Cambridge Review – week 15 + 16 + 17, 2018

Because of the birth of Prince Louis, we ran a little bit out of schedule with our weekly reviews. This one is a huge Cambridge Review from the last three weeks!


News

On 23 April, Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London. He left the hospital with his parents in the afternoon, a little over 7 hours after his birth at 11:01hrs that morning. His names were announced on Friday 27 April.

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Just before the baby left the hospital with his parents, Prince George and Princess Charlotte were brought from Kensington Palace to the hospital by their father to visit their mother and baby brother.

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Our huge live blog from the day of the birth can be read here.


Engagements

The third week of April was filled with Royal duties for the Duke of Cambridge, because of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in London. Several forums were also organised in connection to the summit. A list of engagements from the Duke in connection to the Commonwealth and the CHOGM:

  • The Duke gave a speech at the ‘Welcome to the UK’-reception on Monday 16 April.
  • The Duke attended the Joint Business & Youth Forum Session, and gave a speech, on Tuesday 17 April.
  • The Duke received the Vice-President of Tanzania and the President of Kenya on Tuesday 17 April.
  • The Duke received the Prime Minister of Tuvalu, the President of Namibia, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, the President of Ghana and the President of Uganda on Wednesday 18 April.
  • The Duke attended the CHOGM formal opening at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 19 April.
  • The Duke attended Her Majesty’s State Banquet in honour of CHOGM at Buckingham Palace (pictures) on Thursday 19 April.
  • The Duke attended a roundtable with African Foreign Ministers on Conservation and Illegal Wildlife Trade on Friday 20 April.

On 21 April, Her Majesty celebrated her 92nd birthday with a big concert in the Royal Albert Hall. The Duke of Cambridge was in attendance. He sat next to his grandmother during the concert and appeared to be talking to her about several artists performing on the podium during the show. More information and pictures can be seen here.

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The Royal Family attend the CHOGM State Banquet at Buckingham Palace

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.

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Prince Harry & Meghan attend CHOGM Women’s Empowerment Reception

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Earlier tonight, Prince Harry and Meghan attended a CHOGM Women’s Empowerment reception at the Royal Aeronautical Society, London. The reception is held in connection to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in London this week. The Prince and his soon-to-be-wife are attending several events surrounding the CHOGM this week. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was accompanying the couple.

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Prince Harry & Meghan attend reception for Commonwealth Youth Forum delegates

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are attending a reception for Commonwealth Youth Forum delegates at Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London. Earlier this week, Her Majesty the Queen appointed prince Harry as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador. The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) is held in London this week, and will be formally opened at Buckingham Palace tomorrow.  The CHOGM summit is held every two years to discuss challenges the 53 Commonwealth nations face. At the same time, several forums are being held on a wide range of topics. This particular forum is about youth, and it was opened by the new Commonwealth Youth Ambassador (Prince Harry) yesterday. It is thought that this new role will form a key part of working life of the couple after their marriage.

The couple met with delegates taking part in the forum. For Meghan, it is the first major event she is attending on behalf of the Royal Family. According to her husband-to-be, Meghan is ‘hugely excited’ to start working for the Commonwealth in the near future.

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The Duchess of Cambridge and the Countess of Wessex host reception for Commonwealth Fashion Exchange

The Duchess of Cambridge and the Countess of Wessex are hosting a reception at Buckingham Palace on behalf of the Queen to mark the launch of the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange project earlier this month. The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange is a project that pairs fashion design talent with artisan producers from across the Commonwealth’s 52 countries. This year, the biannual Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 (CHOGM) is held in London and the Royal Family is planning on attending lots of events in connection to the CHOGM taking place from 16-20 April. As the Duchess of Cambridge expected to give birth to her third child in April, she will sadly miss out on the event.

The Royal ladies were joined by very high-profile guests, including Dame Anna Wintour designer Stella McCartney and supermodel Naomi Campbell. From the British Royal Family, princess Beatrice of York also attended the reception. The reception brought together people from across the fashion industry, including designers, manufacturers, textile producers, and craftspeople.

Inside the Palace, contemporary pieces designed by the best fashion designers from the Commonwealth in this project are displayed, before moving to several venues in London to be showcased to the public. The Duchess and the Countess toured the exhibition after meeting guests.

The Duchess of Cambridge is wearing a customized dress by Erdem and black pumps by Prada (the same ones she wore last night at the BAFTA Awards Ceremony). She’s also wearing familiar earrings by Anita Dongre, an Indian designer.

The Countess of Wessex is wearing a dress by Burberry – one of the British participants in the project. The amazing @HRHWessexblog on Twitter thinks that she might be wearing this dress.