Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy 33rd, Prince William!

Thirty-three years ago today, a king was born. Or, to be more accurate, a future king. He weighed in at 7 lbs., 1 oz. On June 28 his full name, William Arthur Philip Louis, was announced. At the time of his birth, only a few photographers were outside Lindo Wing to witness the iconic moment with William and his parents (quite unlike today, with the hundreds witnessing William and Kate with their children!)
On August 4, William was baptized in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace. He soon garnered the names "Wombat" and "Wills", his parent's nicknames for him.
August 4
As he grew up, his mother, Princess Diana, insisted that the royal brothers (William and Harry) lead some semblance of a normal childhood. She took them to McDonalds and Disney World, as well as exposing them to life outside of the palace, taking them to homeless shelters and hospitals.
ABC News
His Eton years were tumultuous. Not only was Eton an unconventional choice (royal boys usually attended Gordonstoun, but both Charles and Diana agreed Eton was a better place. Just two years into his time at the Senior school, Princess Diana died tragically in a car accident. This was an incredibly hard time for both William and Harry and as was seen with his choice of engagement rings, her memory lives on. Below, a group picture at Eton. William is in the top right corner.
London Media
William chose to go to St. Andrews University for his university education. He chose well, as he met his future wife, Catherine Middleton, during his time there. He nearly dropped out during his first year, but, as always, Kate had his back and encouraged him to finish and follow his passions by changing his major. Their romance blossomed during their years at university and it is said these were some of William's happiest years.
Middleton Family
After university, William decided to pursue a military career. He completed the extremely difficult Royal Military Academy Sandhurst course, and then became Lieutenant Wales at the Blues and Royal (nicknamed Booze and Royals for their heavy partying history). William and Kate famously broke up and then got back together during his long times away in 2007. In 2009 he
joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) to become an Air Ambulance pilot. He stayed with this job until 2013. His time with the military left him three permanent titles: Lieutenant (Royal Navy), Captain (Blues and Royals), and Flight Lieutenant (RAF).
William's humanitarian efforts are very well developed. In 2009 he and brother Harry founded the Princes' Foundation, an umbrella foundation to help them support things close to their heart. After William's marriage to Catherine, the name was changed to the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. He is a patron of a number of charities; you can view them in their entirety here.
In China 
In his private life, he and Kate were going strong. He decided that it was time to propose to her, and in October 2011, while on holiday in Kenya, he popped the question. In mid-November their engagement was announced and the world went wild. William continued with his RAF job up until a week before the wedding.
Their wedding day was picture perfect! He went with his Irish Guards uniform for the occasion.
At the entrance of Westminster Abbey
William's life after the wedding was remarkably unchanged. He got to go on engagements with his wife instead of all alone, but their quiet life in small Angelsey, Wales remained the same. The two major events in his life since his wedding have, of course, been the births of his two children, Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.
Philip Ide
Upon his marriage, William was conferred with three new titles, in addition to Prince William of Wales: Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn, and Baron of Carrickfergus. He has a Coat of Arms and a Royal Standard that flies on special occasions.
Prince William's Coat of Arms

William, you are such a lovely man who has done so much in your life, and it is obvious that you care for your family with all your might. Happy Birthday and many more to you!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Kate and George Make a Surprise Appearance at Polo Match

