5 Fun (and Possibly Surprising!) Royal Facts

How about a little royal trivia to add to your repetoire? Today we’re counting down five surprising royal facts that you just may not have known. Let’s start with number #5…

#5 Coleherne Court

It is well known that Lady Diana Spencer lived in a beautiful apartment block called Coleherne Court before her engagement to Prince Charles was announced.

Via Princess Diana Remembered
Via Princess Diana Remembered

The apartment block is on Old Brompton Road and is a very short walk from the Earl’s Court tube stop. Diana’s apartment was in Block H, and was purchased by her mother. Diana rented the other bedrooms out to friends while she was dating Charles, and had a sign on her door that said “Head Chick”. Our post on the building gives some more details on Diana’s days and can be read here.

Via Flickr
Via Flickr

Since then, another future royal bride lived at Coleherne Court! You see Sophie Rhys-Jones also lived there before she married Prince Edward. What are the odds!? She moved out shortly afterward and she and Edward now live in an enormous estate called Bagshot Park, which is a relatively short drive from Windsor Castle.

Sophie in January 1999 before her engagement to Edward was announced (via The Royal Forums)
Sophie in January 1999 before her engagement to Edward was announced (via The Royal Forums)

#4 Nottingham Cottage, Kensington Palace

Onto another fun fact about royal homes. As you know, William and Kate moved into Nottingham Cottage within the grounds of Kensington Palace back in 2011.

It’s probable that William was already pretty familiar with the house by that time, since he likely visited the cottage as a youngster, when his aunt (Princess Diana’s sister) Lady Jane Fellowes lived there with her husband Robert Fellowes. At that time, Robert Fellowes was serving as Private Secretary to the Queen and a perk of the job was living there.

Lady Diana with Patrick Robertson
Lady Diana with Patrick Robertson (via Pinterest)

In The Diana I Knew, which was written by the American lady who hired Lady Diana Spencer to be a nanny for her son Patrick, she recalls that Diana mentioned taking Patrick to “see my sister in Kensington” on a few occasions. Diana failed to mention that these visits actually took place within in the palace grounds.

#3 Royal Godparent Surprise

So by now we all now that Zara is one of Prince George’s godmothers. But did you know that one of Zara’s godparents is none other than Andrew Parker-Bowles, Camilla’s ex-husband?

Camilla and Andrew Parker-Bowles' 1973 Wedding Via Lamberdebbie's blog
Camilla and Andrew Parker-Bowles’ 1973 Wedding Via Lamberdebbie’s blog

Yep, when Zara Philips was christened on 27 July, 1981 in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle, he was named one of her three godfathers (the Duke of York was another). You see, he and Camilla were both good friends of Princess Anne, and in fact he and Princess Anne even dated for awhile.

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All these years later, it seems that they still have a close relationship. Andrew and Anne were were spotted at Ascot together in 2010 and here he is with Zara and Princess Anne at Cheltenham in 2011. Andrew was also one of the guests at Zara’s wedding that year:

Via Sydney Racing
Princess Ann, Andrew Parker-Bowles, and Zara Via Sydney Racing

#2. Sarah Ferguson & The Duchess of Devonshire

You probably are well aware that Diana Spencer and Sarah Ferguson were distant cousins, but did you know how?If you’ve seen the movie The Duchess with Keira Knightley, this next fun fact may just ring a bell.

Fergie and Diana (via Huffington Post)
Fergie and Diana (via Huffington Post)

Keira Knightley’s character was based on the true story of Lady Georgina Spencer, who went on to marry the Duke of Devonshire on her 17th birthday, the 7th of June 774. The new Duchess of Devonshire was the toast of the town wherever she went and she was quite the trend setter in her day.

Keira Knightley as The Duchess of Devonshire (Via The Daily Mail)
Keira Knightley as The Duchess of Devonshire (Via The Daily Mail)

Years later, she had an affair with Charles Grey which resulted in an illegitimate daughter named Eliza Courtney, who was born in 1792. Eliza never knew the true story of her parentage, but it turns out that she is the great-great-great grandmother of Sarah Ferguson and thus the  great-great-great-great grandmother of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

Via The Daily Mail
Via The Daily Mail

#1 Diana Spencer, Prince Andrew, & Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Diana’s nickname growing up was “Duch” since, according to her family,  she was “determined to be a Duchess at least.” A future Duke she may have had her eye on from a young age was Prince Andrew, who was a childhood playmate.

