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.
William will arrive in Amman on Sunday, June 24 where he will be formally greeted by Crown Prince Al-Hussein Bin Abdullah II. The Prince will serve as his primary host for his stay, which will include a trip to Jerash. Kensington Palace noted that:
“The morning of the 25th will begin with a visit to the spectacular archaeological site at Jerash, a first century Roman city that is one of the largest Roman remains anywhere in the Mediterranean region, and one of Jordan’s greatest tourist attractions. It is, by the way, the site where the young Catherine Middleton is pictured standing on a pile of stones with her father and young sister when the Middleton family lived in Jordan.”
They are, of course, referring to this photo:
After Jordan, William will move on to Tel Aviv, which will serve as home base for the remainder of the trip. The press release notes that when he is in Jerusalem he will visit the grave of his paternal great-grandmother, Princess Alice of Battenberg. There’s a full post on her, which you can read here, but she herself was a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria who married Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark. The couple’s youngest child and only son was Prince Philip, who married the now-Queen Elizabeth II in 1947. She chose to be buried in Jerusalem, and while Philip and the Prince of Wales have made private visits, this will be the first time respects are paid in any sort of official capacity.
The last item of note from the release is that there is an engagement planned in Tel Aviv on the 27th that is not being disclosed, but about which KP notes it is “very excited.” Hmm.
Finally, as expected and unofficially confirmed in the lead-up to the wedding, Harry and Meghan will be touring New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga when in the region for the Invictus Games, which are to be held in Sydney, Australia. The dates and details are to come, but the games are to be held October 20-27. All I can say is that it’s a safe bet it’ll commence after Princess Eugenie’s wedding (October 12) and conclude before Remembrance Day.
Tomorrow we’ll cover Meghan’s engagements with the Queen!