It has been officially announced that Princess Charlene of Monaco , the South African born wife of Prince Albert II is expecting a baby. The thirty-six year old princess and fifty-six-year old prince were married in Monaco in a lavish ceremony in July 2011. The baby, expected to be born at the end of the year, will be first in line to the Monegasque throne. The couple announced in a published communique, their “immense joy” at the news of the “happy event.” Photos by Getty Images.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were welcomed in Scotland on May 29, 2014. The couple, who hold the Scottish title, the Earl and Countess of Strathearn, traveled without their son, Prince George. The couple visited the Glenturret distillery and the Famous Grouse distillery where they partook in some whiskey tasting. They unveiled a plaque at MacRosty Park as well, cheered on by crowds. Crowds also greeted William and Catherine at the Forteviote village fete. The couple was presented with gifts for Prince George, including a mini kilt made in the pattern of the Strathearn tartan. Photos by Getty Images.
Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, hosted the first of this year’s garden parties at Buckingham Palace. The annual event is held largely in recognition of the contributions made to society by the attendees. Three garden parties are usually held each year in Buckingham Palace with about a total of 30,000 individuals invited. Photos by Bauer Griffin and Getty Images.
Queen Elizabeth II visited the Portsmouth Naval Base in Portsmouth, England on May 20, 2014 where the queen, who also holds the title of Duke of Lancaster, greeted serving military personnel on board the HMS Lancaster. The ship, which was launched by the queen in 1990, returned from several months’ deployment in the Caribbean and North Atlantic. The queen spent some time talking to sailors and their families who had gathered at a marquee to greet her. Photos by Getty Images.
One of the favorite events which Queen Elizabeth II likes to attend is the Royal Windsor Horse Show. The annual show saw her and Prince Philip watching various events. It’s also an opportunity for the public to catch a rare glimpse of the queen in casual dress. The prince, a keen carriage driver, went driving around the grounds of Home Park in Windsor and also presented prizes for the carriage driving for the disabled. Photos by Getty Images.
Prince Harry honored the military dead during a visit to Monte Cassino in Italy on May 18, 2014. The prince was present to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Monte Cassino, which proved to be one of the most significant and bloodiest battles during the Italian Campaign of World War II. The battle was fought at the strategically important monastery perched above the Italian town of Cassino. Prince Harry, who serves in the Household Cavalry, met with veterans and laid a wreath in honor of the war dead. Photos by Getty Images.
Queen Elizabeth II, as Sovereign Head of the military order and the Prince of Wales, as Grand Master, attended the Order of the Bath Service at Westminster Abbey. This year the 88 year old monarch scaled back slightly on her ceremonial role, allowing her son and heir to have a more prominent role. The queen opted not to descend a steep flight of stairs while dressed in evening gown and full regalia. The Order of the Bath dates to 1725, and the ceremony, which takes place in the abbey, is infused with color, pomp, and tradition. Photos by Getty Images.