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People Royals

Summer 2021

The Summer of 2021 marks what would have been the 60th birthday of Princess Diana, the iconic “People’s Princess” who changed everything from royal parenting to the intersection of celebrity and philanthropy to the monarchy itself. Today, her sons Prince William and Prince Harry are carrying on her remarkable legacy, both in their own families and in their public work. In this summer issue of PEOPLE Royals, noted historian Kate Williams takes an in-depth look at Diana’s lasting impact on her sons and the world. The issue also features a Windsor family scrapbook from William and Kate's fairy-tale wedding, recipes for the perfect English summer gathering and exclusive royal style and beauty tips from PEOPLE experts.

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Meredith Corporation
4 Issues

in this issue

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The royals have led much of the global news agenda since our inaugural issue this spring. Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey surprised royal watchers and sent shock waves through the foundation of the monarchy (much like Princess Diana’s controversial sit-down with Martin Bashir in 1995). Then in April the family lost their beloved patriarch, Prince Philip. Profiled in our last issue, he provided stability that has helped the Queen become one of the most successful monarchs in British history. The funeral captivated the world and brought the family together for the first time since the Sussexes’ departure. As the royals celebrated the man who was the Queen’s “strength and stay,” as she called him, there was hope Harry and William could find a new way forward. And now…

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the queen carries on

There was a damp chill in the late spring air, but Queen Elizabeth was in her element on May 3 as she stood among her horses on the grounds of Windsor Castle. Just two weeks after she sat alone in St. George’s Chapel and publicly said farewell to her beloved husband, Prince Philip, the Queen, 95, was hardly hiding away—on the contrary, she positively beamed as she inspected Philip’s treasured carriage. “I always felt that she was never knocked off course,” says a royal insider. “It’s her way to remain as steady as possible.” Even in the midst of deep mourning for her husband of 73 years, the woman who has reigned for nearly seven decades through countless highs and lows is once again proving unflappable. “Her ‘keep calm and carry…

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sexy, single & royal!

The Animal Lover The granddaughter of American Oscar winner-turned-princess Grace Kelly may not be in the line of succession—parents Princess Stéphanie and Jean-Raymond Gottlieb never married—but she still maintains a regal lifestyle in the South of France. The blue-eyed beauty said she was happily single in 2020, but it’s her dog she calls “l’amour de ma life.” The Runway Model With his curly hair and smoldering stare, the grandson of Queen Margrethe is a runway model for the likes of Dior and Burberry when not studying at the Copenhagen Business School. Meanwhile, his younger brother Felix, 19, will soon be a sexy man in uniform: He begins his sergeant training at the Varde military camp this summer. The Edgy Designer Princess Stéphanie’s daughter with Daniel Ducruet has model looks, but she entered the fashion world…

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royal ascot!

Royal Ascot “is so often a chance for friends, families and colleagues to gather together and enjoy a shared passion,” Queen Elizabeth wrote in the race card for the COVID-hit 2020 horse-race event—the only Royal Ascot she has missed in her entire 69-year reign. “It will remain one of Britain’s finest sporting occasions and a highlight of the racing calendar.” Each day of the Royal Ascot—which is renowned for both its horses and the spectacular hats worn by guests—is attended by members of the royal family, who arrive in a historic carriage procession from nearby Windsor Castle promptly at 2 p.m. on all five days of racing. The family then enjoys Britain’s most valuable meet (2020 prize money topped $10 million) from the best seats in the house: the ultraexclusive…

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spilling the royal tea

Q/A WILL CHARLES MAKE CAMILLA QUEEN WHEN HE BECOMES KING? When Prince Charles wed Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005, his office said it was “intended” she would be named Princess Consort when he succeeds his mother, Queen Elizabeth. With emotions still raw following the 1997 death of Princess Diana, that suggestion avoided public backlash regarding the possibility that Camilla could one day be titled Queen Consort. But it’s known that Charles would like his wife to carry the title of Queen when he reigns—and even some who are friendly with both sides of the family have told me that the loyal and discreet Camilla deserves the honor. A lot will depend on public opinion, and it remains a thorny issue for many Britons. I suspect, too, Charles will take input from…

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the ultimate ‘something old’

When Princess Beatrice’s 2020 wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi was pared down to a small private ceremony amid the pandemic, she knew just the way to sparkle: the Fringe Tiara, which was commissioned by Queen Mary in 1919 and is now owned by Beatrice’s grandmother Queen Elizabeth. Made by jeweler Garrard using diamonds from a necklace Queen Victoria gave to Mary for her wedding in 1893, it features a jaw-dropping formation of 47 tapered diamonds separated by 46 slender diamond spikes. Sharing the Tiara BENJAMIN WHEELER/GETTY IMAGES; AFP/GETTY IMAGES; POPPERFOTO/GETTY IMAGES; PA IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES…