On April 29th, the eight-year anniversary of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding, the Queen appointed Kate to the Royal Victorian Order. This honor is significant in that this is bestowed at the Queen’s discretion, without intercession or recommendation from Downing Street. This follows her introduction into the Royal Family Order last year, which was seen as a (slightly delayed) coup after seven years of service.
There’s obviously a LOT going on between the Cambridges and the Sussexes right now – or, at least, there’s a lot being speculated about tension between the two couples. I’m definitely going to get into that when we get to Easter and the actual household division, but for the purposes of this post on the Anzac Day ceremony I’m just going to offer a bit of context for those who haven’t been following this closely.
It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since Prince Louis made his debut on the steps of Lindo Wing, but…here we are! And to accompany the occasion, Kensington Palace released three new photos of the Prince taken by his mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, at Anmer Hall earlier in April.
(Since I’m back-dating this post, I’ll also note that these were probably taken at the same time as Princess Charlotte’s birthday photos.)
An allegedly frosty Easter, I should say. Per tradition, members of the British Royal Family convened at Windsor to attend an Easter service with the Queen. As such, the family tends to stay at Windsor Castle, walk to church as a group, line up for the Queen to arrive via car, attend the service, and then depart as a group to walk back to the Castle.
And also per tradition, the family is photographed while they are outside with people tending to enjoy watching them interact while they wait for the Queen.
As you may know by now, I love it when members of the British Royal Family pair up with family members other than their spouse for joint engagements. I particularly like it when members of the family are supporting the Queen and the Prince of Wales, both of whom carry the lion’s share of public engagements (alongside the Princess Royal, of course). And given the ongoing speculation as to just how close Charles is to his sons, particularly the Duke of Cambridge, it’s nice to see all three men out together.