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Royals Round-Up, September 11th, 2015

First of all! The Royal We is currently a mere $3.99 on Kindle and YOU NEED IT if you haven’t read it yet. You just do. We only want your happiness. Second: Kate and the Boys have a variety of events on their schedule for this upcoming week, which is exciting. Heather and I are at Fashion Week right now, so our updates might be SOMEWHAT pokier than usual, but I’m going to do my best to bring them to you in as timely a fashion as possible. Third! This post includes puppies! An outfit on Maxima that literally caused me to scream! A look inside Her Majesty’s Purse! And two TWO visits to a cheese factory!

Earlier this week, we saluted many of QE2′s Noteworthy Hats of the Recent Past. (As I asked there, I’m going to repeat here a request not to get into a political debate about the monarchy, just as I would ask you to avoid a political debate were this a post about Michelle Obama, for example. I very much appreciate it; thank you.)


– LOADS of coverage of QE2 passing Queen Vic to become Great Britain’s longest reigning monarch. For example, Maclean’s examines all of her broaches.

The Telegraph takes a LONG look at her fashion over the years. Some of the hats are TERRIBLE.

– Also at The Telegraph, these rare pics of QE2 are interesting.

– At Conde Nast, How to Travel Like Queen Elizabeth

– At Buzzfeed: 15 Insane Confessions Of A Buckingham Palace Guard

– RUMOR HAS IT that Prince Harry and Chelsy Davy saw one another whilst he’s been in Africa and might maybe could be possibly getting back together. !!!!! LET’S DISCUSS. (People)

– ALSO, Harry’s popped up in a new video extolling the virtues of rugby. (The Duchess Diary)

People also has more details on the 47-Mile Swedish Swim-Run Pipples and the Marshmallow King did over the weekend. That is HARD.

– At The Duchess Diary: Royal Biographers Pay Tribute To Queen Elizabeth On Her Historical Milestone. It’s juicy!

– Beatrice Borromeo is currently on the cover of Vogue Italia. (Royalista)

– As ever, HRH Duchess Kate has an excellent look at goings-on with Wills and Kate this week, and more details on their many upcoming shenanigans through the end of the year. (As far as we know. It’s all vague right now. But you know. Stuff Will Happen.)

– At People: Kate and Prince William Join Queen Elizabeth for Her Milestone Day

Kate also ALLEGEDLY received The Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II this week. Everyone wants a wee tiny painting of a lady to pin to her personage during fancy events! (Hello!)


Well Reigned, Queen Elizabeth II

When I was growing up, the idea of anyone reigning as long as Queen Victoria did seemed incredibly far-fetched and far-flung. Sixty-three years. As a kid that was just an eternity. Now it sounds crazy anyone ever doubted QEII would get there. However anyone feels about the monarchy, sixty-three years is a long time to hold one job, and one can’t argue that she’s been utterly dedicated to it and to her country. I wouldn’t be surprised if she made it a decade beyond this. Whatever she’s putting in her morning Weetabix, I’d like a bite.

We are limited in what file photos we can legally bring you to honor her on this day, so we’re making up the difference with pictures of a lot of millinery from the years before GFY covered The Queen and her progeny in earnest. Please enjoy A Brief and Recentish History of Royal Lids, and of course, all hail Our Lady of Hattitude. Seriously. SIXTY-THREE YEARS at the helm. I wish she were not too classy to write a tell-all. It would be six gigantic volumes long and I would read every single one.

[Photos: Getty]


Royals Round-Up, September 4th, 2015

First off, in case you missed it, The Royal We is currently only $3.99 for Kindle. THAT IS A STEAL. You should buy it for your Kindle if you haven’t yet done so: It’s a People‘s pick, and made the EW Must List and the New York Times Summer Reading List and all kinds of other good stuff. Check it out!

In today’s slideshow, Sophie Wessex gets REALLY invested in sport, Albert and Charlene bring out the twinsies, and Letizia continues to be worried that she’s left the waffle iron on.

And elsewhere:



Royals Round-Up, August 28th, 2015

Boats! Hats! Bottled Water! Medals!




Royals Round-Up, August 21st 2015

Soon — SO SOON! — summer will be over for the royals of the world and Royals Round-Up will once again be fat and happy. This week, though, we’ve got a special Blue Suit Club appearance from Crown Prince Haakon, and some nice golfing form from Crown Prince Frederik, and a good hat on Sophie Wessex, so all is not yet lost.



Royals Round-Up, August 14th, 2015

There are A LOT of people on boats right now. That said, Prince Harry HAS popped out and proved that he’s still alive. And so is his beard.


