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Tag: royal

July 16, 2017

Five of the Best – ‘Star Cars’ at Silverstone

by Matthew Steeples

A selection of five cars owned and previously owned by ‘personalities’ to be auctioned at the Silverstone Classic Sale in July   On the 29th and 30th July, Silverstone Auctions will sell both classic and contemporary cars at their Silverstone Classic Sale in Northamptonshire. Amongst them are five cars owned or previously owned by the … Continue reading “Five of the Best – ‘Star Cars’ at Silverstone”

January 10, 2017

Panic Over The Price

by Matthew Steeples

Vast New York triplex with three bullet-proof panic rooms at The Heritage at Trump Place reduced in price by 47%; Is the Trump connection a factor?   In 2012, a Saudi royal placed a fifth, sixth and seventh triplex he “rarely uses” on the market for £61.7 million ($75 million, €71 million or درهم275.5 million). … Continue reading “Panic Over The Price”

December 7, 2016

Exciting a Royal

by Matthew Steeples

Jaguar E-Type originally owned by Prince Michael of Kent for sale   A 1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-litre FHC originally owned by His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent is for sale with an Essex vintage car specialist.   Described as having “matching numbers, in impeccable order throughout and being close to conours”, Prince … Continue reading “Exciting a Royal”

March 14, 2016

Mountbatten’s Ghost

by Matthew Steeples

1924 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost originally owned by Lord Mountbatten to be auctioned; it came back into his possession just months before he was assassinated in 1979

January 18, 2016

HRH Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark

by General

One of five children of an exiled prince and hedgefunder and an American heiress, Her Royal Highness Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark was born in New York and grew up in Cheyne Walk in London.

June 6, 2015

A royal smuggler

by Matthew Steeples

Rolls-Royce allegedly used to smuggle Wallis Simpson into Balmoral for sale

March 22, 2015

Handling anonymity

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests that it is time for the courts and press to consider anonymity in reporting sensitive cases more carefully

January 11, 2015

Plated X

by Matthew Steeples

Plated X: 15 more of the best plates spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’

September 22, 2014

Kate Williams

by General

Oxford educated Kate Williams is an expert on royal history. A television presenter and author, Williams has over 10,000 followers on Twitter and has been described as “an outstanding talent” by Matthew D’Ancona. She is based in London and her works include The Pleasures of Men, Becoming Queen and England’s Mistress.  

September 19, 2014

POW!

by Matthew Steeples

1989 ‘Prince of Wales’ specification Aston Martin V8 Volante for sale for £450,000   In 1987, an Aston Martin V8 Volante was built to the personal specifications of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. It proved so popular with Aston Martin fans, that the company decided to build a further twenty-one cars to the … Continue reading “POW!”

September 14, 2014

A royal’s view on the Union

by Matthew Steeples

The Queen breaks her silence on Scotland’s future   Can the Queen succeed where the hapless ‘Better Together’ campaign has failed? Today, as she left church in Scotland the monarch reportedly told a member of the public: “I hope people will think very carefully about the future” according to Sky News.

September 12, 2014

A magical Daimler

by Matthew Steeples

Legendary 1954 ‘Docker Daimler’ heads to auction   Sir Charles Dunstone recently took to the seas in his newly refurbished 65-metre yacht, the Shemara. The vessel, which dates to 1938, was once owned by the legendarily extravagant duo Sir Bernard and Lady Docker and this weekend Dunstone has the opportunity to add one of the … Continue reading “A magical Daimler”

September 8, 2014

A royal second

by Matthew Steeples

Duchess of Cambridge pregnant with second child

August 31, 2014

A royal quarry

by Matthew Steeples

Prince Charles puts a Cornish quarry up for sale   In London, £40,000 to £50,000 won’t buy even a parking spot. In Cornwall, if the auction guide price is met, it’ll get you a former slate quarry with an engine house and 45.88 acres of land that is currently owned by Prince Charles’s Duchy of … Continue reading “A royal quarry”

August 25, 2014

A future classic

by Matthew Steeples

Former Brunei royal household Bentley Turbo ‘S’ heads to auction just as Kim Kardashian lifts her boycott of The Beverly Hills Hotel   The Sultan of Brunei might be worth £12 billion but he certainly isn’t a popular man right now. As the boycott of his hotels – including The Dorchester in London and Coworth … Continue reading “A future classic”

May 21, 2014

Spot on Charlie boy

by Matthew Steeples

Prince Charles is perfectly justified in having compared President Putin to Adolf Hitler   The Queen’s son Prince Charles has been condemned for comparing President Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler during his Canada tour. Those criticising him are wrong

