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10 Interesting Facts About Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is considered as the most recognizable palace in Great Britain, if not in the world. Home to generations of royals and keeper of priceless treasures, the palace saw its humble beginning as a large townhouse until it became the London residence and principal workplace of the British Monarchy. Here are 10 interesting things that you might find very interesting about Buckingham Palace.
Buckingham Palace is home to Queen Elizabeth II.

Buckingham Palace is the principal London residence of Queen Elizabeth II. However, St. James's Palace is still the official residence of the sovereign. In fact, foreign ambassadors are formally accredited to the Court of St. James'.
Buckingham Palace has so many rooms.

There are 775 rooms in the palace. To wit, these include 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms.
A mulberry garden used to stand on the palace grounds.

King James I started a mulberry on the site where the palace …

10 Interesting Things You Need to Know About Arundel Castle

Arundel Castle, one of the oldest inhabited castles in the United Kingdom, still remains the home of the Dukes of Norfolk. Here are the 10 things that you will find interesting about this historic castle.
The Castle is the seat of the Dukes of Norfolk

The Castle is the principal seat of the family of Dukes of Norfolk. The Duke is the premier duke in the peerage of England, and also, as Earl of Arundel, the premier earl. The Duke is also the hereditary Earl Marshal of England.  The current holder of the title is Edward Fitzalan-Howard, 18th Duke of Norfolk.

The Castle was established by Roger de Montgomercy

Arundel Castle was established by Roger de Montgomery on Christmas Day 1067. He was the first earl of Arundel by the graces of William the Conqueror.
The Castle's oldest feature is the motte.  The oldest feature is the motte, an artificial mound, over 100 feet high from the dry moat, and constructed in 1068: followed by the gatehouse in 1070.
The English Civil War severely damaged …

Queen Elizabeth II meets Angela Merkel on Day 1 State Visit to Germany

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip started their first full day of state visit to Germany with a ceremonial welcome at the Schloss Bellevue. The official website of the British Monarchy detailed:
“…they were greeted by President Gauck and Ms Schadt, before travelling down the River Spree to the Chancellery to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel."
Hundreds of school children packed the bridges along the route, holding British and German flags as they gleefully caught glimpse of Her Majesty. The Queen returned their well-wishes with a warm wave.
At the Chancellery, Merkel offered the Queen a cup of then and then showed Her Majesty the Berlin skyline from her office, pointing out landmarks including where the Berlin Wall used to run through the center of the city, Telegraph reports.  The two then talked in private.
Her Majesty then laid wreath at Germany's Central memorial for the victims of war and dictatorship, before visiting Berlin's Technical University to hear The Queen&…

Queen Elizabeth II begins state visit to Germany

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip have arrived in Berlin to kick off a four-day state visit to Germany.
The Queen’s aircraft was shadowed by three Eurofighters, a welcoming respect accorded to visiting dignitaries the moment they enter the German airspace.
The official website of the British Monarchy provides the details of the Queen’s state visit:
Wednesday 24th June The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will be ceremonially welcomed with military honours at Bellevue Palace, the official residence of President Gauck. They will then travel by boat along the River Spree, to the Chancellery where The Queen will meet Chancellor Angela Merkel. The Queen will then lay a wreath at Germany’s Central Memorial for the victims of war and dictatorship. In the afternoon, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will attend the 50th anniversary of the Queen’s Lecture at Berlin's University of Technology, to be delivered by Neil MacGregor. That evening The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will retur…

Newly unearthed letter reveals future Edward VIII was relieved of the death of epileptic brother Prince John

A recently-unearthed letter written by Edward VIII, then Prince of Wales, to her mistress, Freda Dudly Ward, shows that he felt 'relieved' of knowing that his epileptic brother, Prince John died.
Prince John was the youngest child of King George V and Queen Mary. He was kept away from public because of severe epilepsy and autism. He was eventually known as “Lost Prince.” He spent the rest of his life at a house on the family’s Sandringham estate until his death in 1919 at the age of 13 following relentless seizure.
Here is excerpt of the Prince’s letter to his mistress:
'I arrived yesterday to find a wire from HM [His Majesty] to say that my youngest brother had died. I wired back to say that I was returning to England at once for a few days which I thought was a good move.
'I had great and wonderful hopes of seeing toi tomorrow if the goddess of fortune had been kind to us. I'm so miserable darling as I've just got another wire from HM telling me not to retu…

Queen Elizabeth hosts reception for the first winners of Young Leaders program

Queen Elizabeth II threw a reception for first winners of her Young Leaders program at Buckingham Palace. The event  was a feat to 60 young people from the Commonwealth countries  for their outstanding works in their respective communities . The awards were part of a five year program established by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust together with Comic Relief and the Royal Commonwealth Society as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Other members of the Royal Family, including the Duke of York, Princess Beatrice, the Duke of Gloucester and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent joined the Queen in the event.

