The Most Glorious Photos From Today’s State Opening of Parliament

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Today was yet another example of what Great Britain does best, putting on a display of pomp and pageantry as Her Majesty took part in her 62nd State Opening of Parliament.

 

“The State Opening of Parliament marks the formal start of the parliamentary year and the Queen’s Speech sets out the government’s agenda for the coming session, outlining proposed policies and legislation,” the UK’s official Parliament site explains.  “It is the only regular occasion when the three constituent parts of Parliament – the Sovereign, the House of Lords and the House of Commons – meet.”  Continue reading

The 6 Greatest Royal Moments From May 2015

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This past month proved to be an exciting one for both the royal family and their fans.  On May 2nd, the Cambridges welcomed Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.  A week or so later, Prince Harry charmed the pants off Australia and New Zealand.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visited Ireland and Northern Ireland, which included a stop at the village of Mullaghmore, Ireland, the site where Lord Mountbatten and others were killed in 1979 when a bomb was planted on their boat.

Prior to 2015, the most exciting month on the calendar year for royal fans was April, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding anniversary on April 29th, and Her Majesty’s birthday on the 21st.  Now, it looks like May 2015 has been one for the royal books.

Here, in no particular order, are its best moments.  Continue reading

People Send ITV Editor Tom Bradby Nasty Tweets Because They Think He Is Tom Brady

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Tom Bradby seems like a lovely bloke.  He is ITV’s political editor, an accomplished author, and a friend of the Duke of Cambridge.   Bradby is so lovely, diplomatic and trustworthy that the Duke and his then-fiance, Catherine Middleton chose him for their only engagement interview on November 16th, 2010.

Bradby and William met in 2005 when the journalist was working as a royal correspondent, and William needed to borrow some video equipment for a project.  Their friendship was an odd one, only because the royal family and royal reporters aren’t usually friends.

Yet, Bradby and the Duke forged a relationship based on trust and respect, something that William kept in mind when he asked Bradby to conduct the interview at Clarence House, Catherine’s first time speaking publicly.  Continue reading

Oh, The Places Charlotte Will Go!

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Right, so when you wake up, Your Royal Highness, please allow me and Visit Britain to show you all the wonderful places in the United Kingdom.

I’ll just draft up a lovely little guide so that you can read it at your leisure, ma’am.  I’ve heard that one’s entrance into the world is a bit traumatic (scientific theories and whatnot), and no doubt you’re settling down at Norfolk with a nice cup of tea bottle before bedtime.

Where were we?  Yes, Great Britain! All of the glorious points of interest steeped in history folklore and boasting natural beauty.  Let’s get on with it.  Continue reading

Jewelry Designer Monica Vinader Creates A Special (and Sparkly) Gift For The Royal Birth

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Retailers the world over have created special items to commemorate Princess Charlotte‘s arrival, and – if we’re being honest – it’s jolly good fun to celebrate a girl because FASHION AND BEAUTY AND SPARKLY JEWELS (soz, George).

British jeweler Monica Vinader, who started her line in 2008 to fuse together fashion and fine jewelry, sketched a personalized necklace for the Duchess of Cambridge featuring her iconic Siren pendants and the new Alphabet range, launching in July.  Continue reading

One Lets One’s Hair Down For The Royal Windsor Horse Show

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Hurrah!  It’s the first day of 2015’s Royal Windsor Horse Show!  Time to put away the hats, purse and gloves and throw on a respectable (but casual) skirt, for the RWHS is a time to stop and smell the manure.

According to the Daily Mail, the Royal Windsor Horse Show has been put on since 1943, when it was originally created as a war-time fundraiser.  Her Majesty was joined by the Duchess of Cornwall, who greeted the monarch with a customary curtsy and one kiss on each cheek.  Continue reading

Get Kate’s Look: Regal-Looking Kenneth Jay Lane Jewelry Under $100

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Only in December 2014 did we discover (“we” being me) that the Duchess of Cambridge is fan of costume jewelry designer Kenneth Jay Lane. His prices are incredibly fair for what he creates, from elaborate chandelier earrings to statement necklaces.

If you’re reading this, Mr. Lane, we wouldn’t be opposed to knock-offs of famous European tiaras.  Not for wearing to weddings or Super Sweet 16s, obviously – far too gauche.  Just for kicking around the house or watching Netflix.  Continue reading

Cressida Bonas Sparkles and Shines at Dior’s Cruise 2016 Show

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While Prince Harry is charming the the pants off every single person in New Zealand, his ex-girlfriend is looking hot-to-trot in France.

Cressida Bonas, the dancer who dated Harry for about two years until 2014, has been carving her own path as an actress and model.  Bonas was featured in a short film by Mulberry, and was cast in Tulip Fever alongside Dame Judi Dench and Christoph WaltzContinue reading

Shoe Designer Tanya Heath Calls Kate Middleton’s Style “Timeless” and “Classic”

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Canadian-born Tanya Heath was spending too many nights on too-high heels.  It was Paris in the mid-90s and no one dared to pack a pair of pain-relieving flats when the going got tough (we suffer for our art, boys).

I just fantasised non-stop about a shoe where you could just take the heels off, and that would go from a comfortable low-heel to a high-heel, and still make me look good!” Heath told the Daily Mail.

The breakdown of her poor feet pushed forth a breakthrough for Heath and women everywhere, so in September 2013, she launched her namesake line in Paris.  Continue reading