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 couple also met with people associated with the exhibition and Mandela’s work, and with his grand-daughter, Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela.
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.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited Ireland for two days this week. It was their first official foreign visit as a married couple. The visit was a big succes and the couple received a very warm welcome in the country. The itinerary was planned in a brilliant way: it included a broad variety of topics, including Ireland’s interesting history and cultural heritage, meeting locals, politics, entertainment, charity and sports. It is widely known that the Prince of Wales is keen on improving UK’s relations with Ireland after so many years of trouble between the two countries, and it was great to see the Duke and Duchess of Sussex help him in that as a younger generation of Royals. It looked like the Duke and Duchess very much enjoyed their trip.
You can read back everything on the tour in the blog posts listed below:
The Duke and Duchess are set to make another official trip overseas this year in the Autumn. It’s going to be a big tour, with visits to Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji. The trip wil coincide with the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney, that will take place in October. As the Duke and Duchess probably want to attend princess Eugenie’s wedding on October 12, it is expected that they will leave shortly afterwards. It is possible that they will visit other cities in Australia or one of the other countries before the Invictus Games start on October 20.
The Duke will also visit Amsterdam, the Netherlands, later this month to attend the 2018 International Aids Conference held in the city.
At this moment, it is not known if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will go on another foreign tour this year. In January, the couple visited Norway and Sweden together, and last month, the Duke visited Jordan, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories on his own (as the Duchess is on maternity leave). It is very much possible that we’ll have to wait until the spring of 2019 before we will have another Cambridge tour. In the mean time, let’s enjoy the Sussex tours!
In the poll below, you can vote for your favorite outfit worn by the Duchess during this visit.
The Duchess wore a dark green Givenchy top and skirt for the arrival in Ireland, a brown bag by Strathberry and matching brown pumps. She also wore Vanessa Tugendhaft earrings.
After their morning meeting with the Irish President, the Royal couple changed and headed over to the home of the Gaelic Athletic Organisation at Croke Park. At the park, the Gaelic Sports Festival was held. The couple clearly enjoyed it and met with young sport players, including some who were playing sports in a wheelchair.