March 14, 2014

Phone home Diana

by Matthew Steeples

Diana, Princess of Wales gave royal phone book to News of the World   Revelations that Diana, Princess of Wales gave a royal phone book to the News of the World royal editor, Clive Goodman, in 1992 are not surprising but provide yet more indication that the whole phone hacking trial is descending into utter … Continue reading “Phone home Diana”

February 15, 2014

Marching with Harry

by Matthew Steeples

Prince Harry makes his debut at Goodwood Motor Circuit   Today, Saturday 15th February, Prince Harry took part in a track day at Goodwood Motor Circuit run by the Royal Foundation Endeavour Fund.

October 12, 2013

A Rolls-Royce goes West

by Matthew Steeples

1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II formerly owned by Prince Chula Chakrabongse of Siam for sale for just £55,000   Prince Chula Chakrabongse of Siam (1908 – 1963) – the “Little Prince” – was well known for his White Mouse Racing team in the 1920s, 30s and 40s. He spent much of his later life with … Continue reading “A Rolls-Royce goes West”

September 1, 2013

Daimler doubles

by Matthew Steeples

A Daimler previously owned by The Queen goes for £25,000 more than its lowest estimate   A Daimler formerly owned by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II that we featured last month was auctioned yesterday by Historics at Brooklands. It was expected to go for £20,000 to £30,000 but went under the hammer for £45,360.

August 19, 2013

George’s debut

by Matthew Steeples

First pictures of Prince George leaked   The first official pictures of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first child, Prince George, were meant to be released on Tuesday 20th August on Twitter. They leaked out a day earlier.

August 5, 2013

One careful lady owner

by Matthew Steeples

Daimler previously owned and driven by The Queen goes to auction   The phrase “one careful lady owner” is indeed often very liberally used. A favourite of the Arthur Daley school of car dealer, it generally actually means that the vehicle concerned is a bit of a dog. With the forthcoming auction of a Daimler … Continue reading “One careful lady owner”

July 27, 2013

Flora Ogilvy

by Matthew Steeples

A royal extra. 46th in line to the throne and the granddaughter of Princess Alexandra of Kent, Ogilvy scored a small part in the 2013 series of Downton Abbey. More regal than the Grantham family, the daughter of the founder of Luxury Briefing and educated at Rugby, a career on the stage and screen allegedly … Continue reading “Flora Ogilvy”

June 25, 2013

Heroes and villains

by Matthew Steeples

Two auctions featuring Princess Diana, Monica Lewinsky, President Kennedy, Wallis Simpson and Adolf Hitler   This Thursday, the Chelsea Arts Club in London is holding an event to conclude their silent auction of images and paintings by members of heroes and villains. In Los Angeles, on the same day, Nate D. Sanders, a specialist in … Continue reading “Heroes and villains”

June 2, 2013

Long may she reign

by Matthew Steeples

Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Coronation   Sixty years ago today, Princess Elizabeth became Her Majesty The Queen. Today we at The Steeple Times join with the nation in celebrating this historic moment.  

May 23, 2013

Jean-Christophe, His Imperial Highness the Prince Napoléon

by Matthew Steeples

An heir of the legacy of Napoleon Bonaparte, this investment banker is based in New York and works for Morgan Stanley. He succeeded his grandfather Louis, Prince Napoléon as Head of the Imperial House of France in 1997 due to a dynastic dispute due to his father “embracing republican principles” and remarrying “without his father’s … Continue reading “Jean-Christophe, His Imperial Highness the Prince Napoléon”

May 16, 2013

Like father, like son

by Matthew Steeples

Proof that Prince Harry is Prince Charles’ son   It’s done the rounds for years. It’s a rumour that has failed to have been quashed and newspaper reporters have even tried to snatch pieces of his hair to test his DNA in their quest to prove it. This week, however, a photograph of Prince Harry … Continue reading “Like father, like son”

April 30, 2013

Correcting ‘Kate’

by Matthew Steeples

Why do the press continue to refer to the Duchess of Cambridge as ‘Kate Middleton’?   Two years ago yesterday, Catherine Elizabeth Middleton married Prince William. Euphoria reigned throughout the land and 26 million are said to have watched the ceremony in Britain alone.

