Cambridge Review – Week 30 – 35, 2018

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The Duke and Duchess and their children traveled to the paradise island of Mustique in the first few weeks of their vacation with the Middleton family. Afterwards, they settled down at their country home Amner Hall in Norfolk. The Duke and Duchess are very fond of Amner Hall. Now they’re permanently staying in London, they’re thought to be enjoying Amner Hall in holidays and in the weekends.

The Duke and Duchess and their children traveled to Balmoral Castle this week. After enjoying a grouse hunt and a picnic earlier this week, the couple attended the church service on Sunday morning at Crathie Kirk. The Queen stays at Balmoral Castle for two months in the summer and she is joined by members of the Royal Family during her stay. The Duke and Duchess always visit Her Majesty in Scotland in August or September. The couple traveled to church with the Queen, with the Duchess sitting next to Her Majesty and the Duke sitting in the front seat. In addition to the Cambridges, Prince Charles, Peter and Autumn Phillips and their children, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children and Zara and Mike Tindall and their children were also at Balmoral this week.

More pictures can be seen at the Daily Mail website (here). The Duchess is wearing a new Catherine Walker coat, a Lock & Co. hat she’s worn twice before and earrings on loan from the Queen.

The first Autumn engagements for the Duke of Cambridge have been announced by Kensington Palace last week. As Prince George’s school starts again on 6 September, it is thought that the Duke and Duchess will go back to London in that same week. There have been no engagement announcements for the Duchess yet, although we expect to hear more on her plans for the Autumn in the next week or two. The Palace said that her maternity leave will end in the Autumn, which starts in the first week of September for the Royal Family. It is very much possible that she wants to settle down in London for a bit and start engagements again mid-September. We’ll keep you updated!


Engagements

The Duke of Cambridge attended commemorations marking the centenary of the Battle of Amiens, which heralded the Hundred Days Offensive, on August 8 in France. This battle, which was won by the allied forces, started the path to Armistice, which was signed on 11 November 1918. The commemorations were held at Amiens Cathedral. During the commemorations, the fallen were remembered and the significance of the battle was reflected upon. The Duke held a very good speech during the service. It can be read here.

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The Duke also laid flowers in the Chapel of Allies alongside representatives from France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Canada, the United States and Ireland as a reaffirmation of friendship between the Allies, Germany and the city of Amiens.

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The Royal Family attends celebrations for the Royal Air Force Centenary

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.

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Prince Louis’ Christening

Prince Louis of Cambridge was christened at The Chapel Royal, St. James’s Palace, this afternoon. It was the first time we saw the little prince since two photographs were released shortly after his birth on April 23. It also marked the first time the Cambridges were publicly  seen together as a family of five. Prince Louis, now eleven weeks old, was carried by his mother on arrival and appeared to be fast asleep.

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Before the Royals arrived, we saw the arrival of the godparents and their spouses, and the Middleton family. Carole wore a blue dress by Suzannah and a hat by Juliette Boterill. Pippa, who is pregnant with her first child, wore a dress by Alessandra Rich. The Duchess’ brother, James Middleton, was accompanied by godparent Lady Laura Meade.

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LIVEBLOG: Prince Louis’ Christening

We will have live updates during the entire afternoon and night on the latest news surrounding the christening of Prince Louis. Later tonight, we will have a special blog post with the best pictures and a summary of the day. 

Headlines

  • The christening will start at St. James’ Palace at 16:00hrs GMT. We can expect to see the guests and the Cambridge family arrive shortly before that. It is possible that the arrivals will be streamed live here. The service itself will be private and will approximately last 45 minutes.
  • The Middleton Family and the Godparents have arrived at the christening. 
  • The Duke and Duchess have chosen two hymns, two lessons and two anthems for the christening of their son. More details can be read here.
  • The Duchess of Cambridge is wearing Alexander McQueen and a hat by Jane Taylor. These are the same designers as she choose for the christenings for her other two children.
  • At arrival, the Duchess carried a sleeping prince Louis. The Duke looked after the other two children. It is the first time they’re seen as a family of five. 
  • The family and guests are now having tea and cake at Clarence House. That is where the official christening photographs will be taken.
  • Read all details on the christening that were announced by Kensington Palace this morning in this special blog post.

Liveblog

  • 16:45hrs: The Christening service has now ended. The Cambridges have just left the Chapel for Clarence House, where tea and a trier from their wedding cake will be served. The official photographs will also be taken.
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  • 16:41hrs: A Family of Five
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The Royal Wedding Ceremony

It’s Royal Wedding Day! Following the arrival of more than 600 guests this morning, the Wedding Ceremony started at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor at noon. Many members of the Royal Family were in attendance, including the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. They were last to arrive before the bridesmaids and the pageboys with their mothers, and finally the bride. After climbing the steps of St. George’s Chapel, Meghan moves in procession through the Nave where she is joined by The Prince of Wales. He accompanied her on the second half of her walk to the High Altar, where she met the groom, the Duke of Sussex.

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