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Friday Fun with a Royal Slant

Hello-Hello, it is a Friday. We hope you are about to enjoy a lovely weekend, June is one of my favorite months.

We wanted to share a few things that caught our attention this week, tidbits we thought might put a smile on your face. We begin with this photo:

BBC Facebook

BBC Facebook

Imagine you are an anchor at the BBC, reading the news. There is a live audience in the background, much like the morning news shows here in the US.  While reading the hits you sense a frisson of unusual energy in the studio, so you turn around to see what in the dickens is going on.

BBC News

BBC News

The Queen of England was standing in the audience watching the news, just part of the crowd. Her Majesty was on hand to officially open the rebuilt and remodeled BBC Broadcasting House.

In other royal news, tomorrow is the big wedding in Stockholm when Sweden’s Princess Madeleine will wed Christopher O’Neill.

Swedish Royal Court

Swedish Royal Court

The couple live and work in the city: Princess Madeleine at the World Childhood Foundation, Mr. O’Neill at an investment banking firm.  The Princess is the youngest child of Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia.

Bruno Ehrs via Royal Court

Bruno Ehrs via Royal Court

The groom has dual US and UK citizenship, both parties will remain at their jobs in New York following the honeymoon. Mr. O’Neill has officially declined the offer of being titled as “Prince Christopher”.

Ewa-Marie Rundquist/royalcourt.se

Ewa-Marie Rundquist/royalcourt.se

Below you see the couple earlier this week at ceremonies marking Sweden’s National Day yesterday.
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Traditional Swedish costumes are worn for the event.
Official Princess Madeleine Facebook Page

Official Princess Madeleine Facebook Page

Tonight there is a private dinner for guests, more from the Sacramento Bee:

The Royal Court said guests include the U.K.’s Earl and Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward and Sophie, Princess Takamado of Japan and princes and princesses from Norway, Denmark, Greece, Luxembourg and Monaco.

Other well-known invites include the CEO of fashion retailer H&M, Karl-Johan Persson, golfer Jesper Parnevik, Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson, Broadway’s “Phantom of the Opera” star Peter Joback and Colombian billionaire Alejandro Santo Domingo.

The ceremony is tomorrow afternoon in the Royal Chapel at the Palace in Stockholm. Following the ceremony there will be a dinner at Drottningholm Palace, where Princess Madeleine was born and raised.

Dick Norberg/Royal

Dick Norberg/Royal

The bride will wear a wedding gown designed by Valentino Garavani.  Methinks we shall see some serious party frocks in the next few days, and a tiara or two as well.

As of this writing guests have started to arrive for tonight’s dinner, below we see the couple arriving.

Aftonbladet. se

Aftonbladet. se

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