Charles and the Queen are now effectively sharing the role of monarch
The British Royal Family don’t really ‘do’ change, so gasps of astonishment and pronounced intakes of breath today as Prince Charles accompanied his mother the Queen to the state Opening of Parliament today, the most important and symbolic constitutional event in the royal calendar.
The presence of Charles by her side – for the first time in 17 years – comes after yesterday’s revelation that she is cutting back on long-haul travel and is a clear sign that the Queen is now actively handing over many of her duties to Charles.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II delivers her speech next to Prince Charles (Toby Melville / WPA / Getty Images)
Charles and the Queen are effectively now sharing the job of monarch.
Palace announces a 'review' of the monarchs long-haul flying habits
The Queen is to cut back on engagements requiring the use of long haul flights, Buckingham Palace said today, in an unprecedented announcement which may herald a new era for the Queen of semi-retirement, with Prince Charles taking over more duties. The first concrete evidence that the Queen really is to begin easing up on her hectic schedule of engagements came today, with the announcement from Buckingham Palace that HM will not be attending her beloved Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Chogm) in Sri Lanka in November as part of a wind-down of long-haul flying.
The Queen, on one of her 400 annual engagements (Steve Parsons/WPA Pool, via Getty)
The decision is though to have been precipitated by the Queen's recent hospitilisation with symptoms of gastrointerits.
It will not have been taken lightly, but courtiers and family members who have been urging the Queen for years to take things easier will regard it as a positive step in safeguarding the 87-year old's health. The Queen has up till now consistently refused to cut back on publc appearances, telling courtiers: "I have to be seen to be believed."
Harry is coming back to America on Thursday. Here's his schedule. It does not contain a trip to Vegas.
Harry lands in America on Thursday, royal fans, and anticipation is building ahead of the trip.
The towns which Prince Harry will visit during his New Jersey tour stop next Tuesday have been announced - Mantoloking and Seaside Heights.
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Harry had apparently wanted to visit the “hardest hit town in New Jersey,” hence the Mantoloking stop. The town’s Mayor George Nebel said that the young royal and Chris Christie - who has promised to keep the rowdy royal under control - will visit about ten homes before getting in the car and heading to Seaside Heights for a press conference.
Helen Mirren has defended telling a crowd of street drummers to be quiet after the noise disrupted a performance of her new play The Audience
Dame Helen Mirren has admitted that her choice of language when confronting a crowd of street drummers who were disrupting her performance of the play The Audience was more suited to the Duke of Edinburgh than the Queen.
Facing TV cameras when arriving for work last night, Dame Helen defended her actions, saying she would do the same again' but said she was a big fan of drumming and would attend the drumming festival that was beign promoted.
She wore a handmade T-shirt showing a drum with two drumsticks, drawn in black marker pen. On the back was the message: “Yes please! Just not outside a theatre!”
Dame Helen told waiting reporters: "I was very upset, I was very cross. I had just spent 10 minutes on stage trying to allow the audience to hear what I was saying, which was sort of impossible. I was steaming."
British handbag designer says bags are getting smaller again because of Kate's love of the clutch
The Kate effect has caused a significant shrinkage in the capacity of ladies's purses, according to British bag designer Lulu Guinness.
Lulu says that as a result of Kate's penchant for being seen out and about with smaller-sized clutch bags, she herself is shrinking the size of her handbag designs to keep up with the inevitable shift in taste.
“If she’s done anything for the handbag, it’s the fact that she wears small clutch bags,” the designer tells The Daily Telegraph at the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design opening party in Soho.
“Personally, I am making my clutch bags smaller next season, so they’re more delicate and ladylike, and that’s to do with her, I think.”
Helen Mirren—in full costume as The Queen—tells group of drummers to beat it
The Audience with Dame Helen Mirren playing the Queen is the best show in London right now—but she upstaged herself on Saturday night when she stormed out of the theatre to tell a troupe of drummers noisily playing in the street outside to 'shut the f*** up".
In full costume.
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As one object of her ire, promoter Joe O’Leary, 32, who was at the drumming parade, told The Sun: “It was strange to see this little woman in tiara and pearls shouting like that. It’s not the behaviour you’d expect from the Queen.”
Boy? Girl? The Royalists sources say that even Kate doesn't know, but the speculation is continuing undiminished
When people ask Kate Middleton, “Are you having a boy or a girl?” do you think she screws up her features and replies, “I hope so,” with a sarcastic face?
Probably not, because she's far too polite, but you wouldn’t blame the girl would you?
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Then again, the British public do have a pretty good excuse for being so interested. Its not pure prurience. The sex of a first born royal baby has for many centuries been a constituional matter of pivotal importance to the future of the monarchy and the state, and although the laws of succession have now been changed, meaning that whatever the gender of the baby, it will become third in line to the throne after William, old habits die hard.
