Monthly Archives: April 2012

THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE CELEBRATE THEIR FIRST WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

On April 29, 2012, William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, celebrated their first wedding anniversary.  The couple married in an elaborate ceremony at Westminster Cathedral, watched by billions around the world.  In the first year since joining the royal family, Catherine has been an asset to the royal family and has been gradually introduced to carrying out official duties, including solo ones.  She is also taking on the patronage of a number of charitable organizations.   The duke and duchess since their marriage have paid official visits abroad to Canada and California.  This year, with Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, the spotlight will not only be on the queen, but also on William and Catherine as they help the royal family celebrate this momentous milestone.  Photos by Getty Images.

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PRINCE GUILLAUME OF LUXEMBOURG OFFICIALLY ENGAGED TO COUNTESS STEPHANIE DE LANNOY

Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg (30), eldest son and heir of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, is officially engaged to Countess Stephanie de Lannoy (28).  The countess is the youngest of the eight children of Count Philippe de Lannoy and Alix della Faille de Leverghem, and studied at the  University of Louvain-la-Neuve and in Berlin.  The wedding is expected to take place sometime this year.  Photos by Getty Images.

Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg and his fiancee, Countess Stephanie de Lannoy with his parents, Grand Duke Jean and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa

Countess Stephanie de Lannoy, fiancee of Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg

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THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE AT THE IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were busy attending two official functions on April 26, 2012.  William and Catherine made an appearance at the Scott-Amundsen Centenary Race to the South Pole Reception at Goldsmiths’ Hall in London in support of the Royal British Legion.  The Duke of Cambridge is patron of the expedition.  Catherine wore a two piece tweed suit in dark blue by Rebecca Taylor along with an enamel poppy.  Later that day, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Imperial War Museum where the couple helped launch an appeal to raise thirty-five million pounds to transform the First World War galleries of the famed museum.   For this occasion, the duchess wore an Amanda Wakeley slim fitting dress in dark gray with three quarter length sleeves, accessorized with a gold belt and gold earrings.  Photos:  FameFlynet Pictures, Bauer Griffin and Getty Images.

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QUEEN ELIZABETH II AND THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH: A DIAMOND JUBILEE TOUR OF WALES: DAY TWO

On day two, April 27, 2012, of their Diamond Jubilee visit to Wales Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh visited Ynysowen Community Primary School in Aberfan, near Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales.  The royal coupled also viewed documents of the Gwent Archive and Ebbw Vale Works Archive Trust in  the General Offices of the former steelworks in Ebbw Vale.  Photos by Getty Images.

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QUEEN ELIZABETH II AND THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH: A DIAMOND JUBILEE TOUR OF WALES: DAY ONE

Queen Elizabeth II  arrived in Wales  with her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.  They are on a two day visit to Wales as part of the queen’s Diamond Jubilee tour of the country.  On April 26, 2012, the royal couple was at Llandaff Cathederal for a service, and visited Cyfarthfa High School and Castle.  Photos by Getty Images.

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QUEEN ELIZABETH II AND THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH IN GREENWICH TO OPEN THE RESTORED CUTTY SARK

Amidst inclement weather, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, on April 25, 2012, attended at Greenwich, the opening to the restored Cutty Sark Tea Clipper.  Since 2006, the ship had been closed to the public.  In 2007, the merchant ship suffered damage during a fire.  Now, five years later, the Cutty Sark has finally reopened after extensive renovations.   Besides visiting the Cutty Sark, Queen Elizabeth II also inspected the royal barge, ‘Gloriana,’ the first royal barge to be built in 100 years.  It will feature prominently in the Diamond Jubilee festivities in June this year.   The queen and the duke also visited the National Maritime Museum where she opened the River Pageant Exhibition.  Photos by Getty Images and Bauer Griffin.

The Queen on board 'Gloriana' the new royal barge, docked in Greenwich

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THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE ATTEND THE UK PREMIER OF ‘AFRICAN CATS’

A few days short of their first wedding anniversary, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the UK premiere of “African Cats,” a documentary of a lion cub and a cheetah, on April 25, 2012 in London to help raise funds for the animal conservation trust Tusk Trust at BFI Southbank.  The Duchess of Cambridge wore a gray dress with three-quarter length sleeves and beaded details on the sleeves and neck by Matthew Williamson.  Photos by Getty Images, FameFlynet Pictures and Bauer Griffin.

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