It’s a Boy for Pippa & James Matthews!

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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.

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Cambridge Review – Week 30 – 35, 2018

News

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!


Engagements

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.

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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.

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Cambridge Review – Week 28 + 29, 2018

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. 


News

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


Engagements

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.

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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.

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A Fifth Gorgeous Picture of Prince Louis’ Christening

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have just released an additional photograph from prince Louis’ christening, which was held last week at the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace. The picture features the Duchess of Cambridge holding a laughing prince Louis in the gardens of Clarence House. Kensington Palace said: ‘The Duke and Duchess hope that everyone enjoys this lovely photograph of Prince Louis as much as they do.’

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The Duke and Duchess asked Matt Porteous to take pictures at the christening for their private photo album, next to the more official and formal photographs taken by Matt Holyoak. The Duke and Duchess liked this photograph so much that they decided to release it to the public.

Matt Porteous is a Jersey-based photographer who has worked with the Cambridges before. He was the photographer of Prince George’s third birthday portraits. He specialises in sports, travel and wedding photography, for which he has won UK awards. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge obviously liked the shots he took of prince George in 2016 so much that they decided to ask him to document the christening privately for them.

Yesterday night, Kensington Palace released four official photographs, taken by Matt Holyoak. The photo from today gives us a total of five pictures from the christening, the same amount as was seen with prince George. Princess Charlotte’s christening saw a release of four pictures. However, a sixth photograph of prince George’s christening emerged last year through a company that edited the photographs, and we saw a fifth shot of princess Charlotte’s christening being released at prince George’s second birthday, and a sixth shot being released by the photographer, Mario Testino, when the Queen celebrated her 90th birthday in 2016. We saw a seventh photograph of prince George’s christening on the prince of Wales’ desk in a video message. To conclude: it is absolutely not unlikely that we will see more pictures of the christening emerge through other channels than KP in the years to come.

Prince Louis’ Official Christening Photographs

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.

From left to right, top row: The Duke of Sussex, the Duchess of Sussex, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales, Ms. Carole Middleton, Mr. Michael Middleton, Ms. Pippa Matthews (née Middleton), Mr. James Matthews, Mr. James Middleton. Bottom row: Prince George, the Duke of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cambridge holding Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte.

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.

Pictures: ©Matt Holyoak/Camera Press via Kensington Palace