The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s African tour is off! The couple arrived in South Africa with their four-month-old son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, earlier today (they flew commercial, in case you are wondering ;)) and are already in the midst of the day’s second engagement. The family opted for forgo formal arrivals and departures this tour, so the only shots we had of them arriving were grainy long-lens pics.
Oookay, our timelines are behind us and we can now delve into Richard III’s reign. If you missed the last two posts, I highly recommend taking a look (here and here), and it may be helpful to have the rundown on 1483 handy as you read through the below. Today we’re going to focus on the first wave of Richard’s assumption of power.
If you missed Part Ten covering the events of 1483 you can catch up here. As a reminder, that post and this one offer a timeline of what happened and I’ll follow up with a series of posts analyzing the events that occurred within 1483-1485.
Another day, another surprise engagement for the Duchess of Cambridge. I’d say this was almost becoming the standard for Kensington Palace, but earlier this week they announced a new engagement for both Cambridges next Thursday. Granted this has really become more of a practice for Kate’s solo engagements, so it’s unclear if this is a thing or partly coincidental.
As a reminder, for the next two posts, including this one, we’re going to be switching from a narrative to a timeline format. I’ll follow up with analysis as we dig into certain topics/events in subsequent posts.
If you missed Part Eight covering George of Clarence’s death, you can catch up here.
In the weeks leading up to George’s execution, the House of York gathered in London for a happier matter – the marriage of the four-year-old Prince Richard, Duke of York and the five-year-old Anne Mowbray, daughter of the deceased John Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk. The event gathered nearly the entire family for one of the last times. The seven-year-old Prince of Wales joined his three elder sisters, Princesses Elizabeth, Mary, and Cecily. Edward IV’s mother, Cecily Neville, Duchess of York was given a place of honor, while the bride was escorted by the Earl of Lincoln (Edward IV’s nephew via his sister, Elizabeth, Duchess of Suffolk). Richard, too, was there, however it’s unclear if he was joined by his wife, Anne Neville.
If you missed Part Seven, you can catch up here. Today we’re going to cover the downfall of George, Duke of Clarence, its implications, and the various theories around Richard’s involvement and reaction.
The Duchess of Sussex is officially back at work…though that sounds a bit strange after a summer in which she still very much dominated the news 😉 And yet, despite attending multiple tennis matches, a movie premier, and the odd engagement with the Duke of Sussex, this is Meghan’s first solo engagement on behalf of one of her patronages since well before Archie’s birth.
And so we have it: the Duchess of Cambridge’s first engagement of the autumn season! Today’s appearance was unannounced, but only a half “surprise” given that the event itself was promoted and royal reporters/watchers speculated last week that we were likely to see HRH attend. I’ll be interested to see if this trend of unannounced engagements continues.
Okay! Part Seven! If you missed Friday’s post covering Richard’s marriage to Anne Neville, then you can catch up here. Today, we’re going to cover Edward IV’s disastrous 1475 military campaign in France and Richard’s disagreement with his brother over the end result.