May 062015
 

Princess Charlotte has made her first trip beyond the walls of Kensington Palace.

Mirrorpix / Splash News

Mirrorpix / Splash News

William, Kate, George and Charlotte left London midday and headed to their country home, Anmer Hall. The rear windows of the family Range Rover are blacked-out, but reports say Princess Charlotte and Prince George could be seen in the back seat, safely strapped into their safety seats. (Here is a quick video of the couple leaving Kensington Palace; the audio is cute as it registers just who was being videotaped.)

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May 042015
 

We are back with a very brief post today, but one that is a delight to write. William and Kate released the name of the new Princess of Cambridge. Word came at 3pm London time, 10am in the United States.

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

The couple selected three names resonating with significance.

©Jack Taylor / i-Images

©i-Images

Following, some of the historical reasons behind the names.

  • Charlotte
    •  the feminized version of Charles, for William’s father, Prince Charles
    • Charlotte was the wife of King George III
    • Pippa Middleton’s middle name
  • Elizabeth
    • honors HM, the Queen
    • it was also the late Queen Mother’s name
    • Kate and Carole Middleton’s middle name
  •  Diana:
    • a touching tribute to William’s mother, the late Diana, Princess of Wales

Other facts about the names:

  • “Charlotte is also the name of Earl Spencer’s youngest daughter. William has cousins Alexander, Louis & Charlotte. He’s used all 3 names.” That info is via Victoria Arbiter.

Below, some of those honored by the names. We see the Queen this past Saturday, and a December, 1982 photo of Prince Charles, Prince William and Diana.

PA Wire/PA Wire

PA Wire/PA Wire

Rosa Monckton, a friend of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, shared her thoughts on Twitter on the name.

Rosa Monckton Twitter

Rosa Monckton Twitter

And from the British Embassy in the USA.

British Embassy

British Embassy – Washington

At the Tower of London there was a 62-gun salute fired by the Honourable Artillery Company.

Cpl Donald Todd RLC

Cpl Donald Todd RLC

More on the tradition from the Army in London Facebook page:

Bank Holiday crowds flocked to the firing sites to join in the celebrations and show their support for the baby Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge. Gun salutes are customarily fired for the birth of every Prince or Princess, no matter where their place is within the succession.

Historic Royal Palaces (@HRP_Palaces)

Historic Royal Palaces (@HRP_Palaces)

Here you see the guns being positioned at the Tower of London before they were fired.

©Crown Copyright

©Crown Copyright

There was also 41-gun salute in Hyde Park, preceded by music from the Royal Artillery Band. Our friend Mark Stewart noted the songs being played included “The Circle of Life” and “Isn’t She Lovely?”. The Army in London Facebook page noted the musicians had been up since dawn practicing special arrangements of the music “suitable to welcome the new Princess.”

©Crown Copyright/Sergeant Rupert Frere RLC

©Crown Copyright/Sergeant Rupert Frere RLC

There is a video on the Army in London Facebook page of the music being played.

The Army in London

The Army in London

Today was a holiday in Britain, so there were lots of people out and about enjoying the festivities.

The Army in London

The Army in London

Below, the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery firing blank artillery rounds.

©Crown Copyright/Sergeant Rupert Frere RLC

©Crown Copyright/Sergeant Rupert Frere RLC

Why 41 and 62 rounds? (Yours truly had to undertake a little research for this one.) It turns out a basic salute is 21 rounds. For ceremonial events at the Tower of London an additional 20 rounds are fired because the Tower is designated a “Royal Palace and Fortress.” For salutes in Hyde Park (as well as Green Park) there are an extra 20 rounds, the number for Royal Parks.

It’s no easy task getting the canon into place. 53 soldiers and 71 horses pull the guns into position for today’s salute.

©Crown Copyright/Sergeant Rupert Frere RLC

©Crown Copyright/Sergeant Rupert Frere RLC

The name for the photo album by The Army in London is cute: “Royal Baby BOOM”

Coinciding with the Hyde Park gun salute, the bells at Westminster Abbey. There was “a full peal of Cambridge Surprise Royal on the Abbey’s ten bells.”

Westminster Abbey Twitter

Westminster Abbey Twitter

When Prince George was born the same peal was rung for more than three hours.

And Emma Bridgewater has announced they will be doing a Charlotte mug.

Emma Bridgewater via The Stoke Sentinel

Emma Bridgewater via The Stoke Sentinel

From a story in The Stoke Sentinel:

It is estimated the factory will be producing around 800 pieces a day until demand for the product falls. Expectations are around 5,000 will be made.

The Emma Bridgewater mugs will go on sale to the public, priced at £19.95, from today.
We have received a number of inquiries about where to send congratulatory cards and notes; this is the KP address.
Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Kensington Palace
London, W8 4PU

The Cambridges have not yet moved to their country home, Anmer Hall. They remain at Kensington Palace this evening.

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May 022015
 

With throngs of well wishers crowded at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital, Kate, William and the newest royal, the Princess of Cambridge, met the media and the public.

James Higgins / Splash News

James Higgins / Splash News

For those who weren’t able to follow the live blog we’ll do a quick recap of things, beginning with word from Kensington Palace that the Duchess had been admitted to the hospital at 6am London time, 1am EDT.

Kensington Palace Twitter

Kensington Palace Twitter

Media and the public started descending on the Lindow Wing.More from Gordon Rayner’s story in the Daily Telegraph:

In a virtual re-run of her hospital admission in July 2013, the Duchess, in a silver Mercedes estate car (Range Rovers and Jaguars are the usual royal vehicles), arrived at 6am, just 15 minutes later in the morning than she had done with Prince George, and slipped unseen into the aptly-named Cambridge Entrance.

Many media had been at the hospital all week, if not longer.

Roya Nikkah Twitter Feed (@RoyaNikkah)

Roya Nikkah Twitter Feed (@RoyaNikkah)

Less than three hours later came word (again via the Kensington Palace Twitter account) that Kate and William were the parents of a baby girl.

Kensington Palace Twitter (@KensingtonRoyal)

Kensington Palace Twitter (@KensingtonRoyal)

Prince William was said to be with the Duchess when the Princess was born. As the day wore on more media came to the hospital, international interest in the event was extremely high.

Ben Stevens/i-Images Picture Agency

Ben Stevens/i-Images Picture Agency

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