Jul 22, 2015

Prince George's birthday photo released: He looks really cute!

An official picture of Prince George has been released to commemorate his second birthday. Taken by fashion photographer, Mario Testino, the cute prince looking happy in the arms of his father, Prince William. According to a Kensington Palace spokeswoman, the "photograph captures a very happy moment on what was a special day for the duke and duchess and their family."They are very pleased to share this picture as they celebrate Prince George's second birthday."

Jul 20, 2015

Buckingham Palace to investigate for the source of leaked Nazi salute footage

Buckingham Palace will investigate on how the video footage showing Queen Elizabeth II making the Nazi salute reached The Sun’s hands.

The palace will also take legal actions, considering that the 17-second film clip belongs in the Royal Family’s highly-restricted private archives. Queen Elizabeth II was greatly saddened after the video came out in the public. The clip shows the Queen’s mother, then Duchess of York, and younger sister, Princess Margaret, joining her as she makes the salute.

“There is mischief-making going on here and it is hurtful,” a senior Royal insider said in an interview with the Sunday Mirror.

“Her Majesty is livid at the distortion of truth and betrayal,” the inside continues.

The Queen is also “furious” because it damaged the reputation of her late mother, who actually did so much to boost public morale during the War years. It is believed that the Queen’s father, future King George VI, was the one taking the footage. Another Royal source revealed that that Queen wants to know why was the footage leaked.

The palace will employ the help of the police anytime now to find out if the footage was really stolen from the Royal Archives in Windsor Castle. The Sun has not revealed who was the source of the video, but said “the original film remains under lock and key.”

Royal biographer: Leaked video outshone by the decades of Queen’s hard work

Queen Elizabeth II

Royal biographer Sarah Bradford immediately came into the Queen’s defense after the controversial 1933 video showing a young Princess Elizabeth making a Nazi salute.

“For all that, I do not believe there will be any lasting resonance, however sensational they might seem now – and this is because the darker message some claim for them has been so comprehensively outshone by the decades of hard work carried out by that earnest young girl,” the renowned author write for the Mail on Sunday.

Bradford noted that the Queen has been a ceaseless “embodiment of the respect, duty and determination” that saw through Great Britain during its darkest days, especially during World War II.

“Her reputation, already extraordinary, can surely not be tainted by an 80-year-old picture taken when she was a child,” Bradford continued.

Bradford highlighted the hard work the Queen did during World War II. Only 18 then, the Queen served with the wartime ambulance service. Bradford also wrote that the release of the video was a rather “unkind way to treat a woman already in her ninth decade.”

“It is not that pictures or images of this sort should be suppressed, nor that there is any true risk that the furore will dim the bright star of the Queen and her reputation,” she wrote.

“During her long reign the Queen has carved out a pre-eminent place for herself and the country she represents in the eyes of the world. To people abroad she is Britain in a way mere politicians cannot be,” Bradford concluded.

Read the complete essay written by Bradford here.

Buckingham Palace, netizens react on leaked 1933 footage showing the Queen doing the Nazi salute

A young Princess Elizabeth, with her mother then-Duchess of York, sister, Princess Margaret, and the future King Edward VIII seen taking a Nazi salute. The Sun

Buckingham Palace, netizens react on leaked 1933 footage showing the Queen doing the Nazi salute British tabloid newspaper, The Sun, has published footage of a seven-year-old Princess Elizabeth giving a Nazi salute.

Shot in 1933, the tape is features on the Sun’s website with a report published on its newspaper. It shows Elizabeth, her mother, her sister Margaret and her uncle Edward (later Edward VIII) having a great time in the grounds of Balmoral CastleScotland. Edward VIII, who reigned following his father’s death in 1936 for a very short 11 months before abdicating in the name of love for the American divorcee Wallis Simpson, was accused of sympathizing with the Nazi. His brother and successor, King George VI, father of Queen Elizabeth II, led Britain through the difficult years of World War II. The Nazi would have even wanted Edward and Wallis, who they referred as Good Queen, to reign.

