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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will tour Canada on Canada Day

posted Jun 22, 2011, 7:08 PM by Ed B   [ updated Jun 22, 2011, 7:19 PM ]

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will tour Canada from June 30 to July 8, visiting Alberta, the Northwest Territories, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, as well as the national capital region. The Royal Couple will be welcomed to Ottawa by the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada and will participate in the noon Canada Day show on Parliament Hill. Further details will be included in the final itinerary to be released closer to the actual tour. (
On July 1, 2011 newlyweds Prince William and Kate Middleton will preside over Canada Day festivities in Ottawa as part of their first foreign visit as a married couple.

Buy yourself a Royal Crown

posted May 8, 2011, 9:38 PM by Ed B   [ updated May 8, 2011, 10:08 PM ]

Новости в фотографиях за неделю

A diamond tiara topped by 11, rare, pear-shaped emeralds weighing more than 550 carats. is on sale at Sotheby’s grandest “Magnificent & Noble Jewels” auction in Geneva. The organizers of auction are hoping to fetch over $10 million for it. This tiara is over 100 years old and it used to belong to Princess Katharina Henckel von Donnersmarck. These 11 magnificent emeralds are also believed to have been in the personal collection of Empress Eugénie (the wife of Napoleon III).

There will be other Royal and Noble gems on sale May 17.

Тиара, инкрустированная 11 грушевидными изумрудами, весом более 500 карат, была изготовлена для Принцессы Катарины Хенкель фон Доннерсмарк, а теперь выставлена на аукционе Sotheby's в Лондоне. По слухам эти изумруды принадлежали самой императрице Евгении - жене императора Наполеона III.

Всего за 10 миллионов долларов вы сможете стать счастливым обладателем и императорских изумрудов и самой короны! Аукцион состоится 17 мая в Женеве.

How the Royals Got Their Name

posted May 3, 2011, 9:07 PM by Ed B   [ updated May 3, 2011, 9:33 PM ]

Ever wondered where did Royal surname "Mountbatten-Windsor" come from? Did you know that at one point British Royals had no surname?

Well, British Royal Family name has long history... Prior to 1917, members of the British Royal Family had no surname, but only the name of the house or dynasty to which they belonged. However, in 1917 King George V changed the Royal Family name from German-sounded (and German by origin) Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor and abolished all German titles held by his family. Remember, it was during First World War and in Britain there were strong anti-German feelings among British citizens.

In 1960 The Queen of England and the Duke of Edinburgh decided to have their own direct descendants be named differently, thus distinguishing them among other Royal Family members (yeah, too many Royals in the word :)

So, what they did - they included Duke's surname to create new Mountbatten-Windsor dynasty. Now, all of the Queen's direct descendents will carry this surname (unless they are His or Her Royal Highness or Prince/Princess).

Prince William and Kate to marry in Westminster Abbey

posted Nov 25, 2010, 9:15 PM by Ed B   [ updated Nov 25, 2010, 9:26 PM ]

(from LondonPass)

Prince William and his fiancée Kate Middleton have chosen historic Westminster Abbey in London for their wedding.

The abbey is deeply embedded in the history of the monarchy, with 38 kings and queens crowned there beginning with William the Conqueror in the 11th century. There are also 17 monarchs buried at the site.

Other famous names buried or commemorated in the abbey include literary legends Geoffrey Chaucer and Jane Austin as well as gravity theorist Sir Isaac Newton and the founding father of evolution theory, Charles Darwin.

The funeral of prince William's mother, princess Diana, was also held here when he and his brother were young boys.

With the royal wedding set to take place on April 29th 2011, no doubt the public will be visiting the abbey in droves.

Swedish Crown Princess' Grand Royal Wedding Ceremony

posted Jun 19, 2010, 5:41 PM by Ed B   [ updated Jun 19, 2010, 6:27 PM ]

A grand wedding ceremony of Swedish Crown Princess Victoria and Mr. Daniel Westling was held in the Cathedral in Stockholm on Saturday, June 19, 2010.
Tens of thousands cheerful citizens crowded the streets of Stockholm, Swedish Capital to mark Royal Wedding.
Royalties around the Europe attended Grand Royal Wedding. Among the other European royals were Queen Margrethe and Prince Consort Henrik of Denmark; Queen Sofia of Spain; King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway; Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Crown Princess Mette Marit of Norway, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands; Princess Martha Louise of Norway and her husband Ari Behn; Princess Laurentien and Prince Constantijn of Holland; Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, and his wife Sophie, the Countess, represented the British royal family and the dazzlingly glamourous Princess Madeleine of Sweden.

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, her new husband Prince Daniel, Queen Silvia of Sweden and King Carl Gustav  of Sweden appear on the Lejonbacken Terrace after the wedding ceremony.

