The British Royals at the Olympics

With just two days to go until the Opening Ceremonies in London, it’s time we talked about the home team’s Royal Family.

London was announced as the winner for the 2012 Olympics on July 6, 2005 and we were somewhere in that crowd below in Trafalgar Square for the celebrations:

It was super exciting, and heartwarming to see all the people taking time out from work in anticipation of the big announcement. And now here we are!


In recent months, the Royal Family’s involvement has really ramped up. Princess Anne travelled to Athens where she received the Olympic flame and began the torch relay.

She is a member of the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games, President of the British Olympic Association, and a former Olympian.

Kate has also gotten involved. She met with the Team GB Field Hockey men’s and women’s teams to lend her support. For more on that visit, click here.

Princess Beatrice has also been all over pre-Olympic fun. She started the 5k race in the London Olympic Stadium and said,

“I am thrilled to be able to play my part in such a historic occasion and it is fantastic to see the incredible transformation that the Olympic Park has undergone. I, like so many others running on the day, know that the experience of being one of the first to cross the Olympic finish line is an extraordinary moment in what promises to be a memorable year for the nation.”

She was also on hand to receive the Olympic torch as it arrived at Harewood House in Leeds along with the Earl of Harewood. You may recall from our post on Queen Victoria’s diamond and sapphire tiara, that it is now the Earl and Countess of Harewood that now own it. Click here for more on that delightful sparkler.

Zara also participated in the torch relay. She is shown here on her horse  Toytown, who was retired last year. Toytown sure seems like an amazing horse. Zara said, “He’s awesome, he done us proud. He loves crowds, he was just a little bit… it makes a noise, so he was worried about that. It’s unreal the amount of people that are here. Such a massive honour.’

The British Royals will be out to cheer Zara on when she competes on her new horse who is appropriately named High Kingdom. Good luck, Zara!!!

Zara really got into the spirit of things in the photo booth when she went to pick up her Olympic uniform. Oh, yeah!

As we know, she is following in the footsteps of her mum Princess Anne who  was first member of the British Royal family to participate in the Olympic Games. She competed in the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal where she rode Goodwill,  one of the Queen’s horses.

It is through her interest in horses that Princess Anne met Mark Philips, her first husband. They met at a reception for the British Olympic Equestrian team in 1968, for which Mark was selected as a reserve. He did participate in the 1972 Munich Olympics where he won gold in three-day eventing. He also won a silver medal in the 1988 Olympics. No pressure, Zara!

Next up: the Opening Ceremony. There are some seemingly legit reports that the Queen filmed a scene with Daniel Craig- aka James Bond- at Buckingham Palace to be shown during the Opening Ceremonies. Please let this be true! Regardless, the Queen will officially open the Games and will be there with oodles of other Royals.
See you then!!

For more Royal Olympic frivolity, check out:

Spain’s Royals at the Olympics

Denmark’s Royals at the Olympics

Monaco’s Royals at the Olympics

Sweden’s Royals at the Olympics

The Dutch Royals at the Olympics

Norway’s Royals at the Olympics

 

The Norwegian Royals at the Olympics

It has been confirmed that Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit will be at the Opening Ceremony in London next week. Woot woot!

The Norweigian Royals are yet another Royal Family with a long history with the Olympic Games. Like the Spanish Royals, they are excellent sailors, so let’s start with the 1928 Olympics where some Royal Olympic history was made. Here we go…

1928 Amsterdam Summer Olympic Games

At these games, which we spoke about on our recent post on the Dutch Royal Family’s involvement in the Olympics, Prince Olaf (King Harald’s father) won the Gold medal in the six meter event. This makes him the first Royal to win an Olympic Gold medal.

Kudos to Olaf!

1952 Oslo Winter Olympic Games

The first of two times to date that the Olympics were held in Norway was in 1952 when the capital city of Oslo hosted. The Opening Ceremonies took place on February 15, which just happened to be eight days after King George VI of England died, leaving Princess Elizabeth as Queen. This was marked with flags at half mast during the ceremony.

Another notable part of the ceremony was that the Games were officially opened by Princess Ragnhild, which was a first time that a woman had done the honours. Her grandfather King Haakon VII was meant to do it, but he was in London for the King’s funeral service.

Here is a photograph of the Princess. She is King Harald’s older sister, so if the current rules had applied when she was born, she would have been Queen.

