The Duke of Edinburgh has today been discharged from King Edward VII’s Hospital and has returned to Windsor Castle, following treatment for an infection and a successful procedure for a pre-existing condition.
His Royal Highness wishes to thank all the medical staff who looked after him at both King Edward VII’s Hospital and St Bartholomew’s Hospital, and everyone who has sent their good wishes.
Oscar, Emmy and BAFTA-winning team making first ever archive-only cinema documentary on the extraordinary life of Diana, the Princess of Wales And they need your help!
The life of Diana Frances Spencer is one of the iconic stories of our time. Twenty-five years after her death Lightbox have the opportunity to tell her story as it has never been told before and to create a landmark theatrical documentary which, they hope, will come to be seen as one of the defining records of her life and the era she lived through.
Told exclusively through archive material, the film will be a highly immersive narrative of Diana’s life, from her birth to her tragic death, which will be experienced by audiences as if the story were unfolding in the present. As much as Lightbox are interested in the particulars of Diana’s story, however, they are equally interested in the way she was influenced by the era she lived through, how she impacted those events herself and the public’s response to her.
As with all their films, this story will be told with the care and respect that the subject deserves. Lightbox wants to pay tribute to Diana’s life, and create a profound and cinematic film that will feel fresh and relevant to a contemporary audience looking back on these events.
How You Can Help
If you know anyone that might have footage of Diana, even in the most fleeting of moments, or that might have filmed the 1981 Wedding Day Celebrations or the 1997 Funeral then please spread the word and get in touch.
From the Academy Award®- and Emmy-winning producers of MAN ON WIRE, SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN and LA 92, and the Academy Award®-nominated director of BLACK SHEEP and TELL ME WHO I AM.
Headquartered in London and Los Angeles, Lightbox is a multi-platform media company creating high quality non-fiction content for an array of distribution platforms. It was founded by two-time Academy Award®-winning producer Simon Chinn (MAN ON WIRE, SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN) and two-time Emmy® Award-winning producer Jonathan Chinn (LA 92, AMERICAN HIGH). Lightbox’s recent productions include WHITNEY, a major theatrical feature documentary directed by Academy Award® winner Kevin Macdonald, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival; Netflix feature documentary TELL ME WHO I AM, which premiered to critical acclaim at Telluride and the London Film Festival; Academy Award®-nominated BLACK SHEEP; UNTOUCHABLE, a theatrical documentary on the Weinstein scandal which premiered at Sundance 2019 and aired on BBC2 and Hulu; high-profile Netflix hit series MURDER MOUNTAIN and DIAGNOSIS, an innovative Netflix Original eight-part documentary series produced in partnership with Scott Rudin Productions and The New York Times. The company is set to release its new feature documentary, TINA. This will be the first major documentary to be made with the full participation of Tina Turner and is directed by Academy® and Emmy® Award winners Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin. Lightbox is also in production on an array of other feature documentaries and limited series for Netflix, FX, BBC, Showtime and HBO.
ABOUT ED PERKINS
Ed Perkins is an Academy Award®-nominated documentary filmmaker whose films have won numerous international awards. Ed has directed films for Netflix, the BBC, The Guardian, National Geographic and Channel 4 and was named a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit in 2015. In 2009, Ed directed the behind-the-scenes documentaries for PROJECT NIM, THE EAGLE, the BAFTA-winning THE IMPOSTER, and the Academy Award®-winning SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN. In 2015 Ed made his first feature documentary GARNET’S GOLD, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival 2014, and won a Grierson Award for Best Newcomer as well as Best International Documentary awards at Docville and Jozi Film Festival. Ed then went on to make BARE KNUCKLE FIGHT CLUB for Channel 4 and FX Studios, of which The Times said, “You will not have seen a better documentary this year.” He has also made a number of short films, including IF I DIE ON MARS, which has had more than 1,000,000 views over multiple platforms. In 2018 Ed directed BLACK SHEEP, a documentary short for The Guardian, which won 13 international awards and was nominated for Best Documentary Short at the 91st Academy Awards. Ed’s latest film – TELL ME WHO I AM – is a Netflix Original feature documentary and has recently been nominated for a British Independent Film Award.
Today we’re celebrating the extraordinary life of Captain Sir Tom Moore who sadly passed away on the 2nd February 2021 at the age of 100.
