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Royals Round-Up, August 8th, 2014

In the slideshow, I bring you extra snaps from Wills, Kate, and Harry’s outings this week, lots of other WWI ceremonial events, Crown Princess Mary on a horse (they’re on vacation, and as ever, several of their snaps are embargoed for longer than I would like; I swear I am not trying to keep CPM from you, I am merely trying not to be sued), THE RETURN OF SADFACE CHARLENE, QE2 eyeballing some Men in Kilts, a peek of her Balmoral living room, and King Felipe in saucy white jeans squiring Letizia in some super sassy pants. AND MORE.

ICYMI here on GFY this week:

Interesting and intriguing items elsewhere include:

[Photos: Getty, AKM/GSI, Vantagenews.co.uk, Pacific Coast News, Splash, Fame/Flynet]


Royals Round-Up, June 20, 2014, With Bonus George

As always, much to discuss this week! We had A LOT happen on GFY alone, such as:

The Spanish royals had a LOT AFOOT this week, as did the Brits. Maxima was very occupied with the World Cup, as you’ll see in the slideshow, and we’ve got our first Charlene sighting since they announced her pregnancy. She looks as underwhelmed as ever. But not a ton of other royals floating about this week that we didn’t cover above, so this particular round-up might also be bringing you most Extra Bonus George and Harry.



Mostly Well-Played: Princess Charlene at the Monaco Grand Prix with Bonus Casiraghis (Casiraghii?)

Well, these two are at least trying to look happy.

[Photos: Getty, PacCoastNews]


Royals Round-Up, May 9th 2014

This Royals Round-Up has many items in which you are potentially interested: American weddings! Weird cake toppers! Hats! Gowns! Tiaras! Ceremonial ensembles! Kate’s beige patent LK Bennett heels, albeit not on Kate (whom I assume is still sitting on the sofa at home yawning with her hair in a ponytail while the baby tries to stick priceless artifacts in his mouth)! Fatigues! A question about cows!

Additionally, big thanks to those of you who recommended The Heir Apparent: A Life of Edward VII, the Playboy Prince in the comments last week. I’m reading it right now, and it’s fascinating and excellent. Queen Victoria comes across like a total pain in the bustle. Read it so we can discuss!

For your reading pleasure elsewhere:

– The Memphis Wedding that Harry and William attended last weekend sounds like quite a party.  The Telegraph’s story uses the word “twerking” and apparently William got up on stage and sang, which we know he has a tendency to do, both from that time he got up and sang with Bon Jovi and also from that scene in the amazing/boring Wills and Kate Lifetime movie I recapped three years ago, and stumbled upon yesterday when I was looking for something else. (If you are bored, a re-read may prove entertaining.) William apparently really had a good time. He likes a good wedding.

People has an excellent recap of the weekend’s shenanigans. You know I love how People always tells us what people ate at every turn. Thank you for indulging me, People.

– Although Wills looks a bit cranky at Graceland, probably because (a) the press were everywhere in Memphis and it was insane (b) one of girls they’re visiting Graceland with seems like a pain (she’s not in those photos, but I saw snaps where she’s pretending she’s going to flash the paparazzi her bra; like, calm down, sister, you’re not helping), (c) People, as seen above, reported that he ate nachos on his lay-over and now Kate knows he’s cheating on his diet, and (d) everyone got to wear Elvis glasses but him. Heavy is the head that wears the crown eventually.

Hello! also has loads of snaps of the weekend. So many snaps.

William took economy for part of the trip. Can you imagine trundling onto that plane and stumbling past him? I would have been like, “HI I JUST HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS DO YOU MIND?” (That’s from The Daily Mail I KNOW)

– The Express thinks that part of the Cressy/Harry bust-up stems from…one of the new shows on Bravo this season. ANDY COHEN STRIKES AGAIN!

– Tom Sykes over at the Daily Beast has a very interesting piece theorizing that part of the reason for the break-up was a discussion about Cressida’s red sneakers — and what they represent. (There’s more to it than that; it’s an interesting read, in part about how Kate is very skilled at picking her battles in a way that another person might not be.)

– Prince George is getting a flower named after him. AS WELL HE SHOULD. The Grand Snugglenoodle SquashyThigh Rose. (Royals Central)

– Speaking of babies, Mike Tindall took baby Mia out onto the rugby pitch and if you’re interested in muscular sportsmen toting infants, this is for you. (Hello!)

– The Court Jeweller counts down ten of the world’s “maddest tiaras.” And it’s so fun.

– Tatler has a piece about fabulous outfits at British racing events, which I am sticking here and not in Fugs & Pieces because half of the mentioned are royals. There’s a shot of Diana looking delighted and Charles looking cranky as hell; he must have lost some cashola. I LOVE old photos of people at the races!  So very many hats. (Tatler)

– And speaking of Royal Ascot, Pippa’s penned a guide for Vanity Fair. I am surprised that she only went for the first time LAST year, though I guess Kate has NEVER been, sooo. Anyway, it’s rather fun and instructional. To wit: “one of the most entertaining parts of Royal Ascot is spotting the extraordinary hats, which last year included everything from a serving of Mr. Whippy 99 Flake ice cream to a full English breakfast to a fanciful turban, a three-tiered cake, a macaroon stand, and a black swan.”