Buckingham Palace immediately reacted to the video. In a statement, Palace officials said: “It is disappointing that film, shot eight decades ago and apparently from Her Majesty’s personal family archive, has been obtained and exploited in this manner.”

“There have always been conspiracy theories about the Duke of Windsor but one could never ever prove his betrayal,” Dr. Karina Urbach, of the Institute for Historical Research, said.

 “He spoke to a Spanish diplomat saying, ‘This war has to end at all costs and the best way to end the war would be for the Germans to bomb Britain,’” she continued.

A military historian told The Sun that the salute was actually common those days and it was not until World War II that Europe really detested the Nazi.

“I don’t think there was a child in Britain in the 1930s or ’40s who has not performed a mock Nazi salute as a bit of a lark,” the historian said.

Jul 15, 2015

Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik visit Greenland

Queen Margrethe of Denmark and Prince Henrik in Greenland.

Queen Margrethe and Prince Consort Henrik are now in Greenland for a two-week visit in Denmark’s autonomous territory.

The Queen already visited the Station Nord military and science station, the Ittoqqortoormiit settlement and the Thule Air Base. Queen Margrethe was joined in Greenland by her husband Prince Consort Henrik on Sunday.

The Queen and the prince consort traveled aboard the Royal Yacht Dannebrog  and slated to tour different parts of Greenland, including Upernavik, Ukkusissat, Qullissat, Saqqaq, Ilulissat, Qasigiannguit, Kitsissuarsuit, Sisimiut, Kangaamiut and Maniitsoq before capping their visit in the capital of Nuuk on July 22.

 The locals will also give the royals a demonstration of seal hunting and traditional kayak techniques. Of course, a visit to local museums, health care facilities and activity centers are included in their itineraries. 

The Queen spotted horse riding in Windsor

It’s tough to be the Queen but Her Majesty definitely deserves a break. Following her high profile visit in Germany and the frenzy that was the christening of Princess Charlotte early this month, Queen Elizabeth II found made an escape from her busy schedule to enjoy a horse ride in Windsor Castle.

The Queen was photographed with her head groom Terry Pendry as she looked rested with the fresh air and the leafy surroundings of Berkshire.

The Queen looked lovely with the white jodhpurs and light jacket that she wore for her day out. Her hair was swathed with a silk scarf, which she usually wears when going outdoors.

Despite advancing age, the Queen who has reigned for 62 years is showing no sign of slowing down and she’s always seen horse riding in Windsor or in her country estates, Balmoral and Sandringham. The Queen has been an avid horse rider ever since she was given her first pony – the Shetland mare she called Peggy , which was a gift from her grandfather, King George V. With her lifelong passion for horsemanship, the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) honored her with a life achievement award.  

Prince William hints of desire for baby no. 3

With a lovely baby daughter and a cute toddler in the family, Prince William admitted being a father is a challenging task. Add to that he’s got his obligations as second in line to the throne and as a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

But definitely the joys of a family life are beyond compare, calling Prince George, who will celebrate his second birthday next week, as a "little monkey".

"But at the same time it is more responsibility, looking after two little ones, especially when George is around. He's a little monkey. But it is fantastic having a lovely little family and I am so thrilled,” the duke of Cambridge said.

The duke is also proud of the duchess of Cambridge for “doing an amazing job as a mother.”  
Talking about his new job, he said: "Obviously at some point there is probably going to be a lot more pressure and responsibility from the Royal side of my life.”

But despite the couple’s hectic schedule, Prince William admitted he’d welcome another baby in the growing family.

“We've only just had the second one. You never know what is going to happen in the future," he said.

Princess Charlotte was recently christened at St Mary Magdalene Church on the family’s Sandringham estate. Prince George literally stole the scene away from his baby sister, as he was pictured an outfit similar to what his dad wore when he visited the hospital after Prince Harry was born in 1984.
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