Her Majesty The Queen has sent a private message of condolence to the family of Captain Sir Tom Moore and is said to have very much enjoyed meeting him and his family at Windsor last year. The Palace has said that ‘Her thoughts and those of the Royal Family are with them.’
When Captain Tom Moore embarked on a personal challenge to complete 100 laps of the garden in his Bedfordshire home before his 100th birthday, he was hoping he might garner enough local support to raise a modest £1,000 for the NHS. What happened next, his daughter Hannah recalls, was “unimaginable”.
Clutching his walking frame for support and proudly wearing his WWII medals, the war veteran’s steely determination to keep lapping his garden, come rain or shine, quickly captured the hearts of wellwishers worldwide.
Donations, tributes and national news interviews poured in. By the time his 100th birthday (marked with a Spitfire flyover and more than 120,000 cards from fans around the globe) came around, Captain Moore’s status as a national hero was cemented.
To commemorate the life of Captain Sir Tom Moore, here are just a few of his amazing achievements…
Captain Sir Tom was born on 30 April 1920 in Keighley. His father, Wilson, came from a family of builders; his mother, Isabella, taught children at a local school.
His real passion was motorbikes. At the age of 12, Captain Sir Tom discovered one lying in a barn and bought it for half a crown. He proudly took it home, and lovingly did it up.
Conscripted into the British army in June 1940, Captain Sir Tom joined the Duke of Wellington’s regiment, an infantry battalion involved in the Burma Campaign from 1942 to 1945.
Selected for officer training, he became a second lieutenant on his 21st birthday, and – now part of the 146th Royal Armoured Corps – found himself posted to India.
With his knowledge of motorbikes, Captain Sir Tom was asked to train dispatch riders. Radio transmissions could be intercepted, so this was the best means of getting information to and from the front line.
Moore left military service in 1960, and took a job as a sales manager for a roofing company in his native Yorkshire.
As Captain Sir Tom turned to complete his final lap, the fundraising total stood at more than £12m. It would eventually surpass £32m. An honour guard from his old regiment saluted an extraordinary achievement.
His cover of You’ll Never Walk Alone, a duet with Michael Ball, raised even more – hitting the top of the charts in time for Captain Sir Tom’s 100th birthday and making him the oldest person ever to score a number one single in the UK.
In July 2020, Captain Tom Moore became Captain Sir Tom Moore after receiving a knighthood from the Queen in her first official engagement since lockdown. Queen Elizabeth used the sword that belonged to her father, George VI, to present Captain Sir Tom with the insignia of Knight Bachelor.
We’d like to wish all our Royal Life readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and thank you for all your support over what can only be described as a very challenging 2020.
From radio to television, this year the Queen’s Christmas Broadcast will also be available via Amazon’s virtual assistant, Alexa. Amazon Echo owners can tune in to the Queen’s address on December 25th at 3pm (GMT) by saying: “Alexa, play the Queen’s Christmas Day message.”
You can also view the Queen’s Christmas Broadcast via the BBC, YouTube or by visiting either our Facebook or Twitter page.
To celebrate the holiday season, we’re sharing some fun facts you may not have known about the Royal Family and Christmas…
The consort of George III, Queen Charlotte, is thought to have introduced the Christmas tree to the Royal Family. But it was the enthusiasm of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert for the custom that helped spread the popularity of a Christmas tree throughout the country.
Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh send around 750 Christmas Cards each year, usually featuring a family photo. The Duke of Edinburgh sends a further 200 Christmas cards to different regiments and organisations close to him.
The first Christmas Broadcast was delivered in 1932 by George V and since then has evolved into an important part of the Christmas Day celebrations for many in Britain and around the world.
Continuing the tradition from her father and her grandfather, The Queen also gives Christmas puddings to her staff. About 1500 Christmas puddings, paid for by The Queen, are distributed to staff throughout the Palaces, staff in the Court Post Office and Palace police.
Each Christmas The Queen donates money to several charities in Windsor, as well as giving Christmas trees each year to Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, St. Giles’ Cathedral, and the Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh. Churches and schools in the Sandringham area also receive a tree from Her Majesty.
Her Majesty famously used to do her Christmas shopping at Harrods in London. The iconic store would reportedly stay open after hours just for Her Majesty, so she could shop in peace.
