The prestigious and fashionable Boodles Boxing Ball was held this year at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Saturday, September 21, 2013. The ball was well attended by Royals including Prince Harry, Princess Eugenie, and Princess Beatrice as well as Zara Phillips, Cressida Bonas, and Pippa Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister.
The 30-year-old Pippa Middleton wore a floor-length gown with a bright tangerine skirt and black halter neck top. The dress was made by designer Catherine Deane. She accessorized her ensemble with a black clutch purse and black peep-toe shoes. Her brunette hair was styled in graceful loose curls. Pippa Middleton was all smiles as she entered the Grosvenor House Hotel with her stockbroker beau Nico Jackson. The couple was holding hands upon their entrance. 35-year-old Jackson looked debonair in a black velvet jacket, bow tie, and black suit. Middleton and Jackson are rumored to be engaged. Continue reading
The former Queen of the Netherlands, Princess Beatrix, fell and broke her cheekbone which required surgery. She had surgery on the morning of September 22, 2013 and remained in the hospital a few days to recover. She then returned home to the Huis ten Bosch Palace in the Hague to recuperate further. The 75-year-old Royal Dutchwoman has had her fair share of tribulation as of late, as she tragically lost her son Prince Johan Friso in August. Prince Johan was injured in a severe snow-skiing accident in February of 2012. Following the accident, he slipped into a coma and remained in a state of minimal consciousness for a year and a half until his death. Prince Johan left behind two daughters, Zaria and Luana, as well as his wife, Princess Mabel. During his coma he was being taken care of at the Huis ten Bosch Palace. Princess Beatrix abdicated from the throne in April of 2013 in favour of her eldest son, King Willem-Alexander, reverting back to her original status of Princess after having ruled as the head of the House of Orange for thirty-three years. Nevertheless, Princess Beatrix continues to perform public duties and is scheduled for her next appearance on October 1st, 2013.
Zara Phillips, Queen Elizabeth II’s granddaughter, showed off her growing baby bump as she attended the glamorous and prestigious high-society Boodles Boxing Ball escorted by her husband Mike Tindall. Five months pregnant Zara Phillips looked sophisiticated and positively glowed in her floor-length silk maxi gown by materity brand Seraphine, a dressmaker which was also popular with Kate Middleton during her pregnancy. The accomplished horse rider completed her stylish look with a pair of black high heels and a glittering gold clutch purse. Her blonde hair was styled casually yet elegantly in a low ponytail. Phillips smiled as she looked happy to enter the Grosvenor House Hotel where the event was being held on the evening of September 21st, 2013.
Several other famous Royals attended the Boodles Boxing Ball as well including Zara Phillip’s cousins Prince Harry, Princess Eugenie, and Princess Beatrice. The girlfriend of Prince Harry, Cressida Bonas, accompanied him to the ball and was seen riding in the same car as Princess Eugenie. Prince Harry looked quite debonair in his black tuxedo. Prince Harry arrived with his personal security guards in tow. Continue reading
The 48-year-old Countess of Wessex, Sophie, visited an optometry hospital on September 20th, 2013, during her tour of India that lasted a week. She visited the eye hospital on day three of her trip that she has embarked on without the company of her husband, Prince Edward. Sophie had to give up her sense of style a bit as she was asked to wear covers over her shoes in the interest of hygiene upon entering the operating stage of the Susret Eye Foundation in Kolkata, West Bengal. The mother of two children, the Countess was given an in-depth opportunity to learn about the sight-saving activities the advanced eye care unit carries out on their patients. She even was allowed to use a simulator to imitate performing cataract surgery.
Aside from the blue shoe covers, Countess Sophie was attired in an elegant yet simple palm tree patterned dress and a silver jacket. She accessorized by draping a purple pashmina around her neck and carrying a small silver clutch purse that matched the color of her jacket. Her blonde hair was pulled back into an effortless ponytail. Continue reading
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is now officially the oldest male heir in British history as of September 19th, 2013. The previous record was held by King William IV, brother of King George IV. King George IV died without having any children so King William IV acceded to the throne in 1830 following his brother’s passing. Prince Charles also holds the records for the oldest Prince of Wales and the third-longest serving. Additionally, he has the title of the longest-serving heir to the throne in the history of Great Britain.
Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles’ mother, is, at the age of 87, already the oldest Monarch in British history and appears to be in excellent health overall. She became the second longest reigning Monarch in 2011 and will overtake Queen Victoria’s record as longest reigning Monarch the history of Great Britain on September 10, 2015. After the King of Thailand, Queen Elizabeth II is the second longest reigning Monarch alive today. Continue reading
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal performed the official opening duties of CHIVAS Brothers’ new bottling hall in Paisley where whisky business CHIVAS Brothers is based. Prestige Hall, the new bottling hall, will primarily bottle the more luxury spirit products of CHIVAS Brothers such as special editions of Beefeater gin, Royal Salute, Ballantine’s, The Glenlivet, and, of course, Chivas Regal. Plans are to sell these luxury versions of the flagship brands primarily in the Far East, where consumers are displaying a thirst for inventive presentations of luxury gins and whiskies. Continue reading
23-year-old Princess Eugenie, the Queen’s second youngest granddaughter, is moving to New York in October of 2013. The move is caused by Princess Eugenie being hired to work at Paddle8, an art auction house owned by Alexander Gilkes. Alexander Gilkes and his brother Charlie Gilkes are good friends of the royals.
Princess Eugenie will be leaving behind her boyfriend, Jack Brooksbank, for a spell but the two are planning to visit whenever possible and the princess will return to London when Paddle8 opens a new office there. Princess Eugenie earned her degree at Newcastle in Art History and English Literature. Previously she has been utilizing her degree during work for auction house Christie’s and at the Royal Collection in Buckingham Palace.
The princess is sure to socialize with Hilary Rhoda, Lauren Bush Lauren, and the Hiltons perhaps by getting cocktails at the fashionable SoHo House or The Standard. Pippa Middleton also enjoys hanging out in Manhattan, so Princess Eugenie should have plenty of people to introduce her to New York and keep her busy.
On September 16, 2013, tennis star Novak Djokovic and the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, opened a primary school for underprivileged children in the Serbian town of Kadina Luka. Sarah Ferguson flew into Belgrade the night before where she was met by Novak Djokovic. The Novak Djokovic Humanitarian Foundation aims to improve the lives of needy Serbian children and it was founded by the tennis champ in 2007. The Duchess is an ambassador for the Foundation and believes in seeing the work of the Foundation first hand as opposed to just attending fancy parties.
Fewer than 44 percent of children in Serbia between the ages of three and a half and five attend school, so the new school should make quite an impact on childhood education. This is the first school that has been refurbished under the Foundation’s project Skolica Zivota (Little School of Life). Novak Djokovic was seen planting trees while Sarah Ferguson entertained the crowd of dozens of schoolchildren. The Duchess was all smiles throughout the day. When not helping with charities, Sarah Ferguson has a successful career as a television personality and writer.
Recently married Swedish princess Madeleine announced in early September of 2013 that she is expecting a child with her New York banker husband Christopher O’Neill. When the pair married in June of 2013, Mr. O’Neill opted out of a royal title choosing instead to remain a private citizen rather than be granted royal rank. Princess Madeleine moved to the United States in 2010 following the nasty collapse of her first engagement to Swedish attorney Jonas Bergstrom who was rumored to have cheated on her.
Christopher O’Neill and Princess Madeleine started dating in 2011, having first been seen together at the Central Park Boathouse. Their wedding was well-attended by celebrities such as Roxette stars Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson, Duran Duran’s John Taylor, Prince Nikolaos of Greece, and the chief executive of fashion company H&M Karl-Johan Persson. Princess Madeleine wore a couture Valentino wedding gown. The married couple currently lives in New York where Princess Madeleine works for the non-profit World Childhood Foundation founded by her mother, Queen Silvia. Continue reading
Prince Philip was finally introduced to his great-grandson on September 15th, 2013 nearly two months after Prince George’s birth. Prince Philip was desperate to meet the infant prince but was unable to due to his recovery at Sandringham after exploratory abdominal surgery. Prince William employed a private plane to take his wife Kate Middleton and son Prince George to Balmoral Castle in Scotland where Prince Philip and the Queen have been living since late July. The Queen had already met the baby Prince George when he was brought to Kensington not long after his birth. Continue reading