Ermine and Pearls
By Lydia Starbuck
    

  • He’d only just set foot on Maltese soil and the Duke of Cambridge started apologising. First it was the President of Malta who got a royal sorry and then it was the turn of the country’s...
  • Three hundred years ago this weekend, the House of Hanover was putting down roots in England as George I began settling into his new royal home. The king had arrived on September 18th 1714, a full six weeks...
  • The bride was eighteen and the groom was just months into a turbulent reign that would end in exile. But their wedding was one of the most famous of the 1960s and their relationship has proved...
  • For centuries it has been known that Richard III was killed in battle, the last King of England to suffer such a fate. But details of his demise have never been clear – until now. The...
  • In times gone by, and even for royals, reaching thirty meant you were at or even past the middle point of your life.  While the latest royal Henry to hit 3-0 is still considered young, his forebears...
  • After weeks of build up and days of discussion, it’s here.  The big one.  The royal birthday of the year.  Yes, Prince Harry is thirty today.  The younger son of the Prince of Wales hits this...
  • It was called the dress of the 20th century. Some loved it, others weren’t that bothered by the actual design or appearance but everyone knows it. The wedding gown of Diana, Princess of Wales is instantly recognisable...
  • It’s been a busy seven days for the royal families of Europe with fish, golf carts and sporting stars all playing a part.  Here are some of the highlights of Europe’s royal week. Belgium The Belgian Royal...
  • The Earl and Countess of Wessex have enjoyed a warm reception in British Colombia as their nine day working visit to Canada gets under way.  The royal couple are already attracting big crowds as they get...
  • It’s been a big week of big news for the royals with baby talk, sporting heroes and a chance to show a real head for heights. Here’s the royal week – in numbers. 8-6 which was the...
  • Usually when you turn thirty, you get some mildly amusing cards reminding you that you are closer to middle age than childhood.  You might have a quiet moment of reflection on reaching a sort of milestone...
  • Prince Harry was always going to be the royal star at the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games.  After all, this major sporting event for injured service men and women from around the world has been...
  • This time next year, the Queen will officially be our longest reigning monarch for as the clock strikes midnight on September 9th 2015, she overtakes the record currently held by her great, great grandmother, Queen Victoria....
  • We don’t know when baby number two is due and we certainly don’t know whether it’s a boy or a girl but already there is plenty of speculation about what the second child of the Duke...
  • They’re a very modern couple who will steer the Monarchy through a large part of the 21st century but in one way, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are sticking to royal traditions.  The announcement that...
  • We now know when Elizabeth II claims the record for the longest reigning monarch in British history.  September 9th 2015 is the day in question but even before the milestone is reached, the Queen’s long reign...
  • Put it in the diary now.  September 9th 2015 is set to become one of the most famous dates in British history and we haven’t even got there yet.  For Buckingham Palace has calculated that on...
  • Honey golden sun and the sweet smell of Mediterranean flowers – when the Ancient Greeks arrived in Malta they called it ‘honey sweet’ and the Romans used the same name for the island, Melita.  During the Duchess of...
  • On paper, it could be the beginning of a futuristic thriller – people who walk through life only seeing phones and computers held up in their faces.  Those they meet don’t look them in the eye,...
  • It’s become a favourite phrase for princess and duchess watchers everywhere – royal recycling.  Seen a coat before?  It’s royal recycling.  Think that evening frock looks familiar?  Royal recycling in action.  It’s replaced repeated, reworn and...