King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands started their five-day State Visit to Australia on October 31st in Perth. They attended a welcome ceremony and visited the Shipwreck Galleries in Fremantle. They also met members of the Dutch community in Australia. Continue reading
Ahead of the Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels sale on 16 November 2016 in Geneva, we take a look at the jewels with Royal Provenance offered for sale. Among the 345 lots are a diamonds once owned by the Romanovs, a necklace and earrings from the Italian Princes Doria Pamphilj, pearls formerly owned by Sybil, Marchioness of Cholmondeley, and a diamond tiara. Continue reading
Queen Elisabeth II and Princess Margaret in costume, 1944
Wedding of Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium to Princess Astrid of Sweden, 1926
Today’s tiara belongs to the Kent branch of the British Royal Family. The Kent Diamond and Pearl Fringe Tiara first appeared on Katherine, Duchess of Kent in the 1970s, but is thought to have been a modified version of the crochet bandeau tiara once owned by Queen Mary. The tiara has also been worn by the Countess of St. Andrews and Lady Helen Taylor, daughter-in-law and daughter of the Duchess. Continue reading
Ahead of the Christie’s Geneva Magnificent Jewels Auction on 15 November 2016 in Switzerland, we take a look at the jewels with Royal Provenance offered for sale. Included are a suite of suite of sapphire and diamond jewelry from the collection of Empress Marie-Louise of France, an emerald cameo from the collection of Princesse Lobanoff de Rostoff & HRH Nicholas of Romania, a pearl necklace from a European Princely Family, a Fabergé box from the collection of Princess Anastasia of Greece, and a diamond bracelet formerly belonging to Countess Mona von Bismarck.
King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway held a Gala Dinner for Members of the Norwegian Parliament at the Royal Palace of Oslo on October 27th. Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, and Princess Astrid were also present. Continue reading
The Queen, joined by The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, visited Poundbury on October 27th. They unveiled a statue to open the Queen Mother Square, visited a local supermarket, and the Duchess of Cornwall Inn. The development in Poundbury is supported by the Prince of Wales’s Duchy of Cornwall. Continue reading
The Queen’s debonair cousin, Prince William of Gloucester (namesake of the Duke of Cambridge), may have tragically died in 1972, but he lives on in the memory of his family and his secret Hungarian lover, Zsuzsi Starkloff,who he met in Tokyo. The Other Prince William explores the life and love affair of this dashing prince, whose life was cut short when his plane crashed to the ground in an air race, and features an exclusive interview by Zsuzsi Starkloff about her memories of her royal lover. Upon his death, his brother, Prince Richard, became heir to the Dukedom of Gloucester.