Monthly Archives: June 2011

A NEW FLAG IS UNVEILED IN CANADA FOR THE VISIT OF PRINCE WILLIAM, DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE

A New Flag is Unveiled in Canada for the Visit of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

A NEW PERSONAL FLAG IS UNVEILED FOR PRINCE WILLIAM IN CANADA

Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada has unveiled a new personal flag for Prince William’s use during his nine day official tour of Canada.  The flag was flown for the first time when William and Catherine arrived in Ottawa to begin their visit to the country.  This is the first time since 1962 that Canada has created a flag for a member of the Royal Family.  The Queen, Prince William’s grandmother, as Head of State of Canada, formally approved the creation and design of the flag.

Prime Minister Harper said that: “The flag is a testament to the special bond between Canada and the Royal Family and pays tribute to our shared history, traditions and institutions.  It will be flown with great pride throughout the upcoming Royal Tour by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.”

The Personal Flag of Queen Elizabeth II in Canada

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THE DUKE & DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE IN CANADA, DAY ONE: OTTAWA

THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE IN CANADA, DAY ONE: OTTAWA

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived in Ottawa, Canada, beginning their nine-day tour of the country.  William and Catherine honored Canada’s war dead by placing a wreath at the National War Memorial.  They also greeted and shook hands with veterans and spectators who came to welcome them.

Prince William gave a speech saying, “Catherine and I are so delighted to be here in Canada. Instilled in us by our parents and grandparents, who love this country, we have been looking forward to this moment for a very long time – and before we were married, we both had a longing to come here together.”  The Duke of Cambridge gave part of his speech in French.  William, in reference to his French, added jokingly: “It will improve as we go on.”

Much attention is being focused on the Duchess of Cambridge’s numerous outfits during this tour.  In honor of Canada, Catherine wore Canadian labels on the first day.  For the trip from London, the duchess boarded her flight, dressed in a navy blazer over a dark colored dress, the blazer coming from Canadian label Smythe.  Upon her arrival in Ottawa, Catherine wore a navy lace dress designed by a Canadian, Erdem Moralioglu.  Tomorrow, the couple is scheduled to celebrate Canada Day in Ottawa.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambride Pay Their Respects at the War Memorial, Ottawa (photo: Sean Kirkpatrick/PA)

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge Lays a Wreath at the National War Memorial, Ottawa (photo: Sean Kirkpatrick/PA)

William and Catherine Wave to Crowds on Day One of Their Canadian Tour (photo: Sean Kirkpatrick/AP)

William and Catherine in Ottawa, June 30, 2011 (photo: Getty Images)

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MONACO’S PREVIOUS ROYAL WEDDINGS, Part 3: PRINCESS CAROLINE’S WEDDINGS

Prince Rainier and Princess Grace’s eldest child, Princess Caroline, has been married three times.  She married her first husband, Philippe Junot, in June 1978 in two ceremonies, one civil and the other religious in Monaco.  Caroline’s  embroidered long-sleeved wedding dress for the religious ceremony, conducted in the courtyard of the Prince’s Palace, was designed by Christian Dior.  Instead of a tiara, Caroline opted to wear flowers in her hair.  The marriage ended in divorce in 1980.  In 1992, the Catholic Church declared the marriage annulled.

On December 29, 1983, Princess Caroline married Italian industrialist Stefano Casiraghi.  For the ceremony, Caroline wore a beige silk dress and matching hair ribbon.  The marriage produced three children, Andrea (b. 1984), Charlotte (b. 1986), and Pierre (1987).  The marriage was cut tragically short when Stefano was killed in a speed boating accident in 1990.

On January 23, 1999, in Monaco, Princess Caroline married Ernst August, Prince of Hanover, a distant cousin of Queen Elizabeth II.  Their only child, Princess Alexandra of Hanover, was born in 1999.   Caroline and Ernst have reportedly separated.

Caroline of Monaco and Ernst August, Prince of Hanover, January 1999

 

 

Princess Caroline and Stefano Casiraghi Marry Civilly, 1983. Rainier, Stephanie and Albert are on the Right.

Princess Caroline Marries Stefano Casiraghi, December 29, 1983 (photo: Corbis Sygma)

Caroline of Monaco and Philippe Junot are Married Civilly, June 1978

 

Princess Caroline with Philippe Junot, June 29, 1978 (photo: Keystone/Getty Images)

Princess Caroline and Philippe Junot, with Their Attendants and Her Parents, 1978

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WILLIAM AND CATHERINE LEAVE FOR THEIR FIRST OFFICIAL OVERSEAS TOUR, DAY 1

WILLIAM AND CATHERINE, THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE, LEAVE FOR THEIR FIRST OFFICIAL OVERSEAS TOUR, DAY 1:  JUNE 20, 2011

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have begun the first leg of their first official overseas visit which will take them to Canada and the U.S.  William and Catherine left from London’s Heathrow Airport aboard an aircraft of the Royal Canadian Air Force.   The couple looked relaxed and confident as they strode to board the aircraft, William dressed in a dark blue suit and red tie, while Catherine looked impeccably groomed as usual.  This time, she matched her husband, dressing in a dark blue dress and matching blazer.  The couple’s first stop will be Ottawa, Canada’s capital.  The media attention will be intense, 1,300 journalists are accredited to cover this royal tour.

