13 ‘new’ facts: Vogue’s Insight to the British Royals

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With the new Prince Charles biography, Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Lifewe’re sure to get some new information about the British Royals. Vogue gives us glimpse inside with 13 facts revealed by author Sally Bedell Smith. 

Here are three I found particularly interesting

After Prince William and Kate Middleton got married, the dynamics within the royal family changed
Besides Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip have three other children—Princess Royal Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward. They’re a nuclear family, but since Prince William and Kate Middleton have added to the next generation in line for the throne, the royal family has become somewhat two-tiered. An example of this came during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee during a flotilla on the Thames. Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince Harry joined the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, and Camilla Parker Bowles on their boat. Princess Anne, Princes Andrew and Edward, and their families rode down the river separately.

Prince Harry participated in at least one missile attack against the Taliban while he was deployed in Afghanistan
Prince Harry has done a fair amount of service, including being deployed to Afghanistan for a 4-month stretch. He was an Apache helicopter pilot and served as a copilot gunner in a missile attack on the Taliban.

The Queen’s death is now more of an open topic
A recent long-form article in The Guardian discussed the secret plan for what will happen when the Queen dies. But among the royal household and the royal family, the Queen apparently believes that an open discussion is “healthy and important.”

New Book Claims Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl Thought Marriage of Prince Charles and Diana Was ‘Idiotic’

ap8406100373-1-A new book has been released and claims to expose the true feelings former German chancellor Helmut Kohl had regarding various heads of state during his time as the head of Germany from 1982-1998.

Though Mr.Kohl is said to have tried vehemently to halt the book’s publication, it published nevertheless and seems to contain some fascinating insight.

The Daily Mail writes:

The former German chancellor Helmut Kohl branded the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana ‘idiotic’, an explosive new book has claimed.

The 84-year-old, who led Germany from 1982 to 1998, also added that had Diana become queen immediately, she ‘would have done her bit in bed’.

It has also emerged he described Prince Philip as a ‘blockhead’ and accused former prime minister Margaret Thatcher of falling asleep at meetings.

The claims come in a controversial book by by journalist Heribert Schwan and is based on extensive interviews with the former chancellor.

According to the book, Mr Kohl told Mr Schwan that while Prince Charles was ‘entirely friendly’, he was unimpressed with his marriage to Diana Spencer in 1981.

He said: ‘Her marriage was an absolutely idiotic affair.

‘Had she become queen immediately she would have done her bit in bed, created three princes and her duty to the nation would have been fulfilled. But like this she had to travel around, talk to mayors and so on and then she withered away.’ (Daily Mail)

I don’t think he said anything particularly damning, but I understand a person, especially a public figure, not wanting their personal views remembered ahead of their political career.

The Invictus Games, Part I.

5BRITAIN-MILITARY-DISABLED-GAMES-ATHLETICS 3 4Invictus Games:  AthleticsYesterday was the opening ceremony for the Invictus Games. The games, which have wounded servicemen and women compete, is one of Prince Harry’s patronages, and one he holds very dear to his heart.

In his speech, Harry, who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan, said: “Over the past eight years, I have witnessed the whole cycle of life changing injury; evacuating soldiers and local Afghans to hospital; flying home from Afghanistan with some of those critically injured; meeting others in hospital coming to terms with life changing injuries; and finally trying to keep up with twelve wounded veterans on our way to the South Pole.

“I can only begin to imagine how challenging the journey of recovery is, but the admiration I have for these men and women, to move beyond their injuries, is limitless.”

He told how he had been inspired by the Warrior Games in the US. “Seeing people who, only months earlier, had been told they’d never walk again, now winning medals in front of their family and friends was breath taking.

“I knew that anyone would be inspired by what these men and women had achieved, not just other servicemen and women, but all those adjusting to life post injury.”

He told the competitors in London: “The British public’s support for our servicemen and women has been exceptional; I know they will show you the same over the coming days.

“Finally, I would like to thank you for the tremendous example you set. Your stories move, inspire and humble us.  You prove that anything is possible, if you have the will.” (Express)

Prince Charles Remembers Robin Williams

Prince Charles Remembers Robin Williams

Prince Charles has spoken out upon hearing of the tragic passing of comedian Robin Williams.

Prince Charles has become the first British royal to publicly pay tribute to Robin Williams, after the late actor’s death on Monday.

The first-in-line to the throne, whose history with Robin dated years back, gave a statement to Press Association.

“I greatly enjoyed meeting him on several occasions and his irreplaceable contribution to life will be greatly missed by countless people, including myself,” said Charles.

He added: “He was a remarkable man, whose wonderful frenetic humour brought a special kind of laughter into people’s lives.”

Robin, who passed away from a suspected suicide in his California home at the age of 63, was last pictured meeting the Queen’s eldest child in 2008. (Hello!)

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Royal Doppelgängers: British Royal History Edition

1Prince William and his 14th Century ancestor King Edward I.

Royal Doppelgängers: British Royal History EditionPrincess Beatrice and her great-great-great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.

Royal Doppelgängers: British Royal History Edition Prince Charles and his distant relative Edward VII, who also once held the title of Prince of Wales.

Royal Doppelgängers: British Royal History EditionLord Freddie Windsor and his ancestor Louis Frederick, Prince of Wales.

Royal Doppelgängers: British Royal History EditionPrince Michael of Kent and his grandfather, King George V.

Royal Doppelgängers: British Royal History EditionPrincess Beatrice and her great-great-grandmother, the Queen Mum.

Royal Doppelgängers: British Royal History EditionQueen Elizabeth II and her grandmother, Queen Mary.

Royal Doppelgängers: British Royal History EditionPrince Harry and his great-great grandmother, Queen Mary.

Royal Doppelgängers: British Royal History EditionPrince Edward and his grandfather, King George VI.

Royal Doppelgängers: British Royal History EditionLady Louise Windsor and her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

While some of these may be a stretch–like Prince Harry and Queen Mary, for one–some of these are eerily spot-on–like Prince Charles and Edward VII. What do you think?


Royals in the Military

After Prince William’s latest announcement regarding his career now that he is officially retired from the RAF, and with the upcoming book about the lives of RAF wives and Kate’s foreward, I thought it’d be a great time to recap some royals in the military. (Click the photo for the caption.)

Do you think Kate will follow suit of the other Crown Princesses and do basic training?