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Meet the Ten Longest Lived Royals in Europe

Here is our list of the ten amazing royals who enjoyed amazing longevity despite the hustle and bustle of their lives.

Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, 104  (December 25, 1901-October 29, 2004)

Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, was the daughter of a Scottish peer, the 7th Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry, who was then the largest landowner in Scotland. She married Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, in 1934 and bore him two sons, Prince William, who died in a plane crash in 1972, and Prince Richard, who inherited his father’s title upon his death in 1974. One of the most popular royal figures during her lifetime, she was also the longest-lived European royal, dying at the age of 102. She penned her memoirs, The Memoirs of Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, which was published in 1981 and revised it ten years later with the title Memories of Ninety Years.
Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, 101 (August 4, 1900 – March 30, 2002)

Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon was the youngest daughte…

The Queen's Speech highlights EU referendum and funding cuts to Labour

The much-awaited Queen’s Speech at the State Opening of Parliament unveiled the plans of Her Majesty’s Conservative government headed by Prime Minister David Cameron for the upcoming Parliamentary year.
The Queen’s Speech, the first for a Conservative majority since John Major, contained 26 bills, including laws to tax cuts that would benefit 30 million people, reduction of benefits cap from £26,000 a year to £23,000, and a pledge to increase free childcare for working families. On the other hand, the speech also contained provisions for the “incentives” cut for foreign migrant workers in the UK.
The two most profound contents of the Queen’s Speech, however, was the in-out referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union and the bill that would cut funding for political parties. In the upcoming referendum, which the Prime Minister wants to happen the soonest possible, Britons would be asked if they wish to “remain a member of the European Union”.
Then, there’s the legislation…

Unforgettable Moments at the State Opening of Parliament Through the Years

The State Opening of Parliament has always been a highly anticipated event by politicians, peers, civil servants, and members of the Royal Household. Aside from its historical and political significance, the State Opening is also a showcase of priceless gems, lovely ladies in even lovelier gowns, and gentlemen at their best. Here are some unforgettable moments at the State Opening of Parliament through the years.

The State Opening of Parliament

The State Opening of Parliament is hailed as the most anticipated event of the Parliamentary year. Its historical, ceremonial, and political significance lies on the fact that this is the only event where three elements of the legislature are gathered together: the House of Commons, the House of Lords and the Queen. Thus, the State Opening of Parliament is the ceremony where the Crown is in Parliament.
It is the duty of the Queen as head of state to formally open each new session of Parliament. There were only two instances when Queen Elizabeth II skipped the Opening of Parliament. The first was in 1959 when she was pregnant with Prince Andrew and the second was in 1963 when she was pregnant with Prince Edward. The State Opening of Parliament is now held every May, following the passage of the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act 2011.
Before the Queen travels from Buckingham Palace to Westminster, a detachment of the Yeomen of the Guard searches the cellars of the Houses of Parliament. This …

The Coronation of Nicholas and Alexandra of Russia

Moscow, May 26, 1906 - Nicholas II was crowned emperor of all the Russias with the most gorgeous ceremonies the world has ever seen, the New York Times wrote of the historic event. The Cathedral of the Assumption, where the coronation was held, was "a blaze of gold and silver. The ornate richness of the cathedral, the splendor of the uniforms, the gleam of jewels, the assembled beauty of the empire, the glories of the vestment, the magnificent singing and the clouds of incensed" heightened the solemn emotions of everyone around who were "witnessing the most splendid of worldly functions." The Czar's throne, which dated back to the time of Michael Feodorovitch, was "covered with purple velvet and set with rubies and turquoises." The throne's back was gold, while Czarina Alexandra's throne was made of ivory.

The Pioneer Express noted that the ceremonies started at 7 in the morning with a 21-canon shots followed by the ringing of the Cathedral b…

Prince Harry finally meets Baby Charlotte

Three weeks after she was born, Prince Harry was finally able to see her lovely niece Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. Twitter user Jake Cottrell reportedly saw the prince near Anmer Hall on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk on Friday.

