Month: November 2017

Royal engagement round-up for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

After a whirlwind romance, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made it official on Nov. 27, 2017. They are getting married. (A Royal Family 101 story with needed background information on the couple is here.) The engagement The announcement came at 10 a.m. London time from Clarence House, home of Prince Charles. Like that of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011, it was short, simple and direct: Prince Henry of Wales & Meghan Markle are engaged to be married 27th November 2017 His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to...

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Royal Family 101: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

With their engagement today, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are firmly planted at the centre of a social media vortex that shows no signs of slowing. Every tidbit of information, gossip and trivia are analyzed and mulled over for clues as to their future. The engagement announcement says they will live in Nottingham Cottage, but will they buy a weekend place? What about Meghan’s career? Ignore that many of those same tidbits are fake or misleading (According to a September US Weekly, she’s just met Queen Elizabeth II, when in fact, that tea didn’t take place until the next month. Oh...

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The $1-million love pad of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

The Toronto love pad of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry has transformed its owners into millionaires. The Suits actress rented the small, detached two-storey home while filming her hit TV series in Canada’s biggest city. Public land registry records reveal it is owned by fashion stylist Liz Cabral, 41 and her husband, Kevin O’Neill, 41, who have seen the property’s value skyrocket past $1 million (all prices in CAD$) since it became known around the world as the home of Prince Harry’s girlfriend. Meghan Markle’s base in Toronto The stylish exterior, painted a deep plum with black-framed windows, open into a...

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Designed to perfection: Christian Dior at the ROM

Christian Dior created one of the most iconic silhouettes in the world. His collection—dubbed the New Look—with those soft shoulders, nipped-in waist, long, full skirts, was so influential that he changed fashion overnight. Gone were the utilitarian, plain outfits worn out of necessity during the Second World War due to severe clothes rationing, replaced by ultra-feminine clothes. Everyone from Princess Margaret to society matrons and Hollywood actresses, including Ava Gardner and bought into the craze. For her 21st birthday photo shoot with Cecil Beaton, Princess Margaret wore a billowing white Dior ballgown that she deemed “my favourite dress of...

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The Dorset bow royal brooch

When Queen Elizabeth II appeared at the Remembrance Sunday service on Nov. 12, 2017, she wore her Dorset bow royal brooch pinned to a black coat, just like in previous years. However, this ceremony marked the first time the 91-year-old monarch didn’t lay a wreath on the Cenotaph. Instead, she watched from a balcony on Whitehall, flanked by Prince Philip and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall as Prince Charles laid a wreath on behalf of her. ROYAL BROOCH COMPOSITION A large, ornate bow composed on brilliant diamonds, set in gold and silver. According to The Queen’s Diamonds, it is “formed as...

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