Announcement

“you can’t have your cake and eat it”

I will no longer continue with this blog.

I’m afraid it’s my final decision. It took me a long time to come to this place and accept this fact, but here it is.

If you want to tackle issues like women’s empowerment, equality and support system for those who are being ignored, then be inclusive to everyone.

You do not cut the wings of the one person who supported you without any hidden motives, with utmost respect, and who did a Diamond Challenge as THE ONLY royal blogger and received a Diamond Pin to support causes close to your heart.

I wanted to thank all my readers, who’ve been with me for all this time and read and supported me in this task. Which, as you know, was at times very difficult. I did my best for more than 5 years but my pink glasses has been lost and I cannot find them no more.

Thank you to THE ONE person who fully grasped what I was trying to do and achieve and supported me in this task, for as long as could…

But, all good things come to an end.

If you don’t want to part ways with me, my style of writing and be a bit closer to my inner world, do check my LP Blog, dedicated to an artist I’ve been admiring for a long time. This admiration lead to better understanding of who I am and what I want to do with my life and free time that I’ve been so generously giving away.

I’ve closed all my royal social media even though they were close to 10.000…

For now this blog will stay online, but I’m going to close it at some point as well.

Anna

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The Earl and Countess of Wessex with The Duke of York announced as Vice Presidents of the Royal Windsor Horse Show

On the 25th April, it has been announced that The Duke of York joined The Earl and Countess of Wessex as new Vice Presidents of the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

Their Royal Highnesses were photographed in the private grounds of Windsor Castle earlier this week as they posed for an official photo to commemorate their new roles, with two of The Queen’s Highland ponies, Lomond and Jubilee, who will take part in RWHS Pageant that will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria.

photo © Steve Parsons/Press Association shared by The Duke of York (@TheDukeOfYork) via Twitter

For the first time in its 76 year history, Royal Windsor Horse Show announced the appointment of three Royal Vice Presidents; HRH The Duke of York and TRHs The Earl and Countess of Wessex who will play a significant part in the event which takes place in the private grounds of Windsor Castle from 8 – 12 May. They join HM The Queen, Patron of the Show, and its President HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

Simon Brooks-Ward, show director, said:

We are thrilled and honoured to announce our three royal vice presidents. Their active interest and participation in Britain’s largest horse show will be appreciated by all on the showground.

RWHS is located in the private grounds of Windsor Castle, the only time of year the grounds are opened up to the public. The annual Show combines the highest level of sporting action with an unforgettable shopping and gastronomic experience, and a host of thrilling live entertainment.

Commonwealth Day 2019 with interview by HRH

On the 11th March 2019, people in Commonwealth countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, the Pacific and Europe observed the Commonwealth Day. The day was celebrated with a broad range of activities, including faith and civic gatherings, debates, school assemblies, flag raising ceremonies, street parties, cultural events and a multicultural, multi-faith service at Westminster Abbey.

print screen of BBC video

The theme for 2019 is ‘A Connected Commonwealth’, which offers opportunities for the people, governments and institutions of this richly diverse family of nations to connect and work together at many levels through far-reaching and deep-rooted networks of friendship and goodwill. This year also marks the 70th anniversary of the formation of the Commonwealth.

HRH’s letter – click on photo to read an online version of the letter

Since HRH couldn’t attend the service as she travelled to New York to take part in Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations, The Countess of Wessex has written a letter to the people of Malawi – congratulating them on removing the risk of trachoma. HRH is Vice-Patron of Queen Jubilee Trust, which works across the Commonwealth to end avoidable blindness.

photo shared by the Royal Family via Twitter

Today marks two years since Queen Jubilee Trust’s Vice-Patron HRH visited Malawi to see the work of the Trust’s Trachoma Initiative in action. During her visit, The Countess met Safira, now aged 14. Like many school children across Malawi, Safira has played a significant role in the country’s efforts to eliminate trachoma by teaching her community about the dangers of the disease and how to prevent it. To learn more about Safira, and her story since meeting HRH, click here.

photo DiamondJubileeTrust (@qejubileetrust) shared via Twitter

Malawi is the first country within the Trust’s Trachoma Initiative to have reduced the prevalence of the disease to under 5% of the population – a huge milestone in its journey to wipe out the disease in its entirety. In her letter, The Countess wrote:

I am delighted to hear the news that it is now official: Malawi has removed the risk of trachoma across the country.

For millennia, trachoma has blighted the lives of millions. Slowly and painfully, people lose their sight. They become unable to leave their homes, go to work and provide for their families. Children miss school as they have to stay at home to care for their relatives. Communities are trapped in a cycle of poverty, moving from one generation to the next.

But now trachoma is preventable and treatable. With leadership and a concerted effort over several years, it can be eliminated.

Also today, an interview with The Countess of Wessex on her work to champion the elimination of avoidable blindness across the Commonwealth was aired as part of A Service of Celebration for the Commonwealth on BBC One. You will fine the video on The Commonwealth official website, click here – it’s titled Commonwealth Day BBC One feature. For video of the service attended by the Royal family, click here. For press release by the Trust on HRH’s letter, click here.

