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.
More information on the couple’s trip to Ireland was shared by Kensington Palace. The itinerary includes a vist to the Gaelic sports festival, Trinity College, the Famine Memorial and EPIC, the Irish Emigration Museum. The Duke and Duchess will also attend a summer garden party at the British Ambassador’s residence, where they will meet people from across Ireland’s arts, sports, military and social enterprise sectors. More information can be read here.
On Tuesday 19 June, the Duke and the Duchess attended Day 1 of Royal Ascot 2018. For the Duchess, it was her first time attending Royal Ascot. It is one of the most famous, if not the most famous, race event on the world. More than 300,000 people, including many members the Royal Family, make the annual visit to the popular outing. Royal Ascot is one of the centerpieces of the royal social calendar in the summer – due in part to Queen Elizabeth’s love of horses and her ever-present status at the festival. The event has been held since 1711 and starts each day with a procession of four carriages.
The couple traveled in the Royal carriage procession with the Earl and Countess of Wessex. The Queen, who absolutely adores Ascot, was also in attendance, just like the Princess Royal, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Eugenie of York and Princess Beatrice of York, the Duke of York and the Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. The couple later presented the St. James’ Palace Stakes. HRH wore a dress by Givenchy and a hat by Philip Treacy.
On Sunday, the Duke participated in the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at the Beaufort Polo Club in Tetbury. The Duchess, Prince George and Princess Charlotte were there to cheer on him. It marked Princess Charlotte’s first appearance at polo. We have been seeing the Duchess at polo for many years now, including the years that she dated her prince. She has brought Prince George with her to see his father play in 2014 and 2015. We have not seen them at polo since, until today! It is great to see the Cambridge family attending polo again.
The Cambridge children had a lot of fun playing with their cousins, Savannah and Isla Phillips. Their parents, Peter and Autumn Phillips joined the Duchess today. James and Laura Meade, close friends of the family, were also there with their children.
The Duchess of Cambridge wrote a letter in support of the Children’s Hospice Week. The Duchess has been Royal Patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) since January 2012.
The letter was accompanied with a lovely new official photograph of the Duchess. She is wearing her blue Catherine Walker suit (first worn in October 2016 during a visit to the Netherlands). The photograph was taken by Chris Jackson in the summer of 2017. Earlier, we already saw a picture of prince George for his 4th birthday, and a family photograph for Christmas from this session.
The schedule for the Duke of Cambridge’s trip to Jordan, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories was published by Kensington Palace on Friday.
Sunday 24th – Jordan: Visit Amman
Monday 25th – Jordan: Visit Amman and Jerash
Tuesday 26th – Israel & Palestine: Visit Jerusalem and Tel Aviv
Wednesday 27th – Israel & Palestine: Visit Tel Aviv, Ramallah and Jerusalem
Thursday 28th – Israel & Palestine:Visit Jerusalem
Yesterday, the Duchess of Cambridge, prince George and princess Charlotte were spotted at the Houghton Hall Horse trials. Houghton Hall is close to the Cambridge’s country home, Amner Hall. The Duke and Duchess and their children have visited the event before (in 2016). An onlooker took a photograph of the Duchess and her children, eating ice cream. The Duchess wore the ZARA Flocked Print Dress (with thanks to UFO No More).
On May 15, the Duke of Cambridge joined the crew of DIYSOS in a project to support the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. The team is building a new community centre. During the Grenfell Tower fire in June last year, the death toll was 71.
The next day, the Duke attended a meeting with representatives from the financial sector to agree to the formation of a Taskforce on Illegal Wildlife Trade (Royal Foundation and he attended a Reception at St James’s Palace for the Royal Foundation
The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, prince George and princess Charlotte attended the wedding of prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday 19 May. Prince George was a pageboy and princess Charlotte was a flower girl. The Duke of Cambridge served as best man for his brother.
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!
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.
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.
Our huge live blog from the day of the birth can be read here.
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.