1964 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games 

Four decades later, Crown Prince Harald, now King Harald V of Norway,  carried his country’s flag during the Opening Ceremony and competed in sailing. Here he is helping to lower a sailboat into the water during the Games:

And that wasn’t the end of his Olympic career…

1968 Mexico City Olympic Games

The Crown Prince also competed in the1968 summer games…

1972 Munich Summer Olympic Games

…and again during the 1972 Summer Olympics.

1994 Lillehamer Winter Olympic Games

These Games were the second time that Norway has hosted the Olympics. The Royal Family was very involved in the festivities and arrived at the Opening Ceremonies in this delightful sleigh. What a winter wonderland:

Here is a shot of them during the ceremony. Prince Haakon has aged well, eh?:

King Harald had the job of declaring the games open and Crown Prince Haakon lit the Olympic flame.

Here’s another view. He must have been boiling next to that big flame:

Fun Fact: During these games, Norway walked away with the most medals of any country with a total of 26. Ten were gold, 11 were silver, and 5 were bronze.

2006 Torino Winter Olympics

Skipping along, Prince Haakon attended the Games, and is photographed here looking chummy with Prince Frederick of Denmark. They were watching curling:

2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games

King Harald and Queen Sonja made it to these games and flew the flag for Norway:

2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games

The King and Queen also attended the 2010 Winter Olympics and certainly suited up for the cold mountain air:

Prince Haakon attended these games as well:

2016 Youth Olympic Games

The next Youth Olympic Games will be held in Lillehammer in 2016. Prince Haakon is sitting on the committee for these Games.

Well that brings us to now…four more sleeps until the Opening Ceremony in London!

For more Olympic fun, check out:

Spain’s Royals at the Olympics

Denmark’s Royals at the Olympics

Monaco’s Royals at the Olympics

Sweden’s Royals at the Olympics

The Dutch Royals at the Olympics

The Dutch Royals at the Olympics

Good news for fans of the Dutch Royals: Princess Maxima, Prince Willem-Alexander, and their three daughters will be attending the Olympic Games in London. The Prince and Princess are always right into things, cheering away so no doubt they will be decked out in orange and waving flags in London. I expect no less.

While there haven’t been any Dutch Royal Olympians as of yet, the Netherlands hosted the 1928 Olympics which were held in Amsterdam. This picture below is of Prince Hendrick addressing the crowd during the Opening Ceremony. He was the Prince Consort of Queen Wilhelmina:

Notably, Amsterdam is currently in the bid process to host the 2028 Olympic Games, which would be a significant nod to that first Games 100 years prior. Other European cities that are currently planning to bid for the Games that year are Rotterdam and Saint Petersburg.

Now let’s dive into some pictures of the lovely and upbeat Maxima and her family during recent Olympic Games.

Turin 2006 Olympic Games

The Prince and Princess attended the opening ceremony. Looks like the Prince hasn’t yet gotten his white cover-all on:

The family were in Torino as well – the girls were so young! That’s Princess Catharina-Amalia on the left and a very young Princess Alexia on the right. Check out our post on how Catharina-Amalia is one of the future Queens of Europe by clicking here.

Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

Princess Maxima and the Prince were at the Opening Ceremonies once again, waving their orange flags around with vigour. They really made those spectators seated around them look like no fun at all in comparison, eh?:

The Prince and Princess weren’t looking super interested here, though. Perhaps they had over exerted themselves before:

Or, maybe they were jet lagged? They were certainly more into the spirit of things at a beach volleyball event:

Vancouver 2010 Olympics

Skipping along, the family spent quite a bit of time at the Olympic Oval in Richmond, BC where the speed skating events were held. The Dutch love speed skating; the men’s team won bronze at the Turin Games in 2006 and at the Vancouver Games in 2010. For some more Olympic trivia, here;s a fact for ya: speed skating is the sport that has won the Netherlands the most Olympic medals overall with a total of 82 medals. Oh, yeah.

Here are some of my favourite pictures of Princess Maxima and their daughters cheering away. That’s Princess Ariane up on the Prince’s shoulders:

Next up: London. The athlete’s villages are now open to receive athletes and we are just 8 sleeps away from the Opening Ceremonies!

