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Lydia Starbuck
Journalist, writer, historian
Journalist, writer, historian


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Invictus 2017, day two: the photo album
The Invictus Games are well and truly under way and some pretty special moments have been happening on and off the track. Prince Harry has been leading the cheering as the competitors at the third staging of the event he created and has made his own took to...

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Harry and Meghan: first official appearance (photos inside)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have sent just about everyone into a royal wedding tailspin by appearing together in public for the first time officially. The couple attended the wheelchair tennis at the Invictus Games in Toronto. We got hand holding, what l...

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Prince Harry: Invictus 2017, the final countdown
Everyone's wild about Harry. The prince of hearts is in Toronto where he's celebrating the third staging of the Invictus Games. We already know how special this event is to Harry - the Games, for wounded service personnel, were his brainchild and he's been ...

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Meghan Markle attends the Invictus Games
Get the bunting in the wash and start stocking up on paper plates, I can feel a street party coming on. Meghan Markle has attended the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games in Toronto, another sign that an engagement and wedding with Prince Harry could be ...

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Royals on the Vanity Fair Best Dressed List 2017
It kind of snuck under the radar this year. Vanity Fair's Best Dressed List is always pored over by royal watchers keen to see whose style has hit the mark in the past twelve months but this time round it was somewhat eclipsed by another item in the same mo...

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5 royal outfits for a civil marriage
Royal civil weddings, eh? Why on earth would anyone be thinking about those right now? Odd. But as we are, let's talk outfits. Several European royals have had a civil and religious wedding on the same day in which case there's no change for the bride. They...

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September 15th, a royal day of destiny
Harry of Wales celebrates his birthday on September 15th (picture Kensington Palace Twitter still) September 15th is pretty important in modern royal history. A quartet of celebrations are marked on the date every year, making it about as regal a day in the...

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Sapphires for September: the Netherlands
Queen Maxima of the Netherlands in the sapphire tiara of her royal house on the day her husband ascended the throne (photo Sapphires are stunning and the regal blue of the deepest stone has made them a favourite for royals for centuries. ...

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Prince George, King of Instagram
In a world where image is king, one ruler in waiting has it licked. Prince George has scored yet another huge hit on the official Kensington Palace Instagram account, his third big success in just six weeks. For while this channel, the most followed of all ...

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Sapphires for September: Luxembourg
Spot the sapphire - the sparkling Nassau tiara as worn by Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg in an official portrait (photo Grand Cour Ducale) Sapphires have sparkled in regal jewel collections for centuries and their deep blue colour is as mu...
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