Tweets Circulate of Harry Sightings
Despite rumours that Cressida was getting cold feet due to marriage pressure, Prince Harry was spotted by members of London’s twitter army out partying last night with his new girlfriend at London club Bodo’s Schloss – a highly ironic fake ski cabin attached to the Royal Garden Hotel, on the edge of Kensington Gardens, conveniently within swerving distance of Harry’s digs at Kensington Palace. Also sourcing info is the Royalists beloved online detective HWW.
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Harry knocked back shots at the bar with other clubbers according to the social media sharers and partied the night away with his pal Tom Van Straubenzee. Attentive readers of the Royalist will recall that Van is the man to whose rescue Harry swooped when he heard him being mugged as he chatted to him on the phone. Tom, who is an investor in the club with owner Piers Adam, was with his fiancé, Missy Percy. Harry and William went to a local pub in the English countryside last weekend to celebrate their forthcoming marriage in what they told other drinkers was a stag weekend.
Bodo’s is rapidly becoming the venue of choice for the young royals. Earlier this week, 24-year-old Princess Beatrice partied at Bodo's in a tight, leather miniskirt. Beatrice completed her going-out ensemble with a cream sweater, bow belt and a plastic pink Zara clutch.
The Tower must be filling up with painters!
Why can't anyone paint the royal family just looking...nice?
The latest portrait of the Queen was unveiled at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff yesterday painted by artist Dan Llywelyn Hall.
Portrait of the Queen, titled "Icon" by artist Dan Llywelyn Hall, was unveiled at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on May 1, 2013. (Welsh Rugby Union)
Hall, at 32, is believed to be the youngest of 132 portraitists who have painted the Queen.
His dad talked to plants, but Harry is going to be playing music to them instead
The new King and Queen of Holland have been raving, and in other musical royal news it has been revealed that Prince Harry’s Sentebale garden at the Chelsea Flower Show later this month will have a soundtrack.
Jinny Blom, who is designing the garden for the prince, tells The Telegraph, “He doesn’t like to encroach too much, but he did say it was lacking music."
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It's unlikely to be Armin Van Buuren rocking the flower show, however.
Hands in the air for the new-look Dutch monarchy
I know! There is a headline the Royalist never thought he would write. But it's 100% true, as this euphoria-heavy video shows.
The new King and Queen of Holland proved their determination to preside over a younger, more dynamic monarchy by making their first public appearance as monarchs at a giant rave hosted by the much-loved king of cheesy Dutch rave music Armin Van Buuren last night.
If you look carefully, there's a brief moment where Queen Maxima starts to throw some shapes.
Only in Holland, folks.
Projection could see artist taken to tower
The stresses of parenting have clearly taken their toll on this couple, the grey hair, the lines of worry and age.
But we hope that Kate and Will age more like fine wines, and do rather better than forecast in this projection, produced by the (republican?) folks at myvouchercodes.co.uk.
Darren McGrady says working in the Palace kitchens is exactly like Downton Abbey
The Queen’s eating habits have always been a rather fascinating subject, and this morning, lovers of this particular branch of esoteric royal trivia are in for a treat with an interview in The Telegraph with former royal chef Darren McGrady, who worked for the Royal family for 15 years – for Her Majesty until 1993, and for Diana, Princess of Wales, before her death in 1997.
Darren McGrady (Aaron Lynett / Toronto Star / Getty Images)
Mr McGrady, 50, who was trained up in the royal household working as a carrot-peeler for the royal horses (I know) discloses that you “never put garlic in the Queen’s menu, for example, or strong onions or paprika, because she hates them.”
From The Telegraph:
Carole Middleton is the subject of a major profile in this month’s new edition of British society mag Tatler, who have a special royal baby edition out tomorrow.
In the piece, a parent whose child was at school with Kate and Pippa at Marlborough College, says that even then the perfect Middletons had a way of making other people feel inadequate.
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The mother told Tatler magazine: "There was always something slightly galling about having your child at school with the Middletons. Every pristine item of their clothing would have a beautifully sewn-in name tape, for instance. There were huge picnics at sports day; the smartest tennis rackets, that kind of thing. It made other families feel rather hopeless."
Updated! 75-year old Queen Beatrix abdicates in favour of her son, 46, in Amsterdam
With a tear in her eye but a brave smile on her face, the Queen of the Netherlands abdicated at 10:30am this morning in favour of her son, the new King Willem-Alexander.
Queen Beatrix, 75, winked at her son, Willem-Alexander, as the official Abdication Act was put in front of her for her last signature as monarch.
All 17 members of the House of Orange-Nassau were seated around a large table covered with a red cloth in the Moses Room of the Royal Palace in Amsterdam for this morning’s simple ceremony.
Prince Harry’s girlfriend is the opposite of Kate Middleton in every way. Tom Sykes examines the evidence: a pair of Doc Martens, some dungarees, and that infamous scrunchie.