The Duchess of Sussex celebrates her 37th birthday today. Happy Birthday Your Royal Highness! It is expected that the day will be celebrated in private at Nottingham Cottage in London or anywhere else on the world where the couple might be on holiday today. As August is the traditional holiday month for the British Royal Family, neither the Duke nor the Duchess have any official engagements today. They are, together with the rest of the Royal Family, expected to return tot their duties in the early days of September.
It’s been a very special year for the Duchess. A few months after her previous birthday, she announced her engagement to Prince Harry. In the months between the engagement and the wedding, the couple toured the United Kingdom. They were received warmly everywhere and embarked on many walkabouts to meet the public. In the mean time, Meghan had a crash course in protocol, foreign relations, constitutional law and other important subjects for her future role as a British Royal. She also attended many meetings with charities in anticipation of her work as a member of the Royal Family to get to know the British charitable sector. On May 19, a sunny and lovely day, the couple married at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in a beautiful ceremony, surrounded by their family and close friends.
This is our last Cambridge Review before I, the writer of this blog, leave for a vacation abroad. I am returning home mid-August and since I am not expecting much news or many engagements to take place when I’m on holiday, the next Cambridge Review will be a very big one, covering weeks 30, 31 and 32.
Prince Louis’ christening took place on Monday 9 July at the Chapel Royal, St. James’ Palace. Members of the Royal Family, the Middleton family and the six godparents and their spouses attended the christening. The day marked the first time we saw the Cambridges as a family of five. More can be read here.
Four official photographs were released on Sunday 15 July, taken by photographer Matt Holyoak following the christening service at Clarence House.
A fifth gorgeous and adorable photograph was released the next day by the Duke and Duchess, because they loved the picture. It was taken at Clarence House by their private christening photographer Matt Porteous, who took pictures for their own family album. The photograph features a smiling prince Louis in the arms of his mother.
Prince George celebrated his fifth birthday on Sunday 22 July. For the occasion the Duke an Duchess released a new photograph of the birthday boy taken by photographer Matt Porteous after prince Louis’ christening earlier this month.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are currently celebrating the summer holiday with the Middleton family on the paradise island of Mustique. It is their first vacation as a family of five. We are not expecting to see the Duke and Duchess much officially over the summer, as August is the traditional holiday month for the British Royal Family. The Duke will carry out a day of engagements in France in on 8 August to commemorate the Battle of Amiens. Apart from that, we won’t be seeing them returning to official engagements until the first days of September. The Duchess’ maternity leave is also expected to end in September.
The Duke and Duchess and their children often join the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at Balmoral Castle in Scotland for one week. The Queen has left London earlier this week for Scotland and is not set to return to the capital until October. She is visited by many members of her family for a week every year, including the Cambridges. It is very much possible that we will see pictures of the Duke and Duchess arriving for the church service with Her Majesty at the end of August.
The day after the christening, on July 10, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and members of the Royal Family attended the 100th Anniversary Celebrations for the RAF at Westminster Abbey. Afterwards, they viewed the flypast from the Buckingham Palace balcony, and attended a reception at Buckingham Palace for RAF personnel. More can be read in this special blog post.
The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, accompanied by the Duchess of Sussex, attended the Ladies’ Singles Finals at the Wimbledon Championships on Saturday. It marked the two women’s first official appearance without their husbands. For Meghan, it was an opportunity to support her friend Serena Williams, who was competing in the Finals against Angelique Kerber. Sadly, Williams didn’t win. More can be read in this blog post.
This is our last Sussex Review before I, the writer of this blog, leave for a vacation abroad. I am returning home mid-August and since I am not expecting much news or many engagements to take place when I’m on holiday, the next Sussex Review will be a very big one, covering weeks 30, 31 and 32.
The Duke of Sussex will spend two days in the Netherlands attending the 2018 International Aids conference this week. After this trip, the Duke and Duchess are expected to take some time off. August is the traditional holiday month for the Royal Family, with them resuming engagements again in September. We are not expecting to see much of the Duke and Duchess before September. It is very much possible that the couple will travel abroad for a vacation, and to celebrate Meghan’s 37th birthday next month.
There are currently many rumors swirling around about a possible USA Tour for the Sussexes next Spring. We’ll keep you updated!
On Tuesday 17 July, the Duke and Duchess officially opened the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. The exhibition explores the life and times of Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013) and marks the centenary of his birth. It provides insight into Mandela’s journey from young freedom fighter to becoming the inspiration for an international movement against South Africa’s violent and oppressive apartheid system. After officially opening the event, the Duke and Duchess toured the exhibition.
The Duke and Duchess had a very busy two weeks, with several engagements, a christening, a day of tennis and their first official foreign visit together. Because of this, there was not much news to report on them other than the engagements.
Thursday 5 July: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the ‘Your Commonwealth’ Youth Challenge Reception at Marlborough House. More on the reception can be read here.
On Monday 9 July, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended Prince Louis’ christening at St. James’ Palace. Official photographs were released by Kensington Palace later. The pictures were taken by photographer Matt Holyoak. It marked Meghan’s first official royal christening photograph.
The next day, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and members of the Royal Family will attend the 100th Anniversary Celebrations for the RAF at Westminster Abbey. Afterwards, they viewed the flypast from the Buckingham Palace balcony, and attended a reception at Buckingham Palace for RAF personnel. More can be read in this special blog post.
Kensington Palace has just released prince Louis’ official christening photographs. The photos were taken following his christening on Monday. They were taken by portrait photographer Matt Holyoak at Clarence House. Mr. Holyoak is famous for photographing the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh last year to mark their 70th wedding anniversary.
The first photograph was the shot we were all waiting for: the first picture of the Cambridge family as a family of five.
The second photograph shows both families with the Cambridges in the Morning Room of Clarence House. Both the Duchess of Sussex and James Matthews, Pippa’s husband, made their official royal christening photograph debut. Even though the Queen and prince Phillip were absent for this christening, we still had as many members of the family on the photographs.
The third photograph shows the members of the extended Wales family attending the Christening. It is the first official photograph we see of the Prince of Wales, his wife, his sons and their respective wives, and the grandchildren. It’s a gorgeous family. The monarchy’s future is looking bright!
The last photograph was taken in the Clarence House gardens and show the Duchess of Cambridge with her son. According to many, it is the most gorgeous picture of the series and I absolutely agree with that. It definitely shows a mother’s love for her child in every way. Mr. Holyoak did a great job in capturing this.
Matt Holyoak said: “I was truly honoured at being asked to take the official photographs at the christening of Prince Louis, and to witness at first hand such a happy event. Everyone was so relaxed and in such good spirits, it was an absolute pleasure.”
For prince George’s christening, five photographs were released after the christening, while princess Charlotte’s christening saw a set of four pictures being released. With both christenings, we respectively saw a sixth for George, and a fifth and sixth picture for Charlotte emerge later through other channels (including the photograph being released by Kensington Palace for George’s third birthday). Other pictures were taken but were kept private, as we saw when an unseen seventh photograph appear on the prince of Wales’ desk in a video message. To conclude, it is certainly a possiblity that we’ll see some more photos from this shoot appear in the next few years.
It is thought that the Duke and Duchess and their family will now return to Amner Hall to celebrate the summer holiday. It is also possible they’ll travel abroad for a bit of family fun together. The Duke and Duchess are expected to get back to royal engagements early September, when prince George’s and princess Charlotte’s school starts again too. The Duchess’ maternity leave is thought to be ending in September. Because of this, we might have to wait over 6 weeks until we’ll see the Duchess again, with the kids being away from the limelight even longer. The Duke, however, is expected in France in early August for a WW1 commemoration.