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A Day at the Races

The Royal Family came out in full force to support the Queen’s horse Carlton House at the Epsom Derby yesterday.  Her Majesty has never won the Derby before, and yesterday, despite Carlton House having top betting odds, it was the 10th time unlucky for the Queen.  The horse lost a shoe during the race and finished 3rd.  Bummer!

Top: the trio arrive to cheers; the Queen is not amused with the derby loss
Bottom: Harry leads the royal cheerleaders; picture perfect Princess Catherine

Despite the loss, it was a triumph for the royals, who showed a relaxed and united front.  Best of all was the surprise attendance of so many of them!  Prince Andrew, his daughters Princesses Beatrice & Eugenie, Prince Edward and his wife Sophie arrived at the same time with the Queen and Prince Philip.  Then more than an hour later, the crowd cheered wildly as the coveted trio — William, Kate & Harry — joined them.  Everyone was in good spirits.  The ladies looked beautiful; the men dapper in top hats.  And Princess Catherine, once again, proving an absolute thoroughbred!  To know what Kate wore to the races, follow this site.

Also present (but not in the royal box, of course) was Carole Middleton.  Kate’s family is invested in another horse, Sohraab, who competed (and also lost) in an earlier race.

Got to love this family!  So I got a little carried away with the pictures…

And the newlyweds…

Articles: Daily Mail | News of the World
More Pictures: Getty Images | Rex Features | Zimbio | Belga | MyRoyals

William & Kate

Trooping the Colour rehearsal.  The morning of the Derby, Prince William participated in the Colonel’s Review — a rehearsal for next week’s Trooping the Colour at Horse Guards Parade.  He’s dressed in complete guardsman’s attire — red suit, bearskin hat and all.  Quite a sight for tourists, as hundreds of soldiers were there for the rehearsal.  ( Article | Pictures )

Kensington Palace as London base.  The new Duke & Duchess of Cambridge are moving into a “small” apartment in Kensington Palace (Diana’s former home) temporarily as their London base.  They’ll eventually want a bigger place for the long term.  Their main residence remains their cottage in Anglesey. ( Article )

Pippa Middleton

Fit for a triathlon. While sis and mum were at the Derby, sporty Pippa ran and finished the GE Blenheim triathlon.  She was joined by two male friends, who did the swimming & cycling part.  ( Article & Pictures )

Still with Alex Loudon. According to the Telegraph, rumours that Pippa has split with her boyfriend are just “unsubstantiated gossip” and “inaccurate.” ( Article )

A few articles concerning Pippa this weekend: Pip-pip Hooray (this one actually makes sense)! |  The rise & rise of her Royal Hotness | The Pipparettes — about Pippa’s friends

Chelsy & Harry

Chelsy Davy in Ibiza

Chelsy in Ibiza. We’ve heard that Prince Harry’s on-off girlfriend is on a European road trip with friends while Harry trains as an Apache pilot.  Well, the paps have finally spotted Chelsy — in Ibiza — having lunch with friends.  Red sundress, brown bag, sunglasses, cigarette and all.  ( Pictures: Popsugar | Celebrity-Gossip ).

Off Again? Moreover, several reports claim the on-off couple are, once again, off.  According to Katie Nicholl, Chelsy has been “wild” in Ibiza, and telling people she’s “young, free and single

The Yorks

Princess Eugenie has orthopaedic surgery at 12.  She underwent an 8-hour operation to correct severe scoliosis.  ( Article )

Saving Sarah Ferguson from herself, Oprah style. A preview & behind the scenes article on  Fergie’s upcoming reality series, “Finding Sarah,” which airs June 12. ( Article )

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The Queen’s Jubilee… Kate’s Fashion… Security Cuts…

Britons rejoice! We’re looking forward to a four-day weekend next year to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Ministers and Buckingham Palace will announce the official timetable of events marking the monarch’s 60 years on the throne within the week – with highlights including a nationwide Sunday lunch and a river pageant. Putting back the annual May Bank Holiday to Monday, 4 June, next year, and adding a special Jubilee Bank Holiday on Tuesday, 5 June, gives everyone a 4-day weekend. An announcement confirming the plans is expected on Thursday.

Millions are expected to join the celebrations next year, which will begin on Saturday – 2 June. Ministers hope they will kick start a “feelgood” summer which will climax with the Olympic Games in the capital.

Article: Telegraph

Security Cuts hit the Wessexes

The Earl and Countess of Wessex are to lose their team of six protection officers as part of moves to cut the £100 million cost of Royal security. Prince Edward and Sophie are said to be “very unhappy” about the proposal to strip them of police protection when they are not on official engagements. They plan to dispute the decision.

The Wessexes have six protection officers who work on a rolling rota, which costs the taxpayer an estimated £1.15 million a year.  Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie have also been reported to lose their personal bodyguards to cut costs, although Prince Andrew is trying to contest the decision due to their HRH status.

