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Queen Elizabeth's Reaction to Prince William & Harry's Feud Is Why She's a Boss


Wed love to think the Queen is above dealing with royal gossip but after weeks of whispers about her grandsons feud it seems Her Majesty is finally weighing in. A royal expert has revealed Queen Elizabeths reaction to Prince William and Harrys feud, and the monarch is understandably ill at ease over this reported rift between her grandsons. Still, the monarch has no intention of taking action against it: How the Sussex and Cambridge royals settle their differences (or dont) is way below her pay grade.

According to royal expert and Majesty Magazine editor Ingrid Seward, the Queen isnt happy about ongoing feud rumors and is finding the company of her other, less tumultuous grandchildren to be a nice reprieve. Her Majesty does not care for the alleged feuding amongst her grandchildren William and Harry, Seward told The Sun, That would make her very sad. But she would never interfere with their lives. Alternatively, Her Majesty has been enjoying the company of granddaughter Zara Tindall, and her husband Mike. They are certainly light relief, Seward reported. She can be herself around them.

While the true root of any alleged feud between William and Harry has not been identified, the public seems to agree that theres a clash in how the Sussex and Cambridge royals conduct themselves. Williams early skepticism over Harrys relationship with Meghan, and Harrys insistence on establishing an independent identity may have contributed to tensions. But since the rumors began, nearly every interaction between these two royal couples has been interpreted as a furthering of the alleged feud.

The Queen has co-signed various moves that were ultimately interpreted as furthering the split between Harry and William, such as Harry and Meghan moving from Kensington Palace to Frogmore Cottage, or the splitting of the Cambridge and Sussex royal charities. The Queens statement that she would never interfere might be a hint that these moves were in fact scheduled all along and not in reaction to any conflict between the brothers. Then again, it might also just be her way of saying to leave her out of it. And for that, we certainly cant blame her.



Meghan Markle and Prince Harry release baby Archie's royal christening photos with a subtle tribute to Diana

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with baby Archie on his christening day
at Windsor Castle. [Photo: Chris Allerton]

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have released two gorgeous family photos from their son Archies christening, which took place in a private chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday morning.

The first image is black-and-white toned and shows the Duke and Duchess with their son at Windsor Castle with the Rose Garden in the background.

Meghan, wearing a white midi dress by Dior, gazes at Harry as she holds her two-month-old son in her arms.
The second family portrait sees the family of three joined by the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Meghans mother Doria Ragland and and Princess Dianas sisters Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to share the happiness of this day, and would like to thank everyone around the world for their ongoing support. They feel so fortunate to have enjoyed this special moment with family and Archies godparents.



Doria Ragland Wore the Prettiest Peach Outfit at Archie's Christening


    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex celebrated Archie Mountbatten-Windsor's christening on July 6, 2019, with an intimate ceremony in Windsor Castle's Private Chapel.
    Meghan Markle's mother, Doria Ragland, stood beside Prince Harry's father, Prince Charles, in the gorgeous official christening portrait.
    Ragland wore the most perfect peachy-pink coat and dress, with a matching hat, for the regal occasion.

Having welcomed their first child on May 6, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry held baby Archie's christening just two months later.

The intimate occasion was a private event with a select guest list. But soon after the christening, Meghan and Harry released Archie's official portraits so that the world could share in the happy occasion.

From Meghan's stunning Dior dress, to Kate Middleton's Stella McCartney look, the royal family made a chic impression at baby Archie's christening. It was also heartwarming to see that Meghan ensured that her mother, Doria Ragland, had an important place in the portrait, right next to Prince Charles.

Plus, Ragland chose the perfect outfit for her first grandson's royal christening, in the form of a beautiful peach coat and dress. Meghan's mom accessorized her look with a matching hat, and a striking brooch:
Since joining the royal family, Meghan has always made sure that her mother is included in important family events. From Ragland's seriously stylish appearance at the royal wedding in May 2018, to her presence in Archie's first photo with Queen Elizabeth, Meghan's mom continually supports her daughter's endeavors, which is beyond sweet to see. And her outfit at Archie's christening was, quite simply, perfect.



