Royal News: Friday 24 October 2014







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Prince Harry of Wales


Prince Harry; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

Prince Harry of Wales was born on September 15, 1984 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, England. He is the second of the two sons of Charles, Prince of Wales and his first wife, Lady Diana Spencer. Although he is known as Prince Harry, his full name is Henry Charles Albert David. Prince Harry has one older brother, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (born 1982).


Prince Harry and his family in 1987; Photo Credit –

Prince Harry was christened by Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury, on December 21, 1984 at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. His godparents were:

  • Prince Andrew (his paternal uncle)
  • Bryan Organ (a portrait painter)
  • Gerald Ward (friend of his father)
  • Lady Vestey (the former Celia Knight, wife of the 3rd Baron Vestey, friend of his father)
  • Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones (later Lady Sarah Chatto, his father’s first cousin)
  • Mrs. William Bartholomew (the former Carolyn Pride, friend of his mother)

Prince Harry’s Christening; Photo Credit –

Like his brother, Prince Harry began his education at Mrs. Mynors’ Nursery School in the Notting Hill section of London. He then joined Prince William at Wetherby School also in the Notting Hill section of London.

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Prince Harry on his first day at Wetherby School with his brother and mother; Photo Credit –

Harry followed his brother to Ludgrove School in Wokingham, Berkshire, England and then in 1998, he joined Prince William at Eton College in Windsor, Berkshire, England. William and Harry’s attending Eton went against what had become the Windsor tradition to attend Gordonstoun School.  Their Spencer grandfather, the 8th Earl Specner and uncle, the 9th Earl Spencer, both attended Eton College. While at Eton, Harry was a House Captain of Games and played rugby, cricket and polo. Harry also received basic military training at Eton, led the Combined Cadet Force at their annual Tattoo, and received the highest rank of Cadet Officer.  Prince Harry passed two A-Level exams and was eligible for a commission in the British Army.


Prince Harry at Eton College in 2003; Photo Credit –

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Prince Harry leading the Combined Cadet Force at Eton College in 2003: Photo Credit –

After leaving Eton in 2003, Harry spent part of his gap year in Australia, on a cattle station and participating in the Young England vs Young Australia Polo Test Match. He then traveled to the African country of Lesotho to work at an AIDS orphanage.

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Prince Harry herding cattle in Australia; Photo Credit –

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Prince Harry working at an AIDS orphanage in Lesotho; Photo Credit –

In May of 2005, Harry entered Royal Military Academy Sandhurst where he was known as Officer Cadet Wales. He completed his training in April of 2006 was commissioned as a Cornet (second lieutenant) in the Blues and Royals, a regiment of the Household Cavalry in the British Army.


Queen Elizabeth II smiles at her grandson as she inspects the cadets at Harry’s graduation from Sandhurst; Photo Credit –

Harry’s current rank is Captain and like his brother William, he uses Wales as his surname with his military rank. Harry has trained to fly Apache helicopters and has served two tours of duty in Afghanistan. In 2014, Harry took up a Staff Officer role in HQ London District as SO3 (Defence Engagement). In this position, he helps to coordinate significant projects and commemorative events involving the British Army in London.


Captain Harry Wales prepares for a flight; Photo Credit –

Harry’s experience in Lesotho during his gap year caused him to form a charity, Sentebale, with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho, the brother of King Letsie of Lesotho. The goal of Sentebale is “to help vulnerable children, the forgotten victims of poverty and Lesotho’s HIV/AIDS epidemic.”

Prince Seeiso and Prince Harry join some children in a kneeling dance in Lesotho; Photo Credit –

In 2014, Prince Harry launched the Invictus Games, a Paralympic-style sporting event for injured servicemen and women. Invictus is Latin for “Unconquered, Undefeated.” The first Invictus Games were held on September 10-14, 2014 at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, England.

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Prince Harry makes a speech at the launch of the Invictus Games; Photo Credit –

In addition to Sentebale and the Invictus Games, Harry is the patron of the following organizations:

Read more about Harry’s charities here.


Prince Harry with his father, The Prince of Wales, and his brother, The Duke of Cambridge in 2014; Photo Credit –

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October 24: Today in Royal History

Jane Seyour, third wife of King Henry VIII of England, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

October 24, 996 – Death of Hugh Capet, King of France in Paris, France; buried at Saint Denis Basilica near Paris
Wikipedia: Hugh Capet

October 24, 1375 – Death of King Valdemar IV of Denmark at Gurre Castle in Zealand, Denmark; buried at Sorø Abbey in Zealand, Denmark
Wikipedia: Valdemar IV of Denmark

October 24, 1537 – Death of Jane Seymour, King Henry VIII of England’s third wife, from childbirth complications at Hampton Court Palace in Richmond, England; buried at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle
Wikipedia: Jane Seymour

October 24, 1887 – Birth of Victoria Eugénie of Battenberg, wife of King Alfonso XIII of Spain and granddaughter of Queen Victoria, at Balmoral Castle in Scotland
Full name: Victoria Eugénie Julia Ena
Known as Queen Ena of Spain, she was the daughter of Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom and Prince Henry of Battenberg. The current Spanish Royal Family are her descendants.
Wikipedia: Victoria Eugénie of Battenberg

