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Prince William Holds Investiture at Buckingham Palace

  February 24, 2015 at 6:12 pm by

The Duke of Cambridge today held an investiture on behalf of the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Prince William presented the two men who came up with the idea for the Tower of London poppies installation (called Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red), artist Paul Cummins and theatre designer Tom Piper, with the insignia of Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE). The two were honoured for services … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip Reopen Canada House

  February 19, 2015 at 10:47 pm by

Even the Queen sometimes doesn’t have all the power, as she and the Duke of Edinburgh found themselves sitting in traffic on Trafalgar Square today as they were heading to Canada House. The pair arrived at their destination, the Canadian High Commission, just in time, and were greeted by the High Commissioner, Gordon Campbell, and the former Canadian Foreign Minister, John Baird. Officers from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police were stationed … Continue reading

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Happy Chinese New Year! Charles & Camilla Mark Celebrations

  February 19, 2015 at 5:35 pm by

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall today helped to celebrate Chinese New Year with a visit to Chinatown in central London. Greeted by a series of traditional lion dancers, Charles and Camilla chatted with locals on the streets, the Prince wishing them a “Xin Nian Hao (Happy New Year).” The couple took great interest in the intricate design of the lion costumes, before heading off to open … Continue reading

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The Duchess of Cambridge Visits Emma Bridgewater Factory

  February 18, 2015 at 6:44 pm by

Earlier today, the Duchess of Cambridge visited an Emma Bridgewater pottery factory in Stoke-on-Trent. Kate visited the pottery factory in connection with EACH (East Anglia Children’s Hospices), as all proceeds from a china mug made by Emma Bridgewater will be going towards the hospice. The EACH hospice supports terminally ill children and their families. After the visit, where Kate had a go at decorating some pottery, she traveled in the … Continue reading

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Charles and Camilla Attend Movie Premiere

  February 17, 2015 at 9:14 pm by

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were among the VIPs at the star-studded world premiere of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel tonight at the Odeon Leicester Square. Walking the orange carpet lined with archways decorated in pink, orange and yellow drapery and flowers, Charles and Camilla joined the movie’s stars – including Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel and Celia Imrie –  for a … Continue reading

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New Patronage for the Duchess of Cornwall

  February 17, 2015 at 8:53 am by

The Duchess of Cornwall has taken on a new patronage, becoming the royal president of the Women of the World Festival. Camilla attended a reception at the Southbank Centre in London in support of the organisation last night, to coincide with the announcement. Among the guests were Grayson Perry, internet entrepreneur Baroness Martha Lane-Fox and Olympian Christine Ohuruogu. The Duchess also got spent a short time speaking with author Catherine Mayer, who … Continue reading

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Dresden Peace Prize Awarded to the Duke of Kent

  February 14, 2015 at 10:55 pm by

The Duke of Kent was presented with the Dresden Peace Prize today, in a ceremony at the Semperoper in Dresden, Germany. The Friends of Dresden Deutschland annually present the prize to an individual who has worked to prevent the escalation of armed conflict, and chose the Duke as this year’s laureate because of his “contribution to the reconciliation of Great Britain and Germany.” The Vice Chairman of the organisation, Dr Günter … Continue reading

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The Duchess of Cambridge Visits Portsmouth

  February 12, 2015 at 10:41 pm by

As Royal Patron of the 1851 Trust, the Duchess of Cambridge today headed south to Portsmouth, to visit the Ben Ainslie Racing headquarters construction site. Arriving at the harbour in a cream Max Mara coat, Kate was greeted by Sir Ben Ainslie and a group of local school children who all contributed to the 1851 Mural that runs along the outside of the building, which also features a visitors centre. … Continue reading

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New Naval Appointments for Prince Andrew, Prince Michael

  February 12, 2015 at 3:42 pm by

It was announced this morning in London that the Queen has approved two new naval appointments for members of her family: the Duke of York and Prince Michael of Kent. Prince Andrew, Rear Admiral, has been promoted to the rank of Vice Admiral, and Prince Michael, Honorary Rear Admiral in the Royal Naval Reserve, has been promoted to Honorary Vice Admiral. The Duke’s promotion comes into effect on February 19, … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth Hosts Wessex Birthday Reception

  February 10, 2015 at 8:33 pm by

Queen Elizabeth II held a reception for the charities of the Earl and Countess of Wessex this evening at Buckingham Palace, to mark the couple’s 50th birthdays. 375 guests involved with the couple’s charities and patronages – staff, volunteers and representatives – attended the reception, which included speeches by the Earl and Countess. Between them, Edward and Sophie are involved with over 140 organisations. A behind-the-scenes photo was published by … Continue reading

