‘A Royal Year to Remember’: A Documentary

Broadcaster Alan Titchmarsh reviews all the British royal family activities in 2011 including that small wedding that occurred on April 29 at Westminster Abbey as well as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s historic visit to the Republic of Ireland and much more. Click the links below to watch:

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Members of the British Royal Family Attend New Year’s Day Church Service in Sandringham (VIDEO) Plus, Other News.

On January 1, 2012, members of the British royal family attended New Year’s Day church service held at the St. Mary Magdalene at Sandringham.  To view photos please click here.  To watch another video please click here.

Meanwhile, His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales along with his cousins Their Royal Highness Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice and her longtime boyfriend, Dave Clark, rang in the new year in Klosters, Switzerland.  To view photos please click here.

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The British Royal Family ‘Regional and overseas visits to mark the Diamond Jubilee’

To say that the members of the British royal family will be busy come next year is an understatement.  This morning, December 14, 2011, a statement from the press secretary to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was released regarding “… regional and overseas visits to mark the Diamond Jubilee…” :

Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, will mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a series of regional visits and engagements throughout the United Kingdom during 2012.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, supported by other members of the Royal Family, will be traveling as widely as possible across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In addition, members of the Royal Family will travel overseas representing The Queen throughout the Diamond Jubilee year, visiting every Realm as well as undertaking visits to Commonwealth countries, Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories.

Her Majesty has asked that these visits include the following:

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea

The Prince of Wales: Channel Islands, Isle of Man

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge: Malaysia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu

Prince Harry: Belize, Jamaica, The Bahamas

The Duke of York: India

The Earl and Countess of Wessex: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Gibraltar, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago

The Princess Royal: Mozambique, Zambia

The Duke of Gloucester: British Virgin Islands, Malta

The Duke of Kent: Falkland Islands, Uganda

Saturday 2nd June, 2012
The Queen will attend the Epsom Derby.

Sunday 3rd June, 2012
The Big Jubilee Lunch: Building on the already popular Big Lunch initiative, people will be encouraged to share lunch with neighbours and friends as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. This may take the form of a traditional street party or a picnic lunch in small or larger groups. This event is being organised by the Big Lunch.

The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant: This event will take place on the Thames and consist of up to 1,000 boats assembled from across the UK, the Commonwealth and around the world. The Queen will travel in the Royal Barge which will lead the flotilla. This event is being organised by the Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation.

Monday 4th June, 2012
BBC Concert at Buckingham Palace: There will be a televised Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace with tickets being available to UK residents by public ballot. The musical programme for the concert is still being planned and is expected to feature British and Commonwealth musicians. Details on how to apply for the concert will be available in due course. This event is being organised by the BBC.
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons: A network of 2,012 Beacons will be lit by communities and individuals throughout the United Kingdom, as well as the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, British Overseas Territories and the Commonwealth. As in 2002, The Queen will light the National Beacon. The beacons project is being organised by Diamond Jubilee Beacons Ltd.

Tuesday 5th June, 2012
Service of Thanksgiving and Carriage Procession: There will be a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral and a formal carriage Procession by The Queen.

3. In addition, the Diamond Jubilee Pageant will take place on 10th, 11th and 13th May 2012 in Windsor. Horses and other acts will travel from all around the world to perform in celebration of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee.

Source: Royal.gov.uk

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The British Royal Family Attend Remembrance Sunday (VIDEOS)

On Sunday November 13, 2011, members of the British royal family attended Remembrance Sunday to commemorate those who have fought and died for their country.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II laid a wreath at the Cenotaph at Whitehall in London, leading services observing Remembrance Day throughout the United Kingdom.

According to BBC News, more than 7,000 military veterans marched with civilians past the Cenotaph and two minutes of silence were observed.