Article: Daily Mail

Princess Catherine & Fashion

Princess Catherine meets Michelle Obama

So the Duchess of Cambridge reignited a buying frenzy the minute pictures of her and Prince William meeting the Obamas were released. Several articles about this:

But despite all this, studies show that Princess Catherine has actually been outpipped by little sister Pippa in the media following her wedding. As she and Prince William found recluse in their honeymoon (they are said to have been photographed but the press has decided NOT to publish any pictures — wonderful!), Pippa has been followed around London and Madrid, and featured in newspapers, TV shows and websites. Pippa has, statistically, become the more popular Middleton. And wondering who made Pippa’s gorgeous green dress at William & Kate’s reception? Meet Alice Temperley.

Harry!

 

Prince Harry & Princess Eugenie leaving Public nightclub. Pictures: Opticphotos.com

At last, a sighting of Prince Harry. He and cousin Princess Eugenie were spotted leaving Public nightclub. The club is run by good friend Guy Pelly. Harry and Eugenie both left with drinks stains on their clothes.  No sign of on-off girlfriend Chelsy Davy, who is reportedly on a road trip around Europe.

Articles: Daily Mail | Telegraph
Pictures: Celebuzz

Then on Saturday night, Prince Harry joined Ronnie Wood and Mischa Barton at a star-studded Champions League cup final after-party at London’s One Marylebone.

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After Ireland & Obama: Royal News Roundup

It’s been a very busy and successful two weeks for the Royal Family.  We saw Her Majesty make a historic visit to the Republic of Ireland — the first monarch to do so in 100 years.  This week, the Royal Family hosted a state visit for US President Barack Obama. Coming after Prince William & Catherine’s royal wedding in April 29, it caps a month of glory for the monarchy.  A fine, fine month it was indeed!

The next big event?  We’ll have to wait another 2 weeks for a big weekend:

Trooping the Colour

  • June 11 (Saturday): Trooping the Colour, celebrating the Queen’s ceremonial birthday. It will be extra special as she turned 85 this year. Many members of the Royal Family expected. Expecting Prince William to be on a horse for the parade, and Princess Catherine to make an appearance with him on the balcony for the fly-past.
  • June 12 (Sunday): The Duke of Edinburgh’s birthday celebration.  Prince Philip turns 90.  A service for the royals at St. George’s Cathedral followed by a reception at Windsor Castle.  That afternoon, Prince William & Prince Harry play polo against each other for the Sentebale Polo Cup.
  • June 13 (Monday): Order of the Garter Ceremony.  Expect the Queen, along with Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Princess Anne & Prince William in full velvet robes and feathered hats.

In the meantime, a round of royal tidbits….

Pippa! Pippa!  Pippa!

Pippa Middleton has been followed around London and photographed in the past week.  The constant paparazzi presence is eerily reminiscent of Kate a few years ago, when she was in London working for Jigsaw.  She ended up quitting her job and moving to secluded Bucklebury with her parents.  Hopefully the paps back off this time around and the same thing won’t have to happen to Pippa.  Anyhow:

And that’s just the past week.  Let’s not forget she was followed around Madrid before that.  Pippa is also mentioned as a possible feature on the ‘Glee’ finale, amidst silly rumours that she’s getting her own show on Oprah’s own network.

Other Royal Tidbits:

And in preparation for the Duke of Edinburgh’s 90th birthday, I leave you with a must-see video about the steadfast consort to the Queen:

Prince Philip at 90 (Part 1)

Prince Philip at 90 (Part 2)

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The Monarchy’s Finest Month

 


Photos: Crowds from the Royal Wedding; The Queen gets a standing ovation in Ireland

Nothing sums up the triumph that was the last 30 days as well this Express article: The Monarchy’s Finest Month.   True, after years of struggling with what was a faltering public image, the Monarchy packed up a bravura double punch, starting with Prince William’s glorious wedding to university sweetheart Kate Middleton on April 29, and ending with Her Majesty’s historic state visit to the Republic of Ireland on May 17-20.  In the last 30 days, the Royal Family has won global acclaim.

The Queen is surely pleased in what would have been one of the best months of her reign.  A PR triumph, and media popularity for all the right reasons.  Long may it continue…

William & Kate:

Prince William & Princess Catherine are back from their Seychelles honeymoon. The royal couple is back in the UK after a very successful private honeymoon.  “They left happy and clearly content with their stay,” said the head of the Seychelles tourism board, Alain St Ange, who saw the couple leave Friday. St. James’s Palace said the couple “thoroughly enjoyed their time together, and they are grateful to the Seychelles government for their assistance in making the honeymoon such a memorable and special 10 days.”

Now that they’re back, details are starting to emerge about their honeymoon.  The Mirror reports that the couple enjoyed diving with sharks, watching fish and turtles, torch-lit beach dinners, and an excursion to nearby islands.  On their departure, they were presented with a “love nut” – a rare giant aphrodisiac fruit – and a painting.  Source: The Mirror

Although they’ve largely succeeded in maintaining their privacy, someone managed to stumble upon their private little island… the accidental invaders were, of course, sent away.

Royal Wedding & beyond:

California official tour:

Her Majesty & Prince Philip

The Yorks

Pippa Middleton

 

 

 

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