Swedish Kin Carl Gustav Vasa gives thanks to Swedish citizens as Crown Princess Victoria and Mr. Daniel Westling  stand beside during their wedding celebration in Stockholm, capital of Sweden, June 19, 2010.

Crown Princes Princes of Sweden married her former personal trainer. The pair met eight years ago when Princess Victoria started her training. She is first in line to succeed her father, King Carl Gustav the IV of Sweden. After the wedding the former trainer Mr. Westling, 36, now becomes HRH Prince Daniel, Duke of Vastergotland.
Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Daniel Westling give thanks to citizens during their wedding celebration in Stockholm, capital of Sweden, June 19, 2010.

Royal band parade during the wedding celebration

Dutch royals in security scare: panic during Remembrance Day ceremony in Amsterdam

posted May 10, 2010, 10:27 PM by Main Admin   [ updated May 10, 2010, 10:38 PM by Ed B ]

Panic during Remembrance Day ceremony in Amsterdam Tuesday 04 May 2010. 

Dozens of people were injured after panic broke out during the Remembrance Day commemorations on Amsterdam's Dam square on Tuesday evening when a man began shouting during the two minutes silence. Most of the injured had either broken bones or scrapes and bruises received when parts of the crowd began moving following the shouts. At least one safety barrier fell during the crush.

Queen Beatrix was ushered away from the ceremony during the incident but returned a few minutes later after order had been restored. The ceremony was then resumed.
Before the two minutes silence, wreaths had been laid by the queen, crown prince Willem-Alexander, political leaders and Amsterdam's acting mayor Lodewijk Asscher.

Prime minister
In a speech, prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende spoke about Miep Gies, the women who helped Anne Frank hide from the Nazis during World War II and who died a few months ago. Gies did not consider herself a hero, but said her history was the 'story of ordinary people in terrible times,' he said. 'We are those ordinary people,' the prime minister said. 'We keep the memories of all Dutch victims alive.'

Queen Elizabeth II visited Llandudno in Wales.

posted May 1, 2010, 11:24 PM by Ed B   [ updated May 1, 2010, 11:27 PM ]


Королева Елизавета Вторая покидает концертный зал «Cymru Arena» в валлийском городе Лландудно. Королева и герцог Эдинбургский были с визитом в Северном Уэльсе. (Chris Jackson/WPA/Getty Images)

Llandudno is Wales's largest resort, uniquely situated between the Great and Little Ormes with two wonderful beaches, the award winning North Shore and the quiet, sand duned West Shore.

 Llandudno has kept its Victorian and Edwardian elegance and splendour, despite its modern attractions.

Knight's Tournament in Toronto.

posted May 1, 2010, 11:21 PM by Ed B   [ updated May 1, 2010, 11:23 PM ]


В Торонто прошла имитация рыцарского турнира 14-го века со всеми необходимыми атрибутами, в соответствующей обстановке. Облаченные в латы участники сражались на мечах, копьях, бердышах или кинжалах, отдавая дань старинной традиции, зародившейся в средневековье.

Knight's Tournament was held recently in Toronto. Fighters in real metal outfit

Queen hands out coins on 'Maundy Thursday'

posted Apr 1, 2010, 7:59 PM by Ed B   [ updated Apr 1, 2010, 8:01 PM ]

(AP) – March 31, 2010

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II distributed "Maundy money" to deserving subjects Thursday in a long-standing Holy Week tradition.

Accompanied by her husband Prince Philip, she handed out specially minted silver coins to recognize the work of elderly church and community volunteers at Derby Cathedral in central England.

The source of the coins, the honor of receiving them, and their silver probably make them more valuable than their face value: a few pennies.

In all, 168 people, 84 men and 84 women, were given red and white coin purses containing the coins. The number of recipients is related to the monarch's age — the queen turns 84 on April 21.

Buckingham Palace says the tradition of the monarch handing out money to subjects dates to the 13th century. "Maundy" comes from the word "mandatum," Christ's commandment to love one another.

The tradition of royalty washing the feet of the poor ended in the 17th century, but the queen has given out "Maundy money" most years of her reign.

Андрей Толстой-Милославский

posted Mar 26, 2010, 9:14 PM by Ed B   [ updated Mar 26, 2010, 9:15 PM ]

Андрей Толстой-МилославскийАНДРЕЯ ТОЛСТОГО-МИЛОСЛАВСКОГО запросто можно встретить в лондонской подземке — даром что граф. Время-то нынче другое… Будучи потомком знаменитого аристократического рода, тщеславие он считает пороком. «Важны не титулы, главное — это корни, история — в этом стержень всей жизни». Предками своими Андрей Дмитриевич гордится. И гордость эту старается передать своим детям. 

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