Posts Tagged ‘Camilla’
The second Sunday in November is Remembrance Sunday in the UK and commemorates the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and servicewomen in the two World Wars and later conflicts. The Queen led the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in Whitehall remembering those who died during conflicts. A two-minute silence was observed at 11 AM before the Queen, other royals, and politicians laid wreaths at the Cenotaph. There was a parade of service personnel and military bands, and a 10,000 strong march of servicepeople and civilians. A member of the choir fainted during the ceremony. The choir boy was attended to by first aides and was okay.
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I don’t normally cover Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, but I want to take a minute and highlight a great cause she is supporting. In recent years, Camilla has taken up the cause of ending sexual violence against women. She has visited a number of rape crisis centers and last year spearheaded an initiative to offer wash kits containing shampoos, soaps, and other such things to women who have reported a sexual assault. That initiative was organized after she met with women who said one of the things they wanted most was to be clean after the assault.
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Sara Parker Bowles is the wife of Tom Parker Bowles, who is the son of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. Sara is some sort of fashion editor or something. She recently gave an interview to the Telegraph’s Fashion section (?). Anyway, I bring this up because Sara mentioned our dear MIA Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge. I wasn’t going to mention it since it’s so short (the interview wasn’t about Kate, Sara mentioned her briefly), but I found what Sara said interesting because it’s opposite of the one thing about Kate I thought was concrete fact: Kate’s love for clothing. So I went ahead and over analyzed it.
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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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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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“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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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.
Clarence House said:
It is with deep sadness that we have to confirm that the Duchess of Cornwall’s brother, Mark Shand, has today passed away in New York. Mr Shand died in hospital as a result of a serious head injury which he sustained during a fall last night. The Duchess, the Prince of Wales and all her family members are utterly devastated by this sudden and tragic loss. Mark Shand was a man of extraordinary vitality, a tireless campaigner and conservationist whose incredible work through The Elephant Family and beyond remained his focus right up until his death.
Condolences to the Duchess and her family.
Links: Mirror article/live updates. Daily Mail article.
This post is dedicated to some Kate tidbits before I get to the reception with the Queen. I didn’t want to make one super long post.
Apparently Kate has been asked by a friend from university to be one of the godmothers to her son. Kate, William, and George went to the baptism in Essex Sunday morning where Kate became a godmother. There were no pictures. The source is the man who performed the baptism. The article did not give a name of the friend or the child.
My first thought was, Kate has a friend? And not just a friend, but one close enough to be asked to be the godmother of their child. But then I thought, of course the person asked Kate to be godmother, now her child has a royal godmother, you know. Kate was one of four godparents, so it’s not like Kate will be the one saddled with the “spiritual guidance” part. Phew, right.
According to the Reverend, William was actually there to accompany Kate. Is that surprising? I think it kind of is. Unless William was good friends with the person, too, then I could see him attending. I don’t think William would care enough to attend an event just to support Kate.
They took George to the baptism. He was reportedly well-behaved. Maybe he’s grown out of his constant crying phase?
There are no photos, at least not yet. Maybe some will surface. I don’t know what to make of this. It almost seems too good to be true, you know, what with Kate having a friend, William being there to support his wife, and George not crying. But you never know. I want pictures. Congrats to Kate, and good for everyone involved, I guess.
UPDATE: The friends are Oliver and Mel Baker. Kate is godmother of their son, Henry. Oliver is one of the godfather’s of Prince George. Oliver has been friends with Will and Kate since university. So I guess we now know why Will was there, because it was his friend, too. And they probably brought George so Oliver could see his godson. Eh, sure. /UPDATE
Now with this next story, take it with a grain of salt. It is about how Camilla thinks Kate’s hair is too long, and too dark (?), and should be cut, and lightened. The original source is the Daily Star. That publication is a low-tiered tabloid, right? One where we probably shouldn’t believe most of what it says. The article’s source is a “royal source” so who knows if it is right, or even real. The odd thing is it says Camilla thinks Kate should go shorter and lighter with her hair. The shorter bit I get, it’s the lighter bit that I don’t understand. How is Kate’s hair color a problem? Eh, whatever. I thought I’d mention it. I would believe that Camilla thinks Kate should trim her hair, or wear it up for royal duties (because if we’ve been harping on it for so long, you know the royals and courtiers are, too), but I don’t necessarily believe this particular article. The “go lighter” bit is throwing me off. Also, if a royal source wanted to leak this info, why go to such a low-tiered tabloid? Clearly the Express is willing to publish the story. Eh, whatever.
I want to talk about the Royal Variety Show that happened. Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attended the event, and they greeted the performers after the show. I am not going to list any of the performers aside from the one I want to discuss, if you care to read more about the show go here for the Daily Mail article. Before I get into the criticism, I want to say something nice: Camilla looked lovely. She wore a “specially-commissioned midnight blue evening gown by Vivienne Westwood.” I think she looks great, and I love her jewelry. If there is one thing I really love about Camilla… girl loves her jewelry. And I love royal jewelry, and she gives me the jewelry p0rn that I crave from any and all royal outings. So yay!
