The Queen Invests Philip With Aussie Honor

English: Tony Abbott in 2010.

English: Tony Abbott in 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Buckingham Palace has announced that the Queen invested the Duke of Edinburgh with the insignia of a Knight of the Order of Australia today. The ceremony took place at Windsor Castle.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott directly recommended Philip for the knighthood. Abbott said that “Prince Philip’s long life of service and dedication should be honored by Australia.”

There was one small problem, though: Abbott almost lost his job over it.

The Queen agreed, back in early January, to the recommendation. To their consternation and vexation, several senior Australian ministers only found out about Abbott’s proposal when it was announced publicly at the end of January. They were not amused.  It was a move that was also publicly condemned as well. According to the Guardian, the Australian people were not warm to the idea of their nation honoring a British royal. As a result, future decisions on knighthoods are to be made by the independent Council for the Order of Australia.

The PM didn’t do his cause any favors by responding somewhat snobbishly to social media criticism  as “electronic graffiti”.

Abbott, obviously a pro-monarchist leaning PM, restored knight/dame hoods to Australia’s honors system last year after a 30-year dormancy.

Congrats to the Grimaldis!

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Spanish-language publication Hola! has confirmed the birth of Tatiana and Andrea Casiraghi’s second child. The baby girl was born in London.

Baby joins her elder brother, Sasha, and cousin Rafael Elmaleh.

Happy Anniversary to Charles and Camilla!

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The Royal Representative wishes a happy anniversary to the Prince of Wales and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall. They married on April 9, 2005. It’s hard to believe that 10 years have gone by already!

Many happy returns to the royal couple!

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English: Full size File:Royal Visit Dundurn Castle Balcony.JPG. Other crops here and here (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Duke of Kent Injures Hip

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Buckingham Palace has confirmed that The Duke of Kent has injured his hip. This is a serious injury at any time, but especially at the age of 79. The Duke was reported to have been at Balmoral when the accident happened.

The Duke of Kent is the Queen’s first cousin. His father, the late Prince George and the Queen’s father, King George VI, were brothers.

All of us at The Royal Rep wish him a speedy recovery!

UPDATE: The Duke of Kent did not break his hip, thankfully! It turns out that he dislocated the hip. He has since left the hospital and is now recovering.

Royal Jewelry: With a Smile!

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