Harry & Meghan Attend Stephen Lawrence Memorial Service

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If you’re looking for coverage of the royal baby, you can find that here.

Meanwhile, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attended the 25th anniversary memorial service for Stephen Lawrence. Lawrence was murdered in London in 1993 in a racially-motivated hate crime. The case garnered considerable media attention in its day, but had a second life when the killers were convicted in 2012. It has now become a case study for a distinct moment of reckoning for how race and racism are handled by the British public, police force and legal process.

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When Marguerite of Anjou Arrived in England


Marguerite of Anjou is, in my opinion, one of the most interesting queen consorts in England’s history. Her marriage, however, started as a glorified insurance policy for her uncle, Charles VII, and resulted in one of the most controversial and dramatic public careers a woman in 15th century Europe ever held. We’ve covered Marguerite on this site a few times, from rumors of her infidelity to her political maneuvers when her husband “went mad” to her mysterious childhood prior to joining French court as a teenager, to name but a few. Today we’re going to get into how it was that she became Henry VI’s wife and the very direct way in which that led to the later civil war that toppled them from their thrones.

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Harry & Meghan Attend Invictus Games Reception

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We’re going to cover the Queen’s birthday concert and the rest of the day’s festivities later on, but in the meantime I want to write up Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s attendance at a reception in honor of the upcoming Invictus Games. This year the games will be held in Sydney, Australia in October and thanks to a slip from Meghan the other week, it sounds like the couple will be attending.

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The Queen’s Birth 92 Years Ago Today


Happy 92nd Birthday to Queen Elizabeth! Later today the Royal Family will all descend on Royal Albert Hall for a concert to mark the occasion and conclude the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), but in the meantime let’s take a look back at April 21, 1926 when HRH Princess Elizabeth was born to the then-Duke and Duchess of York.

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Royal Roundup: CHOGM Day 5, the Cambridge Baby & TIME’s Most Influential People


Today marked the last day of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), while tomorrow will see the Queen’s birthday concert celebrating the music of the Commonwealth at Royal Albert Hall. While the big win of the week – for the Royal Family at least – was confirmation this morning that the Prince of Wales will succeed his mother as the organization’s head in due course, I thought it appropriate we covered off on the last day and a few odds and ends that slipped through the cracks with everything else going on.

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Charles to Be Named the Next Head of the Commonwealth

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Commonwealth leaders have agreed that the Prince of Wales will succeed the Queen as the next head of the Commonwealth. The decision was made on the second day of formal CHOGM meetings at Windsor.

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The CHOGM State Dinner


Tonight Queen Elizabeth hosted a state dinner at Buckingham Palace in honor of the ongoing Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). It was in many ways a finale for her last 66 years of work on behalf of the Commonwealth, the continued unity of which has been a cornerstone of her reign. This morning she publicly endorsed her son, the Prince of Wales, as her successor for the non-hereditary role of the Commonwealth’s head, while tonight’s toasts acknowledged that the monarch plans to scale down her work further, relying increasingly on her family to represent her both in the UK and abroad.

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Harry & Meghan Attend CHOGM Women’s Empowerment Reception

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were back in the spotlight again this evening when the couple attended a Women’s Empowerment reception as part of the ongoing Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). The event, hosted by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and his wife, was held at the Royal Aeronautical Society and marked the launch of a platform focused on girls’ access to education worldwide.

The venue, luckily, is close to Buckingham Palace, making it easy for Harry to return there for tonight’s state dinner hosted by his grandmother, the Queen.

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