Body Language Experts Say Kate and Will Were Very Tense at Baby Archie's Christening

While Archie's christening didn't come with the fanfare that we've seen with previous royals, it still gave us what we really wanted: adorable photos of Meghan and Harry with their two-month-old baby. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, was christened on July 6 in a small ceremony at Windsor Castle's private chapel. Although the Queen and Prince Philip weren't present for the occasion, all of Meghan and Harry's closest family members were in attendance to celebrate little Archie.

By looking at the full family portrait, one thing's clear: Kate Middleton and Prince William are showing some serious signs of stress, according to Traci Brown, body language expert and author of Persuasion Point: Body Language and Speech for Influence. "Theyre unusually stiff even for royals," she explains. William, in particular, has his hands in a fig leaf position, indicating that he's uncomfortable and has his guard up. Patti Wood, body language expert and author of SNAP: Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language, and Charisma, agrees: "Prince William is normally fairly relaxed and happy in family settings. Here, he is stiff and pulled inward." Beyond his rigid hand gesture, he also has a dramatic facial expression. "He has a tight facial expression and pulling his forehead and cheeks downward, giving his nose and mouth a sour look," Wood explains.

Even though Kate is more prim and proper, both Brown and Wood note that she seems "more tense than usual." Given the recent speculation that there's a feud brewing between the Royal Fab Four, the uneasy body language could make sense. "Interestingly enough, Kate and William aren't leaning in towards each other or towards the family, for that matter," Brown says. This prompts two important questions: "Is there stress between the couple? Or between the family?" Their rigid body language tells us it could be a little bit of both.

As always, it's important to remember that body language tells us what's on someone's mind but not necessarily why. That means, according to Brown, well have to wait to see how events develop within the family to figure out why (or if) something is really brewing.

The silver lining: Meghan and Harry's sheer joy with baby Archie outweighs any supposed tension. "It's almost as if Meghan, Harry, and Archie are on their own little green island of happiness amid a tense family," Wood tells us. Even the couples overlapping shoulders signifies that they are a close family unit - tied at the hip, well shoulder, if you will - no matter what's going on around them.

If you're going choose a mental image to remember Archie's christening by, let it be this one. "This is exactly wed all hope to see from a family at this occasion," says Brown. The way that she's looking at him for support as he's pulling her close with his hand on her arm "confirms that they're a team." Who cares about supposed family drama anyway when there's a sweet little baby around? Point proven.



Kate Middleton Reveals Lip Gloss She Keeps in Purse in Rare Public Move (It's Super Affordable!)

Kate Middleton is known for her super small purses and now royal fans know the royal-approved lip gloss thats taking up valuable handbag space this summer!

During her outing at Wimbledon last week, the mom of three made a rare move by pulling a tube of gloss out of her straw clutch for a quick touch-up. The lip color was quickly identified as Clarins' Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector Gloss, and all shades of the makeup quickly sold out on the brands website not surprising given that the Kate must-have costs just $26.

The gloss perfect for adding just a subtle hint of color for the perfect finish to a daytime beauty look this season is luckily still available in a variety of colors at Bloomingdales, Lord & Taylor and Macy's. Kate is believed to be using the Rose Shimmer shade.
Kate is known for keeping her wardrobe affordable and recycling her favorite pieces sometimes years apart!



Kate Middleton Just Wore These Adorable Wedges for the Fourth Time This Summer
People Alex Warner


Kate Middleton has what seems like an unlimited number of shoe options (perks of royalty, right?). So when she wears a pair of shoes more than once, we sit up and take note especially when theyre something other than her beloved Jimmy Choo Romy pumps. The shoes in question? Her tan lace-up Castañer wedges, which the Duchess of Cambridge has worn on four separate occasions this summer.

Most recently, she sported the Castañer espadrilles with a flowing pink midi dress to support Prince William at a charity polo match.


Kate wore the same wedges just a little over a week ago with a printed midi dress by Sandro to host a childrens picnic at Hampton Court Palaces Garden Festival, one week before that with a paisley dress while meeting with aspiring young photographers, and again with a tiered floral Erdem dress while showing Queen Elizabeth her new garden in May. Needless to say, it has become her staple summer shoe!

As it turns out, the brand is loved by lots of royal ladies. Kates sister, Pippa Middleton, owns a pair of the popular Carina canvas wedges in ivory, and her sister-in-law, Meghan Markle, has the same exact pair in black. In fact, Meghan has worn her lace-up Castañer wedges on several occasions, too.