To watch several videos as well as to view photos please click the links below:

The 2011 Festival of Remembrance from the Royal Albert Hall, London. Members of the Royal Family attended this event on the eve of Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph:

  1. Part One 
  2. Part Two 
  3. Part Three

The National Service of Remembrance Ceremony at the Cenotaph on Sunday November 13, 2011:

  1. Part One 
  2. Part Two 
  3. Part Three

Sources: BBC News and Telegraph

Photo courtesy of: Daylife/Reuters

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‘Victoria & Albert: A Love Story’ Hosted by Prince Michael of Kent

Yes, as if you cannot get enough of royal documentaries today here is yet another one for your viewing pleasure.   🙂   This program entitled, Victoria and Albert, is the story of Her Majesty Queen Victoria and the Prince Consort, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha.  Your host for this program is Queen Victoria’s great-great grandson, Prince Michael of Kent.

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A Royal Wedding Wrap-up of Sorts: Part One

Well, ladies and gentlemen I must say that the royal wedding between William and Catherine — now Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge — was sweet, serene, and overall quite lovely.  Very British.

Now, for the all important information.  Who designed the dress:  Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.  The bridesmaid’s dress is also a McQueen from the 2010 collection. The tiara is the Scroll (or Halo) tiara loaned to the Duchess by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  Her earrings were a gift from her parents Michael and Carole Middleton.

For those of you who missed the ceremony you can watch the service all over again on the official You Tube channel for the British monarchy here (a total of 3 hours and 37 minutes including the arrival of guests and the royal family as well as the balcony wave-a-thon)

Second, the official website for the British monarchy has been updated to include the Duchess of Cambridge’s bio which you can read in full here and here.  

Third, there are so many photos from the wedding so please click here, here, here, here,  here, here,  here,  and here.

Finally, at the moment the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are at their wedding reception at Buckingham Palace.  The couple made a quite wardrobe change whilst at Clarence House before jetting off to their party.  Click here to view and here. Click to watch videos here and here.


Anyway, I am exhausted folks so I will add more information about tonight’s festivities later this evening.     🙂

OH!  One more thing… you might get a kick out of this clip inside Westminster Abbey after the ceremony was over and the guests finally left.  Click click here to watch.



Photo courtesy of: Zimbio.com by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images EuropeZimbio.com by PacificCoastNews.comZimbio.com by WPA Pool/Getty Images Europe Zimbio.com by Bauer Griffin and Prince of Wales.gov.uk

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Official British Royal Wedding Program. Plus UPDATES!

On the eve of the royal wedding between H.R.H. Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton, the official program for the wedding has been released along with a lovely informal photo of the couple by famed photographer, Mario Testino.

To view the official wedding program, in PDF form, please click the link here.  

Plus an amazing set of photos inside Westminster Abbey as well as images in London, England.  Click here to view.

Here is the confirmed song that Miss Catherine Middleton will walk down the aisle to: I Was Glad by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry

A nice gesture by H.R.H. Prince William of Wales.  Here is a video of him greeting and thanking the crowds near Buckingham Palace.  Click here to watch.

Video of the British royal family along with many foreign royals arriving at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel for a reception hosted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II: Video 

Video of Miss Catherine Middleton arriving at the Goring Hotel in London.

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So, Are You Ready for the Mega Wedding of the Century? No?! Here is All the Info You Need to Know Before April 29, 2011

Well, ladies and gentleman the day is almost here — praise the higher power — when H.R.H. Prince William of Wales will finally marry his longtime girlfriend, Miss Catherine Elizabeth Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011.

Since I am in a jolly ass mood today I thought I would post all the 411/info for all of you so that you may enjoy the day.


The wedding service begins at 11am London time.

  • 3am PST (United States)
  • 6am EST (United States)
  • 8pm Australia and New Zealand


Online: BBC.com/RoyalWedding or on the official You Tube channel for the British monarchy at The Royal Channel: Royal Wedding Live.  

Also, Live Stream, ITN via Facebook and UStream.  

Those in Germany can watch the ceremony on ZDFIn Sweden you can watch it on SVT. In Australia, try Channel Seven, Nine Network, or ABC online.  In Denmark, DR1 will air the ceremony starting at 8:30am.

