The Queen has paid tribute to her retired husband's "unique sense of humour" in her annual Christmas message. In her pre-recorded address, filmed in the 1844 Room at Buckingham Palace, the Queen praised the Duke of Edinburgh, who retired from solo public duties back in August, for his "support and unique sense of humour". She said: "Even Prince Philip has decided it's time to slow down a little – having, as he economically put it, "done his bit". But I know his support and unique sense of humour will remain as strong as ever, as we enjoy spending time this Christmas with our family and look forward to welcoming new members into it next year." … [Read more...] about The Queen’s 2017 Christmas speech
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Willcocks is a stone's throw away from Kensington Palace and describes itself as "a traditional nursery school which strives to maintain its ethos for high standards, excellence and good manners" on its official website. The school's motto is: "To be happy: to play, to learn, to share, to care and to be ourselves." … [Read more...] about Will Prince Louis follow in Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s footsteps and start nursery in January?
Royal brides wear British designers Out of respect for the British monarchy, it is expected that any royal bride will wear a British designer on their wedding day. David and Elizabeth Emanuel designed Diana's iconic wedding dress and Sarah Burton for Justin Alexander was behind Kate Middleton's stunning lace gown. … [Read more...] about The Queen’s 9 fascinating rules for royal brides
Lady Frederick Windsor on life in lockdown... While she’s been spending as much time as she can getting involved in activities to help others, like the rest of us, Sophie is finding that lockdown is starting to drag. "Freddie and I are watching classic comedies to cheer us up. It’s Jeeves and Wooster and Father Ted this week. A very funny combination." … [Read more...] about Royal exclusive: Lady Frederick Windsor on her daughter’s acting talent, charity work and Princess Eugenie’s baby
I grew up in San Francisco, which doesn’t have a winter. Instead, the weather is mildly uncomfortable all year round, except for sunny days deposited irregularly like rat-food pellets in a science experiment. San Franciscans didn’t use seasonal metaphors when talking about mood. “I’ve been feeling low” or “I’m bummed out” were the closest approximations of what May describes as a state of ambiguous disquietude with no implied urgency and no implied ending. As far as I can tell, every elementary school in the Bay Area had a unit on the Donner Party, which is where temperate children first learned of winter’s horrors. Naturally, it was the cannibalism part that captured everyone’s interest, but you couldn’t tackle the cannibalism without understanding why the settlers were starving, and they were starving because it was December in the Sierra Nevada. Winter was an evil fairy tale about being stuck with your family under a … [Read more...] about Is It Possible to Enjoy This Winter?