Saturday, October 13, 2018

Eugenie's official wedding photos

Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie of York and Mr Jack Brooksbank have released four official photographs from their Wedding day.

The images were taken by photographer Alex Bramall at Windsor Castle and later in the day at the private dinner at Royal Lodge. The couple are delighted to be able to share these images of their special day.


 Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank are pictured in the White Drawing Room, Windsor Castle with (left-to-right):
Back row: Mr Thomas Brooksbank; Mrs Nicola Brooksbank; Mr George Brooksbank; Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York; Sarah, Duchess of York; His Royal Highness The Duke of York
Middle row: His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge; Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge; Her Majesty The Queen; His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh; Miss Maud Windsor; Master Louis De Givenchy;
Front row: Miss Theodora Williams; Miss Mia Tindall; Miss Isla Phillips; Miss Savannah Phillips


 Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank are pictured in the White Drawing Room, Windsor Castle with (left-to-right)
Back row: His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge; Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge; Miss Theodora Williams; Miss Isla Phillips; Master Louis De Givenchy
Front row: Miss Mia Tindall; Miss Savannah Phillips; Miss Maud Windsor


 Princess Eugenie and Mr Brooksbank are pictured in the Scottish State Coach, upon its return to Windsor Castle following the Carriage Procession.
all four photos @ Alex Bramall

"Princess Eugenie and Mr Brooksbank are pictured at Royal Lodge, Windsor ahead of the private evening dinner, following their Wedding.

Princess Eugenie's evening dress was designed by Zac Posen. Mr Posen was inspired by the beauty of Windsor and the surrounding countryside. The choice of colour reflects the blush of an English rose. Mr Posen took his inspiration from the White Rose of York.

The pin-tucked plissé is cut on the bias and mixed with signature drapes. The White Rose of York is subtlety embroidered on both the shoulder and back which hold together the cape. The silk for the gown comes from Biddle Sawyer Silk.

Princess Eugenie is wearing diamond and emerald drop earrings which were a Wedding gift from the Groom.

Princess Eugenie also wore a hair slide belonging to Her Majesty The Queen. Queen Victoria’s Wheat-Ear Brooches were originally commissioned by William IV in 1830 for Queen Adelaide. They were passed down to Queen Victoria in 1837, and eventually to The Queen in 1952. Her Majesty has worn them as both hair slides and brooches."

Friday, October 12, 2018

James and Julia Ogilvy - Eugenie's wedding


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Princess Eugenie's godparents, including James Ogilvy, son of Princess Alexandra, attended her wedding.  But James was not accompanied by his wife Julia.

The couple, who divides their time between Cambridge/Nantucket in Massachusetts and Scotland, celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in July.


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In the spring of 2018,  Julia received a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School.  She is back in the Cambridge area, where, according to her daughter, Flora's Instagram account, she is "staying on to support those in need of hope in times of imaginable suffering."   Julia is "underway with 400 hours of volunteering in hospital to give emotional support to people of all ages and backgrounds at the end of their lives."

The work is "challenging and painful," said Flora, who added: "that I am very proud to be her daughter."  She added that the "empathy and compassion" that her parents have "shown across their lives is their greatest achievement."

http://royalmusingsblogspotcom.blogspot.com/2017/10/julia-ogilvy-masters-student-at-harvard.html


The marriage of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank

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 I cannot believe I got up at 4:15 this morning to watch Princess Eugenie of York marry Jack Brooksbank.   The couple was married earlier today at St. George's Chapel in the presence of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

Other members of the Royal Family who attended the wedding included  the bride's father, the Duke of York and her mother, Sarah, Duchess of York  and her sister, Princess Beatrice, the Prince of Wales,  the Earl and Countess of Wessex and Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and Viscount Severn, the Princess Royal and Tim Laurence and Peter and Autumn Phillips and Mike and Zara Tindall. the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor,  Lady Gabriella Windsor and Tom Kingston, Lady Helen and Tim Taylor, Zenouska Mowatt, James and Julia Ogilvy,  the Earl and Countess of Snowdon, with Lord Linley and Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Lady Sarah and Daniel Chatto.   The bridesmaids and pages were Prince George and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Mia Tindall,  Savannah and Isla Phillips, Maud Windsor, Theodora Williams, and Louis de Givenchy.

Three members of the Royal Family had to send their regrets.  The Duchess of Cornwall had several engagements in Crathie, Scotland, that she could not change.  Princess Alexandra recently broke her arm and is recovering from surgery.  The Duchess of Kent was also not at the wedding.

