Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway reacting to little Princess Leonore of Sweden’s dismay with having to sit and wait in a warm church at her uncle Prince Carl Philip’s wedding to Sofia Hellqvist on 13 June 2015 in the Royal Chapel of Stockholm Palace.

Royal Bio: Prince George of Cambridge

◆ George Alexander Louis

◆ born July 22, 2013 at 4:24 PM local time at St. Mary’s Hospital in London

◆ oldest child and only son of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

◆ 3rd in line to the British throne

◆ expected to follow his father and grandfather as king one day

◆ will likely reign as George VII

◆ the name George may be a nod to his paternal great-grandfather George VI, Louis is one of his father’s middle names

◆ fully styled and titled as a prince of the United Kingdom, HRH Prince George of Cambridge in accordance with letters patent signed by the queen in 2012

◆ first grandchild of The Prince of Wales and fourth great-grandchild of HM The Queen

◆ christened on October 23, 2013 in the Royal Chapel of St. James Palace in London

◆ godparents include Zara Phillips Tindall (his father’s first cousin), William van Cutsem, The Honourable Julia Samuel, Hugh Grosvenor, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, Emilia Jardine-Paterson, and Oliver Baker (all family friends)

◆ went on a three week tour of Australia and New Zealand with his parents in April 2014

◆ made a balcony appearance at Trooping the Colour in June 2015

◆ attended his sister’s christening in July 2015

The Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace

The Chapel, along with much of Hampton Court, was built to the current shape by Cardinal Wolsey, after he was granted the lease on the property in 1514. The design however, is a mix of different periods, with the ceiling being installed by Henry VIII, paintings from the 18th Century and even some Victorian pews. 

Around ten years after he received the Palace, Wolsey had to give up Hampton Court to Henry VIII, as he fell from favour dramatically after failing to procure the King a divorce. Henry VIII’s take over meant the Chapel then was used as a Chapel Royal and housed many talented composers. Edward VI was Christened at the Chapel Royal by Archbishop Cranmer and shortly after Queen Jane Seymour died and lay in state in the chapel for three weeks. During the Reformation in Edward VI’s reign, the Chapel Royal continued to be used by the King and escaped the whitewashing that other churches faced. David Starkey has suggested this was due to the reverence with which Edward VI held his father, who had been responsible for the design. Elizabeth I continued to ignore calls for further church reform and also kept the chapel as it had been. 

When Charles I was captured during the Civil War, the Chapel Royal was attacked. The stained glass was smashed and the decorations were destroyed. The ceiling has survived because it was too high for the Parliamentarians (Destructive murderous bastards) to attack. Oliver Cromwell, who was given guardianship of the Palace along with his Lord Protectorship, married his daughter off in the Chapel Royal. 

William III and Mary II had much of Hampton Court redesigned by Sir Christopher Wren, including the Chapel during their reign, with William carrying on the task after Mary’s death. Queen Anne completed the work on the Chapel Royal and regularly worshipped there. 

Since 1737 Hampton Court has not been used as a Royal Residence. This was because Queen Caroline died there and George II did not want to return to the Palace after her death. As such the Chapel became much less used and no changes were made to the design. Hampton Court has been opened to the public since 1838, thanks to Queen Victoria, and since then restoration work has been undertaken to restore various things. The Chapel is the only part of the palace that is still administered by the Royal Household. In 2004 the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh celebrated the 400th anniversary of the Hampton Court Conference at a Chapel Royal service, the first time a monarch had worshipped there since the withdrawal of George II. In 2010 the Queen’s Christmas message was broadcast from the Chapel Royal. 

Chapel Royal

2001 son of champion Florida sire Montbrook, out of Cut Class Leanne

Chapel Royal did the majority of his racing as a juvenile. He was undefeated through his first three starts, which included the Grade 3 Flash Stakes and the Grade 2 Sanford. He met his first defeat in the Grade 1 Hopeful at Saratoga, losing by four lengths to Silver Wagon. Royal Chapel was again the runner-up in the Grade 1 Champagne at Belmont  month later, this time behind future Belmont Stakes winner (and Triple Crown spoiler) Birdstone. Rounding out his season in the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile, he ran third to champion juvenile Action This Day

Racing at three consisted of only two races. He made his 2004 debut in the Grade 3 Swale Stakes at Gulfstream, finishing fourth in the field of five. Chapel Royal’s final race was six months later, in the ungraded Fly So Free Stakes at Belmont. He finished last, the chart noting that he was “tired”

Chapel Royal entered stud in 2007, being moved to Signature Stallions in 2008. Thus far, his best earner on the track is 2013 Go For Wand Handicap winner and Lady’s Secret Stakes runner-up Royal Lahaina. He has also sired 2010 Russian Sprint Champion Marrakesh Star, and 2009 Lexington Stakes winner and Kentucky Derby starter Advice

As I’ve been requested to post some chapels/churches, what better place to start off than the chapel I got married in myself? This is the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace, in Surrey, on the bank of the River Thames. It was Henry VIII’s own palace. It’s a beautiful, large, grand chapel, perfect for a fairytale wedding.

'And Yet It Stands'. Mary of Guise's emblem pictured by Scottish artist Iona Leishman

‘And Yet It Stands’. Mary of Guise’s emblem pictured by Scottish artist Iona Leishman

ADHUC STAT – ‘And yet it stands’ – was the motto of Marie de Guise‘s personal emblem, accompanied by the pictura or image representing, according to French historian Gabriel de Pimodan, a crown set above a rock beaten by winds and waves. It is also the title of this summer’s exhibition of new paintings from Iona Leishman, Historic Scotland’s first artist in residence at Stirling Castle. Iona…

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