Meghan Attends the First Day of Ascot with the Rest of the RF

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Well, apologies again for being late to the party, but it’s been that kind of week…and it’ll be that kind of next week if we’re being really honest. HOWEVER, there’s no way I’m going to skip the opening day of Ascot, particularly when the Duchess of Sussex showed up for the first time, so let’s catch up!

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Garter Day 2018

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Welcome to the Order of the Garter! Well, here, at least – the ceremony was cancelled last year and so it’s the first time I’ve had the chance to cover it. This very prestigious order has been around since the reign of Edward III when the king started it in 1348. To give you a sense of how few and far between the appointments are, the Duke of Cambridge was the 1,000th person bestowed the honor when he was invested in 2008.

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The English Reformation: 1534 – 1536

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We wrapped up “the King’s Great Matter” several days ago now, but I do think it’s worth one more post that closes out the three years that followed. These are, of course, the years during which Anne Boleyn was queen of England, but even more, they are the years in which the Reformation built the Church of England and the maneuverings that Thomas Cromwell and Thomas Cranmer orchestrated in the final years of the divorce proceedings took effect. The end result was that the last decade or so of Henry VIII’s reign look markedly different from the first two and his consorts, who now usually take center stage, were often just a domestic sideshow to an increasingly powerful and unpredictable king and government.

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The Queen & Meghan Carry Out Engagements in Cheshire

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Well, kids, yesterday got away from me, so this post is a little (a lot) on the late side – my apologies! Unsurprisingly, the day was a smashing success for the newest member of the Royal Family and there was a warm rapport on display between her and the Queen throughout three separate engagements in Cheshire.

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Royal Roundup: William’s Middle East Trip & the Sussexes’ First Tour

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Oookay, we’re going to keep this short and sweet, but I wanted to quickly cover off on two recent announcements…well, they’re really more updates. The first is that details on the itinerary for the Duke of Cambridge’s upcoming visit to the Middle East have been disclosed, while the second is that we finally have a formal announcement of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first tour.

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Kate, George & Charlotte Turn Up to Watch William Play Polo

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Well, color me surprised – the Duchess of Cambridge took her two eldest children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, to watch their father play polo in the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at Beaufort Polo Club in Gloucestershire. Their location makes me wonder if they’re spending a night or a couple days with the Prince of Wales, whose country home, Highgrove House, is also in Gloucestershire.

Kate spent quite a bit of her time pre-marriage watching William play polo, and she was a semi-regular as a newlywed and then when George was very small. Since then, these sightings have definitely been on the decline, thus making it somewhat notable that she’s turned up in public with her children twice in the span of as many weeks.

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Louisa, the Georgian Queen of Denmark & Norway

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I was originally going to cover the English Reformation in the mid-1530s today, but I we’ve done a lot on the Tudors recently and I thought it might be a bit of a palate cleanser to turn instead to the 18th century and cover a lesser-known princess, a daughter of George II who married into the Danish Royal Family.

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Trooping the Colour 2018

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Trooping the Colour is always one of the biggest events on the royal calendar each year. This was especially the case this year thanks to it being the Duchess of Sussex’s inaugural appearance and a rare public appearance from the Duchess of Cambridge, who is still on maternity leave. Even with expectations high, I thought both women nailed it on the sartorial front.

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