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Book of the Week: Family Royal

The British Royal Family are the most photographed, most talked about family in the world. Because of their unique role—they are the longest-surviving functional monarchy in the world today—their responsibilities and duties as super-ambassadors for Britain expose them to constant public scrutiny, both at home and abroad.

They are an intensely closely knit and loyal family who can really relax and be themselves in the company of each other and that small band of relatives and intimates who know and understand the rigorous demands made upon them by the Court Calendar, their own high standards , centuries of tradition, and by our changing society which puts a sometimes-intolerable burden of accountability upon them.

Audrey Whiting’s Family Royaltakes a refreshingly intimate and understanding view of what the Royals are really like as a family. At the center is Queen Elizabeth II herself, whom the world has come to recognize and value as a woman with a great sense of duty. The author in…

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have a new coat of arms

From the Prince of Wales's official website:

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have a new Conjugal Coat of Arms which will represent them in heraldic terms as a married couple.

The Conjugal Coat of Arms was approved this year by The Queen and has been shown publicly for the first time today.

Designed by The College of Arms in London, Conjugal Arms traditionally show the separate shields of a Royal husband and wife, side by side.

The Duke’s shield on the left is his version of the Royal Coat of Arms granted to him by The Queen on his 18th birthday. On the right, The Duchess’s shield is from the Middleton family Coat of Arms,
granted to the family in 2011 ahead of her marriage.

Prince George to be christened October 23

From the Royal Family's Facebook Page: Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to announce the christening of Prince George will take place on Wednesday, 23rd October at The Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace. Prince George will be christened by The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby.

Grand Duchess Augusta of Mecklenburg-Strelitz Loses English Pension

September 18, 1914 - A special cable to the New York Times from London can reveal that the British Government has ceased providing the Dowager Grand Duchess Augusta of Mecklenburg-Strelitz with her $15,000-annuity. The Grand Duchess is a member of the British Royal Family, an aunt of Queen Mary, a cousin to Queen Victoria and a grand daughter of King George III. By marriage, she became a German subject.

The British Government made it known that no British money will ever reach the enemy's country.
Questions have been raised in the Parliament since "the payment arpose out of a contract made before the war begun." However, David Lloyd George, Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced that "payments had been suspended" already.

The Dowager Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz was born Princess Augusta of Cambridge in 1822. She is the second child and elder daughter of Adolphus Frederick, Duke of Cambridge, youngest son of King George III. In 1843, she married Fre…

Royal History: Prince Arthur of Connaught to Marry Russian Princess

September 13, 1911 - A dispatch from London to the New York Times can reveal that Prince Arthur of Connaught, son of the Duke of Connaught, who has just been appointed governor-general of Canada, is about to ask for the hands of Princess Irene Alexandrovna, daughter of Grand Duke Alexander Mikhaelovitch and the Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna, the Czar's sister. Their bethroathal will be formally announced shortly before the Connaughts leave for Canada.

To Look at The Queen: An American Looks at Britain

A surprise in Britain is how easy it is to see the Queen. Her daily round of ceremonial ribbon-cutting and orphanage going is posted in the Court Appointments column in The Times. All you have to do is show up right on time and join the onlookers.
Another surprise in Britain when you go around some miserable slum is how Prince Charles has been there ahead of you. The Prince’s distant melancholy image is contradicted by the enthusiasm of public housing dwellers about the interest he takes in their problems. He has rightly accused Britain’s architects, who design prison-like housing estates and tower blocks, inspired by Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe, blight most British cities, of consistently ignoring the “feelings and wishes of the mass of ordinary people.”
When Prince Charles speaks out there are complaints that he should stay out of politics as if saying nothing doesn’t carry just as heavy a moral responsibility. What gives his views authority is like a good reporter, he goes…

Souvenirs and Mementos: Must-Have Royal Finds

Looking for something to add into your thriving collection of royal mementos and souvenirs? We scoured the net and here are the royal treasures we've unearthed:

The Royal Baby Book: A Souvenir Albumis the the latest in Royal Collection Trust's best-selling series of Souvenir Albums, tells the story of eight royal babies, from Queen Victoria to the new prince. $18.51 (hardcover)

This Union Jack Fine China Mug is a great way to enjoy a cup of coffee while reading your favorite royal coffee table book, $24.99.

