The Duchess of Cambridge lent her support on August 30, 2012, to the Paralympic Games in London when she visited the Aquatics Centre on day one of the games, held held at the Olympic Park in London. Catherine, accompanied by the Duke of Cambridge, was also at the Goalball event. The couple, along with the Countess of Wessex and her daughter, Lady Louise Windsor attended the track cycling events. The Duchess of Cambridge also lent her support at the swimming events at the Aquatics Centre. Photos by PacificCoastNews.com, Getty Images and Bauer Griffin.
Monthly Archives: August 2012
Queen Elizabeth II on August 28, 2012, met with members of the International Paralympic Committee during a reception that was held at the Olympic Stadium ahead of the London Paralympic Games 2012 opening ceremony. The queen, along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Princess Royal and the Earl and Countess of Wessex also attended the 2012 London Summer Paralympic Opening Ceremony held at Olympic Stadium on August 29, 2012. Photos by Getty Images.
On August 27, 2012, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden attended the Fadi El Khoury S/S 2013 Fashion Show during the Mercedes-Benz Stockholm Fashion Week at Berns in Stockholm and on August 28, 2012 also in Stockholm, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and her husband, Prince Daniel, attended the Polar Music Prize at Konserthuset. Photos by Getty Images.
August 23, 2012 marks the 350th anniversary of the Thames river pageant when a flotilla of a thousand boats set out on the famous London river to honor Catherine of Braganza (1638-1705), the Portuguese born queen of King Charles II. Because she was a Catholic, Catherine could not be crowned queen and so the river pageant served in some ways in lieu for her crowning. The king and queen left from Hampton Court and traveled in great style on a boat decorated with cloth of gold, garlands and ostrich feathers. The diarist Samuel Pepys witnessed the event and recorded that there were “a thousand barges and boats” while the famed artist, Canaletto, immortalized the event on canvas. In June 2012, the event was recreated in honor of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.
Queen Elizabeth II’s ninety-one-year old husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, was released from the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in Aberdeen, Scotland on August 20, 2012. The duke was hospitalized for five days for a recurring bladder infection. He returned to the royal family’s Scottish estate, Balmoral, where the royal family spend their annual late summer holiday. Photos by AP.