Meghan Markle’s Friends are Psyched She’s Getting Her Happily Ever After

Earlier today royal fans and fairweather observers alike woke up to news that Prince Harry and his girlfriend of of 16 month, Meghan Markle, were engaged. The couple held a photocall at Kensington Palace’s Sunken Garden before sitting down with the BBC’s Mishal Husain.

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Markle, who until recently starred on USA Network’s “Suits,” has moved into Nottingham cottage, Harry’s two-bedroom abode at Kensington Palace. It was there that Harry proposed one evening while she was making them a roast chicken.  Continue reading

Princess Charlotte And The Case of The Curious Cardigan

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It’s the struggle each woman faces while out.

What should I do with my cardigan/blazer/jacket?

I was too warm while wearing it, but now I’ve taken it off and I’m cold.  But I know in a few minutes I’ll be too warm again.

She might not yet be two, but Princess Charlotte endured this struggle today at a children’s party for military families in Victoria, Canada.  Continue reading

The Crown: Netflix Releases Brand New Trailer For Its Most Expensive Series Yet

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Today, the second official trailer for Netflix’s original series, The Crown was released, delving further into the early days of Elizabeth II’s reign.

The preview opens in February 1952  with a royal aide asking Her Majesty what her “regnal name” will be as monarch.

“Let’s not overcomplicate matters unnecessarily,” Elizabeth, played fantastically by Claire Foy, said brusquely.

It was a somber moment, since Elizabeth’s promotion meant that her father, King George VI had passed away at the family’s Sandringham estate.

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Prince Philip (played by Doctor Who‘s Matt Smith), had to break the news to his wife while the couple was in Kenya.    Continue reading

Royal Tour of Canada, Day One: The Cambridges Arrive In Style

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Watching live CTV coverage of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s arrival in Victoria, Canada was exciting AF.

Sure, it was a little less exciting than their inaugural visit back in 2011, when the newlyweds – nay – everyone was basking in a post-royal wedding glow.

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Fast forward five years, and there are two kids added into the mix.

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And so, just as it was in April 2014, the world waited for royal children to step off the plane and make their way down to the tarmac.  Continue reading

Pippa Middleton To Adele: Hello, Want To Sing At My Wedding?

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Pippa Middleton will wed Eden Roc Capital Management CEO James Matthews next year, and like any bride-to-be, Middleton is going full steam ahead with wedding plans.

Middleton, 33, was hoping to hire Adele to sing at the nuptials, a source told Us Weekly.

Then she realized that someone as talented as Adele could command up to $1 million for an appearance.

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Pippa realized how expensive she’d be!” the source said.

Best to put together an Adele playlist instead, love.

With her background in party planning, the source said Middleton “has been really hands-on” with planning her wedding.

She was spotted at Lavender Green Flowers in London on September 13th checking out the ivory and lace bridal bouquets.

“Pippa took tons of photos on her phone and was really excited.”

Middleton’s floral arrangement may be a stark contrast to the bouquet her older sister carried for her April 2011 wedding to Prince William, which was comprised of  myrtle, lily-of-the-valley, hyacinth, and sweet William blooms.

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Stems from a myrtle planted by Queen Victoria in 1845 were also added, per tradition for royal brides.

The theme of the wedding sounds like it’ll be English countryside, an apt decision given that Matthews proposed to Middleton in the lakes district.

“Pippa doesn’t want it to be too expensive or look gaudy,” the source said.

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As for what role the Duchess of Cambridge will play, most of us who cover royalty assume that Her Royal Highness will not serve as a maid-of-honor, since it’s a little below her station to do so.

Instead, Catherine might give a reading or get involved in a more subtle way.

Catherine’s children, however, could very well be part of the bridal party.

Prince William and Prince Harry were both in family weddings as children; William was in Prince Andrew and Fergie’s 1986 wedding, while Harry served as a page boy at his his maternal uncle, Charles Spencer’s 1989 nuptials to first wife Victoria Lockwood.

PHOTOS: The Best Moments From Will and Kate’s Royal Wedding

Maggie Smith Would Like Her Emmy, Jimmy Kimmel

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On September 18th, the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards took place in Los Angeles.

Among the nominees was Dame Maggie Smith, who played the Dowager Countess on Downton Abbey for six seasons.

At the start of the show, host Jimmy Kimmel made up a new rule for any winner who wasn’t present to receive his or her Emmy.

“If you don’t know, Maggie Smith, she’s been nominated for the Emmy nine times. She’s won the Emmy three times,” Kimmel told the audience.  Continue reading

Pippa Middleton and Her Engagement Ring Help Raise Money On BGC Charity Day

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Hurrah for charity and the spirit of giving and betrothals!

Pippa Middleton made her debut at BGC Charity Day in London’s Canary Wharf on September 12th, put on by BGC Partners and Cantor Fitzgerald in New York to raise money for the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund.

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The annual day remembers the 658 Cantor employees and 61 Eurobrokers who perished in the September 11th attacks at the World Trade Center.

“Charity Day is our way of turning a tragic day into one that is positive and uplifting by helping others,” BGC stated on its site.  Continue reading

Queen Maxima Makes Vanity Fair’s International Best-Dressed List, Because GLAMOUR

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It comes as no surprise to anyone who likes color, well-cut fabric, puppies and sunshine that Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands is part of Vanity Fair‘s 2016 International Best-Dressed List.

The Argentina native married Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands,  heir to the Dutch throne, in 2002, and the couple have three girls together.

PHOTOS: Queen Maxima’s Most Fantastic Hats

Nearly every photo of Maxima captures her at her absolute best.  She’s always smiling, always waving as if to make sure royal fans in the back of the crowd can see her, and always looks absolutely smashing.

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If you’re looking for reasons why Her Majesty made VF’s list this year, look no further than the  25+  *thoroughly edited photos of Maxima The Great.  Continue reading