Prince Andrew is seated on the bench
A young Prince Andrew is standing next to the bench (via News Conner)

You see, before her dad became Earl Spencer and moved the family to Althorp,  Diana grew up in Park House, which is on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk. Diana’s parents rented it from the Queen for several years.

Park House in Norfolk (via  SandringhamEstate.co.uk)
Park House in Norfolk (via SandringhamEstate.co.uk)

Over the Christmas holidays, the Spencer family would be asked over to the main house and Diana and Prince Andrew would play together.

Diana at Park House with her pram
Diana at Park House with her pram

When speaking to Andrew Morton for Diana Her True Story, Diana remembered, “We were all shunted over to Sandringham for holidays. Used to go and see Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the film. We hated it so much. We hated going over there. The atmosphere was always very strange when we went there and I used to kick and fight anyone who tried to make us go over there and Daddy was most insistent because it was rude. I said I didn’t want to see Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for the third year running.”

That just rings so true!

In the end, Diana helped set up Fergie with Prince Andrew by inviting her to a lunch at Windsor Castle in 1985. And the rest is history.

Do you have any other fun royal facts to share with us?

Favourite Royal Olympic Moments Part Two

In our last post, we recapped some delightful moments from the Danish, Swedish, and Dutch royals. Today we’ll jump right in with the Belgian royals.

The Belgian Royals

Princess Mathilde and Prince Philippe brought their family to London to take part in the festivities. Here they are at Wimbledon watching a rousing game of tennis. That’s Princess Elisabeth hiding behind the Belgian flag; as we discussed back in February, she is second in line to the throne. Hurray for the enthusiasm:

They also did a bit of sightseeing:

The Norwegian Royals

Skipping along, Princess Mette-Marit and Prince Haakon were in London for the start of the games, and are shown here ready for the Opening Ceremony:

They were at several events with their family. That’s Princess Ingrid on the left with her brother Prince Sverre Magnus.

The Spanish Royals

The Spanish royals did their fair share of cheering, too. Here they are during the Spain’s basketballgame against Russia:

The Queen was there, too:

Princess Charlene and Prince Albert of Monaco

Now I think we’re coming to a true highlight. As you may recall, we’ve been a bit concerned about Princess Charlene after that rather dreadful interview with CBS, so we were happy to see her looking very spirited while cheering on the South African swimming team. She was a member of the South African swim team for the Sydney Olympics, and here she is when Chad le Clos won the gold in a major upset for Michael Phelps who ended up with silver.

It was awesome.

A tearful moment with mom and pop le Clos:

High Five for that:

Near the end of the games, we had another royal greeting when Prince Albert sat behind the Duchess of Cambridge

Which leads us to the British Royals…

The British Royals

Naturally, they were out in full force. Let’s boil down some key moments. First of all, let’s give it to the Queen for her involvement in the Opening Ceremony:

Would have been nice if she’d cracked a smile, but what can you do:

Kate and William were very enthusiastic cheerers:

But Prince Harry was really my favourite to watch…

…especially when he got out his camera at women’s volleyball:

Sophie got out her camera during the swimming:

And, look, Prince Daniel of Sweden made sure to say hello at another event:

And let’s here it for Lady Louise and Viscount Severn who showed up at an equestrian event:

Eugenie and Beatrice didn’t miss out, either:

But the best moment has to be when  Zara and her team won the silver medal and Princess Anne was there to award them.

Did we miss any of your favourite royal moments?

A Royal Olympic Day

Well it was quite a Royal day at the Olympics! Let’s recap, shall we?

The British Royals

First of all, Zara Philips and her team won the silver medal in Three Day Eventing. Way to go, Zara! That’s her right in the middle of her team on the podium:

As we discussed in our post on British Royals at the Olympics, Zara was following in both of her parent’s Olympic footsteps. Princess Anne was there to cheer Zara on and was all decked out in Olympic paraphanalia. Camilla sat next to her:

Princess Anne awarded the medals. Here she is with Zara:

As you can see, Anne chose quite the hat for today’s event. Quite the hat. Zara’s dad Mark Phillips was there as well. He coaches the American eventing team, who placed fifth.

Love this shot of William being all “Your sister won!!” with Peter Phillips in the stands:

Beatrice and Eugenie were there today, too:

We imagine that the Queen and Prince Philip were watching it all unfold on the TV up at Balmoral where they are having a bit of a break. Oh – and we were very happy to see that that “James Bond with the Queen” rumour turned out to be true! Here’s that video if you missed it:

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The Royals of Jordan

It doesn’t seem like many journalists picked up on the fact that Anne wasn’t the only Princess involved in the medal ceremony. Princess Haya of Jordan, daughter of the late King Hussein of Jordan, presented the winners with their bouquets.

