Here, all the royal news you need to know for the week of July 29, 2021.

  • Prince George turned eight years old (we know, we can't actually believe it either) last week. To mark the occasion, his family released a never-before-seen portrait on the shared Cambridge Instagram account. In honor of the special day, Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth gave special shout-outs to the birthday boy on social media.
  • Last week, Queen Elizabeth’s 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards performed a Changing of the Guard ceremony at Windsor Castle for the first time since March 2020. During the event, castle visitors looked on as the guards marched, sporting their famous red tunics and bearskin hats.
  • Sarah Ferguson recently took a trip to the town of Huddersfield, England, where she visited two organizations that received the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, as well as her former place of employment, the University of Huddersfield. To mark her visit, the Duchess of York shared an Instagram post featuring her first stop at Ruddi's Retreat.

  • Speaking of Fergie, during a recent interview, the 61-year-old royal revealed that while she loves the Netflix show, The Crown, she keeps asking herself, “Hello? Where is Fergie?” In fact, the Duchess of York even wrote to executive producer, Andy Harries, and offered her input. She continued, “I said to him, ‘Why can’t I help my character?’” Unfortunately, her messages went unanswered.
  • PureWow recently got the opportunity to speak with royal photographer Kent Gavin, who was one of the main photographers shooting Charles and Diana's wedding. During the chat, Gavin opened up about all of the memories the 40th anniversary brought back from that day (and the days prior). In addition, he also opened up about being hand-selected by Charles and Diana to photograph the christening of their first child, Prince William.

  • Ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared a touching message for team Great Britain. “Wishing all the athletes and staff @TeamGB the best of luck this #Tokyo2020 #Olympics,” the couple wrote on Twitter. “Although it won’t be like previous Games, enjoy it and we know you’ll do the nation proud.”
  • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are using their Archewell brand to make a statement, but this time, it's a message of support for a coalition of journalists in the U.K. who are making a call for change. The post begins by stating, “Archewell is a proud supporter of journalistic diversity and news media organizations that are committed to reporting the truth, uncovering untold stories and giving voice to the voiceless.”
  • Lady Kitty Spencer (who is also the niece of the late Princess Diana) got married last week during a gorgeous ceremony in Italy. Spencer and her now husband, Michael Lewis, tied the knot at the Villa Aldobrandini country mansion in Frascati. The aristocrat wore a custom-made, lace wedding gown designed by Dolce & Gabbana and the stunning dress was shared by Spencer on her personal Instagram account.
  • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s daughter, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, has been added to the British line of succession on the royal website. On Monday, the official website of the royal family updated the list to include the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s second child. To top it off, they also corrected another major mistake on Meghan Markle’s official bio.

  • Prince Harry’s new job might send him back to his hometown of London, England. Earlier this year, Harry revealed that he had accepted a job as the chief impact officer at the coaching and mental health company, BetterUp. And now, the company is looking to expand across the pond. “Demand is pulling us into these markets," BetterUp chief executive Alexi Robichaux said in a statement.
  • This week, Prince Charles stopped by Queen Elizabeth’s Sandringham Estate to honor a cause that he holds near and dear to his heart: animal protection. The royal was joined by Tony Juniper—chair of Natural England, an organization that aims to protect and restore the environment—along with a flock of Eurasian curlew. During the trip, Prince Charles helped release the birds as part of a new initiative to boost wildlife populations.
  • There’s a new period-style drama reportedly in the works, and we have a real-life royal, Sarah Ferguson, to thank for it. The Duchess of York already has big plans of turning her upcoming historical novel, Her Heart for a Compass, into a scripted TV series. “[Her team] is already in talks with at least one streaming service and will be approaching others once a 360-degree treatment of the book is finalized,” a source revealed.
  • This week, the Prince of Wales, 72, virtually attended the United Nations Food Systems Summit Pre-Summit. During the video call, the royal gave us an inside look at his home office space, which is filled with personal mementos. This includes a basket of flowers, along with a special photo from his and Bowles’s wedding day.

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