Come Rain or Shine, the BRF Attends Royal Ascot

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As royal watchers well know, June is a banner month for many of the British Royal Family’s biggest annual events. Just 24 hours after members of the House of Windsor convened at St George’s Chapel for the Order of the Garter ceremony, several more descended on Ascot for the annual horse races that will run through the week. The Queen, a keen horsewoman, has only missed this event once since ascending the throne and this year had the added pizzazz of including King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands.

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Garter Day 2019

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This year’s Order of the Garter service at Windsor Castle is an especially significant one as the Queen has welcomed King Felipe of Spain and King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands into the fold. The monarchs were appointed in 2017 and 2018, respectively, and formally invested today as Supernumerary, or ‘Stranger’, Knights of the Garter.

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Royal Roundup: Possible Tours, Sophie in Lebanon & 500 Words

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Happy Friday! I thought we’d celebrate by a quick royal roundup on a few odds and ends going on with the Royal Family this week.

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Kate Makes a Speech at Action on Addiction Gala

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You guys, I’m very excited by this recycle. I don’t usually like to start with the fashion, but I’m going to make an exception today because that’s just how much I like this Barbara Casasola dress.

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William & Kate Visit Cumbria

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent an “away day” in Keswick, Cumbria this afternoon, undertaking a series of engagements that allowed them to meet members of the public and see the community.

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A Brief Check-In on the Cambridges & Sussexes

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As we speak the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are carrying out a series of engagements in Cumbria, which I will wrap up in a separate post later today. In the meantime, though, I want to weigh in on a few narratives I’ve seen unfolding online following the U.S. state visit and Saturday’s Trooping the Colour. Some of this comes from the fact I fell down a royal Twitter wormhole last night (God help me), and some are just a few issues I’ve noticed and think are worth addressing. So, let’s get into it.

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Trooping the Colour 2019

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It’s that time of year again! The British Royal Family gathered for Trooping the Colour, one of the biggest banner events in the royal calendar. For the uninitiated, TTC is a military display put on by regiments of British and Commonwealth armies. Each year, the Royal Family processes in a public parade and then watches the fly past from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

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The Royal Family Commemorates the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

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As many of you may know, today is the 75th anniversary of D-Day, when Allied forces launched the largest combined land, air, and naval operation in history to liberate German-occupied France. The epicenter of today’s commemorations went on in Normandy itself, but additional services and ceremonies were held throughout the United States, Canada, and of course, the United Kingdom.

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The U.S. State Visit [Updated]

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Monday kicked off a three-day state visit from the United States, and while meetings and public engagements will be ongoing today and tomorrow, most of the big ticket (read: royal) items happened on Day One.

There’s been some ongoing conversation online as to which members of the Royal Family supported the Queen during this particular visit, and so I think it’s worth noting that generally there is one family member – and their spouse if they’re married – that acts as the host, while other family members will attend certain engagements, and then a good group of them joins the state banquet held at Buckingham Palace.

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The ‘Fab Four’ May Split the Royal Foundation

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A new article this morning from royal reporter Emily Andrews says that the Sussexes may split from the Royal Foundation, the charitable organization that they co-lead with the Cambridges. Nothing official has been confirmed by the Palace, and per the article, nothing has been formalized internally at this point, but Andrews’ reporting over the last year has been pretty spot-on with what’s going on with the royal household(s).

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