Sunday Service at St. Mary Magdalene Church

On the 30th December HM The Queen took part in the Sunday Service at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham. This time HM arrived to the church accompanied by her Lady-in-Waiting, while members of her family walked the short distance.

Again we saw The Wessex family, including The Earl and Countess of Wessex with Lady Louise (Viscount James was absent). We also saw, Princess Royal and her husband, Sir Timothy Laurence. There weren’t many photographers that day, so not sure who else attended.

Like mentioned above photographic coverage was poor, Daily Mail did manage to publish few pics of the Wessex family, and you will find those by clicking here. Sadly I don’t have any that I could use on my blog.

Outfit & jewellery:
Fedora most likely by Jane Taylor.
Loewe Collarless V-neck coat.
Some black boots.

2018 Christmas at Sandringham for The Wessex Family

At last, after a looong week I was able to update every entry on my blog. I needed a break, honestly I was certain I won’t be able to do this again. But your messages, understanding and other factors, made me re-think my decission. I know it will be hard. LP starts a half year long tour in January, so I will have plenty on my plate, but we shall see. Maybe I will manage to work it out somehow.

© Geoff Robinson Photography – courtesy of photographer

But let’s get back to the Royals. On the 25th December we saw united family front of royals attending Christmas Mass at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham. The Wessex family arrived altogether, walking side by side, shortly after the ‘fabulous four’. Sophie looked elegant as always in her new, bespoke coat by Suzannah and another bespoke creation from her favourite milliner, Jane Taylor.

© Geoff Robinson Photography – courtesy of photographer

Lady Louise looked very pretty in her beige coat and beautiful animal print beret hat also by Jane Taylor (wouldn’t mind owning one myself as well), while Viscount James seemed to refuse wearing any coat whatsoever. I was wondering what wacky tie Prince Edward wore for this occasion, but whatever he has chosen, sadly it was hidden underneath his thick shawl.

© Geoff Robinson Photography – courtesy of photographer

HM The Queen arrived to church with The Duke of York, while his daughters decided to walk. Prince Charles along with Prince William and The Duchess of Cambridge arrived hand in hand with The Duke and The Duchess of Sussex. Peter Phillips walked with his both daughters, Savannah and Isla. Autimn Phillips (in a stunning green coat-dress by Clare Mischevani) arrived with Princess Beatrice.

© Geoff Robinson Photography – courtesy of photographer

Newlyweds, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank walked shortly afterwards, followed by The Wessex family, and Princess Royal with her husband Sir Timothy Laurence. Last ones to arrive were Zara and Peter Phillips. This year we haven’t seen The Duke of Edinburgh and The Duchess of Cornwall. For coverage of that day you may want to check the Daily Mail, click here.

Here, I would like to give my huge thanks to Geoff Robinson (News Photographer based in Cambridge), who each year, since we’ve known each other (online) is sharing his royal Christmas pictures with me – thank you!

Outfit & jewellery:
New, Jane Taylor Millinery bespoke wet look velvet cocktail hat with vintage veil.
New bespoke blue cashmere coat by Suzannah.
Erdem Paisley Vine-print silk-crepe de chine dress.
New, CHAiNGING Berlin Earrings | g o l d by Lucia Odescalchi.
Black suede pumps by LK Bennett.
New pochette (#lunatic #caviar #snake) by Sophie Habsburg.

Sophie and Louise at the International Horse Show at London Olympia

On the 21st December, The Countess of Wessex accompanied by her daughter, Lady Louise, attended the International Horse Show at London Olympia. Judging from the few pics released by the PA Agency, Sophie & Louise attended day five of the show and she and her daughter observed The FEI Driving World Cup Presented By Dodson & Horrell.

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I have searched internet for a long time but I cannot find a single “official” word on HRH’s participation in this event, perhaps she and Louise were there privately, since Lady Louise herself is learning a carriage driving, it’s a passion she inherited after her grandfather, The Duke of Edinburgh. For coverage of the event, check Daily Mail article by clicking here.

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Olympia is the only UK Show to host all three FEI World Cup Qualifiers in Dressage, Show Jumping and Driving. Each performance includes an equestrian competition along with a variety of displays from around the World. Held in the Olympia Exhibition Centre, the London International Horse Show celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 2007 as ‘one of Europe’s oldest equine competitions’.

Outfit & jewellery:
Sweater possibly by Max Mara.
Gabriela Hearst Spencer Skirt
Hippo splat necklace by Patrick Mavros.
Some black boots.

Sophie & Louise visited BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing

On the 24th November, The Countess of Wessex and Lady Louise surprised TV watchers with an unexpected appeareance during the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing programme. HELLO! Magazine, who spoke exclusively to the show’s presenter, Tess Daly, revealed the special meaning behind the duo’s surprise visit.

photo @bbcstrictly via Twitter

After Hello – Tess explained: “It was lovely to have them there, we are very fortunate we have a few fans in the royal household… They did absolutely [get a backstage tour]. Lady Louise was celebrating turning 15 and she said it was a treat to come and visit the show. She’s a big fan, herself and her mother. They enjoyed all the action from the front row and they had a great night. It was great to welcome them.

Full article can be found here. Daily Mail also had coverage, including tiny video – for article, click here. You will also spot the royal duo in the video I linked to.

print screen of the BBC video