Cambridge Review – week 18 + 19, 2018

News

Only 6 days to go until the Royal Wedding! Last week, the attendance of the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte was confirmed by Kensington Palace. It is not yet clear if Prince George and Princess Charlotte will be page boy and flower girl during the wedding. It is expected that the Palace will announce more about the bridal party somewhere in the next few days. More Royal Wedding updates can be read here.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have formally registered the birth of Prince Louis on Monday 1 May, a week after his birth. Prince William signed the birth register at Kensington Palace, witnessed by a Registrar from Westminster Register Office. The Duke and the Duchess’s occupation is listed as ‘Prince and Princess of the United Kingdom’, just like with the births of Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

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On the same day, the Queen visited Kensington Palace to meet her seventh great-grandchild prince Louis for the first time. She also carried a small posy of flowers, possibly an early birthday gift to Princess Charlotte. Her Majesty arrived by helicopter. The Duchess of Cornwall also visited the Cambridges on May 1, while Prince Charles was spotted arriving at Kensington Palace on May 2. For both of them, it is believed to be the first time they met their grandson.

Princess Charlotte celebrated her 3rd birthday on May 2. A picture was released by the Duke and Duchess for the occasion a few days later. The picture shows Princess Charlotte on her birthday kissing her baby brother Louis. It was taken by the Duchess of Cambridge herself at Kensington Palace.

At the same time, the couple released another picture, from Prince Louis. The picture was taken by the Duchess on 26 April. The little Prince was only 3 days old.

Pictures: HRH The Duchess of Cambridge


Engagements

This week, the Duke returned after to weeks of paternity leave following the birth of his son, prince Louis. On 3 May, he held a dinner at Buckingham Palace for Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre. A few days later, on 8 May, he received Professor Dame Sally Davies (Chief Medical Officer) at Kensington Palace.

On 9 May, the Duke travelled by train to open the new London Bridge Station in London. The station has been redeveloped in a five-year transformation programme. The Duke met architects involved in the project during his visit. The renovation has created two-thirds more space for passengers, enabling almost twice as many passengers to use Britain’s fourth busiest station every day. The Duke unveiled a plaque to mark the official opening of London Bridge Station.

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The First Portrait of Prince Louis & A Belated Birthday picture for Princess Charlotte!

The first official portraits of Prince Louis were released tonight. On one of the pictures, big sister Princess Charlotte (3) can also be seen. They were taken by their proud mother, the Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. Prince Louis was born on Monday 23 April, just under two weeks ago.

The first of the two portraits was been taken on Princess Charlotte’s 3rd birthday on Wednesday. To our surprise, no new pictures of the Princess were released by the Palace for that occassion. Usually, a new picture (or a set of pictures) was released for every birthday. The Cambridges might just have been waiting a few days so they can release this lovely picture of the birthday girl with her baby brother.

On a second picture, the prince can be seen on his own. The photograph was taken bu the Duchess on the 26th of April, when Prince Louis was only 3 days old. I’m under the impression that Prince Louis looks a lot like his father and uncle when they were a baby! On the other hand, I think Princess Charlotte is a spitting image of her mother.

Pictures of the baby prince were not expected yet, since it took approximately a month before we saw the first photographs of prince George and Princess Charlotte after their births in 2013 and 2015. We might get another set of pictures before the Christening, likely not until later this month or the beginning of next month, with the three Cambridge kids together.

Pictures: HRH The Duchess of Cambridge/Kensington Palace

Cambridge Review – week 15 + 16 + 17, 2018

Because of the birth of Prince Louis, we ran a little bit out of schedule with our weekly reviews. This one is a huge Cambridge Review from the last three weeks!


News

On 23 April, Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London. He left the hospital with his parents in the afternoon, a little over 7 hours after his birth at 11:01hrs that morning. His names were announced on Friday 27 April.

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Just before the baby left the hospital with his parents, Prince George and Princess Charlotte were brought from Kensington Palace to the hospital by their father to visit their mother and baby brother.

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Our huge live blog from the day of the birth can be read here.


Engagements

The third week of April was filled with Royal duties for the Duke of Cambridge, because of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in London. Several forums were also organised in connection to the summit. A list of engagements from the Duke in connection to the Commonwealth and the CHOGM:

  • The Duke gave a speech at the ‘Welcome to the UK’-reception on Monday 16 April.
  • The Duke attended the Joint Business & Youth Forum Session, and gave a speech, on Tuesday 17 April.
  • The Duke received the Vice-President of Tanzania and the President of Kenya on Tuesday 17 April.
  • The Duke received the Prime Minister of Tuvalu, the President of Namibia, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, the President of Ghana and the President of Uganda on Wednesday 18 April.
  • The Duke attended the CHOGM formal opening at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 19 April.
  • The Duke attended Her Majesty’s State Banquet in honour of CHOGM at Buckingham Palace (pictures) on Thursday 19 April.
  • The Duke attended a roundtable with African Foreign Ministers on Conservation and Illegal Wildlife Trade on Friday 20 April.

On 21 April, Her Majesty celebrated her 92nd birthday with a big concert in the Royal Albert Hall. The Duke of Cambridge was in attendance. He sat next to his grandmother during the concert and appeared to be talking to her about several artists performing on the podium during the show. More information and pictures can be seen here.

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We have a name: it’s Prince Louis!

The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge decided to name their son:

His Royal Highness Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge.

The Prince will be known as Prince Louis of Cambridge.

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Louis is an unexpected choice, because it’s also one of the middle names of prince George. It maybe a reference to Lord Louis Mountbatten, the uncle of The Duke of Edinburgh (Prince Philip), and a mentor to the Prince of Wales. He was killed in an IRA attack in 1979. Louis is one of the Duke of Cambridge’s names. Arthur is a Royal favourite, and also one of the Duke of Cambridge’s names. Charles is obviously a nod to the prince’s grandfather, the Prince of Wales.

For people wanting to know how the name should be pronounced: ‘Lou-ee‘ is the right one, not ‘Lou-is‘.

Many expected the name to be released on Wednesday, because the names of prince George and princess Charlotte were announced two days after their births in respectively 2013 and 2015. It is not known why it took the couple a day longer this time around. However, both royal reporters and fans have been speculating about yesterday being Anzac Day and the Prince of Wales not having met his grandson yet, since he had many Royal engagements both in the UK and abroad over the past few days.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the hospital with their son

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge just left the hospital with their baby son, who was born earlier today. The Duchess has just been in the hospital for twelve hours. She was safely delivered of a son at 11:01AM, after being admitted to the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, just before 6:00AM this morning.

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The newborn Prince of Cambridge is just over 7 hours old now. He was presented in a shawl by the company GH Hurt and Son Ltd. The company has a long-standing connection to the Royal Family. The little prince’s father, brother and sister were all presented in similar shawls on the steps of the Lindo Wing.

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