Month: May 2017

Why Pippa Middleton’s wedding was the ultimate family affair

Pippa Middleton got the wedding she’s always dreamed of. In her family’s local church, the intimate, gorgeous 12th century St. Mark’s Church in Englefield Surrounded by family—including nephew Prince George, 3, and niece Princess Charlotte, 2, in the bridal party–and close friends Wearing a spectacular dress and tiara A rocking evening reception in a huge glass tent in the garden of her parent’s nearby home in Bucklebury With the media kept at a distance so as to not overwhelm the country setting Pippa Middleton’s rules for a successful wedding Do it your way: Pippa wanted familiarity and a wedding that...

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Why do Canadians celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday in May?

Sure, Queen Elizabeth II was born on April 21, 1926, but being a monarch, she also has an official birthday. Most people are familiar with her British one, held on a Saturday in early June when the good weather is more likely for Trooping the Colour, the huge military ceremony that marks the day. But what may don’t realize is that Canada has its own official birthday for Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada. When is Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday in Canada? On Tuesday, Feb. 5, 1957, Governor General Vincent Massey gave royal assent to the following proclamation: “Whereas Our...

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Weddings are difficult. Just ask Pippa Middleton, sister Kate and Prince Charles

Pippa Middleton is getting a crash course in why planning a wedding is often fraught with unexpected dangers. There are the guest lists—whether to invite Prince Harry’s girlfriend, Meghan Markle, who will likely steal the bride’s thunder–as well as the usual issues of seating plans at the reception, the DJ’s music list and oh yeah, the dress. Pippa received an added complication courtesy the Church of England, which issued a new directive from its General Synod Legal Advisory Commission entitled, “Celebrity Marriages in Anglican Cathedrals and Churches.” Its stilted prose packs a punch: The Church of England kiboshed her...

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Kate’s excellent adventures, royal travel edition

When Kate Middleton wed Prince William in 2011, she signed up for a life of travel. No more 10-day package tours of Europe or two-day jaunts to Venice or Spain’s beaches. This is royal travel. “We don’t come here for our health,” snapped Prince Philip to a Canadian official on a tour in 1976. “We can think of other ways of enjoying ourselves.” It’s work, with the media and public recording every wave, smile and even the number of teddy bears proffered by children. On May 11, Kate Middleton, now HRH the Duchess of Cambridge, flies to Luxembourg for a whirlwind one-day trip...

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Prince Philip retires this autumn. At age 96.

When Prince Philip married then Princess Elizabeth in 1947, he knew it was a job for life. Literally. He took to it with gusto. He created the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, a program of voluntary self- development activities for young people that is now a huge global affair. He helped found the World Wildlife Fund, a leading conservation and wilderness protection agency. His written exchange about evolution, fundamentalism and morality with Michael Mann, then dean of Windsor Castle were published as A Windsor Correspondence, one of 14 books he authored.  Prince Philip’s heavy workload And through it all, he...

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