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.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Aquamarines for March

Remember that knockout tiara from last summer's State Visit and we're not talking La Buena here? While Queen Letizia brought all the glitz with the Spanish Royal Family's most famous diadem that can trace its history back all the way to the start of the 20th century, the Queen brought out a very modern addition to her own collection, all featuring a stone traditionally associated with March birthdays. And it's not the only set of that stone in her vast jewel collection. Here come the aquamarines....

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Six royal roles that won Oscars

It's Oscars night and that means the eyes of the world are on Hollywood for the biggest, glitziest and most famous film awards of them all. There will be dozens of statuettes handed out this evening but the some of the most intense interest will be in who takes home the acting prizes. There are no royal roles among this year's nominations but regal parts have brought home the gold statuette in the past. Here are 6 royal roles which have won Oscars for the women and men who brought them to life on the screen.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Royal Weddings: band of gold

It's been a Windsor tradition from almost the moment that the ruling house came into existence but will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle follow it? For almost 100 years, every senior royal bride of the House of Windsor has worn a wedding ring made from Welsh gold. As speculation over every part of the Royal Wedding continues, here's a look at how Welsh gold came to be such a major part of Windsor marriages.

Friday, 2 March 2018

Harry and Meghan: wedding update

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been sharing more details of their wedding. On the big day itself, May 19th 2018, they will be inviting over 2,500 members of the public into the area around Windsor Castle to share their celebrations.

Victorian Royal Brides for March

March royal brides are now rare but go back just a few decades and that's not the case. In particular, Queen Victoria's children were rather partial to a March wedding. Among her nine children are three who wed in this blowy, showy month that bridges winter and spring and that means a hat trick of Victorian March Royal Brides.....