25 May 2017

Royal Ladies of May 25, 2017

HER MAJESTY ELIZABETH II THE QUEEN OF THE UNITED KINGDOM



HER MAJESTY QUEEN LETIZIA OF SPAIN


HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS EUGENIE OF YORK


HER ROYAL HIGHNESS MARIE-CHRISTINE PRINCESS MICHAEL OF KENT

24 May 2017

Royal Ladies of May 24, 2017

HER MAJESTY ELIZABETH II THE QUEEN OF THE UNITED KINGDOM



HER MAJESTY QUEEN MATHILDE OF THE BELGIANS


HER MAJESTY QUEEN MATHILDE OF THE NETHERLANDS, HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS BEATRIX, HRH PRINCESS MARGRIET



HER ROYAL HIGHNESS CAMILLA THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL


HER ROYAL HIGHNESS SOPHIE THE COUNTESS OF WESSEX


HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS EUGENIE OF YORK


HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS MARIA-OLYMPIA OF GREECE, HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS MAFALDA OF BULGARIA


MLLE JAZMIN GRIMALDI

23 May 2017

Royal Ladies of May 23, 2017

THE QUEEN'S GARDEN PARTY AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE
Her Majesty Elizabeth II The Queen of the United Kingdom, Her Royal Highness Camilla The Duchess of Cornwall, HRH Princess Eugenie of York





HER MAJESTY QUEEN LETIZIA OF SPAIN



HER MAJESTY QUEEN MAXIMA OF THE NETHERLANDS



HER MAJESTY QUEEN SILVIA OF SWEDEN



HER ROYAL HIGHNESS CLOTILDE THE PRINCESS OF VENICE


























22 May 2017

Royal Ladies of May 22, 2017

FASHION FOR RELIEF
Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan, Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York, HRH Camilla The Duchess of Castro, Sarah Duchess of York


ULTIMATE LUXURY TRAVEL AWARDS
Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York, HRH Princess Eugenie of York, Sarah Duchess of York




HER MAJESTY ELIZABETH II OF THE UNITED KINGDOM


HER MAJESTY QUEEN LETIZIA OF SPAIN, HM QUEEN EMERITA SOFIA OF SPAIN


HER MAJESTY QUEEN SILVIA OF SWEDEN



HER IMPERIAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS KIKO OF AKISHINO, HIH PRINCESS MAKO OF AKISHINO


HER ROYAL HIGHNESS CAMILLA THE DUCHESS OF CASTRO



HER ROYAL HIGHNESS CATHERINE THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE


HER ROYAL HIGHNESS INFANTA ELENA THE DUCHESS OF LUGO, HER EXCELLENCY DONA VICTORIA FEDERICA MARICHALAR Y BORBON


MLLE CHARLOTTE CASIRAGHI


Previously at the Palace: One Year, Three Queens

In this series, we capture the biographical and major news posts from this date in previous years so that you can "catch up" on your favorites or reflect on some topics you might have missed. One paragraph is included here; click the title to see the full post.

Catherine of Aragon
2011: We Three Queens
"On New Year’s Day 1536, Henry VIII must have counted himself the most fortunate prince in Christendom, for all of his problems were about to be resolved. His troublesome first wife was on her deathbed. His second wife was pregnant with his heir. And, he was making great progress with his latest love affair. After so many years of heartache and trials, for a moment at least, it was good to be king." Read More

21 May 2017

Royal Ladies of May 21, 2017


HER MAJESTY QUEEN MATHILDE OF THE BELGIANS



HER ROYAL HIGHNESS CLOTILDE THE PRINCESS OF VENICE


MLLE CHARLOTTE CASIRAGHI

Previously at the Palace: Titles of Royal Wives

In this series, we capture the biographical and major news posts from this date in previous years so that you can "catch up" on your favorites or reflect on some topics you might have missed. One paragraph is included here; click the title to see the full post.

