Royal News Roundup: Princess Beatrice's Baby Name Reveal, Kate Middleton’s Latest Project & More
Here, all the royal news you need to know for the week of October 7, 2021.
- Queen Elizabeth and the Prince of Wales participated in a special tree event last week to mark the start of the U.K.’s official planting season. The duo invited local schoolchildren to attend the get-together, which took place at their Balmoral estate in Scotland. The event marked the start of The Queen's Green Canopy, a U.K.-wide tree planting initiative to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022.
- Princess Beatrice finally announced her daughter’s name: Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi. “Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi have named their daughter Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi,” the couple captioned a photo of Sienna’s footprints on Instagram. “The couple have said, 'We are all doing well and Wolfie is the best big brother to Sienna.’” And yes, the baby’s middle name is a special tribute to Queen Elizabeth.
- Prince William recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of a charity he used to visit with his mother, Princess Diana. On Thursday, William visited The Passage in London, which was founded in 1980 to provide practical support and other services to homeless people. During the outing, he attended an awards ceremony and reception at the charity's headquarters, where he met with staff to hear more about their work with the local community.
- During her speech to the Scottish Parliament this past weekend, Queen Elizabeth II made a reference to her late husband, Prince Philip. A transcript of her speech was shared on the royal family Instagram account where she said, “I have spoken before of my deep and abiding affection for this wonderful country, and of the many happy memories Prince Philip and I always held of our time here.”
Prince William officially dropped his limited series, The Earthshot Prize: Repairing Our Planet, this week. The Duke of Cambridge’s new five-part docuseries, which showcases the winners of the royal's Earthshot Prize, aired its first episode on BBC One and Discovery+ on Sunday. Ahead of the premiere, the 39-year-old royal teased the project on Instagram with a clip from the doc.
Princess Eugenie’s husband, Jack Brooksbank, recently spilled details on a hidden palace tunnel. Daily Mail’s Richard Eden revealed that the 35-year-old royal confirmed the existence of a tunnel leading from St. James’s Palace to a local bar. “There is one to Duke’s Bar from St James’s Palace,” Brooksbank told the editor. “I haven’t used it yet, but I’d love to check it out.”
- On Tuesday, the Duchess of Cambridge paid a visit to the University College London to assist with its “Children of the 2020s” study which, according to Middleton, “will illustrate the importance of the first five years and provide insights into the most critical aspects of early childhood, as well as the factors which support or hinder positive lifelong outcomes.” For the occasion, the 39-year-old rewore her black-and-white houndstooth-printed dress from Zara.
- Over the weekend, Clarence House announced that Camilla Parker Bowles is now officially Patron of Silver Stories, a new program that pairs young students with elderly individuals in isolation to speak on the telephone and read them stories. The Duchess of Cornwall also used the occasion to provide fans and followers with a sneak peek inside the Morning Room at her and Prince Charles’s London residence,
- Rami Malek recently opened up about sitting directly behind the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for the London premiere of the 25th James Bond movie, No Time to Die. According to the 40-year-old actor, William appeared to be a big fan of the action flick. “I think they loved the film. That was the impression I got," the actor revealed.
- On Thursday, the official account of the royal fam shared a clip of the queen signing a message to the Commonwealth. Per the caption of the post, the note will be read during the opening ceremony of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. “The message was placed inside the queen’s Baton before it began its journey to Birmingham via 72 Commonwealth territories and nations, connecting communities over 90,000 miles,” part of the caption read. “Paralympian Kadeena Cox left Buckingham Palace as the first Baton bearer of the 294-day relay.”
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