Kate Middleton is touring Southeast Asia for the Diamond Jubilee alongside Prince William — and she's really embraced the local culture! Going sans shoes part of the time and even opting for her natural hair, it appears that Kate is really enjoying her time on the islands. While we always appreciate a good evening look, we've been really impressed with Kate's more casual looks, emboldened with great prints and high-impact hues. Watch today's Fab Flash to see them all! On Allison McNamara: Rebecca Taylor dress.
With the Olympics kicking off tomorrow (not to mention the queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations last month), London is the place to be this year! If you're taking a vacation across the pond, then we've got date ideas specific to the city that range from romantic to lighthearted, so you can enjoy the trip whether you're with your significant other or your traveling buddies. So for all our fellow Anglophiles, check out the where to go and what to do in London this Summer with our date idea roundup!
Queen Elizabeth II isn't ready to end her Diamond Jubilee celebrations just yet. The monarch and her husband, Prince Philip, are in Birmingham today as part of the Jubilee tour. One of her youngest subjects, Alicia O'Shea, who was born in this year of the Diamond Jubilee, came out decked in Union Jack colors to welcome the queen. While in Birmingham, the queen also officially named the city's Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Following the four-day celebrations to mark her 60-year reign early last month, the queen hasn't slowed down. She's been visiting Great Britain as part of her Jubilee tour, while also taking part in Olympic preparations. Earlier this week, she welcomed the Olympic torch to Windsor Castle. Apparently, an unexpected streaker came along, too, with top British Olympians.
There were also reports this week that the palace is very upset that pictures of Prince William and Kate Middleton's honeymoon were published in Australia's Women's Day. A St. James Palace spokesperson said, "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge considered their honeymoon to be a very private event after their hugely public wedding." But you saw no sign of distress today from the queen. Her pretty pink ensemble and smile were equally bright.
Prince Philip will be home in time to celebrate his 91st birthday tomorrow, as he left the hospital today after being treated for a bladder infection. Queen Elizabeth recently marked her Diamond Jubilee, but she already celebrated her diamond wedding anniversary back in 2007. Before Princess Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth in 1952, she married the handsome foreign prince from Greece who also happened to be her third cousin, the now Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
According to Sally Bedell Smith's new biography, Elizabeth the Queen, Philip came from a tumultuous background despite his lineage. Born in 1921 on Corfu, he moved to Paris with his parents, Prince Andrew of Greece and mother Alice, at age 1. By age 8, he'd headed to England for boarding school. While there, his parents separated following his mother's nervous breakdown. She later went back to Greece to start an order of nuns. His father took a different path, living as a socialite in Monte Carlo. As for Philip's four sisters, they married wealthy Germans, some of whom had Nazi ties. That meant Philip couldn't go back to visit as World War II approached.
With generous amounts of good looks and confidence, Philip was able to make his way in England with the help of royal relatives. He met his cousin Elizabeth first at a family wedding in 1934 and then again at the coronation of her father in 1937. He would later be invited to have lunch with the royal family, and that's when Elizabeth reportedly fell for him. During World War II, Philip and Elizabeth wrote each other letters. By 1946, he was back in London and making regular visits to Buckingham Palace. During that Summer, he spent a month at the royal family's Balmoral Estate, where he proposed. At the king's request, they kept it a secret until after her 21st birthday. The wedding was held at Westminster Abbey on Nov. 20, 1947. While on their honeymoon, he wrote a letter to his new mother-in-law, explaining his "ambition to weld the two of us into a new combined existence that will not only be able to withstand the shocks directed at us, but will also have a positive existence for good."
During their almost 65 years of marriage, 60 of them during Elizabeth's reign as the monarch, Prince Philip has been as constant as the queen herself, although he's a bit more controversial, making quite a few insensitive gaffes. But when he's not giving the press an unfortunate quote to run, he's either by the queen's side, working as a patron for 800 charities, or, until recently, enjoying carriage racing. At age 90, he doesn't look like he's slowing down, despite a recent heart scare over Christmas. Let's look back at pictures of Prince Philip over the years.
