The Queen hosted a lavish dinner at Buckingham Palace this evening in honor of the Prince of Wales’s 70th birthday. The event was quite the hot ticket…if you own a tiara. It was also a private one, so unfortunately the above photo released by Clarence House is the only formal image we’re going to receive from the evening.Continue reading “Charles’s Birthday Bash”
Today is the Prince of Wales’s birthday, marking 70 years since he made his debut at Buckingham Palace just 11 months after his parents’ famous post-war wedding. By the age four he would become the heir to the throne, by 11 he would be created Prince of Wales, by 21 he would be invested with the title and before he turned 30 he would found the Prince’s Trust, a charitable organization that grew from strength to strength and is still flourishing.
I missed two engagements for the Duchess of Cambridge over the past ten days, but before we turn to that I want to note that a name was finally released for Pippa Matthews’ son: Arthur Michael William. Funnily enough, Arthur and Michael were favored names by the public for Prince Louis. Anyway, Pippa and her husband have been seen around London with a pram/stroller in tow, so it’s safe to say they’re settling into their new normal.
Following today’s ceremony at the Cenotaph, the Queen led the British Royal Family at a remembrance service at Westminster Abbey to commemorate the centenary of Armistice Day at the close of World War I. Personally I love it when the family gathers at the Abbey – even if it does often signify a solemn occasion – as the optics do such a good job of representing the continuity of the monarchy without saying a word.
For the second year in a row, the Prince of Wales was deputized to lay down a wreath on the Queen’s behalf during Remembrance ceremonies at the Cenotaph. Indeed, this mainstay of the royal calendar has essentially become Charles’s show now that his father is retired and his mother has deemed this event too physically exerting (presumably – we don’t actually know why).
I’ve been out of the loop for the last 10 days, but if ever there was a moment to circle back, it’s in time for the annual Remembrance ceremonies. This evening, the Queen led senior members of the British Royal Family at the Royal Festival of Remembrance at Royal Albert Hall in London to commemorate those who lost their lives during World War I. This year is particularly significant given that tomorrow’s Armistice Day will in fact mark the anniversary’s centenary.
I’m keep this brief, but to catch up on today: the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge carried out an engagement in Essex on behalf of Coach Core yesterday. A part of the Royal Foundation, the initiative helps young people build a career in coaching via apprenticeship.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex donned wellies and braved the rain to unveil a new site for the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, a forest conservation initiative that spans Commonwealth nations across the globe. This parks their second such engagement this tour, having also unveiled a new site in Tonga last week.
After a day of engagements in Wellington and the Abel Tasman National Park, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex rounded out the day with an evening event at the Courtnay Creative to celebrate New Zealand’s (colorful) arts scene.