Most of us will remember the excitement surrounding Prince William and Catherine Middleton’s wedding in 2011, and a lot of us will remember watching Charles and Diana’s fairy tale wedding on TV when we were kids. Compared to those lavish affairs, Elizabeth and Philip’s wedding was fairly restrained. It was, after all, only a few years since the end of the war and the country … [Read more...] about The Life of a Queen: Queen Elizabeth’s Royal Wedding
Editor’s Note: The folks over at True Royalty TV, have asked us to share some highlights of what’s currently streaming on their wonderful service dedicated to all things Royal. With so many great documentaries on True Royalty TV, we thought we’d take the pain out of choosing and pick five goodies for you. From new releases to True Royalty exclusives to existing classics, here … [Read more...] about Telly Streaming: What to Watch This Month on True Royalty TV – Royal Babies, Britain’s Poshest Nannies, Will & Kate and More!
And we come to the final day of my trip to cover the Royal Wedding. I wanted to spend it in London. There were a few exhibitions I wanted to go to, and I’d also booked into a play - to see Roger Allam in The Moderate Soprano at the Duke of York’s Theatre. As usual, I woke up early. I made some breakfast and got ready for the day, still trying to decide what exactly I was … [Read more...] about Royal Wedding Trip Diaries – Day 5 – Popping in to London – British Library, Train Stations and a Play
Great news for Royal watchers! The Duchess of Sussex's wedding dress and the Duke's dress uniform that they wore during the Royal Wedding will go in display at Windsor Castle this October. They'll also be displayed in Scotland in 2019. From The Royal Collection Trust: We're excited to announce that the wedding outfits of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be on display at … [Read more...] about Ticket Alert: Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Royal Wedding Outfits to Go On Display at Windsor Castle and Palace of Holyroodhouse
I had two extra days on my trip to England to cover the Royal Wedding (thanks must go to Mrs. Anglotopia for being wonderful). When I was in the planning stages, I sat down and pondered the question: if I could go anywhere in southern England, where would I go? I decided to go to Oxford. I have a long relationship with the city - I spent over a week there last summer for … [Read more...] about Royal Wedding Trip Diaries – Day 4 – A Day Trip to Oxford from Windsor – Bodleian Library and Morse Tours
I woke up around 5 am, bang on time. I set an alarm, but it proved unnecessary. The remnants of jet lag, a sound night’s sleep, and the excitement of what was to come ensured that I needed no alarm. I slept well. It finally felt like my body had caught up with the time changes. Though it was a bit weird to think that my wife was back home, probably still awake because it was … [Read more...] about Royal Wedding Trip Diaries – Day 3 – The Big Day – My Experiences During Harry and Meghan’s Royal Wedding
Editor’s Note: I’m sorry it’s taking me so long to get these diaries out. I work at home and the summer holidays home with the kids killed my writing productivity. But they’re now gone back to school so that I can write again. I should hopefully have the rest out sooner rather than later! I woke up around 5 am, very well rested. I was ready to get up. With the curtains shut, … [Read more...] about Royal Wedding Trip Diaries – Day 2 – Windsor & Eton, Bookshop, The BBC and a Pair of Sandals
I managed to get a little bit of sleep on the flight over. Hopefully, it would be enough to be me through my first proper day. I would be hitting the ground running. I have the make the most of every moment of these work trips. It’s necessary from a business perspective but when I take time away from the family, it has to really be worth it. The flight landed bang on time. … [Read more...] about Royal Wedding Trip Diaries – Day 1 – Thursday – Arrival in Windsor and Battling Jet-lag
It took a bit of time, but I finally have a proper recording of my appearance on the BBC News Channel. I was asked to appear while I was there covering the wedding for Anglotopia. This is my second time appearing on the BBC and it's always a true pleasure to do it. Everyone was so nice and professional! I think the interview went quite well and I hope I get to do it again … [Read more...] about Anglotopia News: Proper Recording of My BBC News Appearance During the Royal Wedding
When the date for Harry and Meghan’s Wedding (still getting used to writing them as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex) was announced, I immediately booked my plane ticket but wasn’t fast enough for a hotel. By the time I booked the plane ticket, all the hotels in and around Windsor were booked. Scrambling, I had to figure out what to do. I pondered staying at the hotel above … [Read more...] about Anglotopia Goes to the Royal Wedding: Review of the Lovely Flat I Stayed In – Manor View Windsor Flat Review
When you get a title, you also get a coat of arms (designed and approved by the College of Arms, the people responsible for these things). So, of course, the newly minted Duchess of Sussex has received her coat of arms, approved personally by the queen. Details were released today. Here's what it looks like: What does everything within the design mean? Here's the … [Read more...] about Duke and Duchess of Sussex: The New Duchess Gets Her Own California Inspired Coat of Arms
Things may have quieted down here in Windsor now that the wedding is done and dusted but the Royal Family is not done making the news. The official photographs have just been released by Kensington Palace. Three images have been released of the couple, one with their families, another with the bridal party and a third of them alone together. They posed for the photos after … [Read more...] about Royal Wedding: Check out the Official Photos from the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex
Join Anglotopia for live rolling updates throughout the day for Harry & Meghan's Royal Wedding. There will be tons of updates to get through - so feel free to scroll through the whole feed. Jonathan is with the Foreign Press Association right across from Windsor Castle and Laura Porter is backing him up from London. … [Read more...] about Royal Wedding: Harry and Meghan’s Royal Wedding Live Blog – Live Rolling Updates Throughout the Day!