Sadly, there are no pictures of her at the event to be found but we do have this one which taken at the Sydney Olympics when she participated in Show Jumping.  That’s right, we have yet another Royal Olympian to discuss!

Princess Haya was also the flag bearer for Jordan a the Sydney Games:

Princess Haya really is all about horses. She is the President of the International Eventing Federation and is also involved in horse racing. This was taken at Royal Ascot this past June. Princess Haya’s horse Joviality (awesome name) won the Windsor Forest Stakes. Fierce outfit! Love:

Princess Haya also holds the title Sheikha of Dubai as one of the wives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates.

The Royals of Monaco

Meanwhile in the pool, South African swimmer Chad Le Clos won the gold medal in the 200 Butterfly, narrowly beating Michael Phelps. Princess Charlene, who competed for South Africa at the Sydney Games, was there to cheer him on along with his parents:

Princess Charlene has been a big supporter of the team since becoming Princess of Monaco. She even had the team come to Monaco to do some training before heading to London. Here’s another shot of Charlene and Albert at the pool:

On another note, I happened to hear a CNN interview with Charlene and Albert on the radio today. In it, Charlene seemed MUCH more prepared than she did in the awful, cringe inducing CBS interview that was broadcast last week. If you haven’t seen it, it’s really quite incredible. CBS even took it down from their website and edited out all the terrible parts. Like when Prince Albert called a time out when Charlene can’t answer the question “what’s it like to be a princess?”  and when Charlene looks like completely fed up and over it when Princess Grace comes up.  Fortunately, the original video is still available on a website we tracked down. Go ahead and check it out by clicking here.

Until next time, happy Olympics watching!

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 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

 

Highlights of Today’s Jubilee Conclusion

Well, this is our 200th post and it seems fitting to mark that with the conclusion of the Jubilee celebrations. It’s a bit sad that it’s over, but we still have Trooping the Colour on June 16 and of course the Olympics to look forward to. It will be a very Royal summer!

The Jubilee Ensembles

Let’s dive in by first looking at what the ladies were wearing today.

We must start with he Queen, who showed up looking lovely in another Angela Kelly creation, this time in mint green. Kudos to her for creating such beautiful looks for these celebrations! Just like it was for the Thames Pageant, her coat was embroidered with tiny Swarovski crystals. Very fitting for her Diamond jubilee and love that she chose to wear her Cullinan diamond brooch. It looked spectacular pinned to the coat:

Like it was on Saturday, another photograph of Her Majesty’s outfit was issued:

Meanwhile, Kate was wearing a gorgeous lacy McQueen dress with a Jane Taylor hat, pearl drop earrings, and her trusty Prada clutch and LK Bennet pumps. A bit more of Kate coming up!

Beatrice and Eugenie showed up looking lovely as well. This was definitely their best Jubilee appearance in my books.

And bonus: these could both be recycled for the Easter service next year!

Here’s one more look at Eugenie’s nails:

Camilla’s upturned Philip Treacy hat was lovely with her gold jacket and four strand pearl choker:

It’s nice to see Peter and Autumn Philips with Zara, too. Check out Autumn’s patriotic hat! Zara’s looks like some sort of hat tiara.

Let’s get another look at that. I think this is another one for the Zara history books. In fact, it might be the wackiest one yet. Check out our review on Zara’s Christmas hats over the years here.

Hurray for another knockout look by Sophie, who also showed up in navy and it looks like she had on LK Bennet pumps as well:

Her Royal Cuteness Lady Louise, was there! Love seeing her out:

The Service of Thanksgiving

The service was a solemn occasion, with Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams (who sat with the royals at the concert last night) commenting that they were celebrating “six decades of living proof that public service is possible and that it is a place where happiness can be found.” Everyone seemed to be having a tough time staying alert and attentive after the revelry the night before (looking at you, Harry):

In the row behind Harry, that’s Viscount Linley, Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor, and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent:

The Carriage Procession

I’m sooo glad it wasn’t raining too hard for this! Charles and Camilla joined the Queen in her carriage, no doubt wishing that Prince Philip could be there with them:

and William and Kate sat with Harry:

It must have been quite something to have been sitting in one of those carriages.

