Sunday, March 19, 2017

Added This Week: Land of Analie

The Land of Analie
"I am an unabashed royal watcher and London lover. I am very much in love with the tradition and history both offer, as well as the new twists the modern age has lent that tradition. (The pomp and glitter doesn’t hurt, either.)"

Royal Foibles
"An anecdotal look at ruling class misdeeds through history"


The [Danish] Royal House (YouTube)

The British Monarchy (YouTube)



Sunday, March 5, 2017

Added This Week: Queens of England

Queens of England
"Royalty, queens, princesses and consorts. All things royal -- past, present and future."

The Royal Digest


"Exploring Royalty Around the World"

Monday, January 9, 2017

Added This Week: Tiara Mania

Tiara Mania
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Tiara Mania is a blog about tiaras (obviously)! I started it in 2011, after several years of collecting information just for myself. Since then I have covered over 300 tiaras in encyclopedia style posts."



Monday, January 2, 2017

2 Jan 2017 Norwegian Social Media Update

Today, I have updated the Official Royal Sites page to include all of the official social media accounts of the Norwegian Royal Family. The Palace now offers information via Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. There is also an official Twitter account for the Crown Prince Couple and Crown Princess Mette-Marit runs her own Twitter account. In fact, the Palace was not even aware when she launched it. When the media began to ask about it, they were unable to confirm it because they did not know!

Check out the list of Official Royal Sites. Be sure to let me know of any that you think need to be added!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Added This Week: One for History; One for Fashion

The following blogs have been added to our index this week:

Joan's Mad Monarchs
"This is a series of biographies on the personal lives of histories mad royals...Although not all Royals in this series were clinically mad, they certainly were peculiar."

The Royal Couturier
"A celebration of everything royal, majestic and purely elegant. Over the past few years, TRC has helped highlight some long lost and forgotten monarchies and, of course, ensembles as well as bring attention to designers that are either too old or too new to be seen on the mainstream media."

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Get Your Kate Calendar

We have some very creative royal bloggers out there and it is not unusual from them to collaborate formally and informally. Those who specialize in royal fashion often come to the rescue of royal reporters by helping them identify the designers and styles the royal ladies are wearing. I've even seen helpful bloggers providing specific color descriptions for the mostly male press pool. (Many men have trouble distinguishing between teal, turquoise and aquamarine, for example.)

Now, one of the top Duchess of Cambridge fashion blogs, What Kate Wore, has joined forces with photographer Mark Stewart to produce the What Kate Wore Calendar.

This 12-month calendar features great color photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge in her public role--and some snaps from an outing with Prince George to a public polo ground. At 7"x14" when fully opened, the calendar is great for small spaces like bulletin boards or your office cubicle.

As a very cool bonus, the calendar already has key dates for the Royal Family marked!  You can purchase the calendar for $14.95 on the What Kate Wore site.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Royal Blogger Spotlight: Sophie Ragas

Royal watchers live all around the world and speak dozens of languages. While many royal blogs are written in English, there are a lot written in other languages from French to Romanian.  In terms of overall coverage of royal topics outside of the English-speaking world, the German- and Dutch-speaking nations are definitely at the top of the lists. In these countries, royals from everywhere (not just England) are regularly covered in magazines and on television. There is even regular programming dedicated to royal life. 

So, it naturally follows that some of the best royal blogs out there are also based in these countries. One of the most comprehensive (and highest quality) blogs anywhere in the world is published in Dutch. Despite its English title, All Things Royal is written in Dutch, but Google Translate can certainly help speakers of other languages enjoy it. Originally publishing under the title Sophie's Royal Families, the mastermind behind this site is Sophie Ragas, who lives in Belgium, where both Dutch and French are official languages. All Things Royal covers contemporary and historic royalty, jewelry and palaces. It includes a blog, a section that provides a quick view of information about each modern monarchy and another section about each royal family's jewel collection. As an added bonus, there is also a forum where readers can ask and answer questions.


Our Questions for Sophie Ragas


What inspired you to create a web site about royal history?

It's one of my biggest interests, so when I wanted to learn how to make websites 15 years ago it was a bit of a no-brainer that the subject would be royalty!

What do you find most challenging about maintaining your blog or site?

Finding time to work on the website or to do research. To balance it with my other hobbies and interests is something I need to work at. It is also difficult sometimes to come up with interesting topics.

What do you find most rewarding about maintainging your blog or site?

It keeps me in the loop on the latest news and doing research lets me learn about new things or interesting facts. Sometimes I get compliments about the website, which I appreciate.

What is your first royal memory?

That would be when I was about six and the marital troubles of Charles and Diana began to become public. As a child you divide the world into good and bad, so I was firmly in team Diana.

Who are your personal favorites among royalty? Why?

The late Diana, Princess of Wales. Her connection with people, her charisma and style made me a big fan. Another favourite is Queen Máxima. With her warm and lively personality and love for jewelry it is impossible not to like her!

Sophie's Sites

Sophie also is a member on The Royal Forums, Nobiliana and The Royal Resource.

Where You Can Find Sophie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/allthingsroyal/
Twitter: @allthingsroyal