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The Queen was concerned of Princess Diana after her marriage with Prince Charles failed, close friend reveals

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was believed to have shown deep concern towards the Princess Diana  after her marriage to Prince Charles broke apart, Harry Herbert, a close friend of Diana’s revealed.
A report on the Daily Mirror revealed that while many believed that Her Majesty and the Princess of Wales had a strained relationship, Her Majesty asked Harry Herbert once while he was on a visit to Balmoral in 1992 how Diana was coping.

The Wedding of King Haakon VII and Queen Maud of Norway

On July 22, 1896, Prince Carl of Denmark (soon to be King Haakon VII of Norway) and Princess Maud of Wales were married at the Private Chapel of Buckingham Palace, London.
The bride and groom were first cousins. Prince Carl, the second son of then-Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark and Princess Louise of Sweden, was born at the Charlottenlund Palace on August 3, 1872 and was christened Christian Frederik Carl Georg Valdemar Axel. Maud, meanwhile, was the youngest daughter of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) and Princess Alexandra of Denmark. Both Frederick and Alexandra were children of King Christian IX of Denmark.

At a young age, Carl was not expected to become king because he was a second son. So, he built a career in the military, where he served as a naval officer at the Royal Danish Naval Academy in Copenhagen. Maud, meanwhile, was the liveliest of Edward and Alexandra's three daughters. She fell in love with Prince Francis of Teck, the younger brother …

Check out this cute photo of Prince George in time for his fourth birthday!

Here is the latest official portrait of Prince George in celebration of his fourth birthday tomorrow. The photograph was taken at Kensington Palace at the end of June by Chris Jackson, Getty Images Royal Photographer.

Maria Christina: Spain’s Beloved Queen Regent

Maria Christina Henriette Desideria Felicitas Raineria was Queen Consort of King Alfonso XII of Spain. After his death, she was Spain's Queen Regent until his son, Alfonso XIII obtained majority.
She was born at Židlochovice Castle near Brno, in Moravia (today part of Czech Republic), on July 21, 1858. Her father was  Archduke Karl Ferdinand of Austria while her mother was Archduchess Elisabeth Franziska of Austria.

In her youth, Maria Christina was described as "tall, fair, sensible, and well educated." Her family lived in their estate in Moravia and her childhood was spent “a life of quiet and agreeable seclusion” far from the court in Vienna. A well-endowed lady, Maria Christina enjoyed a handsome income of fifteen thousand marks a year, not to mention the palaces and castles which her family owned. The Archduchess joined the order of Chanoinesses, which was a lay establishment in Prague for ladies of noble birth. Maria Christina was the abbess of her chapter althou…

King George V and the Story behind the Royal Family’s Name from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor

On August 4, 1914, Great Britain was thrown into World War I after Germany invaded Belgium. In his diary, King George V recorded that the War was a “terrible catastrophe” for all. Entangled in this arms struggle from 1914 until 1918 were the royal families of Europe, shattering familial relations brought about by political differences and ideologies. Leading the Central Powers was the German Empire, upon which the Kaiser Wilhelm II was George’s first cousin. On the Allied side were Great Britain and Russia, ruled by George’s cousin, Nicholas II. 
King George V and Wilhelm II share the same paternal grandfather, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Thus, the King and his children bore the titles Prince and Princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Duke and Duchess of Saxony. Queen Mary, meanwhile, was the daughter of the Duke of Teck, the grandson of the King of Württemberg.
The extended members of the British Royal Family also bore German titles: The King’s brothers-in-law and cousi…

Camilla Duchess of Cornwall turns 70: Check Out Her New Portrait!

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, turns 70 and what better way to warm the hearts of millions of their followers than to release this new portrait of Their Royal Highnesses. The image was taken in the Garden Room in Clarence House.

To mark HRH The Duchess of Cornwall's 70th Birthday, we are releasing this new portrait, taken by Mario Testino. The image was taken in the Garden Room in Clarence House in May. A post shared by The Royal Family (@theroyalfamily) on Jul 16, 2017 at 2:02pm PDT
Another photo was released via the Royal Family's Facebook page, showing a relaxed duchess at the garden of Clarence House.

