Friday, February 1, 2013

Hot Topics: The Dutch Abdication

Royal bloggers around the world, regardless of their particular focus, lit up the blogosphere with posts about the abdication announcement by Dutch Queen Beatrix. Blogs with a British angle, asked whether Queen Elizabeth would or even could follow suit. Fashion blogs updated the world on the sartorial choices of Beatrix's daughter-in-law, the soon-to-be Queen Maxima. History bloggers explored the impact on the next Dutch heiress, 10-year-old Princess Catharina Amalia, especially in contrast to British Queen Elizabeth who became heiress at the same age. Blogs focused on other nations explained those countries' histories of abdication. Just about every imaginable topic has been addressed in the cyberworld. What will the new King's inauguration be like? What jewels will his wife now be able to wear? How jealous are the other Crown Princesses of Europe? There is even a Facebook page devoted to encouraging the future King Willem Alexander to grow a beard.

This opportunity to examine the differences and similarities among Europe's monarchies has provided a refreshing break from lists of the maternity clothes the Duchess of Cambridge is buying and arguments whether Prince Harry has been too cavalier about killing Taliban fighters while deployed in Afghanistan.

So, thank you, Queen Beatrix for giving us a reminder of what monarchy is really about: symbolizing the history, culture, and peoples of a nation; the peaceful transition of power; and a loving dedication to service. We salute you for your long devotion to your country and your family. Long live Beatrix!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

The Bride that Launched a Thousand Blogs

Of all the topics in the royal blogosphere, none seems to be more popular than the Duchess of Cambridge (or Kate Middleton or Princess Kate, or whatever you care to call her). While many of the Kate blogs were launched in the immediate run-up to the engagement and wedding, a few have been covering the former Miss Middleton for much longer.

At Royal Blog Central, we currently catalog 14 Kate blogs with many more yet to be listed (email us your URL if you are running one). Here is our rundown of the best ones out there:

What Kate Wore
Rated as one of Time Magazine's Best Blogs of 2012, What Kate Wore is without a doubt one of the most well-known of the blogs and it has received a lot of media attention. In fact, if you follow @whatkatewore on Twitter, you can often see royal reporters and other journalists consulting the bloggers about Kate's outfit du jour. And, this is the blog's specialty: tracking down every single item of clothing or accessory that Kate wears and letting you know where she got it, and perhaps even more importantly where you can get it.

A Petite Princess
If What Kate Wore is the Barbie of the Kate blogs, then A Petite Princess is Skipper. Also well-respected among the reporters, APP also follows Kate's sartorial choices but with a particular twist. APP helps petite-sized women find comparable fashions in their own sizes. This undoubtedly takes a lot of time and effort. Nevertheless, APP takes their devotion to princess-hood one step further by also actively embracing the kinds of charitable work done by Kate and other royals. Right now, for instance, APP is endorsing the Poppy Appeal for Remembrance Day 2012. You can follow APP's creator on Twitter @APP_Editor.

The Catherine Cambridge Report
One of the few Kate blogs not devoted to her clothes, The Catherine Cambridge Report originated in 2007 as The Kate Middleton Report, when they accurately predicted that Kate was indeed "the one." Like the others, the Report has received a fair amount of media attention and its main contributors are very popular on Twitter (@marilynsrylblog and @worldofroyalty). Unlike other Kate blogs, the Report is not necessarily a fawning fansite, taking a more balanced and holistic view of the girl who grew up in middle-class Berkshire and will one day likely be Queen.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Photo Postings: Bloggers Beware

Access to and use of images has been a long-running debate in the royal blogosphere. It is particularly challenging for those of us who are operating our blogs without any remuneration (nearly everyone, yes?) For those commenting on current events and activities, very few free images are available.

A situation has arisen today with the popular Duchess Kate blog, whose administrator is concerned that she may have to shut down her blog after posting some photos and screenshots that were challenged by the copyright holders. The seriousness of this situation underscores the need to be very, very careful in your image selection, use, acknowledgement, etc. Copyright is a legal issue and you don't want to get yourself into a sticky situation. [Read Duchess Kate's post about the incident.]

I have encountered this issue in my professional world, wherein a cease-and-desist letter and the subsequent removal of unauthorized copyrighted material is usually sufficient to resolve the problem. However, better to be safe than sorry. 

Here are three quick guidelines and links from to help you protect yourself from breaking copyright laws.

Follow @HRHDuchessKate on Twitter to participate in the ongoing conversation, or comment here with your views and advice.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Media Loves Bloggers

When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge went on their first tour of Canada, the media sometimes got a little help from our intrepid royal bloggers. For instance:

The Globe and Mail cited the 'canny' insight of The Royal Order of Splendor and gave props to the unofficial tweets of @KateWilliam2011. View the story.

Catherine's wardrobe continued to garner attention and so did Catherine fashion experts @katepippastyle and @whatkatewore, who were both mentioned in The London Telegraph's coverage of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's tour of Canada. View the story.

In other blogger-media news, blogger and author Victoria Martinez (@tvmartinez) was interviewed on Blog Talk Radio's "Another Cup of Coffee and a Good Book" about her book, "An Unusual Journey Through Royal History," in July. Listen to the interview.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Royal Blog News, 17 June 2011

This week, we added our first blog devoted to Prince Harry. There must be a billion such sites. Send them in and we'll add them to the list! In the mean time, enjoy HRH Prince Harry.

Listen online June 26 to The Royal Report on Blog Talk Radio where one of the topics will be royal blogs. Host Marilyn Braun will discuss how the royal blogosphere has changed in the last year. You can even call in to chat with her. That number is 914-338-1829 in Canada. The Royal Report airs live Sunday evenings at 9 p.m. Eastern Time; that's 6 p.m. Pacific, 2 a.m. (Monday) Greenwich and 11 a.m. (Monday) in Sydney. You can also listen to archived episodes.

The new blog Musings of a Royal Nature has changed its name to  Of a Royal Nature to avoid confusion with the blog Royal Musings.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Royal Blogger Alert: Tune In June 26

Listen online June 26 to The Royal Report on Blog Talk Radio where one of the topics will be royal blogs. Host Marilyn Braun will discuss how the royal blogosphere has changed in the last year. You can even call in to chat with her. That number is 914-338-1829 in Canada.

The Royal Report airs live Sunday evenings at 9 p.m. Eastern Time; that's 6 p.m. Pacific, 2 a.m. (Monday) Greenwich and 11 a.m. (Monday) in Sydney. You can also listen to archived episodes.

In addition to hosting The Royal Report, Braun runs the blog Marilyn's Royal Blog.

Note: I earlier posted that this episode would air on June 12. I apologize for the error.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Blogger Spotlight: Victoria Martinez

Blogger Victoria Martinez was interviewed on the book blog, A Cup of Coffee and a Good Book, on June 9 regarding her book, An Unusual Journey Through Royal History. [Read the interview.]

In the interview, Martinez describes the book as follows: "An Unusual Journey Through Royal History is not your typical royal history book. The table of contents reads more like a menu at a good restaurant, where there’s something for everyone’s taste. Each of the 18 chapters tells a unique story about an overlooked or unusual aspect of royal history, spanning centuries and countries, but in no particular order. From first to last, they will take you on a journey through royal history you’ve probably never seen or thought of before. Chances are, even readers who usually find historic royalty boring and stuffy or modern royalty anachronistic and detached will find something to enjoy."

Martinez is the author of the blog, Arbitrary History.