See Also:

Spain’s Royals at the Olympics

Denmark’s Royals at the Olympics

Monaco’s Royals at the Olympics

Sweden’s Royals at the Olympics

Swedish Royals at the Olympics

Unlike some of the other Royal families we have looked at so far in our series on Royals at the Olympics, the Bernadotte’s don’t have any former or current Olympians in their midst. However, what they may lack in top athletic prowess they make up for in spirit. They have been active Olympic spectators over the years and we have some pictures to prove it.

1912 Stockholm Olympic Games

Check out this 100 year old photograph taken during the 1912 Olympics which took place on home turf in Stockholm. That’s Prince Wilhelm of Sweden and Norway on the left seated next to his brother Crown Prince Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden. They are with their father King Gustav V.

Fun Fact: The Swedish Olympic team won the most medals of any other nation at the 1912 games with 65 medals. The American team was next with 63.

1972 Munich Olympics

As we discussed several months ago, Prince Carl Gustav (the current Queen of Sweden) met the future Queen Silvia at the Munich Olympics in 1972. Queen Silvia met the prince while she was working as a translator, and we even have pictures to prove it! Click here for that story.

As far as Olympic Royal meetings go, the current King and Queen of Sweden are joined by Prince Frederick of Denmark who met his wife Princess Mary during the Sydney Olympics and Infanta Cristina of Spain who met her husband (now the Duke of Palma de Mallorca) at the 1996 Atlanta Games. I’m rooting for Harry at this games. Anyone with me on that?

Turin 2006 Olympics

Father and son watched the closing ceremonies in Turn back in 2006. You can really see the family resemblance here, no?

Beijing 2008 Olympics

The King and Queen waved their flags for the Swedes in Beijing two years later:

Princess Victoria was there for the Paralympics. She is  shown here cheering for the Swedish basketball team who was playing against the Canadian team:

Vancouver 2010 Olympics

The King and Queen were joined by Prince Carl Phillip in Vancouver and the Royal trio made it to several events. Love the jackets.

And, look! They ran into some more royals while they were there. Here they are with Prince Albert and soon-to-be Princess Charlene:
 
According to Hello! magazine, Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, and Prince Carl Phillip will be in London from July 30 (so they will miss the Opening Ceremonies taking place on the 27th) to August 3. Fantastic, I say. The King and Queen will then arrive in London on August 7th and will remain until the Games close on August 12.
 
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The Spanish Royals at the Olympics

The Olympics are just two week away so today’s as good a day as any to chat about the Spanish Royals at the Olympics. The Spanish Royals like to sail and they are mighty good at it. Here we go…

Queen Sofia of Spain

Princess Sofia of Greece and Denmark, now Queen Sofia of Spain, represented Greece in the 1960 Olympics in Rome. She was on the sailing team. Sadly, I haven’t been able to unearth a photograph of that event, so you’ll just have to take my word for it! She married Infante Juan Carlos of Spain just two years later in 1962.

Prince Constantine of Greece and Denmark

Before we chat about Juan Carlos’ Olympic experience, Princess Sofia’s brother Constantine also competed in the 1960 Games and won a gold medal in sailing (dragon class, to be precise). Constantine went on to become the sixth and last King of Greece. He succeeded the throne in 1964 at the age of 23, and as you know the Greek Royal Family was abolished in 1973. Here is some footage of the 1960 Olympics and the dashing prince sailing away in his white and blue uniform:

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As you may recall from our previous post, this was the same Olympic Games that Princess Grace’s brother Kell participated in. Kell won bronze in rowing.

King Juan Carlos of Spain

Back when he was the heir apparent, Juan Carlos participated in the 1972 Munich Summer Olympics. He competed in the Mixed Three Person Keel Boat and his team placed 15th.

He still loves the sport of sailing. Here he is with fellow former Olympian Prince Albert at Monaco’s Yacht show in 2011:

Prince Felipe

The King and Queen’s son Prince Felipe followed their footsteps and is also a former Olympian. In 1992, he was part of the sailing team at the Barcelona Games. How appropriate! Like Zara Philips who will compete on home soil at the upcoming games, Felipe also got to compete on home turf.

The prince was also given the honour of being the flag bearer for the Spanish team at the Opening Ceremony.