Other guests I spotted included the Duke of Westminster,  Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie Chantal of Greece with their daughter, Princess Olympia,  Prince Philippos of Greece and his girlfriend, Nina Flohr, Hereditary Prince and Princess Ernst August of Hannover, Prince and Princess Christian of Hannover, their mother, Chantal, who is divorced from their father, Prince Ernst August of Hanover, and the Hereditary Prince and Princess of Oettingen-Spielberg.

 Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice attended Christian's marriage to Alessandra de Osma earlier this year in Peru.

Lady Melissa Percy and Lord and Lady Max Percy were also on the guest list. Lady Max was born Princess Nora of Oettingen-Spielberg, a younger sister of the Hereditary Prince.


It is understood that Eugenie's godparents, including James Ogilvy, son of Princess Alexandra, were guests at the wedding.

The tiara that Eugenie wore was a real surprise.  Many expected that she would wear the York tiara that her mother had received as a wedding gift in 1986, but the Queen --granny -- loaned her the  Greville Emerald Kokoshnik, one of a number pieces of jewelry that the Hon. Mrs. Ronald Greville had left to the late Queen Mother, who, in turn, left her jewels to her daughter, Queen Elizabeth II.

From the Palace's press release:

"Princess Eugenie’s Wedding dress has been designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, who founded the British based label Peter Pilotto, in London in 2007. The brand is known for its innovative textile design, paired with a modern feminine silhouette.

Princess Eugenie met the designers when she was co-hosting an event in support of women artists. Her Royal Highness has been wearing designs by the brand for several years.

Princess Eugenie, Mr Pilotto and Mr De Vos have worked closely together on the design of the dress. The designers undertook archive research into previous dresses worn by Members of the Royal Family and identified a silhouette.

The Design

During several fittings the dress was developed layer by layer, constructing it from the corset and the complex underskirt to the fitted bodice and full pleated skirt. The dress features a neckline that folds around the shoulders to a low back that drapes into a flowing full length train. The low back feature on the dress was at the specific request of Princess Eugenie who had surgery aged 12 to correct scoliosis.

The Fabric

The fabric was designed by Mr Pilotto and Mr De Vos at their studio in East London and includes a number of symbols that are meaningful to Princess Eugenie as motifs.

The symbols are a Thistle for Scotland acknowledging the couple's fondness for Balmoral, a Shamrock for Ireland as a nod to the Bride's Ferguson family, the York Rose and ivy representing the couple's home.

Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos have reinterpreted these symbols in a garland of rope like motifs, woven into a jacquard of silk, cotton and viscose blend.

Once the artwork was completed, it was translated into a jacquard weave in the Como region of Italy. The result is a very modern looking fabric using a highly intricate weaving technique.

Jewellery

Princess Eugenie is wearing the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara, lent to her by Her Majesty The Queen. The tiara was made by Boucheron for Mrs Greville in 1919 in the fashionable ‘kokoshnik’ style popularised in the Russian Imperial Court.

The tiara is made of brilliant and rose cut diamonds pavé set in platinum, with six emeralds on either side. The tiara was bequeathed by Mrs Greville to Queen Elizabeth in 1942.

Princess Eugenie is wearing diamond and emerald drop ear-rings which are a Wedding gift from the Groom.

Wedding Shoes

The Wedding shoes are satin peep-toe heels by Charlotte Olympia.

The Bride’s Bouquet

The Wedding bouquet, created by floral designer Rob Van Helden's sister, Patrice Van Helden Oakes, consists of Lily of the Valley, Stephanotis pips, hints of baby blue thistles, white spray roses and trailing ivy.

Sprigs of myrtle from Osbourne House are also included in the bouquet. The tradition of carrying myrtle began after Queen Victoria was given a nosegay containing myrtle by Prince Albert’s grandmother during a visit to Gotha in Germany. In the same year, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert bought Osborne House as a family retreat, and a sprig from the posy was planted against the terrace walls, where it continues to thrive today.

The myrtle was first carried by Queen Victoria's eldest daughter, Princess Victoria, when she married in 1858.

Bridal Hair and Make-Up

Princess Eugenie's hair was styled by Sonny-Jo MacFarlane, Hari's, with make-up by Hannah Martin, Bobbi Brown.

Maid of Honour

Princess Beatrice is wearing an outfit by Ralph and Russo and a hat by Sarah Cant.

Bridesmaids’ Dresses and Page Boys' Uniforms

These were designed by Amaia Arrieta of Amaia Kids. The design incorporates the Mark Bradford artwork included in the Order of Service.

