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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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On the Trail of Henry VIII

  April 18, 2009 at 4:14 pm by

Dr. David Starkey says that we can learn much about the life of Henry VIII by visiting his residences, the most well-known of which is Hampton Court. Dr. Starkey is amazed by the Tudor royal’s “prodigious accumulation.” He is describing a neglected aspect of Henry’s reign: the number of houses and palaces he owned. When Henry became king in 1509, he had a mere 12 or 13 palaces and castles … Continue reading

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Princess Eugenie Makes a Splash in Thailand

  April 15, 2009 at 8:40 am by

HRH Princess Eugenie of York continued her ’round-the-world’ gap year adventure this week in Thailand, where she was caught by paparazzi while palling around with a group of friends on the beach. Eugenie sported a patriotic bikini-style swimsuit — but one that echoed the American flag, not the British Union Jack. Though her bodyguards were not captured in any of the photos, it is certain that they were close by. … Continue reading

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Jewels on Display at Buckingham Palace

  April 9, 2009 at 6:29 pm by

The summer opening of Buckingham Palace this year includes a special exhibition to mark 60 years of the Commonwealth. Part of the exhibition will include a display of over 100 gifts given to the Queen and Prince Philip from their travels to the Commonwealth countries. Sometimes the Queen receives beautiful jewels as gifts which often have a symbolic reference to the country she is visiting. Two fantastic brooches will form … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, Seven Years On

  April 9, 2009 at 4:02 pm by

The Death of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother seven years ago did not come as a shock. Her late Majesty was in her 102nd year, and had been in declining health since the death of her younger daughter, Her late Royal Highness The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon in February. Queen Elizabeth’s funeral took place seven years ago today amid much pomp and ceremony in one of the largest funerals … Continue reading

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HM Queen Elizabeth II marks Maundy Thursday

  April 9, 2009 at 10:11 am by

Her Majesty The Queen today took part in one of the oldest of Royal ceremonies. The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, attended the Office of the Royal Maundy at St. Edmundsbury Cathedral. During the service Her Majesty distributed specially minted Maundy Money to 83 men and 83 women (83 being the years of The Queen’s age).These silver coins are gifts to the “poor” of the Dioceses as Her … Continue reading

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British Royals Top List of Hottest Young Royals

  April 8, 2009 at 11:08 pm by

The young Windsors sweep the top three positions in the latest ranking of the hottest young royals by Forbes. Brothers Prince William and Prince Harry are #1 and #2, followed by their cousin Zara Phillips. The list is compiled according to the royals’ international Web and media presence and family wealth, and is limited to those who are 18 to 25 years old. The hottest young royals of 2009 are: … Continue reading

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Katie Price, AKA Jordan, Declines Royal Invitation

  April 8, 2009 at 2:51 pm by

Glamour model Katie Price, who is better known as Jordan, recently turned down an opportunity that many people dream of: lunch at Buckingham Palace. The Telegraph reports that Price, who is best-known for her appearance and style, is not exactly the sort of person one would imagine Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, spending time with. While she was honored to receive the invitation, Price stated that she was disappointed to have … Continue reading

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Rachel Trevor Morgan: Royal Milliner

  April 8, 2009 at 2:22 pm by

Rachel Trevor Morgan was appointed as one of the Queen’s milliners in 2006 and has gone on to create hats worn at many key occasions. Morgan learnt her trade with two of the top milliners in London, Graham Smith and Philip Somerville, both of whom coincidently have designed hats for British royals, most notably the Queen and the late Princess of Wales. She works closely alongside a number of British … Continue reading

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A New Romance for Lady Gabriella Windsor?

  April 6, 2009 at 7:20 pm by

The Daily Mail recently published photos of 27 year-old Lady Gabriella Windsor leaving the Connaught Hotel in London with 40 year-old Guy Ritchie, a film director, most famously known as Madonna’s ex-husband. Photos show Lady Gabriella trying to avoid the cameras as she exits the hotel and drives off in Richie’s car. Lady Gabriella broke up with her boyfriend, Aatish Taseer, in December. Guy Ritchie and Madonna divorced in 2008. … Continue reading

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Princess Eugenie Lights Up in Sydney

  April 3, 2009 at 11:44 pm by

Princess Eugenie of York is apparently finding it harder to quit smoking than she thought it would be. The young princess was seen lighting up as she wandered the shops of Sydney this week. The princess is on her gap year after earning top grades in her classes. She is on vacation in Australia with a group of friends, looking just like any other student on break, except for her … Continue reading

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Mrs Obama or Mrs Octopus?

  April 2, 2009 at 11:16 pm by

“Who touched who first?” No, it’s not a transcript from Gary Glitter’s latest trial; it’s the question on everyone’s lips after Her Majesty The Queen and The First Lady of the United States of America enjoyed a little cuddle at Buck House last night. Though being briefed on Royal protocol, the Obamas seemed to prefer their own blend of modern friendliness and traditional etiquette and it obviously got the Royal … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth Receives US President at Buckingham Palace

  April 1, 2009 at 5:55 pm by

HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh had a private meeting on Wednesday at Buckingham Palace with American President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. The four met first in front of cameras at the Palace before having tea privately. As a gesture of goodwill, the couples exchanged gifts. The Obamas received a signed photo of The Queen and The Duke in a silver frame, a standard … Continue reading

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Princess Anne Visits The Falklands and South Georgia

  March 31, 2009 at 2:36 am by

31 March 2009. Princess Anne, accompanied by Vice Admiral Laurence, is visiting the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, a part of the world she last visited in 2007. She was invited by the South Georgia Heritage Trust, an organisation of which she is Patron. In the Falkland Islands, the Princess has carried out a series of engagements similar to those she might perform in Britain, visiting a police station, a … Continue reading

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Mexican President Calderón Makes State Visit to Britain

  March 30, 2009 at 3:17 pm by

President Calderón of Mexico, and his wife, Margarita Zavala, have arrived to Buckingham Palace today for a state visit ahead of the upcoming G20 Summit in London. The Queen and Prince Philip greeted their visitors in style with a pomp-filled parade at Horseguards near the Mall. President Calderón’s state visit is the first by a Mexican head of state to Britain in almost 25 years; President Miguel de la Madrid’s … Continue reading

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