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Prince Charles Begins Middle East Tour

  February 7, 2015 at 10:33 pm by

The Prince of Wales touched down in Amman this evening, beginning his week-long visit to the Middle East. He was greeted at the Amman Civil Airport by Prince Ghazi bin al-Muhammad, first cousin of King Abdullah II and his chief advisor on religious and cultural affairs, and the British Ambassador to Jordan, Peter Millett. A military guard of honour lined the red carpet as the official party departed. Later, at the … Continue reading

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Royals Rank Amongst World’s Most Admired

  February 3, 2015 at 9:38 am by

A new poll by market research firm YouGov has seen several royals ranking within the top twenty of the ‘Most Admired’ for their respective countries. The poll, which had 25,000 respondents in 23 countries, asked ‘Who do you truly admire?’ and ‘Who do you most admire?’, with respondents selecting from a list of 25 worldwide figures and 5 popular local figures. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II was the highest ranked royal … Continue reading

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Prince Harry Attends London Marathon Training Session

  February 1, 2015 at 9:38 pm by

Prince Harry made a trip to Twickenham this afternoon, to attend a training session of runners who will be competing in the London Marathon in April. The Prince is patron of the event, and meet with a number of runners who will be raising funds for several of his other charities, including the Rugby Union’s Injured Players Foundation, MapAction and Walking with the Wounded. He watched around sixty runners train in … Continue reading

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Countess of Wessex Opens New Cardiac Unit

  January 28, 2015 at 9:54 pm by

A visit to Southampton was on the Countess of Wessex’s agenda today, to officially open the new cardiac unit of Southampton General Hospital. Sophie was given a tour of the new unit, which is specially designed for patients between the ages of 16 and 30 who require lengthy treatment for heart conditions, and allows them to receive treatment amongst people their own age instead of the elderly. It has 17 … Continue reading

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Charles and Camilla Attend Holocaust Memorial Day Ceremony

  January 27, 2015 at 7:34 pm by

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have attended an event in London to commemorate the day. Together with Prime Minister David Cameron and the leader of the opposition Ed Miliband, the couple spoke with survivors of the Holocaust and listened to stories of victims during the national commemoration at the Methodist Central Hall. Prince Charles delivered a speech during the event, stating … Continue reading

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The Countess of Wessex Turns Fifty

  January 20, 2015 at 6:00 am by

The Countess of Wessex today celebrates her fiftieth birthday. Born Sophie Helen Rhys-Jones in 1965, the Countess is the second child of Christopher Rhys-Jones and Mary O’Sullivan. She has an elder brother, David, and was educated at Dulwich Prepatory School and Kent College before beginning a career in public relations. In 1999, Sophie’s engagement to Prince Edward, the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II, was announced by Buckingham Palace. They … Continue reading

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Catherine Cambridge’s Day in Kensington

  January 19, 2015 at 10:01 pm by

The Duchess of Cambridge today carried out a series of engagements close to home in Kensington. Her first stop was a coffee morning with volunteers of Family Friends, an organisation which offers support to disadvantaged families through mentoring services. Here, Catherine spent time chatting with volunteers and with people who have benefited from the service Family Friends provides. The Duchess was due to be presented with a bouquet of flowers … Continue reading

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Duchess of Cambridge Attends Event With The Fostering Network

  January 17, 2015 at 1:31 pm by

On January 16, the Duchess of Cambridge attended a meeting with foster carers in North London. Kate greeted lots of children whilst she was at the event, though she was particularly taken by a baby girl. Kate said to the baby, who was called Naya, “Sweetie pie, I love your hair”. She later added that little Naya was chubbier than her son, Prince George. Kate wore a brown dress from … Continue reading

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Duchess of Cambridge Names New Art Room in London

  January 15, 2015 at 10:44 pm by

The Duchess of Cambridge was today in London to officially name the new art room at Barlby Primary School in West London. She was joined by British cross-dressing artist Grayson Perry for the event, which Catherine was originally scheduled to attend in October last year before her severe morning sickness forced her to cancel a number of engagements. Arriving in the early afternoon, the Duchess first stopped by the school hall … Continue reading

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Duchess of Cambridge’s Thirty-Third Birthday

  January 9, 2015 at 5:13 pm by

The Duchess of Cambridge celebrated her thirty-third birthday on January 9. Catherine Elizabeth Middleton was born on 9 January 1982 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading. Although her full name is Catherine, she is most commonly known as “Kate”. She is the eldest daughter and child of Carole Goldsmith and her husband, Michael Middleton. She has two younger siblings; Philippa Middleton (who is more commonly known as “Pippa” – … Continue reading

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