Wishing you and your family a very happy festive season, The Royal Life Team
Today we’re celebrating the 72nd birthday of His Royal Highness Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, born on the 14th November 1948 at Buckingham Palace.
The Prince of Wales will no doubt be spending the day preparing for his trip to Berlin, Germany on Sunday the 15th November, at the request of The British Government. His Royal Highness, along with the Duchess of Cornwall, will attend The Central Remembrance Ceremony in Berlin to commemorate the annual National Day of Mourning.
To celebrate His Royal Highness’s special day, we’re sharing some fun facts you may not know about the heir to the throne…
– After each of the tree planting ceremonies The Prince of Wales attends, His Royal Highness gives a branch of the tree a friendly shake to wish them well.
– Contrary to popular belief, Prince Charles purchased his Aston Martin DB6 Mark 2 Volante in November 1970 himself. It was not in fact a 21st birthday present from Her Majesty The Queen. In 2008 the Aston Martin was converted to run on E85 bioethanol made from by-products of the wine and cheese industries.
– The Prince of Wales, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, Sir Ian McKellen, Dame Judi Dench, Paapa Essiedu, Tim Minchin, Dame Harriet Walter, David Tennant and Rory Kinnear, marked the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth by appearing in ‘Shakespeare Live! From the RSC’ (see below).
– In 1975, after passing his audition with a “cup and balls” trick, Prince Charles became a member of the Magic Circle, a society of stage magicians founded in London in 1905.
– The Prince has made cameo appearances in popular comic The Beano, soapie Coronation Street in 2000 and presented the BBC Scotland weather forecast in 2012 (see below).
– The Prince undertook his first official Royal duty in June 1965, attending a student garden party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
– Prince Charles was given the title, “Keeper of the Cows”, by the Masai in Tanzania in 2011 to recognise his work as a farmer.
– The Prince of Wales learned to ice skate at the Richmond Ice Rink, receiving a Certificate of Merit in March 1962.
As always, we’d love to hear your birthday messages for Prince Charles, so please be sure to visit us on Facebook or Twitter to share your special message.
THE PRINCE OF WALES AND THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL WILL VISIT BERLIN, GERMANY TO COMMEMORATE THE NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING
15th November 2020
At the request of The British Government, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will attend The Central Remembrance Ceremony in Berlin to commemorate the annual National Day of Mourning on Sunday 15th November. This follows an invitation from the President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, (Patron of the War Graves Commission). Their Royal Highnesses will also attend the wreath-laying ceremony at the Neue Wache Memorial, before joining the Central Remembrance Ceremony at the German parliament, where The Prince of Wales will deliver a speech.
The National Day of Mourning will this year focus on the German-British friendship, which has grown in the 75 years since the end of the Second World War. The event pays tribute to the Allied commitment to the liberation from Nazi occupation and to the reconstruction, re-democratisation and subsequent reunification of Germany. It remembers all victims of war and tyranny.
Following the transfer of the role of Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles from The Duke of Edinburgh to The Duchess of Cornwall, a new official portrait of Her Royal Highness has been released. (See above)
The Duchess received General Sir Patrick Sanders, Colonel Commandant of The Rifles, at Clarence House on 12th October, during which he formally presented The Duchess with a brooch commissioned by The Rifles. This is featured in the official portrait.
About the brooch
Central to the heritage of the Regiment is the silver Bugle Horn used as the cap badge of The Rifles. The bugle horn, easily carried, and sonorous and penetrating in sound, was the ideal replacement for the drum and was therefore adopted by Light Infantry and later Rifle Regiments from the early 1800s to pass orders across the battlefield. Today, every Rifleman wears a silver bugle as their cap badge.
Colonel-in-Chief personal message to all Riflemen
The Rifles are extremely thankful to have Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall as their new Colonel-in-Chief who has already visited some of the battalions. She hopes to visit the remainder once the COVID-19 restrictions ease but in the meantime this video is her personal message to the Regimental Family.
‘Riflemen, with the rest of our nation, I am profoundly in your debt for all that you do, especially during these troubled times. Continue to uphold those qualities of discipline, courage and sense of humour that my father spoke of and be proud of all that you represent. Wherever you may be viewing this message, on operations in Afghanistan, deployed to Estonia, on exercise in the U.K. or indeed, enjoying some much-deserved leave, thank you from the bottom of my heart.’