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A royal etiquette expert has explained some of the more confusing royal style rules to news.com.au, and we can't even process how strange this is.

With a rake of high profile events in the Buckingham Palace calendar, The Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex have the chance to wear the finest jewels in the world. 

Apparently, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are banned from wearing diamonds during the day, which we think sounds pretty unfair.


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Both women possess some beautiful jewellery of their own, and from their late mother-in-law Diana, Princess of Wales.

The pair are frequently given permission to wear select pieces from the royal collection, as well as their own. Basically, they own a shed-load of bling.

However, it turns out that the Duchesses are fairly restricted in what jewels they can wear at specific times during the day. Etiquette teacher Myka Meier has given us the lowdown.


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“Other jewels are worn pre-6pm,” Meier told news.com.au, which explains why the duo are normally only seen sporting stones like pearls and topaz, or minimalist precious metal pieces during the day as well as their engagement rings.

The Duchesses are meant to avoid looking "flashy" before the evening time, for some reason. 

“Before 6pm, you’ll see metallics, gemstones, pearls, sapphires," explains Meier.


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"At night, you’ll see the diamonds come out, and that’s in order to not come across as flashy in your appearance.”

Considering their lifestyle is fairly different to our own, we don't think not wearing jewels while the sun is up will suggest that they're just like us.

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Is it just us or are you dying to get a glimpse at Olivia Coleman for Season Three of The Crown?

Well, wait no longer as Netflix has released the first image of Olivia as HRH Queen Elizabeth II with the  simple caption of ''Patience.''

Which is something we sadly don't have when it comes to the third season of the hit drama. 

Olivia is set to take over the reigns from Claire Foy, who embodied the grace and quiet determination of Her Majesty with such ease, that she will be greatly missed.

However, fans are divided with their opinions, as some are excited to see what Olivia will bring to the role while others wish Claire could have stayed on.

One said, ''Isn’t it two-fold? 1. The Queen needs to age: I don’t think we can hang around while Claire Foy gets 20 years older. 2. As mentioned multiple times throughout the series, ‘The Crown’ is the most important thing, not the person wearing it.''

Another chimed in with, ''I'm really going to miss Claire Foy (and Vanessa Kirby!) but I'm excited to see this next chapter!''

Olivia has spoken previously about how stepping into Claire's shoes will be ''a very hard act to follow.''


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She spoke to Radio Times about the challenge of taking over from Claire. 

''She’s f***ing amazing and it’s a very hard act to follow. The grown-ups put us [Olivia and Claire] in touch, so I could ask her about it and she was just lovely – she’s one of the sweetest people ever and she’s brilliant.”

Other new members to the cast include Tobias Menzies as the Duke of Edinburgh and Call The Midewife's Erin Doherty in the role of Princess Anne. 

The third and fourth series are also reported to cover the time span of 1964-76.

Producer Suzanne Mackie also said that Charles’ second wife Camilla Parker-Bowles will be introduced.  

Series Three can't come soon enough!



One does not simply drive over to meet the young Prince Louis. For an occasion so momentous, one must take a grander mode of transportation.

Like a helicopter! On Tuesday afternoon, Queen Elizabeth met her sixth great-grandchild. She flew to Kensington Palace in a helicopter from Windsor Castle, where Prince Philip is still recovering from hip surgery.

The Queen seemed unruffled after the 40-minute flight and had a bright bouquet of flowers for the fifth-in-line to the throne.

It's a simple gesture, but also just so sweet that she brought the blooms for the now 10-day-old boy and his family. The humblest gifts are sometimes the most special.

According to the Telegraph, the 92-year-old was driven the rest of the way to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's apartment in a green Range Rover.

We're sure she was delighted to meet the baby, whose full title is His Royal Highness Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge.


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William is apparently taking a period of time off following Louis' arrival so he, too, can spend quality time with the Prince.

Pippa Matthews, Kate's sister, was reportedly the first visitor to meet the new Prince at the Palace. She was photographed driving away.

It's such an exciting time for the family, and we hope these first days are going well for both mum and baby!


"Six chicken nuggets, large fries and a coke please." 

These are the sweet words we utter when we stand in-front of the McDonalds counter,bursting with happiness.

However, did you know that when you order your meal, you are in-fact benefiting the Queen of England? Well, kind of. 

It has been revealed that the Royal Family actually owns a McDonalds franchise just outside London. 


Is that not the most random thing you have ever heard? 

Just when you think it's all crown jewels and castles, BAM – Big Mac! 

It has been revealed that The Crown acquired Banbury Gate Shopping Centre in Oxford when it was built.

The shopping centre has a McDonalds, as well as a Primark and an Ed’s Easy Diner, we're surprised. 

As you may, or may not know, The Crown Estate is technically owned by the Sovereign in the right of the crown (whatever that means!) and the property is estimated to be worth a staggering £2.4 billion with profits going to Lizzie's Treasury.

Imagine owning a Primark AND a McDonalds? What a time to be alive! 

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We don't even know if we're surprised since the Beckhams seem to be ruling the world at the moment – but research has found that the famous family are now richer than the Queen of England. 

Brand Beckham accounts for the whole family of six, who are now worth nearly half a BILLION Euro!

According to The Telegraph, researchers at the London School of Marketing assessed all of their business ventures and estimated the family is worth €630m.

And according to the Sunday Times rich list 2015, the Queen's estimated fortune is €460m. 

The study showed the sum of the Beckham's value, with footworks at €200m, the Beckham name at €94m and their ventures at €80m. 

And that's only going to grow, seeing as their children, Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper, are only starting their careers in the limelight. 