During her royal Tour Down Under with Prince Harry, she sported the black canvas wedges with a striped Martin Grant maxi while visiting Bondi Beach in Australia, and again with a pink floral Figue dress during a visit to the University of the South Pacific in Suva. 

But Castañers wedges arent only loved by royalty the brand has racked up a list of other celeb fans including Emily Ratajkowski, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anne Hathaway, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (to name a few). The best part about Castañer wedges? You can wear them with practically every outfit imaginable (as the Duchesses have proven). Theyre the perfect casual-but-dressy shoe to wear to a wedding, or to pair with a tropical-print two piece set for vacation. Ringing in at $150, theyre not cheap, per se, but totally worth every penny if you plan to live in them all summer long like Kate has been.

While the Duchess of Cambridges exact style is no longer available, the brand sells a very similar tan lace-up pair that are just as cute but theyre selling out fast. Pippa and Meghans wedge styles are still available (though we imagine not for long), so youd better move quickly if you want a pair for yourself.

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Louisiana under state of emergency as severe weather moves in:

'We all need to take this very, very seriously'

States of emergency were declared in New Orleans and Louisiana overall on Wednesday as a hurricane watch threatens the state's southern coast.

The tropical moisture, which already triggered heavy rain and flash flood warnings in New Orleans Wednesday, is expected to intensify into a tropical depression by Thursday morning as the storm moves in from the Gulf of Mexico.

=Spoiler ():


The storm is then forecast to develop into Tropical Storm Barry by Thursday afternoon.

It may even strengthen to a category 1 hurricane by the weekend.

"This is going to be a Louisiana event with coastal flooding and widespread, heavy rainfall potentially impacting every part of the state," Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a statement. "No one should take this storm lightly. As we know all too well in Louisiana, low intensity does not necessarily mean low impact."

"Now is the time to check your emergency supplies and get a game-plan for your family and pets," Edwards said.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell added, "New Orleans may experience more widespread localized severe flooding and gale force winds that could result in the endangerment and threat of life, injury and possible property damage."



Ukraine president kicks official out of meeting over criminal record

FILE PHOTO: Ukrainian President Zelenskiy holds a news conference after meeting EU Council President Tusk in Brussels

By Pavel Polityuk

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy had a regional official expelled from a meeting broadcast live on television on Wednesday because of a past criminal record.

"Get out of here, rogue! Are you not hearing me correctly?" he told Yaroslav Hodunok, to applause from other officials present at the otherwise routine meeting.

The official threatened legal action against Zelenskiy, telling a newspaper the 2002 case against him was wrong.

A comedian and actor, Zelenskiy won election in April promising to root out corruption. His Servant of the People party is on course to win a July 21 parliamentary election.

Zelenskiy was meeting officials from the Kiev region to discuss projects including a new city hospital yet to be built.

Hodunok, local council secretary and member of the Fatherland party of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, said there were problems with financing.

Zelenskiy said Hodunok talked a lot but did nothing, then read from his phone what he said was his criminal record for robbery and violence.

"Tell me whether it is true or not ... a secretary of Boryspil city council was previously convicted of ... robbery, combined with causing serious bodily injuries. Yaroslav Mikolayovych, is that you?", he asked, using Hodunok's first name and patronymic.

"I don't like gangsters", he said after his bodyguards led Hodunok out of the hall.

The previously little-known official told reporters afterwards he would take the president to court.

He told Ukrainska Pravda newspaper the 2002 case against him had been falsified. The paper published a photocopy of a court ruling in which Hodunok received a conditional sentence.

Zelenskiy ran for president despite having no previous political experience. He became famous playing the TV comedy role of a schoolteacher who unexpectedly becomes president after a pupil films his foul-mouthed tirade against corrupt politicians and posts the video online.

His presidential campaign exploited parallels with that fictional narrative, portraying him as an everyman who would stand up to a crooked political class.

(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Editing by Matthias Williams and Andrew Cawthorne)



Russia's Putin, Ukraine's Zelenskiy discuss ending conflict in eastern Ukraine


MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's leader Volodymyr Zelenskiy held their first telephone conversation on Thursday and discussed settling the conflict in eastern Ukraine and the return of prisoners, the Kremlin said.

