This Christmas has been a turbulent time for the Royal Family. Just recently, the Queen was deemed too ill to attend both the Christmas Day and New Year’s Day church services at Sandringham, while Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall sadly lost their unborn child over the Christmas period.
It seems however, that things are looking up for the Royal Family now we have entered the new year, as Kate receives an honour for her adorable family photographs, and the Queen returns to work following her period of ill health. But what’s the latest with the Royal family today?
Letters From Princess Diana About Her Son’s Surface
Six hand-written letters written by the beloved Princess of Wales have surfaced recently, and just yesterday were sold at an auction for £15,100. The letters were sent to a trusted Buckingham Palace steward and friend of Diana’s Cyril Dickman, when Prince Harry and Prince William were young. The letters show Diana discussing things such as Cyril’s ill health and her thanks for his letters, and also reveal intimate details of the family’s private life, as Diana discusses the arrival of Harry and how the two brothers were getting on. She says, “William adores his little brother, and spends the entire time swamping Harry with an endless supply of hugs and kisses.”. The letters from Diana also divulge Harry’s cheekier side – she writes, “The boys are well and enjoying boarding school a lot, although Harry is constantly in trouble!” The adorable letters are part of a larger collection of Royal memorabilia being sold, including a letter from the Queen herself, thanking the steward and his wife for their support after her mother’s death.
Queen’s Near-Death Experience
It has recently been revealed that Her Majesty was once almost shot whilst out for a 3am stroll around the gardens of Buckingham Palace, by one of her very own guards. The Queen often takes a late-night walk around the grounds if she’s struggling to sleep. But this time, the guard perceived the shadowy figure to be an intruder – before luckily realising his mistake. According to his account of the event thought to have happened a few years ago, upon realising it was the Queen, the guard remarked, “Bloody hell your Majesty, I nearly shot you.” The Queen was understanding however, responding, “That’s quite all right. Next time I’ll ring through beforehand so you don’t have to shoot me.” And this isn’t the first time the guards have almost mistaken a Royal family member for an intruder at a royal residence. In 2013, Prince Andrew was confronted by armed police as he walked around Buckingham Palace.
Harry Meets Girlfriend Meghan Markle’s Father
It’s seems that Prince Harry’s relationship with actress Meghan Markle is more serious than ever, as her brother Thomas Markle Jr. reveals that the young royal has met her father. Brother of the US TV star has said that they first six months ago, back at Meghan’s family home in Toronto. Meghan is also believed to have met members of Harry’s family, including William and Kate, and Prince Charles and Camilla.
The Queen’s Health Update
After much speculation about the Queen’s health, which resulted in The Palace having to issue a statement to quash rumours, it seems she is starting to feel better. Her Majesty took a break from recuperating to honour a long-serving member of her staff, conducting a small ceremony at her Sandringham estate. The Queen bestowed Ray Wheaton, the Queen’s Page of the Chambers, with the insignia of a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (also known as a RVO), one of the highest honours outside those issued by Downing Street. It is also thought that she has spent the last few days, up, about and dealing with official paperwork. We are glad to hear she is on the mend.
Kate Middleton Receives Photography Commendation
The Duchess of Cambridge – a keen amateur photographer – has recently been commended by the Royal Photographic Society for her adorable family photos, and has said she is ‘very pleased’ at having been given the honour. Kate has also received an honorary lifetime membership to the society for her skills, as recognition for her ‘enthusiasm and talent’.
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Kate has regularly published sweet snaps of her children to the public, including the very first official photograph of Princess Charlotte in 2015, a move that broke with the tradition of having the photo taken by a professional photographer. The Duchess also won over the nation early in 2016 with her adorable photos of an excited looking George on his first day at nursery, near the family home in Norfolk.