The Balcony Appearance

As was announced last week, just the seven most senior members of the Royal Family in terms of succession were on the balcony for the flypast this afternoon. The ladies were all very colour co-ordinated, with the Queen standing out the most. This is more proof that lots of planning goes into these ensembles.

This marks Kate’s third Buckingham Palace balcony appearance in a little over a year and for each of them she has worn a white, cream, or lacy Alexander McQueen. Love that new tradition!

Appearance #1 of course:

Appearance #2:

and Appearance #3:

Well done, Kate!

The flypast

The “wow moment” happened! One of our Royal posters was able to get these shots of the planes from their vantage point in London, which just so happens to be a nine second flight from Buckingham Palace…

In formation!

So cool. This is how they looked flying over Buckingham Palace

The Royals check it out below. At one point, we could see Kate asking Harry if they should be waving. He seemed to say, “I think it’s just the Queen now.”

Well, what a fun few days!! Any favourite jubilee moments to share?


Royal Flower Girls, Bridesmaids, & Page Boys Part Three


In the last of our three part series, we’re jumping around all over the place. Click here for Part One and here for Part Two if you missed ’em. Today we’re jumping in with the York ladies.

Princess Beatrice & Princess Eugenie 

Princess Beatrice was a flowergirl back in 1991 in this photo which we found posted in a discussion on the Royal Forum’s website. Apparently she couldn’t be convinced to leave her doll behind and took care of it throughout the ceremony.

Princess Eugenie joined Princess Beatrice for this next wedding, which I believe was for their nanny. Love this flower hula hoop tradition. That’s a very technical term, I know.

Lots of Little European Royals

Crown Princess Victoria included three of her royal godchildren (who also happen to be a future King and future Queens) in her June 2010 wedding to Daniel Westling. This made for plenty of great photo opportunities, but this candid shot takes the cake for me:

The little boy to the left is Prince Christian of Denmark. Next to him is Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway and at the end is Princess Catherina Amalia of the Netherlands.

Lady Louise Windsor

Little Lady Louise, daughter of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, did a great job at William and Kate’s wedding in April 2011. Love this pic of her with her cousin Prince Harry.

She broke her arm at Windsor this week when she fell of her pony. Hope she’s on the mend and doing well!

Zara Philips

Zara joined Prince William in the wedding party for Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew. There she is on Buckingham Palace right in front of the new Duchess of York looking a bit non-plussed by it all. Great face on William, too. Oh, yeah:

Zara also took part in bridesmaid duty for Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones. She’s the blondie in the middle. Princess Margaret’s looks like a most dignified and classy Mother of the Bride in behind in her icy blue ensemble:

Love this picture, too even though Zara is obscured behind Lady Sarah:

Zara was a bridesmaid again many years later at her brother Peter’s May 2008 wedding to Autumn Philips. The bridesmaids wore strapless green Vera Wang gowns which featured her tan line, unfortunately. Oh, Zara:

Zara was right in there with her duties, though:

Hello, Harry!

Princess Madeleine of Sweden

To round out this post, Princess Madeleine of Sweden is our most recent royal bridesmaid. She did the honours for her close friend Natalie Rosta in August of 2011. Natalie and introduced Madeleine to her now ex-fiance, Jonas Bergstrom. As you may recall, there was a bit of a to do when they called off their engagement. Anyhow, Madeleine attended this wedding with her current boyfriend, Chris O’Neill. Jonas was there with his new girlfriend as well, so the event got some coverage in the press in case there was any drama (there wasn’t).

Smiling in the rain:

Madeleine on train duty. Looks like she’s got a pair of gold, strappy Manolo’s on:

Any favourites of all of these?? My vote goes to William at the York’s wedding…

Royal Flower Girls, Bridesmaids, & Page Boys Part One

We’ve rounded up some royal page boys, flower girls, and bridesmaids over the years for this three-part series. After all, who doesn’t love a royal wedding? There are oodles of royal attendants and we’ve tracked down a few rarely seen photos to add into the mix.

Princess Elizabeth of York

We’ll start with the Queen. The then Princess Elizabeth was a flower girl and bridesmaid many times over the years. We haven’t been able to locate pictures for each occasion, have been able to collect a nice overview.

To begin, Elizabeth took part in the wedding of her cousin once removed, Princess May of Teck, to Henry Abel Smith back in 1931. Princess May was the daughter of Prince Alexander of Teck and  Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge.