We wish Elizabeth II a birthday fit for a queen! The British monarch turns 87 today, although she will have to wait until June 16 for her official birthday. King Edward VII moved kings' and queens' birthdays to June since he didn't want to celebrate his real birthday when the weather was poor.
Sixty one years ago, Queen Elizabeth II started her reign. Over the past six decades, Queen Elizabeth has witnessed much change across the world and in her own family, while always remaining a constant herself. To mark her birthday, here are some little-known facts that will help you get to know Queen Elizabeth II. And if you'd like to know more, check out must read Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch, by Sally Bedell Smith.
There has been plenty of excitement surrounding the Queen of England's Diamond Jubilee celebrations all over the globe — even in the beauty world. Take Butter London, for example, who launched a Queen Elizabeth-inspired Lillibet's Jubilee nail lacquer ($14). But when it came to all the 60th anniversary festivities, attendees decked themselves out in their Union Jack finest, fascinators galore, and even a bit of face paint thrown into the mix. See the highlights now.
The Diamond Jubilee celebrating Queen Elizabeth's 60 years on the throne is coming to an end today in London, but for Prince William, Kate Middleton, and fans around the world it's been a fun walk down memory lane. William and Kate attended a church service this morning, before joining a carriage procession and appearing on the balcony at Buckingham Palace — it's giving us royal wedding flashbacks! See for yourself in PopSugar Rush.
To celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, Kate stunned in not one but two Alexander McQueen dresses. She custom made the first to make it match her ladylike style, adding longer sleeves, and then opted for demure cream lace for her second appearance. And, of course, she topped off both looks with a princess-perfect fascinator. To get the full scoop on her looks, check out our video now. On Allison McNamara: Motel dress, Honey Rose & K necklace, JewelMint rings.
On Feb. 6, Queen Elizabeth II marked 60 years on the throne. To commemorate the queen's anniversary — called the Diamond Jubilee — the royal family has been busy taking part in the official Diamond Jubilee Central Weekend celebrations, which just wrapped up in London with a church service, carriage ride, and Buckingham Palace appearance. On Saturday, the royals attended the Epsom Derby, the UK's most famous horse race. Then on Sunday, everyone took to the seas with the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, a river parade that included more than 1,000 boats and ships. Last night, pop royalty gathered for a BBC concert and impressive firework show, where Prince William, Prince Harry, and Kate Middleton rocked out from the audience.
While the Central Weekend is the pinnacle of the Diamond Jubilee, the royal family has been honoring the queen's 60-year reign all year with celebrations throughout the UK and beyond. Last week, Queen Elizabeth was joined by Kate Middleton, as well as Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, for a royal tea party at Buckingham Palace. And other events have included inspecting Gloriana, the new rowing barge built for the Diamond Jubilee. She also headed to Manchester, England, where she even found time to crash a wedding! The couple had invited her royal highness, knowing she would be in town. A lady in waiting sent a letter declining their invite, but plans were in fact made for the queen to surprise them.
Queen Elizabeth really seems to be enjoying herself. You might not know it, but the queen has a laid-back side to her. She reportedly isn't afraid to put on lipstick in public, text message her grandkids, and has a big heart for her racehorses and Corgis. We've rounded up pictures from all the festivities from this past weekend and before! Check them out now.
Queen Elizabeth II marked the end of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations today with an address to her people. With a picture of Prince William and Kate Middleton peeking out in the background, she called the four-day affair a humbling experience, saying, "It has touched me deeply to see so many thousands of families, neighbors, and friends celebrating together in such a happy atmosphere." Looking forward, she added, "I hope that memories of all this year's happy events will brighten our lives for many years to come." Until the Platinum Jubilee in 2022! Watch the queen's address, which was uploaded to her YouTube channel, no less.