The Duchess of Sussex celebrated her 37th birthday on the 4th of August. We don’t often see members of the Royal Family on their birthday, but the Duke and Duchess made an appearance at the wedding of Charlie van Straubenzee and Daisy Jenks at the church of St Mary the Virgin in Frensham, Surrey. The Duke served as the groom’s best man, as the two have been very close friends since they were children. It was Charlie who toasted him and his bride, alongside prince William, at their evening reception at Frogmore House in May. I guess that the Prince was eager to repay the favour during his own reception speech for Charlie. The other members of the Van Straubenzee family has been close with the Royal Family for many years too. Charlie’s brother Thomas is godfather to Princess Charlotte. The third brother, Henry, died in a car crash in 2002. Both the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex became patrons of a memorial fund created in his memory, a position they still hold to this day.
In week 23, the Duke and the Duchess returned from their honeymoon. It is not known where they spend their first weeks as newlyweds. However, according to royal reporters, it is likely that it was somewhere in Africa, as the continent is very close to the couple’s hearts.
Furthermore, it has been announced by Kensington Palace that the couple’s first major tour will be to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga in the Autumn. The tour will include attending the Invictus Games 2018 in Sydney, Australia.
The Duke and Duchess attended the wedding of Harry’s cousin Celia McCroquodale and George Woodhouse at St Andrew and St Mary’s Church in Stoke Rochford, Lincolnshire on Saturday. Celia is the daughter of the late Princess Diana’s younger sister, Lady Sarah McCroquodale, and attended the Royal Wedding on May 19th. In return, the Duke and the Duchess were present for her wedding. Meghan wore a new Oscar de la Renta dress, her Aquazurra pumps from the wedding reception and a Marks & Spencer fascinator More pictures can be seen on the website of the Daily Mail, which can be found in the tweet below.
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.
The official photographs from the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on Saturday have been released by Kensington Palace. The pictures were taken by photographer Alexi Lubomirski at Windsor Castle, following the carriage procession.
The first of the three photographs shows the Duke and the Duchess with their immediate families, including Ms. Doria Ragland (the Duchess’ mother), the Queen, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge and prince George and Princess Charlotte. The picture was taken in the Green Drawing Room of Windsor Castle.
The second photograph shows the bride and the groom with their six bridesmaids and their four pageboys. The picture was also taken inside the Green Drawing Room inside the castle.
The last photographs depicts the happy couple on the East Steps of Windsor Castle. Meghan’s veil has been removed. Kensington Palace said: ‘The Duke and Duchess would like to thank everyone who took part in the celebrations of their Wedding. They feel so lucky to have been able to share their day with all those gathered in Windsor and those who watched on television across the UK, Commonwealth, and around the world.’
After the wedding ceremony, the carriage ride through Windsor and the lunchtime reception, it was time for the glamorous evening reception. This reception was hosted by the Prince of Wales at Frogmore House, near Windsor Castle. Only 200 of the 600 wedding guests were invited for this exclusive party.
The Duke and Duchess did not choose to wear their day wear for the party, and changed inside Windsor Castle. Luckily, some photographers were allowed to take pictures of the couple leaving the Castle in a Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero. The car was already build in the 1960s but converted into an electric car a few years ago. The Duke drove his new wife to the venue.