The Duke of Cambridge is off on his working visit to Kenya, Namibia and Tanzania, which kicks off tomorrow and will last until September 30. The trip is on behalf of Tusk, and while it’s unclear how much information will be forthcoming given that this isn’t an official tour, it’s likely that we’ll get a least some photos and updates over the next week.
Well, enough minor stories have built up that I’ve decided it’s time for a brief royal roundup. The first item on the agenda is that the Duchess of Cambridge has in fact carried out her first engagement this autumn – albeit, behind the scenes. Yesterday, she and the Duke met with Miguel Head as he formally stepped down from his position as William’s private secretary.
After two weeks of radio silence since the Duke of Cambridge’s engagement in Amiens, Kensington Palace emerged from the depths of August to announce three new engagements for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Summer is officially coming to an end as the Royal Family – sans the Queen – returns to a full work docket.
There’s good news and bad news to catch up on, so let’s start with the positive. Earlier this week the Duke of Sussex carried out a two-day trip to Amsterdam on behalf of the Invictus Games and AIDS 2018, an international AIDS conference. Ahead of his arrival, Kensington Palace confirmed that Harry was in Lesotho last month with his charity, Sentebale, working on HIV/Aids awareness.
Oookay, we’re going to keep this short and sweet, but I wanted to quickly cover off on two recent announcements…well, they’re really more updates. The first is that details on the itinerary for the Duke of Cambridge’s upcoming visit to the Middle East have been disclosed, while the second is that we finally have a formal announcement of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first tour.
First of all, big thank you to the Duke of Cambridge for posing in the above photo. Really made up for what has been a slow week in royal news. Indeed, most of what drove headlines these past few days is news that the Duchess of Sussex will accompany the Queen for engagements next week. Yes, one away-day and all this speculation! But it’s to be expected after all the wedding excitement and it is a big step in Meghan’s royal career.
In the future, I would really love it if the House of Windsor didn’t release a bunch of new information after I’ve already scheduled a weekly roundup. But instead of posting updates yesterday I just decided to pull together a separate post for everything that hit Thursday evening and Friday morning. Continue reading “Royal Roundup: William’s Middle Eastern Tour Set, Meghan’s Coat of Arms & George on a Pony”
Royal news was dominated this week by the wedding afterglow and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first engagement as a married couple on Tuesday. Even so, there was actually a good bit activity from other members of the Royal family, so I’ve decided to wrap it up here!
Eighteen million Britons watched the Royal Wedding yesterday and the event garnered 3.4 million tweets. It has become the fourth most-watched royal wedding, trailing behind that of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales and the Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York.
As we creep closer to May 19 more and more details about who, what and where keep coming out. Let’s start with the most official and work our way backwards to the straight up gossip, shall we?
Yesterday, the Instrument of Consent – the Queen’s official consent – for the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was shared with the public. Many were quick to point out that Meghan wasn’t referred to as “trusty and well-beloved” the way that the Duchess of Cambridge was in the lead up to her marriage to the Duke. The simple answer to that is that Kate is a British citizen and Meghan isn’t – the language is dictated as such.