Here is some video footage of the Opening Ceremony.  Prince Felipe and the Spanish team are at 4:08 and they cut to the King and Queen clapping away. We also see a clip of Infanta Elena.  I love how they announce all the countries in multiple languages and in such a celebratory manner… “Espana!“…”Spain!“…

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Infanta Cristina

Felipe’s sister Infanta Cristina shares her family’s love of sailing. She represented Spain on the sailing team at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. Like her brother, she was the flag bearer during the Opening Ceremony.

Just like Prince Frederik of Denmark and the King of Sweden, Cristina met her husband Inaki Urdangarin y Liebaert at the Olympics. The two met at the Atlanta 1996 summer Olympics where he was a member of the Spanish handball team. He won bronze at both the 1996 Atlanta Games and the 2000 Sydney Games.

Princess Crstina and Inaki were married in 1997. He now holds the title Duke of Palma de Mallorca.

Unfortunately, the Duke has been alledgeldy involved in a money laundering scandal, and is consequently not participating in Royal events for the time being. Since this blog is supposed to be fun and frivolous, we’ll leave it at that for now.

This photograph is of Infanta Cristina and her husband, who was competing in the Games:

It seems that the Spanish royals skip out on the Winter Olympics, but they certainly showed up in full force for the last summer Olympics, held in Beijing.

Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia attended a reception for the Spanish team.

They also cheered on the team at various events:

Queen Sofia and Infanta Elena were at the games as well:

Love this photograph of Felipe sharing a joke with his uncle King Constantine of Greece. That’s Queen Anne-Marie of Greece on the right:

Spain is hoping to recreate the magic of the 1992 Barcelona games with the 2020 Olympic Games, which they are proposing be held in Madrid. The other two cities in the running are Tokyo and Istanbul. The winning city will be announced in September 2013.

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Denmark’s Royals at the Olympics

Monaco’s Royals at the Olympics

Monaco’s Royals at the Olympics

Continuing with our series of Royals and the Olympics in the lead up to London 2012, today we’re chatting all about the Princely family of Monaco. They have quite a history with the Olympic Games, and it all began with Princess Grace’s family, shown here in a candid snapshot. That’s little Grace in the middle with her parents:

The Kelly’s were a very athletic family; Grace’s dad and brother were both Olympians, and her mum lead the Physical Education department at the University of Pennsylvania.  Here are some more details on those Olympians:

John “Jack” Kelly:

Grace Kelly’s dad Jack Kelly was a triple gold medal Olympic winner in rowing. Here he is rowing at the Antwerp Games in 1920, where he won gold for both the single and double scull events:

He won his third gold metal at the Paris Olympics in 1924 for the double scull event, which made him the first athlete to win three Olympic gold medals in the sport of rowing.

John Kelly Jr.

Grace’s brother John “Kell” Kelly followed in his footsteps and was also an Olympic medallist. He won bronze in the single skulls event at the 1956 Melbourne Games, which is when this photograph was taken:

He also competed in the 1948 London Games and the 1952 Games in Helsinki.

This photo of Kell with his sister Grace (and I believe that may just be their sister Lizanne on the right) was taken at the Henley Regatta in 1947:

Kell’s final Olympics were the 1960 Games in Rome. Princess Grace and Prince Rainier were there to cheer him on.

This photograph was taken during those games. Love the hat, Grace!!

This photograph was taken there as well. Rainier was taking some family snaps:

In 1985, Kell was elected President of the United States Olympic Committee. Sadly, he died the following year so was not able to fulfill that post for very long.

Prince Albert

Grace’s son Prince Albert followed suit as an Olympian when he participates in the winter Olympic Games as a bobsledder for Monaco. Yes, this is kind of random, but there you go.

His first Olympic Games were in Calgary in ’88, where he competed against the Jamaican boblsed team made famous by the movie Cool Runnings (feel the rhythm, feel the ride..it’s bobsled time).  Here he is warming up with some serious hopping:

He also participated in the 1992 Albertville Games, the 1994 Lillehammer Games, the 1998 Nagano Games, finally the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. So, he’s a  five time olympian, folks! Not too shabby.

Prince Albert has been involved with the International Olympic Committee since 1989 and continues to be a member.

Princess Charlene of Monaco

Prince Albert also of course married a former Olympian, Charlene Wittstock. Charlene Wittstock participated in the 2000 Sydney games on the South African team, where her 4×100 medley team placed fifth. This photograph was taken during her race:

She also participated in the Marenostrum championships in Monaco that year, which is where she first met Prince Albert. She continued to swim competitively and qualified for the Beijing Olympics in 2007 but decided to retire from the sport before the Games.

