Archive of ‘General Royal News’ category

Kate Middleton gives quote to the Times about children’s mental health

Kate Middleton gave a quote to the Times (London) about children’s mental health in support of their Time to Mind children’s mental health campaign. This comes six weeks after she released a video message in support of Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week… and mere hours before the UK supreme court ruled to allow Prince Charles‘ letters to the government to be made public.

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William, Kate and George received lots of wine and books as official gifts in 2014

The annual lists of gifts received by members of the British Royal Family were released. While the Queen and other members of the royal family release info on gifts received in the UK, Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George, and Prince Harry only release info on gifts received during official overseas visits. I’m only going to cover the Cambridges and Harry’s gifts. Overall, Will and Kate got a lot of alcohol, but also a lot of books. Kate received a lot of jewelry we’ll probably never see her wear. George received a crap ton of books and toys. Harry didn’t get as many gifts as Will and Kate, but his are more interesting and diverse, I think, including an automatic rifle (decommissioned of course).

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Royal Finances report released: William and Kate asked for two kitchens, spent £6 million so Will could go take a flying job near Anmer

Two Kitchens Kate!  That’s Kate’s new nickname (thanks Daily Mail 😉 ; they come up with the best nicknames for Kate—they came up with “Waity Katie” after all).  The royal finances report was released.  Go here to view the report on the royal website.  For a great explanation of the finances, go here to read Victoria Murphy’s Mirror article.  In short, the monarchy spent £35.7 million last year (fiscal year being April 2013-April 2014)—that’s 56p per each citizen if you’re wondering.  But I don’t think that includes the cost of security (which, if added in, would be astronomical).  You can read about Prince Charles’ tax break here, and about his expensive chartered plane here.  Let’s move on to Will and Kate, since at least the Queen and Charles work for their expenses.  William and Kate’s Kensington Palace apartment cost a total of £3.4 million last year (adding in the £1.1 million from the previous year and the total cost of their apartment is £4.5 million).  I guess the big thing coming out of this is that Will and Kate added a second kitchen; a “private, family kitchen”, because Kate can’t cook in the official kitchen?  Of course, that’s just what the taxpayer paid.  Charles reportedly threw in £1.5 million to furnish the apartment—which includes carpets and drapes and that type of stuff.  And an oven that costs a whopping £18,000.  And £500 for a food processor.  The f-ck?

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Kate’s palace costs the public £4 million (up £3 million from last year)

The Daily Mail has published an article that is sure to rile up some people. The Palace’s expense reports come out next Wednesday, I think, but the Mail got a preview of the total cost of the renovations to Apartment 1A, otherwise known as Prince William and Kate Middleton’s 22-plus room Kensington Palace home. In the 2012-2013 report, the total cost of the renovations was £1 million. One year later the total cost has skyrocketed to a whopping £4 million ($6.8 million by today’s exchange rates). The original £1 million was to fix the interior, because of asbestos, and the roof. So the extra £3 million went to… building a new bedroom for Will and Kate, and a new nursery for George… because the 22-plus room apartment didn’t have a master bedroom or a nursery before? I’m having a hard time understanding why the powers that be are willing to shill out £4 million on one apartment for Will and Kate when they aren’t willing to pay for repairs to Buckingham freaking Palace.

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Kate and Sophie watch Order of the Garter ceremony; Prince George attends first polo match

Garter Day was yesterday, and the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Princess Anne, Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge and Sophie, Countess of Wessex all came out for the Order of the Garter ceremony/procession at Windsor Castle.  Kate and Sophie were spectators.  The others are actually in the Order.  Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall was due to attend, but she had sinusitis and stayed home (Get well soon, Camilla).

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Kate showed up for Trooping the Color

Trooping the Color went down yesterday.  It marks the Queen’s official birthday—not her actual birthday, which was in April.  Trooping the Color originated as a means to show soldiers their regiment flag, so they would recognize their flag while in battle.  This was called, “trooping”, where they carried the flag down the ranks to show everyone.  In 1748, they announced it would also mark the Sovereign’s official birthday.  The flag being trooped this year was the flag of Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards. Afterward, the Royal Family (including the Royal Holy Trinity: Kate Middleton, Prince William, and Prince Harry–they’re the tallest ones out of the whole family) gathered on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for a flypast.

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Queen joins Obama and other heads of state for D-Day commemorations (DoE, Charles, Camilla, Will & Kate join in)

Obama helps Queen, Putin is sidelined

“These men waged war so that we might know peace.  They sacrificed so that we might be free.  They fought in hopes of a day when we’d no longer need to fight.” – President Obama.

On June 6, 1944, the Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy.  To mark the 70th anniversary of that day, about 20 heads of state and world leaders gathered for a commemoration at Sword Beach.  There were a number of events the world leaders participated in, as well as meeting veterans.  The Queen laid a wreath at a memorial at the British War Cemetary in Bayuex.  President Obama made a speech at Omaha Beach.  There was a lunch for the leaders, and a group photo was taken.  The header photo is a photo of the Queen walking down the steps after the group photo was taken—yes, that’s Putin standing all by himself while others help the Queen down the stairs; really says it all.
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Camilla’s brother, Mark Shand, has died after hitting his head outside fundraiser in NY

The Duchess of Cornwall’s brother, Mark Shand, had died today following a head injury he sustained after slipping and falling outside a charity fundraiser in New York. Camilla is said to be “utterly devastated”. She and Prince Charles are said to be in Scotland at the moment, preparing for their trip to Canada.

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Queen Elizabeth turns 88

Happy Birthday to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who was born on April 21, 1926. Her Majesty turns 88 years old today.

Queen Elizabeth Portait for 88th birthday

Above is the new portrait by David Bailey to mark Her Majesty’s birthday. What do you think of the photo? I love that she’s smiling, but (for me) it seems too informal for a portrait of the Queen.

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