To kick off his 50th birthday, Edward and Sophie hosted a shingling at their palatial home, Bagshot Park, over the weekend. Guests included the Queen and Philip, Lord Linley, Tim and Lady Helen Taylor. Charles, Andrew, and Anne weren’t photographed going in but hopefully they were there, right? Meanwhile we know that Kate and William were off on yet another holiday, this time in the Maldives.
He also released a new portrait of his family that was taken in their wood panelled dining room.
Edward didn’t chill out on his birthday, either. He spent the morning with Sophie at Robert Browning Primary School where he was given a massive birthday card and was even serenaded with a birthday cake.
Later on (after a quick wardrobe change) they were at Westminster Abbey for the Commonwealth Day Service. I hope William and Kate are taking notes 😉
PS Sophie was wearing her wedding earrings that were a gift from Edward. Haven’t seen her wear them in awhile!
March 14, 1958: Prince Albert of Monaco
Onto Monaco! Here’s the birthday boy on the left with older sis Caroline, Grace and Ranier….actually looking much the same as he does now.
That round face!
And all grown up.
Here’s to a year filled with more pictures like this one.
March 23, 1990: Princess Eugenie of York
Princess Eugenie turns 24 this year. She’s been living in the Big Apple since the fall and working for auction house Paddle 8, who’ve definitely gotten extra press for having a princess on their pay roll. Vanity Fair was all over it.
Meanwhile big sis Beatrice has joined twitter as @yorkiebea – maybe Eug will follow?
Our last post reminisced about some unusual and fun royal portraits and today we’re looking at some delightfully awkward and sometimes creepy ones. Let’s dive in.
Princess Marie Chantal and Prince Pavlos of Greece
These two got married on July 1, 1995 in London and chose to sit for this wedding portrait afterwards.
So blasé. And she’s the definition of haughty, right?
Princess Charlene of Monaco
Next up is Charlene. I get what they were going for here – but it’s just a bit much for me. Fascinating that she and Albert a) thought this was a good idea and b) signed off on it.
And this one is a bit random thanks to the equestrian look – I don’t know that Charlene has ever been on a horse – but it’s a fun homage to Princess Grace. And a bit warrior princess-y to boot.
Queen Maxima of the Netherlands
Maxima had some 40th birthday portraits taken back when she was a princess and a lot of them were lovely. Just not sure about a few of them…
I mean, I get the idea behind this one…White on white. Professional woman. Regal. All that is great. It just doesn’t look very comfortable. Maybe she needs to learn the Tyra Banks schmize trick (aka “smile with your eyes”).
And this is pretty – who doesn’t love seeing spring time blossoms fluttering to the ground- but we’re talking about a future Queen here! Not someone celebrating their sweet 16. And she looks like she’s grimacing…maybe she’s not sure about this, either?
Alexandra Manley and Prince Joachim of Denmark
Alexandra Manley and Prince Joachim posed for this engagement photo in 1995. So that’s really the problem here I suppose…the oh so dated outfit and hair do on the future Princess. Otherwise it’s pretty cute!
Here’s another for good measure. So young!
The British Royal Family
We’ve posted one of these before (see here and here for more) but think it’s totally worth another visit.
I mean, this is exactly how Harry and William hoped to spend their Saturday off from school, right?
Here’s some more interesting info on the circumstances of this photo shoot with Lord Snowdon over at The Daily Mail.
And what is the deal with this one?
Seriously…what was the train of thought from “I’d like my portrait taken by Terrence Donovan” to “and I’d like to be in my Safari get up.”
This was taken by Lord Snowdon and really couldn’t be more posed!
But maybe this one gets the prize? I gotta say I still love it, though.
Love everything about this image – but why does the future Queen Mum have to be hanging out the window?
The Danish Royal Family
I’ve saved the best for last. This one really takes the cake, particularly because it was an official portrait of the royal family of Denmark. A LOT of effort and time went into this and when it was released in November of 2013, it caused a stir for all the wrong reasons.
Note that the only sitters who are looking out at the viewer are the Queen and the first three in line to the throne. Princes Felix and Nikolai are hard at work on a red tower of doom. Princess Isabella rubs her hands together as she plots her next move while Prince tries to make a run for it. Shivers!
We’ll be rolling out some posts on royal portraits this month and today we’re looking at some unusual but fun ones. There are so many stuffy and staid portraits out there that these are so refreshing
The Queen Mum
These are just so much fun, right? This first portrait was taken by Lord Snowdon in 1997. We have the Queen, her diamond-encrusted watch, a sensible rain coat, and her fishing hat.
This more relaxed photo isn’t technically a portrait but it deserves to be here. It was taken in the woods of Balmoral by Margaret Rhodes, the Queen Mum’s niece (and one of Princess Elizabeth’s seven bridesmaids).
Just lounging in in the tub with the Poltimore tiara.
It was taken by Margaret’s former husband Lord Snowdon and only released after her death in 2002.
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden
This portrait was taken at Drottingham Palace in Stockholm by Jonas Fredwall Karlsson in 2003. That’s the royal family’s pet dog Jambo having a snooze (more on Royal Pets here).
The Crown Prince Family of Denmark
You see, they were having their apartment at the palace refurbished so the idea for this portrait for Vogue was cooked up. with that in mind. A bit random… and fun that they were game to get all dolled up for it.
Love these, too.
Princess Mette-Marit of Norway
The palace released this delightful portrait of Mette-Marit, taken in the summer of 2006. It is so refreshing and relaxed.
Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway
Mette-Marit’s daughter Princess Ingrid turned ten years old on January 21, 2014. As our post on her explains she is the future Queen of Norway and the palace released this photo for the occasion.