  • Marie Claire takes a look at royalty that have lived in the United States
  • Let’s take a look inside Clarence House! This article is quite interesting, and packed with pictures and interesting tidbits (Charles has an official harpist, which I really wish I’d known when we were writing The Royal We; that said, there are photos here of a couple of the rooms that DO appear in the book, albeit sans harp). I think you will enjoy it. (The Crown Chronicles)
  • Speaking of The Royal We, we had a long and (I think) interesting interview with the Los Angeles Review of Books about it, which touched on lots of issues about Kate, as well as Scruples, Lupita, Kim Kardashian, and other Topics of GFY Interest.
  • Crown Princess Mary and Princess Marie went to some snazzy bash at at Danish castle on an island, which is — I assume — what we’re all doing with our summers, and Royalista has video.
  • Over at Royal Central, an interesting look at QE2′s racing pigeons. WHO KNEW.
  • This is great. As you may have read, several never-before-seen photos from Diana and Prince Charles’s wedding are up for auction. The Express runs down whatever happened to several of the people in them, from the obscure to “she’s still the Queen.”
  • Mike Tindall is finally getting his glorious Picasso of a nose — to borrow a phrase from ourselves (there is a very tertiary rugby player in The Royal We) — fixed. (Hello!)
  • You can rent cottages at Sandringham. Let’s go! (People)
  • The Jewel History at The Court Jeweller this week is SOOOOOOOO good and also includes a tiara mishap that makes an appearance in The Royal We. (If you’ve read the book and read the acknowledgements, we thank both Ella Kay at The Court Jeweller and the kind folks at Order of Splendor; we spent a lot of time doing Tiara Research. WHAT AGONY.)
  • Kensington Palace has released a statement regarding paparazzi photos of Prince George (like the ones in the sand dunes with Carole Middleton that I linked to last week). Apparently, the paps situation has gotten really bad (and William in particular is EXTREMELY sensitive to it, for obvious reasons) and they’re asking media outlets not to purchase those photos anymore to discourage invasive behavior. Basically, no UK outlets buy them anyway, and from what I can tell, PopSugar is the main purchaser of them in the US, but they are widely purchased in Australia and across Europe. (There is a French magazine that will run any candid shot of any royal that you’ve got — they ran topless pics of Camilla, about which, if I were Camilla, I would be delighted in secret.) I have felt hesitant linking to shots like that of the kids in the past — the casual photos we’ve run of the kids here on GFY, like the ones of Mia in today’s slideshow, or ones of George at polo, are always from public events where the family knows there will be press photographers  — because it did seem invasive, and I think I’m sensitive to the situation after having spent over a year writing about what it’s like to be in similar shoes. For what it’s worth, there has been coverage with pics of Kate and George, or George and his nanny, that I’ve made the editorial decision to skip because they were so clearly taken from, like, inside a bush. But it has been hard to resist when the snaps are particularly cute — I am human, and I think we ALL are tempted to look at them, and that’s natural. All that said, I think I’m going to stop linking to them at all.  I will note  that while I don’t think anything will make the paparazzi leave the Cambridges alone entirely (they just make too much money for everyone), I wonder if the situation might be mitigated if Kate and Wills released more sanctioned pictures of George and Charlotte to the press. I am absolutely not blaming them — I think keeping their children’s lives as private as they want is their decision,  they are coming from a protective, parental place, and no one is owed pictures of anyone; they shouldn’t have to do anything — but I wonder if loosening the reins might actually help a little bit, as unfair as it might feel to them to have to do so. Food for thought, anyway. (BBC)
  • Also, this seems like as good a place as any to note that every year around this time, Royals Round-Up comments tend to veer slightly more contentious than I think is fun for anyone (I’m not blaming anyone; I think it’s the weather), and so consider this your annual friendly moderator reminding everyone (including myself!) to please keep it light and polite. Thank you!

[Photos: Getty, African Conservation Experience]


Royals Round-Up, August 7th, 2015

Friday at last! I have a variety of things to bring you — further bits and bobs from the Casiraghi/Borromeo wedding and King Felipe in shorts on a boat among them! If you missed it, we had coverage of the aforementioned Casiraghi/Borromeo wedding over the weekend and, you guys, it was SO PRETTY. It might have been my actual dream wedding.

As a reminder, in case you’ve been off on vacay for the last couple of weeks, The Royal We is now available on e-book basically everywhere.


[Photos: Getty, GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images, JacopoR/PierreS GC Images, Hugo Rittson Thomas/Royal Household via Getty Images]