William & Kate Visit Leicester

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge carried out two engagements in Leicester today – one to honor the victims from a recent local helicopter crash and the second to Leicester University. It also marked the couple’s first public appearance since last weekend’s news that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would be decamping from Kensington Palace to Frogmore amidst rumors of familial tension.

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A Household Divided

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I’ve stopped and started writing this post a few times over the past month, with a lovely combination of my schedule and actual news coming out of London wrinkling my focus. What started out as a closer look at the Oceania tour was to become a look at the Duchess of Sussex’s first six months within the BRF…which was then to cover projections that the Cambridges and Sussexes would divide their household in 2019.

And now: the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will leave Kensington Palace next year for Frogmore Cottage (not to be confused with Frogmore House) at Windsor.

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A Tale of Two Duchesses

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The Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex are in the midst of a busy November – one that unfortunately I’m only able to circle in and out of here. As we speak (I type), both women are carrying out engagements in London, but before we get there, I want to catch up on the last seven days. Continue reading “A Tale of Two Duchesses”

The Prince of Wales Turns 70

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Today is the Prince of Wales’s birthday, marking 70 years since he made his debut at Buckingham Palace just 11 months after his parents’ famous post-war wedding. By the age four he would become the heir to the throne, by 11 he would be created Prince of Wales, by 21 he would be invested with the title and before he turned 30 he would found the Prince’s Trust, a charitable organization that grew from strength to strength and is still flourishing.

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Let’s Catch Up on Kate

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I missed two engagements for the Duchess of Cambridge over the past ten days, but before we turn to that I want to note that a name was finally released for Pippa Matthews’ son: Arthur Michael William. Funnily enough, Arthur and Michael were favored names by the public for Prince Louis. Anyway, Pippa and her husband have been seen around London with a pram/stroller in tow, so it’s safe to say they’re settling into their new normal.

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The BRF Attends Armistice Day Centenary Service at Westminster Abbey

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Following today’s ceremony at the Cenotaph, the Queen led the British Royal Family at a remembrance service at Westminster Abbey to commemorate the centenary of Armistice Day at the close of World War I. Personally I love it when the family gathers at the Abbey – even if it does often signify a solemn occasion – as the optics do such a good job of representing the continuity of the monarchy without saying a word.

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Remembrance Sunday 2018

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For the second year in a row, the Prince of Wales was deputized to lay down a wreath on the Queen’s behalf during Remembrance ceremonies at the Cenotaph. Indeed, this mainstay of the royal calendar has essentially become Charles’s show now that his father is retired and his mother has deemed this event too physically exerting (presumably – we don’t actually know why).

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Remembrance Festival 2018

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I’ve been out of the loop for the last 10 days, but if ever there was a moment to circle back, it’s in time for the annual Remembrance ceremonies. This evening, the Queen led senior members of the British Royal Family at the Royal Festival of Remembrance at Royal Albert Hall in London to commemorate those who lost their lives during World War I. This year is particularly significant given that tomorrow’s Armistice Day will in fact mark the anniversary’s centenary.

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