Prince Philip Steps Down from Public Life

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The Duke of Edinburgh will wrap up his official engagements this year. At the age of 96 – as of July 10th – it makes sense for him to step back. The fact that the Cambridges are moving back to London to reside in Kensington Palace is, in retrospect, a big indicator that they were needed to increase their duties.

Despite William’s remarks last year, the Duke of Edinburgh does indeed have to take it easy.

“As that time comes I’ll be the first person to put my hand up and take [royal duties] on.

“But like I said, my grandfather is so active as well and he’s unwilling to slow down.”

It truly is the end of an era. I wish Philip continued good health and happiness!

Updates and Bookmarks: A Day in the Life of The Blog

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Hi everyone! As you can see, the Royal Rep has undergone many visual changes. I love refreshing the design once in a while, and this time was no exception. Now that my degree is nearly complete, I will be blogging much more frequently and wanted a better layout in which to do it.

That said, a lot of links and posts may be out of whack, so as I update, I will make sure everyone knows. That way, if you had a bookmark that no longer works, I can help you find it. Streamlining the blog interface and making things as effective as possible are time-consuming and complicated, so please bear with me. I am a one-woman show (though I have learned to juggle a lot as a mother)!

– Mandy

Prince Harry and the Cambridges Promoting Mental Health

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I’m so pleased to see that Prince Harry and the Cambridges have been busy promoting mental health awareness. The trio teamed up for their Heads Together patronage to help bring mental health into the spotlight recently.

Both princes are speaking openly about the topic. The Duke and Prince Harry are going out and talking to people to lift the stigma around mental illness and emotional difficulties. They are reaching out as two sons who lost a mother, a poignant mission in the 20th anniversary year of the accident which claimed the life of Diana, Princess of Wales.

William was 15 and Harry 12 when their mother died in a car crash in Paris. As they remember her this year, both princes are also publicly discussing their feelings about that time and what they experienced.

Harry got the reputation for being a party boy and was publicly chastised in the media for questionable behavior. In a recent interview with Bryony Gordon for the Telegraph, the prince said this gregarious outside was shielding a shattered inside. Harry talked about burying his emotions after Diana died, but acknowledged it was not healthy.

He finally realized that he needed to do something for himself when his anxiety during engagements became unbearable. He was also feeling angry, aggressive, and “on the verge of punching someone”. It was several years after Diana had died, but it was still eating away at him. Harry knew that keeping things bottled up much longer would only hurt him.

“A conversation has to happen,” he told Gordon during the interview. “Everybody struggles. We aren’t robots.”

“You never get over it,” William says. “It’s such an unbelievably big moment in your life that it never leaves you, you just learn to deal with it.”

No matter what kind of loss you have experienced or what kind of trials you are facing, remember all of your options. You are never alone! Talk to God. Talk to a friend, a loved one, or just call a help line. It will give you the strength you need to get over those hurdles. There is light at the end of the tunnel, and a new day on the other side.

Royal April! What’s on in April 2017

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April is a very royal month. Lots of events and birthdays, including mine! What happened in royal history on my birthday? Let’s take a look:

April 28th 

Wedding of Tsar Alexander II of Russia and Marie of Hesse and by Rhine

Prince Harald of Denmark, third son of King Frederick VIII of Denmark, married Princess Helena of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg

King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand marries Mon Rajawongse Sirikit.

Birth of Lady Helen Taylor (daughter of the Duke of Kent)

Oh, and it’s also National Blueberry Pie day that day. Yum!

The rest of April is also very royal. My fellow April babies are:

April 15
Philippe, King of the Belgians

April 16th
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg

April 21
Your fave and mine, Elizabeth II

April 27
King  Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands

April 29
Infanta Sofía of Spain

April 30
Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden
The late Princess Juliana (formerly Queen Juliana) of the Netherlands

April 29th is, famously, the wedding anniversary of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge! Isn’t April a great month? Not only is it spring, but it’s full of lovely events and royal history. Oh, and cake. You can’t beat it!

Queen Elizabeth II celebrates another mileSTONE, and it’s sapphire

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of ...

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Coronation portrait, June 1953, London, England. Credit: Library and Archives Canada/K-0000047 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Queen Elizabeth II celebrates another milestone on February 6th, and it’s sapphire! She is setting a new record as the first British sovereign to celebrate the 65th anniversary of their accession. This is called the Sapphire Jubilee.

