Month: April 2017

Royal auction alert: Queen Victoria’s domino set

“Albert read to me, and we played at dominos [sic], such a good game,” wrote Queen Victoria in her diary on Dec. 18, 1842. Dominoes was a favourite game for the newly married monarch. Between her accession to the throne in 1837 and Prince Albert’s death in 1861, she recorded more than three dozen references in her journals of playing the game. Now, the extraordinarily beautiful set with which Queen Victoria played so many games of dominoes will be auctioned at Christie’s in Geneva on May 15. The set, made of solid 18-karat gold, covered by a royal blue...

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Prince Harry breaks down mental health stigmas by talking about his own struggles

Prince Harry revealed his own mental health struggles after the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997. In an extraordinarily candid interview with Bryony Gordon of the Telegraph newspaper, Prince Harry said he “shut down all his emotions” for years. In Gordon’s Mad World podcast, he said, “I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well.” Harry, who was 12 when his mother...

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Kate’s most royal fairy tale gown (to date)

Many people people would say that Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, is living a royal fairy tale. The 35-year-old is smart, beautiful and married to a prince, who will trade in his title of Prince William for King William one day. So spectators couldn’t help but think Kate was the embodiment of a true-life fairy tale princess when she gracefully walked down the grand staircase at the 17th century Hotel de Charost, the British Embassy in Paris on March 17, 2017 to meet the ambassador and his wife. Sure she was dripping in diamonds loaned by her grandmother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth...

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Prince Philip is 95. Does he work more than Kate?

Does Prince Philip still work? Royal watchers are constantly asked that question. After all, the Duke of Edinburgh has had a series of health scares in recent years and looks increasingly fragile. Oh yes, he’s also 95. Analysis of the royal family’s workload from the Court Circular shows that Prince Philip still works, a lot. To be sure, he’s not working a 60 hour week, but his schedule is still impressive. Given he’s three decades beyond the normal year of retirement and has kept up a punishing schedule since his marriage to Queen Elizabeth II seven decades ago, that’s an...

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Gold-and-diamond trellis royal brooch

The gold-and-diamond trellis royal brooch is a classic 1940s pin that Queen Elizabeth II has worn since at least 1948. Royal brooch composition The oval-shaped royal brooch is made up of a folded net of gold trellis that billows out from a cluster of five diamond lilies, each with a stem made up of invisible-set baguette-cut rubies. Creation Unknown but, based on its style, it appears to be from the late 1940s, likely after the end of the Second World War. Provenance This gets tricky. No one is exactly sure who gave the brooch or when exactly it entered Queen...

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