Monday, 9 April 2018

Royal Baby Countdown is under way....


Stand by, everyone, baby Cambridge is imminent. No, Kate hasn't gone into labour but the parking restrictions have been put in place outside St. Mary's, Paddington which means the hospital is expecting a rather special patient very soon. The countdown to the newest royal baby on the block has started.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Royal Wedding Countdown: Harry and Meghan's great love


The royal love birds might be making final preparations for their marriage (May 19th, just in case you've been hiding under a rock) but Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had time for another of their great passions. It what may well be (one of) their final appearance before their wedding, Harry and Meghan have been getting match fit with the Invictus team.

Monday, 2 April 2018

A hat trick of Windsor April brides



Wedding season has begun. While all eyes might be on May this year for the first big royal marriage of 2018 (yes, we're looking at you, Meghan), April has produced its fair share of Windsor royal brides. From the most famous regal wedding of recent times to one that caused a fair share of controversy to another starring a princess with her own fairytale romance, these are moments for and from the history books. Here's a hat trick of Windsor royal brides....

The Windsor (not exactly overly happy) Easter


Well, that all went well. The last big Windsor celebration in Windsor before the first royal wedding of the year turned out to be a little grey and grumpy. There was a row about a protocol breach, Prince Philip's health gave cause for concern and over the course of three days, everyone looked ever so slightly down in the dumps. Presumably, the chocolate kicked in after Sunday lunch at the Castle and it was smiles all round. Here's how the Windsors spent their Easter.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

The Day the Queen was kept waiting....


When is it OK to keep the Queen waiting? The answer is never. And yet in a somewhat incomprehensible series of events, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived late at the Easter Sunday service at Windsor today, walking to the church door after the Queen had entered. And by the look on her face, the Queen was not amused.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Royal Wedding Countdown: the cake takes shape


Not one but two royal wedding staples have taken a tumble today. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have chosen a lemon and elderflower sponge for their marriage celebrations which means that as well as taking a swerve on the royal tradition of a fruit cake for the big day, they’ve also ensured that another regal custom will be broken. Yep, you can rest easy. This is one royal wedding cake that has no chance of turning up at auction.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

8 royal Pats for St. Patrick's Day




It's St Patrick's Day which means anyone with a link to or love of Ireland will take a moment to celebrate. And there will be plenty of Pats joining in the celebrations but while the name was a popular one (usually as a shorted form of either Patrick or Patricia) for much of the 20th century, it's much rarer among royalty. So to mark St Patrick's Day, here's a look at eight royals who had a Pat hidden somewhere in their names.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Royal Wedding Dresses: Beatrix of the Netherlands


The wedding of Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands and Claus von Amsberg on March 10th 1966 (photo: by Anefo - Nationaal ArchiefCC BY-SA 3.0, via Wiki Commons)

All royal wedding gowns are spectacular in their own way but the dress of a queen in waiting has to have something really regal about it. So the wedding dress chosen by Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands on March 10th 1966 came with a lot of expectations and anticipation attached to it. And when the bride walked into the Westerkerk in Amsterdam, her gown didn't disappoint.

Friday, 9 March 2018

Sweden's Royals: a new baby for Madeleine


Sweden had a new royal baby this morning. Princess Madeleine has given birth to a healthy daughter, her third child with husband Chris O'Neill. Mum and baby are doing well and Sweden has a new princess.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

A double dose of March royal brides


A queen in waiting was a royal March bride in 1966 when Beatrix of the Netherlands married Claus von Amsberg
(photo Wiki Commons)

March brings the first sights of spring and what could say new beginnings better than a wedding. Sadly, it's not a top pick for the regal save the date cards of recent years and it can't match the sunnier months of April, May and June for royal brides. But that doesn't mean to say it's a royal wedding free zone. It's been the month of choice for two of the most famous royal weddings of the last fifty or so years. As the sunshine of spring starts to break through, here's a look back at two famous royal March brides.