Prior to his untimely death in September 2021, director Roger Michell (“Notting Hill,” “Tea With the Dames”) wanted to make good use of his time spent cooped up in COVID-19 isolation. So, he called on a few fellow brilliant minds and got to work on a documentary about Elizabeth II. But…how to make a documentary that isn’t like all the others? [Read more…]
It was a scene that surely delighted the royal crowds: a smiling monarch being driven around the Chelsea Flower earlier today show in a “golf buggy.” Her Majesty has been patron of The Royal Horticultural Society, which puts on the magnificent show, since 1952.
A lot, actually. While the sentiment is sweet, the name is one that’s deeply personal to someone who is arguably one of the most famous figures of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor arrived on June 4th, making her 8th in line to the throne that her parents unofficially/seemingly want nothing to do (or so most assume, see: the Oprah interview, Harry’s Armchair Expert interview, Apple+’s “The Me You Don’t See”). Alas, a blood royal is a blood royal is a blood royal, and Lili is named after two of the most influential royal women in modern history: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Diana, Princess of Wales. So, just like in January 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex kind of want to hold on to their royal ties, but only a little. [Read more…]
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…]
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. [Read more…]
Even rulers have moments when all they want to do is kick back with a libation, turn on his or her favorite TV program, and space out.
So, Her Majesty can be forgiven for looking less than thrilled on occasion.
You try ruling through 60+ years of hot mess after hot mess and tell me those eyes don’t glaze over from time to time!
1.”Welp, good Show. Where’s my gin?” [Read more…]
It’s one of the most famous races in the world, and nothing was going to keep patrons from attending what is arguably the most British activity ever – Royal Ascot.
Also known as watching horses race while drinking champagne and wearing fancy hats.
Day one saw a downpour of UK proportions come down upon racegoers, who were decked out in their Ascot finest. [Read more…]
As the rest of the audience sat quietly (I think) in the rows of St. Paul’s Cathedral, Prince Harry made the Duchess of Cambridge giggle.
And it was great.
One thing to know about the royal family is that they love when things go wrong at formal events.
Well, this is an interesting development.
Though her mother went in 2011 as a guest of the Queen, the Duchess of Cambridge has never attended Royal Ascot, though to be one of the most significant days in the British calendar.
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…]