Now onto the stupidity that is Jesse J. Jesse J was one of the performers, and she met Charles and Camilla. Jesse J wore two different outfits, one to perform in and one to meet the royals in. I am going to hedge my bets before anyone can claim I’m a prude or something, I thought Jesse J’s performance outfit was pretty—the lace was pretty and well-placed, and while there was skin showing, it wasn’t in an ugly way—and it works for a stage outfit. Her meet and greet outfit, however, was awful and inappropriate, and ugly. The top showed a ton of skin, but not in a tasteful, pretty way like that stage outfit. I was thinking, and the only way I could see that top being pretty is if it were in an editorial fashion spread, and the overall look was styled better. If you look at what the other people wore to meet the royals, they were in gowns, and the children that were right next to Jesse J were in cute little dresses. They looked lovely, Jesse J did not. It was tacky and inappropriate for meeting royalty. Now, if she had not changed and this outfit was what she wore on stage, I could forgive it; but she changed outfits and deliberately chose the horrible, cut-out top. There is a time and place for showing so much skin, and meeting royalty is not it.
Charles, according to the article, kept his eyes front, bless him. What I really want to know, though, is what Camilla thought. I’d love to hear the snide comments she made about Jesse J and her horribly tacky outfit.
These are a bit late—since Prince George’s christening was on Wednesday, and the official photos were released on Thursday—but here’s the official photos of Prince George’s christening—the first actual professional photos we have of the little guy, since Michael Middleton’s awful photos don’t count. I have to say, they really photoshopped Kate to hell and back in the photos, she looks like a wax mannequin, especially in the one that is just her, William and George. My favorite photo is the one of the Queen, Charles, William and George—four generations of monarchs, well technically one monarch and three (possible) future monarchs. That type of picture has only happened one other time, in 1894 with Queen Victoria, and future kings Edward VII, George V and Edward VIII. I love this photo so much—which is why I’m actually posting it—the only way I would love it more is if the Queen had been holding George. The other photos are of the entire family—the Windsors and Middletons combined. The one of William, Kate and George, where Kate looks super waxy but the baby is happy so that makes up for it I guess. And one that is just the royals, where the Queen is looking at George. I love that the Queen is looking at him; I wish they had gotten a photo with the Queen holding George, that would have been so nice. But maybe she didn’t want to hold him, I don’t know. It would have been nice to get a photo of Charles holding George as well. Sadly that did not happen either.
Here are some links to the Cambridge’s official website with more details about the godparents and guests, the service details, the christening details, and some official photo galleries.
Here’s a close-up of George outside the Chapel Royal before the christening. You can see he has brown eyes, like Kate. I totally called that by the way, the press for some reason thought he might have blue eyes like William and Diana… ha! Like that was ever going to happen. The press wanted a beautiful blue-eyed, blonde baby (girl) who would replace Diana, but that was never going to happen… not with Kate’s brown eyes and hair. George has brown eyes, and has some brown hair growing in. Seriously, at least in his coloring, he is going to look much more Middleton than Windsor/Spencer. I like this photo, though, he looks like a grumpy old man. I love it. Oh, by the way, George was super well behaved, at least in the short videos I’ve seen. Unlike William who was fussy and crying the entire time. Well done George!
Only twenty-two (22) people attended the ceremony: the Queen and Prince Philip; Prince Charles, Camilla and Harry; Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole, and siblings, Pippa and James; Prince George’s godparents and their spouses (not all of them are married or else it would have been 23). No other royal family members (except Zara but she was a godparent), and no Cressida Bonas—even though the tabloids were claiming that she had gotten an invite; they really want to marry Harry and Cressida off, it seems. [For what it’s worth there were denials that she was even invited, before the ceremony. Of course the denials come straight from Cressida/her people… but that’s another story.] I don’t mind the smaller ceremony with no extra royals. I know that the media and other royal watchers were freaking out that Charles’ siblings were not invited, but I don’t see it as a big problem. Would you invite your parent’s siblings to your child’s christening? I wouldn’t invite my mother’s brothers to my child’s christening, not because I am on the outs with them, but because they play no real role in my child’s life. If I or my spouse had siblings, then they would be invited (as Harry, Pippa and James were), but they are the child’s aunts and uncles so it makes sense. But the child’s great-aunts and great-uncles? Nah.
George has seven godparents: Zara Tindall (nee Phillips), William’s cousin/Princess Anne’s daughter; Oliver Baker, a friend of the couple from university; Emilia Jardine-Paterson, a friend of Kate’s from Marlborough College (who was totally a friend of William first, way before Marlborough—because Kate doesn’t have any actually friends of her own); Hugh Grosvenor, the son of the Duke of Westminster; Jaime Lowther-Pinkerton, the former private secretary to the Cambridges; Julia Samuel, a close friend of Diana; William van Cutsem, a friend of William and the son of a close friend of Charles.
Let’s talk fashion: Kate wore a cream Alexander McQueen dress with ruffles. It’s not super awful, I don’t mind the color, matching is fine. I would have gone with a color though, but apparently Kate wanted to match George. I wonder if she’s going to go the matchy-matchy mother-son route from here on out, that would get awful. I’m not a big fan of ruffles though, and this dress has a crap load of them. Pippa also wore cream… eh, boring. And boxy. Goodness, Pippa, please learn to dress yourself better, or get a stylist or something. Camilla wore cream as well, and I think she looks nice. One of her better outfits, I think. She doesn’t always dress her body to make herself look good, you know, but she looks really nice here. The Queen wore a light blue and looked lovely. The Queen always looks lovely, hats off to Angela Kelly who does the Queen’s wardrobe. Carole Middleton wore a dark blue coat and what seems like a gray (?) dress underneath. I actually think she looks the best here that I’ve ever seen her, usually she looks awful, but in this outfit she looks nice. Zara wore a dark, navy blue. She’s about six months pregnant and looks really nice; some of her pregnancy outfits haven’t been that flattering so it’s nice to see Zara looking so good.