Zelenskiy, a former comic actor with no previous political experience, won Ukraine's presidential election in April and he has declared the settlement of the conflict between pro-Russian separatists and Kiev's forces one of his priorities.

The Kremlin said the phone call between Putin and Zelenskiy had been initiated by the Ukrainian side.

The two men discussed the possibility of continuing contacts on the issue in the 'Normandy' format, which involves the participation of France and Germany, the Kremlin statement said.

Zelenskiy said on Sunday he planned to continue European-backed talks with Russia on a so-far largely unimplemented peace deal and would try to free Ukrainians imprisoned in Russia. These include 24 Ukrainian sailors, among others.

The conflict erupted in eastern Ukraine in 2014, shortly after Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea peninsula, and more than 10,000 people have been killed.

(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Gareth Jones)



Witness Pippa Middleton Recover From a Near-Wardrobe Malfunction Like a Total Queen


    Pippa Middleton attended Wimbledon alongside her husband James Matthews.
    Pippa wore a yellow summery wrap dress that nearly caused her to have a major wardrobe malfunction.

A lot is happening at Wimbledon this year! A truly impressive 15-year-old Cori Gauff beat tennis legend Venus Williams, Meghan Markle made some people mad because she wore jeans and didn't want to take selfies with people, and most recently, Pippa Middleton experienced a near-wardrobe malfunction.

Earlier today, Pippa and her husband, James Matthews, attended the men's semi-final round of the tennis tournament. Pippa opted to wear some white block heels, a teeny matching purse, and a midi printed wrap dress from Ganni. (The $200 dress is still available, so get it now if you want to look just as effortlessly stylish as Kate's little sis.)

While walking into the match, there was clearly a strong-not to mention disrespectful-gust of wind that made Pippa's dress blow up really high and almost expose her undergarments. Luckily, Pippa was able to catch her dress just in time to bring it back down around her waist.

The athletic performances at Wimbledon are astounding, but the way Pippa handled this situation was pretty impressive, I must say. Honestly, it's really hard to not lose all chill when something like this happens, but she didn't miss one beat and recovered like a queen.

Obviously this isn't the worst thing to ever happen, but if she wants to avoid her dress blowing like this in the future, she can always borrow this genius royal fashion hack: Royals sew small lead weights into their dresses and skirts to keep them from flying up and causing a potentially embarrassing situation. The weights also come in sticker form, so if you want to try this trick and aren't down with using a needle and thread, there are way easier options.



Queen Letizia Found a Timeless Tweed Dress for $30 at Zara

From Marie Claire

Letizia is a queen in two respects: she's the queen of Spain (of course) and she's also the queen of affordable Zara finds. The royal has a history of wearing a variety of pieces, from jumpsuits to dresses, from the fast-fashion retailer. Her most recent pick was a tweed midi dress with an off-shoulder fit (how very Meghan Markle of her) and cap sleeves. She cinched her waist with a skinny black belt and matched the color of her accessory to her black slingback pumps. Simple gold hoops completed the royal outfit.

The dress, which was originally $90, is now on sale for $30 and quickly going out of stock. Given how stunning it looks on Queen Letizia in the group photo, that's not a surprise. The tweed dress with the slightly daring neckline stood out amongst the boring ol' suits and blazers (sorry, guys) at Zarzuela Palace. Should you not find your exact size in Letizia's dress, I've included more tweed options to shop, below. Everyone should have this timeless style in their wardrobes.




This Is Why Camilla Parker Bowles's Children Are Rarely Seen in Royal Outings

Her son and daughter both have successful careers,
but they don't spend much time at royal functions.

Camilla Parker Bowles married Prince Charles in 2005, after a long-term love affair with the future king. The two were an item before (and during) Charles marriage to Princess Diana, so its easy to forget that while Charles was having a family, Camilla was doing the same. Camilla married Andrew Parker Bowles in 1973, and the couple had two kids, Tom and Laura. Find out why Charles didn't marry Camilla in the first place.

We see plenty of pictures of Camilla with Princes William and Harry, who seem to get on well with their stepmom. So why are Tom and Laura always absent at the royal familys events?

