BOOKS, Celebrities, History, Lady, royal life

Duchess of Cornwall hosts ‘Duchess’s Bookshelves’ Garden Party


 

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.
 

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History, Lady, personal development

My ‘Educational Royal’ Course


I have never been so excited in my life!!!!! I was going to update my “About” page with something NEW but instead I thought I would just do a ‘short blog post’, so this is going to be a little different…..

I have been working on a few other blog posts, and didn’t write or plan or even think of doing this current post. I just got too excited when I came across something amazing when I was at the library!

As you know, I have become fascinated with genealogy, so tomorrow I will be picking up a copy of the latest “Inside History” magazine.

The latest summer edition had a whole list of FREE and PAID courses to do, and my eyes eagerly scanned the pages, and away I typed into my laptop the websites so I could see for myself.

So, I came across a website called Future Learn, and they do a whole heap of FREE online courses. When you finish you can buy a certificate to show that you finished the course, but I am not too sure if it is accredited. I didn’t look up on that, but to have my name with this current course I am doing, I am absolutely thrilled to the max!!!!

I am currently working on doing “A History of Royal Food and Feasting” with the University of Reading.

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You can do it in your own time, and I love that I can do it from the comfort of my own home. I have also been doing Webinars with familytreewebinars.com, and you can learn about social history, what it is, and how you can read up on it. There is a “History Toolkit” that has a link to show you “How to read 18th century writing” which is found on Do History.

If you are interested in doing the course, go to http://www.futurelearn.com. There are a heap of courses online to choose from and I totally recommend for you to have a look and just check out what is available. They are with top notch universities, like the University of London, or the British Council, so it isn’t anything dodgy! Just so you know! You learn that Henry the Eighth’s reign was the most important reign in English History, and making England a Protestant nation. I didn’t know that Mary was crowned as the first true Queen of England in 1553 at Westminster, you learn something new everyday! This course is sooooo me!

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I am beside myself, that I found a lovely course to do on the side that has something to do with ‘royalty’! and instead of just going to the library, and reading, this is more studious, and keeps it fun!

I didn’t have anything in plan for this post, other than the fact that I am doing the course, because my About Page wouldn’t come up in WordPress for me to add it to that section. So, another day I will update it, and I can’t WAIT to get my certificate already!

Hang on! I am only still on Session 1!

Until next time!

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History, Lady, royal life

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s First Royal Solo Trip


Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge recently went on her first ever Solo Trip to the Netherlands on a one-day trip without her husband, Prince William.

It is her first time travelling overseas on official royal business without William and her engagements were to be at The Hague and Rotterdam.

Catherine’s first trip included a tour of the Mauritshuis museum in the Hague, where she had lunch with the King, Queen Maxima and their three daughters at their royal residence.

After lunch, Catherine visited the Mauritshuis Museum where Catherine surveyed and inspected twenty-two paintings that were on loan from the British Royal Collection.

Emilie Gordenker was one of the museum directors and she stopped to have a chat with Catherine and the children, whilst the children were lined up in the streets waving their Union Jack British flags. All the children were assembled in a line ahead of three traditional British red telephone boxes which were constructed for the exhibition.


What photographers loved to shoot was the stunning photo of Catherine, who stopped to pose in front of the famous painting, Girl with a pearl earring, which was originally painted by Vermeer. To me, this is a remarkable beloved iconic picture which represents a stunning appearance of her.

Catherine showed much interest in the painting, and Ms Gordenker apparently said “She didn’t mention the earrings she was wearing” which showed she was more interested in something else other than her own appearance.

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Catherine asked Emilie if the painting had become more popular since the film came out, and Emilies response was “It definitely had”.

This is Emilie in this photograph below.

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Catherine’s last enagagement of the day was visiting Bouwkeet which is a district in Rotterdam.

Catherine also helped fix a bicycle wheel there with two teenagers which was a workshop and pupils took part in a robotics class during the visit to De Boukweet Work Space – it is an initiative which is community based where Boukweet is a financially disadvantaged, and needy area.

Richenel Lensa mentioned that “The kids were very happy to see that someone important had come to see what they are doing.”

The work involved really helped the community and Catherine knows how to get her hands working, when it comes to helping others.

This is why I believe she is such a fantastic role model for our current generation. She is not only poised, but is smart, intelligent and knows how to work with purpose. I mainly got most of my information from the latest Royal Life Magazine, which if you get the latest copy it is $9.95 in most Australian news agency’s. I used to have them put aside for me in Merredin, but now that I am in Perth, I have had to find them for myself, as it is a different and wider demographic. I got this copy in Floreat Forum, as Scarborough doesn’t have them. I am thinking of doing a piece on the family’s engagement when they went to Canada, but this engagement really stood out to me, as the pictures of Catherine are just stunning, and I am most particularly interested in oil paintings. So, grab your copy, and sit back, and catch up on all the latest on Royal Life News.

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Celebrities, History, royal life

A Duchess of Dreams


All I have been doing these past couple of days is eagerly watching Twitter updates on the Royal Tour of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting India and Bhutan.

I follow Kensington Palace and have started to find Royal Photographers which take photos straight away and it has been thrilling to watch for new engagements and what is going to happen next!!!! I thought it was gorgeous that Kate had to write something in Braille and she decided to type “George”! He is obviously on her mind while she is overseas…. I can’t imagine how it would feel as a parent to feel so far away from your children but they are in good hands!!!

I just love every single dress she has worn. She has kept herself elegant and stylish while keeping a cultural perspective of Indian clothes.

This dress has been found on Glamorous on Amazon. You can now buy the RepliKate!!!! Click here.

If you follow me on Instagram I have been posting like mad these couple of days!!!! Every time I see new posts on Twitter it has been like, SCREENSHOT!!!!!!

If you know me personally, I could talk about Kate Middleton all day. I did a post on her in the Coats post and Real RepliKate post. There are numerous topics on her, her look, her style, her work, her family! The list goes on…..

Have you been enjoying the latest updates on her engagements?

I have!! I have become quite a Royal Watcher since late 2013 and have been fascinated by the work they do and what they are involved in. The travelling they did to India was a celebration for the Queens 90th and Prince William said he is incredibly lucky. I must say, I recently received a letter from the Queens lady in waiting and it is such a sentimental peice of documentation that I will absolutely cherish forever! I won’t be staying in Merredin forever and have framed it and it will always be in my room wherever I decide to live!

This is a picture of a house drawn by the Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to a contact centre run by the charity Salaam Baalak, which provides emergency help and long term support to homeless children at New Delhi railway station on April 12, 2016 in New Dehli, India.

Kate is absolutely breakthakingly stunning here and I love her aura. A woman of grace and quality and value has kept the worlds eyes on her! I believe she is an epitome of a lady and I have probably said that already but I can not recapitulate it without emphasising this even more!!!  She is a woman of quality and more especially “princess” quality!

Here she did an arts class with the children in India. She is also a woman of creativity which a lady should also have. A lady should hold herself with a range of hobbies, such as either scrapbooking, quilting, sewing, if you’re not into anything creative as much try Card Making maybe! Or drawing, or oil painting. Taking something up in the Arts is a fascinating thing. There is a lot to learn!

Well, you have probably seen all the photos on my Instagram, but it was nice to add in a blog. I hope you have enjoyed my spiel on Kate!  I apologise that I have not established a more detailed blog. An itinerary was posted. And you can go here to see an article from The Guardian on what they have been doing or The Mirror for a complete Royal Tour 2016 itinerary. I do know that India has been on Kates heart as she told Prince William she wanted to go there when they first got married.

She is such a Duchess of Dreams…….

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