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.
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.
- Saturday 9 June: Trooping the Colour