His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex is currently touring the lovely country of Chile, as representative of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and yesterday he met with members of the 14th Compañía de Bomberos de Santiago in Santiago, Chile.
On Sunday, September 18, 2016, PBS in co-production with the BBC presents Royal Wives at War a one-hour dramatization that reveals new look at England’s abdication crisis of 1936 as seen through the eyes of the two women at its heart.
In a series of dramatized monologues set in 1967, Elizabeth the Queen Mother, played by Ms. Emma Davies, and Wallis Simpson, played by Ms. Gina McKee, look back at events that led King Edward VIII, played by Mr. Nick Waring, to give up the throne for the woman he loved. Combining dramatic reconstructions, archives and a chorus of acquaintances and biographers, Royal Wives at War tells the intimate and moving story of two strong women and the friction that characterized their relationship.
The program not only explores the scandalous love story, but also the emotional impact of the post-abdication fallout: how Wallis regretted a marriage she now couldn’t avoid and how Elizabeth, miserable at becoming Queen Consort, schemed to ostracize and exile both Edward and Wallis. Upon the outbreak of war, the British government was forced to step in, banishing the Windsors to the then-sleepy backwater of the Bahamas. Elizabeth became the power behind the throne during the war years while Wallis lashed out bitterly from afar.
“Royal Wives at War takes a fresh new look at one of Britain’s most dramatic royal moments of the 20th century…” notes Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager of General Audience Programming for PBS. “The brilliant English actresses Emma Davies and Gina McKee give us compelling new portrayals of the friction between the two wives, while also showing us the personal, emotional stakes of the abdication crisis and its aftermath.” In addition to Davies, McKee and Waring, Royal Wives at War features Ms. Emma Campbell-Jones as Thelma Furness and Mr. Richard Harrington as the narrator. Biographers Mr. Andrew Morton, Lady Colin Campbell and Ms. Anne Sebba also are featured in the program.
Royal Wives at War will première on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 9 P.M. Check your local PBS listing for more information.
With many thanks to Goodman Media for the press photo and release for the information.
On Wednesday, September 7, 2016, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall arrived a the Battersea Dogs and Cats (BDC) home in South London. During her visit the lovely duchess officially opened the home’s new Veterinary Hospital & Centre of Excellence as well as met with staff and their furry friends.
According to the official website for the Battersea Dogs and Cats home the new hospital provides:
“…state-of-the-art clinical facilities will play a pivotal role in our aim to never turn away an animal in need of help. [The hospital] has three top-spec operating theatres, enabling our staff to perform well over 100 operations per week. For the first time ever, we will have a dedicated dental suite to care for the 80 per cent of animals who arrive at our Home with problem teeth. Brand new intensive care areas and sound-proofed recovery wards with separate space for dogs and cats will allow for a peaceful and calm recovery.”
On Saturday, September 3, 2016, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh accompanied by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal attended the 2016 Braemar Gathering held at Cairngorms National Park in Braemar, Scotland.
Organized by the Braemar Royal Highland Society (BRHS), the gathering takes place on the “…first Saturday in September and sees competitors in Running, Heavy Weights, Solo Piping, Light Field and Solo Dance watched by around 16000 spectators….” according to AFP News.
Photo courtesy of Zimbio
On Friday, September 2, 2016, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Eden Project in Cornwall, England.
Per the official website for the Eden Project:
“The Eden Project, an educational charity, connects us with each other and the living world, exploring how we can work towards a better future.
Our visitor destination in Cornwall, UK, is nestled in a huge crater. Here, massive Biomes housing the largest rainforest in captivity, stunning plants, exhibitions and stories serve as a backdrop to our striking contemporary gardens, summer concerts and exciting year-round family events. Registered charity number 1093070 (The Eden Trust). Money raised supports our transformational projects and learning programmes.”
For more information about today’s visit as well as to watch a video please click here.
On Thursday, September 1, 2016, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made a one-day visit to lovely Cornwall, England. Whilst there they met a bunch of awesome people, shook a few hands, waved a here and there, viewed amazing local sites, and a whole lot of other stuff.
And, that’s it.
On Wednesday, July 27, 2015, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall attended the opening of the 135th Sandringham Flower Show (SFS) at Sandringham Park in Norfolk, England.
According to a press release the SFS is considered to be:
“…one of the most prestigious horticultural events in the East of England. Many of the region’s leading nurseries and horticultural specialists exhibit. In addition to these displays the show features display gardens by leading designers, around 200 trade stands (both horticultural and general), a craft marquee, main arena events, children’s entertainment and a military band.
The Royal marquees contain the competitions in vegetables, fruit, flowers and floral art, with the entries grown by local residents; there are also some open classes which anyone may enter. In the amateur’s marquee, local gardening and horticultural clubs enter a judged display competition, whilst the Horticultural Trades marquee features displays by leading nurseries.
The Gardeners’ Forum is the venue for gardening talks by top television gardeners Chris Beardshaw and Alan Mason, who are joined by Martyn Davey, Head of Horticulture & Design at Easton College, and radio gardener and allotment expert Terry Walton. Nick Hamilton from Barnsdale Gardens will also be present. The Gardeners’ Forum culminates in a Gardeners’ Questions event.
The profits from each show are donated to local charities and since 1977 the Show Committee have donated more than £500,000 to local charities.”
On Monday, January 11, 2016, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark arrived at the Hotel d’Angleterre in Copenhagen to participate in the distribution of the Hjerteforeningens (Hear Association’s) research grants.
Photo courtesy of Hjerteforeningens