Wednesday, November 30, 2022

A visit to Boston

 One of my Twitter followers, Meg Kribble shared with me her photos, taken with her phone, of the Prince and Princess of Wales today in Boston.  It was pouring rain during the ceremony.  The Prince and Princess of Wales will be in Boston until Friday.

Meg Kribble is the copyright holder of the photos

Queen Elizabeth II Christmas Ornaments

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While browsing for something else, I discovered several Queen Elizabeth II Christmas ornaments.  I bought one at Barnes & Noble.

Here is a selection of ornaments that are available through Amazon and  I have the Cody Foster ornament that I bought at Barnes & Noble. (Foster also made a younger Queen ornament, but not found it.) The Queen was staring at me as I was looking for a book.  

I have the Kurt Adler ornament on order. This ornament was released to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee.

The Adler ornament is not available on, but it is for sale through Wayfair, Walmart, eBay and many other sites.  Use Kurt Adler Queen Elizabeth ornament in a web browser search box.

These and other ornaments you may find and purchase do not need to be on a Christmas tree.  You can put the ornaments with other royal collectibles that you already have or just want to have a treasure that commemorates the late Queen.

This is the younger Queen from Cody Foster.  Not an Amazon. 

If you order any of these ornaments through the Amazon links - and continue shopping in Amazon or Every penny goes toward an Amazon gift card. Thanks!!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Prince Joachim & Princess Marie moving to the DMV?

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 Prince Joachim, the younger son of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, and his family will be moving to the Washington, D.C. area in early fall 2023.  According to the Danish newspaper, B.T, the Prince will be starting a new job in the defense industry.

The prince is currently working as a defense attaché at the Danish Embassy in Paris.   A few weeks ago, he spoke to Billed-Bladet about his job in Paris.  "It's a fantastic job, but it ends this summer, that's all."   In the interview, he also alluded to a new position n the defense industry. 

"It's not something you leave behind, it must be kept going. and the forging must be done while the iron is hot," he said.

The new job will take him to the Washington, D.C. area, perhaps Northern Virginia.  The Pentagon is located in Arlington,  just across the river from D.C.  There are also numerous defense firms in Northern Virginia.    There is also affordable housing (for Prince Joachim and his family) in Fairfax County, especially in McLean and Great Falls.  

Prince Joachim's military studies began in 2019 at  Prince Joachim at "France's highest-ranked military education at the Center des Hautes Études Militaires (CHEM) and the Institut des Hautes Études de la Défense Nationale (IHEDN) in Paris," according to B.T.   He is also a colonel in the Danish Reserves.

After a tumultuous few months, following Queen Margrethe's decision to remove the royal titles from Prince Joachim's four children,  the prince told BT that "communication with the royal family has been restored,  

"There is a lot to work on," he said.  "Communication what was missing.  Now we have met and we are on the right track."

The prince's four children, Nikolai, Felix,  Henrik, and Athena will lose their royal titles on January 1, 2023.  They will be styled as Count Nikolai, Count Felix, Count Henrik, and Countess Athena de Montpezat,  

His two elder sons are from Joachim's first marriage to Hong Kong-born Alexandra Manley.   His second wife, Marie (nee Cavallier) is French.

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 Prince Joachim and Princess Marie have lived in Paris since 2019.  Since October 2021, the princess has been the Special Culture Representative at the Danish Embassy in Paris.

In their interview with BT, the couple emphasized that they were not going to leave the Royal Family.  "We have never had any doubts about it.  I hope no one doubts that,"  Princess Marie said.

Prince Joachim acknowledged: "That's exactly what we do after all.  In each of our positions, we are representatives of Denmark and Danish interests.  And the Royal House.  And Royal House interests."

This is not a permanent move to the United States.  Prince Joachim expects to stay in the new job for a limited amount of time before taking on another position in his chosen field.

BT noted: "although France and Denmark have close cooperation, the United States is, as you know, Denmark's most important ally when it comes to defense."

It is unlikely that the prince and princess will enroll their two young children in the Fairfax County school system if they settle in Northern Virginia (even though the public school system is excellent).  The DMV has several renowned international schools, including the Rochambeau French International School and the British International School.

It is possible that the prince's new job will be in Washington. D.C. which means settling into a new home in one of the capital's finer neighborhoods, especially in northwest D.C.  

The DMV is a great area to live and work.  Excellent restaurants. theatre, museums, sports -- if Prince Joachim and his family want to take in a baseball game I know the perfect person to sit next to him.

Prince Joachim has family living in the United States.  His second cousin, Princess Madeleine of Sweden, lives in the Miami area with her husband.  Princess Martha of Norway, who is Joachim's fourth cousin, lives in southern California with her fiancé, Durek Verrett.

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Portrait of the Queen documentary in selected movie theaters on 11-30


This coming Wednesday (November), a documentary about Queen Elizabeth II will be shown in movie theatres (AMC, Regal throughout the United States.   Portrait of the Queen "offers an original portrayal of the story of The Queen from a totally new perspective: through the most intense, amazing, revealing photographic portraits of her, as shared by the extraordinary photographers who accompanied and often created the image of the British monarchy itself."

One show, one night only, November 30, 2022,of%20the%20British%20monarchy%20itself.

I have my ticket.  Do you have yours?

Friday, November 25, 2022

The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

I was in New York City last weekend to visit a friend. On Saturday, we headed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England, which runs through January 8.

I used my iPad to take photos.  I have not been able to load the photos in order from start to finish.  

Sir Thomas More
The Armada Portrait which is at Hardwick Hall

This is the final portrait in the exhibit: the Prince of Wales (Henry) son of James I

Queen Mary I

One of the first portraits - Henry VII

Edward VI
From Hardwick Hall

The Rainbow Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I (Hatfield House)

This exhibit is superb.  I spent more than an hour in the exhibit, taking my time to appreciate every portrait.

The eponymous catalog is available in a hardcover edition.


Thursday, November 24, 2022

A message from Harper and Fleur about Holiday shopping

Harper would like a few words with you

Fleur adds her first comments: Adopt, do not shop ... except when you need anything (books, pet supplies), please use Mom's Amazon links.  I have taken over Harper's cat seat by the window ... so mom says she wants to get another one. 

Dear Mommy's readers,

It is Holiday shopping time, and we know many of our mom's readers use and to purchase books and everything else under the sun .. yes, even cat food and cat toys!!!

It is easy to use Amazon 

You know you want to shop on Amazon or

I love Christmas ... more pressies for me

Our mom does not earn money from Royal Musings and Royal Book News except for Amazon purchases when you click on a book link and purchase the book or use that link to shop on Amazon or  

Mom loves writing blog articles because she knows - and I as well -- that Royal Musings and Royal Book News reach people interested in royal history, past and present.

Mom has included a link to a book.  Click it and you can continue to shop even if you do not buy the book.  She earns a tiny percentage for each item you purchase ... and it is a teeny tiny percentage.  It takes a long time to earn an Amazon gift card.'s threshold is £25.00 -- it takes about three years for Mom to earn enough pennies for a UK Amazon gift card. 

 I am asking mom's British readers to use a UK link often to purchase items, not just books. Every purchase helps.  Mom likes Amazon gift cards.  We do too.

Harper says it is straightforward to use the links and boxes

There are no extra costs to you when you make purchases from links.

You can access Amazon on a computer or your phone or your tablet

Our mom loves Amazon gift cards so she can buy more books. Or cat treats!  

But you cannot get this cat bed on Amazon.  Sorry. Mommy bought it at Buckingham Palace some years ago.

The holidays are all about love 

You can also buy a cup of coffee for mom.

Unlike other blogs, Mom has not set up a paywall or opened a Patreon account that would make you pay to read an article.

Thank you so much,

 Harper and Fleur 

PS   You can shop all year round with Amazon.