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“Road To The Crown” Exhibition Opens at Marienburg

  May 1, 2014 at 12:56 am by

The heirs of Hanover yesterday officially opened The Road To The Crown – The Kingdom of Hanover and Its Rulers exhibition celebrating the history of the Hanoverian Kingdom. Prince Ernst August Jr and Prince Christian, sons of Prince Ernst August V, welcomed 250 guests to Schloss Marienburg in Pattensen for the opening. Among the guests were Prince Heinrich of Hanover, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth Hosts Historic Irish State Visit

  April 9, 2014 at 5:27 am by

The President of the Republic of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, is currently on a state visit to the United Kingdom, upon the invitation of Queen Elizabeth II. It is the first official visit by an Irish head of state to the United Kingdom. Having arrived into the country on Monday, the President and his wife Sabina were collected by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall from the … Continue reading

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Duchess Of Cambridge Arrives In New Zealand In Dashing Red

  April 8, 2014 at 11:58 am by

As royal watchers awaited the long anticipated Cambridge trip, it’s finally here. With the start of their three week long tour, the royal couple started with New Zealand. Upon arrival at Wellington Airport, the Duchess of Cambridge looked ever so elegant in a red coat over a red dress by designer Catherine Walker. The outfit was matched with a pillbox hat by designer Gina Foster. The Duchess finished her look … Continue reading

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Dutch King and Queen Welcome Chinese President

  March 23, 2014 at 6:37 am by

The Dutch King and Queen yesterday welcomed the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, for a two-day state visit that is the first state visit by a Chinese President to the Netherlands. President Xi and his wife, Mrs Peng Liyuan, arrived yesterday morning at Amsterdam Schipol International Airport, and were greeted with the traditional military guard of honour. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima headed the welcoming committee. The … Continue reading

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Duchess of Cambridge’s First Royal Engagements For 2014

  February 16, 2014 at 11:45 pm by

So far, the Duchess of Cambridge has attended two royal engagements. For her first royal engagement of 2014, the Duchess visited the National Portrait Gallery in London on 11 February; where she wore a long, dark dress from Jenny Peckham with the Nizam of Hyderabad necklace, which was loaned from the Queen who was given it as a wedding present. Kate’s 2012 portrait hangs in the gallery, as well as … Continue reading

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Time To Vote For Best Dressed Royal At The Dutch Inauguration

  May 6, 2013 at 11:35 am by

It was a good two days where royals gathered in The Netherlands to farewell Queen Beatrix and welcome King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima. The royals pulled out their best evening dresses and jewelry. Royals were seen in seen-before outfits, new outfits and borrowed outfits and some royals even stayed very traditional. It’s time for you to vote and discuss who you thought was the best dressed. Vote and discuss in … Continue reading

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The State Banquet: Jewels, Orders and Decorations

  November 28, 2012 at 10:47 pm by

As with all State Visits, the hosts and the guests pay special attention to the Orders and Decorations they are wearing. The rule of thumb is to wear the highest honour available from the other country, and the Banquet in honour of the Kuwaiti State Visit was no exception in that respect. The Queen already held the Collar of the Order of Mubarak the Great and is also Member Special … Continue reading

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Jewel of the Day: The Queen Mother’s Heart Shaped Amethyst Pendant Necklace

  October 24, 2012 at 12:45 pm by

As first pictures of the Duchess of Cornwall at Skyfall première emerged, a lot of people (at least, lot of jewellery watchers) wondered about the amethyst necklace she was wearing. It was certainly not one she had ever worn before, and not an easily recognizable piece from British Royal Jewellery collection. My first thought was that the necklace was brand new, and had it not been for a more careful … Continue reading

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Charles and Camilla Attend Skyfall Première

  October 24, 2012 at 12:45 pm by

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall attended the world première of Skyfall in London. The screening, held at the Royal Albert Hall, was in aid of charities that support former and current members of Britain’s intelligence agencies. Skyfall is the 23rd official Bond film, and Daniel Craig’s third appearance as the world-famous super-spy. Prince Charles and Camilla spoke to the enthusiastic fans who had gathered for the … Continue reading

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Charlotte Casiraghi Attends ‘Art of Cartier’ Exhibition

  October 23, 2012 at 2:42 pm by

October 22nd, 2012 – Madrid Charlotte Casiraghi attended The Art of Cartier exhibition gala presentation at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid on October 22nd. The gala evening was in honour of the exquisite Cartier jewellery exhibition which is currently on show at the museum. The exhibition has over 400 historic pieces, some of which are on loan from the Spanish and Monegasque royal families, and also some which belonged to … Continue reading

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Day in History: King John Loses Crown Jewels

