January 2021
Vol 42 No 1
The dogs that become faithful friends to the Queen and her family; the delightful Princess Alice, last surviving grandchild of Queen Victoria; Prince Philip’s happy childhood; royals on ice in the deep midwinter.
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Ingrid Seward
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Ingrid is acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent writers and commentators on the royal family and has published over 15 books and contributed numerous articles to publications worldwide. Ingrid is in the unique position of knowing many members of the royal family personally and through Majesty enjoys a special relationship with the Royal Household.
Letter from the Editor

While the Duke and Duchess of Sussex enjoyed their first festive season together in California, Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank took advantage of the peace and quiet of Frogmore Cottage, which Harry and Meghan have lent to them while they await the birth of their first child.

When the Sussexes are able to visit, they have said they will share Frogmore Cottage, which has enough bedrooms and bathrooms to accommodate them all. It appears to be a generous offer for Eugenie and Jack, who can pay the running costs, and it will avoid the house being left empty over the winter months.

In November, Meghan wrote in The New York Times about her suffering a miscarriage the previous July. She was praised by multiple women’s groups for helping to eliminate the taboo surrounding miscarriage by speaking out about her own traumatic experience.

Prince Harry, proud of his wife for her brave admission, has been concentrating his energies on his mission towards preserving the planet. In December he made an impassioned speech to mark the launch of WaterBear, a Netflix-style platform for environmental and conservation documentaries. Peppering his video speech with ‘woke’ references, the prince said the natural world needed doers and likened the human race to raindrops to emphasise his point.

'Every single raindrop that falls from the sky relieves the parched ground.’ he said. ‘What if every single one of us was a raindrop, and if every single one of us cared?’

Whatever their differences, both Harry and William are champions of the environment and while Harry was launching WaterBear in the United States William was paying tribute to Africa’s leading wildlife protectors from London as part of the virtual Tusk Conservation Awards. It is good to know how much they care about the planet’s future in their individual ways.

Meanwhile, the Prince of Wales has launched a sustainable fashion range to combat the growth of fast fashion. The collection was designed in Italy and made by artisan students learning textile skills at the Prince’s Foundation at Dumfries House. Charles, who prides himself on wearing classic and well-made clothes, spoke of his ‘horror’ at the ‘extraordinary trend’ of throwaway clothing. The prince is lucky to have people to expertly repair his garments and even had his wife’s couturier, Roy Allen, mend his late grandfather King George VI’s silk pocket handkerchiefs so he can wear them himself.

The scandal surrounding the BBC inquiry headed by former Supreme Court judge Lord Dyson into allegations of deceit surrounding the Princess of Wales’s Panorama interview 25 years ago has the support of William, Harry and their uncle, Lord Spencer. Although they acknowledge the independent investigation is a step in the right direction, whatever the outcome it will change nothing about the heartache caused at the time.

Prince Charles, Prince William and now Princess Michael of Kent have all had Covid-19, but we are pleased to report the princess, who contracted the virus in November, has recovered and will hopefully enjoy her 76th birthday on 15 January.

This Issue's Features
LOYAL FRIENDS:

The four-legged companions that mean so much to the Queen and her family, by Ingrid Seward

ALBANY TO ATHLONE:

The enchanting Princess Alice – last surviving granddaughter of Queen Victoria – who died 40 years ago, by Robert Golden

FROZEN:

For centuries, the royal family have been demonstrating their skills on snow and ice, as Caroline Aston discovered

UP TO THE JOB:

Almost ten years a duchess, the former Catherine Middleton has proved her worth in so many ways, says Victoria Murphy

PARTY PLANNER:

The late Lady Elizabeth Anson, confidante of monarchs, musicians and the mega-rich, by Trond Norén Isaksen

YOUNG PHILIP:

Despite other accounts, the childhood years of the future Duke of Edinburgh were not particularly unhappy

KENNEDYS AT COURT:

In 1961, the Queen entertained the new President of the United States of America, though it was not the first time they had met

Our round-up of photographs shows royal families of the world at work and play
Robert Golden reflects on various aspects of regal life, both ancient and modern

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