Let’s start with the big news and work our way through: Buckingham Palace confirmed last week that the Cambridges and the Sussexes will formally separate their households. In fact, a new household will be created for Harry and Meghan this spring in coordination with the couple’s move to Windsor and the birth of their first child. Their new joint operations will be based out of Buckingham Palace.
Happy Commonwealth Day. Last year we used this occasion to note the marked improvement from 2017’s celebration, which was marred by #skigate (a thing only I call it). But it’s just as remarkable to look back at last year and see how far we’ve come once again. Yes, the Cambridges still showed up, but while 2018 saw Kate pregnant with Prince Louis and Meghan still a royal fiancée, this year we have Kate fully back in action and a mother of three, and Meghan a duchess and about a month out from the birth of her first child. What can I say? I love a good annual event – the passage of time is so much easier to track.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex kicked off this year’s Commonwealth Day with an engagement at Canada House in London where they met with a select group of Canadians living in the UK. In keeping with Harry’s position as the Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, there was an emphasis on young people representing the worlds of fashion, art, business and academia.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Blackpool today to learn more about new investment projects and efforts to address social issues related to mental health. The day’s engagements mark the latest in a series of visits that get the couple out of London and engaging with the public throughout the UK.
Today the Queen hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace in honor of the 50th anniversary of Prince Charles’s investiture as Prince of Wales. Charles was named PoW by his mother at the age of nine in 1958, but not formally invested with the title until the age of 20 in 1969. By his side for the anniversary were his two sons and daughters-in-law, the Dukes and Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex, as well as his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, and his sister, the Princess Royal.
The final day of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s mini-tour of Morocco took them to Rabat where they visited the Royal Equestrian Club, participated in cooking activities with children under the guidance of local celebrity Chef Moha, and toured the Andalusian Gardens.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wrapped a mini-tour to Morocco on Monday after a series of engagements focused on women’s and youth issues. The trip began on Saturday evening when the couple landed in Casablanca after an hour+ delay thanks to flying commercial (the horror). They were greeted by the UK’s ambassador to Morocco, Thomas Reilly, and then participated in an elaborate welcome ceremony in which Harry inspected a guard of honor from the Auxiliary Forces.
On Tuesday, February 12 the Duke and Duchess of Sussex took in an evening performance of The Wider Earth, a play covering Charles Darwin’s expedition on the HMS Beagle, at the Natural History Museum. Their presence there was on behalf of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and the production’s charitable partner, The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the Endeavour Fund Awards at Draper Hall this evening. In the words of Kensington Palace, the series acknowledges the, “Achievements of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women who have taken part in remarkable sporting and adventure challenges over the last year to help with their recovery.” Naturally it’s a cause right up Harry’s alley and in fact the couple also attended last year during their engagement (aka the night of Meghan’s debut tuxedo).