March 8, 2013

Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal

by Matthew Steeples

Ranked as “the most influential Arab in the world”, Al-Waleed has at various times held investments in News Corp, AOL, Apple Inc., Motorola, Fox News, Eastman Kodak, TWA, Twitter, The Savoy, the Four Seasons hotel chain and Euro Disney SCA. Not afraid to back his beliefs financially, the “Buffett of Arabia” gave £18.5 million to … Continue reading “Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal”

February 13, 2013

Bang, Bang, Snap, Snap

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of The Duchess of Cambridge’s uncle’s holiday villa, La Maison de Bang Bang   Just as it is reported that the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge is said to be furious about photographers having managed to capture her in a bikini on a beach on the private island of Mustique, another of her previous … Continue reading “Bang, Bang, Snap, Snap”

December 7, 2012

A prank too far

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples shares his views on the untimely death of a hospital receptionist   Suicide is sadly something that is at the forefront of my mind this week. My friend Andrew Embiricos sadly died exactly a year ago but when I read that a hotel receptionist who had been the victim of a prank had … Continue reading “A prank too far”

November 15, 2012

The badgers of Albany

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples delves into the history of Albany, Piccadilly and discovers an affordable way of living there   Albany, off Piccadilly in Mayfair, was most probably London’s first apartment block and it’s certainly the city’s most exclusive. It may be next to the Royal Academy and opposite Fortnum & Mason but surprisingly few have even … Continue reading “The badgers of Albany”

October 31, 2012

The tortoise of car runs

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples introduces the 2012 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run   This Sunday, the 4th November, is the 116th year since the first London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. It is the longest running motoring event in the world and to qualify, competing cars have to have been built before 1905.     This … Continue reading “The tortoise of car runs”

October 27, 2012

Pippa Middleton

by Matthew Steeples

The sister of The Duchess of Cambridge was paid a £400,000 advance by Penguin for her first book, Celebrate. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, Middleton’s view of her changed circumstances is simple: “It’s been a crazy few years since my sister’s wedding.” Whilst the chattering classes attack her and her family for cashing … Continue reading “Pippa Middleton”

October 24, 2012

Wafic Saïd

by Matthew Steeples

This billionaire was born in Damascus in 1939 and declares his loves to be music, architecture, art and horse racing. His home is the £50 million neo-Georgian mansion Tusmore Park near Bicester in Oxfordshire and he supposedly paid Robbie Williams in excess of a million to perform at his daughter’s May 2012 wedding to PR … Continue reading “Wafic Saïd”

October 14, 2012

Rocking with royalty

by Matthew Steeples

A £26 million residence with connections to rock, royalty and rectors   Built in the early 1500s, The Old Rectory is Wimbledon’s oldest house. Standing in grounds of 2.5 acres, this 16,200 square foot property was once described by a biographer of Sir Henry Cecil as being “not luxurious, but adequate” but now once again … Continue reading “Rocking with royalty”

October 4, 2012

Picture of the Week: Drag in luxury

by Matthew Steeples

Who would have imagined seeing a Phantom and a Mulsanne drag racing?   In London, people do strange things with supercars. Arabs like His Highness Sheikh Rashid Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, aged 28, don’t bother to insure their wrapped orange £230,000 Ferrari FF’s and find them impounded by the Metropolitan Police whilst Iraqi playboys race … Continue reading “Picture of the Week: Drag in luxury”

June 24, 2012

Paul Burrell RVM

by Matthew Steeples

A Royal servant turned blabbermouth. He calls himself a “noted authority on all things regal.” Is anyone listening? No, we think not.

June 15, 2012

To the manor born

by Matthew Steeples

The Manor, Bucklebury: a house that shortly may become home to Carole and Michael Middleton   First reported by The Daily Telegraph’s “Mandrake” columnist Richard Eden in May, the talk of today is that The Duchess of Cambridge’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, have just purchased a Georgian manor house at Bucklebury in West Berkshire. … Continue reading “To the manor born”

May 25, 2012

A Monopolistic mansion

by Matthew Steeples

Could 100 Park Lane become the property that achieves the accolade of being Britain’s highest priced private residence?   Occupied by property giants Hammerson since 1969 as their corporate headquarters, the 44,000 square foot Grade II* listed Dudley House is one of Park Lane’s finest landmark properties. It is supposedly about to come to the … Continue reading “A Monopolistic mansion”

May 5, 2012

Damian Lewis

by Matthew Steeples

Old Etonian whose performance as U.S. Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody in Homeland has charmed even President Obama. Married to actress Helen McCrory,  he’s also played Jeffrey Archer and been a host of the BBC’s Have I Got News For You. Through his passion for Liverpool Football Club, he convinced Kenny Dalglish to get involved in … Continue reading “Damian Lewis”

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