On Friday, May 25, Kensington Palace announced that a coat of arms had been created for Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex. Originally, Meghan's family was supposed to receive the traditional design, but the palace decided to just give it to her, breaking royal tradition. The statement released by the palace explained the customized symbols and decals in full detail, writing: The blue background of the shield represents the Pacific Ocean off the California coast, while the two golden rays across the shield are symbolic of the sunshine of The Duchess's home state. The three quills represent communication and the power of words. Beneath the shield on the grass sits a collection of golden poppies,
Royals are required to adhere to very strict dress codes, but every now and then one of them gives in to the occasional casual outfit. Such is the case with the fashion-forward Queen Rania, who recently shared a snap of herself in what could be described as a completely relatable athleisure look just before her daughter's high school graduation from the International Academy in Amman, Jordan. Not only was Queen Rania sporting a cozy white hoodie, but she was lounging in a pair of black sweatpants as well. Although there is a laundry list of rules that members of the British royal family must follow—for example, Meghan Markle is no longer allowed to have her own social media accounts, while Queen Rania has amassed nearly 5 million followers on her verified Instagram—there does not appear to be any such rule that explicitly outlaws wearing the occasional chic athleisure outfit.
The moment we've all been waiting for is finally here: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding! On Saturday, thousands of people made their way across the pond to watch Harry and Meghan exchange "I dos" at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, and yes, that included Harry's exes. Cressida Bonas and Chelsy Davy appeared to be in good spirits as they arrived, and from the looks of it, there are no hard feelings between them and Harry. According to Us Weekly, Chelsy and Harry "have remained friends long after ending their relationship and still keep in touch to this day." Chelsy also reportedly "congratulated him the minute the engagement news was announced" and Meghan apparently has "no problem with her being there." Now, just a few more minutes until Harry and Meghan tie the knot!
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are busy packing their bags for a honeymoon to Namibia, but before they get some R&R and bid England adieu, they might detour to another country entirely. The royal couple has plans to travel to Mexico in order for Harry to properly meet his father-in-law, Thomas Markle, who lives there. In case you need a refresher, Thomas skipped the royal wedding in a shocking turn of events that involved staged paparazzi pictures and a heart attack, which means he still has not met Prince Harry. "I hear one of the things they want to do sooner than later—and now that they're married—is to go and see Thomas Markle, who is recovering from a heart operation," royal expert Katie Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight.
While Meghan had her pick of tiaras for her wedding day, there was one tiara she couldn't accessorize with: the tiara Kate wore on her own wedding day. Because the Cartier Halo tiara is on display at the National Gallery of Australia from March 30 through July 22.
Prince Charles should have a coronation stripped of its 'feudal' elements to better represent modern Britain, a think tank has suggested. While the Queen enjoyed a lavish three-hour ceremony attended by more than 8,000, experts have suggested her heir should consider a shorter coronation with a congregation of just 2,200. The report, by University College London's Constitution Unit, suggests getting rid of hundreds of years of tradition by adding a separate non-Christian ceremony at Westminster Hall. It recommends that Prince Charles should make an 'oath to the people', as opposed to making three oaths to uphold Christianity. A report, by University College London's Constitution Unit, has suggested
Princess Diana and Prince Charles separated in late 1992 after 11 years of marriage, but it wasn't until August 1996 — after multiple affairs, scandals, and one explosive TV interview — that the royal couple's divorce was officially finalized. Here are seven things you may not have known about Diana's life after splitting from Prince Charles. She lost her royal title. . . . Queen Elizabeth II reportedly wanted to let Diana keep the style of her royal highness, but Charles was "adamant" that she give it up — instead, she was given the title Diana, Princess of Wales. The loss of the honorific separated Diana from the rest of the family in such a way that she had to curtsy to those who had it, including
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's royal wedding went off without a hitch last Saturday—much the relief of the royal family, who, like the rest of the world, was anticipating more drama to unfold in light of the Thomas Markle controversy. (More on that in a second.) During an interview with British radio station Channel 5 on Wednesday morning, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, spoke about her stepson Prince Harry's "uplifting" wedding, and hinted that the palace was as shocked as the rest of us by all of the pre-wedding tumult that came courtesy of Markle's immediate family. "It was such a lovely day. Just everything went right," Duchess Camilla said in her interview, according to the Daily Mail's