Sussex Review – week 23 + 24, 2018

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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.

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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

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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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Harry & Meghan Review – week 14 + 15, 2018

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We had a lot of Royal Wedding updates over the past two weeks. In this blog post, you can read the most important updates we had.

Prince Harry and Meghan have chosen photographer Alexi Lubomirski to take the official wedding photographs at Windsor Castle following their wedding. Mr. Lubomirski also took the official engagement pictures of the couple.

There will be no political leaders attending the Royal Wedding, just because of their capacity. Even British Prime Minister Theresa May will not attend the wedding. Prince Harry’s good friends Barack and Michelle Obama are not invited either. Because the Prince is not expected to become King, political leaders attending their wedding was not necessary. KP also said in the press release: ‘On foreign royalty attending the wedding, it will depend if they are friends of the couple. Nobody has been invited because of the position they hold.’

Following the footsteps of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011, Prince Harry and Meghan have asked for donations to seven charitable organisations instead of wedding gifts. The couple chose little-known organisations in the hopes of raising their profiles and significantly boosting donations in the coming weeks. A list of the organisations:

  • Myna Mahila Organisation (empowers women in Mumbai’s urban slums)
  • The Children’s HIV Association (supports children growing up with HIV and their families in the UK and Ireland)
  • Crisis (national charity for homeless people)
  • Scotty’s Little Soldiers (provides support from the effect of bereavement to young people and children after the death of one of their parents)
  • StreetGames (uses sport to change lives across the UK, helping people and communities to become healthier, safer and more successful)
  • Surfers Against Sewage (national marine conservation and campaigning charity, which empowers communities to take action to protect oceans, beaches, waves and wildlife)
  • The Wilderness Foundation UK (promotes the benefits and enjoyment of wild nature)

If you would like to donate to any of the charities, their websites are linked above.

Kensington Palace also announced that Prince Harry has become President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, which will champion, fund and connect young leaders who are working hard to make a difference in the world. The trust will be the major beneficiary of The Queen’s Birthday Concert at the Royal Albert Hall next Saturday. Her Majesty is Patron of the Trust.


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On Friday April 6th, Prince Harry and Meghan attended the UK Team Trials for the upcoming Invictus Games in Sydney. The event took place at the University of Bath Sports Training Village. Prince Harry is Patron (and founder) of the Invictus Games. More on this engagement can be read in this blog post.

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Harry & Meghan Review – week 13, 2018

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Meghan is thought to have taken a plane to Los Angeles to see her mother and discuss wedding details on Thursday. According to royal reporters, the preperations for the wedding are heavily underway, and Meghan wants her mother to be part of them as much as possible.

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It was announced by Kensington Palace on Wednesday that the British Army will provide ceremonial support at the Wedding on 19 May. Several units that have a close connection to the Prince will take part in the wedding festivities. Below, we see a picture of the Prince at the Sovereign Parade at Sandhurst, where he had his militairy training.

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Harry & Meghan Review – week 11, 2018

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With only two months to go until the Royal Wedding of 2018, Her Majesty the Queen has given the happy couple her official blessing. As fifth in line to the throne, prince Harry must ask for her permission to marry. Her Majesty formally gave that permission in a letter this week.


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On Monday 12 March, the Royal Family celebrated Commonwealth Day with the annual Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey. Prince Harry and Meghan were in attendance. it was Meghan’s first official engagement with Her Majesty. Afterwards, the couple attended a reception near Westminster Abbey with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. More on the event can be read here.

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The next day, The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry held a reception for the winners of The Met Excellence Awards at Kensington Palace. The two brothers heard from the winners and others from the Metropolitan Police about bravery and dedication. They also talked to volunteers, who help the Metropolitan Police to keep London safe.

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