The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge Depart for Canada from Heathrow Airport (photo: PA, The Daily Mail)

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge Arrives at Heathrow, Ready to Depart for Canada (photo: PA, The Daily Mail)

 

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MONACO’S PREVIOUS ROYAL WEDDINGS, Part 2: GRACE & RAINIER, APRIL 1956, RELIGIOUS WEDDING

The day after their civil wedding, Prince Rainier III and Grace Kelly were wed religiously in Monaco’s St. Nicholas Cathedral.   The wedding day was drenched in sunshine and excited crowds lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the bride and groom.   Snapdragons, lilies, and lilacs decorated the cathedral interiors.  Microphones and cameras were trained at the couple to capture for posterity the ceremony deemed as the ‘wedding of the century.’  Grace’s bridal gown, a gift from MGM Studios, was designed by Helen Rose.  It was a fitting confection for Grace who looked demure in a gown of lace and silk.  Instead of a large bouquet, Grace opted to carry a small bouquet of lilies-of-the-valley and a small missal embroidered in white silk.  The Bishop of Monaco presided over the hour long nuptial Mass.  Afterwards, the couple made their way to the Church of St. Devote where Princess Grace deposited her bridal bouquet in honor of Monaco’s patron saint.  The couple had three children, Princess Caroline (b. 1957), Prince Albert (b. 1958) and Princess Stephanie (b. 1965).  Princess Grace died in 1982 and is buried in the same cathedral where she married Prince Rainier.

Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace of Monaco Leave St. Nicholas Cathedral After Their Wedding

Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace at Prayer, St. Nicholas Cathedral, Monaco (photo: Life)

Prince Rainier III Weds Grace Kelly, St. Nicholas Cathedral, Monaco, April 1956

Princess Bride - Grace Kelly Becomes Princess Grace of Monaco, April 1956

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MONACO’S PREVIOUS ROYAL WEDDINGS, Part I: GRACE & RAINIER, APRIL 1956, CIVIL WEDDING

PRINCE RAINIER III AND GRACE KELLY MARRY CIVILLY AT THE THRONE ROOM OF THE PRINCE’S PALACE, MONACO, APRIL 18, 1956

Though news reports have recently declared that Prince Albert of Monaco’s fiancee, Charlene Wittstock, has had second thoughts about marrying, it would appear that the wedding is still scheduled to take place.  The reports of a break-up have spurred vehement denials from the palace.  The civil wedding is to take place on July 1st and the religious one on July 2nd.   The wedding of Albert, 53 and Charlene, 33, will be the grandest nuptial in Monaco since the prince’s parents, Rainier III and the former Grace Kelly, wed in April 1956.   Here are some highlights from the civil wedding of Prince Rainier III and Grace Kelly which took place on April 18, 1956 in the Throne Room of the Prince’s Palace in Monaco.  For the occasion, Grace wore a rose beige lace suit and matching hat.

Grace and Rainier III, Married Civilly on April 18, 1956

Grace and Rainier Celebrate After Their Civil Wedding (photo: Rex Features)

The Civil Wedding Prince Rainier III of Monaco to Grace Kelly, April 18, 1956

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CAMBRIDGES AT WIMBLEDON, 2011: CATHERINE WEARS WHITE FOR THE EVENT

WIMBLEDON 2011:  THE DUKE & DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE ATTEND

Wimbledon sizzled on Monday, June 27th and not just because temperatures soared in into the 90s.  Tennis fan Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge made her first attendance as a royal at Wimbledon.  She and William, who also enjoys tennis, were cheered by 15,000 fans upon their arrival.  From the royal box, the couple watched Briton Andy Murray defeat Frenchman Richard Gasquet 7-6 (7/3) 6-3 6-2 to earn a spot in Wimbledon’s quarter finals.  Murray bowed to the couple after his victory.  “If I’d known they were coming,” Murray said, “I would have shaved . . . it was very nice to meet them.”

Catherine visited Wimbledon in 2007 and 2008.  This year as part of Wimbledon’s 125th anniversary celebrations, officials displayed a letter the duchess wrote when she was still Catherine Middleton thanking officials for their help and for finding tickets for her for Centre Court.  This year, she and William attended Wimbledon in a private capacity, with Catherine wearing a summery tiered dress in white, the dominant color donned by players.  It was clear the royal couple were enjoying their time at Wimbledon.  At one point, Catherine even managed to convince William to join in the wave  from the royal box.

Catherine Urges William to do the Wave, Wimbldeon (photo: Reuters, The Daily Mail)

William and Catherine at Wimbledon (Photo: Reuters)

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge Arrives at Wimbledon (photo: Pa, The Daily Mail)

The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge Applaud from the Royal Box (Photo: Getty Images, The Daily Mail)

Andy Murray bows to William & Catherine, Wimbledon 2011 (photo: EPA, The Daily Mail)

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