Royal Roundup April 9 – 14: Toronto Jaunts, Maundy Thursday & a New Diana Award

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A few odds and ends from the week:

  • The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh took part in the Maundy Thursday service at Leicester Cathederal yesterday. Queen, as per tradition dating back to the 13th century, distributed alms. This year, the “Maundy money” was handed out to 91 men and 91 women representing the Queen’s age. Back in the day, the celebration included the monarch washing members’ of public feet in addition to the alms, but that fell by the wayside starting with James II in the 17th century. This year each pensioner, as per custom, was handed a white and red purse. One of the recipients told reporters:

“It’s been such a wonderful occasion – she’s amazing because she smiled at every single person and then spoke to the children at the end. I thought ‘She’s just incredible, a wonderful woman.'”

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  • Following the Prince of Wales’s recent visit to Romania news has come out that he has been offered an additional title, Prince of Transylvania. The honorific title is due to Charles’s promotion of the region, inn addition to owning properties there, he also leads philanthropic efforts. More detail can be found here.

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  • Apparently Prince Harry has jetted to Toronto to visit girlfriend Meghan Markle for the Easter holiday. He was spotted by paparazzi arriving at her house late Wednesday evening.

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  • Kensington Palace has announced a slew of new engagements for Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, all surrounding Heads Together and the upcoming London marathon later this month. Among the events, all three will open the Global Academy on April 20th and Kate will host Heads Together runners at KP on the 19th. Additionally, the Palace has confirmed that the three will attend the marathon itself on Sunday, the 23rd.
  • William and Harry will hand out a new “Legacy” award as part of the Diana Awards series to honor young people who have made an impact in their community. The ceremony will be held at St. James’s Palace on May 18th.

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  • And in other Diana news, a temporary garden has been opened at Kensington Palace in the late Princess of Wales’s honor. Named the “White Garden,” it will be open to the public until September.

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