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The Crown in Focus
The Crown in Focus

WIN A COPY OF THE CROWN IN FOCUS – TWO CENTURIES OF ROYAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Royal watchers will just love this captivating new book featuring 200 royal photographs from the mid-19th century to the present day. From instantly recognisable formal portraits, to rarely seen images from private collections, The Crown in Focus explores the Royal Family’s relationship with photography and how photography has shaped the monarchy’s public image.

Before the advent of photography, the images of Royalty purveyed throughout the world were static, formal likenesses proclaiming power and prestige but with little, if any, sense of intimacy. As historian Professor Sir David Cannadine explains in his foreword to The Crown in Focus, this resulted in ‘a chasm of distance … that was not easily bridged.’

Photography created an unprecedented opportunity to connect sovereigns and subjects, and Prince Albert was among the first of European Royalty to understand its potential in the face of a growing tide of republicanism overseas. Each subsequent generation of the Royal Family has acknowledged the power of photography and its role in the survival and popularity of the monarchy.

Written by Claudia Acott Williams, an expert curator from Historic Royal Palaces and arranged into thematic chapters covering subjects including The Dawn of Photography, A New Elizabethan Age and Monarchy and the Media, this fascinating book reveals how each development of the medium – from the daguerreotype to Instagram – has been embraced to record Royal life. It also considers the art of Royal photography through the monarchy’s patronage of leading 20th century photographers such as Cecil Beaton and family member Patrick Lichfield, as well as contemporary photographers including Chris Jackson.

Members of the Royal Family have often been keen photographers themselves, and The Crown in Focus includes pictures from their own albums. It looks, too, at the publication of photographs by the Royals, from Queen Alexandra to the Duchess of Cambridge, where the personal view has become the public image.

The Crown in Focus is published by Merrell at £29.95, and we have five copies to give away to lucky Royal Life readers.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning one is to answer this very simple question:

Who was Princess Diana’s favourite photographer?

A: Mario Testino
B: Lord Snowdon
C: Patrick Lichfield

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EXCLUSIVE ROYAL LIFE COMPETITION

WIN AN EXCLUSIVE KAYMET LAP TRAY!

Enjoy the indulgence of breakfast in bed in the utmost style thanks to this stylish lap tray from Royal Warrant holders Kaymet. This design has been in continuous production since the 1950s, and is still made in their London factory.

Choose from a golden or silver coloured frame, with each design featuring folding sledge legs for extra practicality. A must-have for your next lie-in, it makes a great gift for those who enjoy a lazy weekend breakfast in bed.

Royal Life Magazine has teamed up with Kaymet to give away this fabulous gift worth £160.

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The Royal Family Champion Action on Climate Change and Conservation

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This week Members of The Royal Family are championing global action on climate change and conservation. 

Earlier in the week, The Prince of Wales launched the Climate Week NYC 2020 with a virtual keynote speech (see above). HRH also launched RE:TV, a new global platform for compelling films and articles by the Sustainable Markets Initiative, showcasing solutions from around the world to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable future.

ITV has also released a preview of a special documentary showing The Duke of Cambridge, joined by a film crew two years ago, on a search for ways to protect the natural world. The ITV documentary will air in October 2020 – Prince William: A Planet For Us All.

To highlight their efforts, here are a few facts you may not have known about The Royal Family and their links to conservation and climate change…

– Since 2014, spearheaded by The Duke of Cambridge and The Royal Foundation, United for Wildlife has been working to combat the illegal trade in animal products around the world by bringing together conservation organisations, law enforcement, governments and global corporations.

– The Prince of Wales has co-authored a Ladybird Expert book on climate change. The book explains the history, dangers and challenges of global warming and explores possible solutions to reduce its impact.

– Combined Heat and Power has been in use at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle since 1994-95. These units convert natural gas into electricity, with the heat produced by this process being used to provide heating and hot water.

– Sandringham has been committed to maintaining the environment and the habitat to support a thriving flora and fauna, adopting sympathetic farming practices. Since 1952 over two million trees have been planted; 45 new woodlands created; 40 km of new hedges planted; 200 km of field margins established; 160 hectares of wild bird cover established; 200 hectares of uncultivated and wildland maintained; and 10 wetlands created.

Emergency Services Day

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This week, we’re celebrating the amazing and vital work of the emergency services.

Not only is today Emergency Services Day but this whole week is Air Ambulance Week and the Royal Family have been one of the first to recognise the incredible life-saving work these services provide across the UK.

The Duke of Cambridge marked the start of Air Ambulance Week with an open letter (see below) written to the UK’s 21 air ambulance charities thanking all who work, volunteer and support them in their tireless efforts.

