Sussex Review – week 23 + 24, 2018

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In week 23, the Duke and the Duchess returned from their honeymoon. It is not known where they spend their first weeks as newlyweds. However, according to royal reporters, it is likely that it was somewhere in Africa, as the continent is very close to the couple’s hearts.

Furthermore, it has been announced by Kensington Palace that the couple’s first major tour will be to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga in the Autumn. The tour will include attending the Invictus Games 2018 in Sydney, Australia.

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The Duke and Duchess attended the wedding of Harry’s cousin Celia McCroquodale and George Woodhouse at St Andrew and St Mary’s Church in Stoke Rochford, Lincolnshire on Saturday. Celia is the daughter of the late Princess Diana’s younger sister, Lady Sarah McCroquodale, and attended the Royal Wedding on May 19th. In return, the Duke and the Duchess were present for her wedding. Meghan wore a new Oscar de la Renta dress, her Aquazurra pumps from the wedding reception and a Marks & Spencer fascinator More pictures can be seen on the website of the Daily Mail, which can be found in the tweet below.

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Trooping the Colour 2018

One of the most important annual events for the Royal Family is Trooping the Colour, which is taking place today! It marks the official birthday of the British Sovereign and is held on a Saturday in June every year. The event starts with the Queen and members of the Royal Family travelling down the Mall in carriages. The Queen is in the last carriage to depart from Buckingham Palace. Her carriage is preceded by three other carriages. The Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex usually sit in one carriage together (or at least, they have been together with the three of them for the past seven years). This year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were seated with the Duke of Kent in the second carriage, while the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge were in the first carriage to depart.

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Sussex Review – Week 21 + 22, 2018

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Two days after their wedding (a full recap of the day can be found overhere), the official royal wedding photographs were released by Kensington Palace. The pictures were taken by photographer Alexi Lubomirski at Windsor Castle, following the carriage procession. Apart from the two more formal portraits with the families and the bridesmaids and the page boys, a more relaxed photograph taken on the steps of Windsor Castle was also included in the selection.

The other two photographs can be seen in this blog post.

After their attendance at a special Buckingham Palace Garden Party (more on that below!), the couple embarked on their honeymoon, to an unknown destination. It is expected that the couple will be back in the UK for Trooping the Colour on Saturday. After that, they will start their Royal duties again. It is not known at this point what the next steps in the Royal life of the Duchess will be – will we see her attending her first solo engagements soon? At the moment, she is said to be deciding on what her first patronages will be, and it is expected that she will visit several of the options in the year ahead to help her choose.

The Duchess of Sussex now has her own personal coat of arms. The design was approved by Her Majesty the Queen. Meghan worked closely with the College of Arms throughout the design process to create a coat of arms that was both personal and representative. Acoording to the press release, the blue background of the shield represents the Pacific ocean off the California coast, while the two golden rays across the shield are symbolic of the sunshine of the Duchess’s home state. The three quills represent communication and the power of words. The other half of the shield is the Duke’s coat of arms, as Meghan now is a married woman. It is customary for supporters of the shield to be assigned to members of the Royal family, and for wives of members of the Royal family to have one of their husband’s supporters and one relating to themselves. The supporter relating to the Duchess of Sussex is a songbird (on the right). The Duke’s supporter, the lion, can be seen on the left of the shield.

Meghan’s personal cipher was used for the first time on the press release regarding the coat of arms. She will also have her own color, which is used in other documents, such as official letters. The color of the Duke’s cipher is blue, while red is used for his brother. Gold is used for the Duchess of Cambridge. It is very much possible that the Duke and Duchess will also have a joint cipher, which will, for example, be used on official gifts from them to heads of state of other countries during an official visit.

It was announced that the next edition of the Invictus Games will be held in The Hague, the Netherlands, in May 2020. The Duke is founder and patron of the organisation, and it can be very much expected that we will see him and his Duchess travel to the Netherlands for the event. The Duke said:

“I am delighted to announce that The Hague is taking up the challenge of hosting the fifth Invictus Games in 2020. The city will soon become the motivation for hundreds of servicemen and women using the Invictus Games to inspire their recovery from physical and mental injuries. The Netherlands has supported the Games from the very beginning, and I know that everyone there will fully get behind and support the soldiers and veterans who have served their countries so bravely. We have already seen in London, Orlando, and Toronto just how exciting hosting the Invictus Games can be, and I know this will be an incredible experience for everyone in the Hague as they embrace the Invictus spirit in 2020.”

It is thought that the Duke will visit the Netherlands at the end of July to officially launch the 2020 Invictus Games. It was also announced today that the Invictus Games will be held every two years from now.


Engagements

On May 22, only three days after their wedding, the Duke and the Duchess attended a Garden Party in celebration of the Prince of Wales’ 70th birthday at Buckingham Palace. Over 6000 people are attending it from 386 of The Prince of Wales’ patronages, and 20 of The Prince’s military affiliations were also represented. The brand new Duke of Sussex held a speech. It was their very first official engagement as a married couple. More on this special event can be read here.

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The Duke & Duchess of Sussex attend the Prince of Wales’ 70th Birthday Garden Party

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are attending the Prince of Wales’ 70th Birthday Garden Party at Buckingham Palace this afternoon. The couple is joined by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. It is their first engagement as a married couple after their wedding on Saturday in Windsor. The couple returned home to Nottingham Cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace yesterday. They will depart for their honeymoon later this month.

Over 6000 people are attending it from 386 of The Prince of Wales’ patronages, and 20 of The Prince’s military affiliations will be represented. Some of the first responders to the Manchester terrorist attack last year are also present for the Garden party. The Manchester attack, which killed 22 people, happened exactly one year ago today. The Duke of Cambridge attended the Manchester Arena National Memorial Service this afternoon at Manchester Cathedral to mark the first anniversary of the attack.

The Duke of Sussex gave a short speech for the attending guests.

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The Duchess of Sussex shared a joke with her new in-laws.

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The Official Royal Wedding Photographs

The official photographs from the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on Saturday have been released by Kensington Palace. The pictures were taken by photographer Alexi Lubomirski at Windsor Castle, following the carriage procession.

The first of the three photographs shows the Duke and the Duchess with their immediate families, including Ms. Doria Ragland (the Duchess’ mother), the Queen, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge and prince George and Princess Charlotte. The picture was taken in the Green Drawing Room of Windsor Castle.

The second photograph shows the bride and the groom with their six bridesmaids and their four pageboys. The picture was also taken inside the Green Drawing Room inside the castle.

The last photographs depicts the happy couple on the East Steps of Windsor Castle. Meghan’s veil has been removed. Kensington Palace said: ‘The Duke and Duchess would like to thank everyone who took part in the celebrations of their Wedding. They feel so lucky to have been able to share their day with all those gathered in Windsor and those who watched on television across the UK, Commonwealth, and around the world.’

Photographs: ©Kensington Palace/Alexi Lubomirski