Prince George and Princess Charlotte Pull Off The Most Dignified of Photoshoots

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Hurrah!  The throne’s third-in-line held #4 in his arms as the Duchess of Cambridge captured their first moments as an heir and a consipiring spare brother and sister.  Prince George, wearing his Rachel Riley cord shirt and short set (an outfit repeater just like mum), helped his two-month-old sister, Princess Charlotte pose for photos.  Charlotte was dressed in Irulea,  reportedly a gift from her nanny, Maria Borrallo’s mother, according to What Kate’s Kids Wore.

Kensington Palace released a set of four photos at 9pm GMT yesterday, each one taken by Catherine, who is an amateur photographer

1. The Something-Doesn’t-Smell-Right

 

Charlotte: “Sorry, everyone.  That was me.  My bad.”

George: “Can someone please take this. I’m about to get sick all over my knee socks.”   Continue reading

What Does Prince Harry’s New Knighthood Really Mean?

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Yesterday, Buckingham Palace announced that the Queen made Prince Harry a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) during a private ceremony.

The Royal Victorian Order is given by The Queen to people who have served her or the Monarchy in a personal way, and can only be gifted by the Sovereign.

 

Now that Harry has been knighted, many are confused about his position in the royal family.  I asked royal commentator Victoria Arbiter to clear up any confusion regarding the prince and his well-deserved accolade.

TDD: Does Harry outrank William now?

Victoria Arbiter: No, Harry does not outrank William. William is a Garter Knight, which is a top honour [which was bestowed up on him in 2008].

TDD: Does this change how Harry is addresses?
VA: No, he is still HRH Prince Harry, just with KCVO after his name.

TDD:  What is a KCVO?

VA: KCVO stands for Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order. It is a personal award given by the Queen without the advice of her ministers and is given in recognition of services to the sovereign.

 

TDD: Why did the Queen bestow this on Harry?

VA: My guess is that as Prince Harry embarks on his next chapter (he leaves the army this month after 10 years of service and 2 tours of duty),  the Queen wanted to recognise and celebrate his achievements on behalf of the monarchy. The Invictus Games, initiated by him, were a huge success.  He served in HM’s armed forces, completing two tours of duty.  Sentebale, a charity he helped established, is making significant strides, and he continues to champion the needs of wounded veterans.

 

The international tours he has undertaken on behalf of the Queen have been very well-received and he has successfully promoted both Great Britain and the monarchy at home and abroad. The Queen likes to recognise and reward good work.

Many royal watchers are hoping that Harry is appointed a member of the Order of the Garter, of which his older brother, aunt, father and uncles are a part of. The Garter is the oldest order of chivalry, and only allows 24 members at one time.

Princess Charlotte’s Christening Date Announced

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Today, Kensington Palace announced that Princess Charlotte’s christening will take place at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham on July 5th.  This is the same place of worship Her Majesty attends while staying at her Sandringham estate, and the royal family gathers here for Christmas service here every year.  The Church is also conveniently located near the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s country home, Anmer Hall.

The date was most likely selected because it precedes the Queen’s holiday in Balmoral, which she takes from mid-July to October each year.

Charlotte will be christened by The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby.  She will wear a replica of the Honiton lace gown worn first worn by Queen Victoria’s eldest child, also by her older brother and cousins, Savannah and Isla Phillips, as well as Viscount Severn, Prince Edward’s son.  Continue reading

Let’s Learn Some History From Queen Maxima’s Jewelry

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As King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands wrap up their official visit to North America, let us learn more about their great nation through the wonder of jewelry.

Queen Maxima was born in Argentina and met the king during the 1999 Seville Spring Fair in Spain.  His Majesty, who was inaugurated in April 2013 when his mother, the now-Princess Beatrix, abdicated in his favor.  Willem-Alexander only introduced himself as “Alexander” at the time, Maxima recalled in an interview, and didn’t reveal his background until they had been dating for a bit.

The couple married in 2002, and  have three daughters.

The Court Jeweller‘s Ella Kay answers my questions about the House of Orange’s most historically significant jewels.  Continue reading