big star of the video is a digitally animated frog, who sat with the three princes to discuss the need to save the environment. In the film the Prince of … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth Gets Another Horse From The Mounties

  May 6, 2009 at 12:40 am by

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are to present another horse to Queen Elizabeth II on May 16th, the anniversary of the presentation of Burmese to the Queen. Burmese was the first of three horses that were trained in the world-famous Musical Ride program. George has been participating in the Musical Ride for three years. He is totally black except for a small white patch between the eyes. He is bold … Continue reading

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Princess Margaret’s Wedding Fashion

  May 6, 2009 at 12:37 am by

On 6th May 1960, Princess Margaret married Anthony Armstrong-Jones in Westminster Abbey. It was the first-ever televised royal wedding with estimates of over 300 million people watching the event worldwide. The Princess choose one of her favourite designers, Norman Hartnell, to design her wedding dress. Hartnell was also a favourite of the Queen and the Queen Mother and had been responsible for the Coronation dresses and Princess Elizabeth’s wedding dress. … Continue reading

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Zara Phillips in Sponsorship Controversy

  May 2, 2009 at 11:26 pm by

Recently in the Independent, Terence Blacker criticized European and World Champion eventer, Zara Philips, of exploiting her connections to get lucrative sponsorship deals for this very expensive sport. And what were these so-called connections? Zara’s grandmother, the reigning Queen Elizabeth II and her mother, Princess Anne, the Princess Royal. No doubt that when the world first heard of Zara, eventing was probably far from amyone’s mind since she was just … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip Visit WWII Museum

  May 2, 2009 at 12:30 pm by

HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh visited Portsmouth on April 30 to mark the 25th anniversary of the city’s D-Day Museum. One of the exhibits that the couple viewed at the museum was an embroidered wall hanging that charts the events of June 6, 1944. The Queen was said to have paid special attention to the section of the embroidery that featured her father, King George VI, … Continue reading

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New Trend at the Kentucky Derby: Recycling

  May 2, 2009 at 10:34 am by

Each year, on the first Saturday in May, thousands of people pour into Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, to see the Kentucky Derby. Millions of people throughout the world will watch the race on television. It is often dubbed, “the most exciting two minutes in sports”. This event is perhaps the most prestigious and well-known in US horse racing. In addition to the beautiful horses, the event is typically associated … Continue reading

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Is Dr. David Starkey Channelling Henry VIII?

  April 30, 2009 at 4:40 pm by

A recent article in The Times made some interesting observations about Dr. David Starkey and the object of his affections, King Henry VIII. The historian and the king share several characteristics, some of which Dr. Starkey addressed. A few weeks ago I wrote a blog entry about Starkey’s analysis of the king’s handwriting and that of his mother and a sister. While doing research Starkey observed that Henry VIII had … Continue reading

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Prince of Wales To Discuss Battenberg Grandmother in a Film

  April 30, 2009 at 4:28 pm by

The Prince of Wales is set to recall his other, often-overlooked, grandmother, the late Princess Andrew of Greece, born Princess Alice of Battenberg. In royal photographs Princess Andrew is the mysterious lady seen wearing a somber nun’s habit, as she did at the coronation of her daughter-in-law in 1953. The Prince will appear in a film, The Rescuers: Heroes of the Holocaust, that will tell the stories of 12 people … Continue reading

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Did Anne Boleyn Cheat on Her Husband? Judge for Yourself

  April 30, 2009 at 9:33 am by

The National Archives has digitized and created an online exhibition of parchments from the reign of Henry VIII. A collection of “top secret” documents, part of the “Bag of Secrets”, tells the story of the beginning of Anne Boleyn’s trial in 1536. Anne had been accused, with her brother George Boleyn, of high treason and incest. Among the allegations against the Boleyns was that they had French kissed each other, … Continue reading

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Charles and Camilla Enlarge Their Racing String

  April 30, 2009 at 9:11 am by

Charles and Camilla have increased the size of their racing string. The couple now have a yearling and a foal to add to their original filly, Royal Superlative. Joe Grimwade, the manager of the Royal Studs, was recently interviewed. He said that the foal is unnamed and was the result of the royals breeding their mare, Supereva, with a stallion called Dansili. The royals had not seen their new foal, … Continue reading

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Prince Harry Coming to U.S. in May

