Here’s To You, Your Majesty! Family Pays Tribute To Queen At Royal Windsor Horse Show

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The royal family gathered on the grounds of Windsor Castle this evening to toast the Queen, who turned 90 on April 21st.

Tonight’s celebration was particularly special, as it marked the end of the Queen’s favorite occasion – the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

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A lover of horses since she was young, the Queen attends the show (held over the course of a few days in her backyard) dressed down in a long skirt, vest and head scarf.  Continue reading

Princess Diana Attends The 1996 Met Costume Institute Ball (VIDEO)

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In 1996, the Princess of Wales joined her friend, fellow Brit and Harper’s Bazaar editor-in-chief Liz Tilberis at the Met Costume Institute Gala honoring Christian Dior, of which Tilberis served the co-chair.

Diana wore a midnight blue dress from creative director John Galliano’s first collection with the house, paired with  blue “double cluster” drop sapphire earrings surrounded by diamonds, according to Diana’s Jewels, as well as a matching choker. Continue reading

Lupo Photobombs Princess Charlotte’s Birthday Shoot

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Today, Kensington Palace released four new photos of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana ahead of her May 2nd birthday, on which she turns one.

The sparette was photographed by her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, posing regally at her family’s Anmer Hall home.

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The Princess had two outfit changes for the shoot – a pink carding and dress with matching tights, then a cream cardigan with a blue dress and matching tights; both sets were topped off with a tiny bow in the appropriate color.

PHOTOS: A Princess Is Born

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In one photo, Charlotte is doing her part to keep the property manicured, while her dog, Lupo does his thing in the background.

Classic Lupo.

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Prince George opted out of the shoot, telling his office he had “better things to do than pose with a one-year-old.”

Which is fair.

At last night’s White House Correspondents Dinner, President Barack Obama recalled his recent meeting with George at Kensington Palace.

“Even some foreign leaders they have been looking ahead, anticipating my departure,” Obama told the audience.

“Last week Prince George showed up to our meeting in his bath robe. That was a slap in the face. A clear breach of protocol.”

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George was allowed to stay up past his bedtime to meet the Barack and Michelle Obama, who had dinner with William, Catherine and Harry during their trip to the UK.

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The Absolute Best Moments From The Royal Wedding

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Welcome to the 5th anniversary of the best day of my life.

 

Kate Middleton arrives with her sister, Maid of Honour Philippa Middleton at the West Door of Westminster Abbey in London for her wedding to Britain's Prince William, on April 29, 2011. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

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Without rambling on about how much I love to cover the life and times of royalty, let us oogle over photos that defined one of the most magnificent days in recent history.

Michale Middleton: “Will not get sick.  Will not get sick on the ground upon which all of England’s monarchs hath been crowned.”

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Royal Wedding Rewind: A Closer Look At Kate Middleton’s Wedding Gown

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It was the Duchess of Cambridge’s wish that any details pertaining to her gown would be a surprise until her and Prince William’s wedding day.

Media outlets immediately started to speculate on who landed the job.  Bruce Oldfield?  Diana’s wedding dress designers, David and Elizabeth Emanuel?  Temperley London?

In March, it leaked that Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen had been tapped to create Catherine’s wedding gown.

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Burton had taken over as creative director for the house after McQueen passed away in February 2010.

On the eve of the royal wedding, a woman wearing jeans, flats and a fur-hooded parka snuck into The Goring Hotel, where the Middletons were staying.  Continue reading

Royal Wedding Rewind: Kate Middleton Wanted Flowers In Her Hair, Camilla Said No

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I have SO many thoughts about this.

First off, this coming Friday marks five years since the royal wedding.

To celebrate the union of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, it’s key that we remember moments leading up to and during the greatest live event of our time.

Fans (me) were insatiable when it came to wedding plans for April 29th, 2011.

Who would design Catherine’s dress?  What would her and William’s titles be?  Are there really going to be trees inside Westminster Abbey (my father’s question)?

Reporter Catherine Ostler penned a most intriguing story for the Daily Mail, in which the Duchess of Cornwall was (allegedly) trying  to convince Catherine to wear a tiara for her nuptials.

