Monday, 22 January 2018

Fergie, mother of the bride


And like that, she's back in the room. Let's face it, Fergie never really went away. But within moments of her younger daughter, Eugenie, announcing her engagement, La Ferg was in full throttle and reminding everyone why she made us laugh and cringe all at the same time. So often. The comments that followed the news of Royal Wedding Number 2 were almost as joyous as the big announcement itself and herald the start of a new age of Fergie. Bet the Queen can't wait.

Eugenie and Jack: the official photos


Here comes the bride. Princess Eugenie and her husband to be, Jack Brooksbank, have set the seal on their engagement with a series of official photos. The couple smiled for the camera of Jonathan Brady in the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace just hours after their happy news was shared with the world. The official announcement of their engagement was made at 10am on Monday January 22nd 2017.

Princess Eugenie is getting married


Princess Eugenie of York is getting married. The Queen's granddaughter is engaged to her partner, Jack Brooksbank, with another Windsor wedding set for this autumn.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Royal birthdays, the gifts that keep on giving


This weekend sees three big royal birthdays and a bit of a surprise. We expect anniversary photos from several of Europe's royal houses but the Windsors are rather more hit and miss when it comes to celebrating birthdays with new snaps. Not this year. As Sophie, Countess of Wessex marked her big day we got an avalanche of pictures and information about her on the official Royal Family social media accounts. Add in to that the expected new portraits from Norway and Belgium where other royal birthdays were being celebrated and the weekend turned into a bonanza of photos and that can only be good news for the royals.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

The Windsor Week: let's make it a keeper


We've had high profile TV interviews, so many engagements it's been hard to keep up with, fashion as a way of helping others and a man's sartorial choices making the biggest headlines. It's been a good week for the House of Windsor. Speaking very personally, this is how I want my royals to be. OK, I'm one voice but I'm going to share it anyway. If this is the future then all is looking rosy. Why have the past seven days worked so well for the bods at Buck House?

Thursday, 18 January 2018

State Dinner Sparklers: Iceland to Sweden


And we're off. The Royal 2018 has welcomed its first sparkling State Banquet of the year and who else would be getting the whole tiaras at tea party started than the Swedish royals. Yep, Queen Silvia and co were all diamonds and smiles as they welcomed the President of Iceland and his wife to Stockholm on the first State Visit of the year. It was a small and select gathering of gems (Crown Princess Victoria is ill and Princess Madeleine stayed in London as she is now in the final stages of her third pregnancy) but when they glitter that much, who'se grumnling. Let's start the 2018 State Dinner Sparklers selection....

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

The great work of England's first queen


The Bayeux Tapestry could be heading for England. The famous telling of the Conquest of England by a certain king called William in 1066 is, according to The Times and the BBC, on its way to the country he claimed for a little holiday. It would give millions the chance to see this amazing historic source. And put on display the most fabulous legend surrounding England's first post conquest queen.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

The Queen and the Corsetiere


There's a word you don't get to write every day. Corsetiere. And so much more sophisticated than bra supplier even though they have both been used to describe a lady who has just fallen foul of the Queen of England. To much fanfare, and headlines around the world, Rigby & Peller has lost its royal warrant because one of its leading ladies wrote a book about bras and Buckingham Palace.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Royal Wedding Dresses: Princess Margriet of the Netherlands


Princess Margriet and Pieter van Vollenhoven on their wedding day, January 10th 1967
(photo koninklijkhuis.nl)

If the cold days of January are starting to make you feel a bit grey, how about a royal wedding dress covered in daisies to celebrate a golden anniversary to brighten things up? Today marks the anniversary of the marriage of Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and Pieter van Vollenhoven and, just like this rather happy royal couple, the wedding gown of January 10th 1967 has stood the test of time.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Meghan Markle's Media Day


For a woman who made her name in the media, perhaps it shouldn't be that surprising that Meghan Markle's first public engagement of 2018 was dominated by communication. Meghan, along with Prince Harry, was a guest at a radio station. But while they heard about this take on the oldest form of broadcast media, a new way of getting the message across was making headlines, too. Yes, Meghan has closed down her social media accounts. Anyone would think she was marrying into royalty or something.