Ermine and Pearls
By Lydia Starbuck
    

  • No wonder she’s smiling. Not only has the Duchess of Cambridge passed the all important twelve week mark in her second pregnancy, she is back on duty after almost two months of illness.  She’s also notched...
  • Given that 2015 is already a blockbuster of a royal year and it’s not even started yet, they were perhaps wise to get their names on the calendar now.  Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and his...
  • Maternity maths already pointed that way but now it’s been confirmed that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will welcome baby number two in April 2015. The newest member of the Royal Family will arrive in...
  • Royal saints

    19 Oct 2014
    This week marks Edwardtide, the celebration of the life of Edward the Confessor, which takes place every year starting on October 13th, the anniversary of the translation of his body to his shrine at Westminster Abbey in...
  • During his reign he was known for his love of the beautiful game so it’s perhaps not that surprising that, four months after his abdication, Juan Carlos I has been spotted enjoying a Premier League clash between...
  • Just over a year ago he was the newest monarch in Europe.  Now King Willem-Alexander has seen two more men succeed to their nation’s thrones since his own accession and today, he welcomed one of them...
  • In the early autumn days of 1537, King Henry VIII was celebrating as his court welcomed a prince.  His longed for son and heir, Edward, had been born on October 12th at Hampton Court Palace to widespread...
  • They are already some of the most famous royal photos taken this year.  On October 10th 2014, the Queen granted Angelina Jolie a private audience in which the Oscar winning star was made an honorary dame.  The meeting...
  • Today marks five hundred years since the marriage of Mary Tudor, sister of Henry VIII, and the French king, Louis XII.  The spectacular ceremony in Abbeville in Northern France transformed Mary into the Queen of France. ...
  • As the 12th century turned to the 13th and on to the 14th many things changed in England but one thing remained the same – the ruling royal house. The Plantagenets took hold of the throne in 1154...
  • The Plantagenet dynasty is the longest reigning in British royal history with its kings taking the helm of the realm for hundreds of years. And decades of a dynasty means a lot of heirs – and a...
  • Prince George is about to get a playmate in the royal nursery and while the siblings will grow up in the same environment, two very different futures await them.  For while George Alexander Louis of Cambridge...
  • When being a queen meant that you had married a king, rather than being a ruler yourself, life stories were told very differently. The queens of yesteryear might have ended up as some of the best...
  • October is truly the king of all the autumn months as the leaves turn to gold and regal red and the fading sun adds a gentle sparkle to all it touches. And it’s marked the beginning...
  • A job for life

    1 Oct 2014
    Another day, another report that one of Europe’s crowned heads is about to give up the day job. This time it’s Europe’s oldest monarchy that’s the subject of speculation with claims that Queen Margrethe II of...
  • In royal blue a soon to be royal lady makes her debut in a royal role that she will have to do for the rest of her royal life. Sofia Hellqvist, who will marry Sweden’s Prince Carl...
  • Kate’s dilemma

    29 Sep 2014
    She may have been tucked up indoors coping with severe morning sickness but the Duchess of Cambridge can’t help making news. Kate has hit the headlines again after Newsweek spoke to writer Germaine Greer about the duchess as part...
  • Prince Harry may not want September to come to an end. The triumph of the Invictus Games was followed by celebrations for a major birthday and now the prince had capped it all by being named...
  • As Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One, sequins are everywhere. In fact there’s only one place where you’ll find more sparkle in a wardrobe and that’s in a royal palace.  You might think having a...
  • 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...