1452 Was a Hell of a Year

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Two weeks ago we took a look at the assassination of William de la Pole, Duke of Suffolk, noting that his unpopularity was wrapped up in the humiliating losses in Normandy under the command of Edmund Beaufort, Duke of Somerset. His death in March 1450 was swiftly followed by the first serious rebellion in Henry VI’s reign – that of a man under the moniker “Jack Cade,” who led an uprising that swept the countryside that summer. It was suppressed and its participants put to death, but an uneasy pallor settled over Henry’s court.

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The Queen’s Birth 92 Years Ago Today

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Happy 92nd Birthday to Queen Elizabeth! Later today the Royal Family will all descend on Royal Albert Hall for a concert to mark the occasion and conclude the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), but in the meantime let’s take a look back at April 21, 1926 when HRH Princess Elizabeth was born to the then-Duke and Duchess of York.

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Kate in Gucci at the V&A

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The Duchess of Cambridge debuted a new Gucci dress to unveil the Exhibition Row Quarter at the Victoria & Albert Museum today in London. The opening marks the museum’s largest architectural project in a century and features new public and gallery space, designed by British architect Amanda Levete. Notably, the building’s original facade is showcased.

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Trooping the Colour 2017

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Where to begin – the children, the dress or the Queen? I guess the Queen since she’s the one running the show here. For those unfamiliar with the ceremony, Trooping the Colour is an annual military ceremony that also officially commemorates the sovereign’s birthday. Each year the Queen and members of the Royal Family travel down the Mall and the Queen inspects her troops. Generally framed as a joyful celebration of national pride, this year’s was a bit more solemn.

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Kate Makes a Surprise Visit to King’s College Hospital

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The Duchess of Cambridge made an unannounced trip to King’s College Hospital in Denmark Hill to meet and visit the staff who treated victims of the recent terror attack in London. The hospital cared for 14 victims, most of whom were suffering from stab wounds and some of whom are still receiving round-the-clock care.

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William, Kate & Harry Attend Service of Hope

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry attended a “Service of Hope” at Westminster Abbey earlier today in honor of the victims and first responders affected by the recent terrorist attack in London. The three laid a wreath in remembrance and met with members of the Abbey’s clergy and London Mayor Sadiq Khan before joining the congregation of 1,800 people by way of a formal procession down the aisle.

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Kate in Green Lace Temperley for National Portrait Gallery Gala

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If you’re wondering how many lace dresses the Duchess of Cambridge can possibly own you’re not alone and the answer is many. We were expecting a gown tonight and on that front Kate didn’t disappoint. Personally, I had been wondering if we would get a repeat given the two formal dresses she debuted in Paris and, weirdly, I thought it was going to be the long black lace she wore in New York City in 2014. I was almost right, except it was a new (for us) gown and a fresh color…but otherwise, yes, I’m sorry, this is a bizarrely similar look.

Tonight Kate attended the National Portrait Gallery’s annual gala in London, which is one of my very favorite spots in the city. She has patronized the museum since the early days of her marriage and it’s proven itself to be one of her favorites as she has frequented events on their behalf several times over the years. It makes sense given Kate’s art history degree and, indeed, her very own portrait hangs on the gallery’s ground floor – the controversial image that drew so much ire from fans when it was unveiled back in 2013.

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Kensington Palace Is All the Rage

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Inside William and Kate’s sitting room in Kensington Palace

Rumor has it that Prince Harry is trying to move into a new apartment in Kensington Palace with, you guessed it, his girlfriend of several months, Meghan Markle. Harry currently lives in Nottingham Cottage, a two-bedroom residence on Palace grounds on the small-side (relatively speaking). Naturally, this has added fuel to fire that an engagement will be announced later this year, with most speculative dates falling  in July and August.

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Kate Makes Important Speech on Parenting in London-Based Brand

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I’ve been a bit absent this week thanks to a hectic work schedule, but I wanted to make sure I got up this post about the Duchess of Cambridge’s latest engagement sooner rather than later. Of all Kate’s sightings, I wish this hadn’t been the one I had to delay, because it was an important engagement on a number of different levels. 1) It took place less than 24 hours after the tragic events in London on Wednesday; 2) Kate gave yet another speech; and 3) the content of that speech was her most personal yet, touching on postpartum depression, parenting and her own experience as a mother.

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Kate Debuts a New (But Old) Rebecca Taylor Suit at Ronald McDonald Evelina London House

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Generally I like to start posts on the Duchess of Cambridge’s engagements with a rundown of the charity itself, but I just can’t do that today. We have to start with the fashion because I am most perplexed. I don’t understand: If you own one thing, why would you buy an almost identical, but slightly altered version of it? Choose one! It’s bizarre!

Anyway, today Kate carried out at an engagement marking the opening of a new facility supporting the families of children undergoing medical treatment at Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

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