Saturday, 27 August 2016

Maxima and the medal winners


A royal welcome for the medal winners of Team NL
(photo koninklijkhuis.nl)

This time last week, they were cheering them to the podium in Rio. Now, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima have welcomed the medal winners of TeamNL to one of their royal homes to celebrate their success at the Olympics.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Kate and William speak out for Heads Together


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to YoungMinds as part of their Heads Together campaign
(Kensington Palace Instagram)

You can tell just how seriously William and Kate are taking their Heads Together campaign as they have spoken publicly about the importance of parents getting the support they need and not trying to be superheroes. As they visited YoungMinds to find out about their work, they both talked openly about the stresses of being parents and how much it means to know that help is available.

Royal Weddings: Mother of the Groom, Queen Sonja


Queen Sonja in her emerald tiara - she wore it at her son's wedding in 2001 as well
(photo kongehuset.no)

Did a queen ever look more majestic on her son's wedding day? Sonja of Norway pulled out all the steps for the marriage of her son, and the heir to the country's throne, on August 25th 2001. She appeared in an unforgettable green gala gown but then when you've got perhaps the best set of emeralds on the continent to wear, why would you go for any other colour?

Royal Wedding Dresses: Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway


The Crown Prince and Princess of Norway on their wedding day, August 25th 2001
(photo kongehuset.no)

One of the most famous royal weddings of the 21st century took place exactly fifteen years ago today. Mette-Marit Tjessem Hoiby stepped into Oslo Cathedral as a controversial royal fiancee and walked out as the wife of Crown Prince Haakon Magnus and as the future queen of Norway. And she wore a dream of a dress that is still a template for royal wedding gowns today to make her transition to Crown Princess of Norway.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

William and Kate in Luton


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge cut a cake marking the 25th anniversary of Keech Hospice in Luton during a day of engagements in the town
(photo Keech Hospice Twitter)

The new school term is just days away and it was back to normal for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they carried out their first set of engagements after several weeks of summer holidays. William and Kate were in Luton where they visited a youth project, an electric motors company and a hospice marking 25 years of caring for people with life limiting conditions. The couple focused on mental health, the economy and the hospice movement - all causes close to their hearts.

Mary meets Monet


Crown Princess Mary tours the Monet exhibition she opened on August 23rd 2016 
(photo Royal House Denmark)

He's one of the best known Impressionist painters with works famous around the world and this week, the biggest ever exhibition of Monet's paintings to be held in Scandinavia was opened by Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.

Monday, 22 August 2016

William and Kate's Canada Dates


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their first visit to Canada in 2011
(photo Kensington Palace Instagram)

Get the diary ready, we now know when William and Kate are heading to Canada. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive on September 24th and head home again on October 1st. And there's no sitting around for this royal pairs - the week is jam packed already and they've not even got there yet.

Alexander's Album


Prince Alexander of Sweden in his father's arms in a photo released ahead of his christening
(photo kungahuset/ Kate Gabor)

Prince Alexander of Sweden has starred in some new photos released ahead of his christening, set to take place on September 9th in the chapel of Drottninngholm Palace. And at four months old, he's looking quite the little man and very like his daddy.

Gold for August: Queen Margrethe's Poppies


No one else is ever going to be wearing the same headpiece when Margrethe chooses her poppies

They sound as if they should be one of the prettiest modern additions to a royal jewellery box but this set of gem encrusted flowers is controversial and then some. The Golden Poppies belonging to Queen Margrethe of Denmark are a modern take on the traditional head wear of royal ladies but these are a real love them or hate them set of jewels. Here is the most talked about of all the sets made of gold for August.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Royal Rio 2016: the youngest fan


You're never too young to show your royal support for your national football team as Prince Nicolas demonstrates
(photo Princess Madeleine Facebook)

There's been a lot of royal support at Rio but even the members of Europe's ruling houses who are too young to make the long trip to Brazil have been showing their allegiance. Ahead of the women's gold medal match between Sweden and Germany, Prince Nicolas donned his team's home kit and showed them he was right behind them.  Meet Sweden's youngest royal fan.

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