On 14 November, the Prince of Wales celebrated his 70th birthday with a big party at Buckingham Palace. On occasion of the milestone, Clarence House released several very nice pictures from the Prince and his immediate family, including the five Cambridges.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited South Yorkshire for a day of engagements on 14 November. They officially opened the McLaren Automotive’s new Composites Technology Centre and visited the Centrepoint hostel in Barnsley. More on the day can be read here.
The next day was very busy for the couple. The Duke first attended a Meeting of the Royal Foundation Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying at Buckingham Palace to check on 1-year progress of the Action Plan. The Duke and the Duchess then visited BBC Broadcasting House with members of the Royal Foundation Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying to view the work the broadcaster is doing as a key member of the Duke’s Task Force. The Duke also held a very strong speech on Cyberbullying during the visit.
The Prince of Wales is celebrating his 70th birthday today. For the occasion, two new photographs of him and his family were released last night. The photographs were taken by photographer Chris Jackson in September in the gardens of Clarence House, the official residence of the Prince and the Duchess of Cornwall in London. The first photograph is a more formal shot of the Prince, his wife and his sons with their respective wives and his grandchildren. The photographs will become historic, as this will be the Royal Family as we are to know them for many many years to come.
The second shot however features everyone laughing about something clearly very funny. It is very nice to see Prince Louis again, he has changed so much since we last saw him at his christening in July! Note: as the photograph was taken early September, when Meghan was already pregnant (early stages), it actually features the Prince’s fourth grandchild too!
The Duchess of Cambridge is wearing a dress by Alessandra Rich (which has been seen on several other famous women already in the past few months) and her sapphire and diamond earrings, while the Duchess of Sussex is in bespoke Givenchy.
Happy birthday, Your Royal Highness!
Tonight, the Queen will host a reception and a dinner for the Prince on occasion of his birthday. The party, which presumably is a black-tie affair, will be attended by members of the Royal Family and foreign Royals. We will probably get the infamous ‘car shots’ from the arrivals, but it is also very much possible that one or two photographs from inside will be released! The party will be covered live on this blog tonight. Stay tuned!
Pippa Matthews (née Middleton) gave birth to a baby boy yesterday at 1:58 PM! According to a statement issued by the new parents, both mother and son are doing well. The Duchess of Cambridge’s sister delivered her baby at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, with her husband James by her side. The baby weighs 8lb and 9oz (3880 grams).
As of today (16 October), Pippa and her baby are still at the Lindo Wing, spending at least one night at the luxurious maternity ward, that is known for its Royal births. The Duchess of Cambridge had her three children at the Lindo Wing, so she probably recommended the ward to her sister. Both the Princess of Wales and the Princess Royal gave birth to their respective two children in the same ward in the 1980s. James Middleton, Pippa’s brother and a brand new uncle, visited his sister and his nephew today.
The lovely news makes the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge uncle and aunt for the very first time. The boy is the first cousin for Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. Prince Louis and his new cousin are surely going to be playmates, as they are so close in age (Louis is a bit over five months older than his cousin). The Cambridges can make themselves up for becoming uncle, aunt and cousins once again in about 6 months from now, as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are also expecting their first child.
The couple married on 22 May 2017 at St. Mark’s Church in Englefield, Berkshire. Prince George and Princess Charlotte were respectively acting as pageboy and bridesmaid. The Duchess of Cambridge was the unofficial Maid of Honor, returning the favor after Pippa was the Maid of Honor at the Royal Wedding in 2011.
Pippa, 35, was present at the wedding of Princess Eugenie on Friday with her husband, wearing a lovely bespoke green Emilia Wickstead outfit. She attended the wedding of her sister’s cousin-in-law just over 72 hours from giving birth (those Middleton ladies are made of steel!). Princess Eugenie and her then-boyfriend Jack also attended Pippa and James’ wedding in 2017.
The Duke and Duchess and their children traveled to the paradise island of Mustique in the first few weeks of their vacation with the Middleton family. Afterwards, they settled down at their country home Amner Hall in Norfolk. The Duke and Duchess are very fond of Amner Hall. Now they’re permanently staying in London, they’re thought to be enjoying Amner Hall in holidays and in the weekends.
The Duke and Duchess and their children traveled to Balmoral Castle this week. After enjoying a grouse hunt and a picnic earlier this week, the couple attended the church service on Sunday morning at Crathie Kirk. The Queen stays at Balmoral Castle for two months in the summer and she is joined by members of the Royal Family during her stay. The Duke and Duchess always visit Her Majesty in Scotland in August or September. The couple traveled to church with the Queen, with the Duchess sitting next to Her Majesty and the Duke sitting in the front seat. In addition to the Cambridges, Prince Charles, Peter and Autumn Phillips and their children, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children and Zara and Mike Tindall and their children were also at Balmoral this week.
More pictures can be seen at the Daily Mail website (here). The Duchess is wearing a new Catherine Walker coat, a Lock & Co. hat she’s worn twice before and earrings on loan from the Queen.
The first Autumn engagements for the Duke of Cambridge have been announced by Kensington Palace last week. As Prince George’s school starts again on 6 September, it is thought that the Duke and Duchess will go back to London in that same week. There have been no engagement announcements for the Duchess yet, although we expect to hear more on her plans for the Autumn in the next week or two. The Palace said that her maternity leave will end in the Autumn, which starts in the first week of September for the Royal Family. It is very much possible that she wants to settle down in London for a bit and start engagements again mid-September. We’ll keep you updated!
The Duke of Cambridge attended commemorations marking the centenary of the Battle of Amiens, which heralded the Hundred Days Offensive, on August 8 in France. This battle, which was won by the allied forces, started the path to Armistice, which was signed on 11 November 1918. The commemorations were held at Amiens Cathedral. During the commemorations, the fallen were remembered and the significance of the battle was reflected upon. The Duke held a very good speech during the service. It can be read here.
The Duke also laid flowers in the Chapel of Allies alongside representatives from France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Canada, the United States and Ireland as a reaffirmation of friendship between the Allies, Germany and the city of Amiens.
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.