Archive of ‘General Royal News’ category

2015 in Review: Biggest royal happenings

As we wind down 2015 and look forward to 2016, I thought it would be fun to look back at the biggest royal happenings of the year. This year seemed to be all about the Brits and the Swedes with several big events from both families, though there were big events from other families as well. There were multiple births, multiple christenings, multiple weddings, multiple pregnancy announcements, and some big birthdays, among other things.

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Royal Round Up: Queen Elizabeth, Prince William, Princess Charlene, Queen Mathilde, CP Victoria

Oy, Sunday’s Royal Round Up got pushed to Monday afternoon. Oh well, at least it’s up now. This week we’ve got some British royals, namely the Queen and an old video, Prince William and some shade, and Princess Eugenie doing not her official job. We’ve also got Princess Charlene giving an interview, Queen Mathilde rocking rug shorts, and the Swedes on summer vacation. Also we’re celebrating a birthday from Norway.

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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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