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Royal History: Queen Alexandra Dies

From The Morning Leader, November 21, 1925

Queen Alexandra is Dead.

The whole empire will be saddened by the death of the Queen Mother, Alexandra. News of her serious illness on Thursday came as a shock, and the suddenness of her passing adds to the grief that will be felt, for while it had been known that she was in failing health, her death at this time had not been looked for.

Queen Alexandra was loved and revered wherever British people are. Widowed by the death of King Edward VII, one of the most popular monarchs that Britain and the Empire have had, British subjects everywhere had felt towards her an even deeper affection and reverence that she had enjoyed before.

Furthermore, her truly queenly qualities, her largeness of heart, her sympathetic outlook, and her friendly interest in all that might contribute to human happiness, she had endeared herself in, exceptional degree to British hearts throughout the world.   The British royal family will have much sympathy in their perso…

Royal Living: A Visit at Nether Lypiatt, Princess Michael’s Former Gloucestershire Home

I've always been a fan of Princess Michael of Kent. Her sense of style, intelligence and courage to speak her mind out make her a royal standout. As an interior decorator and lover of everything beautiful, Nether Lypiatt Manor, which has been described as a compact, neo-Classical manor house situated in the parish of Thrupp, near Stroud in Gloucestershire, has been the recipient of her clever taste.

James Lees-Milne thought the house was really perfect. He wanted to purchase the house in the 1950s but couldn’t afford it.  In his words, it was "perfect in every way."

Christopher Hussey described it as "singularly beautiful."

Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd, author of English Manor Houses, called the house "a most covetable example of that delectable 'doll's house' style,” thanks to its “gentlemanly, well-mannered” design, a profusion of “Dutch and Classical influences” which was popular during Queen Anne’s reign. Indeed, “it's comfortable, rel…

The Week that was in Royalty

From a slice of a royal wedding cake that sells thousands of dollars and royal birthdays to royal tours abroad and alleged hurling of tomatoes, here are the hottest news about the world of royalty.

A slice of Prince William and Kate's cake fetches $4,160
Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary visit Mexico 
Crown Princess Katherine celebrates her birthday
Crown Princess Mette-Marit undergoes neck surgery
King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and children take a break and embarks on a royal Caribbean tour
Prince Charles dances the Hokey Cokey in Sri Lanka 
Prince Charles opens Commonwealth Summit in Sri Lanka 
Prince Charles turns 65. Will The Queen abdicate soon? 
Prince Charles urges Commonwealth to bring "touch of healing" to world's troubles 
Prince Guillaume celebrates 32nd birthday
Prince Harry will make a 200 mile trek to South Pole in honour of injured soldiers
Prince Philip makes first foreign visit since surgery; gives tribute to war dead 
Princess Charl…

Memorial service for Prince Johan Friso

The Dutch Royal Family has held a memorial service in honor of Prince Johan Friso. A private ceremony was attended by members of the royal house, as well as 900 other prominent guests, from members of foreign royal families, government leaders, including Prime Minister Mark Rutte, to dignitaries, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and celebrities, like U2 singer Bono and designers Viktor & Rolf reports Dutch News.

The ceremony lasted for about two hours,  at the Oude Kerk (Old Church) in Amsterdam.
Prince Johan Friso died August 12, more than a year after he was buried under snow in Austria and suffered comatose. He was laid to rest August 16, in Lage Vuursche, in the municipality of Baarn.

The Oude Kerk is special to the prince. As a student, he lived opposite it, reports Gulf Times. The Dutch Royal Family expressed their gratitude for the warm support that they received.

A "Word of Thanks" on the family's official webs…

Celebrating the Life of Queen Sofia of Spain

The recent scandals and intrigues that hounded the Spanish Royal Family, one that even questioned its existence has made Queen Sofia, perhaps, Spain’s Mater Dolorosa. A Telegraph article called her the lonely royal consort. The reasons are plentiful. From the many issues to her husband’s infidelity, it is most admirable to see Queen Sofia still maintain that dignified façade, something that could have crumbled had her fate struck some mortals of lesser emotional stamina. On her 75th birthday, we celebrate Queen Sofia’s selfless life, one that has been dedicated for the service of her family and her kingdom.

The eldest child of King Paul of Greece and Princess Frederica of Hanover, Princess Sofia was born in Psychiko, Athens, Greece on 2 November 1938. She is the sister of the deposed King Constantine II. Another sister is Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark.

While she was a young girl, the princess spent some time in Egypt, where she studied early education at El Nasr Girl’s College…

Cressida Bonas spends Saturday at Sandringham

Cressida Bonas has inched her way closer to the royal circle as Telegraph revealed that Prince Harry's 24-year-old darling has spent last Saturday with with him and friends at Sandringham.
While the Queen and Prince Philip was not not around, Miss Bonas' presence is considered by many as a sign that her relationship with the prince has become more important.

This was the first time that Miss Bonas was invited to Sandringham. In fact, one royal insider commented that spending a "weekend at Sandringham" served as her "rite of passage" as a future member of "The Firm." Furthermore, the source can claim that "Cressida has been given the Royal seal of approval."

Rumors have it that the prince might seek her hand for marriage. Palace officials are already getting ready for that to make sure that she becomes familiar and ready for all the work expected of her a royal princess (by marriage).

Royal History: Princess Margaret breaks engagement with Captain Townsend

Oct. 31, 1955 London--After weeks of speculations, Princess Margaret announced today that she would not be marrying Group Captain Peter Townsend. The couple have been under virtual seige recently, with press reports monitoring their every move and recording the precise amount of time they spend together. Disappointing though the news is for romantics, the decision may at least bring some relief to Townsend and the princess. The former has admitted: "We both feel mute and numbed at the centre of this maelstrom."

The affair had focused international attention to the royal famil and awakened uncomfortable memories of the 1936 abdication crisis of the then King Edward VIII and Mrs. Simpson.
Townsend was a distinguished fighter pilot, but hr id also a divorcee with two children. Margaret, aged 25, could him at the cost of forfeiting her official income and her rights to succession but, like her unclde, she has suffered bitter recriminations from both the Church and Parliament.

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