The British Newspaper The Independent asked me to write an article about why Americans love British Royal Weddings and I was happy to oblige. It was published yesterday. I'm truly chuffed to be able to say that I've been published under my own byline with a British newspaper. Hopefully, it's the first of many! Here's an excerpt: Another royal event is upon us and you might … [Read more...] about Royal Wedding: My First Time Being Published in a British Newspaper!
As the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle approaches, there’s been talk of what the titles granted to the Prince and his fiancée will be. While marrying a prince arguably automatically makes his spouse a princess, British Royal Titles are a bit more complex than that. Previously, when Prince William married Kate Middleton, the titles granted to them were that of … [Read more...] about Countdown to the Royal Wedding – History of Titles Granted at Royal Weddings
Most of us will remember the excitement surrounding Prince William and Catherine Middleton’s wedding in 2011, and a lot of us will remember watching Charles and Diana’s fairytale wedding on TV when we were kids. Compared to those lavish affairs, Elizabeth and Philip’s wedding was fairly restrained. It was, after all, only a few years since the end of the war and the country … [Read more...] about Countdown to the Royal Wedding: Royal History – Elizabeth’s Royal Wedding
While of course, the ceremony itself is the most important part of any wedding, it’s the wedding reception where all the fun is had. The reception is much less formal, filled with food, friends, drinks, and of course—dancing. Now, as the Royal Wedding approaches on May 19th, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have not just one, but *two* receptions: a more formal affair at … [Read more...] about Countdown to the Royal Wedding: Ten Great British Songs Harry and Meghan Should Play At Their Reception
Weddings are normally momentous affairs, but they become exponentially more so for the British Royal Family. The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19th will be one of the most joyous occasions not only for them but for large parts of the world. Harry and Meghan will join a long history of royal weddings, each with its own interesting and significant moments. … [Read more...] about Countdown to the Royal Wedding: Ten Interesting Facts about Royal Weddings
Harry and Meghan’s Wedding is not my first Royal Wedding. Back in 2011, I went over to cover Will and Kate’s wedding, and it was an incredible experience. It was also a completely different time in my (and our) life. Two bigs things had happened in the weeks before I was to leave for the wedding. First, Mrs. Anglotopia gave birth to our son (who’s now seven. Seven!). Second, … [Read more...] about Travels in Britain: Memories From Going to My First Royal Wedding – Will & Kate’s Big Day in 2011 and Reflections on Anglotopia’s Past and Future
“Mawwiage. Mawwaige is what bwings us togethah today.” Unlike the wedding of Prince Humperdink to Princess Buttercup, the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is going to be a much more traditional affair. While Harry and Meghan are introducing their own traditions such as the standing-only and “food bowls” affair rather than a sit-down reception, there are still … [Read more...] about Countdown to the Royal Wedding: Five Fascinating British Royal Wedding Traditions Through History
Obviously, not everyone is going to get to go to Windsor to see the Royal Wedding in person. And like most sporting events, it's usually better to watch it on the telly than it is to actually be there. Besides St George's Chapel, where the wedding will take place, is inside the Windsor Castle walls, there won't be much to see anyway. So, that leaves the telly for watching it … [Read more...] about Countdown to the Royal Wedding: Our Definitive Royal Wedding Watching Guide for USA TV Viewers
I’m leaving tomorrow to head to Windsor, so I thought it would be fun to share my overall itinerary with everyone and also highlight how we will be covering the big day here at Anglotopia. If this trip is anything like my trip to cover Will and Kate’s wedding back in 2011, this is going to be amazing and I can’t wait to share everything I see along the way. I’m departing … [Read more...] about Anglotopia Goes to the Royal Wedding: My Final Itinerary and Schedule During Trip To Cover Harry and Meghan’s Wedding
In just a few short days, history is made again as a royal wedding takes place at St. George’s Chapel between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. It is, perhaps, the second-most famous wedding between a royal and an actress, the first being that of Prince Ranier III of Monaco to Grace Kelly. Meghan grew up in show business, having been born in Hollywood to a father who was an … [Read more...] about Countdown to the Royal Wedding – Ten Interesting Facts about Meghan Markle
Come May 19th, the youngest of Prince Charles and Lady Diana’s sons; Prince Harry will be married to Meghan Markle in St. George’s Chapel. Being a royal, Harry has spent his entire life in the limelight, an attention that only grew following the death of his mother and a wild youth. Now in his 30s, the Prince has matured quite a bit thanks to his time in the British Army and … [Read more...] about Countdown to the Royal Wedding – Ten Interesting Facts about Prince Harry
*Warning: Contains Opinions* Every time a major British royal event comes up, one of the main questions I usually get is a riff on the headline of this article: why do Americans care about the British Royal family? It’s a valid question. We pride ourselves on having fought our war of independence precisely not to have to care about the British Royal Family at all, yet every … [Read more...] about Why do Americans Care So Much About Royal Weddings and the British Royal Family?