Turin 2006 Winter Olympics

The couple has since travelled to various Olympic Games. Notably, the Opening Ceremony for the Turin Winter Olympics in 2006 was the first time that the couple was photographed together publicly.

Here we have Prince Albert clowning around before the Opening Ceremony began. The audience was given flashlights to participate with and Charlene is loving it:

Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics:

Charlene and Prince Albert were also in Beijing. Was it time for a manicure?

Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics

They also both attended the Games in Vancouver. The couple was engaged by this point and sat for an interview.

Check it out here:

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Here’s Prince Albert posing with Team Monaco bobsledders Patrice Servelle and Sebastien Gattusoat the sliding centre in Whistler:

And here they are saying hello to the Swedish royals:

No doubt we will be seeing lots of the Princely couple in London. Can’t wait!

See Also:

 

Spain’s Royals at the Olympics

 

Denmark’s Royals at the Olympics

 

Monaco’s Royals at the Olympics

 

Sweden’s Royals at the Olympics

 

The Dutch Royals at the Olympics

 

 

 

Tom Cruise & Princess Diana

There sure have been a lot of reports on the Katie Holmes-Tom Cruise divorce (we particularly have been appreciating the insights provided by the always sharp Lainey Gossip), and it has gotten us thinking about Tom’s connection to the Princess of Wales, and really some of Diana’s other Hollywood connections in general. Without further ado, let’s  recount what we know.

This photograph of the Princess of Wales meeting Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman was taken at the 1992 screening of Far and Away at Leicester Square in London. Tom and Nicole played Irish immigrants to America, with attempted accents and all. If you haven’t seen it, it’s highly entertaining for the accents alone (“We could share a pew, me and you!”). Seriously, go rent.

Here is a short Youtube clip of Diana’s arrival and the meet and greet:

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I distinctly recall watching CNN the night that Princess Diana died, and Tom Cruise was one of the first to call in. Understandably, he spoke about the danger of the aggressive paparazzi. According to CNN, he said that he and Nicole Kidman had been harassed by paparazzi in the very tunnel where Diana’s crash occurred. He said they were “devastated” by the news, and furious at celebrity photographers.

“They run lights and they chase you and harass you,” Cruise said. “It happens all over the world. And it has certainly gotten worse. You look at the kind of money that is generated for the newspapers and for these paparazzis — that’s why” they are so persistent.”

 Tom and Nicole were included on the list to Princess Diana’s funeral since Diana’s Christmas card list was used to help determine who would be invited. The Cruises were on there, along with Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and Steven Spielberg. Here’s Tom and Nicole heading into Westminster Abbey with Steven:

We can see Tom Hanks in this one:

We know that Tom Hanks met the Princess of wales at the 1995 screening of Apollo 13 in London.

Here’s some footage of that event:

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Last summer, when William and Kate were in Los Angeles, they attended a BAFTA event. Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, and Nicole Kidman were all there, sans Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. You’d think Tom Cruise would have been all over that. Wonder what happened there. Anyway, it seems like Tom, Rita, and Nicole all stuck together and managed to have a nice little moment with the Cambridges:

This must have been quite something for Kate:

Oh, to be a fly on the wall:

I mean, really:

The photographer wasn’t really working in William’s favour here:

Kate and Nicole had their moment as well:

Any other thoughts?

Danish Royals at the Olympics

In the lead up to the London 2012 Summer Olympics which will kick off on July 27th, we will have a few posts highlighting various royals who have both attended and participated in the Olympics over the years.

We’ll start of this series with the Danish Royals!

The Sydney Olympics, 2000

As we have discussed in the past, Australian Mary Donaldson met Prince Frederick of Denmark during the Sydney Olympic Games. They met on a night out at The Slip Inn on September 16, 2000 to be precise. Click here for our story on that.

Here’s Prince Frederick on September 25, 2000 in Sydney with his brother Prince Joachim. Mary was fully in the picture by then:

Gotta love a good Olympic Royal Meeting. As we have discussed, the Olympics is also where King Carl Gustav of Sweden met the future Queen Silvia. Wonder if there will be another one this year?

