The Duchess of Cambridge & Royal Ascot

This five-day horse race is one of the most prestigious events of the year, held at the Ascot Racecourse in Ascot, Berkshire. It is one of the most famous, if not the most famous, race event on the world.  More than 300,000 people, including many members the Royal Family, make the annual visit to the popular outing. Royal Ascot is one of the centerpieces of the royal social calendar in the summer – due in part to Queen Elizabeth’s love of horses and her ever-present status at the festival. The event has been held since 1711 and starts each day with a procession of four carriages. In the first carriage, the Queen is seated. In the other carriages, other members of the Royal Family can be seated, or other important guests.

The dresscode is very strict and includes hats for women and men (top hats, that is). Women are not allowed to show bare shoulders or wear strapless dresses. Since a few years, jumpsuits are accepted at Royal Ascot. There are rules applying to the length and style of the outfit. Men are obliged to wear a morning dress, either in black or grey.

The Duchess of Cambridge has been attending Royal Ascot since 2016. In 2018, she and her husband didn’t make an appearance, as the Duchess was on maternity leave following the birth of prince Louis.

15 June 2016 – The First Time
This day marked the first time that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended Royal Ascot. In the first five years of their marriage, they never attended the event. It is not known why they made an appearance at Ascot before. In this year, the Queen celebrated her 90th birthday with several festivities. The Duke and Duchess attended Day 2. The Duchess wore a white lace Dolce & Gabbana dress and a new Jane Taylor hat. Gianvito Rossi pumps, an LK Bennett clutch and Robinson Pelham pearl earrings finished the look.

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20 June 2017- Another White Lace Dress
For her second Royal Ascot, this time attending Day 1 of the annual event, the Duchess again wore a white lace dress. The dress was designed by Alexander McQueen. The hat is still an UFO (Unidentified Fashion Object). The earrings are from the Royal Collection, the bag is by Loeffler Randall, .. For today’s event, the Queen led Royal Ascot racegoers and her family in observing a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire and London and Manchester terror attacks in the weeks leading up to Royal Ascot. The Duchess’ parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, were also in attendance.

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Cambridge Review – Week 24 + 25, 2018


It was announced by Kensington Palace that Prince Louis’ christening will take place on Monday 9 July at the Chapel Royal, St. James’ Palace, London. It will be the first time we’ll see the Cambridges as a family of five. More on the christening can be read here.


On Tuesday 12 July, the Duke of Cambridge attended a Meeting of the Royal Foundation Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying, at Founders Factory to check on 6-month progress of the Action Plan. The Duke has been working to stop cyberbullying for some time now.

Two days later, on Thursday 14 June, the Duke attended a reception for the The Royal Marsden Trust at Buckingham Palace. The Duke has been President of the Royal Marsden since May 2007. The reception was held in celebration of the the innovative work of The Royal Marsden and The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. After the reception, a dinner took place. The Duke held a speech. The Royal Marsden is a specialist cancer treatment hospital, that has two facilities: the Chelsea site in Brompton and the Sutton site in Belmont. It was the first hospital in the world completely dedicated to study and treat cancer. The late Diana, Princess of Wales, was President of the organisation as well. The Duke has been actively involved with the hospital, and he has paid several visits to either of the two hospitals the organisation has.

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Happy 36th Birthday to the Duke of Cambridge!

The Duke of Cambridge celebrates his 36th birthday today. Happy birthday Your Royal Highness! It is expected that the day will be celebrated in private at Kensington Palace in London today or over the weekend. The Duke has a scheduled engagement later today, he will, as Patron of the appeal to create the new Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre, attend the official handover of the newly built Defence centre to the nation. Prince George and Prince Charlotte have to go to school today. The Duchess, who is on maternity leave, and Prince Louis have no known activities today. They might be preparing for a small party tonight!

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It’s been a rather special year already for the Duke. In April, his wife gave birth to their second son, prince Louis. ‘Louis’ is one of William’s middle names, so his son is named after him. A month later, on May 19th, the Duke’s brother, prince Harry, married Ms. Meghan Markle. The night before the wedding, the Duke and prince Harry embarked on a small walkabout to greet members of the crowds waiting near Windsor Castle. William and Harry did the same thing in London on 28 April 2011, on the night before William’s wedding to Ms. Catherine Middleton.

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Prince Louis will be christened on July 9 at the Chapel Royal

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Kensington Palace announced today that Prince Louis will be christened on Monday 9 July at the Chapel Royal, St. James’ Palace in London. The young Prince will be christened by The Archbishop of Canterbury.

Prince Louis, born on Monday 23 April, will be around 2,5 months old at his christening. It will take place 77 days after his birth. He will be christened in the same chapel as his brother, prince George, on Wednesday 23 October 2013 (93 days after his birth). His sister, princess Charlotte, was christened at  at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham on Sunday 5 July 2015 (64 days after her birth).

Prince Louis will likely have between seven and five godparents. As we saw with prince George and princess Charlotte, it is expected that the Duke and Duchess will again pick a mix of family friends and relatives to serve as godparents. Prince George has seven godparents. His parents choose Zara Tindall-Phillips (Prince William’s paternal cousin), The Hon. Julie Samuels (a friend of the late Princess Diana), Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton (former private secretary and mentor to the Duke and Duchess), William van Cutsem, Hugh Grosvenor, Oliver Baker and Emilia Jardine-Paterson (all four are family friends).  Unlike her brother, Princess Charlotte ‘only’ has five godparents. Her parents choose Adam Middleton (the Duchess’ paternal cousin), The Hon. Laura Fellowes (Prince William’s maternal cousin), Thomas van Straubenzee, James Meade, and Sophie Carter (all three are family friends). Prince Louis’ godparents will be announced on the day of the christening.

The christening service will be private. We can expect to see some pictures of the arrivals on the day. Official photographs, taken after the service, will be released a few days later. We can expect to see the first photograph of the family of five.


It’s a girl for Zara and Mike Tindall!

It’s happy British Royal Family news today instead of news on our four main players on this blog today! For important big events, we sometimes also cover other members of the Royal Family. 

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Zara Tindall gave birth to a healthy baby daughter on Monday 18 June at Stroud Maternity Unit. Mike was present at the birth. The weight of the baby was 9lbs 3oz (4167 grams). Zara and Mike already have a daughter, Mia, born on 17 January 2014. The couple married in June 2011 in Scotland.

According to the press release, the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Princess Royal Captain Mark Phillips and Mike’s parents, Mr Philip and Mrs Linda Tindall, are delighted with the happy news. The baby’s name will be confirmed in due course.

Zara Tindall (née Phillips) is a daughter of princess Anne (the Princess Royal) and a granddaughter to Queen Elizabeth. She is 17th in line to the British throne. The newborn baby is 19th in line to the throne.

The girl is the fourth granddaughter to the Princess Royal (after her cousins Savannah (7) and Isla (6), the daughters of Peter and Autumn, and her sister Mia (4)). She is the seventh great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip.

Update 27 June: Zara en Mike have decided to name their daughter Lena Elizabeth.