Monthly Archives: August 2013

THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE AT THE RING O’FIRE MARATHON AT ANGLESEY

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge lent their support to the Ring O ‘Fire Anglesey Coastal Ultra Marathon which took place at the Breakwater Country Park in Holyhead in Anglesey, Wales.  The duke officially started the race by ringing a bell.  This was the first time the duchess, who wore a light green tweed jacket, printed blouse and black fitted jeans, appeared in an official public function after leaving St. Mary’s Hospital with her newborn son, Prince George.  The duchess admitted that her baby, who was sleeping well and growing quickly, was being looked after by his maternal grandmother, Carole Middleton.  The Ring O’Fire Marathon, one of the most grueling marathons in the UK, takes place over three days total and covers some 135 miles.  Photos by Bauer Griffin and Getty Images.

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OFFICIAL PHOTOS OF PRINCE GEORGE OF CAMBRIDGE WITH HIS PARENTS

Two official photographs were released of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their baby son, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge.  The photograph was taken in the home of Catherine’s parents in Bucklebury, Berkshire, by the duchess’s father, Michael Middleton.  In one of the photographs, the family dogs, Lupo (the cocker spaniel belonging to the Cambridges) and Tilly (the retriever belonging to the Middletons) joined the family.   Handout photos/Getty Images.

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PRINCE PHILIP PRESENTS MEDALS AT THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF EDINBURGH

In his first public appearance since he was hospitalized in June, Prince Philip looked in fine form as he presented medals on August 12, 2013 at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s National Academy of Sciences and Letters.  The ninety-two year old prince told the audience that it was “a great pleasure to be back in circulation again.”  He also joked about himself when referring to the learned recipients of the medals, “I wish to God I could understand what they’d been doing!” Photos by Getty Images.

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R.I.P. PRINCE JOHAN FRISO OF THE NETHERLANDS (1968-2013)

Prince Johan Friso, brother of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, died on August 12, 2013, at the age of 44.  An official statement was issued stating that, “Prince Friso has died of complications related to the hypoxic brain injury, which he suffered as the result of his skiing accident in Lech, Austria on 17 February 2012.”  The prince had recently been moved back to the Netherlands from London.  His wife, Princess Mabel, had reportedly spent her 45th birthday by his bedside the day before he died.  Prince Friso was the second son of Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands and her husband, Prince Claus.  In April this year, Beatrix had abdicated the throne after a reign of 33 years.  In 2004 Prince Friso married Mabel Wisse Smit.  Besides his widow, Prince Friso is survived by the couple’s two daughters, Countess Luanna (8) and Countess Zaria (7).  Photos by Getty Images.

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The late Prince Friso (center) with his brothers, Prince Willem-Alexander (now King Willem-Alwxander) and Prince Constantijn (2002)

The late Prince Friso (center) with his brothers, Prince Willem-Alexander (now King Willem-Alexander) and Prince Constantijn (2002)

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Princess Mabel with her mother-in-law, Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands

Princess Mabel with her mother-in-law, Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands (2013)

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QUEEN ELIZABETH II AT BALMORAL

Queen Elizabeth II is on her summer vacation in Scotland.  On August 8, 2013, dressed in an elegant pale blue ensemble, the Queen inspected her guards at the gates of her Scottish estate, Balmoral in Aberdeenshire.   During the ceremony, the Queen was introduced to Cuarchan, the mascot of the Royal Scots Borderers B Company.  Photos by PacificCoastNews.

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