Four days after the release of her and her husband’s first Christmas card together, the Duchess of Sussex carried out an engagement at the Royal Variety nursing home on Tuesday, Dec. 18. I think the big takeaway, quite frankly, is how far along she now appears – I’m inclined to believe we’re looking at more of a March baby than an April baby.
Well, this was quite the week to release Christmas cards, no? Headline after headline was picking apart reported tension percolating within Kensington Palace, from feuds between the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex to sibling rivalry reaching a boiling point with Princes William and Harry. In the midst of this – perhaps to give the press something else to focus on as the Royal Family packed it in for the holiday – KP released two Christmas cards for each couple.
For our purposes, of course, these are not so much cards as they are images, but given that we don’t get them every year it is a nice end of year treat. In this case, the Cambridges’ card was what I think everyone was hoping for – a relaxed, informal image of the family of five with an updated look at the kids, especially Prince Louis.
Today is admittedly several days post-December 11, but I’m going to back date the next few posts covering older engagements just to help keep everything straight. The week that this visit took place I was traveling (to London, imagine that) and so we’re a bit behind in all things Cambridge, Sussex and Windsor. Let’s try to rectify that, shall we?
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge carried out two engagements on Tuesday, December 11, one of which was to a homeless center that William has visited since a child and the other to Evelina London Children’s Hospital. En-route between the two, Kensington Palace tweeted out that Kate has been named the patron of the latter, adding yet another cause to the Duchess’s docket. This one is an unsurprising choice given Kate’s focus on early intervention and children’s care.
On Monday, Dec. 10, the Duchess of Sussex made a surprise appearance at the British Fashion Awards to present an award to Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller, the designer of her wedding gown. Wearing (what else?) a one-shouldered black velvet Givenchy gown, Meghan noted she was happy to be celebrating British fashion in her “new home,” and stated in her remarks:
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent the day in Cyprus yesterday on behalf of the Royal Air Force. The couple met with service members deployed there, following up on the holiday party they hosted at Kensington Palace for their family members on Tuesday.
It’s that time of year again – the Queen hosted the annual diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace, and so we are gifted white tie and tiaras. This is to be expected – what’s not is that the Palace let in photographers and so we have been gifted great images from the evening.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…at Kensington Palace at least. Candy, toys, Santa and even fake snow were gathered for the families of deployed Royal Air Force service members from Coningsby and Marham . Today was essentially part one of a two-day showing that will take the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Cyprus tomorrow as the day’s festivities were specifically for the families of service members stationed there.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge carried out two engagements in Leicester today – one to honor the victims from a recent local helicopter crash and the second to Leicester University. It also marked the couple’s first public appearance since last weekend’s news that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would be decamping from Kensington Palace to Frogmore amidst rumors of familial tension.
I’ve stopped and started writing this post a few times over the past month, with a lovely combination of my schedule and actual news coming out of London wrinkling my focus. What started out as a closer look at the Oceania tour was to become a look at the Duchess of Sussex’s first six months within the BRF…which was then to cover projections that the Cambridges and Sussexes would divide their household in 2019.
And now: the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will leave Kensington Palace next year for Frogmore Cottage (not to be confused with Frogmore House) at Windsor.