Athens 2004 Summer Olympics

Just four years later, Mary joined the Danish royals in Athens to cheer on Danish Olympians. This was in August, just three months after her May 2004 wedding to Prince Frederick. Mary even wore the country’s colours, which are also reflected in her engagement ring:

Queen Margrethe was there, too:

Looks like she had her Daisy brooch on:

Here’s some footage of the couple at the Games. Mary seems to be quite fluent in Danish at this point:

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Turin 2006 Winter Olympics

Princess Mary seems to have missed out on these games, perhaps because little Prince Christian was just four months old at this point, but Prince Frederick was there. Here he is chatting it up with Prince Haakon of Norway:

Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics

A little over two years later, the couple were both in Beijing to take part in the 2008 Olympics.

During the Games, the couple visited an exhibit on China in Denmark:

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They also visited the athlete’s village, where they spent time with both the Danish and Australian teams.

Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics

The Crown Prince Couple travelled to British Columbia for the 2010 Olympics. In 2009, Prince Frederick was elected to the International Olympic Committee as a Member of the Sports for all Commission so he was at the Games in an official capacity.

Love this photo of Mary and Frederik taking a walk in Whistler Village:

They attended the Biathlon:

And a hockey game:

I wonder if they keep their security badges as souvenirs.

The 2012 Youth Olympics

Prince Nikolai, the oldest son of Prince Joachim of Denmark and Alexandra, Countess of Monzepat,  took part in the torch relay for the first ever Youth Olympics. These Games  took place in Innsbruck, Austria from January 13 to 22, 2012 and included 60 countries.

Prince Nikola represented Denmark in the rally along with two other Danish children.

We’ll keep our eyes open for the royals at the London Olympics! Maybe Mary and Frederick will bring the whole family along since it is a pretty short flight over. There has been some controversy around Prince Frederick’s IOC role recently, with reports that he has more of a figurehead than an active participant. It will be interesting to see how that plays out.

20 days to go until the London Olympics! The countdown is on…

Update: According to Hello! magazine, It has been confirmed that there will be a strong contingent of Danish Royals in London. Queen Margrethe, Prince Henrik, Prince Frederik and Princess Mary will all be attending the Opening Ceremony. Prince Joachim and Princess Marie will be arriving in London to take part at a later date. They will all  be staying onboard the Royal yacht Dannenbrog. LOVE IT.

Updated: The Middletons at Wimbledon

The Middletons like their tennis. Case in point: Kate made a trip to London with her brother James to pick up her racquet after her break up with William became public.  This was in the spring of 2007 and she was staying at her parent’s home in Bucklberry, which is one hour away from the Middleton’s London flat.

There’s her brother James at the wheel of the car and Kate putting on a brave face:

Kate has been a frequent visitor to Wimbledon over the years, and in recent years the rest of the family has also been photographed while attending.

2006:

In June of 2006, Kate attended the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour’s pre-Wimbledon party:

The blondie there that Kate is eyeing is is Maria Sharapova:

And here she is dancing with William and Harry’s friend Guy Pelly:

The party was hosted by Rirchard Branson and was held at The Roof Gardens in Kensington:

2007:

Kate also spent a day at Wimbledon in 2007:

2008:

Here she is in 2008:

Kate wore her white Issa “Lucky dress” which seems to have been a favourite for a spell (click here for our post on that):

She wrote a thank you letter to the All England , and it is now on display in the Wimbledon Museum. In it, she reveals that she had visited Wimbledon with a girlfriend. Anyone recognize the girl with the pink pashmina in the picture above?

The letter reads:

Dear Sir

Thank you for your kind hospitality at Wimbledon last week. My friend and I had such a fantastic time and it was great to be able to enjoy the day knowing that we could have a little peace and quite if things got a little too hectic. It was a wonderfully relaxed day and we even spent part of it on the “Henman/Murray Hill”, which was great fun.

I really was not expecting to be looked after with such hospitality and I certainly wasn’t expecting to see any of the Centre Court games. I do hope the end of the tournament runs smoothly and this fantastic weather lasts ’till the end of the week.

Thank you again for making it such a fun and easy visit.

