The Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Middleton made her first appearance after the recent exciting news of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle’s royal engagement news.
The Duchess of Cambridge attended a gala dinner for the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF) of whom she is a patron of, at The Orangery in Kensington Palace.
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Buckingham Palace recently paid tribute to the modern day Princess of Wales, Diana Spencer at the time of the 20th anniversary of her death parallel to some exhibition of gifts to the Queen.
The Royal Collection Trust announced the exhibition which was held in the palace’s Music Room, which is usually the location of royal christenings, including Prince William’s christening as well.
You may have seen in photographs that the display is of her desk, which has a blue leather notebook where she wrote on imprinted writing paper with photos of her sons also surrounding the writing paper exhibited on the writing desk (as per below.)
Prince William and Harry also had some of her private heirlooms such as her boarding school wooden chest, with “D Spencer” written on it.
She would take it with her to the private West Heath girls’ school which was close by Kent. And would also take with her her first ever typewriter which she kept in the drawing room of her apartment.
So, this summer in England indicates the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales on 31 August 1997. A date most people in the world will never forget……
The Princess managed many official duties and tasks in sustaining The Queen, when at home in the U.K. and overseas.
So, in tribute to Diana, her work is remembered by a remarkable display in the Music Room, which is one of the State Rooms open to the public as a portrayal of the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace.
The main centrepiece of the display is the writing desk where she would work in her sitting room at Kensington Palace, writing letters, and reading official press conference letters and information.
Many of these objects on and around her desk have been specifically selected by Prince William and Harry to show their mother’s dedication to obligations and their recollection of her.
The items on display are as follows:
Blue leather blotter and brown leather letter rack
Diana always wrote to thank the people who had welcomed her on official visits. The notebook and mahogany letter rack were a part of Diana’s desk accessories until her death. The letter rack contains her embossed writing paper and envelopes.
The Cartier calendar was a present to Diana from the President and First Lady Nancy Reagan on the occasion of the official visit to the USA with ‘The Prince and Princess of Wales’ in November 1985.
Leather photograph frame
This frame always sat on her desk which of course, contains photographs of friends and family.
The Asprey briefcase was a present from the “Worshipful Company of Glovers” to Diana on the event of her marriage in 1981.
Round enamel boxes
These small boxes were put in order as presents from “Halcyon Days of London” for Diana to give to her hosts on official trips overseas.
One displayed is one from the official visit to Brazil by The Prince and Princess of Wales – 1991 in April.
It is adorned with a picture of the sculpture of Christ the Redeemer.
Diana loved dancing but particularly loved ballet. These shoes, which she used, hung on the door of her drawing room in Kensington Palace. Apparently she was Patron of the English National Ballet!
Wooden school tuck box and typewriter
As mentioned previously with the name “D Spencer” written on it, this box was used by her for sweets and taken to boarding school. It was kept in The Princess’s sitting room at Kensington Palace. Her childhood typewriter was also kept in the sitting room.
Diana loved music and always listened to the radio and tapes when working at her desk. The tapes are albums by (Sir) Elton John, George Michael, Diana Ross as well as classical pieces of opera and piano music.
There is also a special major exhibition mounted this year, entitled “Diana: Her Fashion Story”, tracing the Princess’s life through her evolving fashion style across two decades.
I was deeply touched and moved by the recent program “Diana: Our mother – her Life and Legacy“. You can click on the link or just watch here.
This display will be open to the public from the 22nd of July to October the 1st.
As you may have read in my recent post, the royal trip to Europe (Poland and Germany) and you have probably seen all over the world the special engagements that Prince William and Kate Middleton attended in Poland and Germany, where their youngest child landed in Berlin early Wednesday for the first day of the Royal Visit to Germany, along with her parents and oldest brother, Prince George.
Adorable two year old, Princess Charlotte shook hands with a British defence attaché Brigadier Rob Rider (being her first ever diplomatic handshake) and accepted a miniature flower bouquet.