Actually, while he might not be a household name in America like his stepbrothers are, Tom Parker Bowles (who happens to be both stepson and godson of Prince Charles) has certainly made a name for himself in his own right. Hes a successful food writer and food critic, having written eight cookbooks and served as a presenter for British cooking show Market Kitchen. He doesnt shy away from the spotlight and seems comfortable in front of the camera during interviews.

Meanwhile, Camillas daughter, Laura Lopes (who married Harry Lopes in 2006), leads a more private life. The mother of three curates art for exhibitions and keeps a low profile.

Tabloids have been up in arms over the fact that Laura and William didnt mesh well when they were first introduced back in 1998, blaming each others parents for tearing their families apart. But that old squabble doesn't explain why they don't share the spotlight nowthere certainly doesn't seem to be bad blood anymore. All stepsiblings have attended each others weddings, and Lauras daughter, Eliza, was even a bridesmaid in William and Kates ceremony in 2011. Check out these 14 other unlikely royal friendships that will surprise you.

So that brings us back to the question: Is there a reason Tom and Laura arent more involved in royal outings?

Turns out, just because Tom and Lauras mom is the Duchess of Cornwall doesnt mean her kids want to be part of the ever-scrutinized royal family, and they seem to have intentionally created some distance. [Laura and I are] not quite part of the royal family, to be honest, Tom explained on Good Morning Britain in December 2018. My mother married into it. Shes part of it. Were the common children. Were just on the side. And thats just how they like it. Don't miss these 20 things you didn't know about Duchess Camilla.



Royal expert claims Meghan Markle could reach 'breaking point' amid growing criticism
Yahoo Lifestyle Tanya Edwards


Meghan Markle has weathered more than her share of criticism since the news she was dating Prince Harry broke. And it has only intensified since their marriage and the birth of their first child. Royal commenter Victoria Arbiter praised the Duchess today for her handling of the criticism, and warned the she could reach her "breaking point" because of the negativity she has been facing.

Most recently, the Duchess was mom-shamed for how she held her son Archie, and unlike her former peers in Hollywood, shes no longer allowed to clap back at the haters.

Speaking to Today, Arbiter, who covered the royal wedding for CNN alongside Anderson Cooper said: "As far as her American fans go, there has been a sense theres not been enough done to protect her at some point, you have to wonder what is going to be the breaking point.

"Yes, she keeps on trucking at the moment but it cant be anything but incredibly difficult. We need to let Meghan blossom and let her do the job shes in the Royal Family to do and perhaps hold back on some of the criticism."

She also seemed to suggest that Meghan, a former actress, may be struggling with the Royal Family's tradition not to address negative reports directly.

"Its very difficult when you come from previously celebrity background where a publicist can stand up for you or come out and say, no, that report is categorically untrue, Arbiter explained.

Surprisingly, the Duchess may have made the most candid comment shes ever given about the treatment she has received on the red carpet for the premiere of The Lion King, while speaking with Pharrell Williams.

Williams praised Meghan and Harry's marriage. So happy for your union, Williams says. Love is amazing. Its wonderful. Dont ever take that for granted, but what it means in todays climate, I just wanted to tell you, its so significant for so many of us. Seriously. Its significant. We cheer you guys on.

"Thank you," Meghan responded. "They don't make it easy."

While the they wasnt spelled out, it does seem to line up with how the Duchess of Sussex has felt about the British press's constant criticism of her.

Meghan told Vanity Fair in her last interview before she and Harry were engaged that she doesn't read tabloid reports. I dont read any press. I havent even read press for Suits," she said. (Meghan was still on Suits then.) "The people who are close to me anchor me in knowing who I am. The rest is noise.



U.S. House votes to set aside impeachment resolution against Trump

WASHINGTON, July 17 (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to table an impeachment resolution against President Donald Trump, effectively killing the measure for now but not burying the issue that has divided Democrats.

The resolution's sponsor, Democratic Representative Al Green, was seeking to capitalize on growing criticism of Trump after the president's recent attacks on minority congresswomen.

The House voted 332 to 95 to set aside the measure.

Green had failed twice before to get an impeachment resolution passed, but Wednesday marked the first time the full House had addressed the matter since Democrats took the majority earlier this year.