2010:

In 2010, we just have these shots of Kate arriving in a lovely green sundress:
I hope she brings this one out again:
2011:
She also visited with William in 2011, their first time together. They were seated in the front row of the Royal Box this time, natch:
The rest of the Middleton family also enjoy visits to Wimbledon.
In 2011, Pippa, Carole, Michael and Pippa’s then boyfriend Alex Loudon all joined in the fun:
 Pippa showed up on another day in 2011, as well:
2012:
This year, Carole sat in the general stands
Looks like she wore her post wedding outfit, eh? Here she is leaving The Goring with Michael, Pippa, and James the morning after Kate and William’s wedding:
The day after Carole’s visit, Pippa and James showed up and sat in the Royal Box:
And on July 3, 2012, Carole and Michael Middleton had their turn in the Royal Box:
No sign of Kate and William yet. We still have a few more days to go, so fingers crossed.
Updated: Kate and William made it to Wimbledon on Wednesday, the day before the Order the Thistle Ceremony in Scotland. As has been widely reported, Kate wore the Alexander McQueen knit dress she first wore publicly on Prince Edward Island last summer – one year ago to the day, to be precise.
Here they are at Wimbledon:
and on Prince Edward Island last year:
Love it. I wonder if Kate bought this dress with Wimbledon in mind. I wouldn’t be surprised!
It has just been announced that Kate will be making a second visit to Wimbledon. She will be there on Sunday, July 8th to cheer on Scottish Andy Murray in his match against Roger Federer. It’ll be a nail biter!
Updated Again:
Kate and Pippa were front and centre for the Men’s Final Match yesterday, where Roger Federer beat out Andy Murray for the title. Kate once again wore white – and all repeats. Her white Joseph coat first came out for the Epsom Derby last summer, and her Joseph dress first came out during her tour of Canada.
She also carried the leopard print Diane Von Furstenberg clutch that first came out on her first night in Los Angeles. LOVE that Kate accessorized with two long necklaces. Hope she starts to do that more often.
Interestingly, the delightful blog What Kate Wore has figured out that the gold necklace is actually an acorn and comes from designer Kristin Magnusen.
As we know, the Middleton’s new family crest includes acorns so I’m thinking this piece might have been chosen as a nod to the crest.  Thoughts?
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Happy Canada Day!

Today, July 1st, is Canada Day so in that spirit let’s review some British Royals in Canada over the years.

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth

We’ll start with the Queen Mum. She and King George VI visited Canada from coast to coast in June of 1939. This was the first visit of a reigning monarch to Canada and it was an enormous success, with huge crowds at every stop.

On a 1985 visit to Canada, the Queen Mum spoke of that first visit to Canada by saying:

 “It is now some 46 years since I first came to this country with the King, in those anxious days shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War. I shall always look back upon that visit with feelings of affection and happiness. I think I lost my heart to Canada and Canadians, and my feelings have not changed with the passage of time.”

Her Majesty The Queen

The Queen has visited Canada on numerous occasions and always arrives with patriotic ensembles.

Her Maple Leaf dress, which was designed by Norman Hartnell, is a prime example.

The Queen wore this dress on October 14, 1957 to a banquet at Rideau Hall, the official residence of the Governor General of Canada.

Years later, during her July 2010 visit, Her Majesty showed up in a maple leaf encrusted white gown. So much bling!

The maple leaves went all the way down her sleeve. Here she is with Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto:

On that occasion, the Queen said,

“On my first visit, before I was queen, I noted that from the moment I came to Canadian soil, my sense of apprehension disappeared, because I understood that I was not only among friends but among fellow citizens,” she said. “Today, many years later, I still feel as much affection and admiration for Canada.”

The Queen has been in Canada on Canada Day on at least two occasions. She is shown here in 1997 during the Parliament Hill Canada Day Celebrations with then Prime Minister Jean Chretien:

The Queen and Chretien had first met years before.

According to the CBC,

Chrétien…drew a big laugh from the Queen when she attended the signing ceremony of the Constitution Act in Ottawa in 1982. Chrétien, who was the justice minister, said former prime minister Pierre Trudeau broke the tip of his fountain pen as he signed the document.

“I picked up the pen and I start to try to sign and it was not working and I said to myself ‘merde’ and she had a big, big laugh,” he said. “Everybody was asking me what the hell you told her that she had such a spontaneous laugh and I refused to say so for years.”

Here’s a photo of that moment. Merde, indeed!

In 2010, the Queen was back for Canada Day and she really did it up with her red suit and white hat.

