Royal News Roundup: Prince William Blows Off Steam, Kate Middleton to Miss BAFTAs & Princess Anne Salutes Alone in Stunning Pic

Plus, Prince Harry has arrived in London

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Here’s all the royal news you need to know for the week of May 8, 2024. 

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  • This week, Prince William blew off some steam by attending a sporting event with friends. The royal was seen at the UEFA Europa Conference League semi-final game between Aston Villa and Olympiakos. 
  • According to Deadline, Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, will not attend the BAFTA TV Awards this weekend. Instead, the Prince of Wales will record a video message to be played during the ceremony.
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  • Prince Harry traveled to the U.K. to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Invictus Games. According to People, it has been confirmed by a spokesman for the royal spare that he won’t be able to see his father this week due to the monarch’s busy work schedule. 
  • The Duke of Sussex is preparing to travel to Nigeria with his wife, Meghan Markle, to discuss the Invictus Games. They were invited by the country's Chief of Defense Staff, the highest-ranking military official.
  • Queen Camilla celebrated the opening of her 50th reading space at Moreland Primary School in London. The royal family shared a slideshow on Instagram, and one of the pics featured a candid reaction from a student. 
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  • King Charles and his wife, Queen Camilla, hosted their first garden party of the year. The event took place at Buckingham Palace, and it featured a royal guest list including Princess Anne and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.
  • Princess Anne and her husband, Tim Laurence, traveled to British Columbia to honor the Royal Canadian Navy. The royal family shared a slideshow on Instagram featuring photos from the event, including one snap of the Princess Royal saluting.
  • King Charles will bestow a new title upon his oldest son, Prince William: Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps.
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  • Duchess Sophie attended day two of the 2024 Royal Windsor Horse Show. The royal was seen sampling gin in a shot glass, and yes, there are photos to prove it.
  • The Belgian Royal Palace announced that Princess Elisabeth will move to the U.S. The 22-year-old was accepted into a master’s program at Harvard University in Boston, which is where she will reside for the next two years.
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  • The Duchess of Edinburgh made a rare appearance with her daughter, Lady Louise Windsor, at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. The duo rode in separate carriages during the Pol Roger Meet of the British Driving Society.
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  • Queen Letizia of Spain was spotted at the Royal Palace in Madrid for the commemoration of the Bicentennial of the National Police. The royal wore a stunning black and white jacket paired with white pants and sneakers.
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  • Princess Beatrice traveled to New York to celebrate the Empire State Building Rappel. While she didn’t participate in the event, she did opt for a casual outfit (including sneakers) while posing for photos on top of the Empire State Building.

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