Cambridge Review – Week 28 + 29, 2018

This is our last Cambridge 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 Cambridge Review will be a very big one, covering weeks 30, 31 and 32. 


News

Prince Louis’ christening took place on Monday 9 July at the Chapel Royal, St. James’ Palace. Members of the Royal Family, the Middleton family and the six godparents and their spouses attended the christening. The day marked the first time we saw the Cambridges as a family of five. More can be read here.

Four official photographs were released on Sunday 15 July, taken by photographer Matt Holyoak following the christening service at Clarence House.

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©Matt Holyoak/Kensington Palace

A fifth gorgeous and adorable photograph was released the next day by the Duke and Duchess, because they loved the picture. It was taken at Clarence House by their private christening photographer Matt Porteous, who took pictures for their own family album. The photograph features a smiling prince Louis in the arms of his mother.

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Prince George celebrated his fifth birthday on Sunday 22 July. For the occasion the Duke an Duchess released a new photograph of the birthday boy taken by photographer Matt Porteous after prince Louis’ christening earlier this month.

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©Matt Porteous/Kensington Palace

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are currently celebrating the summer holiday with the Middleton family on the paradise island of Mustique. It is their first vacation as a family of five. We are not expecting to see the Duke and Duchess much officially over the summer, as August is the traditional holiday month for the British Royal Family. The Duke will carry out a day of engagements in France in on 8 August to commemorate the Battle of Amiens. Apart from that, we won’t be seeing them returning to official engagements until the first days of September. The Duchess’ maternity leave is also expected to end in September.

The Duke and Duchess and their children often join the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at Balmoral Castle in Scotland for one week. The Queen has left London earlier this week for Scotland and is not set to return to the capital until October. She is visited by many members of her family for a week every year, including the Cambridges. It is very much possible that  we will see pictures of the Duke and Duchess arriving for the church service with Her Majesty at the end of August.


Engagements

The day after the christening, on July 10, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and members of the Royal Family attended 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.

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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.

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Cambridge Review – Week 24 + 25, 2018

News

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.


Engagements

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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Cambridge Review – week 23, 2018

News

On Sunday, the Duke participated in the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at the Beaufort Polo Club in Tetbury. The Duchess, Prince George and Princess Charlotte were there to cheer on him. It marked Princess Charlotte’s first appearance at polo. We have been seeing the Duchess at polo for many years now, including the years that she dated her prince. She has brought Prince George with her to see his father play in 2014 and 2015. We have not seen them at polo since, until today! It is great to see the Cambridge family attending polo again.

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The Cambridge children had a lot of fun playing with their cousins, Savannah and Isla Phillips. Their parents, Peter and Autumn Phillips joined the Duchess today. James and Laura Meade, close friends of the family, were also there with their children.

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Cambridge Review – week 22, 2018

News

There was no news on the Cambridges this week.


Engagements

The Duke of Cambridge attended one of the annual Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace on 31 May. The Queen hosts three Garden Parties at the Palace each year. Princess Eugenie of York, the Duke and the Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra were in attendance. Many of the guests invited to a Royal Garden Party are recognized for their positive impact on society. For every Garden Party, around 8,000 guests are invited. The Parties date back to the 1860s. Every year, senior members of the Royal Family attend one or two Garden Parties.

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Cambridge Review – Week 20 + 21, 2018

News

The Duchess of Cambridge wrote a letter in support of the Children’s Hospice Week. The Duchess has been Royal Patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) since January 2012.

The letter was accompanied with a lovely new official photograph of the Duchess. She is wearing her blue Catherine Walker suit (first worn in October 2016 during a visit to the Netherlands). The photograph was taken by Chris Jackson in the summer of 2017. Earlier, we already saw a picture of prince George for his 4th birthday, and a family photograph for Christmas from this session.

The schedule for the Duke of Cambridge’s trip to Jordan, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories was published by Kensington Palace on Friday.

  • Sunday 24th – Jordan: Visit Amman
  • Monday 25th – Jordan: Visit Amman and Jerash
  • Tuesday 26th – Israel & Palestine: Visit Jerusalem and Tel Aviv
  • Wednesday 27th – Israel & Palestine: Visit Tel Aviv, Ramallah and Jerusalem
  • Thursday 28th – Israel & Palestine: Visit Jerusalem

Yesterday, the Duchess of Cambridge, prince George and princess Charlotte were spotted at the Houghton Hall Horse trials. Houghton Hall is close to the Cambridge’s country home, Amner Hall. The Duke and Duchess and their children have visited the event before (in 2016). An onlooker took a photograph of the Duchess and her children, eating ice cream. The Duchess wore the ZARA Flocked Print Dress (with thanks to UFO No More).

Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middlton with Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Houghton International Horse trials 2018
Many thanks to Ellie Oliver (@towieradio1) on Twitter.

Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middlton with Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Houghton International Horse trials 2018


Engagements

On May 15, the Duke of Cambridge joined the crew of DIYSOS in a project to support the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. The team is building a new community centre. During the Grenfell Tower fire in June last year, the death toll was 71.

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The next day, the Duke attended a meeting with representatives from the financial sector to agree to the formation of a Taskforce on Illegal Wildlife Trade (Royal Foundation and  he attended a Reception at St James’s Palace for the Royal Foundation

The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, prince George and princess Charlotte attended the wedding of prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday 19 May. Prince George was a pageboy and princess Charlotte was a flower girl. The Duke of Cambridge served as best man for his brother.

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