Ermine and Pearls
By Lydia Starbuck
    

  • Lewis Hamilton has called it the greatest day of his life and the victory in Abu Dhabi which made him a double Formula One World Champion was also a royal affair.  As he became the first...
  • From London to Madrid, the Royal Families of Europe give a particularly high profile to charities and initiatives aimed at making the lives of children better. We’re used to seeing royals from across the continent being...
  • From wedding anniversaries to royal firsts, it’s been a busy week for the House of Windsor. Here’s a round up of some of the highlights – it’s the Royal Week in Numbers. It all starts with...
  • There’s a bit of a royal baby boom going on in Monaco at the moment with Princess Caroline welcoming two grandchildren in the last twenty months and news in recent weeks that she will become a...
  • The Duchess of Alba has been remembered in many ways since the news of her death was announced on November 20th 2014. She was known for her many titles, her huge wealth and her flamboyance. But she...
  • The Queen and Prince Philip just can’t help breaking royal records and among them is the claim to the longest ever marriage of a regnant and consort in British history. To celebrate their 67th wedding anniversary here...
  • As the Queen and Prince Philip mark 67 years of marriage today they have a series of royal records under their collective belts. The duke is the longest serving consort in British royal history as well as...
  • There aren’t many people who can get the members of One Direction tongue tied but the Duchess of Cambridge managed to do just that when she met the band this week. Fresh from their appearance on...
  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s trip to New York, in December, will be one of the most high profile royal tours of the year. But they will be following in very regal footsteps when they make...
  • The British Monarchy is about to get a new spare in the shape of the second baby Cambridge but this new little prince or princess will be in very good company. Nearly all of Europe’s monarchies...
  • “…..so that, in perfect stillness, the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead.” Those are just a few of the simple words with which King George V signalled the start of an...
  • All monarchs need heirs and all heirs need spares. This series has looked at the princes and princesses who have been the back up through the centuries. It started with the sons of William the Conqueror and...
  • This series has looked at the royals born to be the spare to the heir. And while Queen Victoria might have started life as a spare herself when she did inherit the throne she made sure it was...
  • Today, Queen Elizabeth II has stood alongside Philippe, King of the Belgians and Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg to London at the opening of a new Flanders memorial garden at Wellington Barracks. Their reigns have been very different...
  • If the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 had succeeded then this date might have marked the start of the reign of a second queen Elizabeth. For the plotters wanted to put the young daughter of James I,...
  • From a little princess who became England’s youngest queen to a consort hounded by many for her religious choices, the three women born in November who would become wives of kings all lived through turbulent times experiencing turmoil...
  • Royalty and November immediately brings to mind the Gunpowder plot, fireworks and a warning to remember, remember. But less well remembered are the birthdays of five monarchs who all began their journeys through life in this...
  • If ever there was a royal house that got itself into an unnecessary pickle about passing on its crown then it’s the Hanoverians. They arrived in London in 1714 with literally a ship full of heirs...
  • Kings and heirs are normally born to great fanfares. The eldest son of a monarch arrives in splendour with word of their debut spreading through the court and country at a rapid rate. When dynasties are...
  • He’s Europe’s youngest king so it’s not surprising to discover that Felipe VI of Spain has the youngest heir on the continent. His first child, Leonor, turns nine today but her first birthday as first in...

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