Thursday, 13 March 2014

Royal Roundup: Highlights of the Week

Hello dear readers,

I've decided to make an amendment to our 'Royal Roundup' posts and incorporate a variety of news from a variety of royal families in the spirit of updating in a somewhat timely fashion.

We begin with the British Royal Family and a look at an official portrait released by Buckingham Palace to mark Prince Edward's 50th birthday. It's a lovely, informal family portrait and I have to say I'm a big fan of the Wessexes, a royal couple who are seriously underrated in terms of media coverage.

The British Monarchy Flickr

It's been a busy week for The Countess of Wessex who visited  England Hockey at its base at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre, Buckinghamshire, to talk to staff and players from both national teams and observe a training session. Sophie has been patron of England Hockey since 2007 and joined in during a game.

Hockey England

Members of the Royal Family have been out and about attending this year's Cheltenham festival. The annual racing event is favoured by the Windsor clan. The Duchess of Cornwall was in high spirits at Ladies Day when she won a bet against her son Tom Parker-Bowles. She looked thrilled as she took three twenty pound notes from her son.


The Queen's granddaughter-in-law Autumn Phillips looked stylish.



New mother Zara Tindall enjoyed a day at the races with her mother Princess Anne.



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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark met with Chelsea Clinton, vice president of The Clinton Foundation, in New York at a dinner organised by the Danish Consulate General. The duo discussed a variety of issues during the meeting including global health, empowerment and women's rights - all issues Princess Mary feels passionately about.

Kongehuset

Meanwhile, Princess Mary's mother-in-law, the Queen, attended the opening of the exhibition "Vikings: Life and Legend" in London.

Kongehuset
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Over in the Netherlands, Queen Máxima made a fashion statement upon arrival at the official opening of "Week of the Money" at the Dutch Sound Institute. Máxima has always been one to experiment with her fashion choices. What are your thoughts on this look?


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Members of the Spanish Royal Family attended the 10th anniversary memorial service for victims of the March 2004 Madrid Bombings. No doubt a sombre day of reflection for many people in Spain.


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We wrap up today's post with a look at a new official photo of Princess Charlene of Monaco. It's a very casual and relaxed shot, which is something we're seeing more and more of in official royal photos across the board.

Palais Princier De Monaco

We hope to do at least a couple of these posts weekly moving forward.

39 comments:

  1. bluhare in Washington State13 March 2014 at 22:24

    Maxima's skirt is too short, IMO. I love her though.

    And I would SO love to visit the VIking exhibit. I'm a huge ancient history fan, and I still get all excited thinking about going to the Herculaneum and Pompeii exhibit last year!

    PS Tom Parker Bowles looks a bit cheesed. Funny!

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    1. Cheesed yes. And he could use a comb. :)

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    2. bluhare in Washington State15 March 2014 at 04:36

      And a diet. Is he still writing restaurant reviews?

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    3. bluhare, I don't follow him, but he does get an extra bit of attention every once in a while. I find it amazing that he's been able to mention his royal connections directly (and in print) and that seems to fly.

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  2. Dear Charlotte,
    I love the photo of Edward and his family. I especially love seeing his son who we hardly see.

    Thanks for all the wonderful updates. The Canadian Autumn Kelly looks stylish as ever.
    Nice to hear about Princess Mary meeting with Ms. Clinton.

    I am not a fan of Charlene's photo but nice to see her.

    cheers

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  3. I adore that picture of the Wessex family, and I agree with you they work hard and for very little publicity... the polar opposite of the Cambridges just lately!

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  4. In a way it feels more balanced to read about a variety of royals rather than dissecting Catherine and William's lives. It is interesting to see how all these royal women can turn up to engagements without their children anywhere to be seen, and there is no mention of their whereabouts. Of course they are home with nannies, or at school, which is fine. As soon as Catherine emerges without Prince George though, there is automomatically a mention of who he might be with and the possible location. It is a little bit creepy in a way.

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    1. Very true, Florence. And when, for example, have we speculated about the input of Daniel's parents in Estelle's life?

