In Their Element: 11 Delightful Photos of Royals and Animals

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It’s a well-known fact that Britain’s royal family would prefer the company of horses and dogs to humans, and several people close to the Queen have said that if she weren’t the sovereign, she’d be living a quiet life in the country.

In February, Prince William was accused of living like a “gentleman country farmer,” since he and the Duchess of Cambridge opt to spend a majority of their family life in Norfolk, 120 miles from London.

Prince Philip once famously said of his daughter, Princess Anne’s love for horses, “if it doesn’t fart or eat hay, then she isn’t interested.”

Her Majesty has owned over 30 corgis since her father gifted her with one in 1944, and still rides horses to this day (wearing a scarf instead of a helmet, despite protest from friends and family).

OK, time to look at adorable photos of  the royal family with animals.  Continue reading

Kate Wears Saloni For Pre-Tour Reception, William Has a Weak Stomach

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Tonight, the Duke and Duchess attended a reception at Kensington Palace, where they met young Indian and Bhutanese people living in the United Kingdom.

This was an opportunity for Their Royal Highnesses to learn more about each country’s people, culture and history.  It was also an opportunity for the guests to be in the presence of Kate Middleton.

According to royal fashion bible What Kate Wore, Catherine chose Saloni‘s “Mary” illusion dress for the occasion.  She first wore a piece by the Indian designer for a Fostering Network engagement in November 2015.

The Duchess of Cambridge (in a Saloni gown) meets young Indian and Bhutanese people living in the UK on April 6th, 2016.

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The sheer bodice gives the illusion of a plunging neckline, a saucy choice for the usually reserved royal (I’m also digging the keyhole in the back).  She paired the floor-length dress with her Cassandra Goad “Temple of Heaven” earrings. Continue reading

Royal Family Won’t Exist In 14 Years, Claims Historian

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Dr. Anna Whitelock is a professor of early modern history at Royal Holloway University (where yours truly studied abroad), as well as the director of The London Centre for Public History.  Having predicted that the British monarchy will be O-V-E-R by 2030, she has earned the “bearer of bad news” title for Monday, April 4th.

“All of those questions about ‘What the hell do we want this kind of unelected family (for)? What does that represent in Britain today?” Dr. Whitelock asked in a Youtube video, according to the Daily Express.

“All these profound questions have been held in check because of the Queen.”

The historian emphasized the public’s affection for Her Majesty, who has ruled since February 6th, 1952.  There’s no question that the monarchy is stable so long as she is rules, but what will become of the House of Windsor when Prince Charles ascends to the throne?  Continue reading

Playing Favorites: Kate Middleton’s White Alexander McQueen Coat

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I remember the first time I laid eyes on it.

The date: June 11th, 2011.

The Occasion: Trooping of the Colour, the official celebrations of the monarch’s birthday.

Ah, what a site to behold.  The cinching at the waist, the tiered skirt…it was a coat I shall always covet.

It was a busy month for the new Duchess of Cambridge.  On June 4th, she attended the Epsom Derby.  Six days later, she was the center of attention in a Jenny Packham sequined gown at the ARK Gala in London.

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The following day, Catherine would wear another piece by the designer who dressed her for her wedding to Prince William on April 29th, 2011.  The setting this time was a bit less formal, but the temperature in London called for a coat.  Continue reading

‘William & Kate: The Journey’ Celebrates 5 Years Since The Royal Wedding

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It seems like only yesterday when I awoke before 4am ET to cover the royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.

April 29th will mark five years since the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge married in a spectacular ceremony, seen by 2 billion people worldwide.

On April 18th at 10pm ET, REELZ Channel will premiere a four-part special on the royal couple, titled William & Kate: The Journey.

“From the grounds of St Andrews University in Scotland to the glamorous Swiss slopes where they shared their first public kiss, to the day that captured the nation’s heart at Westminster Abbey,” the press release reads, “and through to the births of Price George and Princess Charlotte, William and Kate: The Journey relives these momentous milestones and will provide unique insight into one of the greatest love stories of the century. ”  Continue reading