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Dear reader,

Welcome to the blog ‘British Royal Quartet’ which focusses on the life and work of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, and prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle.

There will be a post focussing on the week of the two families each week, and there will be seperate posts on some of their engagements. At end of each month, we will recap the fashion worn by the two royal ladies.

I hope you enjoy this website and I can only hope I will see you back soon! It would be nice if you leave a reaction on one of the posts.

Love,

Emma

The author of this website also has a Dutch blog on royal news: About Royals

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Another Royal Wedding: Princess Eugenie to marry Jack Brooksbank

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Buckingham Palace just announced that Princess Eugenie, the youngest daughter of prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah, is enageged with her long-time boyfriend Jack Brooksbank. The couple became engaged in Nicaragua earlier this month and the wedding is to take place at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor in the Autumn. Futher details are to be announced later.

The Palace will release a picture of the couple later this afternoon.

Princess Eugenie is currently eight in line to the throne, and because of that, the couple does not need the Queen’s consent for their marriage (as is needed for the first six in line). She is not a full-time working Royal and thus it can be expected that the wedding will be a semi-private family affair like the wedding of her cousin Zara Phillips with Mike Tindall in 2011, of which we got arrival and departure pictures.

The couple met at the Swiss ski resort Verbier. The Princess was celebrating her father’s 50th birthday. The couple has been dating for more than 7 years before announcing their engagement. Mr. Brooksbank has been attending Royal Family events for a few years now (such as the annual Chelsea Flower Show and Royal Ascot).

There will be two Royal Weddings coming up for the British Royal Family this year: in the Spring, we’ll have the wedding of prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and in the Autumn, princess Eugenie will marry Jack Brooksbank. Both couples will wed at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor.

Editor’s Note: Breaking Royal News from the British Royal Family will also be covered on this blog, since our key players will also be affected by this news. 

 

Cambridge Review: week 3, 2017

News

Prince William was presented with an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Society of Medicine for his work supporting healthcare (including his time at the Search and Rescue Force and the Air Ambulance) and mental health organisations. Other royal Fellows are Prince Phillip, Prince Charles, Princess Anne and the Duke of Kent. The Fellowship was presented at the Society on Wednesday 17th January.

The Prince also made headlines with his new haircut this week. According to several newspapers, HRH ususally shaves his head himselves at home, but for this cut, a hairstylist was hired.

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The Duchess got stuck in London traffic while on school-run to pick up prince George. HRH was driving, with a protection officer next to her. Pictures can be seen here at the Daily Mail website.

Furthermore, it was being reported this weekend by the Sunday Express that HRH would like to give birth to her third child at home, to avoid the severe disruption to the hospital like that happened in 2013 and 2015. Prince William is said to agree with his wife’s wishes but at the moment, it is not known if the couple are really considering this option.

Last but not least: the itinerary for the Duke and Duchess’ upcoming tour to Scandinavia was released on Monday. You can read the full itinerary here.


Engagements

On Tuesday, the Duke and the Duchess visited Coventry for a day of engagements. They visited the Cathedral, a café that employs former addicts, the University to open their new Sceince and Health Building and the Positive Youth Foundation to see what they do for young people in the city.

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Prince Harry and Meghan visit Cardiff

Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle are visiting Cardiff (Wales) today. The couple’s arrival was delayed for more than an hour because of problems with the train service from London to Cardiff. The Prince was said to be keen on introducing his fiancée to the Welsh people. The two are of course eventually going to be their Royals too.

The couple are visiting Cardiff Castle to learn more on the rich Welsh heritage and culture. Cardiff Castle is one of Wales’ leading heritage attractions and a site of international significance. The Castle is located within a gorgeous park at the heart of the capital. Its walls date back almost 2,000 years in history. It has been used as a strategic fort for the Romans and afterwards by lords and noble families in the ages that followed. They embarked on a very long walkabout to greet members of the public on their way to the castle. Even though the couple were delayed and it was raining, there were still many people waiting to see the soon-to-be Royal couple in Cardiff today. While still meeting the public and shaking hands, the Prince and Ms. Markle were gently ushered into the Castle by their staff.

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The Duchess of Cambridge visits Great Ormont Street Hospital & Tennis Initiative

The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Great Ormont Street Hospital (GOSH) to officially open their brand new Mittal Children’s Medical Centre earlier today. HM The Queen is their Royal Patron and Diana, Princess of Wales, has been their President until her death in 1997. It is very much a possibility that the Duchess will become the Royal patron for the hospital in the future, as the GOSH’s Royal Patron has been a very high profile Royal from their foundation in 1852. Queen Victoria was the first Royal Patron.

On arrival she was greeted by patient Ava (9) who presented the Duchess with a teddy bear.

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The new part of the hospital that was opened by HRH today completes The Mittal Children’s Medical Centre and is part of the ongoing redevelopment of the hospital. It is the hospital’s new facility to give the best care to young patients and provide their parents with a place to stay during the time that their child is in hospital. The brand new and very modern facilty is an opportunity to move children out of the old wards to new modern wards with ensuite rooms for the parents.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Coventry

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are in Coventry today for a series of engagements. They arrived by train this morning in the city. The journey from London to Coventry took them around an hour. The Duke has visited the city before, but for the Duchess, it is her first official visit.

The Royal Couple’s first engagement of the day includes a visit the ruins of Coventry Cathedral and a walkabout to greet the waiting crowds. In November 1940, the old Cathedral (build in the 14th and 15th century) was destroyed by German bombs during the Coventry Blitz. Only the tower and part of the outer walls survived the bombings. The ruins are still very much present in the city. In 1956, HM Queen Elizabeth II laid the foundation stone of the new cathedral and it was consecrated in 1962. The building is very modernist in design and very different from the old Cathedral. To keep the connection between both buildings, the same type of stones was used for the new cathedral.

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The Duke and the Duchess greeted the public before entering the Cathedral. They had a short tour through the ruins of the old building and met with locals. After the tour, they proceeded to the to the new cathedral.

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