Diana Princess of Wales
by Georges Biard via Wikimedia Commons
2010: The Royal Mrs.
"For royal women, they take the female version [of her husband's title] instead of "Mrs." with their husband's first name and title, which is why the statuesque Baroness Marie Christine von Reibnitz is called "Princess Michael." The only exception is if a royal bride outranks her husband. In that case, she may use her husband's name and title, but only after her own: HRH The Princess Royal, Mrs. Timothy Laurence and HRH Princess Alexandra, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy. Currently, there are six women with the British royal equivalent of “Mrs.” They are titled "Princess" and "Duchess" but only in association with their husband's name, with the exception of one [The Queen], who has always outranked her husband." Read More


2010: Princess Kate! The Duchess of What
"As the calendar inches closer and closer to the first week of June, that luminous date when, “experts” have predicted, Prince William and Kate Middleton will finally announce their engagement, wedding fever is likely to reach a frenzied pitch. Already newspapers, magazines and infotainment television are trying to fill their news holes with as much Kate-and-William trivia as they can dig up. For me, one of the most interesting is what Kate would be called. Technically, her late future mother-in-law never was “Princess Diana” although she was commonly referred to that way.As the wife of a prince who was not herself a princess, she always held the royal equivalent of “Mrs.” Instead of Mrs. Charles Mountbatten-Windsor, she was HRH The Princess Charles, The Princess of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duchess of Rothesay, etc., etc. After her divorce, she lost her royal status (the HRH part) and was styled plain old Diana, Princess of Wales—using of the title as a surname rather than as the title used by the wife of The Prince of Wales. Nevertheless, Princess Di she was and ever will be to the world at large." Read More

20 May 2017

Royal Ladies of May 20, 2017

WEDDING OF PIPPA MIDDLETON AND JAMES MATHEWS
Her Royal Highness Catherine The Duchess of Cambridge, HRH Princess Eugenie of York, HRH Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Lady Gabriela Windsor
(For more, see The Princess Bridesmaid)




HER MAJESTY QUEEN RANIA OF JORDAN




MLLE JAZMIN GRIMALDI






The Princess Bridesmaid

Today's wedding between Philippa "Pippa" Middleton, sister of The Duchess of Cambridge, and James Matthews is not a royal wedding, but it does have many royal guests and two little royal attendants. While Pippa's nephew Prince George took up pageboy duties in light green pants, her niece two-year-old Princess Charlotte charmed in a traditional ivory dress with dusty pink sash and a crown of flowers.



Little Charlotte of Cambridge, however, is not the first princess to take on the role of bridesmaid. Here is a look back at a few of these cuties.


Princess Charlotte of Cambridge at the wedding of her aunt Pippa Middleton, 2017


Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg at the wedding of her oldest brother Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg, 2012


Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter Lady Louise Windsor and her great-niece The Hon. (now Lady) Margarita Armstrong-Jones at the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, 2012


Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands and Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway at the wedding of their godmother Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, 2010


Her Excellency Dona Victoria Federica de Marichalar y Borbon at the wedding of her uncle Prince (now King) Felipe of Spain, 2004


Her Imperial and Royal Highness Princess Luisa Maria of Belgium and Her Serene Highness Princess Astrid of Liechtenstein at the wedding of Crown Prince (now King) Philippe of Belgium, 1999


Her Royal Highness Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark at the wedding of her sister Princess Alexia, 1999


Zara Phillips (now Tindall) at the wedding of her cousin Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones (now Chatto), 1993; at the wedding of her uncle The Duke of York, 1986; and at the wedding of her brother Peter Phillips, 2008




Princess Beatrice of York and Princess Eugenie of York at the wedding of their nanny Alison Wardley, 1993



Princess Beatrice of York at the wedding of family friend Lulu Blacker, 1991



Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones (now Chatto) at the wedding of her cousin The Prince of Wales, 1981; at the wedding of her cousin Princess Anne, 1973; and at a family wedding, 1969


Lady Diana Spencer (later Diana Princess of Wales) at the wedding of her sister Lady Jane, 1978


Princess Anne of The United Kingdom at the wedding of her cousin the Duke of Kent, 1961; at the wedding of her aunt Princess Margaret, 1960; and at the wedding of her cousin Lady Pamela Mountbatten (now Hicks), 1960


Princess Christina of The Netherlands and Princess Christina of Sweden at the wedding of Princess Beatrix (formerly Queen) of the Netherlands, 1966


Princess Christina of Sweden and Princess Benedikte of Denmark at the wedding of Princess Birgitta of Sweden, 1961


Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands and Princess Irene of the Netherlands at the wedding of family friends, 1953


Princess Margaret of The United Kingdom at the wedding of her cousin Margaret Elphinstone, 1950; with Princess Elizabeth (now Queen) of The United Kingdom, Princess Alexandra of Kent and Lady Pamela Mountbatten at the wedding of Lady Patricia (now Countess) Mountbatten, 1946; with Princess Alexandra of Kent, Lady Pamela Mountbatten and Lady Mary Cambridge at the wedding of Princess Elizabeth (now Queen), 1947; and at the wedding of Lady Egerton, 1948


More Princess Bridemaids from 90+ Years Ago

Previously at the Palace: A Title for Baby Charlotte

In this series, we capture the biographical and major news posts from this date in previous years so that you can "catch up" on your favorites or reflect on some topics you might have missed. One paragraph is included here; click the title to see the full post.

Victoria Princess Royal
By Franz Xaver Winterhalter via Wikimedia Commons
2014: A Title for Baby Charlotte
"If royal tradition continues, baby Princess Charlotte of Cambridge could eventually be given the very special title of The Princess Royal. If so, she would be only the eighth princess to bear it over the course of the last 400 years. The title can only be given to the oldest daughter of the monarch--so her father William would have to be King--and it can only be held by one person at a time, so the current Princess Royal, Charlotte's great-aunt Anne would have to be deceased. It is not an automatic title. In fact two of the princesses who were eligible to receive it did not, probably because they were already married to foreign princes at the time that they became eligible upon the accessions of their fathers."

19 May 2017

Royal Ladies of May 15-19, 2017

MAY 17TH NORWAY'S NATIONAL DAY
Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit, HRH Princess Ingrid Alexandra




DEMENTIA FORUM X, STOCKHOLM

Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden, HM Queen Emerita Sofia of Spain, Her Royal Highness Princess Sofia of Sweden




GARDEN PARTY AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE
Her Majesty Elizabeth II The Queen of the United Kingdom, Her Royal Highness Anne The Princess Royal, HRH Catherine The Duchess of Cambridge, HRH Princess Beatrice of the York, HRH Princess Eugenie of York, HRH Birgitte Duchess of Gloucester, HRH Princess Michael of Kent







CONFIRMATION OF INFANTA SOFIA OF SPAIN
Her Majesty Queen Letizia of Spain, HM Queen Emerita Sofia of Spain, Her Royal Highness Leonor The Princess of Asturias, HRH Infanta Sofia of Spain







HER MAJESTY ELIZABETH II THE QUEEN OF THE UNITED KINGDOM




HER MAJESTY QUEEN LETIZIA OF SPAIN




HER MAJESTY QUEEN MAXIMA OF THE NETHERLANDS, HER HIGHNESS SHEIKHA MOZAH BINT NASSER




HER MAJESTY QUEEN MAXIMA OF THE NETHERLANDS, HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS BEATRIX OF THE NETHERLANDS






HER ROYAL HIGHNESS CAMILLA THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL







HER ROYAL HIGHNESS HEREDITARY GRAND DUCHESS STEPHANIE OF LUXEMBOURG




HER ROYAL HIGHNESS CATHERINE THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE




HER ROYAL HIGHNESS CAMILLA THE DUCHESS OF CASTRO




HER ROYAL HIGHNESS CLOTILDE THE PRINCESS OF VENICE



HER ROYAL HIGHNESS INFANTA ELENA THE DUCHESS OF LUGO, HER EXCELLENCY DONA VICTORIA MARICHALAR Y BORBON







HER ROYAL HIGHNESS INFANTA PILAR THE DUCHESS OF BADAJOZ




HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS MARIA PIA OF BOURBON PARMA




HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS ALEXANDRA OF HANOVER




HER IMPERIAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS MAKO OF AKISHINO




HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS BEATRICE OF YORK





HER EXCELLENCY SHEIKHA AISHA AL-THANI





MLLE JAZMIN GRIMALDI







MRS ZARA PHILLIPS TINDALL