We had a lot of Royal Wedding updates over the past two weeks. In this blog post, you can read the most important updates we had.
Prince Harry and Meghan have chosen photographer Alexi Lubomirski to take the official wedding photographs at Windsor Castle following their wedding. Mr. Lubomirski also took the official engagement pictures of the couple.
There will be no political leaders attending the Royal Wedding, just because of their capacity. Even British Prime Minister Theresa May will not attend the wedding. Prince Harry’s good friends Barack and Michelle Obama are not invited either. Because the Prince is not expected to become King, political leaders attending their wedding was not necessary. KP also said in the press release: ‘On foreign royalty attending the wedding, it will depend if they are friends of the couple. Nobody has been invited because of the position they hold.’
Following the footsteps of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011, Prince Harry and Meghan have asked for donations to seven charitable organisations instead of wedding gifts. The couple chose little-known organisations in the hopes of raising their profiles and significantly boosting donations in the coming weeks. A list of the organisations:
- Myna Mahila Organisation (empowers women in Mumbai’s urban slums)
- The Children’s HIV Association (supports children growing up with HIV and their families in the UK and Ireland)
- Crisis (national charity for homeless people)
- Scotty’s Little Soldiers (provides support from the effect of bereavement to young people and children after the death of one of their parents)
- StreetGames (uses sport to change lives across the UK, helping people and communities to become healthier, safer and more successful)
- Surfers Against Sewage (national marine conservation and campaigning charity, which empowers communities to take action to protect oceans, beaches, waves and wildlife)
- The Wilderness Foundation UK (promotes the benefits and enjoyment of wild nature)
If you would like to donate to any of the charities, their websites are linked above.
Kensington Palace also announced that Prince Harry has become President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, which will champion, fund and connect young leaders who are working hard to make a difference in the world. The trust will be the major beneficiary of The Queen’s Birthday Concert at the Royal Albert Hall next Saturday. Her Majesty is Patron of the Trust.
On Friday April 6th, Prince Harry and Meghan attended the UK Team Trials for the upcoming Invictus Games in Sydney. The event took place at the University of Bath Sports Training Village. Prince Harry is Patron (and founder) of the Invictus Games. More on this engagement can be read in this blog post.
A few days later, on April 11, Prince Harry officially launched the ‘Walk Of America’ expedition from armed forces charity ‘Support the Walk’ today, and meet some of the veterans who will walk 1,000 miles from LA to New York over 14 weeks this summer. Prince Harry is Patron of the expedition. The Walk Of America tells the stories of wounded veterans. The expedition will also raise funds for veterans both sides of the Atlantic.
- Monday 16 April: Prince Harry will attend Opening session of the Commonwealth Youth Forum
- Wednesday 18 April: Prince Harry and Meghan will attend a reception for Commonwealth Youth Forum delegates
- Thursday 19 April: Prince Harry will attend CHOGM formal opening at Buckingham Palace
- Thursday 19 April: Prince Harry will attend CHOGM Queen’s Banquet at Buckingham Palace
- Thursday 19 April: Prince Harry and Meghan will attend the CHOGM Women’s Empowerment reception
- Friday 20 April: Prince Harry (and Prince William) will attend a roundtable with African Foreign Ministers on Wildlife Conservation
- Saturday 21 April: The Royal Family will attend the Queen’s Birthday Party Concert at Royal Albert Hall