The 2019 Royal Variety Show is officially underway! This particular event has been happening annually since 1912, with the proceeds donated to the Royal Variety Charity, which supports elderly or ill members of the entertainment industry. The Queen herself is patron, however a royal presence at the show is often delegated to another member of the family in honor of George V and Queen Mary’s presence in its inaugural year.
The Duchess of Cambridge was in Norfolk today to officially open the Nook, a children’s hospice within her capacity as patron of East Anglia Children’s Hospices (EACH). This project has been in the works for years, with Kate having helped the organization launch its initial appeal for financing way back in November 2014. Since then, she’s carried out a series of supportive engagements that have helped raise awareness.
After a somber weekend, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge re-appeared on Tuesday to celebrate the volunteers working on their recently-launched text service, Shout, which aims to support those going through mental health crises. The program began in May under the umbrella of The Royal Foundation when it was still headed by the Cambridges and the Sussexes, but it’s been kept under the remit of the Cambridges since the split with the Sussexes still serving as secondary patrons. Notably, the Sussexes included a shout-out (no pun intended) for this engagement on their Instagram, while William acknowledged their roles in his speech. For those keeping track of the back and forth…;)
On Sunday, following the previous evening’s Festival of Remembrance, the British Royal Family turned out for the Remembrance service at The Cenotaph. This annual event is not only a hallmark of the royal calendar, but one that convenes the UK’s veterans, senior politicians, and members of the public for a somber recognition of those who lost their lives in service to the nation. Frankly, there are few countries who mark this occasion better.
On Saturday night, the Royal Family congregated at Royal Albert Hall for this year’s Festival of Remembrance, the prelude to Sunday’s formal ceremony. Like Trooping the Colour, it’s an event that nearly always draws the entire family, so high is its significance on the royal calendar.
Ok, it’s time to catch up a bit on November. I’m going to back-date this post to last week so as to cover two engagements that the Cambridges and Sussexes carried out, and then we’ll turn back to this past weekend for the actual Remembrance Day events later today.
Well. We’re 10 days out from the Cambridges’ Pakistan tour and quite a bit has happened, none of it good. Before we dive in, apologies if you stumbled upon a partially-written post on the Richard III series over the weekend. I had high hopes for having it completed, but last week got away from me and I forgot to change its publication date on the back end of the site. So, cringe. Hopefully by next weekend we’ll be back on it.
As for our current Royal Family, they’ve really been giving the Plantagenets a run for their money of late. The biggest missile to launch was the broadcast of a documentary covering the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s tour of Africa, of which the biggest takeaways have nothing to do with their work and everything to do with their role within the BRF.
The big royal news today in fact has nothing to do with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s tour – yesterday a clip promoting an upcoming documentary covering the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s recent Africa tour was released and…there’s been some furor. I’ll cover all that once the doc is released, but in the meantime you can read a little about it here.
Back in Pakistan, drama surrounding the Cambridges’ return to Islamabad from Lahore has taken central stage. Apparently the plane, housing both the couple, their staff, and the press pack, encountered significant, weather-related turbulence and the party was forced to unexpectedly spend the night in Lahore.
After the morning’s itinerary – and a costume change – the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge carried out two more engagements to a mosque and a children’s hospital. The second carries some significance in that it’s the same children’s hospital visited by William’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, when she was in Pakistan in 1996.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are undertaking engagements in Lahore for Day 4 of their Pakistan tour. The couple flew from Islamabad this morning, before being ferried to their first stop at SOS Children’s Villages Pakistan, a private social welfare program supporting orphaned and abandoned children.