The Duchess of Sussex carried out a fourth engagement on behalf of her newly-bestowed four patronages, this one for the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). The organization’s focus is on championing higher education throughout all 53 Commonwealth nations and its objectives align well with Meghan’s public statements on the power of education and facilitating access for the most vulnerable.
The Duchess of Sussex arrived on London’s South Bank today for the third engagement she’s carried out so far this year on behalf of her four new patronages. Today saw her tour the venue and meet staff and crew at the National Theatre, a fitting organization for Meghan to spearhead given her former acting career.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – or the Earl and Countess of Strathearn as they are known in Scotland – carried out engagements in Dundee today, not too far from their alma mater, St Andrew’s University. The couple last visited the city in 2015, but today’s primary purpose was the opening of a new V&A museum – the first design museum in Scotland – of which Kate became patron last year.
For all that Charles I led England into a civil war and then lost his crown and, well, head, he was at least one half of a happy marriage. For an institution once upon a time comprised mainly of foreign alliances and quiet desperation, that’s something, no? After a rocky start, Charles and Henrietta Maria of France settled into the kind of complacent domesticity to which political matchmaking aspired, and from this came nine children. Two of those sons – Charles II and James II – would end up kings. A daughter, Mary, would become the mother of another – William III. And another daughter, Henrietta Anne, would marry into the French Royal Family and end up a dazzling fixture at Versailles.
We’ve touched on Jacqueline of Hainaut briefly when discussing her third husband, Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, and his second marriage to Eleanor Cobham. But that was two years ago now and frankly Jacqueline is the more interesting wife, one who played a mischievous role in the royal families of France and England, not to mention going up against the duchy of Burgundy in its heyday.
Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, has garnered himself a reputation for propriety. At his worst, he is dull and responsible for some of the dreariness of his wife’s court. At his best, he can take credit for moving his wife away from the worst qualities of the House of Hanover and helping correct the reputation for gambling, womanizing and excess that defined the reigns of George IV and William IV.
The Duchess of Cambridge carried out an engagement with Family Action in Lewisham today. Her presence marked the launch of a new “FamilyLine” hotline that will be nationally available throughout England, while the visit itself included meetings with staff and volunteers associated with the organization.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex added a touch of glitter – quite literally – to a Cirque du Soleil performance at Royal Albert Hall this evening. The show was in benefit of Sentebale, an HIV/Aids charity spearheaded by Harry on behalf of Lesotho.
This morning the Duchess of Cambridge carried out an engagement at The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden where she was shown around the costume department and treated to a private performance of the ballet ‘The Two Pigeons.’
The Duchess of Sussex carried out an engagement for another one of her new patronages today – Mayhew. The charity is focused on animal welfare, so naturally today provided images of Meghan cuddling with puppies. Namely a Jack Russell named Minnie, who I think we can all agree is today’s standout star.