  April 29, 2009 at 8:40 am by

Royal fever in the United States is going to be high pitch next month! That is because Prince Harry, the youngest son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, is going to be making his first official trip here. The third in the line to the British throne will be taking part in a New York polo match and will be doing a couple of engagements. One of them … Continue reading

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David Starkey Attacks “A Snotty-Nosed Punk”

  April 29, 2009 at 8:06 am by

A couple living in Richmond-upon-Thames for 40 years have incurred the wrath of Dr. David Starkey, Tudor historian. Planners at Richmond Council have approved the couple’s plans to build a solar powered, triple-glazed, two-story house near the former site of Richmond Palace, which was built by Henry VII. Starkey finds it a slap in the face to the founding Tudor’s son: “To give it planning permission almost to the day … Continue reading

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Are Female Historians Destroying the Tudors?

  April 29, 2009 at 7:25 am by

Dr. David Starkey has been making, in my opinion, some rather strange comments about the biases of female historians. He criticizes some for zeroing in on the ‘soap opera’ of key figures’ love lives rather than their achievements or failures. The TV show “The Tudors” seems to have inspired these comments. Although Starkey is correct to criticize the TV show for its inaccuracies and its prurient emphasis (what Starkey describes … Continue reading

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Princess Diana, Action Hero?

  April 29, 2009 at 7:08 am by

Princess Diana will become a comic book hero in a series called “Female Force” which honors influential women. Publishers Diamond Comic Distributors (DCD) said, “The biography will look at the admirable British icon who won hearts around the world as a princess, public figure, philanthropist and parent.” Other women already honored include Michelle Obama, Hilary Clinton, Sarah Palin and Caroline Kennedy. The princess would be the first non-American featured. The … Continue reading

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Charles and Camilla Visit the Pope

  April 28, 2009 at 4:35 pm by

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall met with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican on Monday. The Prince and the Duchess had a 15-minute audience with the Pope, followed by a meeting with the secretary of state for the Prince and a tour of the Vatican buildings for Camilla. Unusually, the Duchess was present throughout the entire meeting with the Pope; wives of visiting dignitaries are generally admitted only … Continue reading

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The Princess Royal Attends Charity Lunch in Wales

  April 26, 2009 at 3:57 pm by

Anne, the Princess Royal attended the annual charity lunch for Save the Children, a 90 year-old children’s charity in Cardiff, Wales, where she spoke to 500 guests, according to Walesonline.co.uk. The princess recognized the hard work that has been done by the many supporters of Save the Children. The other speaker at the event was Victor Spinetti, an Italian immigrant who walked to Wales in search of employment. One of … Continue reading

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Prince William in Staffordshire

  April 24, 2009 at 2:10 pm by

Friday saw Prince William have not one, but two engagements. The first was for the completion of the 750,000 machine made by JCB. The Prince went to the company’s headquarters in Staffordshire, and was greeted by hundreds of cheering schoolchildren waving the Union Jack. William then went inside and had a look around the plant. He had a chance to sit on the milestone machine and joked, “I won’t drive … Continue reading

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Katie Price, AKA Jordan, and Her New Royal Friend

  April 19, 2009 at 11:05 am by

In a new article in the Daily Mail, Jordan, the British glamour model and equestrian enthusiast, has struck up another royal connection: Zara Phillips, the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth, and daughter of Princess Anne, the princess royal. According to Jordan, Zara Phillips has been her friend ever since the two met last year at the Burghley Horse Trials. This is not the first time that Jordan has mingled with royalty. … Continue reading

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Want a Piece of Royal Wedding Cake?

  April 18, 2009 at 6:08 pm by

For readers with a sweet tooth, a piece of Princess Louise’s 1871 wedding cake went up for auction at the Antiques for Everyone Fair in Birmingham, England this past week. The piece of cake is believed to be the only remaining portion of the wedding cake. Bids were set to begin at $215 (145 pounds). John Shepard, the antique dealer, purchased the piece from a descendant of a noble family … Continue reading

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Was Henry VIII a Glorious Leader or the Saddam of His Generation?

  April 18, 2009 at 4:28 pm by

With the upcoming 500th anniversary of his accession, Henry VIII continues to garner headlines in Britain. Marvin Gayford, the chief art critic for Bloomberg News, compares the English king to more recent tyrants like Saddam Hussein and North Korea’s Glorious Leader, Kim Jung Il. Gayford thinks that Henry may have been one of the most influential people in world history. Had Henry successfully fathered a son with Catherine of Aragon, … Continue reading

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