"Prince George" Royal Baby Commemorative Traditional Coaster with Union Jack Background, $4.00

The Royal Family: A Ladybird Souvenir Bookis a celebration of the British Royal Family, from the Queen to its newest members who starting to take on more royal duties. $7.77 (Hardcover); $7.28 (Kindle).

Celebrate the Birth of Prince George of Cambridge 250 Piece Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle with whimsically shaped pieces that reflect the theme of the puzzle. $59.99

Royal Events this Week - September 22-28

Check out this week's royal events that you should never miss!

September 22 - Princess Martha Louise of Norway celebrates her 42nd birthday. The Princess is the daughter of King Harald V of Norway.

September 22 - Princess Astrid of Belgium and Archduke Lorenz of Austria-Este celebrate their 29th wedding anniversary. Prince Astrid is the daughter of King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium, while Archduke Lorenz is the titular head of the Este branch of the Habsburg Family. He is the eldest son of Archduke Robert of Austria-Este and Princess Margherita of Savoy-Aosta.

September 24 - Prince Guillaume and Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg celebrate their 19th wedding anniversary. Prince Guillaume is the third son and youngest child of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg. Meanwhile, Sibilla is a daughter of Paul-Annick Weiller and of the Italian princess Donna Olimpia Torlonia di Civitella-Cesi (daughter of the Spanish Infanta Beatriz of Spain).

September 24 - Princess Maria Pia of Savoy, dau…

A Grand Church Wedding for Prince Felix and Princess Claire of Luxembourg

A few days after their civil wedding, Prince Felix of Luxembourg marries Claire Lademacher in a sumptuous religious ceremony in the Basilica of St. Mary Magdalene in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume, in the presence of members of the princely family, friends, and members of Luxembourg’s elite.
The bride wore a traditional Elie Saab long sleeve cream silk dress, embroidered with floral motifs and accented with crystals and sequins as she marched the aisle to marry the second-in-line to the grand ducal throne. The bride wore a diadem with vine leaves, which belonged to Grand Duchess Maria Theresa. Following the ceremony, a reception was held to the monastery of Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume.

Prince Charles is not the Oldest Heir to the British Throne

While it's true that it's been taking a lifetime for Prince Charles to finally succeed to the throne, it's not entirely true that he's the oldest heir to the throne.

Prince Charles officially became the oldest king-to-be in over 300 years last Friday. The Prince has made himself a national lampoon when he told the media how really "impatient" he was to take on the largely ceremonial responsibilities of a monarch and that he's "running out time" to make an impact as a sovereign.

True, indeed. How could an almost 70-something leave a stunning mark in history? His mother, good old Queen Liz is still in sound health and kindred spirit. She has been reigning so long that she already merits to stand at par in the likes of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth I. But it seems Prince Charles--should he ever reign--might want to content himself in going down the line with the likes of King William IV, unless his reign is marred by historic events or he bec…

King Philippe's Twitter Account Hacked, Cambodians Appeal to King to Delay Opening of Parliament, Prince Charles Becomes One of the Oldest Heirs to the British Throne and More Royal Updates!

The King's Twitter account hacked by a journalist. The hacker even managed to send glad tidings: "I feel good as King of the Belgians! Long live Belgium!" [Expatica]

Monks and Cambodian opposition leaders urge King Norodom Sihamouni to delay opening of parliament [Reuters]

Meshael Alayban, the Saudi princess accused of human trafficking a 'slave maid' into her California home is cleared of all charges. [Mail Online]

King Juan Carlos shrugs abdication rumors ahead of hip surgery. [Expatica]

While the Queen is Britain's oldest reigning monarch, Prince Charles is now the oldest heir to the throne in 300 years. [BBC]

Hanover's Electress Sophia remains as the oldest heir to the throne, who died at 83. [Mail Online]
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