Monthly Archives: August 2012

THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE AT THE 2012 PARALYMPIC GAMES IN LONDON

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.

The Duchess of Cambridge talks to Lady Louise Windsor, who was one of Catherine’s bridesmaids

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FIFTEEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF DIANA, PRINCESS OF WALES

August 31, 2012 marks the fifteenth anniversary of the unexpected death of Diana, Princess of Wales.   The thirty-six-year old princess was in Paris at the time when the Mercedes she was riding in crashed in a car tunnel as it was being chased by the paparazzi.  Photos by Corbis.

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QUEEN ELIZABETH II AND THE 2012 LONDON PARALYMPICS

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.

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CROWN PRINCESS VICTORIA OF SWEDEN’S LATEST OFFICIAL OUTINGS

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.

Queen Silvia and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden

Queen Silvia of Sweden with her daughter, Crown Princess Victoria and son-in-law, Prince Daniel

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CROWN PRINCESS MARY OF DENMARK AT THE DANISH MUSEUM OF ART & DESIGN

On August 24, 2012 in Copenhagen, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark attended the St. Petersburg Loye Prize and Medals ceremony which was held at the Danish Museum of Art & Design.  Photos by Getty Images.

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350th ANNIVERSARY OF THE THAMES RIVER PAGEANT

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.

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THE DUKE OF EDINBRUGH IS RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL AND RETURNS TO BALMORAL

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.

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