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

How Pippa Middleton May Have Helped Kate Impress The Queen

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Back in 2012, it was widely reported that the Duchess of Cambridge was into making jams and giving them out as gifts.

In fact, royal reporter Katie Nicholl specified that Catherine “started making homemade pots of fruit jam” while William worked as a search-and-rescue pilot for the RAF in Wales.

“She gave strawberry jam and plum preserves out as Christmas pres­ents” in 2011, Nicholls reported.

Catherine more or less confirmed this during a teaser for the upcoming ITV documentary, The Queen at 90.

In her first interview since becoming engaged to Prince William in November 2010, Catherine spoke of gifting Her Majesty during the holidays.

The royal family adheres to the German tradition of opening gifts on Christmas eve; expensive presents are discouraged, while small trinkets and gag gifts are encouraged.  Continue reading

The Queen Plans to Give Duchess of Cambridge a Very Special Gift

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It’s no secret that the Duchess of Cambridge loves tennis.  Her Royal Highness has attended Wimbledon quite frequently, even before marrying Prince William in 2011, and is said to play the sport quite regularly.

In fact, they got approval this past summer to build a tennis court on the grounds of Anmer Hall.

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The Sunday Times reports that Queen Elizabeth, who has been patron of the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club (where Wimbledon is played) for 64 years, will hand over the role to Catherine when the tournament starts this June.  Continue reading

Remembering a Screen Icon: Alan Rickman Meets The Queen

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Today, veteran actor Alan Rickman, 69, passed away after a battle with cancer.

Rickman starred in countless movies during his career, including Dogma, Die Hard, Harry PotterSense and Sensibility, A Little Chaos and  Love, Actually.

I found the above photo of Rickman meeting the Queen at a February 2014 reception for the dramatic arts, hosted by Her Majesty (patron of the organization) and the Duchess of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace.

That evening, Rickman was joined by other greats including Helen Mirren, Angela Lansbury and Stephen Fry.  Continue reading

The Fascinating Reason Why Kate Curtsied To The Queen

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It’s customary for anyone who respects the crown to curtsy or bow to the Queen.  For the royals, it’s a form of protocol that is as natural as a hug.

In fact, whenever the Queen’s family greets her, it’s with a kiss on each cheek, followed by a short curtsy or bow of the head.

This, Majesty managing editor Joe Little tells People‘s Simon Perry, only happens the first time a royal sees Her Majesty at an event.

Such was the case for the Duchess of Cambridge on Sunday, when she and Prince William attended the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign at Sandringham.  Continue reading

The Middletons and The Royals Commemorate The Battle of Gallipoli’s 100th Anniversary

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Today, the Queen and Prince Philip led a service at the Sandringham War Memorial to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign, which was led by Winston Churchill and considered a failed battle during the Great War.

Prior to this, the royal family was joined by the Duchess of Cambridge’s family – Carole, Michael, James and Pippa Middleton, who likely spent yesterday celebrating Catherine’s birthday at Anmer Hall.

 

Catherine wore a tweed blazer and skirt by Michael Kors with her Fairy Tale hat by Sylvia Fletcher for Lock & Co., a repeat from December 27thContinue reading

The Best Royal Moments of 2015

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Did we have fun this year or what?  Let’s look back on the royal year that was:

The Duchess of Cambridge At The World Premiere of Spectre

Catherine called on one of her favorite designers, Jenny Packham to create this baby blue backless creation with an encrusted waist.

Oh, and that up do.  What does a girl need to ingest to get hair like that?

 

Her Royal Highness borrowed a pair of Robinson Pelham diamond, blue topaz and white gold earrings ($21,000)  from her mother, Carole, who first wore them to the royal wedding’s evening reception.

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Prince George Steals The Show at Princess Charlotte’s Christening

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The young royal reminded many of his dad at the service, held at St. Mary Magdalene Church (on granny’s Sandringham estate).  Continue reading

The Queen Mentions Princess Charlotte In her 2015 Christmas Message

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Sitting at a desk in the 18th Century Room inside Buckingham Palace, Her Majesty gave her annual Christmas broadcast, a tradition started by her grandfather, George V at the family’s Sandringham home in 1932.

Family portraits including Princess Charlotte’s christening and Prince Charles’ wedding photo are on display in the background as Her Majesty spoke of the year that has past, and what lies ahead.

“I am looking forward to a busy 2016, though I have been warned I may have Happy Birthday sung to me more than once or twice,” the Queen, who will turn 90 on April 21st, said. Continue reading

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima Join Royals For Remembrance Sunday

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Today marks Remembrance Sunday, a tradition in the UK and around the Commonwealth “to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts.”

 

The Queen is joined by members of the royal family at Whitehall in London, where she lays a wreath of poppies at the foot of the Cenotaph, an “empty tomb” to honor soldiers whose remains did not make it back home.

The ceremony includes two minutes of silence and the “Last Post,” as well as a veteran march past the Centoaph to honor fallen soldiers.

Today, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands took part in the ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the British liberation of Holland.    Continue reading

The Queen’s Smile: 19 of Her Majesty’s Most Infectiously Happy Moments

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A look back at the lighter moments of the UK’s “Happy and Glorious” monarch, Elizabeth II.

1. Her Majesty receives the “red box” every day, save for Christmas and Easter, to read over classified government documents.  No one, not even Prince Philip, is privy to the contents inside the box.

 

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