We are back with all the Cambridge goodness we couldn’t fit into the last episode. Soothing blue coats! Sportsball! Culottes! Royal Tour excellence!
It was a time.
We discuss the rise of the culotte.
And the engagement where Cath and Bill trotted off to Birkenhead to tour the UK’s new polar research ship the RRS Sir David Attenborough, AND to officially name it not Boaty McBoatface, which was (no disrespect to Sir Dave) a real disappointment.
The Aga Khan held a reception for C+W ahead of their Pakistani tour, where Cath stunned all in this floaty ARoss Girl x Soler frock.
William met a human support robot. (idk)
The family went to the footy (spot Kate’s long-time friend (and Char’s godmother) Sophie Carter/Snuggs on the right) to watch Aston Villa. We were just here to watch George go nuts on the win.
You can also read about why William chose to follow Aston Villa here – yes I’m embarrassed to know these things.
Cathy and her bouncy blowout went to the Natural History Museum.
Bill went down the pub to watch even more footy.
It looked stressful.
Then… the tour. Everything we wanted and needed from a royal visit.
They even checked in on Tattooine, which was nice of them.
My favourite bit of the tour though was, I think, everyone’s favourite bit of the tour (unless you’re really into dogs).
Back at home, William left a message in the match programs of some more football games – he spent a lot of time discussing and promoting mental health among men in these visits and notes.
The pair also hosted the Radio 1 Teen Heroes of 2019. Cath was in an upholsteryish dress, which I desperately wish she’d paired with the cool green ankle boots they were styled with but absolutely didn’t.
William held an investiture, looking every inch the future monarch…
… and held an audience with Danny Faure, The President of the Republic of Seychelles, at Buckingham Palace. These are things we’ve traditionally seen the Queen do and it’s really driving home at the minute that the future is here as she winds back her duties.
Cathy dipped into Insta captions, which didn’t sit well with me.
And we will see them all this week for Remembrance Day commemorations before H&M head over to the states for Archie’s first thanksgiving.
Elsewhere in Royal News
Because the wheels are still turning:
+ Held audiences.
+ Enjoyed a tipple at an engagement celebrating the Diamond Jubilee Trust.
+ Completed his royal tour in Japan
+ Provided more info about the upcoming NZ tour: they’ll be in India from 13th-14th November to celebrate British-Indian connections.
+ Visited local businesses in Hawick, Scotland, where he was welcomed with a traditional piping band.
+ And episode 2 of Inside the Duchy aired, much to my delight.
+ Attended the premiere of ‘Riding A Dream’, a new documentary about Khadijah Mellah, the first British Muslim women to win a horse race in the UK.
+ Visited Mulberry School for Girls as part of the Women of the World Festival, an initiative that celebrates women and girls and looks at the obstacles that stop them from achieving their potential.
+ Attended a service at St Bride’s Church in London to commemorate journalists, camera-crew and support staff who have lost their lives on the frontline.
+ Doled out certificates to the winners of the 2019 Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition
+ Visited the Isle of Man where she opened the newly renovated Market Hall, home to Bikestyle and Noa Bakehouse.
+ Met architects from the Market Hall redevelopment and learnt about the important services and jobs generated by the new Market Hall.
+ Travelled to Ramsey Park Hotel, where she opened the hotel’s new extension before opening Peel Harbour Bridge and meeting members of the construction team.
+ Also held investitures in her sensible shoes and presented one to Olivia Colman (her own mother!) in her decidedly unsensible shoes, thank heavens.
+ Made a speech about on the work of the Diamond Jubilee Trust at the engagement with HM.
And it was baby Arthur’s first birthday.
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