The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are attending the 2018 Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium Theatre tonight. It has long been tradition for members of the Royal family to make an appearance at the Royal Variety Performance – it dates back all the way to 1912 when the inaugural performance was watched by King George V and Queen Mary. It is the first Royal Variety Performance that the Duchess of Sussex attends, but we can be sure that many appearances at the event will follow in the future.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex (now with the Duchess of Sussex) have been alternating the attendance at the Royal Variety Performance over the past few years. The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge attended in 2014 and 2017, the Duke of Sussex attended in 2015 and the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall attended in 2016. It will be their turn again next year.
The event is held in aid of the Royal Variety Charity, formally, the Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund, of which the Queen is patron. The money raised from the show helps hundreds of entertainers throughout the UK, who need aid and assistance as a result of old age, ill-health or hard times. Since it was founded in the early 1900s the charity has had an unbroken line of patronage from the sovereign.
After being received at the London Palladium Theatre ahead of the show, the Duke and Duchess took their seats. They will no doubt enjoy their night together with a wonderful show! Among the performers tonight is Take That!
Her Majesty the Queen is throwing the Prince of Wales a reception and a dinner at Buckingham Palace on occasion of his 70th birthday tonight. Beside the Royal Family, members of other European Royal Families are also attending the event tonight.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at Buckingham Palace from Kensington Palace by car, after spending the day with engagements in South Yorkshire. The Duchess is wearing a pink gown and her gorgeous big mystery earrings set in gold and diamonds (first worn in 2011 and again in 2017). Her hair is styled into a fabulous updo!
The Prince of Wales is celebrating his 70th birthday today. For the occasion, two new photographs of him and his family were released last night. The photographs were taken by photographer Chris Jackson in September in the gardens of Clarence House, the official residence of the Prince and the Duchess of Cornwall in London. The first photograph is a more formal shot of the Prince, his wife and his sons with their respective wives and his grandchildren. The photographs will become historic, as this will be the Royal Family as we are to know them for many many years to come.
The second shot however features everyone laughing about something clearly very funny. It is very nice to see Prince Louis again, he has changed so much since we last saw him at his christening in July! Note: as the photograph was taken early September, when Meghan was already pregnant (early stages), it actually features the Prince’s fourth grandchild too!
The Duchess of Cambridge is wearing a dress by Alessandra Rich (which has been seen on several other famous women already in the past few months) and her sapphire and diamond earrings, while the Duchess of Sussex is in bespoke Givenchy.
Happy birthday, Your Royal Highness!
Tonight, the Queen will host a reception and a dinner for the Prince on occasion of his birthday. The party, which presumably is a black-tie affair, will be attended by members of the Royal Family and foreign Royals. We will probably get the infamous ‘car shots’ from the arrivals, but it is also very much possible that one or two photographs from inside will be released! The party will be covered live on this blog tonight. Stay tuned!
The Queen and members of the Royal Family are attending a special service at Westminster Abbey tonight to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. The Armistice, ending a grueling war, was signed in France on 11 November 1918.
The service marks the end of the 2018 Remembrance Day weekend, with the Festival of Remembrance being held at the Royal Albert Hall last night and the poignant ceremony held at the Cenotaph this morning. The service has been added to the day because of the fact that it is exactly 100 years ago today that the Armistice was signed.
Besides the Queen, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, many more members of the family are also in attendance. Present tonight are the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Duke of Kent and Prince Michael of Kent.
Following last night’s Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall, the Queen and members of the Royal Family are today commemorating the fallen during a ceremony at the Cenotaph on Whitehall in London. On this day, all fallen members of the armed forces are remembered in Britain. This specific date is chosen because of 11 November being Armistice Day, the day on which the First World War ended in 1918. Many members of the Royal Family are present each year. Those who are born in the Royal Family lay wreaths at the Cenotaph in Whitehall. The spouses watch the ceremony, that includes singing hymns, from the balconies of the Foreign Office. Political leaders and ambassadors from Commonwealth countries also lay wreaths at the monument. Since 2017, the Queen also watches from the balcony, because of her age.
The ceremony is extra special this year, as World War I ended exactly 100 years ago with the signing of the Armistice in France. Around the world, this important moment in history is commemorated today. In the UK, a special service is held at Westminster Abbey tonight. Members of the Royal Family will be in attendance. The President of Germany, mr. Steinmeier, is also in attendance for the events today.