Bridesmaids’ Flowers

The Bridesmaids' flowers are by Rob Van Helden and reflect the design of the Bridal bouquet. The Bridesmaids each have posies of Lily of the Valley and spray roses.

Special Attendant

Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor is wearing a dress by Claudie Pierlot and hat by Emily London.

Mother of the Bride's Dress

Sarah, Duchess of York is wearing a dress designed by local Windsor company Emma Louise Design, with a vintage Manolo Blahnik bag. The bag was carried by Susan Barrantes at the Wedding of The Duke and Duchess of York in 1986."



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Thursday, October 11, 2018

The official program for Princess Eugenie's wedding


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Buckingham Palace  has released the Order of Service for HRH Princess Eugenie of York's marriage to Mr. Jack Brooksbank.


https://www.royal.uk/official-order-service-wedding-princess-eugenie-and-jack-brooksbank

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Eugenie and Jack's attendants and how to watch on TV

Earlier today, Buckingham Palace released the names of Princess Eugenie's bridal attendants and Jack's best man.

BUCKINGHAM PALACE

"THE WEDDING OF HRH PRINCESS EUGENIE OF YORK AND MR JACK BROOKSBANK - AN UPDATE

Bridal Party

Princess of Eugenie of York and Mr Jack Brooksbank have chosen the following friends and family to be in their Bridal Party for their wedding on Friday 12th October:

Best Man
Jack Brooksbank has asked his brother, Thomas Brooksbank, to be his Best Man at his wedding to Princess Eugenie.

Maid of Honour
Princess Eugenie has asked her sister, Princess Beatrice, to be her Maid of Honour.

Bridesmaids
HRH Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (aged 3)

Miss Savannah Philips (aged 7 – daughter of Mrs Autumn Phillips and Mr Peter Phillips)

Miss Isla Philips (aged 6 - daughter of Mrs Autumn Phillips and Mr Peter Phillips)

Miss Mia Tindall (aged 4 – daughter of Mrs Zara Tindall and Mr Mike Tindall)

Miss Maud Windsor (aged 5 - goddaughter of Princess Eugenie, daughter of Lady Frederick Windsor and Lord Frederick Windsor)

Miss Theodora Williams (aged 6 – daughter of Ms Ayda Field and Mr Robbie Williams)

Page Boys
HRH Prince George of Cambridge (aged 5)

Mr Louis de Givenchy (aged 6 – son of Mrs Zoe De Givenchy and Mr Olivier De Givenchy)

Special Attendants
The Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor (aged 14)

Viscount Severn (aged 10)"

Here is a listing of TV and streaming options.

UK    ITV

US  TLC.   Live on the East Coast and Central, tape delay on West Coast and Mountain time.   However, some West Coast cable companies may show the East Coast feed.

AUSTRALIA.  Channel 7.


Please check your local listings for time.  On the United States east coast, you will need to get up by at least 4:20 a.m., if you want to watch the coverage live.

The rest of the world - live streaming

https://www.royal.uk/royal-wedding-princess-eugenie-york-and-mr-jack-brooksbank-online





Monday, October 8, 2018

Silver Wedding Anniversary for Lord and Lady Snowdon

It has been 25 years since I stood in the small park across the street from St. Margaret's, Westminster, in London for the marriage of Viscount Linley to the Lady Serena Stanhope.

At the time of the wedding, Serena was styled as Honourable Serena Stanhope as her grandfather, the Earl of Harrington, was still alive.

David Linley, a talent furniture designer, is the elder child of HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (1930-2002) and The Earl of Snowdon (1930-2017).   Serena, the daughter of the then Viscount Petersham and his first wife, Virginia Freeman-Jackson.

At the time of the wedding, Serena, then 23 years old, was styled as the Hon. Serena Stanhope.  Her grandfather, the 10th Earl of Harrington, was still alive.  He died in 2009 and was succeeded by Serena's father, William, as the 11th Earl.  Although already married at the time of her grandfather's death,  Serena pre-marital courtesy title changed to that of an earl's daughter.

The bride wore the Lotus Flower tiara, loaned by Princess Margaret.

The news of their romance broke in early 1993 shortly before the couple jetted off to Monaco, where Serena's mother lived, for a sunshine-filled holiday.

The engagement was announced on May 3, 1993.

