State Opening of Parliament 2021

The Queen, accompanied by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, presided over the Official Opening of the Session of Parliament in the Chamber of the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster in London on May 11th. This was a ‘dressed down’ version of the State Opening, devoid of pageantry and ceremony, due to the ongoing Pandemic. The last State Opening was also a ‘dressed down’ affair in 2019, coming two months after the previous State Opening. The State Opening was also the Queen’s first public Engagement since the Death of the Duke of Edinburgh last monthContinue reading

Princess Margaret’s Sapphire Earrings

Happy Birthday to Lady Sarah Chatto, who turns 57 today! The only daughter of Princess Margaret and Anthony Armstrong Jones, Lord Snowdon, she was born during the Royal Baby Boom of 1964, and is the only niece of Queen Elizabeth II. Inheriting the bulk of her mother’s jewellery collection, Lady Sarah wears quite a lot of special heirloom pieces these days, including Princess Margaret’s Sapphire Earrings!

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Anzac Day 2021

The Duke of Cambridge and the Princess Royal marked Anzac Day on April 25th, commemorating all Australians and New Zealanders killed in war and honouring returned servicemen and women. Anzac Day has been commemorated in London since the first anniversary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli in 1916, when King George V attended a service at Westminster Abbey and more than 2,000 Australian and New Zealand troops marched through the streets, becoming an important moment to recognise the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who died at Gallipoli in the First World War and during the D-Day landings during the Second World War, and to honour the sacrifices of men and women in all wars. Anzac Day is commemorated as a public holiday in both countries with memorial ceremonies held at various locations.

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