Thursday, 18 June 2015

Royals Gather for Waterloo Commemoration, Prince Harry Welcomes Michelle Obama & Meet Prince Nicolas

The Battle of Waterloo was commemorated today in the United Kingdom and Belgium where various members of European royal families joined dignitaries at events to mark the victory of coalition forces over the armies of Napoleon I of France on 18 June, 1815.


In London a special service was held at St Paul's Cathedral and attended by Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Earl of Wessex.


Prime Minister David Cameron also joined the service.


The battle took place near Waterloo is what is now Belgium. The Seventh Coalition forces were led by Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington and Field Marshall Gebhard von Blücher of Prussia, and contained forces from the United Kingdom, Prussia, the Netherlands, Hanover, Brunswick and Nassau.


In Belgium, the event was marked at the Lion's Mound on the site of the Battle of Waterloo. Royals in attendance included Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands and the Duke of Kent.


The construction of the mound was ordered as a memorial to the battles at Waterloo and at Quatre Bras by King William I of the Netherlands and completed in 1826.

The royal ladies looked regal for the event with Queen Maxima opting for a sophisticated grey dress with matching hat and shoes.


While Queen Mathilde selected a vibrant yellow and white print dress with a short jacket.


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Also, the ever charming Prince Harry welcomed First Lady Michelle Obama to Kensington Palace for tea on Tuesday. They discussed their shared interest in support for veterans and their families. Harry was also interested to hear from the First Lady about the Let Girls Learn initiative to further adolescent girls' education around the world, which is the focus of her visit to the United Kingdom.

Prince Henry of Wales Official Website

Prince Harry was also delighted to meet Malia and Sasha Obama and The First Lady's mother Mrs Marian Robinson.

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Finally, we're delighted to share the first photos of Princess Madeleine's son Prince Nicolas Paul Gustaf. The Prince has been given the title Duke of Ångermanland, a province in northern Sweden.

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Isn't he just darling? :)

5 comments:

  1. Loved Queen Mathilde's dress, and the picture of her chatting with the Grand Duke, Henri, is a keeper. I have to remind myself that they are related. It's fun to see them interacting on a personal level. A big thank you for the picture of the little prince. It is the first one I have seen, and I hope it won't be the last. He is a darling baby, and he really has a nice full head of hair.

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  2. Seeing this makes history seem so much closer and real somehow.

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  3. If anyone saw the Duchess of Wellington and Camilla at the dinner to commemorate the event -- the jewels were magnificent! And the Duchesss of Wellington wore opera length gloves (le swoon) and a fab black dress, but I think her necklace and the straps on it were a bit much. I'd have voted for a couple of great bracelets over the gloves instead. Camilla broke out a necklace that's eye popping!!

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  4. Tammy from California20 June 2015 at 06:44

    LOVE baby Nicolas. What a cutiepie!

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  5. Queen Maxima looks beautiful! So glad to see Prince Harry and the First Lady together. Also congrats to Princess Madeleine she now has the perfect family a baby boy and girl prince and princess and boy is he cute!!! Nicolas is a real doll!

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