• The Queen makes surprise public appearance during summer holiday

    The Queen has made very few public appearances this summer as she enjoys her holiday in Scotland, but the 92-year-old monarch surprised royal watchers as she stepped out for church on Sunday. Her Majesty, who was accompanied by a friend, was pictured attending a service at Crathie church in Aberdeenshire – a few minutes' drive away from her official residence, Balmoral Castle. Despite the damp weather, the royal opted for a summery look, wearing a bright blue coat, a matching hat, a brooch and a triple strand of pearls. The Queen was chauffeur-driven to church and assisted with an umbrella

  • Why Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank deserve a big royal wedding – opinion

    Much has been said about whether Princess Eugenie and her fiancé Jack Brooksbank should stage such a big, grand wedding in Windsor like Eugenie's cousin Prince Harry did back in May. As a junior member of the royal family, the Princess is ninth in line to the throne and will drop further back as children are born to those ahead of her. She has no public role and does not appear in the Court Circular, plus there are concerns about the cost of policing the event. But in this week's issue of HELLO! magazine, royal author and historian Christopher Wilson

  • The royal family are all doing this for the first time since January

    For the first time since January, the Queen and members of her family will all be enjoying the week off. There are no official engagements in the diary, meaning the monarch, her son Prince Charles, her daughter Princess Anne, her grandchildren Prince William and Prince Harry and other relatives will be able to kickstart their summer holidays. The royals usually carry out a handful of engagements every week, whether it's a visit to a city, supporting a charity initiative or welcoming members of the public into the palace. But this week signals the start of some downtime for the hard-working

  • Why Prince William and Prince Harry's children will have different surnames

    Unlike most male siblings in the UK, Prince William and Prince Harry's children will not share the same surname. William and Kate's little ones – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – all have the last name 'Cambridge', taking after their dad's title, the Duke of Cambridge. By the same model, it can be assumed that any children Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have will use the surname 'Sussex', after their father's official title, the Duke of Sussex. William and Harry grew up with the surname 'Wales', using it at school, at university and during their time in the

  • Video: All the trips, slips and stumbles that prove the royals are just like us

    With their grace, elegance and style it can be easy to forget that the royals are just like us at the end of the day. Though Her Majesty nearly always maintains her composure, she nearly lost her hat to a strong wind in 1979 while attending a welcoming ceremony with Sultan Qaboos of Oman. Of course, the monarch expertly managed to catch the absconding headwear! Kate Middleton is also not immune to wardrobe malfunctions, catching her high heel in a grate at Mons Barracks Aldershot at the St Patrick's Day Parade in 2013. Like the Queen, the Duchess of Cornwall

  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reportedly gifted new home from the Queen – but there's a catch

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have reportedly been given a new house as a wedding gift from the Queen. The Mail on Sunday reports that Harry and Meghan were invited to view Adelaide Cottage in Windsor, and after liking it so much, the couple are preparing to make it their second home. But it seems Harry and Meghan will not actually own the property, unlike Prince William and Kate, who are the proud owners of Anmer Hall, which was gifted to them by the Queen for their 2011 wedding. As Royal Musings blog rightly points out, "Adelaide Cottage is not

  • It looks like Prince William and Kate Middleton are returning from Mustique to attend this special event

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are enjoying a sun-soaked family holiday in Mustique with their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. But the couple are expected to return to the UK some time this week to attend a very special event on Saturday – their friend Charlie van Straubenzee's wedding in Surrey. Twitter has been going wild with suggestions of an upcoming royal sighting, after a royal photographer tweeted that Harry and Meghan will be attending. Harry is thought to be best man. But further tweets among fans have suggested that William and Kate will also make