Here are some facts you may not have know about the Royal Family and their connection to the emergency services…

– The Duke of Cambridge is Patron of London Air Ambulance, The Duchess of Cornwall is Patron of Cornwall Air Ambulance and The Countess of Wessex is Patron of Thames Valley Air Ambulance.

– The Duke of Cambridge worked as an air ambulance pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance between March 2015 and July 2017, where he flew Helicopter Emergency Medical Service missions.

– Prince William holds his Airline Transport Pilot Licence (H), this involved a total of 14 written exams on a range of aviation topics including the Principles of Flight, Navigation, Flight Planning and Air Law, and an Airborne Skills Test. 

– While working for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, the salary The Duke of Cambridge earned was donated to charity in full. 

– The Countess of Wessex in fact required the services of the Thames Valley Air Ambulance back in December 2001, after she suffered an ectopic pregnancy.

The Duchess of Cornwall Visits Ivydale Primary School on International Literacy Day

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Literacy
The Duchess of Cornwall, patron of the National Literary Trust, during her visit to North Swindon Library, where she learned about the Trust's Swindon Hub and met children involved in the Lost Words project.

THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL VISITS IVYDALE PRIMARY SCHOOL ON INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY 

Tuesday 8th September 2020

The Duchess of Cornwall, Patron, The National Literacy Trust, will visit Ivydale Primary School on International Literacy Day to open the school’s new library and launch the National Literacy Trust’s Virtual School Library.  

Arriving at Ivydale Primary School, The Duchess will meet a class of Year 3 students engaged in a literacy activity in the playground. Her Royal Highness will also be introduced to parents who have helped to fundraise and donate their time and skills for the new library. In the school hall, author Chris Smith will be engaged in a series of fun activities with another class of Year 3 pupils, linked to his and Greg James’s poem, The Hope-o-potamus, which was published in The Book of Hopes (Bloomsbury Children’s) earlier this year. The Duchess will then be shown the school’s new library and record a video message which will be broadcast on 14th September to launch the National Literacy Trust’s Virtual School Library. 

Ivydale Primary School 

Enabled by three years of PTA fundraising and parental support, Ivydale Primary School has built a brand new school library to use the power of stories to excite, inspire and educate its pupils, staff and the wider community. Many parents also gave their time and expertise – from architecture, painting and decorating, to the creation of soft furnishings and cataloguing books, many of which have been donated by families and publishers, including Penguin Random House and HarperCollins, and via a partnership with Rye Books, a local independent bookshop. 

National Literacy Trust 

School libraries will play a vital role in supporting the literacy and learning of all children as they return to school after such a significant disruption to their education, as research from the National Literacy Trust shows that school libraries nurture a love of reading that can enrich children’s literacy skills, academic achievements and mental wellbeing1. However, not every child has a library at their school and, for those who do, the possibility of future local lockdowns could restrict their access. Indeed, 1 in 10 (10%) schools in England does not have a school library, rising to almost half (44%) of schools serving the most disadvantaged communities2; while new research from the National Literacy Trust, shows almost 1 in 4 (22.5%) children did not have access to print books of their own or library books during lockdown3. 

The Virtual School Library 

Officially opening on Monday 14th September, the National Literacy Trust’s Virtual School Library will be free for all primary schools in the UK to access. Each week, a different children’s author or illustrator will be a guest ‘school librarian’ and provide children with an exclusive video, a free ebook or audiobook, engaging activities and three recommended reads. The National Literacy Trust has worked with a wide range of publishers, including Bloomsbury and Penguin Random House, to ensure the books and activities featured on the Virtual School Library will support every child’s wellbeing through reading on their return to school. The Virtual School Library’s first guest school librarians will be children’s authors Greg James and Chris Smith. From Monday 14th September, all primary schools in the UK will be able to access an exclusive video, a free Kid Normal audiobook and engaging activities on the National Literacy Trust’s Virtual School Library. 

The Book of Hopes 

The Book of Hopes, hosted exclusively on the National Literacy Trust’s website is a collection of poems, short stories and pictures from more than 110 authors and illustrators to comfort, inspire and entertain children. To date, the extraordinary collection has been viewed more than 441,000 times by families. 

References: 

1 National Literacy Trust (2019) Understanding the impact and characteristics of school libraries and reading spaces 

2 Great School Libraries Campaign (2019) Great School Libraries Survey Findings 

3 National Literacy Trust (2020) 1,619 parents of children aged 0 to 18 in the UK were surveyed about their children’s literacy during the COVID-19 lockdown, between May and mid-June 2020 

The Duchess of Cornwall, Colonel-in-Chief, Visits 1st Battalion, The Rifles

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The Duchess of Cornwall with staff during her visit to the Jasmine Villa Hospice as part of her tour of the Cayman Islands.

THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL, COLONEL-IN-CHIEF, VISITS 1st BATTALION, THE RIFLES, GLOUCESTERSHIRE 

Monday 7th September 2020

The Duchess of Cornwall, Colonel-in-Chief, The 1st Battalion, The Rifles, will undertake her first visit to the Battalion, following her new appointment as Colonel-in-Chief. 

Her Royal Highness will be greeted with a Royal Fanfare on arrival at the barracks. HRH will then receive a short private briefing by the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Mark Shercliff. 

HRH will then meet with Riflemen who will have recently completed their initial training course at the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick and are currently undertaking further training at The Rifles Training Team, based with 1 RIFLES at Beachley Barracks, before they join their Battalions. HRH will be shown some of the equipment that they have been using during their training. HRH will also present The Rifles Coin (in a socially distanced manner) to the best Rifleman from the overall training course. 

HRH will then join a small reception (outside) where she will meet Riflemen and their families. Including Riflemen who have been deployed throughout Wales in support of the Welsh NHS and many communities during the pandemic. 

Following the reception, The Commanding Officer will say a few words before HRH departs. 

This will be the first visit The Duchess of Cornwall has undertaken to The 1st Battalion, The Rifles since taking up the position as Colonel-in-Chief. Her Royal Highness took over the position from The Duke of Edinburgh on the 22nd July 2020. There was a short ceremony at Windsor Castle and Highgrove House to mark the occasion. 

The Duke of Edinburgh was Colonel-in-Chief since its formation in 2007 and was connected to successive Regiments, which now make up The Rifles, since 1953. The Duchess of Cornwall is also Royal Colonel of The 4th Battalion of The Rifles having taken up the position in 2007. 

Over the past few months The 1st Battalion, The Rifles (1 RIFLES) has been deployed throughout Wales supporting the fight against Coronavirus. The assistance the battalion has provided to the civil authorities has included: the installation of hospital beds at the Dragon’s Heart Hospital in Cardiff, the deployment of ambulance drivers to support the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust (WAST) and the deployment of COVID testing teams throughout Wales. 

1 RIFLES returned from their most recent operational deployment in Afghanistan (Op TORAL) in October 2019 having supported the UK’s contribution to NATO’s mission in Kabul. The battalion contributed to the Kabul Security Force (KSF) providing protection to NATO’s advisers who transited through Kabul’s districts. 

Royal Taste Tour

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The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall browse a fruit stall during a visit to Swiss Cottage Farmers' Market in London.

This week, we hope you’ll join us as we take a taste tour around the United Kingdom with TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.

Prince Charles and Camilla are taking a look back at some of their visits across the country, featuring all things food. They may even share a recipe or two along the way.

To whet your appetite, here are some fun facts about The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and their love of food…

– The Duchess of Cornwall revealed that her husband loves cheese, “He loves local cheeses. He’s a huge cheese fan. Anything to do with cheese, he’ll love.” She went on, saying, “And eggs, with a bed of local vegetables — he’d love that…You’d definitely see a smile.”

– Inspired by the Greek classic moussaka, Prince Charles, who enjoys cooking with grouse, has replaced the lamb with the game bird and called the culinary creation “Groussaka.”

– One of Prince Charles’ favorite dishes is pheasant crumble pie.

–  According to Tom Parker-Bowles, Camilla’s son, his mother is a huge fan of scrambled eggs. Clarence House has also shared one of Prince Charles’ favourite brunch recipes – cheesy baked eggs.

– The Prince of Wales has admitted that he skips lunch most days and takes his Darjeeling tea with a splash of milk and honey.

– Former royal chef, Carolyn Robb, commented on the eating habits of Prince Charles and Camilla: “They were always very thrifty and economical. If we made roasted lamb and there were leftovers, we’d probably go and make shepherd’s pie the next night.”

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall Releases Summer Reading List

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The Duchess of Cornwall Releases Summer Reading List
The Duchess of Cornwall Releases Summer Reading List Credit: Clarence House

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall releases summer reading list

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall has released a summer reading list to provide inspiration to those looking for their next read over the summer period.

Her Royal Highness’s introduction is as follows:

“I am delighted to share a few more of my favourite books. At present, it might be ambitious to describe them as ‘beach reads’, but I very much hope they provide a welcome bit of escapism.”

The Woman In White – Wilkie Collins

A menacing and mysterious tale spun by this great Victorian writer with a penchant for drama.

