Over the weekend, the British royal family bid a final farewell to Prince Philip, the late husband of Queen Elizabeth II.In line with COVID-19 restrictions, the funeral procession was a lot smaller than it would be normally for a royal funeral, but that didn’t mean the royals looked any less elegant.In particular, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, looked flawless wearing an all-black ensemble by Roland Mouret which included her coat, mask and veiled fascinator.The Duchess also wore jewels from the Queen’s personal collection, with some pieces coming from Bahrain.The pearl drop earrings Kate wore were gifted to Her Majesty some 73 years ago as a wedding gift by the Hakim of Bahrain in 1947 when she and Prince Philip wed.The Duchess of Cambridge also wore a four-row pearl choker, also from the Queen’s personal collection, which was gifted to the monarch by the Japanese government. Notably, both the necklace and the earrings were also previously loaned to the late Princess Diana.Prince Philip’s funeralDue to the current COVID-19 restrictions, the funeral for the Duke of Edinburgh was a toned-down affair, taking place within the grounds of Windsor Castle in the UK, with no members of the public present and only 30 members of close family and friends permitted in St George’s Chapel, where the service took place.In line with social distancing requirements, Queen Elizabeth II sat alone as she bid a final farewell to her beloved husband of 73 years.A poignant photo was shared to the British Royal Family Instagram of Her Majesty standing alone as her husband’s coffin was carried into the chapel.Also in attendance at the funeral was Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.The service was lead by the dean of Windsor, David Conner, who praised the late Duke of Edinburgh’s “kindness, humour and humanity”. He also added that the entirety of the UK was “inspired by his unwavering loyalty to our Queen”.– For more on luxury lifestyle, news, fashion and beauty follow Emirates Woman on Facebook and InstagramImages: Getty, The Royal Family Instagram More
The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, has welcomed a new baby into his family.Per local media, the Crown Prince welcomed a baby boy, which is his fifth child – he now has three boys and two girls.Mohammed bin Salman’s brother, Prince Saud, posted on Twitter, announcing the birth, stating, “May Allah make him a baby of happiness, bless him and make him a source of joy for his parents.”Another member of the Saudi royal family, Mohammed bin Sultan bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz, also shared his congratulations to the Crown Prince, revealing the name of the newborn to be Abdulaziz.
رُزق سمو سيدي ولي العهد بمولود أسماه “عبدالعزيز” جعله الله من مواليد السعادة💚💚 pic.twitter.com/VyWCuGZzg2
— محمد بن سلطان آل سعود (@msna_20) April 17, 2021He was named after King Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud, the founder of Saudi Arabia, and Mohammed bin Salman’s grandfather.– For more on luxury lifestyle, news, fashion and beauty follow Emirates Woman on Facebook and InstagramFeature Image: Saudi Press Agency More
One week after Prince Philip passed away, he was laid to rest on April 17, 2021.Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, the funeral for the Duke of Edinburgh was a toned-down affair, taking place within the grounds of Windsor Castle in the UK, with no members of the public present and only 30 members of close family and friends permitted in St George’s Chapel, where the service took place.In line with social distancing requirements, Queen Elizabeth II sat alone as she bid a final farewell to her beloved husband of 73 years.A poignant photo was shared to the British Royal Family Instagram of Her Majesty standing alone as her husband’s coffin was carried into the chapel.Also in attendance at the funeral was Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.The service was lead by the dean of Windsor, David Conner, who praised the late Duke of Edinburgh’s “kindness, humour and humanity”. He also added that the entirety of the UK was “inspired by his unwavering loyalty to our Queen”.Prince Philip’s lifePrince Philip, who was born in Greece in 1921, was due to turn 100 in June.He wed the Queen – then Princess Elizabeth – on 10 July 1947. The pair celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary last year.Just four years after they wed, Princess Elizabeth became Queen after her father King George VI passed away aged 56. Upon her ascension to the throne in 1952, Prince Philip swore to be Her Majesty’s “liege man of life and limb”, which he was for almost 70 years until his death.
“He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know.”
-Her Majesty The Queen, 1997. pic.twitter.com/wbSldSavNA
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 10, 2021Upon his passing, the British palace looked back on Prince Philip’s time as consort to the Queen and shared a moving speech Her Majesty made at the celebration of their golden wedding anniversary in 1997.“He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know,” she said.– For more on luxury lifestyle, news, fashion and beauty follow Emirates Woman on Facebook and InstagramImages: The Royal Family Twitter/ Instagram More
With a long weekend in the pipeline following the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan, here’s all the information you need to know regarding the potential dates for Eid Al Fitr this year.Eid Al Fitr – also referred to as the ‘Festival of Breaking the Fast’ – is a religious holiday in the UAE as it celebrates Muslims worldwide, as it marks the end of a month-long dawn to dusk sunset fasting during Ramadan. Depending on the sighting of the moon, the exact dates for this observation are always announced by the UAE government are announced closer to the date.As per the official government website, Eid Al Fitr is said to take place from 29 Ramadan to 3 Shawwal, making it a total of four days.
