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Royal News Roundup: Another Royal Baby, an Engagement Announcement & a Major Anniversary

HERE, ALL THE ROYAL NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 19, 2021.

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  • Prince William recently joined a handful of famous celebs for the Mental Health Minute message—a BBC broadcast shared across the U.K. to mark the end of Mental Health Awareness Week. During the PSA, the royal, along with stars like David Beckham, singer Anne-Marie and Charles Dance, spoke a line from a poem written by mental health activist Hussain Manawer.
  • Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter, Zara Tindall, reached a major milestone this weekend: the big 4-0. While we don’t know for sure, due to social distancing, the 40th birthday festivities likely took place at the royal residence she shares with her husband, Mike: Gatcombe Park.

  • Last week, Prince William visited the Babcock Vehicle Engineering facility and spoke with employees about his three children: Prince George (7), Princess Charlotte (6) and Prince Louis (3). Of course, one organizer made sure to ask about his daughter, who celebrated her sixth birthday on May 2. “She’s 6, yeah,” he said. “If you ask her, she says she’s 16.”

  • Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary. However, the duo did not get to ring in the milestone in the same way as usual, due to Prince Philip’s unfortunate passing. But that didn’t stop fans and followers from sending the couple well wishes and “happy anniversary” messages. The kind words didn’t go unnoticed because Parker Bowles sent well-wishers a thank you card which included a brand-new photo of the couple.

Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter, Zara Tindall, reached a major milestone this weekend: the big 4-0. While we don’t know for sure, due to social distancing, the 40th birthday festivities likely took place at the royal residence she shares with her husband, Mike: Gatcombe Park.

Last week, Prince William visited the Babcock Vehicle Engineering facility and spoke with employees about his three children: Prince George (7), Princess Charlotte (6) and Prince Louis (3). Of course, one organizer made sure to ask about his daughter, who celebrated her sixth birthday on May 2. “She’s 6, yeah,” he said. “If you ask her, she says she’s 16.”

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary. However, the duo did not get to ring in the milestone in the same way as usual, due to Prince Philip’s unfortunate passing. But that didn’t stop fans and followers from sending the couple well wishes and “happy anniversary” messages. The kind words didn’t go unnoticed because Parker Bowles sent well-wishers a thank you card which included a brand-new photo of the couple.

  • This week, a classmate of William and Kate revealed what it was like to see their blossoming romance. “Whenever Kate was in the room, Will was obviously paying attention to her,” Laura Warshauer revealed. “When we'd be sitting at lunch in the dining hall and the two of them would be talking, it was amazing to see how natural it was, how they had so much to say to each other.”

  • While it was originally reported that Prince Philip passed away peacefully in his home at Windsor Castle, special details have revealed that his longtime love, Queen Elizabeth II, was right by his side during those final moments. This week, royal sources claimed that the queen was with Prince Philip as he passed "in his own bed" and "on his own terms."
  • On Monday, Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey dropped the first trailer for their multi-part documentary: The Me You Can't See. The two-minute clip features the duo sitting across from one another and discussing the stigma surrounding mental health worldwide as well as their own challenges that they have faced. Oh, and Meghan Markle even made an unexpected cameo.

  • Queen Elizabeth is participating in an Instagram takeover this week. The 95-year-old monarch has been sharing posts in honor of her all-new venture: The Queen’s Green Canopy, an initiative that encourages the public to plant trees. To celebrate the launch, she released a never-before-seen photo of herself and her son, Prince Charles, planting the first Jubilee tree at Windsor Castle.

This week, a classmate of William and Kate revealed what it was like to see their blossoming romance. “Whenever Kate was in the room, Will was obviously paying attention to her,” Laura Warshauer revealed. “When we'd be sitting at lunch in the dining hall and the two of them would be talking, it was amazing to see how natural it was, how they had so much to say to each other.”

On Monday, Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey dropped the first trailer for their multi-part documentary: The Me You Can't See. The two-minute clip features the duo sitting across from one another and discussing the stigma surrounding mental health worldwide as well as their own challenges that they have faced. Oh, and Meghan Markle even made an unexpected cameo.

  • Kate Middleton began this week by sharing an emotional video regarding her Hold Still project. Called Forever Holding Hands, the clip was released on Monday and included footage of the duchess’s phone call with Hayley Evans, who photographed her grandparents, Pat and Ron Wood, holding hands after they were admitted to the hospital for COVID-19.
  • This week, we learned that Prince Charles already has some plans upon taking the throne, including opening the palaces to the public. The Prince of Wales is planning to open more widely and for a longer period of time a handful of royal residences including Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Balmoral, Sandringham and Clarence House. The homes will still remain as residences but will also be transformed from “private spaces to public places.”

  • While the Prince of Wales was visiting BCB International, the royal was asked by a reporter for his reaction to Prince Harry’s claims about being a member of the royal family. “Sir, do you agree with Prince Harry about the suffering and pain in the family? Have you read his comments?" the man asked Charles. According to Hello! Magazine, he decided to ignore the question and continue on with his royal duties.
  • Congrats are in order for Stephanie Phillips, the half-sister to Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall, and the daughter of Mark Phillips. It appears that the 23-year-old just got engaged to her boyfriend of two years, William Hosier. The news was announced on Phillips's official Instagram account, where she posted a series of engagement photos along with the date for their wedding.

This week, we learned that Prince Charles already has some plans upon taking the throne, including opening the palaces to the public. The Prince of Wales is planning to open more widely and for a longer period of time a handful of royal residences including Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Balmoral, Sandringham and Clarence House. The homes will still remain as residences but will also be transformed from “private spaces to public places.”

Congrats are in order for Stephanie Phillips, the half-sister to Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall, and the daughter of Mark Phillips. It appears that the 23-year-old just got engaged to her boyfriend of two years, William Hosier. The news was announced on Phillips's official Instagram account, where she posted a series of engagement photos along with the date for their wedding.

  • On Wednesday, the British royal family announced that Princess Beatrice is expecting her first child with husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. They revealed the news in an Instagram post featuring a very special photo from the couple's wedding day. The caption read, “Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi are very pleased to announce that they are expecting a baby in autumn of this year."
  • The same day, Kate Middleton visited the Victoria and Albert Museum in Kensington. The tourist attraction recently reopened to the public for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic. During the visit, Middleton chatted with the staff and browsed the museum’s two new exhibitions: the Raphael Cartoons and Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser. She also looked stunning in a red dress.
  • Wednesday marks Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s third wedding anniversary. The duke and duchess typically spend their special day quietly with their son Archie. However, this year is extra special because Markle is pregnant with the couple’s second child. And while we don’t know what Harry has planned for his wife this year, we do know about one gift the couple received from the animal-rights charity PETA: matching pairs of vegan leather trainers.

Wednesday marks Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s third wedding anniversary. The duke and duchess typically spend their special day quietly with their son Archie. However, this year is extra special because Markle is pregnant with the couple’s second child. And while we don’t know what Harry has planned for his wife this year, we do know about one gift the couple received from the animal-rights charity PETA: matching pairs of vegan leather trainers.

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