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    2. I don't think I have ever heard them mentioned or photographed Royalfan. Whereas the Middletons get followed and photographed and commented on even if they just buy a coffee or help Kate with Lupo. Bizarre really when you start comparing..

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    3. bluhare in Washington State15 March 2014 at 04:37

      That's because Estelle is a little goddess. No way that child came out of mere mortals!

      Yes, I'm a huge Estelle fan. She is the cutest thing going.

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    4. bluhare in Washington State15 March 2014 at 04:40

      Estelle's only two royalfan. Give me some time and I'll start speculating. :)

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    5. True, Florence, I guess if we stop and think about it, Kate's family is the youngest and most attractive/photogenic bunch this royal family has ever seen. That sells papers. Now let's add the financial success and happy-family factors and ohhhh boy! :)

      Yes, bluhare, Estelle is adorable and she's a happy little girl with parents (and an extended family) who adore her. And in the years to come, I sincerely hope that George's equally good fortune will be left at that.

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  5. Love the new setup for this post, Charlotte. There are so many interesting things going on and I'm really looking forward to hearing what's happening. I hope you will continue with Tiara Time too. I know there are many demands on your time but I think this blog has a wonderful future.

    As for Maxima's outfit, oh my, oh my, is all I can say. I thought she was perhaps receiving a degree somewhere. Most strange!

    As regards to Florence's remark, some royals start their duties quite young. There are some delightful pictures of little Princess Estelle with her mum and dad on Victoria's nameday. Perhaps, they can appear in the next week's roundup. They are too precious. She is quite often seen in public, as are the other Scandinavian royal children. Quite a number of them are in school and are spotted with their parents on school runs. I do believe now George has a proper nanny, there will be much less speculation. A pity they couldn''t have found a British one. Surely, Norland could have provided one. One likes to think of the future heir being raised in a British manner.

    Quite excited about the Viking exhibit. I hope to see it.

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  6. Great post. I was beginning to worry that Charlotte had been blog-smacked , but she is obviously in top form. Especially appreciate the photo of Prince Edward's family. It is no mean feat when children are involved. The image gives off a candid,yet professional feel to me. Partly due , i suppose, to their casual clothing. I did immediately think of the Michael Middleton photos, which were so harshly critisized for being so casual.Now.it's routine for royal photos,it seems. And the Camilla.photo ...equal time? The Commonweth Day pictures were probably more flattering. Looking forward to Monday.

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    1. I like the word blog-smacked, to the point RNNOKC! I'm pleased too and am looking forward to Charlotte's post on Monday.

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    2. bluhare in Washington State15 March 2014 at 04:38

      Blog-smacked . . . awesome! May I steal it?

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    3. Help yourself, bluhare. With appropriate credit included, of course. Did you notice that Princess Anne and Autumn Phillips have almost identical expressions?
      Glad you liked it, Florence. "Gob-smacked" is one of my favorite expressions. (hope it doesn't mean anything nasty) I had visions of Charlotte getting slammed with those endless, sometimes mean comments.

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    4. bluhare in Washington State15 March 2014 at 16:12

      Thank you RNN. Absolutely you'll get credit! I guess then I wouldn't be stealing it, would I.

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    5. bluhare in Washington State15 March 2014 at 16:23

      I hope those expressions weren't when the horse was killed or people were injured. I don't like horse racing -- I should say I don't like the treatment of horses mostly -- and yesterday was a great example of what can go wrong.

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    6. Think of it as a gift, bluehare.
      Did something happen at the races? I have a knack of putting my foot in my mouth, mostly due to ignorance. I don't like horse racing (or dog etc.) If a horse wants to run, let him run; but don't whip him and bet on him. I respect the Princess Royale as I know her from the news, but I am on the side of the horses.And you don't want to get me started on this subject. It is off-topic, anyway. I guess.

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    7. bluhare in Washington State15 March 2014 at 21:11

      A horse died, and a jockey was injured yesterday or the day before. I've adopted ex racing greyhounds, so you can imagine what my opinion of that "sport" is. Horse racing is only marginally better.