Inside Buckingham Palace Is Even More Incredible Than the Outside

Since 1837, under the reign of Queen Victoria, Buckingham Palace has been the main residence for the British Royal Family . Looking at the spectacular exterior, it's pretty easy to see how the likes of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip could have worked and lived there for so long (and why Queen Victoria insisted on changing its name from the more humble Buckingham "House"). But simply viewing the palace from the outside hardly does it justice. Because if you think the outside is absolutely breathtaking, you'll be amazed by just how incredible the inside looks, too.

All that's left to do now is add London to your next European travel itinerary and get to booking a tour of the Queen's royal residence ASAP. Here's everything you need to know about the palace before doing so.

How many rooms are in Buckingham Palace?

This royal palace is so massive, it includes...wait for it...775 rooms in total. Yes, I mean it. With 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 19 State rooms, 92 offices, and 78 bathrooms, there are still 346 other miscellaneous roomsincluding, of course, the ballroom and throne room.


Is Buckingham Palace open to the public?

For about 10 weeks each summer (from July 20 to September 29), Buckingham Palace is open to anyone in the public with tickets. Additionally, there are limited tours given in December, January, and and around Easter annually.

How do I get tickets to visit Buckingham Palace?

Tickets to tour Buckingham Palace are available for purchase online with a variety of tour options. The cheapest option, which includes Standard Admission for a tour of the State Rooms, costs about $31.08 (£25.00) for adults, $28.35 (£22.80) for those over 60 and students, $17.41 (£14) for anyone under 17 or with disabilities, and free under 5 years old.

Guests can also buy Royal Day Out passes, which are said to be the best value and most complete Buckingham Palace experience. These passes, which cost no more than $55.96 (£45) for adults, admits guests to tour the State Rooms (two hours and 15 minutes), The Queen's Gallery (one hour and 15 minutes), and the Royal Mews (one hour). In total, you'll spend approximately four and a half hours touring the Buckingham Palace with the Royal Day Out tickets.



Buckingham Palace conjures up Victorian ghosts in new show

The Victorian illusion technique known as Pepper's Ghost was used to recreate a waltz danced at the Crimean Ball of 1856 in the Ballroom of Buckingham Palace (AFP Photo/Victoria Jones)

London (AFP) - The ballroom of Queen Victoria's Buckingham Palace has been brought back to life through Pepper's Ghost: a 19th-century illusion recreated by Hollywood animation whizzkids.

The dancing, music and colour scheme has been revived inside the palace ballroom as part of an exhibition for the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria's birth.

The 1856 ball celebrating the end of the Crimean War has been recreated using a Victorian technique called Pepper's Ghost.

Film is projected upwards and then reflected off a near-invisible glass screen set at 45 degrees, making dancers seem to appear magically in the room.

Scientist John Henry Pepper's trick stunned and terrified people in theatres when it first came out.

The palace's original wallpaper, friezes, windows and ceiling decorations are projected onto the walls to complete the recreation, digitally repainting the now-white walls with the reds, golds, blues and greens of the time.

"It's a melding of 21st-century and 19th-century technology," said curator Amanda Foreman.

"Victoria had been deprived of normal socialisation when young," she explained.

"Dancing helped to make her feel alive. She loved the sensation of it."

- Dancing to feel alive -

Built in 1854, the palace's largest room is now used for state banquets such as that thrown last month for US President Donald Trump, and for conferring honours such as knighthoods.

The central London palace was unoccupied before Victoria moved in on becoming queen in 1837 at the age of 18.

The exhibition shows how Victoria and her husband Prince Albert turned it into the palace of today: the headquarters of the monarchy, a family home and a focal point for national celebrations.

Many of the modern British monarchy's hallmarks started with Victoria at Buckingham Palace, such as the balcony appearances, garden parties and public receptions.

Victoria's throne is displayed in the Throne Room, in front of those of her great-great-granddaughter Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip.

"It's low down, because she was tiny," said Foreman.

- Casket of teeth -

Victoria had nine children in 17 years, eight of whom were born in the palace.

The exhibition has a gilt casket of the children's baby teeth, marble casts of her children's arms and legs, and the first shoes worn by her eldest son, the future king Edward VII.

Among the items on show never before seen by the public are Victoria's watercolours of trees in the palace gardens.

