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People Royals Spring 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.

United States
Meredith Corporation
4 Issues

in this issue

2 min
welcome to people royals!

One of my first memories was when I was 6 years old, wearing a red-white-and-blue T-shirt and shorts, holding a small plastic Union Jack flag on a stick and waving it enthusiastically at the village green to celebrate Princess Diana and Prince Charles’s wedding. The excitement radiated throughout the small corner of England where I grew up; it was like this event sprinkled magic on our everyday life. Later we rushed home and crowded around the television set to watch the majesty and romance of the occasion and dream of what was to come. The allure of the royals is just as powerful 40 years later. Kate and William and Meghan and Harry bring glamour and excitement to many around the world. The family has had its ups and downs—and the institution…

5 min
meghan & harry forging their own path

No, Prince Harry doesn’t have a ponytail. And yes, Harry’s hair sparked international headlines after his new neighbor Rob Lowe playfully spoke with Late Late Show host James Corden in January. “It looked to me, as a casual observer, that his hair had grown very long and was pulled back very tightly by what I can only assume was a ponytail,” Lowe, a longtime resident of Montecito, Calif., told Corden with a laugh. Harry, he added, “has been very reclusive. Seeing him in the neighborhood is like seeing the Loch Ness Monster.” Welcome to California, Harry: The neighbors are friendly, a little cheeky, and often come with a Hollywood pedigree. But if it’s a new world for the sixth in line to the British throne, it’s home turf for Meghan Markle,…

2 min
glam royals you should know!

1 The Dashing Prince and Princess The Swedish royal couple blend dressed-to-impress style and down-to-earth approachability. Prince Carl Philip, 41, a onetime race-car driver who is fourth in line to the Swedish throne (and the reigning king of sexy scruff!), first met Sofia Hellqvist, 36, through friends in 2009. The former model and reality TV star, who was a finalist on Paradise Hotel in 2005, has called the meeting “love at first sight.” They tied the knot in a lavish 2015 ceremony and have since welcomed two sons, Prince Alexander, 4, and Prince Gabriel, 3. The couple are expecting their third child this spring. 2 The Daring Athlete He may not have a royal title, but Arthur Chatto is king of the sexy Instagram selfie. The son of Princess Margaret’s daughter Lady Sarah…

2 min
meet the queen’s last corgi!

They’re as synonymous with the Queen as her crown—and far cuddlier. But to Queen Elizabeth, her beloved corgis are especially cherished because they act like she is just another dog mom. “They treat her for who she is, and not because she is the Queen,” says Penny Junor, author of All the Queen’s Corgis. “Their affection is 100 percent genuine. As monarch, there aren’t that many people she can say that about.” But as Elizabeth enters her 96th year, her pack’s dwindled to just one: Candy (opposite, front right), a dorgi, not a corgi. “She will be very sad” when Candy is gone, says Junor. “They have all been fantastic companions.” The dogs are far more than just companions. Decades before the therapeutic benefits of animals were widely known, the shy Elizabeth…

1 min
the crown vs. real life

the Stylish Younger Sister As outgoing as Elizabeth was reserved, Margaret was known for her wit and fashion sense. “She was a girl of unusual, intense beauty, confined as it was in her short, slender figure and centered about large purple-blue eyes, generous, sensitive lips and a complexion as smooth as a peach,” her former lover Peter Townsend reportedly said. the Bon Vivant An unapologetic smoker and pleasure seeker, she blazed through as many as three packs a day and refused to quit even after having a lung-cancer scare. She did eventually give it up, and her lady-in-waiting, Anne Glenconner, told People, “When [I] asked her, ‘Is it very hard?’ she said, ‘No, Anne, once I make up my mind to do something, I do it.’” the Heartbroken Princess When Elizabeth refused to give her…

1 min
the ultimate family heirloom

One of the world’s most famous tiaras is actually a royal replica: In 1913 Queen Mary commissioned British jeweler Garrard to create a copy of her grandmother the Duchess of Cambridge’s tiara using pearls and diamonds already in the Queen’s collection. (Mary’s design included changing the pearl base of the original to diamonds and eventually removing the upright pearl spikes.) Formally called Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Tiara, it has been in the family ever since, famously bedazzling these four Windsor women. Sharing the Tiara ANWAR HUSSEIN/GETTY IMAGES; HULTON ARCHIVE/GETTY IMAGES; PA IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES; JOHN STILLWELL/AFP/GETTY IMAGES…