Royals Round-Up, May 2, 2014

WELL. We have A LOT to discuss. The Netherlands celebrated Kings’ Day with hats and a variety of tertiary royals (my favorite kind, including one with a connection to a dramatic tale of the German Resistance); Princess Charlene does not look pregnant, despite our (my) speculations; and finally and most gossip-worthy and let’s just get to the juicy stuff: THE SCRUNCHIES HAVE LEFT THE PALACE.

There is obviously a plethora of speculation about the Harry/Cressida break-up and of course it’s all just gossip, but the wide, wide variety of speculative gossip is a delight, and let’s not pretend: I love me some royals gossip and I am going to roll around in it like a pig in slop, except with more tea and cake. Let’s talk this out.

– I saw the news on People first and the fact that this leaked on William and Kate’s wedding anniversary is some cold-ass shade and yes I think that was intentional and deliciously bitchy. People claims that Cressida was “too needy.”

– Then! The Telegraph says that they really had a row over Cressida not wanting to splash out cash to go to this wedding in Memphis this weekend if they weren’t really going somewhere emotionally — oh, yes, Fug Nationals of Memphis, a single Harry and a presumably watchdog William are both in your city right now and one of them is probably ready to act out, so get out there and report back; rumor has it that the media is insane there at the moment, and I in fact saw a variety of (unsatisfying so far) paps pics of the both of them, like, climbing in and out of cars and entering a BBQ joint — and also that she felt freaked out by the attention. Cressida comes out well in this version, and I say that as someone who is totally unmoved by her as a person. Also, you know William is like, “I cannot believe I am this jetlagged still and now I have to keep Harry from getting naked and streaking Graceland with a bunch of bridesmaids. I AM BUT ONE MAN,” and then he’s all, “why don’t you come and help me, Kate?” and Kate is like, “nice try. I have like nine episodes of The Face to watch. The best of British luck, babe. See you Monday!”

Vanity Fair says Cressida has been given “compassionate leave” at work, which I suspect is ACTUALLY “please go home and wait for this all to cool down, because we’re sick of all the photographers hanging about outside” leave, but which is a kindness for her. (I’m not a fan, but I’m sure she would much rather stay home and cry into her box wine right now for a variety of reason.)

– And of course the Daily Mail I KNOW I KNOW  has like NINE theories all in the course of one article, some of which directly contradict each other, INCLUDING speculation that Harry isn’t over Chelsy Davy; one sentence that I misread so that I had one brilliant moment of believing that Chelsy was also going to this wedding and it would be like an episode of Dynasty up in there; and various eye-raising about what Harry will probably get up to this weekend. SCANDAL! LET’S SPECULATE!

– AND THEN, in a LATE ADD, the Daily Mail I KNOW I KNOW totally reverses the earlier article to note that ACTUALLY Harry is really behaving in Memphis and texting Cressida all the time and they may get back together, an article in which once again Cressida comes out rather well again. Maybe this entire thing will make me like Cressida by the end. Maybe THAT’S the plan.

Other stuff:

We obviously looked back at Wills and Kate’s wedding on their anniversary. Gowns! Romance! Tans!

The Telegraph wrote those two a rather nice Valentine (with a bunch of other interesting bits about loved-up royals of the past).

People talked to the official New Zealand government photographer, who went to all of W&K’s NZ events, and it’s quite interesting/heart-warming.

StyleWatch also has some insight into the woman who helps Kate with her wardrobe. Very interesting.

Stuff put together a groovy cool-wheel of all of Kate’s outfits on the past tour.

– And Grazia created a collage of all her coats. That looks alarmingly like my vision board….

– Our friend Sally Holmes over at Elle recreated several of Kate’s tour outfits and wore them around town to see what people would say. I am roiling with envy that she’s gotten her hands on that lace Zimmerman dress that isn’t out until June and I want so badly although I don’t even think it will really work on me.

– Poor Camilla; as you probably know, her brother died very suddenly last week and the funeral was yesterday. She has to be devastated. It’s hardly important in the grand scheme of things, but she looks very nice indeed at the service.

– Finally, I’m just going to leave this here: The Queen Mother Loved The Golden Girls So Much That She Requested a Live Performance from the Cast. Although I want to include this tidbit: “Last year, British comedy actress Cleo Rocos recalled how, back in the late 80s, she, Princess Diana, and Freddie Mercury would turn down the volume on Golden Girls reruns, drink champagne, and improvise “show dialogue with ‘much naughtier storyline lines.’” (Vanity Fair)



Royals Round-Up: April 25, 2014

Obviously, Wills and Kate have been out on a constant basis (the entirety of our coverage of their NZ/Australia tour lives here, including a Round Up of the Cuteness of The George; we’re going to have a post of Fun Stuff We Missed, and a round-up of Kate’s Wardrobe from the tour tomorrow, so make sure you pop back if you’re into that). While they were out, all the rest of the British Royals more or less continued to stay inside, presumably eating half-off Easter chocolate and watching reruns of Top Model. That being said, Princess Letizia went out in a continued demonstration of her Law & Order: Spanish Inquisition wardrobe and Princess Charlene actually looked kind of happy, despite the fact that she’s wearing THE. WORST. PANTS.


[Photos: Getty, Splash, Pac Coast News, WENN]