Away in Africa on a tour, Princess Elizabeth rushed back home to Britain upon hearing the sad news of her father’s death. King George VI had died peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of February 6, 1952. Elizabeth left as a princess; touching down at Heathrow, she disembarked as queen.

As she celebrates 65 years as queen, let’s take a look at the list of records already shattered by Elizabeth II:

On September 9, 2015, she became Britain’s longest-reigning monarch after surpassing the reign of her great-great grandmother, Queen Victoria.

Elizabeth has lived longer than any other British monarch.

Elizabeth was the second-oldest monarch in the world, behind Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej. He died in October 2016 after a reign of 70 years. The queen is now the holder of the title of longest-living monarch in the world.

This year, Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh will celebrate 70 years of marriage, the longest British royal marriage!

The Queen has visited 116 countries in her time as monarch, more than any other British sovereign – thanks, modern aviation!


The Queen will have no trouble accessorizing on the day. She’s got a plethora of amazing sapphires to wear. One of her better known sapphire suites came from her father as a wedding gift – a necklace, pendant, and drop earrings. According to our friends at the Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor, the Queen later added a sapphire tiara and bracelet to the set.

If that isn’t enough to satiate, there’s also the Prince Albert Sapphire Brooch to add to the mix. This seems to be one of Her Majesty’s favorite brooches and she wears it frequently. It was originally a wedding gift to Queen Victoria from her “dear Albert”. It was commissioned by the Prince Consort and is surmounted by Turkish diamonds given to her in 1838 by Sultan Mahmud of Turkey.



The Queen will surely wear some small sapphire treat to honor the day. A fine hat of the deepest blue will, I’m sure, also be present for the occasion. Happy Jubilee, Your Majesty!

Celebrate the Sapphire Jubilee!



Historic Royal Palaces also has a lovely variety of items that are Jubilee-related. Check them out!

Sapphire facts:

    The sapphire is the birthstone of September babies.
    The official name of the mineral is Corundum. Rubies are also another variety of Corundum!
    During the Medieval Ages, European lapidaries came to refer to blue corundum crystal by “sapphire”, a derivative of the Latin word for blue: “sapphirus”.
    In ancient Greece and Rome, rulers believed that blue sapphires protected their owners from envy and harm.

Who is the new Earl of Snowdon? A look at David Armstrong-Jones

Who is the new Earl of Snowdon?

David Armstrong-Jones was born November 3, 1961 at Clarence House in London. He is the son of the late Princess Margaret and the late Antony “Tony” Armstrong-Jones.

Tony Armstrong-Jones was given the title Earl of Snowdon by the Queen upon his marriage to Princess Margaret. Thus, David grew up as Viscount Linley, a courtesy title as the son of the Earl of Snowdon.

While David is the son of a princess, he is not royal. He is a part of the Queen’s family but not an official member of the Royal Family. As such, David and his sister made their own way in life – Lady Sarah (b. May 1, 1964) as a painter, and David as a craftsman of luxury furniture.

Above: Princess Margaret, the Countess of Snowdon, with David and Sarah.

Influenced by the opulent settings of his mother’s royal world and the artistic world of his photographer father, David developed a lasting love and curiosity of how things are crafted.

“I was lucky enough to grow up surrounded by beautiful things,” David says. “Instead of taking these for granted, I wanted to find out more about the making process, whether a vase, a car, a sculpture or indeed a piece of furniture.”

David started lessons in the Buckingham Palace schoolroom, but as he got older, his parents recognized his skills and enrolled him in Bedales, a school renowned for its arts and design.  From there, David studied at Parnham House School for Craftsman in Wood in Dorset.

In 1985, David opened his eponymous David Linley Co Ltd., where he produced bespoke luxury furniture as well as beautifully crafted home accessories with his team. The company is housed in a tony showroom on London’s Pimlico Road.

David is also a published author, whose books “Classical Furniture” (1993) and “Extraordinary Furniture” (1996) were well-received by critics.

In 2012, David sold a large percentage of his company to yacht broker Jamie Edmiston. He retained a leadership position and continued to work as chairman of Christie’s UK. As of 2015, Christie’s announced that David was appointed the Honorable Chairman for Christie’s in Europe, the Middle East, Russia and India. He has certainly kept busy.