#UAE announces holidays for public, private sector for 2021-2022.#UAE_BARQ_EN pic.twitter.com/vq7Aoy2RGQ
— UAE BARQ (@UAE_BARQ_EN) December 19, 2020With the final placement of holidays yet to be confirmed, if Eid Al Fitr falls on Thursday, May 13, Thursday to Sunday would be granted off and if Eid occurs on Friday, May 14, 2021, holidays shall occur from then until Monday, May 17, 2021.All of the UAE public holidays in 2021Arafat Day and Eid Al AdhaA couple of months after Eid Al Fitr, there could be another long weekend on the cards for UAE residents. Arafat Day and Eid Al Adha will fall on 9-12 of Dhu Al-Hijjah, which is expected to be between Tuesday, July 20 and Thursday, July 22. While this hasn’t been confirmed as of yet, if these dates are confirmed a six-day break could be on the cards.Islamic New YearA couple of weeks later it’s the Hijri New Year. Falling on Muharram 1, it’s projected to fall around August 9 or August 10.The Prophet’s BirthdayThe Prophet Mohammed’s birthday will fall on the 12 of the Hijri month of Rabi Al Awwal, which is projected to be around October 18.Commemoration Day and National DayTo close out 2021, those in the UAE will have another three-day break to look forward to with Commemoration Day,, December 1, and National Day, December 2, with a day off also on, December 3.The dates are subject to change as per the UAE authorities, for more information regarding the latest news visit u.ae/en for any further details.– For more on luxury lifestyle, news, fashion and beauty follow Emirates Woman on Facebook and InstagramFeature image: Instagram @visitabudhabi More
As Ramadan has officially begun, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces, both shared messages to mark the start of the Holy Month.Both Their Highnesses congratulated Arab and Muslim people Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid as Ramadan begins, sharing public messages on Twitter.“We congratulate the people of the Emirates and Arab and Muslim peoples on the advent of Ramadan…the month of mercy, goodness and blessings,” the Dubai Ruler said. “We ask Allah the Almighty to bless humanity with safety, health and wellness.”
نبارك لشعب الإمارات ولجميع الشعوب العربية والاسلامية قدوم شهر رمضان المبارك … شهر رحمة وخير وبركة بإذن الله .. ونسأل الله أن يديم عودته على البشرية وهي في أمن وأمان وسلامة وصحة وعافية ..
— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) April 12, 2021Meanwhile, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed stated that the Holy Month was “welcomed with great joy”.“This is a time for patience, contemplation and compassion and we pray for God’s mercy and kindness,” he added.
The Holy Month of Ramadan is now upon us and we welcome it with great joy. This is a time for patience, contemplation and compassion and we pray for God’s mercy and kindness.
— محمد بن زايد (@MohamedBinZayed) April 12, 2021Ramadan Kareem to everyone for the month ahead.– For more on luxury lifestyle, news, fashion and beauty follow Emirates Woman on Facebook and InstagramFeature Image: WAM More
April’s – ‘The Gratitude Issue’ – Download Now Creative Direction: Amy SessionsPhotography: Greg AdamskiProduction: Olivia MorrisFashion Assistant: Sarah JosephMakeup & Hair: Ania Poniatowska at MMG ArtistsHer Highness Sheikha Sana Al Maktoum, founder of Sana Al Maktoum Fine Jewellery, talks to Emirates Woman exclusively about gratitude, determination and the inspiration behind her debut collection.Born and raised in the UAE to a mother with a love for the arts and a caring and supportive father, Her Highness Sheikha Sana Al Maktoum has a lot to be grateful for, especially her family, which is at the heart of her eponymous jewellery brand, Sana Al Maktoum Fine Jewellery.The down-to-earth Sheikha recently debuted the brand with the ‘My Treasure’ collection, using butterflies, a tribute and a symbol of her gratitude to her late grandmother, after whom she was named. Each piece honours the memory of the elder Sheikha Sana Al Maktoum, one of Dubai’s most remarkable women, as it encourages women to embark on a journey to find their inner strength and purpose.“Butterflies are symbols of transformation and beauty and my grandmother grew up at a time when options were limited for women, but she didn’t let that stop her,” Sheikha Sana says. “She found a way to shine and to help others shine which is why I consider her a treasure.”Taking inspiration from her grandmother has taken the young Sana on her path to entrepreneurship and womanhood. Her Highness’ warm and gentle nature belies her fierce determination to stand on her own two feet and her keen awareness of the world around her. Understanding that her position in life awards her privilege, she aims to utilise her position to partner with education-related charities, with a focus on women and children.