Victoria all but left Buckingham Palace after Albert's death in 1861. She reigned for a further 40 years until her own death in 1901.

Queen Elizabeth visited the exhibition on Wednesday.

The palace opens to the public when the royal family retreat to the private Balmoral estate in Scotland for their summer break.

The exhibition, which costs £25 ($31, 28 euros) to enter, runs from Saturday until September 29. More than 500,000 people are expected to visit.



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Buckingham Palace's New Exhibit on Queen Victoria Highlights How She Transformed the Royal Residence

Buckingham Palace is one of the worlds most iconic buildings and a focal point for British national life. From balcony appearances to state banquets and investitures, the palace is frequently in the background as history is made. And this summer, an exhibition showcases how it all began with Queen Victoria, who transformed an empty royal residence into the most glittering court in Europe.

The centerpiece of Buckingham Palaces 2019 summer opening is in the Ballroom, where the grand Victorian Ball of 1856, painted by Louis Haghe, has been brought to life using digital projections and a Victorian illusion technique called Peppers Ghost.

A hologram shows eight figures dancing to Verdis La Traviata while the original decor of the room is projected onto the walls. Curators worked with a Hollywood-based production company on the effects, which also include gold stars and exotic birds projected onto the adjoining Ball Supper Room, mirroring the original decor.

"We have used the most modern form of technology thats available today to have a new form of storytelling, its an immersive experience. It puts you right there in the center," exhibition curator Dr. Amanda Foreman said.

Also on display in the palaces State Rooms are the embroidered robe made from cloth of gold that a 19-year-old Victoria wore on her Coronation in 1838, her throne, and a costume she wore for the Stuart Ball in 1851 which she described in her journal as beautifully made.

More unusual items to be showcased include mementos that she kept of her children such as a casket containing their teeth and marble sculptures of their hands and feet. Noting Queen Victorias bad reputation as a mother, exhibition curator Lucy Peter pointed out "Actually what she really disliked was pregnancy. She didnt not like being a mother and she was incredibly affectionate."

She added, We know that through what she writes about her children in her journals and drawings she does of her children and the memories and souvenirs that she keeps.

The artifacts on display showcase the palaces three functionsa family home for Victoria and Albert and their nine children, a focal point for State occasions, and a space where the public could be invited in.

"We see how they wanted to build a family home," Dr. Foreman said.

"Then we come to the public space, but when we say public its not simply about spectacle, it is that thing of being a hostess and opening up your home...Until Queen Victoria and Prince Albert began to do it in a major way it wasnt thought of as something that a sovereign would do in that expensive, generous, inclusive way that we expect today.
Dr. Foreman also pointed out that it was Queen Victoria and Albert who constructed the now iconic Buckingham Palace balcony when they built the residence's east front.

"Those balcony appearances that are so important and so scrutinized and have such an emotional resonance today, that is the physical result of Queen Victoria and Prince Alberts vision," she said. "Its something that is so part of our national consciousness that we take it for granted, but it requires somebody to think it up."

In summing up the exhibition, Dr. Foreman spoke of Victoria and Albert's influence on the role of the royal family today.

"What I think you can see here in this exhibition is the structure of the modern monarchy and that the traditions that are beloved and that we have come to expect and have dictated our relationship with the monarchy began with Queen Victoria and Prince Albert," she said.

Describing it as very much a feminist transformation while pointing out that Queen Victoria herself would not have used those words, Dr. Foreman said, Its significant that it was a woman who was responsible for these traditions and a woman who defined our nations understanding and concept of sovereign power.

The exhibit opens on July 20, and will run through September 29 of this year. For more information, visit the Royal Collection Trust's website.



How the Queen chooses what to wear each morning is fascinating

From Country Living

The more we learn about the goings on at Buckingham Palace, the more we'd love to be friends with the Queen.

Not only does she stop for a slice of chocolate biscuit cake in the afternoon, wherever she is in the world, and love a glass of Champagne, but Her Majesty also has an entire floor dedicated to her clothes, shoes and bags reportedly choosing what to wear each day from sketches drawn by her staff.

According to former royal butler Paul Burrell, the Queen "has to have her outfits brought down to her, all her clothes are kept on the top floor".

