From the Writer’s Desk

A brief background

In 2014, a few years out of college, and during a window in time which I was interning and freelancing, I started this blog as a welcome distraction from the very painful realization that adulthood was not, in fact, exactly as expected. This stretch allowed me ample time to not only follow along closer with the happenings of royals, but also start this blog as a place where I could flex my newly acquired ‘journalist’ muscles. (I earned a B.S. in Journalism in 2012.)

It’s especially important to note the fact that at this time I was hoping to make a name for myself in journalism, so I had hoped to write this blog using the same approach I had when reporting — thorough sourcing, researching, and vetting. And I did just that! For quite some time, actually, and it was really fun. But real life called and I found a fantastic gig in Hamburg at an internationally renowned advertising firm a copywriter. Since then I’ve been busy building my career and life in Hamburg, updating this blog only sporadically. But I’ve decided to take more time to write in my free time and I’d really like to venture back into this space as a ‘passion project’ of sorts.

Ok, and?

Right, back to the point, so as a result of this rekindled endeavor, I hope to take this blog in a more creative direction and fostering more of a community approach. What’s celebrity gossip if you can’t discuss with someone else? But I also want to make this a space you can check each day for a fun, informative respite from the stress of everything else that rules our days. Sometimes checking out of reality and taking a peek into lives we can only begin to imagine having can provide us the chance to daydream and sometimes breathe a sigh of relief that our every move isn’t being put under a microscope…

What this means

In the time I figure out the direction and approach I’ll take to what this blog will entail, be aware that things may start to look a little wonky here and there as I redo the website. There will be a rhythm, eventually, to the posting, but again, right now it’s just in the restructuring stage and will certainly show signs of growing pains. But you can follow along for daily postings on the Instagram, and any other big changes I’ll be sure to let you know of here.

Side note:

This is not an website written from the perspective of a royal expert, though I do know a ridiculous amount of royal knowledge. But it’s a place to have fun. Be inspired. Share in a healthy dose of gossip and gawking. It’s a website dedicated to being entertaining.

Most importantly

Thank you for reading along. And putting up with long hiatuses and even random changes. I think you’ll be happy with what’s in store. At least, I hope!

Thanks for reading & welcome to the new Duchess-at-Large.

And we’re back!

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Wow. How do you write a post after being away for so long? Well, I haven’t been away per se, just busy. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been following all the royal happenings on a play-by-play basis! In fact, probably even more so.

You can follow along less formal, more impromptu posts over at royallyspeaking on Instagram.

But in the meantime, I’m while not able to post everyday happenings of royals here — which, of course, is unnecessary given the professional coverage available at your fingertips — I hope to venture back into more insightful, less covered royal topics, such as protocol, history, drama, and the like.

I hope you’ll continue to join me, and thanks for being so patient in the meantime.



Happy Mother’s Day! (A small update.)

Hi everyone!

I first want to apologize for having pretty much disappeared from the royal scene. I have been absurdly busy with work since the start of the year. (How is it almost June?!)

In any case, I have been following along on twitter and have had more than enough thoughts on all things royal; The India tour! Crown Princess Victoria’s new baby! Prince Carl Philip’s new baby! Princess Charlotte’s new photos! The Queen’s 90th birthday! I can hardly keep up.

But this blog has definitely been on my list of things to catch up on, and that’s exactly what I plan on doing this summer. I know, I know, I say that a lot. But this time I will put it as a higher priority as it is one of my favorite hobbies.


In the meantime, I wish all of you mothers a wonderful Mother’s Day and leave you with this sweet interview with Prince Harry from People Magazine.

In an intimate interview, Prince Harry speaks to PEOPLE about wanting kids, bringing his Invictus Games to America and how his mother, Princess Diana, continues to inspire him.

He lost his mom, Princess Diana, at age 12, but now Prince Harry is opening up about her profound influence.

“All I want to do is make my mother incredibly proud,” he tells PEOPLE in an exclusive interview in this week’s cover story. “That’s all I’ve ever wanted to do.”

Speaking in the Audience Room of Kensington Palace just before he set off for his Invictus Games in Orlando – on Wednesday he’ll make a stop in Palm Beach, Fla., for a charity polo match – the royal, 31, reflected on the ways in which his late mom continues to inspire him.

“When she died, there was a gaping hole, not just for us but also for a huge amount of people across the world,” he says. “If I can try and fill a very small part of that, then job done. I will have to, in a good way, spend the rest of my life trying to fill that void as much as possible. And so will William.” (People.)


Site Updates and New Photos of Prince Carl Philip and Sofia of Sweden

Scandi Mags

Firstly, I must say I’m sorry for the lack of posts recently. It’s been for a good reason, promise: I have moved to Hamburg! I was excited to have been offered a job here back in beautiful Germany last month and couldn’t pass it up. Germany is, of course, a second home to me.

And, I’d be lying if I said the idea of getting to read royal mags about Scandinavian Royals on the reg did sweeten the deal a whole lot. 😉 I already have this week’s prized collection of scoop and cannot wait to share my findings.

So, let’s get down to it, shall we?

The Swedish Royal Court released yet another batch of photos of the recently betrothed Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist. I really like her hair and dress this round. She looks very regal. And of course, Prince Carl Philip looks dashing, as per usual.

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Sorry For The Brief Break In Posting


Firstly, how beautiful was the coronation of King Felipe VI yesterday. Simple, though so perfectly stated.

Secondly, I apologize for the lack in posting–especially during such a royally-significant week!–will resume regular posting next week! With a full recap on all I’ve managed to miss posting this week.


A Royal Survey: What do you want to see on this blog?

William and Harry

When I started this blog (on a whim) last week, I knew I definitely wanted to blog about current royal happenings in regard to the British Royal Family. However, I also find myself leaning toward writing about royal history, other Royal Families (especially the Swedish and Danish Royals…). But I also want to make this a place where those interested in royals can go for everything they want royal-related.

And that’s exactly what I’d like to know.

What do you want to see?

I’d be so grateful if you’d share your thoughts below so I can know what to look into and report back on.


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