Television: In the United States check out, BBC America, PBS, CNN, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, or that crappy station FauxNews (FoxNews).  However, I recommend that you tune into BBC America or watch BBC online.

Official Royal Wedding 2011This is the official website for the British royal wedding whereupon you can learn all about the service, the procession, and much more.  Highly recommended!

Royal Wedding Timetable Per the Telegraph Newspaper (UK)

More information will be posted so stay tuned.  🙂

Photo courtesy of: Mario Testino/Clarence House Press Office

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Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall and Catherine Middleton: Together at Last

No, they are not having an affair, but they did have lunch together on February 9, 2011.

According to the Richard Kay, a reporter from the Daily Mail, Britain’s future Queens dined at a new restaurant at the Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge.  Catherine wore her hideous trademark black suede books, beige blazer (another trademark… freaking blazers), black tights, a patterned dress, and a globs of black eyeliner (another trademark.)  While Camilla wore a purple plaid number that made everyone dizzy when they looked at her outfit.  Apparently, Catherine’s sister, Pippa, joined the cuddly lunch along with Camilla’s daughter, Laura.

It is unknown what the group talked about during their time together; however, according to the Daily Mail:

A fellow sitting just two tables away, tells me: ‘All four women were talking away like mad and none of the waiters could get a word in edgeways to serve their lunch.

I heard Camilla saying…  ‘if I can give you one bit of advice…’ Kate was really enjoying the moment.

‘I did hear talk of trumpets and someone said ‘we can’t have trumpets, the ceiling is too high’’, which may have been a reference to Westminster Abbey.’

To read the rest of the article and to view several photos please click the link: Daily Mail

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Monarchy: The Royal House of Windsor (Series Four). A Documentary by the Awesome Historian Dr. David Starkey

Monarchy: The Royal House of Windsor (Series Four) is a brilliant documentary by the awesome, yet dry, Professor David Starkey.

Any way, the series is available via Amazon and Border’s Books, but thankfully you won’t have to pay to watch it since it’s now available on You Tube.

Click the links to watch the entire series: Part OnePart TwoPart ThreePart FourPart FivePart SixPart SevenPart EightPart Nine, and Part Ten

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HRH Prince Harry of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton Attend a Wedding

HRH Prince Harry of Wales and his brother’s fiancée, Catherine Middleton, attended a grand wedding this evening in Britain.

According to the Sun newspaper, Prince William’s close friend, Harry Aubrey-Fletcher, married his longtime gal, Miss Louise Stourton.

The bride looks like she wore a giant bed-sheet while the groom looked, well, dazed.

Meanwhile, Miss Catherine Middleton looked very happy… beaming knowing that her own wedding to HRH Prince William was just months away.  Miss Middleton wore a knee length black velvet coat, black hat, black knee length dress, and purple shoes.  Of course, she wore her trademark black eyeliner encircling her eyes like a raccoon (gurl, just stop!  Step away from the black eyeliner!)

Oh and Princess Beatrice was there… looking like a frightful hot mess.

To view loads of images please click these links: The Sun and Daily Mail

Photo courtesy of: Ben Lack Photography Ltd

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Autumn Phillips Gives Birth to a Healthy Baby Girl

On December 30, 2010, Autumn Phillips, wife of Peter Phillips and daughter-in-law to the Princess Royal, gave birth to a healthy baby girl at the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in Britain.

The baby weighed 8lbs 8oz according to a Buckingham Palace press release.

According to the Daily Mail.co.uk:

‘The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Princess Royal, Captain Mark Phillips and Autumn’s family have been informed and are delighted with the news,’ a spokesman said.

The little girl is the first child for Mr and Mrs Phillips and the first grandchild of the Princess Royal. She is 12th in line to the throne.

Stay tuned for more information as the day unfolds!  And, of course a big congrats to Peter and Autumn!


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