"Her dresser will bring down in the morning two outfits, which are sketched with pieces of material clipped to them so that the Queen can remember whether its silk or cotton or wool," he told Yahoo's Royal Box.

"The one the Queen picks is the one which is brought downstairs from up above so she doesnt actually see her wardrobe with clothes in it."

What an insight.

Royal fashion protocol doesn't end there, because the Queen will often opt for a brightly coloured coat, hat and dress by her dressmaker Angela Kelly for a very specific reason: so she can be spotted in a crowd. She also always carries a handbag by her favourite designer Launer.



Princess Diana's style is more on trend than ever, says ex Vogue editor

Princess Diana's style is back in fashion, says an ex-Vogue editor [Image: Getty]

Polka dots, big shoulders and dad trainers are just some of the big fashion trends having a moment this season.

But a former Vogue editor has pointed out that one iconic woman appears to be our unlikely style inspiration for all three and more.

The late Princess Diana was an early-adopter in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Alexandra Shulman - who worked at the helm of British Vogue for 25 years until 2017 - has suggested her sartorial influence can still be felt in the wardrobes of the current generation of young women.

The late royal appears to be the inspiration for a number of current season trends
- including big shoulders [Image: Getty]

For 30 years after the pinstripe tailoring, polka dot frocks, big shoulders and dad trainers of the late 1980s and early 1990s, their most famous adopter, Princess Diana, has emerged as a style inspiration for a generation of young women who were rocking little more than nappies while she was still alive, she wrote in todays Mail On Sunday.

Shulman explained that the royal wasnt considered a particularly original or interesting dresser at the time, and was more of a follower rather than leader of fashion.

She was an early adopter of now-trendy dad trainers

The ex-editor explained: Perhaps we could never quite get out of our heads those first images of her in the regulation Sloane kit of pie-crust collar blouses, frumpy floating midi skirts and that ballooning meringue of a wedding dress, all of which we considered, frankly, style-negative.

So even when she emerged as the shimmering blonde greyhound of later days in the Versace sheaths, tuxedos and glamorous Catherine Walker evening gowns she was introduced to by her style mentor, Anna Harvey, there was always something of a follower rather than leader of fashion about her.

Diana was never considered a fashion trail-blazer in the late 1980s and early 1990s,
according to ex-Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman [Image: Getty]

Now, as Shulman points out, Dianas style can be felt in current trends.

She frequently wore monochrome polka dots - not dissimilar to Zaras cult smock dress.

Priyanka Chopra revealed the mother of her friend Meghan Markles husband Prince Harry - who passed away in 1997 - was the inspiration for one of her Cannes looks this year.

The actress shared a picture on Instagram of the late royal at the 1988 premiere of Octopussy, before stepping out in a remarkably similar dress just hours later.



Prince Harry still 'haunted' over 'what happened to Princess Diana'

Prince Harry is reportedly still affected by the death of his mother Princess Diana in 1997.
[Photo: Getty Images]

Prince Harry is reportedly still haunted by the death of his mother, Princess Diana, with its impact affecting the new fathers approach to his royal role.

The insight was brought to light by PR expert Richard Fitzwilliams, who explained his view in the context of Harrys insistence for privacy since meeting Meghan Markle.
Still affected

If we look back, and looking back quite a while at the whole period when they were going out together, with the engagement, there was, of course, Harrys attack on the media, he told talkRADIO in the UK.

The attack Richard refers to is the impassioned - and unprecedented - statement the prince released in 2016 in defence of his then-girlfriend.

In the release, Harry said the UK press treatment of Meghan was plagued with outright sexism and racism before detailing how he was worried about Meghans safety.

Some of [the alleged abuse] has been very public - the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments, the statement read.

It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms Markle should be subjected to such a storm.

Since the birth of their son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, in May, this resistance against the media has only been amplified, often to the detriment of the couples public image.

Baby backlash

This was perhaps most evident in the public backlash surrounding the royal babys recent christening, which was done completely privately at the chapel at the inner-sanctum of Windsor Castle.

According to Richard, this defence is potentially an aftereffect of Dianas tragic death in a 1997 Paris car crash, when Harry was just 12 years old.

There is no doubt, of course, that again, what happened to his mother haunts him, and is behind a lot.

The actually sentiments expressed do appear to be reflected in the way they are currently behaving.


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