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What Look Would You Want to See Repeated?

Day 15-Duchess of Cornwall

I know, I know, it’s literally the one dress that we’ll never see her wear again, but man I’d love to see it in person.  This gown worn on her wedding day is so unique and so beautiful.  Camilla, has had a rocky past with the public and there’s no reason to get into all of that again, but she’s done a lot of great work in her time as a member of The Firm and she’s never looked more beautiful and happy than she did on her wedding day.  

So William- who is a part time working royal, has a job alongside his duties and two small children to raise- did more engagements than Sophie and only 33 less engagements than the woman who could be queen in the next couple of years. Pretty damn impressive. 

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The ruling royal couples and the heir apparents of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Spain, & The United Kingdom, with their signatures.

  • King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, and Crown Prince Daniel of Sweden.
  • King Harald V, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway.
  • Queen Margrethe II, Crown Prince Frederik, and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.
  • King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia, and Leonor, Princess of Asturias, of Spain.
  • Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Charles, the Prince of Wales, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall/Rothesay of The United Kingdom.
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The Cat Piano - A True Musical Oddity

A cat organ or cat piano (Katzenklavier in German) is a conjectural musical instrument which consists of a line of cats fixed in place with their tails stretched out underneath a keyboard so that cats cry out in pain when a key is pressed. The cats would be arranged according to the natural tone of their voices.

There is no official record of a Cat Organ actually being built, but is rather described in literature as a bizarre concept. This instrument was described by the French writer Jean-Baptiste Weckerlin in his book “Musiciana, Extraits D’ouvrages Rare ou Bizarre” (Musiciana, descriptions of rare or bizarre inventions.

“When the King of Spain Felipe II was in Brussels in 1549 visiting his father the Emperor Charles V, each saw the other rejoicing at the sight of a completely singular procession…The most curious was on a chariot that carried the most singular music that can be imagined. It held a bear that played the organ; instead of pipes, there were sixteen cat heads each with its body confined; the tails were sticking out and were held to be played as the strings on a piano, if a key was pressed on the keyboard, the corresponding tail would be pulled hard, and it would produce each time a lamentable meow. It was noted that the cats were arranged properly to produce a succession of notes from the octave.”

More recently, the instrument was recreated using squeaky toys by Henry Dagg for a garden party held at Clarence House in 2010 by Prince Charles and Camilla to support his “Start” initiative for sustainable living, which can be seen here. The tune “Over the Rainbow” was played and caused great amusement. Prince Charles was laughing so hard, that his eyes start to water. Its quite funny to watch.

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Members of the British Royal Family arriving for the annual Queens Christmas Luncheon. 

Photos by Nick Ansell/PA Images via Getty Images and Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images