More than 650 guests were invited to the wedding, described as the "society wedding of the year.   The Queen and the Queen Mother led the list of royal guests, which included King Constantine II and Queen Anne Marie of the Hellenes,  the Princess Royal and her children, Prince Edward, the Princess of Wales, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Alexandra and her son and daughter-in-law, James and Julia Ogilvy,  Tim and Lady Helen Taylor.

Bruce Robbins, then only 28 years old, designed Serena's dress.  The outfits worn by her attendants were designed by Robinson Valentine.

The youngest page was Serena's cousin, 4-year-old Master Octavius MacEwen.  the other pages and bridesmaids were 5-year-old Cosima Vesey, daughter of Viscount de Vesey,  the groom's paternal first cousin, Lord Glamis, the son of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother's nephew, the Earl of Strathmore,  Master Hal Messel, Lord Snowdon's second cousin, Chloe Delevigne, 9, granddaughter of Princess Margaret's lady-in-waiting, Mrs. Jane Stevens and Lord Linley's 13-year-old half-sister, Lady Frances Armstrong-Jones.

The newlyweds emerged from the church and got into a 1911 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost for the drive to St. James's Palace for their reception.  The Princess of Wales did not attend the reception.

There were several notable absences including two of the groom's maternal cousins, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of York.   The Prince of Wales was in Turkey on an official trip.  His younger brother, Andrew, was on "naval duty in Gibraltar."  The Duke's estranged wife, Sarah, did not attend.

The Duke of Edinburgh was in Gladstone, New Jersey, for a carriage driving event.

This link includes photos I took of David and Serena at their wedding (no zoom lens and other photos of them from the 1990s.

http://royalmusingsblogspotcom.blogspot.com/2017/01/the-new-earl-of-snowdon.html


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Sunday, October 7, 2018

New Russian postcards

A friend brought these cards back for me from Russia.   The first six cards are from the Yusopov museum.  Prince Felix Yusopov, a member of one of Russia's wealthiest families, married Princess Irina Alexandrovna of Russia, a niece of Nicholas II.


Princess Irina Alexandrovna, fiancee of Prince Felix Yusupov, 1914

Prince Felix and Princess Irina with his parents.  His mother is holding Irina and Felix's daughter, Irina.  1916

Irina and her father Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovitch of Russia

Irina and Grand Duke Alexander in a car


the wedding of Irina and Felix, 1914

engagement of Felix and Irina

The Imperial family on board the Standard in 1907

on the Standard 1907

At Livadia: Alexis with a gift from the King of Italy,  1909
Colonel in Chief  Royal Scots Greys  Edinburgh Castle.

Mail call -- The Duke of Sussex's birthday

This arrived a few days ago -- the thank you card for the Duke of Sussex's birthday.





Saturday, October 6, 2018

More information on Eugenie's wedding

From Buckingham Palace


"An update on the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Mr Jack Brooksbank

Her Royal Highness Princess of Eugenie of York and Mr Jack Brooksbank are pleased to confirm some further details about their upcoming Wedding Day.

Wedding Service

The Archbishop of York, The Most Revd. and Rt. Hon. John Sentamu, has written a personal prayer for the Wedding Service of Princess Eugenie and Mr Brooksbank, which will be included in the Order of Service.

The Dean of Windsor, The Rt. Revd. David Conner will give the Address at their Wedding. The Dean will also officiate as the couple make their marriage vows.

James Vivian, Director of Music St George’s Chapel, has written descants for two hymns that will be sung during the Service.

Musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) will perform during the ceremony. The couple have very much enjoyed working together with the RPO’s Managing Director, James Williams, to choose the accompaniment to the Service. The Duke of York is Patron of the RPO.

James Williams said: "It has been a great pleasure to work with HRH Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank to plan the music for their special day and we wish the couple much happiness for their future together."

The internationally renowned singer-songwriter Andrea Bocelli will perform two pieces during the Service.

Military involvement

State Trumpeters from the Band of the Household Cavalry will perform a fanfare during the Service, written especially for the occasion by the Commanding Officer of the Bands of the Household Division, Lieutenant Colonel Darren Wolfendale.

Members of Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards, of which The Duke of York is Colonel, will line the West Steps of St George’s Chapel as the couple depart after the Wedding ceremony. Pipers from the 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland will perform Scottish pieces from the Garter Tower as the Bride and Groom depart in the Carriage Procession.

The Household Division's involvement in the Wedding also reflects Mr Brooksbank’s family history, as his great Grandfather, Sir Jack Coke, was an officer in the Scots Guards.

Royal Wedding Cake

Princess Eugenie of York and Mr Brooksbank have asked London based cake designer Sophie Cabot to make their wedding cake.

The red velvet and chocolate cake will be a traditional cake, with a modern feel. It will incorporate the rich colours of autumn in its design and will be covered with detailed sugar work including ivy.

Sophie Cabot started her bespoke cake design business in 2014 having grown up with a love of baking and learning her skills from her grandmother and mother.

Sophie came to the attention of the couple through her involvement with The Duke of York’s Pitch@Palace programme, where she supplied specially decorated bespoke biscuits.

The couple are delighted that Miss Cabot can be involved in the celebrations for their special day.

Originally a costume designer, Sophie’s artistic skills and flair come through in her creations, with a particular love for making sugar-flowers and using her hand-painting skills to create unique cakes.

Sophie Cabot said: “I am incredibly excited to be given this wonderful opportunity to create such a special and unique cake. It has been lovely working with Princess Eugenie and Jack and I really hope they enjoy the cake on the day.”  "

Two rather nice Noble engagements.

Earlier today, I received news of two noble engagements that were announced earlier this week.

The first engagement is between HSH The Prince of Castell-Rüdenhausen and Miss Sophia Mautner von Markhof and the second couple is HSH Prince Peter Lobkowicz and Countess Helena von  Khevenhüeller-Metsch.

Prince Otto Friedrich Carl is the 6th Prince of Castell-Rüdenhausen.  He was born at Würzburg on May 31. 1985 as the eldest of four children of the late Johann-Friedrich, 5th Prince of Castell-Rüdenhausen, and Countess Maria of Schönborn-Wiesentheid.  Otto succeeded as Prince when his father died on October 30, 2014.

Otto is head of the family businesses including the private Castell bank and forestry and land.  He is a first cousin of HRH Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia as his father and Georg Friedrich's mother, Donata, were siblings.

Sophia Maria Antonia Margaritha Mautner von Markhof is a footwear designer and is the founder of VIER, a Munich based company.  She studied in Spain, Italy, and England.  In 2015, she received a BA in Cordwainers Footwear: Product Design and Development from the London College of Fashion.  She also has a master's degree from IED Madrid, Dirección y Gestión de Producto de Moda in product management.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sophia-mautner-markhof-38ba9981/?originalSubdomain=de

Miss Mautner von Markhof  is the youngest of three children of Theodor Mautner von Markhof and Countess Maria Antonia von und zu Clam-Martinic. She was born at Frankfurt-am-Main on May 1, 1989.

Her paternal grandfather, Manfred Mautner von Markhof was a noted Austrian industrialist.  He was a U.S. prisoner of war during the Second World War.  He came to the United States in 1947 as Austria's first exchange student after the war.  He studied at Bowdoin College.    Manfred Mautner von Markhof was married to Countess Margherita Cassis-Farone, whose sister, Leontine, married Duke Albrecht of Hohenberg, the third of six sons of Maximilian, Duke of Hohenberg, the second child and eldest son of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg.

Otto and Sophia informed their families yesterday(Friday) about their engagement.

The wedding will take place in the summer of 2019.

https://www.ruedenhausen.de/aktuelles/32807.Das-Schloss-zeigt-Flagge---des-Raetsels-Loesung.html

Countess Helena Flava Lauretana is the second of four daughters of HSH Maria Johannes Franz Lazarus Maximilian Felix Hubertus, 10th Prince of Khevenhüller-Metsch, and Donna Camilla Borghese.  She was born at Rome on December 12, 1989.

HSH Prince Maria Peter Nikolaus Ferdinand MelchiorAlfons Lobkowicz was born at Munich on August 1, 1983.   He is the eldest of six children of HSH Prince Maria Erich-Georg Gabriel Rupert Balthasar Wenzel Lobkowicz and Countess Christina von Hohenthal und Bergen.

Peter Lobkowicz is the Engagement Manager for McKinsey & Company in Berlin.


(Thank you to my source.)

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Photos - the wedding of Countess Anna Theresa of Arco-Zinneberg and Colin McKenzie

Colin McKenzie is in the middle


the bride's parents and siblings.   Countess Olympia is wearing the black top hat

Count Riprand arrives with his daughter, Countess Anna Theresa






The Countess wore the Savoy-Aosta tiara, a loan from her Uncle Lorenz, Archduke of Austria and Prince of Belgium, who is also her godfather.








On September 30 Countess Anna Theresa of Arco-Zinneberg married American-born Colin McKenzie at Niederaltaich Abbey near Deggendorf.

http://royalmusingsblogspotcom.blogspot.com/2018/09/countess-anna-theresa-of-arco-zinneberg.html

All of the photos are the copyright of Ulrike Bartsch,    Thank you, Ulrike, for allowing me to post them here.

TLC gets exclusive US rights for Eugenie's wedding


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Yes, Virginia,  Princess Eugenie's wedding will be televised in the United States --- on TLC.


https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/princess-eugenie-wedding-jack-brooksbank-tlc-rights-1202968366/

TLC is taking the ITV feed, 

Pay close attention to this paragraph.

"TLC will offer a three-hour commercial-free block as a live feed starting at  4:25 a.m. ET (tape delay on the West Coast) and repeating at 7:25 a.m. ET. The ceremony will be available for authenticated on-demand viewing via the streaming platform TLC Go after the live telecast. Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, co-hosts of ITV’s “This Morning,” will anchor TLC’s coverage."


The wedding will NOT be shown live on the West Coast.  No live streaming of the wedding.
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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The Sussexes visit Sussex

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited Sussex earlier today with the first stop in Chichester.  A special thank you to one of my Twitter friends,  West Sussex-resident Jen, who uses the Twitter handle Lady Sassington,  who allowed me to use her photos.  She went to Chichester today with her husband, to await the arrival of the the Duke and Duchess, who were making their first visit to the eponymous county.  They visited Chichester, Bognor Regis and Brighton.

Jen and her husband arrived at 8:40 in the morning and positioned themselves across from Edes House, where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex got to see a rare copy of the American Declaration of Independence.   The royal couple arrived at 10:50 for a walkabout that lasted until 11:10.  The royal couple went inside Edes House for a tour, and then left 20 minutes later.

This was the first time that Jen has met a member of the British royal family.

Edes House




all four photos - @LadySassington





For more details about Jen's awesome day, check out her comments in Hello.   https://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2018100363042/meghan-markle-reaction-after-fan-praises-doria-ragland/

  So happy for her that she had a most excellent day.  She told me the weather "was cold but sunny, great for October. Only a handful when we arrived but filled up after 9  a.m.."

She presented the couple with a bouquet of flowers and a notebook, and told the Duchess that she loves Meghan's mom, Dora Ragland  ...  and who doesn't love Meghan's mom!!!  She raised a terrific and confident woman.

Jennifer is the copyright holder of the five photos posted here

What it means to be a working royal



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I recently spoke to Town & Country magazine about Princess Eugenie and working royals.   Princess Eugenie will marry Jack Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel on October 12.  ITV has announced that they will televise the wedding in the United Kingdom.  So far, no announcements about foreign networks purchasing rights to ITV's feed.

UPDATE:  PRINCESS EUGENIE'S WEDDING WILL BE ON US TELEVISION.   TLC has purchased US rights

https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/princess-eugenie-wedding-jack-brooksbank-tlc-rights-1202968366/


https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/tradition/a23548942/princess-eugenie-role-royal-family-prince-harry-working-royal/


An article I wrote several years ago

https://royalmusingsblogspotcom.blogspot.com/2016/10/what-to-do-about-york-princesses.html

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Princess Patricia to marry Manoel of Portugal

October 2, 1908


Princess Patricia of Connaught, said to be the "prettiest girl in the British Royal Family," is to marry the young King Manoel of Portugal, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The official announcement of their betrothal will be made at a dinner party later this month.

The princess, who is the youngest of three children of the Duke and Duchess of Connaught, was revealed to be studying the Roman Catholic faith, as she prepares to be be "baptized in that faith."  She will be required to renounced her "Protestant affiliations" before her marriage.

She will be the second granddaughter of Queen Victoria to change her faith for the sake of a crown.  Her first cousin, Victoria Eugenia, is the Queen of Spain, the consort of Alfonso XIII.

Manoel's mother, Queen Amalia, is said to be pleased at the news of her son's marriage.  She was "greatly disturbed" when Manoel "rebelled at the idea of a state marriage," as he wanted to marry his "sweetheart, the daughter of a  Portuguese nobleman."   The young woman was "requested" to leave Portugal, before Manoel made "the acquaintances with the charms of the beautiful Patricia."   He is now on board with the idea of a state marriage.

King Edward VII has consented to the proposed marriage.

Princess Patricia has turned several proposals, the most recent from the Count of Turin.  She has also been linked with the Marquess of Anglesey, King Alfonso XIII, before he married her first cousin,  Grand Duke Michael of Russia and Prince Friedrich Eitel of Prussia.