Kate and George (along with a variety of other family members) accompanied Prince William at his polo match today.
Tim Rooke
The polo match was a charity match held at the Beaufort Polo Club in Tetbury, Gloucestershire. The club dates back to 1872 and has held various polo matches and societal gatherings since. Prince William was on Team Piaget and Prince Harry was on the Royal Salute.
The nearly two year old Prince George was in a playful mood today, and enjoyed hanging with his cousins.
Tim Rooke
Getty Images
There are many adorable shots that this outing produced. The royal couple has promised the media to have more exposure to Prince George and have delivered, with no less than three different events where he was photographed in the last week.
Tim Rooke
Kate was wearing her typical 'polo' outfit: Breton top (from ME + EM), jeans (Topshop 'Leigh' Maternity Jeans) and Sebago shoes.
Max Mumby
Prince George was wearing the Oliver and Baby Cashmere CardiganMayoral Shorts, and a pair of Crocs.
TGB Splash News
Extended family came along as well. As well as Charles, Harry, William, Kate, and George, a number of others came: Zara and Mike Tindall with daughter Mia, Peter and Autumn Phillips with daughters Savannah and Isla, as well as Prince Charles.
Tim Rooke
After the match Kate and George went and congratulated William.
It looked like a wonderful day full of family fun! Tomorrow is the Order of the Garter ceremony, but it is a 50/50 that she will be there. Kensington Palace has not yet made a statement. Princess Charlotte's christening is July 5, so we will definitely be seeing the quartet there.
Tim Rooke
Have a wonderful Sunday and see you soon!
TGB/Splash News

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Trooping the Colour 2015 (Prince George Alert!)

Good morning fellow royal watchers,
Today is of great importance because two events are being celebrated: Trooping the Colour (the Queen's official birthday) and the Swedish royal wedding. Later in the post I will provide links to articles about the royal wedding. For now, Trooping the Colour!
The Trooping the Colour ceremony originated in battle, when colors (flags) were passed down (trooped) so everyone could know what was going on (Yellow means this, red means that). This was eventually merged with the official celebration of the monarch's birthday. Over 1400 officers paraded around London.
Some people have commented that Kate was (understandably) looking a little tired, but I thought she looked healthy and happy. With two under two, it's no wonder!
Alan Davidson
Kate wore trusty Catherine Walker. Her coat dress, named Astrid, was an interesting piece for today. Kate likes to experiment with textures on Trooping the Colour. Last year she wore the mixed-review  Alexander McQueen silvery separates, and in 2012 she wore a textured Erdem piece.
Tim Rooke
She wore Lock & Co Marisabel Hat, which also comes in a coffee shade.
Ben Eade
Now to the main topic: Prince George! He stole the show wearing the exact same outfit as William did when he was George's age.
Alan Davidson
Isn't that just adorable! In addition, George pulled a Prince Harry . When he saw Kate passing by on the street below, he became very excited to see his mum and made this face :)
Tim Graham
As my own mother aptly noted, Prince George looks very comfortable with William, much more so than William with Charles.These two already have a sweet father-son bond. The two are just cute together, as well.
James Whatling
Happy official birthday to the Queen! Long live the Queen!

If you care to read articles about the wedding of Sofia Hellqvist and Prince Carl-Philip:
  • The Daily Mail here
  • The Daily Mirror here
  • Swiss Info here
  • People Magazine here
Have a wonderful day :) 

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Official Portraits of Charlotte (+ George) are Released!

Hello everyone and happy summer!
The news has been a tad slow this last month (and rightfully so) but Kensington Palace has released pictures of Prince George and Princess Charlotte in her official portraits.
All the feels :) In a turn from Prince George's portraits, four intimate pictures of the sibs were released instead of two. William and Kate are already showing that they are more relaxed with Charlotte than George. Experience counts!
The portraits, as with George were informal and captured in a homey setting. These were taken in mid-May at their country home, Anmer Hall. The photos were taken by none other than Kate, using a Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera.
Princess Charlotte wore a hand-knit sweater by Spain's Irulea. This was part of a set gifted to the couple from nanny Maria Teresa Borallo's mother. Charlotte wore the bonnet on the day of her birth. Prince George wore the ensemble that he wore on the day of Charlotte's birth, as well.
We have the new royal sibling duo! Kensington Palace has also notified for those that want to celebrate Charlotte's birth, they can donate to Imperial Charity.
In other news, Princess Charlotte's christening has been announced.
KP Twitter Feed
 The godparents will be released closer to the date. The location holds much significance as this is where Princess Diana was christened and this is the frequented royal church for Christmas Mass. This is on the Sandringham estate, which is in close proximity to Anmer. It's a win-win!
Jeremy Selwyn 
Have a spectacular weekend and I will see you on June 13 at the Trooping the Colour, which Kate is expected to attend :)

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