      Topic, schmopic!!

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    8. Thanks for the info. I thought I sensed a kindred spirit.
      In the photo, Zara's face is expressionless and the woman behind is laughing. Strange. Zara looks lovely. New mom curvey,not a problem.

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    9. Okay, so I can admit that my sympathy was with the horse. Jockeys know what can happen, but the poor animal doesn't have a choice.

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    10. bluhare in Washington State16 March 2014 at 01:29

      My sympathy is always with the animal. They don't have a choice; the people involved do.

      It's nice to meet another kindred spirit. I used to go to the races, and I am so glad I never saw a horse have to be put down. Or even injured and learn that they were put down after. But they're drugged and god knows what else done to them. It's like anything else; the crème de la crème live well; the rest not so much. And don't even get me started on poor greyhounds.

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    11. Four horses were killed at Cheltenham this week.

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    12. bluhare in Washington State16 March 2014 at 05:36

      That is appalling. They're such beautiful animals.

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    13. I don t 'understand. The RF loves and treasures its equine friends. I know about two things about horses, so I may be wrong: are race horses born wanting to race and compete, or is it bred and trained into them? It is one thing (maybe not a good thing) for humans to crash and smash their way around a track well- shielded and in cars,, but horses with their beautiful, slender legs?
      OK, bluhare and. royalfan, I'm looking for some lively,up-beat discussion tomorrow.
      Horrible thought! What if Kate has nothing to criticise?

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    14. bluhare in Washington State16 March 2014 at 19:49

      I will do my best on the lively and upbeat comment front. I posted a link to a fun survey on Popsuger in the latest DuchessKate post. That one's fun. :)

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    15. Hi RNNOKC....I don't know enough about horseracing to comment. But I would bet my last dollar that we don't have to worry about a post with zero criticism. ;)

      Having said that, I am looking forward to tomorrow's post! And I hope to see a new coat. I just checked the weather forecast and it is expected to be 59F or 15C and cloudy.

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    16. :) :) :) Royalfan, I would kind of like to see the Emilia Wickstead again. Is that the green one?
      Thanks, bluhare! For some reason, my device refuses to post anymore DK comments.It probably has more sense than I do.

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    17. RNNOKC, I do like that coat (and yes, it's EW) very much, but not for a *third* year. :) If she recycles, maybe we will see the tartan McQueen coat from Christmas Day....?

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    18. bluhare in Washington State17 March 2014 at 00:58

      Wasn't that a Scottish tartan? Looks like Black Watch to me. Not sure that's appropriate for an Irish celebration. Have to get my complaining post of the day in!!

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    19. Oops. Guess that's why my name isn't Angela Kelly. :)

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  7. Many thanks for all the supportive comments, they are very much appreciated. There's always a period of trial and error with new blogs but I really enjoy writing it and plan to post more frequently from now on with the latest news, tiara time, royal rewinds and style files :)

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    1. Happy to hear it, Charlotte. I look forward to more posts.

      I just read through some comment updates in my inbox, and I see that an Anonymous poster on your DK blog referred to you as being educated and classy. I couldn't agree more. You have the patience of a saint and your response to some less than kind remarks is exactly that...classy.

      Thank you for all you do! :)

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    2. bluhare in Washington State16 March 2014 at 01:32

      Just a thought, but have you ever thought of royal scandals?

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  8. Did anyone notice Zara's still looking quiet "pregnant" compared to Kate after PG's birth? Don't get me wrong, I still think she looks lovely. I just thought she would try to get her athletic shape back as soon as she cans.

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    1. Some women take longer to bounce back and there's nothing wrong with that. All that matters is that mommy and baby are healthy.

      But it is true that Zara's fashion choices don't do her any favors. The short, cream color outfit she wore the day before this photo was taken (I think) looked terrible on her. It emphasized width more than length.

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    2. bluhare in Washington State16 March 2014 at 01:30

      I love Zara, and she'll bounce back. I read she's back to riding already.

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