The Duke and Duchess of Sussex carried out an engagement for Coach Core at Loughborough University today, during which they played a game of netball and oversaw an apprentices’ awards ceremony. Like the Cambridges many times before them, the two engaged in some friendly competition by leading opposing shootout teams – unfortunately for Meghan, Harry’s team won the day 3-2.
When it was first reported that the Duchess of Sussex would host a meal consisting of recipes from the new Hubb Community Kitchen cookbook, I had images of everyone sitting down in some formal Kensington Palace dining room. I’m not sure how I thought those logistics would work, but I definitely didn’t realize it would be held outside under a tent!
But it was lovely and, even more, it represents Meghan’s first solo engagement, just four months after her wedding. Pretty impressive. While the Duke of Sussex was on hand, he was only there to support (and eat). And in a lovely surprise, Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, attended. She was spotted flying into London a few days ago, but no one was expecting her to make an appearance in such an official capacity.
Surprise(!)…well, a day late. Yesterday, Kensington Palace announced that the Duchess of Sussex wrote the forward for a new cookbook developed by Hubb Community Kitchen. The organization is made up of women affected by the Grenfell Tower fire, while the end result is a cookbook supported by the Royal Foundation, published by Penguin Random House and already sold out during pre-sale by some retailers. Not a bad start, really.
Yesterday, Kensington Palace released more information on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s upcoming tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga. They will be abroad between October 16 and 31, with dates corresponding with the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the ‘100 Days of Peace’ gala at Central Hall Westminster this evening. The event was organized by the Royal Armouries to commemorate the centenary of World War I’s end and will benefit a host of mental health charities supporting veterans, including Heads Together.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended a rather emotional event today – the WellChild awards, which recognize caretakers working on behalf of seriously ill children. Honorees include family members, health care workers, social workers and teachers, while Harry and Meghan met with a host of affected children.
The Queen, accompanied by her two eldest children, attended this year’s Braemar Gathering at the Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park in Braemar, Aberdeenshire. The event has the regular attendance of the monarch ever since Queen Victoria first showed up in 1848, and, held on the first Saturday of September, it coincides perfectly with when the sovereign is in residence at Balmoral Castle.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are back at it. For their first engagement post-summer holiday, they turned up for a performance of Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London. The evening was on behalf of Harry’s charity, Sentebale.
Among the highlights was an introduction to the musical’s creator and one-time star Lin-Manuel Miranda.
The Cambridge family has spent the last few days at Balmoral Castle with the Queen, as evidenced by new photos of the Duke and Duchess attending church today with other members of the Royal Family.
The Duke of Cambridge was in Amiens yesterday to commemorate World War I’s Battle of Amiens. Also representing the Brits was Prime Minister Theresa May, and while I wasn’t planning on covering this engagement by itself, there’s been enough news coverage focused on a very specific – and ridiculous – issue that, well, here we are.