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.
The Duchess of Cambridge returned to work from the holiday break today with a visit to King Henry’s Walk Garden in Islington. The engagement wrapped up many of her favorite things – nature, children and physical activity.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex carried out their first joint engagements of the year with a visit to Birkenhead in Cheshire. The two made a series of appearances throughout the day, only some of which were announced ahead of time by Kensington Palace.
Earlier today, Kensington Palace announced that the Duchess of Sussex has been named patron of four organizations: the National Theatre, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Smart Works and Mayhew. The announcement was followed up with a surprise appearance at Smart Works, kicking off HRH’s 2019 with a bang.
2018 was a banner year for the British Royal Family between two weddings, a baby and the Commonwealth’s succession secure in the Prince of Wales. It was not, however, a year in which there was much angst over engagement numbers. By now we well know that the Queen’s four children will carry their weight, while the Queen is ramping down her duties, her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, is retired, and her grandaughters-in-law found themselves pregnant and/or not yet full-time royals.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were photographed walking to church in Norfolk yesterday, as has become their early January tradition. While it’s possible that the Cambridges slipped away for a short post-Christmas holiday, they have certainly returned to Norfolk in time for Kate’s birthday on the 9th for the last few years and make a point of joining the Queen for church on the first weekend of the month.
Ohhh, where to begin with the royal Christmas this year? The meat of it – beyond the photos and the Duchesses’ fashion – is really the reported angst behind the scenes between the Cambridges and Sussexes, so really there is no coverage of this year’s holiday without delving into this a bit.
On Wednesday, Dec. 19, members of the British Royal Family joined the Queen for her annual Christmas luncheon at Buckingham Palace. The event marks one final hurrah for the family in London before the monarch decamps to Sandringham in Norfolk for the Christmas holiday. The meal is private, and thus our only images from it come from various royal arriving at BP in their cars.