Archive April 2011
Today, 29 April 2011, was the day that royalty fans around the world had been waiting for for years: the day Prince William of Wales married long-term girlfriend Catherine (Kate) Middleton. Along with millions of viewers and thousands of fans in the streets of London, the Royal Universe team followed the royal wedding of the century.
In anticipation of the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton on Friday, many royal jewel enthusiasts are eager to see which tiara she will be wearing when she says “I will”, and the discussion has centered on various tiaras, from the Spencer family tiara to various tiaras not seen in decades, to flowers in place of a tiara. This blog looks at the jewels worn by previous British brides.
Diamonds are as royal a stone as one can get. They grace all forms of jewelry and are emblematic of royalty. Diamonds capture and reflect light with astonishing beauty, riveting the eye. They are the hardest substance found in nature and are considered symbols of strength. What more appropriate stone for the monarchies could there be? It would be impossible to effectively discuss each and every diamond owned by the royal houses because the collections of each house are, quite simply put, impressive. In the interest of simplicity, this month’s birthstone will discuss some of the “diamond only” pieces worn by the British royals that are particular favorites of mine.
Today is Queen Elizabeth II’s 85th birthday. She was born on 21 April 1926, the first child of the Duke of York, second son of George V, and his wife, the former Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. She wasn’t expected to become Queen; the Duke had an elder brother, the Prince of Wales, whose future children would precede her in the succession, as would any younger brothers of her own.
The times are changing, and – taking in account the age of many of the monarchs worldwide – it is safe to assume that the coming years, we will see at least a few changes in the succession lines. Time to take a closer look at all those heirs, how they have prepared for their duties and how they are perceived among the public. This final blog in the series looks at Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, the only current female heir apparent in the world.