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“The latest battleground is that Camilla is said to be desperate to persuade the bride to wear a tiara — even asking friends to intervene on her behalf — because Kate is said to be considering wearing flowers in her hair,” Ostler wrote at the time.

It’s worth pointing out here that few women in this day and age have a justifiable reason to wear a tiara.  A real, historically-rich, priceless tiara that wasn’t purchased in a bridal shop.

And here was Catherine, opting instead for a few flowers to pop in her (albeit gorgeous) hair, a la Fergie at her 1986 nuptials (which looked ridiculous, PS).

You’ll notice that since the wedding, Catherine has only worn a tiara three times; twice to diplomatic receptions (below in 2012), and once to the 2015 Chinese State dinner.

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“While Charles and Camilla have no wish to be seen as extravagant or out of touch, they believe there is a level of formality and grandeur beneath which a royal wedding must not sink,” Oster wrote.

“To a certain extent, they [William and Catherine] want to have a royal wedding, be like their friends and be ‘of the people’ — something that Camilla would regard as trying to have their royal wedding cake and eating it.”

I side with Camilla on this one.

“Though Kate is not averse to headgear — after all, she single-handedly triggered a renaissance in the feathered headpieces called fascinators — she knows her long, glossy hair competes with her legs as being her stand-out feature,” Ostler continued.  Continue reading

Prince George: Mine Is The Greatest Stamp You Will Ever Own

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You know what? We believe him.

Yesterday, the Royal Mail released  special edition stamps to commemorate Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.

Prince George joined his living predecessors for an historic photoshoot, one that sees the future king standing atop durable foam stacks whilst holding his father’s hand.

Brilliant.

The little prince’s first stamp shoot was a true lesson in photography.  Ranald Mackechnie, the man behind the lens, had a splendid time shooting his royal subject.

“He was fascinated by my lights and all the kit, and he was quite happy standing on the blocks, Mackechnie said, according to the Telegraph.

“I took maybe 80 or 100 shots, but when I saw this one I knew straight away that was it.”  Continue reading

The Absolute Best Photos From Will and Kate’s Royal Tour

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It was a week jam-packed with visits, from feeding elephants to playing cricket and nearly everything in between.

It wasn’t a completely flawless trip – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s press officers argued with the media about filming their Bhutanese hike, which highlighted their constance request for “private visits during the tour,” – but overall, it was success.

Read: Camilla Tominey Recaps The Not-So-Rosey Moments Of The Royal Tour

Below are what I believe were the most wonderful photos captured of William and Catherine during their tour of India and Bhutan.

  1. Contact Centre Run By the Charity Salaam Baalak
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The Cambridges met with youths who risk facing a life of poverty and “professional begging,” something so dangerous that some lose body parts in order to guilt people into giving them more money.  The charity provides food and education to try and keep the children off the streets.

2. Kate Plays Cricket

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Catherine played cricket on a patterned dress by Anita Dongre, with taupe wedges by Monsoon.

3.  Charity Gala 

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For their star-studded evening with Bollywood’s finest, Catherine paired a royal blue Jenny Packham  with Amrapali’s lapis & diamond double oval drop earrings, which – according to What Kate Wore – recently sold out on Gilt.  Continue reading

William and Kate Take a Seat In Front of Iconic Taj Mahal

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Today, before they returned home to Prince George and Princess Charlotte, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge payed tribute to the late Princess of Wales in Agra, India.

In February 1992, Diana had taken a solo picture on the same bench William and Catherine sat on today.  Just months later, she and Prince Charles would announce their separation.

Many were saddened by the photo, as the Taj Mahal is a symbol of love and with Diana taking the photo alone (Charles attended a meeting instead), the press was hungry for a soundbite.

When one member of the press asked what Diana thought of her experience, her reply was telling.

“It was a healing experience…very healing,” she answered.

“What do you mean exactly?” the reporter press on.

“Work it out for yourself,” she said.

Today, the experience for her oldest son and his wife was a completely different one.  Continue reading