Here, all the royal news you need to know for the week of December 2, 2021.

  • Bear Grylls confirmed that Prince George is like any ordinary 8-year-old, even when it comes to eating bugs. The Man vs. Wild star appeared on a recent episode of Good Morning Britain, where he recalled the moment he met the young royal back in 2019 during the King’s Cup Regatta on the Isle of Wight. The TV personality admitted that he was impressed by the prince, who ate an ant (with encouragement from Grylls) that just so happened to crawl across his feet.
  • Queen Elizabeth wasted no time getting ready for the holidays. Windsor Castle is already decked out with Christmas decorations and Her Majesty gave fans a sneak peek. On Friday, the 95-year-old monarch shared a snap of her 20-foot Christmas tree on the official royal family Instagram account. In the image, we see palace staff adding ornaments to the massive tree, which is displayed in St. George’s Hall.

  • This week, the official Royal Family account paid tribute to those who were honored at this year’s Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards, including Catherine O’Hara, Ryan Reynolds and Canadian actress Tantoo Cardinal. On her IG Stories, Her Majesty shared pics of the people who were recognized and wrote, "Congratulations to all of this year's recipients of the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards! The awards were given to artists for exceptional work in their fields and/or for their philanthropic work."
  • Kate Middleton’s Christmas carol concert is happening sooner than expected, according to the official invitations revealed by the Duchess of Cambridge. Over the weekend, Middleton was kind enough to share a photo of one of the invites on social media on Tuesday. The concert, which will be hosted by the duchess and aired on television, will raise funds for a variety of charities, including NHS Charities Together, which has supported health service workers throughout the pandemic.
  • Following Barbados’s recent decision to cut ties with the British monarchy and become a new republic, Queen Elizabeth shared a heartfelt statement to the president and people of the country, revealing that they will always hold a “special place” in her heart. Her message read, “On this significant occasion and your assumption of office as the first President of Barbados, I extend my congratulations to you and all Barbadians.”

  • Prince William traveled to Leeds in England on Tuesday, where he met with Afghan refugees and honored the people of Yorkshire and others across the country, who are providing vital support to evacuees. Per Kensington Palace, the meeting celebrated “the welcoming, diverse, resilient communities across the nation who are coming together to support those in need.”
  • Meghan Markle’s years-long privacy and copyright infringement case against the Associated Newspapers has officially come to an end, leaving her a winner. While she originally won the trial back in February, today a London judge dismissed the media company’s appeal. This morning, the court “upheld the judge’s decision that the duchess had a reasonable expectation of privacy in the contents of the letter.”
  • On Thursday, the Duchess of Cambridge paid a visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London to view the Fabergé exhibition, titled Fabergé in London: Romance to Revolution, where over 200 bejeweled objects created by Carl Fabergé are on display. The exhibit also holds a very special connection to the duchess and the rest of the royal family, considering three of the decorative eggs on display were donated by her grandmother-in-law Queen Elizabeth.

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