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The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee (Details)

Queen Elizabeth II during her coronation

Today the palace announced details on the much anticipated celebrations of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee.  Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate 60 years on the throne this time next year with a 4-day bank holiday weekend from June 2 to June 5, 2012.    The planned events:

Saturday 2nd June, 2012

  • The Queen will attend the Epsom Derby

Sunday 3rd June, 2012

  • The Big Jubilee Lunch: People will be encouraged to share lunch with neighbours and friends in the form of a traditional street party or a picnic lunch.  Organisers: the Big Lunch.
  • The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant: A flotilla with up to 1,000 boats on the Thames, with the Queen leading in the Royal Barge.  Organisers:  Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation

Monday 4th June, 2012

  • BBC Concert at Buckingham Palace:  A televised Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace.  Tickets are available to UK residents by public ballot. The programme is still under works and is expected to include musicians from the UK and the Commonwealth. Organiser: BBC
  • The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons: A network of 2,012 Beacons will be lit by communities & individuals throughout the United Kingdom, as well as the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Commonwealth. The Queen will light the National Beacon. Organiser: Diamond Jubilee Beacons Ltd.

Tuesday 5th June, 2012

  • Service of Thanksgiving & Carriage Procession: A Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral and a formal carriage Procession by The Queen.

Further details on Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee will be released in early 2012
Source: The British Monarchy’s website


Other Royal News:

Pippa Middleton at the French Open 2011

The Duke of Edinburgh’s 90th Birthday.  Prince Philip turns 90 on June 10, 2011.  A church service and reception is scheduled for June 12 at Windsor Castle.  Send him a birthday greeting through the British Monarchy’s website.

Pippa & the Middletons.  Pippa was in the spotlight again earlier this week when she was photographed watching the French Open and clubbing in Paris.  And as expected, the Daily Mail is trying to stir a scandal out of digging into a Middleton employee’s Twitter account and accusing Pippa of exploiting her royal connections for a Paris tennis freebie.  Some tabloids are just ridiculous!

Princess Catherine & Fashion. Another silly point for the Daily Mail for trying to stir a Kate Middleton vs Michelle Obama fashion rivalry, pointing out that Kate’s winning in sales.  Plus how Kate has catapulted the Reiss brand.

Prince William plays polo.  The Duke of Cambridge led his team to victory at the Audi Polo Challenge for charity in Chester yesterday. Pictures here.  Wife Kate chose to stay at home.  William, England’s Football Association president, also released a statement supporting the delay of the FIFA presidential election.  Alas, his efforts were in vain.

Prince Charles & Camilla in Scotland.  The pair is in Scotland visiting various charity projects.  Pictures of Prince Charles in the Scottish Borders & Ayrshire.  And pictures of the Duchess of Cornwall.


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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

[ad#box1]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.




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!

[ad#box1]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 Obamas Visit the UK

DAY 1:

It’s a right royal welcome as US President Barack Obama begins state visit to Great Britain.  He and his wife Michelle arrived in the Presidential limousine known as The Beast, which pulled into the front of Buckingham Palace just before noon. They are greeted by the Queen and Prince Philip ahead of a state banquet this evening and a meeting with David Cameron.


The Obamas with Her Majesty & the Duke of Edinburgh


After the meeting of the heads of state, the Obamas spent about 20 minutes speaking with Prince William and his new wife Princess Catherine, who have just returned from their Seychelles honeymoon. Kate wore a £175 “Shola” dress from high street chain Reiss. And as of this writing, Reiss’ website has crashed.


The Obamas met newlyweds William & Kate - Duke & Duchess of Cambridge


Then it was off to the Buckingham Palace Gardens for 41-gun salute, a trip to Westminster Abbey, and a meeting with the Prime Minister. Tonight, a state dinner is to be held at Buckingham Palace. President Obama and his family will stay 2 nights at Buckingham Palace’s Belgian suite — the same room where William & Kate stayed on their wedding night.

After a long day of public appearances, President Obama and his wife Michelle were treated to a state banquet at Buckingham Palace, hosted by the Queen. The star-studded banquet saw 171 guests arrive, including actors Tom Hanks, Kevin Spacey and Tim Burton and politicians David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Boris Johnson.


The State Banquet, including Obama’s speech

Articles: Daily Mail | Daily Mail (state banquet) | Telegraph | BBC (with video) | The Independent | Sky News
Pictures: Obamas with: The Queen & Prince Philip | Prince Charles & Camilla | William & Kate
Pictures: Day 1 in Pictures


President Obama continues with more political activities today.  As a royal site, I shall continue to cover relevant “royally-related” agenda of the state visit.

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