“I’m not royal,” David says. “My mother is, but I’m not. I’m basically a businessman. That’s all I talk about.”

According to reports in 2006, his businessman side may have been what led him into controversy. After Princess Margaret’s death in 2002, David and his sister Sarah were left to deal with inheritance tax. To offset this, David organized an auction via Christie’s to sell many of Margaret’s belongings. His father Tony was said to be unhappy about the sale, as was Sarah. It’s hardly surprising to see why: among the lots were wedding gifts given to Margaret and Tony, as well as Margaret’s famous wedding tiara (the huge and dazzling Poltimore).

“I had the sale for a very simple reason, which was an inheritance tax situation, and wanting to build for my family’s future and my children’s education – normal family requirements,” the viscount told The Sunday Telegraph in 2007.

The Queen was not convinced. She is reported to have stepped in to stipulate the conditions of the sale of certain objects. If any gifts given to Princess Margaret in her official capacity were sold, the proceeds would go to charity.

The Snowdons

In 1993, David married The Honorable Serena Stanhope. Serena was born in Co. Limerick, Ireland, to the Earl of Harrington and his first wife, Virginia Freeman-Jackson.

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Above: Serena Linley and David Linley

David and Serena have been married for twenty-three years and have two children: Charles Patrick Inigo (b. 1999) and Margarita Elizabeth Alleyne (b. 2002). Formerly known as The Honorable Margarita Armstrong-Jones, she will now be known as Lady Margarita. Charles, the Queen’s Page of Honor, assumes the mantle of Viscount Linley.

Despite taking on a new title, David Armstrong-Jones and his family live a quiet life away from the spotlight. They divide their time between their Chateau d’Autet in Provence, France and England. David says they love watching The Archers and cycling in the countryside. As always, I wish them the best in this new chapter in their lives.

From Prince to King: Charles Is Next, Despite Media Claims

From Prince to King: Charles Is Next, Despite Media Claims

English: Charles, Prince of Wales, in a meetin...

English: Charles, Prince of Wales, in a meeting with José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. Español: Carlos de Gales durante un encuentro con José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Express has kicked off the new year with an article about who will be king when the Queen dies. Nice start.

The claim is that there is a gnat’s chance in hell that Prince Charles may step aside and pass the throne to his son, Prince William. This type of headline isn’t new, and it isn’t unique to the Express, but it is yet another weaselly hint that Charles should be toppled. I’m over it.

This article says that “many have speculated” that Charles may step aside and give the throne to William. Who is this mysterious ‘many’ to whom they refer? I’ve not heard from anyone of any authority that the Prince of Wales would abdicate his role as king. More to the point, I’ve never heard Charles himself expressing a wish to step down. That’s about as likely as the Queen deciding to abdicate (ha!).  So what’s the deal?

If there is a concern about Charles being king, let’s talk about it rather than dance around in a hazy, rumor-mongering piece. The article does bring up the concern over Prince Charles’s expressed viewpoints to government ministers. Well, then? Where is a source, or actual proof of Charles’s intentions having a negative impact? Is there a real issue or is it just a popularity contest?

I’m tired of this propaganda pushing the Duke of Cambridge over the rightful heir to the throne. If we leap over people in the line of succession based only on empty values, what’s the point of monarchy? Go to Las Vegas or Hollywood and get your drama and celebrity fill. Monarchy follows the line of succession, not who gets the most votes on X Factor.

Let’s wake up and see the reality that is before us: the prince has worked his whole adult life with major success in his charitable endeavors. He isn’t doing cartwheels down the Mall, posting selfies, or stumbling awkwardly out of bars. Nor is he pretending to be something he isn’t to fill a media expectation. He is the one and only HRH The Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales and he works within that capacity. Charles makes no apologies for who he is; rather, he takes what he has and does the best work he can. I cannot see anyone better prepared to be a monarch than Charles.

Happy Anniversary!

Wedding dress of Elizabeth II

Wedding dress of Elizabeth II (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A very happy wedding anniversary to Her Majesty and to the Duke of Edinburgh.

At left, Princess Elizabeth, the future queen, donned a fringe tiara and a string of pearls to accent her beautiful gown. Designed by the princess’s favorite couturier, Sir Norman Hartnell, it was paired with her coronation dress in a special display to mark her 90th birthday this year. Her Majesty’s coronation gown was also designed by Hartnell.

Source: Telegraph

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