We send our most sincere wishes to HRH Sophie, Countess of Wessex, who celebrates her 49th birthday today!
The First of May 1851 by Franz Xaver Winterhalter. The Duke of Wellington presents a gift to Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and little Prince Arthur (the Duke was Arthur’s godfather). Prince Arthur holds a Lily of the valley which is a traditional 1st of May gift said to bring luck. The painting was commissioned by Queen Victoria and is holding a threefold significance: Prince Arthur’s 1st birthday; the Duke of Wellington’s 82nd birthday; and the opening day of the Great Exhibition.
2013 Royal Highlights || Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was christened in the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace on 23 October 2013. His godparents were: Oliver Baker; Emilia Jardine-Paterson; Earl Grosvenor; Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton; Julia Samuel; William van Cutsem and Zara Tindall.
On January 15th, 1559, Elizabeth I was crowned Queen of England at Westminster Abbey.
The Queen’s youngest grand-daughter has undergone apparently successful surgery to correct a severe squint she has had since birth.
Ten-year-old Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor suffered from exotropia, a condition that turns one eye outwards and could have caused significant problems with her vision if left untreated.
It is believed the corrective surgery was carried out on the advice of doctors in recent months.
Her transformation was first evident when Louise, the eldest child of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, attended a racing event at Royal Ascot in December.
It could also be seen as she accompanied her parents, Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie, to church at Sandringham on Christmas Day.
Although Buckingham Palace has declined to comment on her health, it is understood Louise, who in 2011 was a bridesmaid for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, was first operated on when she was just a toddler.
As is often the case, however, it soon became clear that she would require further treatment when older.
The change is really big!