04 January 2015

Sunday Stories: January 4

Sunday Stories: January 4, 2015

Welcome to a brand-new feature here at The Court Jeweller for 2015: Sunday Stories, a roundup of the biggest royal news stories from the past week. Here are some of the items currently in the news...

  • Shortly after announcing that they are expecting their second child, Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Christopher O'Neill have moved from New York to Stockholm. According to the Swedish constitution, Madeleine's children must be raised in Sweden to remain in the line of succession. (The Local Sweden)
  • The New Year Honours List has been released. We'll soon be seeing members of the British royal family knighting Sir John Hurt and awarding damehoods to Joan Collins, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Carol Ann Duffy. (Guardian)
  • Patricia Treble breaks down the exact date when Elizabeth II will become Britain's longest-serving sovereign -- and when I say exact, I mean down to the hour and minute! (Maclean's)
  • Ahead of her fiftieth birthday this month, the Countess of Wessex has given an interview to Harper's Bazaar. Here's an excerpt from the piece. (Harper's Bazaar)
  • A BBC documentary about the PR strategies of the royal family after Diana's death has been pulled from the January television schedule and postponed to a future date. (Radio Times)
  • Dueling television movies about Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark are currently in production; the movie about Frederik will air in Denmark, while Australian TV will play the film about Mary. (Guardian)
  • Another Garter knight spot opened with the death of the 8th Duke of Wellington, who would have turned 100 in 2015. The late duke's son, Lord Douro, now becomes the 9th Duke. (Telegraph)
  • Sandra Torlonia, the daughter of Infanta Beatriz of Spain, also died recently. She was the first cousin of King Juan Carlos of Spain and the aunt of Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg. (Vanitatis)
  • The Duke of York has been named in a sexual assault case; Buckingham Palace states that the allegations are "categorically untrue." (Guardian, BBC News)