Princess Diana’s jewels worn by the Duchess of Cambridge

After looking at the Duchess of Cambridge’s jewels on loan from the Queen, we are now looking at the jewels she wears that once belonged to her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana. The Duchess started wearing Diana’s jewels on the day she got engaged to prince William, and never stopped doing so. In the years that followed, she added more pieces to her jewelry box that were once worn by Diana. It is expected that this will continue in the future, as there still are many gorgeous jewels from the late Princess that never appeared in public after her death.

The list will be updated when the Duchess wears new pieces of jewelry that once belonged to Diana or if she wears pieces again. 


Diamond and sapphire engagement ring
This ring is the engagement ring that was given to prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer for their engagement in February 1981. The ring is made by jeweler Garrard, and came from the existing collection (it was not a special design for the couple). Queen Elizabeth paid a little bit more than 30.000 euros for the ring, which was made of a 12-carat blue sapphire, surrounded by 14 diamonds, and set in 18-carat white gold. After Dian’s tragic death in 1997, her possessions were divided between her two sons. 13 years later, in 2010, prince William took the ring with him to Kenya for his proposal to his long-time girlfriend, Catherine Middleton. A few weeks later he said in the engagement interview that he carried the ring in his rucksack for days before he fionally proposed. He said that the ring was very important for him and that he wanted to make sure that his mother was with the couple on their special day by giving her ring to his fiancee. His bride, the future Duchess of Cambridge, said that she loved the ring and was very afraid of losing it. Since the engagement, the Duchess never stopped wearing the ring. She wears it practically every day.

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Sapphire earrings
These earrings were a gift from prince William to his wife shortly after their wedding in 2011. The original earrings were from the collection of his late mother. She wore them in a different setting, either as studs or two clusters of sapphires surrounded by diamonds beneath each other. The Duchess had the earrings adjusted to her taste and had the sapphire surrounded by the nine clear diamonds attached to a single diamond. The earrings are a favorite with the Duchess. She wears them very often. They are a very good match with her sapphire and diamond engagement ring.

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The Royal Family attends celebrations for the Royal Air Force Centenary

Members of the Royal Family are attending the celebrations for the centenary of the Royal Air Force today. The day starts with a service at Westminster Abbey.

The Royal Air Force was founded on 1 April 1918. The RAF is the world’s oldest independent air force: that is, the first air force to become independent of army or navy control. After being the strongest air force on the planet shortly after World War I, the RAF had to fight for its survival in the inter-war years. In World War II, the RAF was rapidly expanded. A defining period of the RAF existence was during the Battle of Britain. They held of the German Luftwaffe during a summer long air battle over Britain and the North Sea to prevent Britain from being conquered by the Germans too. After the Battle of Britain, the main RAF effort during the war was the strategic bombing campaign against Germany. After the war, the RAF was reorganized again. At the time, the technology in air warfare was greatly advancing and the RAF needed the newest technology to play its part in the Cold War. They are still active today at many places in the world.

Her Majesty the Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are attending the service at the Abbey today.

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Prince Louis’ Christening

Prince Louis of Cambridge was christened at The Chapel Royal, St. James’s Palace, this afternoon. It was the first time we saw the little prince since two photographs were released shortly after his birth on April 23. It also marked the first time the Cambridges were publicly  seen together as a family of five. Prince Louis, now eleven weeks old, was carried by his mother on arrival and appeared to be fast asleep.

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Before the Royals arrived, we saw the arrival of the godparents and their spouses, and the Middleton family. Carole wore a blue dress by Suzannah and a hat by Juliette Boterill. Pippa, who is pregnant with her first child, wore a dress by Alessandra Rich. The Duchess’ brother, James Middleton, was accompanied by godparent Lady Laura Meade.

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LIVEBLOG: Prince Louis’ Christening

We will have live updates during the entire afternoon and night on the latest news surrounding the christening of Prince Louis. Later tonight, we will have a special blog post with the best pictures and a summary of the day. 


  • The christening will start at St. James’ Palace at 16:00hrs GMT. We can expect to see the guests and the Cambridge family arrive shortly before that. It is possible that the arrivals will be streamed live here. The service itself will be private and will approximately last 45 minutes.
  • The Middleton Family and the Godparents have arrived at the christening. 
  • The Duke and Duchess have chosen two hymns, two lessons and two anthems for the christening of their son. More details can be read here.
  • The Duchess of Cambridge is wearing Alexander McQueen and a hat by Jane Taylor. These are the same designers as she choose for the christenings for her other two children.
  • At arrival, the Duchess carried a sleeping prince Louis. The Duke looked after the other two children. It is the first time they’re seen as a family of five. 
  • The family and guests are now having tea and cake at Clarence House. That is where the official christening photographs will be taken.
  • Read all details on the christening that were announced by Kensington Palace this morning in this special blog post.


  • 16:45hrs: The Christening service has now ended. The Cambridges have just left the Chapel for Clarence House, where tea and a trier from their wedding cake will be served. The official photographs will also be taken.
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  • 16:41hrs: A Family of Five
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It’s a girl for Zara and Mike Tindall!

It’s happy British Royal Family news today instead of news on our four main players on this blog today! For important big events, we sometimes also cover other members of the Royal Family. 

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Zara Tindall gave birth to a healthy baby daughter on Monday 18 June at Stroud Maternity Unit. Mike was present at the birth. The weight of the baby was 9lbs 3oz (4167 grams). Zara and Mike already have a daughter, Mia, born on 17 January 2014. The couple married in June 2011 in Scotland.

According to the press release, the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Princess Royal Captain Mark Phillips and Mike’s parents, Mr Philip and Mrs Linda Tindall, are delighted with the happy news. The baby’s name will be confirmed in due course.

Zara Tindall (née Phillips) is a daughter of princess Anne (the Princess Royal) and a granddaughter to Queen Elizabeth. She is 17th in line to the British throne. The newborn baby is 19th in line to the throne.

The girl is the fourth granddaughter to the Princess Royal (after her cousins Savannah (7) and Isla (6), the daughters of Peter and Autumn, and her sister Mia (4)). She is the seventh great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip.

Update 27 June: Zara en Mike have decided to name their daughter Lena Elizabeth.