Month: March 2017

Why the world was so worried about the Queen’s cold

The Queen’s cold made headlines around the world over the Christmas holidays. Elizabeth II repeatedly cancelled public appearances, including two church services. That the monarch’s church-going appearances, or lack thereof, generated breaking news alerts is because of its rarity. The Queen’s work ethic and stamina are legendary. Never mind that she’s 90. It takes more than a case of the sniffles to make her cancel one event, let alone three. Suddenly, the world was worried. (My original article from Jan. 2, 2017 in Maclean’s is here.) On Dec. 9, Elizabeth II performing one of her regular duties, meeting ambassadors at Buckingham...

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Can only Queen Elizabeth II wear fluorescent green?

Queen Elizabeth II is not one to stock her wardrobe with endless variations of taupe and beige. “I must be seen to be believed,” she famously said. As the sovereign of 16 realms and the most photographed woman in the world could ever vanish into a crowd. Queen Elizabeth’s wardrobe Ever since childhood, she’s worn bright, clear colours. In 2012, U.K. Vogue created the ultimate regal fashion graphic by putting a year’s outfits into a colour spectrum. The result was a rainbow until any other. And a fascinating insight into her style, including her colour preferences (and dislike of beige). 29 percent...

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Who is Princess Patricia?

Princess Patricia of Connaught was born in Buckingham Palace on March 17, 1886. Baptized Victoria Patricia Helena Elizabeth, she was a grandchild of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert—the third child of the third son, to be precise. What makes Princess Patricia so fascinating? As a beautiful, vivacious granddaughter of Queen Victoria, Princess Patricia of Connaught grew up in palaces and castles. Princes and kings vied to marry her. The world was at her feet. Yet she witnessed some of the most tumultuous events in history. The Russian cousins she played with at Osborne were murdered by the Bolsheviks, other cousins...

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Kew Palace: Where George III went mad

Nestled in the bucolic gardens of Kew is a beautiful royal residence that was nearly destroyed by time: Kew Palace. A royal retreat from the hustle and bustle of London, it is perhaps most famous as the palace where King George III went mad. Origins of Kew Palace It was built in 1631 by a wealthy French Huguenot merchant, Samuel Fortrey on the cellars of an old lodge. Its most famous features, elaborately shaped and curved gables and ochre colour, were so distinctively Dutch in their style that it was known as the “Dutch House” in the 19th century. While...

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