Monday, January 30, 2023

Royal Musings has passed the 20 million readers mark!!!

 Earlier today, perhaps while I eating breakfast,  Royal Musings passed the 20 million readership mark, since July 2008.

Yes, there are blogs which much larger readerships, but I think 20 million is cool!   

I expect Royal Musings and the little sister blog, Royal Book News, will continue to grow!!    

Fleur and Harper are very excited by the news, as well/

Now time to celebrate:

Tommy Muscatello aka Thomas Mace-Archer Mills (1979-2023)

Tommy Muscatello, who called himself Thomas Mace-Archer-Mills, pretended to be British and use this pretense to be an "expert" on British royalty. His pretense collapsed in 2018 following the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex when the Wall Street Journal and other newspapers and magazines published details about his ruse.

The cause of death is not included in the obituary, but 43 is far too young to die.  May he rest in peace.

From the Glens Fall, NY Post-Star.

"Thomas J. Muscatello aka Thomas J. Mace

Aug. 18, 1979 - Jan. 2, 2023


Thomas J. Muscatello, aka, Thomas J. Mace, 43, passed away on Monday, January 2, 2023, at Glens Falls Hospital.

Born on August 18, 1979, in Glens Falls he was the son of Thomas J Muscatello and Regina (Duggan) Muscatello.

He graduated from Bolton Central School in 1997, where he was the salutatorian. He continued to study at Adirondack Community College being the first ACC student trustee. Then moving on to Coastal Carolina University and Stenden University of Applied Science in the Netherlands. After his schooling, he had a Bachelor of Science and History and Political Science.

Thomas loved traveling and spending time with his family and friends, he was a gifted and creative person who had a great sense of humor. He was always ready for a celebration and would light up any room he entered.

Thomas wrote three books, the first in 2012 titled To the Queen… A Royal Drinkology, his second, was Their Majesties' Mixers, When They Reign, They Pour, in which in 2018 he won a Gourman Award for best cocktail book in the UK, his third book, was The Adventures of Little Queen Lilibet, which is sold in English and Italian. Thomas Contributed to the publications for the Majesty and Royalty Magazines, Political Pundits UK, The Conservative Blog, and Professor David Flinte. He founded the British Monarchist Society in 2011. Thomas was recognized for his works in conceptualizing and overseeing the creation of the 2015 Realms Portrait for her Majesty Queen Elizabeth commissioned by the British Monarchist Society at St. James Palace in her becoming the longest reigning sovereign in British history. He was also the author of the Queens 75th Jubilee Anthem and many more accomplishments and awards and projects in the works before his passing.

He is predeceased by his maternal grandparents Leo and Marjorie Duggan of Bolton Landing and paternal grandparents Louis and Dorothy Muscatello.

He is survived by his mother, Regina Muscatello of Bolton Landing, his father, Thomas Muscatello (Deborah) of Newcomb, his uncle, Michael Duggan (Pamela) of Hadley, his brother, Anthony Muscatello of Queensbury and stepsiblings, Jay Roden, Amanda Scheidegger, Christopher Roden, Rachel Sorenson.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated, at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, at Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church, 7 Goodman Avenue, Bolton Landing.

Spring burial will take place at Bolton Rural Cemetery."


Tuesday, January 24, 2023

News from Princess Eugenie

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Buckingham Palace released this statement earlier today:

“Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank are pleased to announce they are expecting their second child this summer.

“The family are delighted and August is very much looking forward to being a big brother.”

This will be the third grandchildren for the Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York.  Baby Brooksbanl will be 13th in the line of succession.   

This will be the Queen Elizabeth's 13th great grandchild and the first born since her death in September 2022.

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Monday, January 23, 2023

Mail Call

 Here is a selection of thank you and Christmas cards that I have received in the past few months

@Royal Palace, Belgium/Bas Bogaerts

@Royal Palace/Bas Bogaerts

Sunday, January 22, 2023

The Margrave of Baden's funeral

The Prince and Princess of Leiningen and family

The Prince and Princess of Leiningen

Archduke Martin of Austria

The Landgrave and Landgravine of Hesse

Prince Nikola of Serbia (middle front) The Prince of Monaco and King Philippe of the Belgians (2nd row), the Landgrave and Landgravine of Hesse (back row)

Prince Hassan and Princess Sarvath of Jordan, behind them  Prince Guillaume and Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg and the Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein

Princess Sibilla and Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg & the Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein

The Duke of Württemberg with his mother, Duchess Marie

The Prince and Princess of Schaumburg Lippe

The Prince of Monaco

Archduke Georg of Austria with his daughter, Archduchess Sofia

These photos were taken by a friend who is the copyright holder.