Britain’s Prince Harry arrives to attend the wedding ceremony of Charlie Gilkes and Anneke von Trotha Taylor, at Carlo V Castle of Monopoli, on 19.09.2014.
#Photos Harry aujourd’hui [19 septembre 2014] au mariage de Charlie et Anneke des amis à Monopoli en Italie.(x)
The King and Queen, and the King’s brother, Prince Constantijn and sister in law, Princess Laurentien at today’s Prinsjedag festivities
Thirty, Flirty, and Thriving.
Happy Birthday, you little shit.♥
Today In History | September 15, 1984: Prince Harry is born.
Outside St. Mary’s Hospital in the slightly shabby London section of Paddington, the crowd was growing by the minute—more than 300 reporters, TV technicians and curious onlookers milled anxiously behind a double row of police barricades and dozens of photographers and TV cameramen perched atop ladders nearby. Inside the hospital, in the private wing, Diana, Princess of Wales, had been in labor since 7:30 a.m. Finally after nine hours, as the afternoon light began to fade and a gray sky threatened rain, a son emerged for all of Britain. Fair of face and blue-eyed like his brother, William, he weighed in at six pounds, 14 ounces. The infant, third in line to the throne after his father and brother, would be known officially as Prince Henry Charles Albert David, it was announced—and just “Harry” to his family and chums. A TV crewman, hooked up to his home office through head-phones, broke the news to the mob outside St. Mary’s. “It’s a boy!” he shouted. The crowd exploded in cheers. At that a rubbernecking motorist in front of the hospital drove into the side of an ambulance. Moments later a town crier, decked out in a white-plumed hat and red knickers, rang a large bronze bell and intoned, “Her Royal Highness the Princess Diana has issued forth a second son.” (It sounded official, but actually the gentleman had been hired by a Japanese television company to enliven its coverage.) Champagne corks popped and church bells pealed throughout the kingdom. Congratulatory flowers and telegrams poured into the hospital, and two traditional 41-gun salutes ripped the air. One was fired in Hyde Park by the Queen’s Troop, the Royal Horse Artillery. A second salute was fired simultaneously from the Tower of London, where Henry VIII—the last King Henry—had had two of his six wives beheaded.
Prince Henry arrived a week before expected. Just as the mist was gathering on the emerald lawns of Windsor Castle at 6:30 a.m. on September 15, Diana and Charles, accompanied by their bodyguard, made the 30-minute car journey from their royal apartment to St. Mary’s. Tiny Harry was delivered in the same room where Prince William was born on June 21, 1982. Until the last three hours of labor, the 23-year-old Princess Diana read a paperback novel, while Charles dozed in an armchair next to her bed. When the moment came, the royal gynaecologist presided over the natural birth. Diana, who took no drugs, sucked on an ice cube to prevent dehydration during the delivery, while a nurse rubbed her chapped lips with cream. Prince Charles, dressed in a green hospital gown and surgical mask, stayed at his wife’s side throughout the delivery, just as he had during William’s birth. Two hours later the proud, 35-year-old father greeted the still-cheering crowd, shook hands and accepted a baby pacifier from one well-wisher. But when a comely 19-year-old subject tried to kiss him, Charles pulled away, saying, “I’ve had enough excitement for one day.” Charles described his newborn son as “absolutely marvelous. It didn’t matter whether it was a boy or a girl.” When the crowd chanted, “Let’s have another one,” Charles smiled. “We’ve nearly got a full polo team now,” he said.
Closing Ceremony of the Invictus Games. | September 14, 2014.
Before giving his speech, HRH reads a message from The Queen, aka Granny.