Ermine and Pearls
By Lydia Starbuck
    

  • Europe’s royals have returned to work after the summer holidays – here’s a quick look at how the courts of the continent have hit the headlines in the last seven days. Denmark Queen Margrethe opened the Aarhus Festival...
  • The summer months are traditionally quieter for royals everywhere as the holidays beckon and they make like the rest of us and head off for a break.  This year, Europe’s reigning houses have had a higher...
  • The youngest grandchild of George V and Queen Mary turns seventy today.  The Duke of Gloucester, born on August 26th 1944 in Hertfordshire, is the baby of the family of royal cousins who were all grandchildren of a...
  • She might prefer to be called Catherine but thanks to the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate has become one of the most famous royal names in the world again.  It’s been among the best used names for queens and...
  • Heirs and spares

    24 Aug 2014
    It seems that royal baby mania isn’t enough any more.  Now, whenever a princess becomes pregnant, the first photos of a regal bump are quickly followed by questions about whether the royal tummy holds twins.  When the Duchess...
  • Doctor Who is back with a new incarnation of the Time Lord at the controls of the TARDIS. And the man now in charge, Peter Capaldi, might do well to brush up on his royal etiquette...
  • She might prefer to be called Catherine but thanks to the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate has become one of the most famous royal names in the world again.  It’s been among the best used names for queens and...
  • Within the walls of one of England’s most picturesque castles, a queen gave birth to her only child and set in motion a chain of events that would become one of Tudor England’s most intriguing mysteries....
  • His was the name on many people’s lips last year so it’s perhaps no surprise that Prince George is being given the credit for a bounce in popularity for his first name. George makes it into...
  • In the early part of August, royal thoughts usually turn to Balmoral while the busy diary of engagements slows down for just a while in the golden days that mark the start of late summer.  This year is different...
  • The Royal Family have had a busy week with engagements and events here and abroad. Here’s a round up of what they’ve been up to in the last seven days – in numbers. Six – the...
  • Bake Off fever has returned to the UK – just one installment of the GBBO and the country has gone crazy again for meringues, macaroons and marble cake.   But while the twelve new stars of the...
  •   After six weeks of silence, King Juan Carlos has appeared on the public stage again.   The former monarch, who abdicated in favour of his son Felipe VI in June 2014, has travelled to Colombia in...
  • The poppy is a potent symbol of remembrance.  This fragile flower is so strongly associated with commemorating those who died in armed conflict that one simple image of it can evoke countless memories and feelings.  The...
  • It’s been a busy week for the Royal Family so to get a good idea of what they’ve been up to in the last seven days, here’s the royal week….in numbers. Three – the number of...
  • Kate is now among the most recognizable royal names in the world thanks to the Duchess of Cambridge.  But royal history is filled with Katherines and many of them made their mark in the 15th and...
  • It’s been a busy week for the Royal Family with a packed schedule of engagements and a rather famous birthday party all on the agenda.  Here’s a summary of how the week went – in numbers....
  •   There have been two big royal firsts in Europe this week. While future king, Prince George of Cambridge, celebrated his first birthday, one of the newest crowned heads in Europe marked a milestone in his...
  • The Queen surprised everyone at the opening of the 2012 London Olympics with THAT James Bond parachuting sketch.  But the big surprise at the start of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games came twelve hours after the official...
  • The Duchess of Cambridge is often called Kate, making it one of the best known royal names in the world right now.  The monarchy’s history is filled with queens and princesses called Catherine and this series...
  • Prince George isn’t the only royal with a birthday on July 22nd.  Admittedly, he’s the best known and the one getting all the attention today as he celebrates turning one.  But Denmark has had a 21st century prince with...
  • The Duchess of Cambridge prefers to be known as Catherine and her husband never calls her anything else when he talks about her.  But despite that, the short version of her name is often used.  And...
  • On July 17th 1947, a little girl was born at King’s College Hospital, London and given a rather rare first name.  Camilla, first child of Major Bruce Shand and his wife, Rosalind, would become known around the...
  • With pain etched on their faces, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands signed their names in a book of condolence opened in their country’s capital city after the loss of flight MH17.  The flight, from...
  •   On July 12th 1543, a rather low key royal wedding took place.  The groom was Henry VIII and his sixth wife was Katherine Parr, a relatively unknown minor noblewoman who had risen from daughter of...
  • The World Cup, with all its glitz and glamour, comes to an end on July 13th as Germany take on Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.  Just one man – Sir Geoff Hurst...