"I have just seen Prince Harry driving through Brandon in the nicest Range Rover I've ever seen" the royal fan tweeted. On Sunday, the  Mirror broke news that "royal insiders last night confirmed the visit."
Prince Harry’s meeting with Charlotte was delayed because he had his four-week attachment with the Australian Defence Force and then a tour of New Zealand. Even when he returned home, still he was too preoccupied to visit Baby Charlotte. Her was kept busy with his two-day engagements at the Chelsea Flower Show in London although, thank goodness, he and Charlotte came to see face to face. The 30-year-old prince revealed that a photo of the cute Princess was sent to her and that he quipped that she was "absolutely beauti…

The 1903 Ball at the Winter Palace: The Last Grand Ball in Imperial Russia

The Russian royals had the fascination for throwing lavish gatherings and extravagant balls. Anyway, they had all the money in the world to splurge on and we could only imagine how glittering an event that was! The 1903 Ball at the Winter Palace was dubbed the last ball of Imperial Russia. Held on February 11 and 13, guests who were members of the Imperial family and Russia's elite wore ostentatious dress in the 17th century style.
Nicholas II’s brother-in-law and cousin, Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovitch recalled that the event, the grandest during the reign of Nicholas II, was the "the last spectacular ball in the history of the empire...” However, the grand duke also noted that “a new and hostile Russia glared through the large windows of the palace.” While the royals and the nobility were dancing, social unrest was brewing across the empire’s four corners. “Workers were striking and the clouds in the Far East were hanging dangerously low," Alexander noted.

The Funeral of King Edward VII

Nine reigning monarchs of European states rode yesterday behind the body of King Edward VII as, preceded by a detachment of Life Guards, it was borned through London streets from historic Westminster Hall to the railway train which conveyed it to Windsor. Of brothers and sons of monarchs and heirs apparent or presumptive to European thrones a dozen were in the line. The twelve royal coaches following these contained the women and children belonging to or related to the royal house, envoys of many other royalties, the Special Ambassadors of France, the United States, and Persia, and representatives of the British colonies. Behind marched British soldiers and sailors, colonial troops, and representatives of foreign armies and navies. The procession passed before silent millions.

Mourning dress prevailed in the great crowds, buildings were draped, the flags were at half mast, but the rich variety of color in the uniforms lent splendor to the moving scene. As a pageant it surpassed even …

Prince Charles meets Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams

Prince Charles had a meeting with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams as the heir to the throne embarked on a four-day visit to Ireland.
Adams was one of the many Irish politicians who welcomed the Prince of Wales at a reception held in his honor at the National University of Ireland Galway.
The event was historic as this was the first time a member of the British Royal Family met with a Sinn Féin leader. Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland’s deputy prime minister, also held a meeting with the prince.

The meeting between the prince and Adams lasted for around 20 minutes. The two discussed “the need for the entire process to move forward, particularly in regard to those who have suffered, those who have been bereaved," Adams said.
Adams lamented about the violence that had happened in Ireland post-1968. However, he considered the meeting with the Prince as a work in progress towards attaining peace in the country.\

"We were of a common mind and the fact that the meeting took place,…

Princess Alice leaves £30,000 to loyal servants

Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, Queen Elizabeth II's aunt and the longest-lived royal in European history, willed £30,000 to 14 loyal members of staff. Despite having a modest estate of only £500,000, Princess Alice never forgot her retainers who loyally served her. Dubbed as the last great Edwardian, Princess Alice was a popular member of the Royal Family from the time she married the son of King George V, Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester younger brother of King George VI, the Queen's father. Her marriage to Prince Henry was blessed with two sons: Prince William, who died on a plane crash in 1972, and Prince Richard, who succeeded his father as Duke of Gloucester.
Princess Alice was praised for her generosity and kindness towards her staff. Royal biographer Hugo Vickers wrote: “The Princess was very Scottish and aristocratic, and she knew she was the mistress of the house.
“So it wasn’t a question of her sitting down to tea with the staff or anything like that. But I…

Prince William resumes his royal duties meeting wildlife experts in Switzerland

Two weeks after the birth of Princess Charlotte, Prince William's paternity leave is now over as the second in line to the throne already flew to Gland, Switzerland, for the convention of International Union for Conservation of Nature. This is the first's engagement following the birth of his daughter. The Duchess of Cambridge, meanwhile, is quietly resting at their country home, Anmer Hall, at the Queen's estate in Sandringham.

Queen praises Prince Harry for the Sendebale garden at the Chelsea Flower Show

Queen Elizabeth II had a great time at the Chelsea Flower Show. The highlight, though, was her visit to Prince Harry’s charity garden. A rather nervous Harry was anxious while she toured his grandmother around the stunning Sentebale exhibit, which was carefully planned to give visitors the feel that they have been transported to the Lesotho wildlife landscape. Sentebale is the prince’s charity, which works at fighting HIV-AIDS in the land landlocked African kingdom.
The prince’s design, which he collaborated with creator Matthew Keightley, easily won the Queen’s heart. “She told Harry that he should be very proud,” a visitor heard the Queen saying.
One of the unique features of the garden is the life-sized Mamohato hut and a moving series of footprints made from casts taken from some of the children that Sentebale has helped. Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, and later Prince Philip, later joined the Queen to support Harry.

