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 visits Bletchley Park; supports Children’s Hospice Week

Kate has made 5 appearances in the last week (ish).  She made 2 appearances on the 10th, Trooping the Color on the 14th, Order of the Garter on the 16th, and now Bletchley Park on the 18th.  PLUS she watched William play polo on the 15th.  So really that’s 6 appearances with 6 outfit changes all in the span of 9 days.  Geez.  Get the girl to a beach, stat.  Seriously, though, Kate is going to take a vacation.  She has nothing on her schedule until July 5, when she attends the start of the Tour de France.  That’s just over two whole weeks.  Unless they throw something in last minute, then she’s totally taking a two week vacation.  I’m really sick of their “throw a bunch of appearances out all at once and then disappear for a few weeks” method of planning public engagements.  I’d much rather they were consistent with their number and spread of appearances.

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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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Kate launches Britain’s America’s Cup bid; attends Garden Party

Kate attended two events today.  She first visited the Maritime Museum to launch the British bid for the America’s Cup; then she attended a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.  Kate was scheduled to attend the Red Cross Garden Party on Thursday, but at the last minute changed to the one today.  She will no longer be attending the Red Cross one.

While at the Maritime Museum, Kate met Sir Ben Ainslie who is leading the British team in hopes of winning the next America’s Cup race which is in 2017.  Kate inspected the trophy and had a tour of the museum.  She attended a breakfast for the racers and donors as well.  PS. Is it weird that I kind of think Kate and Ben make a cute couple?  Like, she looks cuter with Ben than she does with Will.  Kate loves sailing; she and Ben could go sailing together.  It would be great. He’s probably married or dating someone, though. Sad face.

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SRF: Leonore is christened as Madeleine and Chris celebrate their first wedding anniversary (updated with official photos)

Princess Leonore

Princess Leonore, daughter of Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Chris O’Neill, was baptized this morning at the Drottningholm Palace chapel in Stockholm.  Leonore was pretty well behaved.  She was a bit fussy when they arrived, but calmed down and didn’t even cry when she was baptized (unlike her mother, Madeleine, who wailed).  Part of the baptism includes Leonore receiving the Order of the Seraphim—that’s the little blue sash and pin she received.  Leonore was born on February 20, 2014 at 10:41 EST in New York City.  Her baptism comes on her parent’s first wedding anniversary (more on that below).

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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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Swedish Royal Family steps out for National Day

Swedish Royal Family on National Day
[L-R: Prince Daniel, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Carl Philip, Queen Silvia, King Carl XVI Gustaf, Princess Madeleine, Chris O’Neill]

Happy National Day, Sweden!  June 6 is the National Day of Sweden, and the Royal Family was out in celebration.  Even little Princess Leonore joined in!  Some history of National Day: it was established in 1915 as Swedish Flag Day; in 1983 Flag day was merged to form National Day; National Day is celebrated on June 6 to mark two historical events, the date Gustav Vasa was elected King in 1523 and the date the Constitution Act was signed in 1809.
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Kate comes out of hiding for a visit to Scotland with Will

Kate finally came out of hiding!!!  Kate Middleton made her first public appearance since returning from the Royal Tour of Australia and New Zealand (it’s been over a month since she made an appearance).  She and Prince William travelled to Scotland for a day of appearances.  Will and Kate’s correct titles are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (even though I rarely call them that), but they were also given a Scottish title by the Queen upon their marriage and are known as the Earl and Countess of Strathearn while in Scotland.  I’m going to refer to them by their Scottish titles for this post.

Will and Kate visit Scotland

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