October 24, 1947 – Birth of Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein, son of Prince Franz Josef II, brother of Prince Hans-Adam II
Full name: Nikolaus Ferdinand Maria Josef Raphael
Wikipedia: Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein

October 24, 1974 – Birth of Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster, son of Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester
Full name: Alexander Patrick Gregers Richard
Wikipedia: Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster

Wedding date set for Prince Carl Philip of Sweden

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Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Miss Sofia Hellqvist; Photo Credit –

The Swedish Royal Court has announced that Prince Carl Philip and Miss Sofia Hellqvist will marry on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at the Royal Chapel in the Royal Palace of Stockholm where Princess Madeleine’s wedding was held. Prince Carl Philip is the second of the three children of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. Sofia Hellqvist is a former model and has been in a relationship with Prince Carl Philip since 2010.

Swedish Royal Court: The wedding of Prince Carl Philip and Miss Sofia Hellqvist
Swedish Royal Court: Prince Carl Philip
Swedish Royal Court: Information about Miss Sofia Hellqvist

Prince George of Cambridge

photo: PA

photo: PA

Prince George of Cambridge

Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge is the first child of Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge and the former Catherine Middleton. He was born at 4:24pm on July 22, 2013 at the Lindo Wing, St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London. He is third in line for the British throne, behind his father and grandfather, The Prince of Wales. He is also the third great-grandchild, and first great-grandson, of Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh.

His birth was announced at 8:29pm via a press release from Clarence House. And following tradition, a formal written announcement was placed on an easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.

photo: ABC News

photo: ABC News

The following afternoon, the young Prince made his first public appearance. After visits from Mr and Mrs Middleton, and the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess emerged from the doors of the Lindo Wing with their son, to introduce him to the crowds of media and admirers who were gathered. Soon after, they drove off to their home at Kensington Palace. On July 24th, the prince’s names were announced – George Alexander Louis.

Prince George’s christening took place on October 23, 2013 in the Chapel Royal at St James’ Palace. Officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the christening was private, with just immediate family in attendance. His godparents are:

photo: Jason Bell/Camera Press

photo: Jason Bell/Camera Press

Following the christening, a reception was held at Clarence House where formal photographs were taken. This would be the first time since 1894 that four direct generations of sovereigns were photographed together.

Prince George’s first big public appearance came when he joined his parents on a trip to New Zealand and Australia in April 2014. At an event held at Government House, in Wellington NZ, the young prince and his parents enjoyed a play date with other children and their parents, hosted by the Plunket Society.

He was next seen in Australia when his parents took him to the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia. Here he met a bilby which was named after him.

Prince George celebrated his 1st birthday in July 2014. To mark the event, a series of photographs were released from Kensington Palace. They show the young prince, with his parents, visiting the ‘Sensational Butterflies’ exhibit at the Natural History Museum. In addition, the Duke and Duchess released the following statement:

“We would like to take this opportunity on George’s first birthday to thank everyone over the last year, wherever we have met them, both at home and overseas, for their warm and generous good wishes to George and our family.”

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October 23: Today in Royal History

Alexander of Battenberg, Prince of Bulgaria, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

October 23, 1157 – Death of King Sweyn III of Denmark at the Battle of Grathe Heath; buried at Viborg Cathedral in Denmark
Wikipedia: Sweyn III, King of Denmark

October 23, 1503 – Birth of Isabel of Portugal, wife of King Charles I of Spain (Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor), in Lisbon, Portugal
Wikipedia: Isabel of Portugal

October 23, 1636 – Birth of Hedwig Eleonora of Holstein-Gottorp, wife King Charles X of Sweden
Wikipedia: Hedwig Eleonora of Holstein-Gottorp

October 23, 1715 – Birth of Tsar Peter II of Russia in St. Petersburg, Russia
The grandson of Peter the Great, Peter II, died of smallpox at age 14 after a reign of nearly 3 years.
Wikipedia: Peter II of Russia

October 23, 1893 – Death of Alexander of Battenberg, Prince of Bulgaria in Graz, Austria; buried at the Battenberg Mausoleum in Sofia, Bulgaria
Wikipedia: Alexander of Battenberg

October 23, 1910 – Birth of Chulalongkorn the Great, Rama V of Siam (Thailand) at the Grand Palace, Phra Nakhon, Siam (Thailand)
Wikipedia: Chulalongkorn

October 23, 1941 – Wedding of Prince Mikasa of Japan, son of Emperor Taisho of Japan, and Yoriko Takagi
Wikipedia: Prince Mikasa
Wikipedia: Princess Mikasa

October 23, 1991 – Birth of Princess Mako of Japan, daughter of Prince Akishino of Japan, in Tokyo, Japan
Wikipedia: Princess Mako of Japan

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Royal News: Wednesday 22 October 2014










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Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge

Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge is the wife of Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, elder son of The Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer, and second in line for the British throne. She was born Catherine Elizabeth Middleton on January 9, 1982, at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, England. She is the eldest of three children of Michael Middleton and Carole Goldsmith. Her younger siblings are Philippa (“Pippa”) and James.