How cute is this posed photograph:

Three years later in 1934, the future Queen also took part in the November wedding of her uncle the Duke of Kent to Princess Marina of Greece. She is  seated at the bottom left of the photograph below.

Looks like she’s got a floral head-piece on and check out those sleeves! Hmmm…do you think her dress is tucked away somewhere? I hope so. She looks like a sugarplum fairy.

The following year, she repeated her duties for the 1935 wedding of Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester to Lady Alice Scott. That’s Princess Elizabeth seated on the left below.

Side Note: The bride’s dress, as well as those of her attendants, was designed by royal couturier Norman Hartnell. He later designed both Princess Elizabeth’s and Princess Margaret’s wedding gowns. We have some posts on him coming soon.

Here’s a close up of the bride and groom on the Buckingham Palace balcony with Princess Elizabeth in the background:

Now we’re skipping ahead eleven(!) years. The photo below is from when Princess Elizabeth (far left) was a bridesmaid for the Hon. Patricia Mountbatten and Lord Brabourn in 1946. The wedding was held in Romsey Abbey in Hampshire. That’s Princess Margaret on the far right and Princess Alexandra of Kent is in the centre:

Princess Margaret of York

Now that we got that peak of Princess Margaret, let’s jump to her role as bridesmaid when her sister married Philip Mountbatten on November 20, 1947.

Such a gorgeous dress:

Doesn’t the little fellow out front look like a young Prince Charles? That little guy is either Prince William of Gloucester or Prince Michael of Kent. Does anyone know which?

Grace Kelly

We’ll take a moment now to skip over to the future Princess of Monaco. That little girl in the front of the photo below (which I apologize is very small) is a young Grace Kelly. She was the flower girl for a family friend and wore a little bonnet with her dress. Cute!

Princess Anne

All right, time for the next generation of British royals.  Just like her mum, Princess Anne was asked to be a bridesmaid numerous times.

She was an attendant for Lady Pamela Mountbatten’s wedding to David Hicks in January 1960. The wedding took place in Romsey Abbey just like her mum’s wedding did (which we reviewed above). Lady Pamela is Prince Philip’s first cousin. Apparently it snowed quite a bit that day and until Princess Margaret’s wedding came to be, this wedding was dubbed ‘The Wedding of The Year.’

Here’s a candid of that event. Looks like they are getting themselves sorted for a group photograph:

Here’s a close up of the group shot that was taken that day. Prince Charles was seated next to Princess Anne:

We can get a better look at her tiered dress here:

 Princess Anne also did the honours for Princess Margaret’s 1960 wedding to Antony Armstrong-Jones.

Love this candid shot of her en route. Anne was nine years old here:

Princess Anne is standing next to her aunt in this group photo:

For enquiring minds, the other attendants were Marilyn Wills, 12, daughter of Maj. and Hon. Mrs. John Wills; Annabel Rhodes, 8, daughter of Mr. and the Hon. Mrs. Denys Rhodes; Lady Virginia Fitzroy, 6; daughter of the Earl and Countess of Euston; Sarah Lowether, 6, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Lowther; Catherine Vesey, 6, daughter of Viscount and Viscountess de Vesci; and Lady Rose Nevill, 9, daughter of the Marquess and Marchioness of Abergavenny.

And, to end, Princess Anne was also a bridesmaid for Princess Alexandra of Kent in 1963. Love this candid shot:

We’ll have many more royal bridesmaids and page boys in our next post. In the meantime, do tell us if you have any favourites so far…

The Royals Celebrating Easter Part Two

Yesterday we re-capped Princess Beatrice’s trip to York with her grandparents and what that all means. We also took at peak at picture of the Royals at Easter services in Windsor from 1987-1999 (click here if you missed it). Today, we’re jumping into the last eleven years. Here we go!

2000:

There was a great turn out for the first Easter of the new millenium. The Queen and Philip were there of course:

And so was the Queen Mum:

Sophie and Edward were well turned out:

Zara’s looking pretty chic here with her brother Peter:

2001:

The next year had another good turn out. Love the springy green the Queen chose:

The crew on their way from the Castle (the Queen is driven over):

A closer look:

And to round out the year, here’s a closer look at Zara’s:

2003

There was more sunshine in 2003:

The Queen looked splendid:

Here’s a closer look at Eug and Bea. Beatrice was already into her bold fascinators at this point:

2004

This Easter photograh of the Queen looks like it would be great on a postage stamp, doesn’t it?:

