On Sunday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the men’s final at Wimbledon, as has become tradition. And I have to say, while Kate always seems pleased to be at Wimbledon, she looks particularly animated and relaxed whenever she’s attending with William. This year was a particularly special as Kate, for the first time in her capacity as royal patron, handed out the winning trophy to Novak Djokovic.
On Friday, Kensington Palace announced that the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex would attend the Ladies’ Single Final of the Wimbledon championships together on Saturday. I wouldn’t say this was a surprise, but it was certainly welcome news, and, taken alongside the show of family unity during last week’s polo match, it’s clear there’s a collective push to put the so-called “feud” behind the four younger royals and start fresh.
I think a few of us were hoping that this would happen! To the delight of onlookers, the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex joined their husbands at the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day in Berkshire with their children. This is the first time Archie Mountbatten-Windsor has been photographed alongside his Cambridge cousins, and in fact it marks his first “appearance” outside of his formal presentation and christening. Even more, it was a nice and much-needed display of family unity following several months of negative reporting.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, was christened in the private chapel at Windsor Castle this morning. The ceremony was officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury before 25 guests making up the couple’s closest friends and family. The Queen wasn’t able to attend due to a long-standing commitment with the Duke of Edinburgh at Sandringham, however the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall made it back from their week of engagements in Wales.
Well-known tennis lover HRH The Duchess of Cambridge made her first appearance this year at Wimbledon. H/T to Gert’s Royals on Twitter who correctly guessed that Kate would turn up today when it wasn’t listed that the Duchess of Gloucester, president of the Lawn Tennis Association, would attend the LTA awards this afternoon.
The Duchess of Cambridge popped up at Hampton Court Palace this afternoon to help debut her garden at its new location after a successful stint at the Chelsea Flower Show. She invited four children representing four of her patronages for a treasure hunt, walk, and picnic in the garden.
On Tuesday the 2018-2019 summary report of the Sovereign Grant was released, sparking a slew of news stories on how much money the Royal Family brought in and spent, and raising the age-old question of whether their expenditure is worth the monarchy’s cost.
The Duchess of Cambridge carried out a previously unannounced engagement today, which coincided with the announcement that the Queen has handed off another patronage to her granddaughter-in-law: the Royal Photographic Society. The new gig makes sense for Kate – she was made an honorary member of the organization back in 2017 and her personal interest in photography is well-documented.
Most of the photographs released of her children on their birthdays are pictures she takes personally at Kensington Palace or Anmer Hall, and back in 2012, KP released a handful of images she took while touring Southeast Asia with the Duke.
As first reported by Emily Andrews a few weeks ago, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are indeed splitting away from the Royal Foundation. Per the official announcement, later this year, the Royal Foundation will be led by only the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, while the Sussexes will begin their own charitable foundation. The language also makes clear that the two couples will still partner on specific projects, including the successful mental health campaign, Heads Together.
As royal watchers well know, June is a banner month for many of the British Royal Family’s biggest annual events. Just 24 hours after members of the House of Windsor convened at St George’s Chapel for the Order of the Garter ceremony, several more descended on Ascot for the annual horse races that will run through the week. The Queen, a keen horsewoman, has only missed this event once since ascending the throne and this year had the added pizzazz of including King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands.