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Originally posted 06/03/2012 12:55PM
In a spectacular display of royal pageantry, Queen Elizabeth was feted at a special river-born celebration Sunday when she and her family rode down the Thames through London.
In a scale that hasn't been seen for around 350 years, more than 1,000 boats created a magical flotilla along the river – with the Queen, 86, at its heart. She took her place on the 210-ft. Spirit of Chartwell royal barge, which was given a makeover and bedecked with 10,000 roses, carnations, sweet peas and red charm peonies for the cruise – the centerpiece of her Diamond Jubilee.
Helping welcome her aboard were her grandson Prince William and his wife Kate.
Originally posted 06/02/2012 10:30AM
A beaming Queen Elizabeth kicked off her Diamond Jubilee celebrations Saturday when she was accompanied to the Epsom Derby by her granddaughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.
The princesses were part of a large royal party, which also included their dad Prince Andrew, as the family began the weekend of fun to mark 60 years on the throne for the Queen. Their mother, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, even Tweeted: "So proud of my of my beautiful daughters and how special to be at the Epsom Derby supporting their Granny what an amazing Grandmother the Queen is."
Originally posted 05/30/2012 06:35PM
Princess Beatrice has put her DIY makeover skills to the test as a special gift to mark her grandmother's 60 years on the throne.
Beatrice, 23, redecorated a cute playhouse that Queen Elizabeth was given as a little girl.
Now, as Britain celebrates the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the beautiful renovation of the little Wendy house has been unveiled. The home, called Y Bwthyn Bach (the Small House), was a present from the Welsh people to the then Princess Elizabeth, in March 1932 when she was just 5 years old.
Originally posted 05/25/2012 07:45AM
To the outside world, Queen Elizabeth sometimes appears as a poker-faced woman who seldom lets down her guard or offers up an opinion.
But when she's around her eight grandchildren (and two great-granddaughters), she "lights up," according to one of them.
Princess Eugenie, 21, says she loves telling the 86-year-old monarch about life at university. "We talk about my Newcastle life and how I've got so many essays and things and she still goes, 'Aha,' [and] laughs at what I say, which is lovely," Eugenie says during an ITV1 special, Elizabeth: Queen, Wife, Mother, airing in Britain on June 1.
Originally posted 05/18/2012 10:00AM
The Duchess of Cambridge was looking good for Her Majesty on Friday.
She joined husband William and his brother Prince Harry for a special lunch at Windsor Castle during which Queen Elizabeth entertained monarchs from 26 countries and most members of her immediate family.
Kate, 30, wore a $2,000 coat dress designed by Emilia Wickstead. Described as a pleated dress with a square neck, it is made of double crepe wool and is from the current collection.
Originally posted 09/09/2011 11:25AM
Princess Beatrice has a new hat!
Prince William's cousin, who loves to wear fabulous fascinators, put on a more tame and traditional topper Friday for her graduation from Goldsmiths College.
With her parents, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York in attendance, Beatrice, 23, received BA Honors degree in history and the history of ideas, according to the U.K.'s Daily Mail.
Originally posted 07/29/2011 05:30PM
The gang's all there! As the royal family kicks off festivities for Zara Phillips's wedding, taking place Saturday afternoon in Scotland, guests – including some VIPs – arrived in style.
Friday, Prince William and Kate surfaced in Edinburgh, where they boarded a family yacht for an evening reception toasting William's cousin and her soon-to-be-groom, rugby player Mike Tindall.
Kate, clad in the same green silk Diane von Furstenberg "Maja" dress she wore for an event in Los Angeles, gave onlookers a new view of her frock, showing off the delicate buttons that run down the back. Her husband followed closely behind.
Originally posted 07/13/2011 09:00AM
It was the Royal Wedding hat ridiculed around the world. But now, the designer of Princess Beatrice's fascinating fascinator is defending it, and its wearer, from the fashion bullies.
"She is only 22, and there was a little bit of bullying going on," Philip Treacy tells Britain's Observer. "In the future, we'll look back and think she looked wild."
The hat has been likened to everything from an octopus to a pretzel to a toilet seat. But Treacy, 43, has a simpler description. "I thought I was making a hat with a bow on it," he says.
Originally posted 05/23/2011 07:15AM
The hat that got a million tongues wagging – the pretzel-shaped fascinator atop Princess Beatrice's head on Royal Wedding Day – has been sold to an anonymous bidder.
The price? $130,000, and it's all going to charity.
The 22-year-old daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York, had placed the Philip Treacy creation on eBay, to benefit two charities close to her heart: UNICEF and Children in Crisis, which was established by her mother.
Expressing her delight when the sale ended late Sunday, Beatrice said of the hat: "It has its own personality, and I am so happy that we have raised the most incredible amount of money and can make an even bigger change for the lives of some of the most vulnerable children across the world."
– Simon Perry
Originally posted 05/19/2011 11:30AM
Love it or hate it, the funky hat that Princess Beatrice wore to the Royal Wedding is proving to be worth a bundle on eBay.
Beatrice, 22, the daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, put the hat up for auction for charity – and the current bid on the Philip Treacy oddity is now £20,200, or more than $30,000.
"I've been amazed by the amount of attention the hat has attracted," Beatrice writes on the eBay listing. "It's a wonderful opportunity to raise as much money as possible for two fantastic charities. I hope whoever wins the auction has as much fun with the hat as I have."
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