Jun 26, 2016

Take a Look at Villa Windsor in Paris: 7 Things You Need to Know

Villa Windsor in autumn. Image via Pinterest.

The Villa Windsor was the Paris home of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor from 1953 until their deaths in 1972 and 1986, respectively. The mansion is located on Bois de Boulogne close to Neuilly-sur-Seine.  Following his abdication as King Edward VIII, the Duke of Windsor went to France where he married the two-time American divorcee Wallis Simpson in 1937. The former king was sent by the British government to the Bahamas during World War II where he served as Governor from 1942 until 1945. The couple eventually settled in the mansion in 1953, spending the best days of their lives here, aside from visiting European capitals or traveling around the world.  Here are 7 amazing facts about Villa Windsor.

15 Interesting Things About the Wedding of Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales

The wedding of Prince Charles to then 20-year-old Lady Diana Spencer on July 29, 1981, was a global spectacle that made it the “Wedding of the Century.” Many years, afterwards, that fateful day that transformed a shy lady into the world’s well-loved "Queen of Hearts" continues to capture every girl’s imagination that a dashing prince will one day come and propose for a fairy tale wedding that’s bound towards happily-ever-after. Here are 15 interesting things that made the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, truly unforgettable.

Jun 25, 2016

28 Amazing Homes of the Dukes of Great Britain

Chatsworth House, England's favorite country house. Image: Wikimedia.

The Dukes of Great Britain are considered a rare species. After all, of the 800 hereditary titles existing today only 24 of them are dukedoms and it is highly unlikely that the Queen or his successors would one day create a non-royal dukedom. Once, dukes are known for their political might, but today, the only remaining vestige of glory they have aside from their name and pedigree is their financial clout. A few of them, though, barely have a fortune to call their own. Nevertheless, most of them still enjoy the opulent lifestyles their predecessors were accustomed to—complete with servants and all the conveniences afforded to the highest-ranking peer of the realm. Take a peek at the lives of these dukes by visiting these 28 homes they own.

Queen Elizabeth is Likely Saddened by the Brexit Result

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Image: Wikimedia

Queen Elizabeth II is believed to have been “mortified” by the British exit in the European Union. Nevertheless, the Queen is constitutionally barred from taking political stand and has to remain “strictly neutral with respect to political matters.”

However, with the Brexit polls over and now that Britain is definitely heading out from the Eurozone, the future of Her Majesty’s kingdom has gone bleak, foreseeing a recession just when the economy started picking up after the 2008 financial crisis.  

Ingrid Seward, the Queen’s biographer, hinted that the Queen was “privately” “saddened” by the turn of events.

"The whole situation will worry her,” Seward said. She said that at 90 years old and having survived the harrowing years of World War II, all the Queen wants is continuity and unit.

Jun 24, 2016

11 Unforgettable Royal Weddings During Queen Elizabeth II’s Reign

The wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, 2011. Image: BBC

Royal weddings have always caught the fascination of people. These once-in-a-lifetime occasions temporarily pluck us away from the clichés of day to day life, transporting us to true-to-life fantasies that eventually make us realize that life could always get better. Queen Elizabeth II’s reign has seen over a dozen weddings in her family, but these 11 weddings are the most unforgettable, adding color to Her Majesty’s already enthralling reign.

Jun 22, 2016

10 Things You Need to Know About The Duchess of Gloucester

HRH The Duchess of Gloucester. Image: Wikipedia

The Duchess of Gloucester is one of the unsung heroes of the British Royal Family. Together with her husband the Duke of Gloucester, the Duchess continues to carry out extensive engagements in support to the Royal Family. This she does without the media fanfare. Learn more about the life and works of HRH The Duchess of Gloucester. 

Jun 21, 2016

Princess of Wales Gives Birth to a Seven-Pound Boy

Diana, Princess of Wales, and baby Prince William. Image: Tim Graham/Getty Images.

June 22, 1982

Associated Press - It's a seven-pound, blue-eyed baby boy for the Prince and Princess of Wales, AP reports. The baby "cried lustily" after Diana, Princess of Wales, gave birth to the future British king.
The child is second in line to the 1,000-year-old throne. He was the first child to be born to a Prince and Princess of Wales after 77 years, when Mary, then Princess of Wales and future queen, gave birth to Prince John in 1905.
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