Royals in Hawaii

Happy New Year!

Are you ready for 2014? We are ringing in new beginnings in Hawaii this year (aloha!) and thought it would be fun to take a peak at some British royals who’ve visited this gorgeous place in the last 93 years.

Waikiki Beach NYE 2013
Diamond Head from Waikiki Beach taken on a morning walk on NYE 2013

Edward, Prince of Wales 1920

Did you know that long before he abdicated the throne, Edward was quite the surfer? Well, apparently he was and I just learned about that about two hours ago myself.

Surf on, HRH! (via )
Evidently this is the first photo of a British person up on a board! (via Surfer Today)

This autographed photo of Edward surfing in Hawaii was taken in July of 1920 during a 3 day trip there with Earl Mountbatten. He had first been to Hawaii in April of that year, and during that visit he was given lessons by legendary Olympic swimmer Duke Kahanamoku.  This photograph was purchased by the Museum of British Surfing in Devon, which is how we came across it.

“He had gone to Hawaii in April 1920 on HMS Renown and was taken out by Duke Kahanamoku on an outrigger canoe. He had a surf lesson and did OK, but absolutely loved it”, says Peter Robinson, founder of the museum.

“He later ordered the royal yacht to go back to Hawaii so he could surf for three days. Duke was out of the country when he returned so David Kahanamoku took him out and these pictures were taken then.” 

Historic reports say Edward loved surfing. He spent two hours surfing every morning and three hours every afternoon during their July stay. (Source)

Love it!

The Queen Mum 1966

Not to be outdone, the Queen Mum attempted to hula during her visit to Hawaii in ’66.  Awesome.

The Queen Mum hulas (via )
The Queen Mum gets into the spirit of Aloha  (via Pinterest)

I feel that either of these two pictures could and should be the subject of a “Caption This” contest. And to top it off, the delightful fellow dancing with the Queen Mum is none other than Duke Kahanamoku himself!

The Queen Mum (via )
The Queen Mum (via Culture 24)

Diana & Charles 1985

Princess Diana and Prince Charles visited the island of Oahu in November of 1985 after their tour of Australia and right before they visited Washington, DC when Diana danced with John Travolta and whatnot.

Here they are arriving at Hickam Air Force Base just before midnight on November 7, 1985.

 

It’s interesting to note that this was Diana’s very first visit to the United States. Crazy, right? Prince Charles had previously visited Hawaii in 1974 during his time in the Navy.

They were given leis as they got off the plane, before they were whisked away to their hotel where they must have been very happy to hit the hay since it was so late at night.

Diana gets into the spirit of Aloha (via Pinterest)
Diana gets into the spirit of Aloha (via Pinterest)

I’m sure they were pretty bummed that their visit just lasted 18 hours. This report of the visit comes from the AP Archives:

The couple stayed at the beachfront Kahala Hilton Hotel, about two miles east of Diamond Head and well away from the bustling and crowded Waikiki Beach resort area. 

Soon after a decoy motorcade left the hotel, the royal couple slipped out of the back entrance and were taken by limousine to a private beachfront residence a few blocks away where they ate a lunch provided by the hotel. 

Reporters and photographers kept watch from across the street. Neighbors said they did not know who lived at the residence. State security officers asked a work crew using a hydraulic cherry picker to trim tree limbs away from electric lines at the home next door to suspend their work, the workers said.

Security men patroled the grounds while others kept watch offshore in rubber dinghies.Other hotel guests seemed to be ignoring the presence of the royal couple, although a few area residents admitted they had come to the hotel in the hope of catching a glimpse of the pair. About two dozen members of the news media, most of them British, waited outside the hotel. Several photographers aimed high-powered lenses at the upper-floor windows where they believed the couple might be staying.

No time for beach time (via Pinterest)
No time for beach time (via Pinterest)

This photograph was taken on the grounds of the Hilton Kahala Hotel where their entourage took over 100 rooms. That little hula girl was gifting them with t-shirts for William and Harry.

Diana and Charles are ready to Hula (via )
Diana and Charles are ready to Hula (via UPI)

Thanks for visiting us here at The Royal Post over the past two and a half years. We plan to write oodles of interesting posts for you this next year, from Kate and William’s upcoming trip to Australia to who knows what else.

We wish you all a ver happy and healthy 2014!

Royal Round Up: Oct 14 – 20 & Some Jewelry Talk…

Another eventful Royal week! Just a head’s up – we seem to be getting distracted by jewelry this week. You’ll see what we mean in a couple of the posts below.

October 16: The 136th Birthday of the last Hawaiian Royal would have been today

Crown Princess Victoria Ka’iulani was remembered in a Waikiki ceremony on October 16th. This day would have been her 136th birthday (she was born in 1875). The Crown Princess had Hawaiian ancestry from her mother and Scottish ancestry from her father and was the heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaii. She was educated in Britain and spoke Hawaiian, English, French and German. When the Hawaiian Monarchy was overthrown in in 1893, she appealed to the American government saying,

“Four years ago, at the request of Mr. Thurston, then a Hawaiian Cabinet Minister, I was sent away to England to be educated privately and fitted to the position which by the constitution of Hawaii I was to inherit. For all these years, I have patiently and in exile striven to fit myself for my return this year to my native country. I am now told that Mr. Thurston will be in Washington asking you to take away my flag and my throne. No one tells me even this officially. Have I done anything wrong that this wrong should be done to me and my people? I am coming to Washington to plead for my throne, my nation and my flag. Will not the great American people hear me?”

The Princess returned to Hawaii and passed away in 1899 at the age of 23. Her story was turned into a movie in 2010 titled Princess Ka’iulani. You can learn more about the Princess by clicking here.

October 17: Kate’s letter to young Cancer Patient Fabian Bate is revealed

During Kate and William’s visit to the Royal Marsden Hospital, Kate promised young Fabian Bate that she would leave a message on his blog. In the end, she wrote him an encouraging letter dated October 13 (the same date of the gala at St. James Palace, so she and William must have been busy getting some office work done). It’s a sweet note that Fabian’s family says has been very encouraging for him.

Here’s Fabian with Kate during the visit:

And the letter:

Ok, can we just take a moment to discuss Catherine’s cypher? Wonder what she made of getting to have paper made up with a ‘C’ and coronet as the letterhead. That must have been seriously fun. And we know she has a ‘C’ bracelet as well…our guess is this was a gift from Charles who also gave Camilla a ‘C’ (despite reports that Camilla gave Catherine the ‘C’). Charles has given a charm bracelet to Camilla, and he also gave one to Diana… Thoughts?

Here’s Kate wearing the bracelet at Wimbledon:

October 19: The Queen & Prince Philip arrived in Australia

The Queen and Prince Philip arrived in Australia for an 11 day tour. Not too shabby for an 85 year old Queen and a 90 year old Prince. They are looking pretty sprightly here considering this was after such a long flight.

Again, we’re distracted by jewelry, this time the brooch that the Queen chose for her arrival. The brooch the Queen wore is known as the ‘Wattle Brooch.’ It was gifted to the Queen by the government and people of Australia during a visit there in 1954. These pictures were taken during that trip and you can see the brooch on the Queen’s lapel in the top one:

The brooch consists of a spray of wattle, mimosa leaves, and tea tree blossoms made out of yellow and white diamonds. Love that it’s someone’s job to keep track of all these things and make sure that the meaningful jewelry comes out at the right time, just like how Kate wore the Maple Leaf brooch during the Canadian tour.

Here’s another look at the brooch as the Queen was being driven off. The driver sure looks delighted to be at the wheel.

Happy weekend, everyone!