The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019! Kensington Palace released the wonderful news on the eve of the Duke and Duchess’ first official joint foreign tour. The Palace told reporters that the Duchess has had her 12-week scan and that she is feeling very well. The Palace statement also included the following message to the public: ‘Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.’ More on the news can be read here.
The Duke and the Duchess also attended Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank on 12 October. The Princess and Jack were married at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, Windsor. The bride wore a gorgeous wedding dress by Peter Pilotto. Her tiara was on loan from the Queen.
The bridal party with Prince George and Princess Charlotte as page boy and flower girl can be seen on the lovely official photograph below.
The Duchess wore a navy outfit by Givenchy. Her hat is by Noel Stewart and her jewels are by Pippa Small. She is carrying a Givenchy clutch bag. The shoes are her favorite Manolo Blahnik BB pumps in navy suede.
The Duke and Duchess visited Amsterdam, the Netherlands for a weekend in September. The Duke visited the country earlier this year for the International Aids Conference 2018 and it is expected that the Duke and Duchess will visit again in 2020, when the Invictus Games are held in Rotterdam and The Hague.
Kensington Palace released the itinerary for the upcoming Sussex tour to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga on Thursday 4 October. It promises to be a very interesting and packed tour for the couple, who will carry out 76 engagements in the 4 countries they will be visiting. The full itinerary, plus more information on how we are planning to cover the tour on this blog, can be read here.
On Thursday 20 September, the Duchess of Sussex hosted a celebratory event at Kensington Palace to mark the launch of Together, a cookbook she helped creating which celebrates the power of cooking to strengthen communities and bring people together. For the event, she brought her husband and her mother Doria Ragland, who traveled all the way from LA, USA, to be there for her daughter’s first official solo project as a member of the Royal Family. Meghan has been making regular trips to Grenfell, supporting the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen. The communal kitchen at the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre was set up by women who were affected or whose neighbourhood was affected by the Grenfell Tower fire in the summer of 2017. The Duchess suggested creating a cookbook to ensure the Hubb would have sufficient funding to open seven days per week. She wrote a beautiful foreword for the book and helped the women from the Hubb Community Kitchen find a publisher and a photographer.
The dates and destinations for the couple’s upcoming Oceania tour have been announced by Kensington Palace. The couple will be ‘Down Under’ for 15 days: starting in Sydney, Australia, on Tuesday 16 October and ending in Rotorua, New Zealand, on Wednesday 31 October. The Duke and Duchess will visit Australia for 8,5 days, Tonga for 1 day, Fiji for 2,5 days and New Zealand for 4 days. The Duke and Duchess won’t be touring Australia and New Zealand entirely, because the main event of the trip will be the Invictus Games in Sydney, where the couple will spend most of their time. It will be a packed trip, full of interesting events and engagements. More information can be found here.
The Duke of Sussex celebrated his 34th birthday on Saturday. He is thought to have spend the day with family and friends at Notthingham Cottage in London or at the couple’s country home in the Cotswolds.
The Duke and Duchess attended the WellChild Awards 2018 on 4 September. The Duke attends the awards every year since he became patron of the charity in 2007. The WellChild Awards celebrate the inspiring qualities of some of the country’s seriously ill children and the dedication of those who go the extra mile to keep children healthy and happy. The Duke and Duchess joined guests for a reception before the award ceremony where they met the young winners of each award category and their families.
The Duchess traveled to Toronto, Canada last week visit her close friends Jessica and Ben Mulroney and their kids for three days. According to Royal Central, the Duchess traveled on a scheduled Air Canada flight on Tuesday 21 August. She reportedly very much enjoyed seeing the Mulroneys again. Meghan played with the kids. Brian, John and Ivy Mulroney all attended the Royal Wedding as part of the bridal party. Jessica is also known to be the brain behind some of Meghan’s most famous Royal looks. On the picture below, Meghan and Jessica, together with Meghan’s mother Doria and Markus Anderson, a friend, attend the closing ceremony of the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto.
As the Sussexes have not been spotted at Balmoral yet this year, it is possible that we’ll see them in Scotland in September with Her Majesty attending church on Sunday. However, it has been reported that the Duke and Duchess will have a very busy Autumn schedule, including an overseas tour to Oceania, attending the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney and visiting Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji. It was reported by the Daily Mail yesterday that the couple will be joined by the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Denmark during the Invictus Games. The Crown Princess is a born Australian, but she and her husband will no doubt support Denmark’s team during the Games. It will be lovely to see the couple interacting with other European Royals in October.
In the other news: the Duke and the Duchess’s wedding outfits will go on display at Windsor Castle in 2018 and at the Palace of Holyrood (Edinburgh) in 2019. A replica of the Duke’s wedding uniform (as he still uses it) and the Duchess’ Givenchy gown and diamond tiara on loan from the Queen will be part of the special exhibition ‘A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’. The exhibition will be shown at Windsor from 26 October to 6 January. Tickets are now available on the Royal Collection Trust website. From 13 June to 6 October 2019, the exhibition will feature at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Tickets will be available from 1 November. It promises to be a very special experience. The Royal Collection Trust will make a donation to the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after the exhibition.
The Duchess of Sussex celebrated her 37th birthday on the 4th of August. We don’t often see members of the Royal Family on their birthday, but the Duke and Duchess made an appearance at the wedding of Charlie van Straubenzee and Daisy Jenks at the church of St Mary the Virgin in Frensham, Surrey. The Duke served as the groom’s best man, as the two have been very close friends since they were children. It was Charlie who toasted him and his bride, alongside prince William, at their evening reception at Frogmore House in May. I guess that the Prince was eager to repay the favour during his own reception speech for Charlie. The other members of the Van Straubenzee family has been close with the Royal Family for many years too. Charlie’s brother Thomas is godfather to Princess Charlotte. The third brother, Henry, died in a car crash in 2002. Both the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex became patrons of a memorial fund created in his memory, a position they still hold to this day.