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!
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.
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.