The Middleton family moved to Jordan from 1984-1986, where her father worked for British Airways. While living in Amman, Catherine attended an English nursery school. In 1986, the family returned to Berkshire and she was enrolled at St Andrew’s School in Pangbourne. In 1995, she entered Marlborough College, in Wiltshire, graduating in 2000.

Following a gap year during which she studied at the British Institute in Florence, volunteered in Chile with Raleigh International, and crewed on Round the World Challenge boats in the Solent, in 2001 Catherine enrolled at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. It was here that she met Prince William. First as friends, and later flat-mates, it would be a couple of years later that their relationship would become romantic.

After graduating in in 2005, Catherine worked for her family’s business – Party Pieces – and launched her own brand within the company in 2008, called First Birthdays. In addition, she worked as a part-time buyer for Jigsaw Junior, a London-based clothing company.

Following intense media scrutiny and speculation, and a brief and very public break-up, Catherine and William became engaged while on holiday in Kenya in October 2010. The engagement was formally announced on November 16, 2010, and the couple greeted the press and photographers at St James’ Palace.

On April 29, 2011, they couple married at Westminster Abbey. Her new husband having been granted peerage titles that morning by The Queen, Catherine left the Abbey as Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn and Lady Carrickfergus. You can read more about their wedding here!

Following their wedding, their primary residence was a small cottage in Anglesey, Wales, near RAF Valley where The Duke of Cambridge was stationed with the RAF Search and Rescue Force. In London, they took up residence at Nottingham Cottage, a small residence on the grounds of Kensington Palace. It was later announced that they would move to Apartment 1A in Kensington Palace, the former home of The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon. After extensive renovations, the couple moved to Apt 1A in 2014. They were also given use of Anmer Hall on The Queen’s Sandringham Estate, as their country home.

On December 3, 2012, it was announced that The Duchess of Cambridge was expecting the couple’s first child. While it was not intended to be made public for several more weeks, it became necessary when the Duchess was taken ill with hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe type of morning sickness, and was admitted to hospital. After three days she was released and continued to recover at home, and soon began making public appearances again, supporting her charities and patronages.

On July 22, 2013, the Duchess was admitted to St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London, in the early stages of labor. Later that afternoon, at 4:24pm, she gave birth to a son – Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge. The following day, the Duke and Duchess, along with their new son, greeted the crowds of admirers and media camped outside the doors of the hospital, before returning to their home at Kensington Palace.

photo: The Telegraph

photo: The Telegraph

On September 8, 2014, it was announced that the couple are expecting their second child. The Duchess is again suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, but is being treated privately at home. It was later announced that the baby is due in April 2015.

From the time of their engagement, The Duchess has been involved with numerous charities and organizations. In lieu of wedding gifts, William and Catherine established a Charitable Gift Fund which allowed people to donate to 26 different charities. This fund was maintained by the Royal Foundation, established a few years earlier by Prince William and Prince Harry. The Duchess has since become a patron of the foundation as well, and it is now named The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Through the Foundation, she supports charities and organizations which are of specific interest to her, and also serves as patron for several others:



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October 22: Today in Royal History

King João V of Portugal, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

October 22, 1071 – Birth of William IX, Duke of Aquitaine
William, the grandfather of Eleanor of Aquitaine, was one of the first European lyric poets and used vernacular language in his songs and poems.  He is considered to be the earliest troubadour whose work survived.
Wikipedia: William IX, Duke of Aquitaine

October 22, 1383 – Death of King Fernando I of Portugal in Lisbon, Portugal; buried at the Carmo Convent in Lisbon, Portugal
Wikipedia: Fernando I of Portugal

October 22, 1660 – Birth of Charles, Duke of Cambridge, son of King James II of England, at Worcester House in London, England
Charles was the eldest son of James, Duke of York (later James II) and his first wife Anne Hyde.  He died at age 6 months and was buried in Westminster Abbey.
Wikipedia: Charles Stuart, Duke of Cambridge

October 22, 1689 – Birth of King João V of Portugal at Ribeira Palace in Lisbon, Portugal
Wikipedia: João V of Portugal

October 22, 1751 – Death of William IV, Prince of Orange at Huis ten Bosch in The Hague, The Netherlands; buried at Nieuwe Kerk in Delft, The Netherlands
Wikipedia: William IV, Duke of Orange

October 22, 1759 – Birth of Louise d’Aumont Mazarin, wife of Prince Honoré IV of Monaco, in Paris, France
Wikipedia: Louise d’Aumont Mazarin

October 22, 1858 – Birth of Augusta Viktoria of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg, wife of Wilhelm II, German Emperor, in Dolzig Palace in Lubsko (Poland)
Wikipedia: Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein

October 22, 2002 – Death of Geraldine Apponyi de Nagy-Apponyi, wife of King Zog I of Albania, at Tirana, Albania; buried at Sharra Cemetery in Tirana, Albania
Wikipedia: Geraldine Apponyi de Nagy-Apponyi