The Duke and Duchess had a very busy two weeks, with several engagements, a christening, a day of tennis and their first official foreign visit together. Because of this, there was not much news to report on them other than the engagements.
Thursday 5 July: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the ‘Your Commonwealth’ Youth Challenge Reception at Marlborough House. More on the reception can be read here.
On Monday 9 July, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended Prince Louis’ christening at St. James’ Palace. Official photographs were released by Kensington Palace later. The pictures were taken by photographer Matt Holyoak. It marked Meghan’s first official royal christening photograph.
The next day, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and members of the Royal Family will attend the 100th Anniversary Celebrations for the RAF at Westminster Abbey. Afterwards, they viewed the flypast from the Buckingham Palace balcony, and attended a reception at Buckingham Palace for RAF personnel. More can be read in this special blog post.
On Tuesday 10 July and Wednesday 11 July, the Duke and Duchess paid an official visit to Ireland. It was their first official foreign visit as a married couple. The visit was a big succes and the couple received a very warm welcome in the country. The itinerary was planned in a brilliant way: it included a broad variety of topics, including Ireland’s interesting history and cultural heritage, meeting locals, politics, entertainment, charity and sports. It is widely known that the Prince of Wales is keen on improving UK’s relations with Ireland after so many years of trouble between the two countries, and it was great to see the Duke and Duchess of Sussex help him in that as a younger generation of Royals. It looked like the Duke and Duchess very much enjoyed their trip. You can read everything on the royal visit in these special blog posts:
- Arrival & Meeting with the Prime Minister (day 1)
- A Summer Garden Party (day 1)
- A Meeting with the President (day 2)
- A Variety of Engagements in Dublin (day 2)
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The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, accompanied by the Duchess of Sussex, attended the Ladies’ Singles Finals at the Wimbledon Championships on Saturday. It marked the two women’s first official appearance without their husbands. For Meghan, it was an opportunity to support her friend Serena Williams, who was competing in the Finals against Angelique Kerber. Sadly, Williams didn’t win. More can be read in this blog post.
- Tuesday 17 July: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will open the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition
- Wednesday 18 July: The Duke of Sussex will attend the RFU Injured Players Foundation’s annual Client Forum
- Monday 23- Tuesday 24 July: The Duke of Sussex will attend the International AIDS Conference 2018 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands