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.
Members of the Royal Family gathered today at St George’s Chapel, Windsor for the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston. The bride is the daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, whose grandfather, Prince George, Duke of Kent, was a son of King George V. You can read more about the family here.
I missed two engagements for the Duchess of Cambridge over the past ten days, but before we turn to that I want to note that a name was finally released for Pippa Matthews’ son: Arthur Michael William. Funnily enough, Arthur and Michael were favored names by the public for Prince Louis. Anyway, Pippa and her husband have been seen around London with a pram/stroller in tow, so it’s safe to say they’re settling into their new normal.
Yesterday afternoon, the Duchess of Cambridge’s younger sister, Pippa Matthews, gave birth to a baby boy. He was born at 1:58 pm GMT, weighing 8 lbs and 9 oz. No word yet on a name, but based on how quickly the birth was confirmed with media, I’m going to guess we’ll get the news sooner rather than later.
Just hours after announcing that they are expecting their first child, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex kicked off their first full-length foreign tour is Sydney, Australia. This tour will see some 70 engagements over 16 days through four different countries, including the 2018 Invictus Games. It really is quite the debut.
Kensington Palace released four photos from Prince Louis’s christening last Monday. The photos were taken at the Prince of Wales’s residence in London, Clarence House, by photographer Matt Holyoak and feature various assortments of the Wales side of the family and the Middletons.
The above, of course, features the royal branch and you’ll note that in the background there’s a portrait of the Queen – a nice nod to the matriarch not able to attend the day’s ceremony.
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.
We still don’t know the name of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s new baby. It was expected to be announced Tuesday or Wednesday, however with the latter being Anzac Day it wasn’t wholly surprising that Kensington Palace held off. That they still haven’t made an announcement means that this will be the longest gap between a birth and a name announcement for any of William and Kate’s children.
I must admit, this event was not on my radar with everything else going on with our favorite family, so these pictures caught me by surprise when they popped up late today. Nevertheless, here we are! It’s tiara time. Tonight was the annual Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace, a marquee event for the Royal Family and the largest reception held at the Palace each year (1,500 people from roughly 130 countries). The event is private, though, and we are usually only privy to arrival photos of members of the RF entering BP gates.
And that’s a wrap! On the ceremony at least. As we speak, the wedding guests are in the middle of a lavish reception at the Middleton family home in Berkshire, but this morning we were given a sneak peek on what appeared to be a beautiful family wedding. [Update on the reception at the end of the post.]