This is our last Sussex Review before I, the writer of this blog, leave for a vacation abroad. I am returning home mid-August and since I am not expecting much news or many engagements to take place when I’m on holiday, the next Sussex Review will be a very big one, covering weeks 30, 31 and 32.
The Duke of Sussex will spend two days in the Netherlands attending the 2018 International Aids conference this week. After this trip, the Duke and Duchess are expected to take some time off. August is the traditional holiday month for the Royal Family, with them resuming engagements again in September. We are not expecting to see much of the Duke and Duchess before September. It is very much possible that the couple will travel abroad for a vacation, and to celebrate Meghan’s 37th birthday next month.
There are currently many rumors swirling around about a possible USA Tour for the Sussexes next Spring. We’ll keep you updated!
On Tuesday 17 July, the Duke and Duchess officially opened the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. The exhibition explores the life and times of Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013) and marks the centenary of his birth. It provides insight into Mandela’s journey from young freedom fighter to becoming the inspiration for an international movement against South Africa’s violent and oppressive apartheid system. After officially opening the event, the Duke and Duchess toured the exhibition.
The couple also met with people associated with the exhibition and Mandela’s work, and with his grand-daughter, Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela.
Meghan wore a pale pink dress by the Canadian brand House of Nonie for the engagement.
The Duke of Sussex visited Twickenham Stadium for the Rugby Football Union Injured Players Foundation‘s annual Client Forum for injured players and their families on Wednesday. His Royal Highness has been Patron of the charity since 2010, which supports rugby players in England who have sustained catastrophic injuries playing the game, and helps prevent future injuries through research and education. The Duke met with clients taking part in archery, tennis and boccia, and hears how these former rugby players have been supported following their life-changing injuries.
- Monday 23- Tuesday 24 July: The Duke of Sussex will attend the International AIDS Conference 2018 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands