Members of the Royal Family are attending the celebrations for the centenary of the Royal Air Force today. The day starts with a service at Westminster Abbey.
The Royal Air Force was founded on 1 April 1918. The RAF is the world’s oldest independent air force: that is, the first air force to become independent of army or navy control. After being the strongest air force on the planet shortly after World War I, the RAF had to fight for its survival in the inter-war years. In World War II, the RAF was rapidly expanded. A defining period of the RAF existence was during the Battle of Britain. They held of the German Luftwaffe during a summer long air battle over Britain and the North Sea to prevent Britain from being conquered by the Germans too. After the Battle of Britain, the main RAF effort during the war was the strategic bombing campaign against Germany. After the war, the RAF was reorganized again. At the time, the technology in air warfare was greatly advancing and the RAF needed the newest technology to play its part in the Cold War. They are still active today at many places in the world.
Her Majesty the Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are attending the service at the Abbey today.
One of the most important annual events for the Royal Family is Trooping the Colour, which is taking place today! It marks the official birthday of the British Sovereign and is held on a Saturday in June every year. The event starts with the Queen and members of the Royal Family travelling down the Mall in carriages. The Queen is in the last carriage to depart from Buckingham Palace. Her carriage is preceded by three other carriages. The Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex usually sit in one carriage together (or at least, they have been together with the three of them for the past seven years). This year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were seated with the Duke of Kent in the second carriage, while the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge were in the first carriage to depart.
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).
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.
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.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are attending the Prince of Wales’ 70th Birthday Garden Party at Buckingham Palace this afternoon. The couple is joined by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. It is their first engagement as a married couple after their wedding on Saturday in Windsor. The couple returned home to Nottingham Cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace yesterday. They will depart for their honeymoon later this month.
WATCH: The new Duke and Duchess of Sussex step out for their first official engagement as a married couple! They’re with Charles and Camilla at a very special garden party at Buckingham Palace, the Prince of Wales’s 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration. pic.twitter.com/CHHjfzvq1w
Over 6000 people are attending it from 386 of The Prince of Wales’ patronages, and 20 of The Prince’s military affiliations will be represented. Some of the first responders to the Manchester terrorist attack last year are also present for the Garden party. The Manchester attack, which killed 22 people, happened exactly one year ago today. The Duke of Cambridge attended the Manchester Arena National Memorial Service this afternoon at Manchester Cathedral to mark the first anniversary of the attack.
The Duke of Sussex gave a short speech for the attending guests.
Members of the Royal Family are attending the State Banquet in honour of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Buckingham Palace tonight. The CHOGM is held in London this week, and heads of state from all 53 Commonwealth nations will be present at the Banquet tonight.