24 April 2016

Sunday Tidbits for April 24: Birthday Month Isn't Over Yet

Let's kick this off with a little round up of what's been going on at the Jewel Vault, for those of you wondering where the coverage of the recent British stuff is at:

--POTUS and FLOTUS visited. They were chauffeured by Prince Philip and entertained by Prince George, which is what you call the Complete Windsor Experience.
Photo: Kensington Palace

--Here's the Queen's birthday walkabout from Thursday.

--Here's commentary on that darling four generation stamp release.

--And here's some chatter on those Annie Leibovitz portraits. Plus, view the Sky News tribute to QEII, featuring a joint interview from the Earl and Countess of Wessex and one from the Duke of Cambridge.
Photo: Annie Leibovitz/British Monarchy

--Finally, here's another television feature from the BBC, Elizabeth at 90 - A Family Tribute. If you're only going to watch one of these, make it this one. It's lovely.

Now, onward! Or backward, actually. A few more things from the week that was:

--The name and title of Princess Sofia and Prince Carl Philip's baby boy was announced by the King at a cabinet meeting on Thursday. Welcome to the world, HRH Prince Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil, Duke of Södermanland! Here's his first picture, taken by the proud father.
Photo: HRH Prince Carl Philip / The Royal Court, Sweden

--Also, the family held their traditional Te Deum to celebrate the birth on Friday. Something must have gone awry when Crown Princess Victoria was wrapping her present for Alexander, for one of her rejected test bows somehow ended up on her head. [ParisMatch]

Both: The Royal Court, Sweden

--I can see why Crown Princess Mette-Marit brought along a change of shoes for this engagement, which involved visiting a fishing boat, but that doesn't mean her choices aren't still giving me shoe whiplash. [NRK]

--If you're trying to get your party guests seated, just tell them it's a soufflé. This helpful tip and more from this article on Lady Elizabeth Anson, party planner to the Queen, royalty, celebrity, etc. [New York Times]

--The Queen wasn't the only one celebrating on April 21st: Princess Isabella of Denmark turned nine and showed off her long locks in new photos taken by her mother.
Photo: HRH The Crown Princess of Denmark

--And finally, the Prince of Wales became the Prince of Denmark yesterday. Marking the 400th anniversary of the Shakespeare's death will do that to you. [Telegraph]

Coming up this week: More catching up with other monarchies, and birthday/anniversary month continues...

Sunday Tidbits is your place throughout the week to share things we haven't covered yet and for all your off topic chats. Enjoy!