Sussex Review – Week 29, 2018

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. 


News

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!


Engagements

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.

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The couple also met with people associated with the exhibition and Mandela’s work, and with his grand-daughter, Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela.

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Sussex Review – Week 27 + 28, 2018

News

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.


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.

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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.

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Sussex Review – week 25 + 26, 2018

News

More information on the couple’s trip to Ireland was shared by Kensington Palace. The itinerary includes a vist to the Gaelic sports festival, Trinity College, the Famine Memorial and EPIC, the Irish Emigration Museum. The Duke and Duchess will also attend a summer garden party at the British Ambassador’s residence, where they will meet people from across Ireland’s arts, sports, military and social enterprise sectors. More information can be read here.


Engagements

On Tuesday 19 June, the Duke and the Duchess attended Day 1 of Royal Ascot 2018. For the Duchess, it was her first time attending Royal Ascot. 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.

The couple traveled in the Royal carriage procession with the Earl and Countess of Wessex. The Queen, who absolutely adores Ascot, was also in attendance, just like the Princess Royal, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Eugenie of York and Princess Beatrice of York, the Duke of York and the Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. The couple later presented the St. James’ Palace Stakes. HRH wore a dress by Givenchy and a hat by Philip Treacy.

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Sussex Review – week 23 + 24, 2018

News

In week 23, the Duke and the Duchess returned from their honeymoon. It is not known where they spend their first weeks as newlyweds. However, according to royal reporters, it is likely that it was somewhere in Africa, as the continent is very close to the couple’s hearts.

Furthermore, it has been announced by Kensington Palace that the couple’s first major tour will be to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga in the Autumn. The tour will include attending the Invictus Games 2018 in Sydney, Australia.

The Duke and Duchess attended the wedding of Harry’s cousin Celia McCroquodale and George Woodhouse at St Andrew and St Mary’s Church in Stoke Rochford, Lincolnshire on Saturday. Celia is the daughter of the late Princess Diana’s younger sister, Lady Sarah McCroquodale, and attended the Royal Wedding on May 19th. In return, the Duke and the Duchess were present for her wedding. Meghan wore a new Oscar de la Renta dress, her Aquazurra pumps from the wedding reception and a Marks & Spencer fascinator More pictures can be seen on the website of the Daily Mail, which can be found in the tweet below.

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Sussex Review – Week 21 + 22, 2018

News

Two days after their wedding (a full recap of the day can be found overhere), the official royal wedding photographs were released by Kensington Palace. The pictures were taken by photographer Alexi Lubomirski at Windsor Castle, following the carriage procession. Apart from the two more formal portraits with the families and the bridesmaids and the page boys, a more relaxed photograph taken on the steps of Windsor Castle was also included in the selection.

The other two photographs can be seen in this blog post.

After their attendance at a special Buckingham Palace Garden Party (more on that below!), the couple embarked on their honeymoon, to an unknown destination. It is expected that the couple will be back in the UK for Trooping the Colour on Saturday. After that, they will start their Royal duties again. It is not known at this point what the next steps in the Royal life of the Duchess will be – will we see her attending her first solo engagements soon? At the moment, she is said to be deciding on what her first patronages will be, and it is expected that she will visit several of the options in the year ahead to help her choose.

The Duchess of Sussex now has her own personal coat of arms. The design was approved by Her Majesty the Queen. Meghan worked closely with the College of Arms throughout the design process to create a coat of arms that was both personal and representative. Acoording to the press release, the blue background of the shield represents the Pacific ocean off the California coast, while the two golden rays across the shield are symbolic of the sunshine of the Duchess’s home state. The three quills represent communication and the power of words. The other half of the shield is the Duke’s coat of arms, as Meghan now is a married woman. It is customary for supporters of the shield to be assigned to members of the Royal family, and for wives of members of the Royal family to have one of their husband’s supporters and one relating to themselves. The supporter relating to the Duchess of Sussex is a songbird (on the right). The Duke’s supporter, the lion, can be seen on the left of the shield.

Meghan’s personal cipher was used for the first time on the press release regarding the coat of arms. She will also have her own color, which is used in other documents, such as official letters. The color of the Duke’s cipher is blue, while red is used for his brother. Gold is used for the Duchess of Cambridge. It is very much possible that the Duke and Duchess will also have a joint cipher, which will, for example, be used on official gifts from them to heads of state of other countries during an official visit.

It was announced that the next edition of the Invictus Games will be held in The Hague, the Netherlands, in May 2020. The Duke is founder and patron of the organisation, and it can be very much expected that we will see him and his Duchess travel to the Netherlands for the event. The Duke said:

“I am delighted to announce that The Hague is taking up the challenge of hosting the fifth Invictus Games in 2020. The city will soon become the motivation for hundreds of servicemen and women using the Invictus Games to inspire their recovery from physical and mental injuries. The Netherlands has supported the Games from the very beginning, and I know that everyone there will fully get behind and support the soldiers and veterans who have served their countries so bravely. We have already seen in London, Orlando, and Toronto just how exciting hosting the Invictus Games can be, and I know this will be an incredible experience for everyone in the Hague as they embrace the Invictus spirit in 2020.”

It is thought that the Duke will visit the Netherlands at the end of July to officially launch the 2020 Invictus Games. It was also announced today that the Invictus Games will be held every two years from now.


Engagements

On May 22, only three days after their wedding, the Duke and the Duchess attended a Garden Party in celebration of the Prince of Wales’ 70th birthday at Buckingham Palace. Over 6000 people are attending it from 386 of The Prince of Wales’ patronages, and 20 of The Prince’s military affiliations were also represented. The brand new Duke of Sussex held a speech. It was their very first official engagement as a married couple. More on this special event can be read here.

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