Yesterday (today in Australia) we celebrated the fourth birthday of Prince George Alexander Louis, born on the 22nd of July 2013 at St Mary’s Hospital in London.
Once again we’ve been spoilt with a new official portrait of Prince George, released by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge themselves, to mark His Royal Highness’s fourth birthday.
Kensington Palace tweeted “The Duke and Duchess are delighted to share a new official portrait of Prince George to mark His Royal Highness’s 4th birthday tomorrow.”
Looking more grown up and beaming at the camera, Prince George looks charming in this special photograph. His parents were “delighted” to share the lovely photo with the world and “would like to thank everyone for all of the kind messages they have received,” Kensington Palace released in a statement.
Chris Jackson also said “I am thrilled and honoured that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen to release this portrait to celebrate Prince George’s fourth birthday”.
According to my recent post, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Garden Party in Berlin for Queens Birthday, Prince George is on royal tour with his parents, which is now finishing up.
To celebrate the special day, Royal Life Magazine collated a splendid selection of most Royal Life magazines where the young Prince has dignified the cover.
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Recent engagements of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been in Berlin, Germany. Kate, 35, wore a chiffon maxi dress by Alexander McQueen, down from £2,075 to £1,453. The Duchess of Cambridge beamed and glowed in a voluminous red gown and a pair of Prada shoes 👠 which she wore to the Natural History Museum in London last week at a party held in honour of the Queen’s birthday.
There is a replica on Net-a-Porter, the Alice and Olivia off the shoulder embroidered cotton maxi dress which is $580.
I think she looks absolutely radiant!
At the garden party, Kate and Prince William mingled with British expats living in Germany 🇩🇪
Kate had a change of outfit from her busy day of engagements in Berlin.
After their arrival in Germany, the Cambridges attended a garden party to celebrate The Queen’s birthday. The Duke of Cambridge spoke at the Occassion, and the Duchess in attendance raised a toast as Prince William spoke.
He began (and finished) his speech with a piece of German as a show of respect for Germany.
“Thank you, Ambassador, and good evening, ladies and gentlemen.
“It is a pleasure for Catherine and me to be with you on this occasion as we celebrate the birthday of my grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen.
“It is just under a year since I was last in Germany, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and Britain’s role in its creation. I am delighted to be able to return so soon – this time with Catherine, George and Charlotte.
“We have already had a fascinating first day here in Berlin. We have seen powerful symbols of the historical events which helped shape modern Germany and spoken with those who carry that legacy forward today. I thank President Steinmeier and Chancellor Merkel for welcoming us so warmly.
“We have also experienced the city beyond the monuments and corridors of power. This afternoon we visited the Strassenkinder project in east Berlin, which supports homeless children and young people. It reminds us of the difficulties faced by some of the most vulnerable people in society, even in prosperous countries such as Britain and Germany, and the value of both countries looking at examples of best practice in the other. We look forward to seeing more of this great city during our stay here.
“But we also want to get to know and understand Germany outside the capital. Tomorrow, we travel to Heidelberg, and on Friday to Hamburg.
“Our visit will reflect, and I hope reinforce, the strong and wide-ranging ties between Britain and Germany. These include political, cultural, historical, commercial, sporting, academic and scientific links.
“The United Kingdom and Germany proudly share the same values as open and democratic societies, and the same determination to champion those values and to defend them – not least through our very close defence and security partnerships. Today, we share a fundamental interest in the peace and prosperity of the continent of Europe to which we both belong.
This relationship between the United Kingdom and Germany really matters. It is the product of many years of working closely together. It will continue despite Britain’s recent decision to leave the European Union. I am confident we shall remain the firmest of friends.
“With this confidence in mind, I am particularly pleased that the British and German governments have agreed to double their funding of UK-German Connection, the bilateral initiative for school and youth links. UK-German Connection was established after the State Visit of The Queen to Germany in 2004, and it provides a wide range of UK-German activities, networks and funding for schools and youth groups. The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow, and we want to establish friendships between our young people that will last a lifetime.
“I should like to finish with a message that my grandmother The Queen has sent to you all for this evening, and which she asked me to read to you:
“Prince Philip and I send our warmest good wishes to all of you gathered for this special Garden Party, on the occasion of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s official visit to Germany.
“We have fond memories of our five State Visits to Germany, from our first in 1965 to our most recent in 2015. Over the course of those fifty years, British-German relations have thrived, allowing us to face the challenges and embrace the opportunities of the 21st century together.
“I am delighted that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will experience the beauty of this country and the warmth of its people when they visit Berlin, Hamburg and Heidelberg.
“I hope you all have a most enjoyable evening.
Angela Merkel welcomed them when they first arrived at the Holocaust memorial to pay tribute to the millions of Jews which lost their lives.
Kate looked sophisticated in a blue Catherine Walker coat which she styled with Gianvito Rossi heels, a Jimmy Choo clutch bag and Kiki McDonough jewellery.
In tribute to Camilla’s 70th birthday I thought I would do a post on her, regardless of anything, I never thought of doing a post on her, but she is still part of the royal family! Please note that I used words from Royal Central which I absolutely loved because it is to do with reading and writing. It is such a good “read”! I would love to have elaborated more, but Royal Centrals post was quite concise and succinct, so I hope you love reading this and of course, with both the word “bookshelf” and “garden party”, I’m in!
The Duchess has always been supportive of encouraging reading and writing in young children, and last year hosted a writing competition run by the BBC. This year she was been working with a project run by the National Literacy Trust, and in honour of her seventieth birthday later this month. The project has seen seventy books selected as the most popular books chosen by primary school children across the country. These seventy books complete with the Duchess’s bookshelves will be given to seventy selected primary schools across the country.
This Tuesday, Camilla welcomed a party of schoolchildren to Clarence House. Partly to launch the project, now the seventy books have been selected; and partly as an early birthday party. The children were brought to Clarence House in an iconic red bus driven by the comedian, Britain’s Got Talent judge, and children’s author David Walliams. David was probably quite please his own talent had been recognised – two of his books, Gangsta Granny and The Boy in the Dress were included in the seventy! A set of the books was also presented to the Duchess, who assured those gathered that the bookcase would be placed in a central place so that all five of her grandchildren could borrow them without fighting over them.
There is a wide selection of books on the list, which includes non-fiction books on coding and the solar-system together with fiction books that have been classics for children throughout the generations. These include classics by Road Dahl and Michael Bond who sadly died earlier this month, and more modern books like the first of the Harry Potter novels by JK Rowling, the books by David Walliams and the Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney.
The Duchess loves reading and sharing children’s books, and is the patron of several organisations which promote and support literacy, including the National Literacy Trust, Beanstalk, BookTrust, First Story, Roald Dahl and the Wicked Young Writer Awards.
She is also the Royal Patron of the National Literacy Trust who are behind this project.
Note: This is all copied from Royal Central, it is not my own words, but I loved it so much I had to share and particularly loved the reading/writing/literacy side of things.
A blog post on my favourite author. So, Boil the kettle, make a tea (or coffee if it’s the morning!) and be inspired by Sophie’s favourite books to read. 📚
Sophie Kinsella, best-selling author of the universally loved Shopaholic series, tells Women on the Page about her literary heroines, including, for a time, being Harriet the Spy.
I grew up with them. I think of them often. I refer to them when I’m unsure in life. I love them, admire them, cringe with them and weep with them. They’re my literary heroines. And the fact that they’re imaginary doesn’t make them any less influential on my life than if they were real. In fact, it makes them more influential.
Whom have I known in real life as long as I have known Milly-Molly-Mandy? Not many people, that’s for sure. But her adventures are etched in my brain as surely as if she were a family member. There was the day she unselfishly gave up the one remaining length of flowered dress fabric for another girl. There was the time she made…
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