Well! Two big events (unexpectedly) happened today – the Duchess of Cambridge carried out her first joint engagement with the Queen and she was named patron of the Foundling Museum before visiting this afternoon. The Queen and Kate have certainly made appearances together in the past (separate and apart from events featuring the entire family), but this was oddly enough their first engagement together without anyone else.
Let’s start with the big news and work our way through: Buckingham Palace confirmed last week that the Cambridges and the Sussexes will formally separate their households. In fact, a new household will be created for Harry and Meghan this spring in coordination with the couple’s move to Windsor and the birth of their first child. Their new joint operations will be based out of Buckingham Palace.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge turned up for the Irish Guards’ St Patrick’s Day parade today to hand out shamrocks – an event that has basically become an annual tradition for the couple save a brief blip in 2016 when Kate bowed out. The two even made sure they were there in 2017 in-between #skigate and their mini-tour of Paris, while it was one of Kate’s last engagements in 2018 before the birth of Prince Louis.
I love it when the Duchess of Cambridge attends the National Portrait Gallery gala, and I might even go so far as to say it’s my favorite of her patronages. It’s a surefire black tie moment and Kate always pulls out all the stops. We didn’t get this event last year (though she did attend an exhibit around roughly this time), but in 2017 she debuted a green lace Temperley that was stunning, particularly if you ignore how many other lace gowns she owns…
It was babies and (Gucci) bows for the Duchess of Cambridge visited the Henry Fawcett Children’s Centre this afternoon. The engagement was on behalf of the Lambeth Early Action Partnership and meant to showcase how the organization is using the Parent and Infant Relationship Service (PAIRS) to support parents and children.
Happy Commonwealth Day. Last year we used this occasion to note the marked improvement from 2017’s celebration, which was marred by #skigate (a thing only I call it). But it’s just as remarkable to look back at last year and see how far we’ve come once again. Yes, the Cambridges still showed up, but while 2018 saw Kate pregnant with Prince Louis and Meghan still a royal fiancée, this year we have Kate fully back in action and a mother of three, and Meghan a duchess and about a month out from the birth of her first child. What can I say? I love a good annual event – the passage of time is so much easier to track.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex kicked off this year’s Commonwealth Day with an engagement at Canada House in London where they met with a select group of Canadians living in the UK. In keeping with Harry’s position as the Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, there was an emphasis on young people representing the worlds of fashion, art, business and academia.
On Monday we briefly discussed the rise of George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham, who made his start as “favorite” of James I and then sought to ingratiate himself with the Prince of Wales in the King’s twilight years via a seven-month jaunt to Madrid. Today we’re going to take a closer look at his last years in the dawn of Charles I’s reign.
The Duchess of Sussex joined a panel discussion focused on a host of women’s issues in honor of International Women’s Day today. Ahead of her arrival, it was announced that she has been named vice president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust. The conversation was focused primarily on issues of equality from a global perspective, complementing her and her husband’s work with Commonwealth youth.
That Edward VII was unfaithful to his long-suffering wife, Alexandra of Denmark, is undeniable, but despite how poor his reputation is, there is actually a surprising dearth of information on who, when and where. Edward, or Bertie as he is better known (his given name was Albert Edward), maintained a coterie of female companions, but who actually rose to the level of mistress is debatable. Among the most famous of these women is Alice Keppel.