She wore the Maple Leaf Brooch, which we discussed in detail in our post on the brooch a few months ago. Click here for that.

Love this ever so Canadian moment:

Princess Anne

Let’s not forget Princess Anne. The Princess Royal has also brought out red and white during visits to Canada. Here she is in 2010 accepting an honorary degree from Memorial University in Newfoundland:

The Duke and Duchess of York

During their marriage, the Duke and Duchess of York visited Canada a few times. Here they are all decked out for the Calgary Stampede in 1987:

On another day, Fergie wore a maple leaf in her hair, which won her more fans:

Princess Diana

Princess Diana was actually born on Canada Day in 1961, so today would have been her 51st birthday. In July of 1998, I visited the gates of Kensington Palace and there were oodles of flowers left out for the occasion.

She and Prince Charles visited Canada together several times over the years, and at one point Diana even speculated that she would like Prince Charles to be named Governor General of the country. I believe that was only a fleeting fancy. However, Princess Diana certainly showed up in a lot of red and white.

Here she is in 1983:

Another shot from 1983:

And another:

The couple had a short stop over in Vancouver in 1985 on their way to Australia and were back in the city in 1986 to kick off Expo. More red came out for that visit:

This photograph of Princess Diana greeting William and Harry in a red-and-white check Missoni jacket got a lot of press. William and Harry were joining their parents on their Canadian tour in 1991 and they had not seen each other for a few days. The family was travelling on the Royal Yacht Brittania:

Prince William & Prince Harry

On that visit in 1991, Princes William and Harry visited Niagara falls:

And in 1998 before a private ski holiday to Whistler, they spent a couple of days in Vancouver, prompting thousands of school girls to camp out outside their hotel. I may or may not have been one of them:

The Duchess of Cornwall

It seems that the Duchess of Cornwall feels that red isn’t really her colour, but she does get into the spirit of things during visits to Canada in other ways.

For example, she (like the Duchess of Cambridge) have both borrowed the Maple Leaf Brooch from the Queen.

She has also worn the regimental brooch of The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, of which is Colonel-in-Chief. It is called the Pellatt brooch. The Regiment commissioned a portrait of Camilla, which she unvieiled during her visit to Canada in May 2012. She wore the exact same outfit that she is wearing in the portrait, which is pretty darn cute:

According to the Prince of Wales’ website, during the visit Camilla said,

 “As the daughter of a highly decorated World War Two hero, the great-great-great-granddaughter of a Canadian Prime Minister, Sir Allan MacNab, and Royal Colonel of 4 Rifles, a British regiment closely allied to your own, I feel very much a part of your regimental history, so please remember how much my association with you all, as your Colonel-in-Chief, means to me and what interest, concern, and pride I have in all you do.”

Camilla’s revelation of her direct connection to the Canadian leader Sir Allan McNab was news to me! Here is the fellow himself:

Camilla is shown here in May of 2012 during a visit to Fort York in Ontario. She wore the brooch on her hat this time:

It is also notable that the black clutch bag that Camilla carries in the photo above is from the Michique line, which is designed by two Cape Breton-born sisters. It seems that a member of Camilla’s staff was told to hunt for a Canadian designer to help support during their tour. Hurray for that!

The Earl and Countess of Wessex

The Earl and Countess of Wessex have been to Canada on numerous occasions, with varying degrees of publicity. In fact, their first overseas tour together was to Canada in 2000. Here they are on Prince Edward Island during that tour. Sadly, no red to be seen:

The Duchess of Cambridge

Kate was all over getting into the red and white spirit of things during her tour of Canada with Prince William last summer.The visit coincided with Canada Day and Kate and William participated in the celebrations on Parliament Hill. Kate even wore red shoes for the occasion. This was also the first of three times that she wore the Maple Leaf Brooch during the trip.

Kudos to Kate for the maple leaf hat. Hope she gets to wear it again before too long:

On Kate’s last day in Canada, she pulled this custom Catherine Walker coat dress out:

In Prince William’s last speech of this Canadian tour he said,
“In 1939, my great grandmother, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, said of her first Tour of Canada with her husband, King George VI: `Canada made us.` Catherine and I now know very well what she meant.

Canada has far surpassed all that we were promised. Our promise to Canada is that we shall return.”

On that note, we wish you a very happy Canada Day! We will chat more about Wimbledon in our next post…