Girl – Edna O’Brien

This brilliant Irish novelist lays bare the trauma of Nigeria’s abducted schoolgirls in this harrowing novel.

Roy Grace series – Peter James

If you have never read Peter James’ crime thriller series about the Sussex detective, Roy Grace, I would highly recommend you give it a try!

The Queen’s Necklace – Alexandre Dumas

A thrilling mystery about a missing diamond necklace. An epic tale of love and hatred, betrayal and courage, set at the court of Louis XVI.

The Island – Victoria Hislop

An evocatively told story of four generations rent by war, illicit love, violence and leprosy, from the thirties, through the war, to the present day.

The Princess Royal at 70

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Princess Anne attending the Procession from the Garter Knights and Ladies to St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in Windsor, on June 17, 2019

This week we’re celebrating the milestone 70th birthday of The Princess Royal.

The only daughter of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise was born at Clarence House in London on the 15th of August 1950. Her mother was then Princess Elizabeth as she had yet to be crowned Queen.

To mark the special occasion, The Royal Family has been looking back at her life and work and revealed some fascinating facts about the seventh holder of the title ‘Princess Royal’…

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall to Attend 75th Anniversary of VJ Day

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The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall looking at graves during the Royal British Legion's Service of Remembrance, at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery, in Bayeux, France, as part of commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

THE PRINCE OF WALES AND THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL TO LEAD THE NATION IN REMEMBRANCE ON THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF VJ DAY 

 Saturday 15th August 2020

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will attend a national service of remembrance marking the 75th anniversary of VJ Day at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. 

Their Royal Highnesses will lead a national two minute silence at the event. The Prince will lay a wreath and deliver a speech as part of the service, before joining Her Royal Highness to meet veterans and descendants of those who served in the Asia- Pacific region. 

The Prince and The Duchess attended events in London for the 70th anniversary of VJ Day in August 2015. 

Victory over Japan Day 

Whilst VE Day marked the end of the war in Europe in May 1945, many thousands of Armed Forces personnel were still involved in bitter fighting in the Asia-Pacific region. Victory over Japan would come at a heavy price, and Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day) marks the day Japan surrendered on the 15 August 1945, which ended the Second World War. 

Fighting took place from Hawaii to North East India. Britain and the Commonwealth’s principle fighting force, the Fourteenth Army, was one of the most diverse in history – over 40 languages were spoken, and all the world’s major religions represented. The descendants of many of the Commonwealth veterans of that army are today part of multicultural communities up and down the country, a lasting legacy to the success and comradeship of those who fought in the Asia-Pacific region. 

This year’s commemorations remember the contribution of all Commonwealth and Allied Forces without whom victory, the freedoms and way of life enjoyed today, would not have been possible. 

National Memorial Arboretum and The Royal British Legion 

The National Memorial Arboretum (NMA), located in Staffordshire, celebrates lives lived and commemorates lives lost in service. Part of The Royal British Legion, it is the nation’s year-round centre of remembrance and home to over 350 memorials nestled amongst almost 30,000 trees. 

The Legion has worked in partnership with UK Government and the BBC to stage the socially-distanced commemorations at the NMA, home to numerous memorials that are linked to the campaign in the Asia-Pacific region during the Second World War. These include The Far East Prisoners of War memorial Building, Sumatra Railway, Burma Railway (including some original rails and sleepers), Burma Star Memorial, Chindit Memorial, and the original Lych Gate from Changi Prison in Singapore amongst many others. 

Their Royal Highnesses last visited the NMA in May 2018 when they attended a dedication service for the National Memorial to British Victims of Overseas Terrorism. 

Burma Star Memorial Fund 

Earlier this year, The Prince of Wales hosted a reception for the Burma Star Memorial Fund at Clarence House. During the reception His Royal Highness met some of the last surviving Burma Star veterans and delivered a speech, which is available to read here

The Prince also became Patron of the Fund, following in the footsteps of both his great-uncle, Lord Mountbatten, who was Patron of the Fund’s connected charity, the Burma Star Association, from its inauguration in 1951 and his father, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, who succeeded Lord Mountbatten as Patron in 1979. 

75th Anniversaries 

Their Royal Highnesses have attended many 75th anniversary commemorative events relating to the Second World War. In June last year, The Prince and The Duchess joined events in Normandy remembering the D-Day landings and in September His Royal Highness visited The Netherlands to commemorate the Battle of Arnhem. 

In January of this year, Their Royal Highnesses marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz at separate events in Israel and Poland, and most recently marked VE Day by leading the nation in a moment of silence at the Balmoral War Memorial. 

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