I think this year was an all time best outfit-wise for Anne:

The Countess of Wessex in a fascinator/ headband combo:

And Beatrice brought out some flowers:

2005

Princess Anne wrapped up:

2006

Spring has sprung! The green seemed to be in a jolly mood…

And Sophie brought out this huge rose. The person sitting behind her must not have gotten much of a view:

2007

In 2007, the Queen led the family with lots of roses:

Princess Anne went bright with this yellow number:

And Sophie was looking great in white. Loving this fresh suit:

2008:

Autumn and Peter Philips were just a couple of months away from getting married at Windsor when they showed up for the Easter service:

There was a good turn out in 2009 as well:

Anne work chose this fruity basket number that year:

And Sophie brought out a BIG hat. Seriously, she must have a room dedicated to all of them over at their home, Bagshot Park.

2010

This purple outfit screams Easter and spring time:

Princess Beatrice showed up in a hat she brought out again last week for the memorial service for Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother. Here she is at Easter:

And here she is last week:

Princess Anne brought out a total Princess Anne outfit:

Tp end, this photo was taken on Easter Sunday 2011, just days before THE wedding.

A best for Eugenie in my opinion:

Heading in:

Love this colour on the Queen:

Happy Easter to you all!

Princess Anne’s Greek Key Pattern Tiara

Time to talk about tiaras! Today we are featuring the Greek Key Pattern Tiara, also known as the Meander Tiara. This piece is owned by the British Royal Family  and is currently used by Princess Anne.

This tiara is made up of diamonds in a traditional Greey key pattern that features a central diamond surrounded by a laurel wreath. The wreath is flanked by two honeysuckle motifs. According to the wonderful book Tiaras, A History of Splendour by Geoffrey C. Munn, the tiara is believed to be French and was made circa 1900, possibly by Cartier.

The tiara belonged to Prince Philip’s mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg (also known as Princess Andrew of Greece, after her husband’s title). She passed the tiara over to Queen Elizabeth as a wedding present in 1947, which is how the tiara came to be part of the British Royal Family’s collection.

And a side view which also shows off her delightful hair comb:

Princess Alice was the great-grandaughter of Queen Victoria and was born in Windsor Castle; it is through her that the Queen and Prince Philip are related. She had a very eventful life which included being diagnosed with deafness as a toddler, a severe nervous breakdown as an adult which led to an extended stay in a sanatorium in Berlin, and she has posthumously been named a British Hero of the Holocaust by the UK government for sheltering Jews during WWII. When the Greek royal family was overthrown in 1967, the Queen and Prince Philip extended an invitation for her to live in London. She lived in Buckingham Palace until her death in 1969.

As far as we know, the Queen has never been seen wearing this tiara in public. It was passed to Princess Anne in the early 1970’s and she has worn it often over the last forty or so years.

Love the hair here:

Mum & Daughter all dolled up:

Here’s a more recent photo. Perhaps one of the reasons she still keeps her hair so long is so that she’s ready to tiara it up like this?

Princess Anne also wore the tiara in her official 50th birthday portrait taken by John Swannell, below. We’ve always thought this was a bit of an out there choice of dress and pose for Anne but she must have loved it:

Anne lent the tiara to her daughter, Zara, for her wedding to Mike Tindall. This is the first time we’ve seen Zara in a tiara and sadly it may well be the last so let’s soak it up:

Here’s a look at her with Mike in her wedding ensemble. Lovely!

So, tell us. What do you think of the Meander Tiara? Are there any other tiaras you’d like us to feature in a post?

Her Majesty The Queen, One Very Cute Granny

The Queen seems like a very cute Granny. Here are a few of our fave snapshots of the Queen over the years.

The Queen and Zara

Zara Phillips is the Queen’s second oldest grandchild, after her brother Peter. Since Zara was born in 1981, this cozy photo must have been taken around 1983. We aren’t sure where it was taken, perhaps at a horse race?

The Queen with William, & Harry

The Queen, William, and Harry were checking out something in the photo taken around 1986. It looks like William and Harry are in matching shirts.

The Queen with Lady Louise and Viscount Severn


 We saved the best for last. We love this photograph of the Queen with her two youngest grandchildren, Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn. Their parents are the Earl and Countess of Wessex and  this photo was taken at Windsor over Easter last year.  Look at all those blue bells!

To end, here’s a snapshot of the Queen with her only great-grandchild, Savannah Phillips. Number Two is on the way this spring. Click here for our post on that news.