One of the most important annual events for the Royal Family is Trooping the Colour, which is taking place today! It marks the official birthday of the British Sovereign and is held on a Saturday in June every year. The event starts with the Queen and members of the Royal Family travelling down the Mall in carriages. The Queen is in the last carriage to depart from Buckingham Palace. Her carriage is preceded by three other carriages. The Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex usually sit in one carriage together (or at least, they have been together with the three of them for the past seven years). This year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were seated with the Duke of Kent in the second carriage, while the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge were in the first carriage to depart.
It’s Royal Wedding Day! Following the arrival of more than 600 guests this morning, the Wedding Ceremony started at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor at noon. Many members of the Royal Family were in attendance, including the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. They were last to arrive before the bridesmaids and the pageboys with their mothers, and finally the bride. After climbing the steps of St. George’s Chapel, Meghan moves in procession through the Nave where she is joined by The Prince of Wales. He accompanied her on the second half of her walk to the High Altar, where she met the groom, the Duke of Sussex.
Members of the Royal Family are attending the State Banquet in honour of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Buckingham Palace tonight. The CHOGM is held in London this week, and heads of state from all 53 Commonwealth nations will be present at the Banquet tonight.
Editor’s Note: A Very Happy Easter everyone!
The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge are attending the annual Easter service at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle this morning. HM The Queen and members of the Royal Family are also in attendance. Prince Phillip has pulled out of the service due to illness. It is only the second time that the Cambridges have joined Her Majesty for Easter.
The Cambridges are spending Easter with the Middletons in Bucklebury this year. They arrived late for the Service, after Her Majesty (which is very unusual). The pair was delayed by traffic on their way to Windsor. The Duchess is currently on maternity leave awaiting the birth of her third child later this month. After her last official engagement on March 22
The Princess Royal and her husband Timothy Laurence, Prince Andrew, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and her fiancée Jack Brooksbank, the Earl and the Countess of Wessex, their daughter Lady Louise and son Viscount James, a very pregnant Zara Tindall, and Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn were also present for the Service in Windsor.
The Duchess of Cambridge and the Countess of Wessex are hosting a reception at Buckingham Palace on behalf of the Queen to mark the launch of the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange project earlier this month. The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange is a project that pairs fashion design talent with artisan producers from across the Commonwealth’s 52 countries. This year, the biannual Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 (CHOGM) is held in London and the Royal Family is planning on attending lots of events in connection to the CHOGM taking place from 16-20 April. As the Duchess of Cambridge expected to give birth to her third child in April, she will sadly miss out on the event.
The Royal ladies were joined by very high-profile guests, including Dame Anna Wintour designer Stella McCartney and supermodel Naomi Campbell. From the British Royal Family, princess Beatrice of York also attended the reception. The reception brought together people from across the fashion industry, including designers, manufacturers, textile producers, and craftspeople.
Inside the Palace, contemporary pieces designed by the best fashion designers from the Commonwealth in this project are displayed, before moving to several venues in London to be showcased to the public. The Duchess and the Countess toured the exhibition after meeting guests.
The Duchess of Cambridge is wearing a customized dress by Erdem and black pumps by Prada (the same ones she wore last night at the BAFTA Awards Ceremony). She’s also wearing familiar earrings by Anita Dongre, an Indian designer.