Each year the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal tugs at the heartstrings of U.K. and Commonwealth citizens and royal watchers alike. The charity — which raises money for veterans — takes place in November, leading up to Remembrance Sunday. The poppy was first mentioned in the World War I poem, “In Flanders Fields,” showing up on the Western Front during battle, and so became “an enduring symbol of remembrance,” according to the Imperial War Museum. [Read more…]
For the first time in over six months, a royal event took place at Buckingham Palace. On behalf of the Queen, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge greeted with President Volodymyr Zelensky and his wife, Olena in the palace’s Throne Room.
British Prime Minister David Cameron seems like a decent guy.
He admitted to camping out on the streets before Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles’ wedding back in 1981, which is a fantastic blurb. And he’ll be best known to Yours Truly as “that Prime Minister who got to go to the royal wedding, the Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympics.”
Today, Cameron confirmed in a press conference outside 10 Downing Street that as of Wednesday evening, he will no longer be Prime Minister.
The best part? He hummed to himself as he walked back inside, sounding very much like Hugh Grant in Love Actually as he let out an exasperated “Right…” [Read more…]
A magazine cover this significant could not have come at a better time.
Just a few days after the horrible mass shooting that took 49 innocent lives in Orlando, Florida, the Duke of Cambridge has made history by covering the July issue of Attitude, the first royal to ever cover a LBGTQ magazine.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) June 15, 2016
Those involved hinted yesterday at something after William and the Duchess of Cambridge signed the book of condolence for Orlando victims at the U.S. Embassy in London.
Representatives of LGBTQ association gliffa were there to greet the Cambridges, and William let it slip that he was involved with an upcoming Attitude project.
According to ITV News, Kensington Palace would not elaborate on the Duke’s comments.
“We look forward to speaking about this soon,” the palace stated yesterday.
No one had to wait long, because the palace tweeted the news this morning. [Read more…]
The June 12th shooting of 49 people inside Orlando, Florida’s Pulse night club is the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
As families and friends of the victims, LGBTQ+ allies and strangers alike mourn the tragedy, royal families across Europe have publicly sent their condolences to the country.
Prior to attending a garden party in Northern Ireland today, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the US Embassy in London to sign the book of condolence.
The flag behind William and Catherine, according to Kensington Palace, was presented to Hillary Clinton when she served as Secretary of State. [Read more…]
Her role as head of state may be technically ceremonial, but Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is still required to preside over a political event crucial to the well-being of her nation.
The State Opening of Parliament is the formal start of the governmental year, taking place in either May or June inside the House of Lords chamber. [Read more…]
As a royal watcher, it gives me great pleasure to see the Invictus Games enjoy so much success in its second year.
It was just three years ago when Prince Harry visited the Warrior Games in Colorado, which served as his inspiration for an international show of strength, bravery and sportsmanship.
The Invictus Games have given the participants a sense of pride and confidence in themselves after suffering horrific injuries while serving their countries. [Read more…]
Dr. Anna Whitelock is a professor of early modern history at Royal Holloway University (where yours truly studied abroad), as well as the director of The London Centre for Public History. Having predicted that the British monarchy will be O-V-E-R by 2030, she has earned the “bearer of bad news” title for Monday, April 4th. [Read more…]
This morning, ISIS suicide bombers detonated two devices inside Brussels’ Zaventem airport, and another at a metro station. According to ABC News, one x-ray from an injured victim showed a nail that punctured a lung, leading authorities to believe that the bombs contained nails and screws.
The total number of people killed at press time is at least 31, forcing the country to go on the highest terror alert possible, as well as declare three days of mourning for the dead.
Aside from the Duchess of Cambridge, no one has made a bigger impact on the royal family’s reputation than Prince Harry.
Captain Wales, as he was known in the armed forces, graduated from Sandhurst in 2006 and was deployed twice during his ten-year career to Afghanistan. [Read more…]