  October 14, 2012 at 11:59 am by

The period between 1214-1216 was a particularly difficult one for King John: most of his country was occupied by the French King, Louis VIII The Lion (who had been declared King in London), even his most ardent supporters were deserting John’s side, the Barons forced him to sign Magna Carta, the Pope issued a proclamation whereby anyone who tried to seize the Crown from John would be entitled to do … Continue reading

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Jewel of the Day: The Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara

  September 5, 2012 at 8:07 pm by

The tiara was named after its original owner Maria Pavlovna, Grand Duchess Vladimir of Russia, the wife of Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich (third son of Alexander II and brother to Alexander III). The Grand Duchess had impeccable taste in sparkling gems and wore them to great effect. Maria Pavlovna never tried to hide her disdain for Empress Alexandra, wife of Nicholas II, and went as far as to establish a … Continue reading

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Jewel of the Day: The Boucheron Aquamarine Clips

  August 31, 2012 at 7:55 am by

Another event attended by Her Majesty, another jewel – in this case, the marvellous Boucheron Aquamarine Clips, which Queen Elizabeth opted to wear for Paralympics Opening Ceremony. I happen to be a huge fan of Aquamarine jewellery (and that includes the Queen’s much maligned Brazilian Aquamarine parure, and especially the Aquamarine and Diamond Brooch), so every time the Queen wears these, I’m one very happy jewellery watcher. These Art Deco … Continue reading

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Jewel of the Day: King William IV Brooch

  July 29, 2012 at 5:20 pm by

The Opening Ceremony of London Olympic Games was a dazzling and a magnificent event, and of course, Her Majesty had to wear jewellery to match. Her choices for the significant occasion included Queen Victoria’s Diamond Collet Necklace, Queen Mary’s Cluster Earrings, and the hero of this blog entry – King William IV Brooch. In 1830, shortly after William IV’s accession to the Throne, the new King took six large diamonds … Continue reading

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Jewel of the Day: The Duchess of Cambridge Pearl Pendant

  July 25, 2012 at 9:57 am by

I guess we need to clarify one thing first: today’s jewel has nothing to do with the present Duchess of Cambridge. It was name so after Princess Augusta of Hesse-Kassel who married Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had three children together; the youngest of them was Mary Adelaide, Duchess of Teck – mother of Mary of Teck (George V’s Consort). Princes Augusta was known … Continue reading

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Jewel of the Day: Prince Albert’s Sapphire Brooch

  July 23, 2012 at 6:05 pm by

Most of Her Majesty’s important jewels are currently being showcased in various Diamond Jubilee exhibitions, meaning we have been deprived of serious jewellery for quite some time now. Today, however, Queen Elizabeth made up for those unfortunate circumstances by wearing one of my personal favourite brooches – Prince Albert’s Sapphire Brooch. The brooch, also known as Queen Victoria’s Wedding Brooch, is not only absolutely stunning – it also has important … Continue reading

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French City Demands British Crown Jewels

  July 15, 2012 at 2:13 pm by

A French city of Angers, once the capital of the House of Plantagenet which produced fourteen English Monarchs, is demanding a compensation for the murder of its last pretender to the Throne. Edward Plantagenet, 17th Earl of Warwick, was murdered in the Tower of London on orders of Henry VII Tudor; upon his death in 1499, the House of Plantagenet became extinct in the legitimate male line. A petition posted … Continue reading

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Jewel of the Day: The Rhodesian Flame Lily Brooch

  July 13, 2012 at 9:11 am by

Time for another jewellery update! When Queen Elizabeth visited Birmingham and Shropshire yesterday, she was wearing one of her (and my) favourite brooches – the Flame Lily Brooch. The brooch is one of the oldest in the Queen’s collection; she has had it for 65 years now. In 1947, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret accompanied their parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, on a tour of southern Africa. During … Continue reading

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Jewel of the Day: The Delhi Durbar Emerald Necklace

  July 5, 2012 at 2:28 pm by

The ceremonies like Order of Thistle or Garter aren’t the most jewellery-friendly since most of the decorations consist of order insignia. Nevertheless, for today’s Thistle service Her Majesty found a way to please jewellery-watchers by donning a beautiful emerald necklace. Unfortunately, it is not the magnificent Delhi Durbar Emerald Necklace – the hero of today’s entry, but still a beauty in her own right. First the “main course” – the … Continue reading

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Jewel of the Day: Brooches Worn at Ascot

  June 27, 2012 at 8:36 pm by

Whenever the Queen attends Ascot races, we are certain to be treated to five different outfits (with bookies placing bets on the colour of Her Majesty’s hat every day) and five different brooches. Queen Elizabeth didn’t disappoint this year as well, wearing some of her beautiful pieces – each meticulously chosen to match her ensemble of the day. Some of the brooches were the among those we see quite often, … Continue reading

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