“I was blessed to be born in the UAE, a safe haven to people from various backgrounds, where women are respected and treated equally, but I know that there are many who are not as blessed,” she explains. “I hope to help change this by partnering with charities supporting the education of young children and women’s empowerment.”Being from the UAE is a blessing Sheikha Sana never forgets, particularly in challenging circumstances. “2020 was a difficult time for the world as a whole, but through it all, thanks to the leadership’s focus on putting people’s safety first, and the many frontline workers who worked diligently to ensure that we were cared for every step of the way, we have been edging closer to the light at the end of the tunnel,” Her Highness says, sharing her gratitude. “We all came together as a society and didn’t give up on our hopes and dreams as a nation – we even made it to Mars!”The UAE is a place with endless possibilities. Having grown up in Dubai, Sheikha Sana has always been inspired by the energy of the city and the infinite opportunities the emirate has. It’s something she attributes to the leadership of Dubai “The persistence to always move forward and improve in Dubai trickles down from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and flows through the veins of every resident of the city,” she says. “That mindset is infectious and helps me strive to do better every day.”It’s this mindset and determination that has led the young entrepreneur to create an already hugely successful fine jewellery brand, alongside an incredible team that she’s hugely thankful for, who have been working with her to build her brand and to deliver an end product that is not only beautiful but also reflects the ideals that have been carefully crafted into every piece. As a true believer in women’s empowerment, Sana Al Maktoum Fine Jewellery focuses on working with those who value kindness, gratitude, spirituality and honesty.For more on Sana Al Maktoum Fine Jewellery visit sanaalmaktoum.com and follow @sanaalmaktoumofficial on InstagramApril’s – ‘The Gratitude Issue’ – Download Now – For more on luxury lifestyle, news, fashion and beauty follow Emirates Woman on Facebook and InstagramImages: Supplied More
Prince Harry has arrived back in the UK for the first time in over a year as he is set to attend the funeral of his late grandfather, Prince Philip, who passed away over the weekend.The Duke of Sussex touched down in the UK on Sunday, while his wife, Meghan Markle, and their son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, stayed at their home in Montecito, California.The Duchess of Sussex was advised by her physician not to fly, which is understandable given that she is currently pregnant and the ongoing pandemic.Prince Harry will attend the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh which will take place on April 17 along with other members of the British royal family including the Queen, Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge and more.
The Sussexes’ office has also confirmed that the Duchess will not be coming to the UK with her husband. Meghan, we have been told, did not receive “medical clearance” from her doctor because of her pregnancy despite making “every effort” to travel with Harry pic.twitter.com/uejnVnW68M
— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) April 10, 2021As for the current COVID-19 restrictions and protocols in the UK. Prince Harry will have been required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result to travel and then have to fill out a passenger declaration form, to give details where he will be staying.A 10-day quarantine is currently required for those arriving in the UK with passengers being required to take further COVID-19 tests on day two and day eight. However, those who are travelling to attend a funeral are allowed to leave their place of quarantine “in limited circumstances, including on compassionate grounds”. This will likely be the case for the Duke of Sussex.Prince Philip passes away aged 99Over the weekend, it was announced by Buckingham Palace that Queen Elizabeth II’s husband of 73 years, Prince Philip had passed away.“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” the statement read.Following the announcement, tributes have flooded in for the Duke of Edinburgh and condolences have been sent to the Queen, including from members of the UAE royal family.– For more on luxury lifestyle, news, fashion and beauty follow Emirates Woman on Facebook and InstagramImages: Chris Ship Twitter More
Beloved Dubai Chef Izu Ani has been granted the UAE’s 10-year golden visa for his dedication and contribution to the restaurant industry in the UAE.The golden visa was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai in 2019.Chef Izu is the brains behind some of Dubai’s most popular restaurants including GAIA in partnership with Evgeny Kuzin, Carine, The Lighthouse, Izu Brasserie & Bakery and more.Upon the announcement of his golden visa, Chef Izu said, “I feel honoured and proud to have been recognised with the UAE Gold Card Visa. To me, Dubai is not a transient place, it is somewhere that we can call home, rather than just pass through. It is a destination that allows us to grow.”He added, “With hard work comes reward and recognition, and it is so inspiring to live in a place where we can achieve our goals. Dubai enables us to see the world with the eyes of a child, to explore and build our dreams into our realities, and for that, I will always be grateful.”Originally coming to Dubai to help launch LPM Restaurant & Bar – previously known as La Petit Maison – Chef Izu has gone on to curate his very own restaurant portfolio in Dubai, which are now staples amongst the F&B crowd.The standout establishments are his Emirates Golf Club restaurant Carine – named after his wife – and GAIA – a crowning jewel in the DIFC food scene – both of which have been visited by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai.In a recent interview with Emirates Man, Chef Izu spoke of the honour it is to welcome the royals into his restaurants.“It is always so humbling and exciting to welcome members of the Royal Family of the UAE to our restaurants,” he said. “I am so thankful for their support and endorsement; it is inspiring and motivating for myself and the whole team.”
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