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…]
There’s a new book coming out later this summer about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, but don’t expect anything juicy. It was written by royal journalists Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand and, according to Deadline, it includes an interview the Sussexes gave before they left the U.K. earlier this year. The book, which promises to dispel rumors about the couple and reveal “unknown details about their life together,” reportedly has their blessing. [Read more…]
On Friday, the couple posted an update on their official website letting fans know what their plans are once they officially leave the House of Windsor this spring. After reading it once, I thought to myself, “These bullet points sound a little bitter, but maybe I’m overreacting.” So I read it again. Then I read it to a friend who doesn’t follow royalty but is intrigued by Harry and Meghan’s break-up with the royal family. She, too, found it to be defensive and a little whiny. [Read more…]
Earlier today royal fans and fairweather observers alike woke up to news that Prince Harry and his girlfriend of of 16 month, Meghan Markle, were engaged. The couple held a photocall at Kensington Palace’s Sunken Garden before sitting down with the BBC’s Mishal Husain.
Markle, who until recently starred on USA Network’s “Suits,” has moved into Nottingham cottage, Harry’s two-bedroom abode at Kensington Palace. It was there that Harry proposed one evening while she was making them a roast chicken. [Read more…]
There are certain moments when we are reminded that kings and queens can also be grandparents, and Queen Silvia of Sweden did just that last week.
Her Majesty was watching the equestrian jumping event during the 2016 Rio Olympics with King Carl XVI Gustaf and the Dutch royals.
Wanting to capture some of the highlights to show friends and family back home, Queen Silvia whipped out her smart phone and got to work. [Read more…]
Just because William and Catherine sat this round out doesn’t mean that other royals were going to watch the Summer Games from the comfort of their homes.
Queen Maxima packed up her chicest summer pieces, as well as orange pants for her husband, and brought her family to her native South America (Her Majesty originally hails from Argentina).
If I’ve learned anything from glancing over the weekly rags, it’s that gold stickers are a fantastic way to trick people into thinking a headline is real.
Henceforth, I daren’t believe a word any publication states unless it’s stamped with a gold sticker.
Every story is the same – Prince Charles is being skipped over in favor of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for the British throne because Queen Elizabeth said so! Camilla is jealous AF and swears she will exact revenge on the beautiful Duchess for messing up her plans to rule over the kingdom! [Read more…]
Yesterday, Kensington Palace released four adorable photos of Prince George to celebrate his third birthday.
Normally the Duchess of Cambridge is behind the lens, but this time she and Prince William hired photographer Matt Porteous to snap George at Anmer Hall, the family’s home in Norfolk, England.
One photo from the set has the Royal Society For The Prevention of Cruelty To Animals concerned. [Read more…]
They were there on official business, but it’s always lovely to pop round to visit one’s grandson at his place of work.
Before she meets with outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron at 5pm, the Queen (accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh) opened a new East Anglian Air Ambulance Base at Cambridge Airport today, according to BBC News.
Coincidentally, this is also where Prince William is based as a pilot for the ambulatory service.
This is the second time Her Majesty and Prince Philipe have visited the Duke of Cambridge’s place of work.
Just before his wedding in 2011, the Queen visited William RAF Valley in Anglesey, Wales, where he served as a search-and-rescue pilot.
According to People‘s Simon Perry, William piloted a helicopter back from a call just in time to give his grandparents the grand tour.
Eastern Daily Press reports that William was came back from a mission that was called to a nursery school in King’s Lynn (though there was no word on whether this was an emergency call or a simple “what to do if something goes wrong” lesson).
“It was all very exciting but the children were more excited about the helicopter, it was just a bonus that Prince William was on board,” headteacher Matthew Tuckswood told the paper.
Helicopters > Future King.
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) July 13, 2016
Prince Philip looked far younger than his 95 years as he laughed with William (probably about the way he landed the helicopter, judging by how he animated pointing).
“All of sudden this giant lemon plopped down, and there you were!”
William has been stationed as an ambulance pilot at Cambridge for over a year.
William kisses Granny and Grandpa as they leave for London. The Queen preparing to meet new Prime Minister May pic.twitter.com/rC4pwizoVp
— Emily Nash (@emynash) July 13, 2016
Now, it’s time for a bit of history-making, as Theresa May prepares to become the second female Prime Minister in British history.
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…”
Cameron, who has held the position since 2010, will hand in his official resignation to the Queen at Buckingham Palace (she’s currently at Sandringham, according my Twitter peep, Cepe Smith).
He will then recommend Home Secretary Theresa May as a replacement. May will be called to the palace, where she will receive her invitation from Her Majesty to form a government.
May will be the second woman to serve as Prime Minister in the UK’s history. Margaret Thatcher was PM from 1979-1990.
Cameron announced his resignation after Great Britain voted to leave the European Union on June 23rd.
David Cameron appears to hum a song seconds after announcing he will step down as Prime Minister on Wednesday.https://t.co/FhhI1iL3Jx
— ITV News (@itvnews) July 11, 2016
“K, bai.” – Prince George of Cambridge