HistoryThe Queen

Royal Ascot: A history of the Royal Meeting which acts as the highlight of The Queen's summer

Royal Ascot is a highlight of the royal calendar, and every June, thousands of people including the Royal Family head to the races. It is one of the oldest traditions for the royals, and has carried on throughout the global health crisis. In 2020, the meeting was held without any spectators. For this year’s event, up to 12,000 guests will be allowed to attend each day, as Royal Ascot is taking…
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FeaturesHistoryRoyal Weddings

Royal Wedding Flowers: the myrtle of Sofiero

The royal family of Sweden do like a royal wedding in June. King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia married in the month as did all three of their children while three of the king’s four sisters were June brides, too. And all of them had something else in common, too. For every Swedish royal bride since 1935 has had a very sentimental and poignant addition to their bouquets. All of them have…
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FashionHistoryInterests

Fashion Favourite: The Queen Mother and Madame Handley-Seymour

Some royals are fashion trendsetters, like Princess Alexandra (future Queen Alexandra). Others gravitate towards a specific designer or two and work to create styles and a wardrobe that works for them as an individual. The Duchess of York, later Queen Elizabeth, was one of the latter. As we continue with our Fashion Favourite series, we will be looking at Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon and Madame…
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FeaturesHistoryRoyal WeddingsThe Netherlands

Royal Wedding Rewind: Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands

Two wedding ceremonies, three spectacular celebrations and one very happy couple. Twenty years ago, on a string of sunny May days, Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands married Laurentien Brinkhorst in The Hague with a host of royal guests looking on. And while Constantijn was nowhere near his country’s throne, his wedding began a string of marriages that would change Europe’s royal…
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