Royal News Roundup: Kate Middleton Cuts Her Hair, Prince William Copies Meghan Markle & Princess Beatrice Takes Glamour Shots
HERE, ALL THE ROYAL NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 16, 2020.
- On Monday, the Duchess of Cambridge helped launch Tiny Happy People, a BBC Education initiative providing a range of free digital resources, specifically designed to support parents and carers in developing children’s language from pregnancy to the age of four. She also met with three families to chat about the program for an interview which aired on July 14. Not to mention, she debuted a brand-new ’do.
- Meghan Markle was recently accidentally listed as "Dr. The Duchess of Sussex" on an official government website. According to The Sun, the problem arose when the duchess and her husband, Prince Harry, recently filed paperwork to formally close down their charity, SussexRoyal. Apparently, the mistake originated from a “filing error” by the Companies House staff.
- This week, the Royal Collection Trust—which looks after the Royal Collection, one of the most important art collections in the world—announced that an official Buckingham Palace gin is now available for purchase. Of course, the Trust wasn’t going to share the big news without accompanying it with a recipe.
"This is a humanity that desperately needs you."? SkyNews (@SkyNews) July 14, 2020
The Duchess of Sussex is taking part in the @GirlUp Leadership Summit, a gender equality initiative founded by the UN Foundation to help support UN agencies that focus on adolescent girls.
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- On Tuesday, Meghan Markle made a virtual appearance as a keynote speaker for the U.N. Foundation’s 2020 Girl Up Leadership Summit. During the speech, the royal indirectly addressed recent protests for the Black Lives Matter movement and encouraged listeners to be the voice of the next generation. She also made sure to give baby Archie a shoutout.
- London/New York photographer Phil Poynter released two never-before-seen pictures of Princess Beatrice on his Instagram page. The images were shot for Chaos SixtyNine Magazine (which is actually a poster book) and featured a gorgeous black-and-white shot of Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter as well as one of solely her luscious lips.
- Queen Elizabeth joined a Zoom call on Wednesday and chatted with members of the British Armed Forces. The conversation took a candid turn when a man named Lance Corporal Shanwayne Stephens told Her Majesty about his foolproof exercise regimen, which includes pushing a Mini Cooper (as in, a car) around his estate.
At the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London today, The Duchess of Cornwall reviewed Chelsea Pensioners on parade.? Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) July 15, 2020
The @RHChelsea was due to celebrate their annual Founder?s Day on 4th June the event was postponed due to the pandemic. pic.twitter.com/6iTAKaVGnP
- This week, the Duchess of Cornwall paid a visit to the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London to attend a parade and meet with Chelsea Pensioners. During the event, she also chatted with staff and serving army personnel. For the occasion, the 72-year-old looked elegant in a white dress, cream gloves and a matching clutch. She topped off her look with a wide-brimmed sun hat, that felt very summer-appropriate.
- Sophie, Countess of Wessex, was informally promoted by palace aides when she attended an official royal engagement at the Half Moon Pub. The promotion is likely due to the queen’s need to fill the space left by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s exit (ya know, since the number of royal family members to fulfill official duties was diminished).
- It was announced this week that on Friday, Her Majesty will be conducting a knighthood ceremony for Tom Moore, a 100-year-old captain who has raised over $40 million for the U.K.'s National Health Service. The event will be the first up-close and in-person engagement for the monarch since the lockdown began in March.
- Prince William followed in the footsteps of his sister-in-law Meghan Markle (on the small screen). On Wednesday, the official Kensington Royal Instagram shared a short United for Wildlife film in which William is the narrator and calls upon international organizations to get involved in conservation.