Royal March Birthdays

Time to celebrate Royal March Birthdays!

March 10, 1964: Prince Edward Earl of Wessex

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.

The Queen & Philip arrive The Daily Mail
The Queen & Philip arrive The Daily Mail

He also released a new portrait of his family that was taken in their wood panelled dining room.

Edward, Louise, James and Sophie (via Daily Mail)
Edward, Louise, James and Sophie (via Daily Mail)

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.

Edward & Sophie (Via The Express)
Edward & Sophie (Via The Express)

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 ūüėČ

Sophie and Edward arrive at the service (Via Hello)
Sophie and Edward arrive at the service (Via Hello)

PS Sophie was wearing her wedding earrings that were a gift from Edward. Haven’t seen her wear them in awhile!

Sophie's wedding earrings (via )
Sophie’s wedding earrings (via The Express)

See?

Sophie's Earrings (via The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendour)
Sophie’s Earrings (via The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendour)

March 14, 1958: Prince Albert of Monaco

Onto Monaco! Here’s the birthday boy on the left with older sis Caroline, Grace and Ranier‚Ķ.actually looking much the same as he does now.

En Famille
En Famille (via Lisa’s History Room)

That round face!

PRince Albert takes a load off (via )
Prince Albert takes a load off (via Lisa’s History Room)

And all grown up.

Marrying Charlene Wittstock (via The Telegraph)
Marrying Charlene Wittstock (via The Telegraph)

Here’s to a year filled with more pictures like this one.

Are we having fun yet??(Via Lainey Gossip)
Are we having fun yet??(Via Lainey Gossip)

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.

Eugenie & Gran (via Vanity Fair)
Eugenie & Gran (via Vanity Fair)

Meanwhile big sis Beatrice has joined twitter as @yorkiebea – maybe Eug will follow?

Happy Birthday!

 

Awkward (and sometimes creepy) Royal Portraits

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.

whatever you do, look thoroughly over this, ok? (via Tumblr)
whatever you do, look thoroughly over this, ok? (via Tumblr)

So blas√©. 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.

Princess Charlene razzle dazzle (via IB Times)
Princess Charlene razzle dazzle (via The Times Magazine)

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.

Charlene strikes a pose (via Tumblr)
Charlene strikes a pose (via Tumblr)

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‚ĶWhite 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”).

Are we sitting? Leaning? (via )
Are we sitting? Leaning? (via Happy Pixels)

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‚Ķmaybe she’s not sure about this, either?

The Floral Princess (via Happy Pixels)
The Floral Princess (via Happy Pixels)

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‚Ķthe oh so dated outfit and hair do on the future Princess. Otherwise it’s pretty cute!

Engagement Photo of Joachim and Alexandra (via Unofficial Countess Alexandra Page)
Engagement Photo of Joachim and Alexandra (via Unofficial Countess Alexandra Page)

Here’s another for good measure. So young!

via The Unofficial Countess Alexandra page
via The Unofficial Countess Alexandra page

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?

Diana with an unimpressed Harry & William (via Tumblr)
Diana with an unimpressed Harry & William (via Tumblr)

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?

Diana's Out of Africa homage? (Via Getty Images)
Diana’s Out of Africa homage? (Via Getty Images)

Seriously‚Ķwhat 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!

Who wants a sandwich? Oh wait we don't have any. (via Daily Mail)
Who wants a sandwich? Oh wait we don’t have any. (via Daily Mail)

But maybe this one gets the prize? I gotta say I still love it, though.

It's so comfy to sit here reading a book (via Daily Mail)
It’s so comfy to sit here reading a book (via Daily Mail)

Love everything about this image – but why does the future Queen Mum have to be hanging out the window?

Just hanging out (Via )
Just hanging out (via The Image Works)

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.

Prince Christian looks into the bleak and scary future (via )
Prince Christian looks into the bleak and scary future (via Daily Mail)

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!

What’s your favourite of the bunch?

Unusual and Fun Royal Portraits

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.

A raincoat & diamonds (via Daily Mail)
A raincoat & diamonds (via Daily Mail)

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).

The Queen Mum (via Daily Maik)
The Queen Mum (via Daily Maik)

Princess Margaret

Just lounging in in the tub with the Poltimore tiara.

via Tumblr
via Tumblr

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).

Victoria and her dog (via Vanity Fair)
Victoria and her dog (via Vanity Fair)

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.

via Vogue Germany
via Vogue Germany

Love these, too.

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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.

via The Royal House of Norway
via The Royal House of Norway

 

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.

via The Royal Court of Norway
via The Royal Court of Norway

They released this one, too.

Via The Royal Court of Norway
Via The Royal Court of Norway

Which is your favourite?