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


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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Royal Roundup: Bikes, Trains & Dogs

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First of all, big thank you to the Duke of Cambridge for posing in the above photo. Really made up for what has been a slow week in royal news. Indeed, most of what drove headlines these past few days is news that the Duchess of Sussex will accompany the Queen for engagements next week. Yes, one away-day and all this speculation! But it’s to be expected after all the wedding excitement and it is a big step in Meghan’s royal career.

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Charles Hosts Buckingham Palace Garden Party

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Today, the Prince of Wales hosted the season’s third official garden party at Buckingham Palace on behalf of his mother, the Queen. This is the first time that he’s taken on hosting duties for one of these parties and it’s yet another sign of him shouldering more of the monarch’s duties as the Queen gets older. We will, however, see the Queen at Scotland’s annual garden party at Holyrood Palace the first week of July.

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