Sir John Major, David Beckham, John Bishop, Fearne Cotton also graced the occasion to congratulate young people for their remarkable work to improve lives of their fellowmen.

Prince Harry leaves the armed forces

After a decade of serving the armed forces, Prince Harry finally decided it is time to go. In a statement, the prince said:
"After a decade of service, moving on from the Army has been a really tough decision.  I consider myself incredibly lucky to have had the chance to do some very challenging jobs and have met many fantastic people in the process. From learning the hard way to stay onside with my Colour Sergeant at Sandhurst, to the incredible people I served with during two tours in Afghanistan - the experiences I have had over the last 10 years will stay with me for the rest of my life. For that I will always be hugely grateful.
Inevitably most good things come to an end and I am at a crossroads in my military career. Luckily for me, I will continue to wear the uniform and mix with fellow servicemen and women for the rest of my life, helping where I can, and making sure the next few Invictus Games are as amazing as the last. I am considering the options for the future and I am…

Prince Charles unveils Waterloo memorial

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall went to Belgium, to the site of the Battle of Waterloo, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the historic battle and to unveil the memorial dedicated to the historic event. The battle saw the downfall of Napoleon Bonaparte.  The present Duke of Wellington, who takes the courtesy title Prince of Waterloo in Belgium, showed Prince Charles the battle field, pointing out where Napoleon was defeated.   More than 180,000 troops from Prussia, Britain, Holland and France spent ten hours fighting in the battlefield. This was Napoleon’s last attempt to control mainland Europe after escaping from exile.  Image: PA/ Mail Online.

Official Wedding Pictures of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia's Wedding

Here are the official wedding pictures of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia's wedding, © Mattias Edwall, Kungahuset.

Royal guests join the Swedish Royal Family during the wedding. The royals who attended include: Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, Queen Mathilde of the Belgians, Prince Nikolaos and Princess Tatiana of Greece, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Crown Prince Haakon and Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Mary of Denmark, Queen Sonja of Norway and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.

The couple's parents posed with them after the wedding ceremony: Marie Hellqvist, Erik Hellqvist, Princess Sofia, Prince Carl Philip, Queen Silvia and King XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia pose with their respective siblings. On Princess Sofia's left are her sisters: Sara and Lina, while on  Prince  Carl's right are Crown Princess Viktoria and Princess Madeleine.

The royal lovebirds with the princess' bridal party. Princ…

King Carl XVI Gustaf announces Prince Nicholas is now Duke of Ångermanland

June 17 - King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden announced on a cabinet meeting held at the Royal Palace of Stockholm that Princess Madeleine's baby boy will be called Nicolas Paul Gustaf. He also assigned the Prince the Duchy of Ångermanland.

Royal Roundup

Some personal issues kept me away from this blog for quite a few weeks, but I’m happy to say I’m back and I hope I’d get myself to blogging once again—this time nonstop!.. And because of my absence, I’ve missed some of the biggest royal events , but we’re catching up, so here’s our roundup of the biggest royal events lately.
Prince Harry shares a tea with US First Lady Michelle Obama

June 16 - Prince Harry hosted a tea for United States First Lady Michelle Obama at Kensington Palace. The two talked about their shared interests in support for veterans and their families. The First Lady also discussed about the ‪#‎LetGirlsLearn initiative for adolescent girls' education around the world, which is the focus of her visit to the UK.
Prince Madeleine gives birth to a baby boy

June 16 - "Princess Madeleine gave birth to a healthy baby boy this Monday afternoon at 13:45. Mother and child are healthy and happy. The family is overjoyed with this new arrival to the Swedish Royal Family!&…
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