A star-studded garden party was thrown by Prince Charles for his wife at Clarence House on Thursday. Then, a party for 250 guests, mostly the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall's closest friends was also held at Highgrove Hoyse. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the event, while the The Queen and Prince Philip stayed at Buckingham after hosting the Spanis…

The Duchess of Kent, Wimbledon’s Fair Lady

In 1968, the Queen’s cousin, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent succeeded his mother, Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, as president of the All England Lawn Tennis Association. He and the Duchess of Kent then started attending the championships during many days of the Wimbledon. The Duchess, born Katharine Worsley, became a familiar figure, and was seen awarding the prizes at the end of every competition.  In 2001, she handed a trophy to Venus Williams, the last time she presented at Wimbledon, following her retirement from royal duties.

During her prime, the Duchess of Kent, a Yorkshire baronet’s daughter, was praised for her sincerity and good nature.  One of her most endearing acts of kindness was helping Martina Navratilova obtain a UK visa for her parents who were living in the former communist state of Czechoslovakia. It gave the parents the chance to their daughter get the title. In 1993, she also touched the hearts of many after she hugged Jana Novotna, who cried after her defeat to…

The 2017 State Visit of King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain to the UK

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain embarked on a state visit to the United Kingdom with a welcome which showed British pageantry at its best. The three-day state visit was the first to Great Britain by the Spanish Royal Family since 1986.

Tuesday, July 11 The couple arrived privately at Luton Airport. They were welcomed by the Queen’s Lord-in-Waiting, Lord Brookborough.

Wednesday, July 12
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall greeted the King and Queen at their hotel, the ME on the Strand before they travelled to the Horse Guards Parade where they were welcomed by the magnificent pomp and pageantry afforded to visiting heads of state.  The King, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, inspected the Guard of Honour, the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. This would be the last official state visit to be attended by Prince Philip before he retires in August.
Queen Elizabeth II invited the King and Queen to a private luncheon. The King was appointed 'Stranger Knight' or '…

Queen Elizabeth II appoints first-ever black equerry

Queen Elizabeth II has just set a new record after Her Majesty appointed the first-ever black equerry. Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah, a Ghanaian-born officer who saw active service in Afghanistan, will occupy one of the most important roles in the royal household, a reporter by Sunday The Times can tell. He is required to support The Queen in various official engagements, including regional visits and audiences at Buckingham Palace.
Known as TA to his friends, Major Twumasi-Ankrah joined his parents after they moved to Ghana in 1982l. He attended Queen Mary University of London and the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. He will start the role later this year, the Sunday Times said.

The Queen's Equerry is usually an officer from one of the armed services, who takes on the role for three years.
"I would have never imagined that one day I'd command the regiment which I'd fallen in love with,” Twumasi-Ankrah said.

"From what I've seen in the UK, our cultures…

While nobody in the Royal Family “wants to be King or Queen,” Prince Harry works hard “for the greater good of the people”

It's actually a tough act to become the King and surely, anyone who succeeds the Queen someone will have big shoes to fill! In fact, even Prince Harry agreed that no one in the Royal Family wants to become king or queen. However, that does not deter Prince Harry from doing best for the benefit of the many.

What is the Holyrood Week?

At the start of every summer, Queen Elizabeth II usually spends one week at Holyroodhouse  Palace, the official royal residence in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, to embark on a series of official engagements and ceremonies.  This is called the Holyrood Week or the 'Royal Week' in Scotland, which “celebrates Scottish culture, achievement and community,” according to the Royal Family’s website.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte to join parents on European tour

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will embark on a tour of Poland and Germany. They will be joined by their lovely children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Their five-day trip will commence on July 17 and will take them to Poland’s capital city, Warsaw. According to the Royal Family’s website, the “meeting leaders in business, government and civil society, The Duke and Duchess will prioritise opportunities to meet the young people of both countries; from entrepreneurs, to mental health campaigners, and bright young talents in music and the arts.”
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