Royal Roundup: Autumn is for Scandinavia

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Just a few days after the Duchess of Cambridge re-emerged post-baby announcement, royal reporter Emily Andrews tweeted that, Kate’s health permitting, the Cambridges are expected to visit Sweden and Norway in November. News of a potential abroad trip was first announced in late August, but the location had never been identified. Confirmation, dates and specifics are still pending from Kensington Palace.

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Royal Roundup: Malta, Brunei & Definitely Not Myanmar

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A week out from the Invictus Games, the Royal Family has racked up a fair bit of international news thanks to the international travel of the Queen’s children. Let’s start with the Prince of Wales’s visit to Malta for the 75th anniversary of the George Cross, with which the island was awarded in 1942 by George VI for Malta’s heroism and service during the Siege of Malta from 1940-1942.

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Harry & an Invictus Games Roundup

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After the excitement of the Invictus Games opening ceremony and the appearance of Meghan Markle at a tennis match on Monday, I was half expecting news coming out of the rest of the week’s events to die down and have been pleasantly surprised that it hasn’t. Harry has been greeted like a rockstar everywhere he’s gone, former U.S. President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden made a stop, and one toddler briefly became internet famous thanks to stealing Harry’s popcorn. Let’s get into it.

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Royal Roundup: Kate to Appear on Oct. 10, the Invictus Games & Meghan Moving to London

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Kensington Palace announced today that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will host a reception at Buckingham Palace in honor of World Mental Health Day (Oct. 10). Recognizing the work of mental health advocates and organizations across the UK, the event is very much in line with the trio’s work on behalf of Heads Together. It will also mark Kate’s first public appearance since the announcement that she is pregnant with her and William’s third child and is suffering from HG.

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Royal Roundup: The Preschool Break-In, Meghan & the Queen

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Things may have quieted down this past week in comparison with last which saw the Cambridges’ baby announcement, Meghan Markle’s Vanity Fair cover and Prince George’s first day of school, but that didn’t mean the Duke of Cambridge wasn’t out and about, delivering on the promise that he would be doubling down on his public duties. Even so, the biggest news from this week was undoubtedly the fact that there was a break-in at George’s preschool, Thomas’s Battersea.

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Royal Roundup: It’s Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Autumn

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Finally, the slow royal month of August is almost over. Kensington Palace tweeted that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry were due to begin a busy autumn, focusing on their charity work and continuing their advocacy on mental health issues. We expected September to be a big month for the younger trio, particularly in light of William and Kate’s “move” to London, but I was still half-surprised to see KP double down on this point so literally.

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Royal Roundup: Henrik, Earl Spencer & the Succession

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Well, that’s a weird title, but I think it hits the highlights. Where to begin with the last few days? Let’s start outside the UK where the Danish Royal Family has been dominating headlines. Denmark’s  monarch, Queen Margrethe II has reigned for 45 years, is enormously popular and is supported by her two sons and plethora of grandchildren. That support does not, apparently, extend to her husband, Prince Henrik, a Frenchman to whom she has been married since 1967.

Henrik boldly stated that he had no desire to be buried alongside his wife at Roskilde, the traditional resting place for Danish monarchs and their spouses, because he had never been granted the title of “king.” His argument is that his prevention from receiving the title is 1) his wife’s fault and 2) sexist, because female consorts are given the title “queen.”

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Royal Roundup April 9 – 14: Toronto Jaunts, Maundy Thursday & a New Diana Award

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A few odds and ends from the week:

  • The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh took part in the Maundy Thursday service at Leicester Cathederal yesterday. Queen, as per tradition dating back to the 13th century, distributed alms. This year, the “Maundy money” was handed out to 91 men and 91 women representing the Queen’s age. Back in the day, the celebration included the monarch washing members’ of public feet in addition to the alms, but that fell by the wayside starting with James II in the 17th century. This year each pensioner, as per custom, was handed a white and red purse. One of the recipients told reporters:

“It’s been such a wonderful occasion – she’s amazing because she smiled at every single person and then spoke to the children at the end. I thought ‘She’s just incredible, a wonderful woman.'”

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Royal Roundup April 2-8: Sounds Like an Engagement is Coming

You guys, a lot has been happening. Let’s get into it:

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  • Perhaps of most importance, Prince Harry’s girlfriend of about a year, Meghan Markle, has shut down her website, The Tig. In a farewell note, Meghan only said that it was “time to say goodbye,” as rumors swirl that she is ready to leave acting behind her and focus on…well, probably marrying Harry. Honestly, all signs point to an engagement coming within months, if not weeks. There’s already speculation and hints being dropped in the press that Harry is eagerly looking to move house from his “bachelor pad” at Kensington Palace to a full apartment that can serve as a family home. Meghan, too, has been spending considerable time in London, limiting her Instagram posts and toeing the rather bizarre line she’ll have to if she becomes a full-blown member of the Royal Family. The shutdown of Meghan’s website, which seemed to be her passion project, is the most definitive sign that an announcement is forthcoming. At the beginning of the year I would have said 1) It was too soon to tell and 2) If an announcement was made it wouldn’t be until the summer. I would revise that now to say it’s entirely possible it’ll be confirmed in mid to late spring with a wedding in the autumn. That said, what do I know? But unlike the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who were in their 20s when engagement rumors began swirling, Meghan is 35 and may be looking to begin a family sooner rather than later, while Harry is 32 and seems more than ready to settle down. It might happen, it might not, but if it does, I don’t think anyone will be shocked.

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