The Chelsea Flower Show is a favorite annual event …

Happy Birthday, Queen Maxima!

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands was born in 1971 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Jorge Zorreguieta and María del Carmen Cerruti Carricart. Her engagement to Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander was announced in 2001 and they were married on February 2, 2002.  With the abdication of Queen Beatrix, her husband became the new King and she, the Queen Consort.  A popular figure both in the Netherlands and abroad because of her fashion sense and for her causes, Maxima is particularly interested on the issue of integration of immigrants into Dutch culture. She is also one of the very few royals who openly supports gay rights. In fact, she was the first royal to attend an LGBT rights conference in 2008. As the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA), the Queen helps to raise awareness on the importance of inclusive financial systems in order to alleviate poverty, ensure food security and promote education.
Check out these ten lovely ph…

Royal History: Alfonso XIII, King of Spain is Born

Madrid, May 17 - The birth of a king to Queen Maria Christina brought joy to the citizens of Spain and its colonies. Cabinit ministers, members of the diplomatic corps, principal civil and military officials, and members of the Cortes all gathered at the palace for the birth of the king.
He was born at midday and it was reported that both he and Queen Christina were doing well. The New York Times reports that the "usual pomp and ceremony were observed" which was duly accorded to a king. In the Cortes, Senor Sagasta expressed the satisfaction of the king's birth. He even called upon Spaniards to defend their infant sovereign. Senor Toreno, another member of the Cortes, speaking on behalf of the Conservatives, was also elated to welcome the birth of their king.\
Queen Christian, meanwhile, was overwhelmed by the congratulatory telegrams sent by foreign sovereigns. Madrid illuminated on the night of his birth.
King Alfonso Leon Fernando Maria Jaime Isidro Pascual Antonio h…

Prince Charles' Black Spider Letters Published

After years of battling the government, the private letters sent by the Prince of Wales to Labour government ministers a decade ago have been published finally.  The papers were hailed by Catherine Mayer, who has written an unofficial biography of Prince Charles, said the prince ''felt passionately'' about the issues he wrote about. The topics of the letters actually varied, from heavy issues like the Prince’s fear about the British air force’s readiness during the campaign in Iraq, to lighter issues, such as the prince’s pet project.
Twenty seven notes contained 'full and frank' expression of Prince's 'most deeply-held views' on farming, bovine TB, alternative medicine and housing. 
A letter sent to Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair in September 2004 found the prince express his concern about the Army Air Corps' capacity to send equipment. In fact, the Prince was "frustrated by the poor performance of the existing Lynx aircraft in high te…

Princess Charlotte's Birth Brought Joy to Millions

It seems that Princess Charlotte has already caught the eyes and adoration for the world just a few days after her birth.  Let’s do a little recap on the events following the birth of our adorable and lovely Princess Charlotte.
The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to the princess at 8.34 am on May 2, 2015. She weighed 8lbs 3oz. The Duke of Cambridge was with beside the duchess when she delivered the baby.  The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and other members of Royal Family were immediately informed of the news.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their baby daughter made their first appearance outside the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, leaving for Kensington Palace soon after. After their first few nights in the palace, the family of four left for their country home, Anmer Hall, in the Queen’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk on Tuesday.

10 Lovely Pictures of Royal Babies Through the Years

The royal baby fever is still in the air after the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby girl. I've collated some adorable pictures of cute royal babies that I am sure you will definitely love!

Princess Anne looks really adorable here. This was taken a month before her second birthday by Marcus Adams, 1952.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex with baby James, Viscount Severn.

Baby Prince Philip of Greece and with three of his sisters in 1921.

Baby Princess Elizabeth, soon to be Queen Elizabeth II.

Then-Princess Elizabeth with Prince Charles.

Diana, Princess of Wales, with Baby Prince Harry, 1984.

Prince William--a cutey, right?

Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene after the princess gave birth to their twins, Prince Jacques and Princess G

Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark and Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark with their two oldest children Prince Christian Valdemar Henri John and Princess Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe.

The Duchess of …
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