About Majesty
Current Issue
Editor's Letter
Join our Newsletter
Name :
E-mail Address :
Country :

oyalty have historically accepted largesse from those who help with their charities and have the wherewithal to offer their hospitality to members of the royal family. For instance, Diana, Princess of Wales was given the use of Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island on two occasions for holidays with her children. For years the Greek billionaire John Latsis provided the Prince of Wales with a summer holiday on board his 400ft yacht, Alexander. The latter friendship provoked criticism because of Latsis’s controversial past. The Duchess of Sussex recently flew to New York on board a private jet allegedly provided by George and Amal Clooney. Meanwhile the Earl and Countess of Wessex flew to St Moritz on a jet belonging to Swiss financier Urs Schwarzenbach; his wife Francesca is godmother to 15-year-old Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and has frequently entertained Edward and Sophie at their luxurious chalet. Although Meghan’s visit was high profile because of her celebrity friends and the baby shower that they hosted for her at New York’s Mark Hotel, there was no reason for her not to enjoy herself in their company. Unlike its discreet neighbour the Carlyle Hotel, where both Diana and Camilla have stayed, using its private entrances and underground car park, Meghan and her friends used the main entrance of the Mark in full view of the paparazzi. Expensive ‘shower’ gifts were photographed for all to see and document on social media. The trip generated all kinds of unfavourable comments, which was sad for Meghan because she has worked very hard since becoming Duchess of Sussex less than a year ago. In total contrast the Princess Royal, who maintains an old-fashioned sense of royal formality, clocked up 50 years of loyal service last month. Her official debut on 1 March 1969 was to hand out leeks on St David’s Day to the Welsh Guards in Pirbright, Surrey. Since then she has carried out up to five engagements a day – more than 400 a year – many on behalf of the 340 charities and causes with which she is involved. Most of them are not glamorous and nowadays she gets little publicity for the good works she does, but she has never sought the kind of recognition that the younger members of her family receive. As a 68-year-old grandmother of four, it is not going to happen now and she would have hated it if ever it had. If Anne goes on holiday it’s more likely to be a sailing trip, walking in the wilderness of Scotland or visiting lighthouses with her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence. The Princess Royal is a great support to her mother and on Easter Sunday – by coincidence the Queen’s 93rd birthday – she and other members of the royal family will celebrate it with Her Majesty. The court moves to Windsor for the Easter period and a large royal party will attend the morning service at St George’s Chapel. The service is always conducted by the Dean of Windsor, the current incumbent being the Rt Revd David Conner, also domestic chaplain to the Queen. Conner has been Dean of Windsor since 1998 and with the agreement of the monarch – who says she isn’t going to retire so neither should he – still holds the position. He presided over the wedding service of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry and will no doubt be involved in the christening of their firstborn, as by then they will be living at nearby Frogmore Cottage.

Hosted by Bromley.net