Today marks the 160th anniversary of the institution of the Royal Order of Victoria and Albert, which was founded by Queen Victoria on their 22nd Wedding Anniversary, just two months after his passing. What was originally a confirmation gift for their daughters turned into the Royal Family Order that Queen Victoria gave to relatives and courtiers for decades, and while it has not been awarded since her death, the Royal Order of Victoria and Albert continues to pop up to this day! Continue reading
Happy Birthday to Pope Francis, who turns 85 today! The head of the Catholic Church and Sovereign of the Vatican City State, the Popes have received many Royals over the decades, often awarding them with coveted Papal decorations, so to mark his birthday, we are featuring the Papal Royal Orders!
Happy Commonwealth Day! Instead of the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, due to the ongoing pandemic, the Queen was joined by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and the Countess of Wessex in ‘A Celebration for Commonwealth Day’, and to mark the day we are going to be featuring the Commonwealth Royal Orders!
Happy Birthday to Pope Francis, who turns 84 today! To mark the day, we are going to be taking an in-depth look at the Privilège du Blanc, the special Papal Privilege that allows certain Catholic Queens and Consorts to wear white in the presence of the Pope.
Happy Birthday to Her Majesty Margareta, Custodian of the Crown of Romania, who turns 70 today! The Head of the Romanian Royal Family, Her Majesty has an increasingly semi-official role in the Romanian Republic and is present at a plethora of royal events. Part of the Royal Family’s increasing role in Romania is the distribution of Orders to Romanian and Foreign Citizens for extraordinary contributions to society. To mark the birthday of their Sovereign, we are taking a look at the Romanian Royal Orders- Continue reading
Happy Birthday to Prince Hans Adam II of Liechtenstein, who turns 74 today! Unlike most other reigning and former Monarchies, the small Alpine Principality doesn’t have a large and illustrious Honours system, but to mark their Prince’s birthday, we are taking a look at Liechtenstein’s Royal Order! Continue reading