Cambridge Review – week 1, 2018

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The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge attended a church service at St. Mary Magdalene Church near the Sandringham estate, Norfolk, on Sunday morning, with the Queen. The couple was joined by a few of their very close friends on their walk to the church. It has become an annual tradition for them to attend the first Sunday service of the year with their friends. It is thought that they celebrate the Duchess’ birthday together on the day.

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Christmas Service 2018

Editor’s Note: I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! Things are horribly behind schedule on the blog – I am hoping to catch up with everything before the new year starts – definitely stay tuned!


The British Royal Family is traditionally celebrating Christmas at the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk. The Royals are attending a church service this morning at St. Mary Magdalene Church. Most Royals walked from Sandringham Estate to the small church, while the Queen traveled by car with the Duke of York. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex walked with the Prince of Wales.

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The Royal Family attends service to mark the centenary of the end of WW1

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.

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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.

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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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