2013 may not see as many celebratory events as 2012, but there is still much to pop out the champers for this year. Though she did ascend the throne on February 6th, 1952 upon the death of her father, King George VI, Queen Elizabeth’s coronation took place a year later on June 2nd, 1953.
Millions worldwide listened to the radio broadcast, and many were able to view the proceedings on live television. Prince Charles was allowed to attend the historical occasion, but Princess Anne – just two at the time – was a bit too young and therefore had to hang back at Buckingham Palace.
Still, the spare and then-heir got dolled up for the occasion in designs by Miss Hodgson of Sloane Street, according to the Daily Mail.
Buckingham Palace has announced events to commemorate the anniversary, with a service at Westminster Abbey on June 4th at 11am, to be attended by Her Majesty and members of the royal family. According to Sky News reporter Paul Harrison, the Queen will travel to the abbey in a car, rather than a state landau. Read More »
Yesterday, the Daily Mail‘s Richard Kay revealed that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge accepted an honorary membership at the prestigious All England Club. Her Royal Highness is a keen tennis fan, having attended several Wimbledon matches at the historic club.
“The Duchess was pleased to accept the kind offer, particularly given her interest in tennis,” a royal aide said. Catherine is already an honorary member of the Queen’s Club in West London.
Some say she may be offered the position of club president once its current holder, the Duke of Kent, 77, steps down.
The new member will most likely be watching this year’s tournament from Kensington Palace (or the hospital), as she is due to give birth in July.
Wimbledon 2013 kicks off Monday, June 24th.
It was a happy week for both Prince Harry‘s family and Britain as the spare made his way back home from the front lines of Afghanistan.
Harry allowed press onto his base, where he talked about his duties as an Apache helicopter co-pilot gunner, and complained (albeit ever-so-politely) about the lack of privacy he and his family receive.
In fashion, we had a jolly good time looking at the Duchess of Cambridge‘s many fantastic headpieces. I joined in on the fun with my very own fascinator, a special gift from my grandmother (also a fan of Her Royal Highness). Read More »
Prince Harry left Helmand province on Monday night (January 21st) and arrived for post-deployment “decompression’ at a British military base in Akrotiri, Cyprus, according to the Daily Mail.
This afternoon, he landed at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire after four-and-a-half months as an Apache co-pilot gunner.
“It was a hell of an experience,” Harry said of his tour-of-duty. ”I’m really proud of the guys. It’s very different to when I was last out there. I’m just thrilled to be back. A bit of blue sky in Cyprus, a bit of decompression, some comedy – and back to the snow. Four and a half months has gone very quickly.”
His time in Afghanistan was not without a sense that his job is unlike any other. Read More »
After what must have been a very proud day on January 11th for Paul Emsley, the Glasgow-born artist was not prepared for the onslaught of criticism he faced.
Emsley was selected from a shortlist to paint the Duchess of Cambridge, which he began working on last May. Though Her Royal Highness and the Duke of Cambridge were delighted with the portrait, it didn’t take away the sting of caustic reviews.
“Some of the words written about it were so personal. I’d be inhuman if I said it didn’t affect me,” Mr Emsley told Hello! Magazine. “When you take on commissions like this it is hazardous and you expect a bit of flak, but I expected nothing like the criticism I have received. I didn’t expect it to go to the levels it did.”
Unfortunately, we were part of that hate parade (I dare you to find someone who wasn’t). Read More »
Before ending his second tour-of-duty in Afghanistan, Prince Harry granted an interview to the press at Camp Bastion, where he’s been based since September 2012.
Captain Wales, as he’s referred to in the army, is co-pilot gunner in Apache helicopters. Despite being so far way from home, Harry was able to share his happiness with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge‘s baby news.
“Obviously I’m thrilled for both of them,” Harry told the press (via People Magazine). ”It’s about time!
“I spoke to my brother and her, and they’re both very well and both very happy obviously,” Harry added, making it quite clear his feelings on their early announcement. “I think it’s very unfair that they were forced to publicize it when they were, but that’s just the media for you.” Read More »
What to do when your older brother and future king wants to “trim down” the monarchy? Push for your daughters to take on more engagements, of course.
Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, both gainfully employed and not living off the privy purse, were selected as trade ambassadors by the British Government to promote the United King abroad. Yesterday, they popped over to Germany for a two-day trip.
Beatrice (wearing a very flattering Jonathan Saunders dress) took time off from her job at a venture capitol firm for the gig, and Eugenie has undertaken work experience at an art gallery since graduating from university this past sumer, according to both the Daily Express and the Daily Mail.
Some say that their father, Prince Andrew played a strong part in securing this trip for the girls. A bit of an elitist himself, the Queen’s third child receives an annual allowance from his mother is very resistant to the idea of a slimmed-down royal family.
“It’s his pompous sense of entitlement that grates and the fact that he appears to be passing it on to his daughters,” the Mail‘s Sandra Parsons wrote on January 15th. ”Indeed, he’s so bent on having their royal status properly acknowledged that he’s even funded their trip — economy class — to Berlin.” Read More »