The "Armada Portrait" commemorates England's 1588 triumph over an invading Spanish armada A rare 16th century portrait of Queen Elizabeth I will become public property after a donations appeal raised 10 million pounds ($13 million) to keep it in Britain. The "Armada Portrait" commemorates England's 1588 triumph over an invading Spanish armada. It shows the queen in a bejeweled dress with her hand resting on a globe. Behind her, the Spanish fleet is wrecked in a storm. The painting — one of three copies to survive by an unknown artist — was owned by descendants of sailor Francis Drake, who decided to sell it. The appeal drew 1.5 million pounds in public donations, and millions more from charities and arts funds. Queen Elizabeth II's Official 90th Birthday Celebrations Beg
Cressida's 'sister', the Poldark minx: Best friend of Prince Harry's ex to have key role in BBC drama The best friend of Prince Harry's ex, Cressida Bonas, is to star in the new Poldark series as a 'minx' who leaves broken hearts in her wake. And this picture is the first snap of 27-year-old Gabriella Wilde in her key role in the hit BBC1 drama. The former model, who was like a sister to Cressida in their youth, has been cast as Caroline Penvenen, who enchants two of the main characters. And in a curious coincidence, one of them, would-be MP Unwin Trevaunance, is played by Hugh Skinner – who starred as Prince William in Channel 4 satire The Windsors. The other is Captain Poldark's best friend, Dwight Enys, played by Luke Norris. A source said: 'Caroline is the biggest new character
From playing in the fields near his family home, Anmer Hall, to rambling through the woods of his mom's childhood village of Bucklebury, Prince George is growing up to enjoy every aspect that the beautiful British countryside has to offer. Yet the future king – who turned three on July 22 – will likely be pulled away from the quiet rural life that parents Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William wish for him and sister Princess Charlotte, 15 months. With George's "Gan-Gan" Queen Elizabeth having turned 90 in April, it is likely that William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge will start to take on an ever-increasing number of royal duties. Why Prince George's Country Years Will Be Short-Lived The royal parents understand that as long as there are "three generations of royals do
Vogue never fails to provide us with the most stunning wedding inspiration out there. From a celebrity stylist’s nuptials in Aspen to a floral designer’s wedding in South Africa, we can always rely on Vogue to discover the chicest ceremonies around the globe. Of course, the magazine’s latest find is no exception. Vogue’s newest wedding feature happens to be extra special, as it was a truly royal affair. The spread offers a peek at the wedding of Baroness Cleopatra von Adelsheim von Ernest and Hereditary Prince Franz Albrecht zu Oettingen-Spielberg, and the photos are the definitely dreamy. Held in Bavaria, the wedding spared no expense when it came to dreamy details. For instance, the bride’s gown was custom made by Italian designer Luisa Beccaria in Milan. “The organza creation had fl
She's just entered that notoriously difficult decade for women - her 50s - when it's so common to find confidence wilting and style looking old hat. And, of course, it's usually at this moment women's waistlines begin the great middle-aged spread. So what on earth is the Countess of Wessex's secret? At 51, she looks sleeker, more glamorous and more youthful than she has done for more than a decade, the Daily Mail reports. Indeed, an appearance at the New Forest and Hampshire County Show this week saw a radiant Sophie looking trim in an elegant Prada brown and cream dress, with a crisp white cardigan. So how is Sophie seemingly managing to age backwards? Well, it has lot to do with the loyal male dresser whose tasks include zipping up her dresses, a fiendishly organised inventory of ea...