She’s been on the British throne for more than 60 years – making her one of the world’s most prolific monarchs.

Indeed, Queen Elizabeth II’s extensive reign will shortly overtake that of her great-great grandmother’s, Queen Victoria, as the longest ever completed by a British king or queen.

To mark the historical occasion, a new biography, written by politician Lord Douglas Hurd, has been released. And in the preface for Elizabeth II: The Steadfast, Prince William opens up about his 89-year-old granny.

Saying that she is a “great source of pride and reassurance,” he adds: "Time and again, quietly and modestly, The Queen has shown us all that we can confidently embrace the future without compromising the things that are important.

"From a personal point of view, I am privileged to witness the private side of The Queen, as a grandmother and great-grandmother.”

Wills, who has been married to Duchess Kate for four-and-half years, also reveals that the monarch is funny and loves her family.

“The Queen's kindness and sense of humour, her innate sense of calm and perspective, and her love of family and home are all attributes I experience first-hand."

William goes on to pay tribute to Prince Philip, who is now 94. He and Elizabeth have been married since 1947 and the Duke says his grandfather "devoted his life" to supporting the monarch.

The second-in-line to the British throne adds: "All of us who will inherit the legacy of my grandmother's reign and generation need to do all we can to celebrate and learn from her story."

Earlier this week, it was revealed that despite rumour to the contrary, the Queen is a big fan of the former Kate Middleton, now the Duchess Of Cambridge.

“She thoroughly approves of the Duchess Of Cambridge and doesn’t give a fig for her being from an ordinary, middle-class background,” the author of The Queen's Speech, Ingrid Seward, wrote.

Together, the Cambridges have two children: a toddler son, George, and baby Charlotte. 


In three weeks' time, Queen Elizabeth II will become Britain's longest serving monarch – overtaking her great-great grandmother, Queen Victoria.

As of right now, she's been on the throne for an incredible 63 years 192 days: Victoria's record currently stands at 63 years 216 days.

To mark the historical occasion, a new book has been released, The Queen's Speech; a biography which reveals intimate detail of Elizabeth's life – including her sometimes tumultuous relationships with 'the in-laws'.

And while much of the publication deals with the likes of Princess Diana – and the Queen's apparent regular disdain for her – the insight into the royal's relationship with the Duchess Of Cambridge is equally fascinating.

It has been rumoured in the past that the monarch has been judgemental of Princess Kate's 'normal' upbringing and middle class (although also rather privileged) roots.

However, The Queen's Speech dismisses this almost entirely.

In fact, it seems that Elizabeth and Kate get on extraordinarily well – with the former viewing the latter's marriage to her grandson as being much akin to her own long-standing and happy union with the Duke Of Edinburgh. 

As for Kate's lack of 'blue blood,' it seems that Elizabeth is entirely unconcerned; indeed, her own mother, Elizabeth Bowes, was one of ten children born into a line of lesser, Scottish nobility. 

“She thoroughly approves of the Duchess Of Cambridge and doesn’t give a fig for her being from an ordinary, middle-class background,” the book’s author Ingrid Seward writes.

“She has high hopes that the Cambridges’ marriage will be as successful as her own.”

Ms Seward even goes so far as to claim the Queen greatly admires Kate for how well she is handling her transition to life as a princess.

“The Middletons and the Windsors might seem at first glance to be worlds apart,” she writes. “Kate certainly shows no sign of adopting the horsey, doggy lifestyle beloved of her grandmother-in-law.

“But the Queen admires how well Kate has embraced royal life, combining it cheerfully with duty and motherhood. Nothing could matter more.”


We just can’t get enough of this little guy!

Prince George has done it again. As well as grabbing everyone’s attention after the birth of his baby sister just six weeks ago, he has now stolen the spotlight at The Queen’s birthday celebrations.

All eyes were set to be on Kate Middleton, who was making her first public appearance since giving birth in May. But her two-year-old son is the one who has caught the public’s admiration, yet again.

The young Prince was carried by his father, Prince William, out onto the Buckingham Palace balcony, as part of the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony.

The adorable heir pointed excitedly down at the crowd, while Kate gave him a smile from behind William’s shoulder, instigating the toddler to try out his royal wave.

The ever so charming 22-month-old played with his dad’s uniform throughout the appearance, totally wooing the crowd. And we all melted when he reached for William’s nose and landed his little finger in his dad’s mouth.

Meanwhile, Kate looked as radiant as ever in a blue Catherine Walker coat dress and a hat by Lock & Co.

It doesn’t exactly come as a shock that the 33-year-old Duchess of Cambridge looked so well only 6 weeks after the birth of her daughter. It was only 10 hours after the Princess was born that Kate wowed the world by looking like she had just come back from a retreat!

Now all we can do is sit tight and hope that Princess Charlotte gets to make her next public appearance sometime soon as well. 


Not long over a month after giving birth, Kate Middleton is set to make her debut public appearance as a mother of two.

The annual Trooping the Colour ceremony will be in full swing tomorrow afternoon to celebrate the Queen’s 89th birthday (even though her actual birthday was in April).

The festivities mean that the Royal family will be out in full force, with Prince Charles and Prince William riding horses alongside Princess Anne as part of the procession. Kate will ride alongside Harry in a horse-drawn carriage.

A source had previously told OK US that the Queen “thinks a month is more than enough time for Kate to take off before she should return to performing her royal duties.”

The Duchess of Cambridge’s maternity leave this time round is even shorter than the 39 days she took off from her royal duties after the birth of Prince George in 2013.

We can’t wait to see the family together and we have no doubt that Kate will look as stunning as ever, even with such a short maternity leave.