Monaco twins christening video

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Video courtesy Monaco Channel.

For those who weren’t able to watch the christening live, Monaco Channel has made the video from their livestream available for replay on YouTube. It is a full Catholic baptism mass, and so the service itself lasted about an hour and a half, after which Albert and Charlene walked the streets of Monaco on their way back to the Princely Palace and greeted the people of Monaco. (The twins went back to the Palace by car with their nannies.) The entire video lasts 2 hours and 42 minutes.

If you would prefer highlights, Paris Match has provided this video and the Princely Palace has posted an album of photos to their Facebook page.

Monaco twins christening livestream link

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A quick update for those interested in watching the christening of Princess Gabriella and Hereditary Prince Jacques of Monaco this weekend: Monaco Channel has posted their livestream page, which will be through YouTube. You can watch the livestream here or here. (Hat tip to Cheryl Anderson Brown on Twitter for sharing the link.)

Monaco twins christening livestream update

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Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene present their twins, Princess Gabriella and Hereditary Prince Jacques, to the people of Monaco on January 7, 2015. (Photo courtesy of the Press Office of the Prince’s Palace of Monaco)

The christening of Princess Gabriella (known formally as Her Serene Highness The Countess of Carladès) and Hereditary Prince Jacques of Monaco (known formally as His Serene Highness The Hereditary Prince of Monaco, Marquis of Baux) is scheduled for this Sunday, May 10, and it has been announced that the christening will be available to stream at Monaco Channel. (No specific streaming link has been provided as yet.) After the service, the family will return to the Princely Palace for a ceremony in which Gabriella and Jacques will be decorated with the Order of Grimaldi.

The service begins at 10:30 am Monaco Time, which converts to Sunday at 1:30 am Pacific Time/4:30 am Eastern (though I personally plan on tuning in early to make sure I don’t miss anything). You can convert to other time zones here.

Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge

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10-hour-old Princess Charlotte of Cambridge sleeps in her mother’s arms as she’s introduced to the world on May 2. (Hat tip to @BreakfastNews on Twitter.)

It was announced today that William and Kate have named their daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. (Under previous Letters Patent, she would have been known as Lady Charlotte Mountbatten-Windsor, as the style and title of Prince was only eligible for the eldest son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales, i.e., George, but Queen Elizabeth issued new Letters Patent in December 2012 that extended princely titles to all of William and Kate’s children.)

William and Kate impressively managed to honor several family members with Charlotte’s names:

  • Charlotte is a feminine form of Charles (William’s father), but it is also the middle name of Kate’s sister Pippa (and the name of Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III of Great Britain);
  • Elizabeth is Kate’s middle name, Kate’s mother Carole’s middle name, and the first name of both the Queen and her mother (Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother);
  • Diana honors William’s mother.

(And on a personal note, as I mentioned in my previous post, Charlotte is also my mother’s name, so it’s a little extra special for us.)

Long live Princess Charlotte!

 

 

It’s a girl for William and Kate!

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The easel at Buckingham Palace announcing the arrival of The Duke and Duchess's daughter. #WelcomeToTheFamily

A photo posted by The British Monarchy (@the_british_monarchy) on

Prince George has a little sister!

Saturday morning at 8:34 am (just after midnight California time), Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to a healthy baby girl, according to the royal press release, which was also posted to Twitter. This is the second child for William and Kate, the second grandchild for Prince Charles, and the fifth great-grandchild for Queen Elizabeth II (but the second royal one). The little Princess is now fourth in the line of succession, behind her grandpa Prince Charles, her dad Prince William, and her big brother Prince George.

Her names have not been announced, but we knew George’s names within a day or so. (I’m kind of hoping “Charlotte” shows up somewhere in there, as that is my mother’s name.)

In accordance with royal tradition, a formal announcement was placed on an easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace (and then a picture was taken and posted on instagram.)

Congratulations to William, Kate, and George!

Prince Carl Philip’s wedding livestream news

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It was announced today by the Swedish Royal Court that SVT will be broadcasting Prince Carl Philip’s wedding to Sofia Hellqvist.

The ceremony will begin at 4:30 PM Stockholm time – which is 7:30 AM Pacific Time/10:00 AM Eastern Time – though it’s still too early to tell when the SVT broadcast will start (probably an hour beforehand, but don’t quote me on that). You can convert to your local time zone here.

Albert and Charlene present their twins

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The Daily Mail (UK) has video of today’s presentation of Princess Gabriella and Hereditary Prince Jacques to the people of Monaco. It looks like the babies slept through the whole thing, though Jacques has his hand up in a Prince George-style wave.

Swedish Royal Family Film on SVT

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Last year, Swedish broadcaster SVT followed the Swedish Royal Family on some official engagements and interviewed them this past July at Solliden Palace for a film which aired yesterday on Swedish television. It is, of course, nearly entirely in Swedish, but there is an interview with Princess Madeleine and Chris O’Neill which is about half in English (I guess Chris hasn’t mastered Swedish yet) and full of footage of Princess Leonore. There is also an interview with Prince Carl Philip and his fiancee Sofia Hellqvist. And, as always, there is Princess Estelle being her adorable self.

It is available for worldwide viewing, but will only be available for 29 more days, so I would plan to watch it before the end of January. (For those sensitive to language, there is one English curse word at the very end of the video.)

RepliKate: Danish Floral Aigrette Tiara

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I know it’s been a while since I’ve done a RepliKate, but to be honest, Kate spends most of her time being a mother to a toddler these days, we don’t see her all that often. But even though this feature is called “RepliKate,” I’ll definitely share about other royals’ style as well, which brings us to today: a “RepliQueen.”

One of the jewels that is worn often by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark is a floral aigrette tiara that she inherited from her mother, Queen Ingrid. An aigrette is a type of brooch that can be used to embellish a hat or a turban, usually to fasten a feather. They were also used as hair accessories, back in the days when ladies would wear giant feathers in their hair. (If you’ve ever seen Princess Astrid of Norway’s Feather Aigrette – aka the “antenna tiara” – imagine it holding up a couple of feathers.)

You can check out Ella Kay’s Court Jeweler page for a history of Margrethe’s Floral Aigrette, but one of the great things about this tiara is its flexibility, an attribute that actually makes it one of my favorite tiaras.

Claire’s (an accessories store, and sort of the “little sister” to Icing, a store I’ve mentioned in past RepliKates) is selling what they call a “hair swag.” Because it’s jointed in three pieces, each with its own clip, it allows you to be flexible in how you wear it, much like Margrethe’s tiara. And even though it’s not floral like Margrethe’s, from far off it even looks like a smaller version of the Floral Aigrette. They also have a pearl hair swag, though it only has clips on the two end pieces.

I personally don’t own it yet, but I plan to keep track of it in the hopes of catching a sale.

Another Christmas video from Victoria, Daniel, and Estelle

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It’s just a Sweden sort of day here.

In addition to Princess Madeleine’s baby news, the Swedish Royal Court shared this year’s video greeting card from Haga Palace. In it, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, and almost-3-year-old Princess Estelle decorate their Christmas tree.

My favorite part is (as always) Estelle, dancing around and being a little goof by hiding under the couch cushions. It will be so much fun to watch her grow up.

You can watch the video here (or embedded above) and see more pictures of Estelle.

To all my lovely readers around the world, I wish you a very merry Christmas!

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