Everyone at the Easter Service: Whereby Our Cath made a surprise appearance prior to Baby Cambridge #3, and we got to see quite a bit of the inner royal fam as they all waited outside the church.
Side note: William and Cath only started attending the Easter Service last year, as they moved to London and took up full-time royal duties. It’s considered they will continue attend annually now, but that’s not a given. If you were wondering why Meghan and Harry weren’t there (the media had a field day with it), well, they’ve never been before. They weren’t scheduled to go, and nor do they have to.
The Queen at the Maundy Service resplendent in electric blue with black trim handed out cash and nosegays (everybody learned something new this week!) to the attendants.
She also turned up in Plymouth at the Decommissioning Ceremony of HMS OCEAN, where she wore a fetching pink frock that Beth rather admired.
Prince William visited Charles’s village of Poundbury, which he isn’t often seen doing. It’s NBD to open your door and see Chuck strolling the streets of his social experiment, but William’s not a regular visitor. If you’ve ever eaten Dorset Cereals from Woolies (bloody love their granola), it’s made in Poundbury.
Haz and Meg went to Belfast, where the trip also included a visit to Eikon Centre, where teenagers are working on building peace in the area, and the couple had lunch and a bit of a tour around the Crown Liquor Saloon, a Victorian-era gin palace which looked utterly incredible.
They also met Invictus Games athletes at team trials, where Megan sported a polo shirt and sent is into a tizzy with her trousers. More below.
Charles and Camilla touched down in Brisbane, opened the Commonwealth Games, presented some medals, and have been travelling around various places meeting the people and seeing what charities are doing. Chuck also popped in to Vanuatu on the trip around Northern Australia.
He also held a tiny baby sea turtle and all was right with the world.
The Palace Wardrobe
Look, Meghan wore bootleg jeans to the Invictus trials and it set us both off. For most folks, bootlegs should be left in the black hole that was 2001-2002 and let that be the end of it.
We did, however, very much enjoy her teal Greta Constantine skirt for her Northern Ireland trip, there was a Victoria Beckham cream coloured jumper, and a Mackage coat which Beth liked but I could take or leave, really. Add to that a couple of casual Jimmy Choo’s and you’re laughing.
Camilla‘s Aussie Fashuns were all pastel basically, except for when she visited the One Million Stars exhibition in Brisbane and busted out this fetching number.
Cath found herself in a head-to-toe repeat for the Easter Service, repping a brown Catherine Walker coat, her Betty Boop Beret by Lock & Co (I don’t love it but I don’t hate it? I never know how I feel about this hat), and her Gianvito Rossi 85 praline pumps, which are basically the 2017/2018 version of the LK Bennett Sledges she was in every other day post-wedding
Births, Anniversaries, Marriages
- 20 new trumpets have been commissioned for the royal wedding, and are apparently being made in a cow shed in the country.
- Phillippa Craddock has been named the royal florist for the wedding, bedecking the nuptials with “white garden roses, foxgloves and peonies, and branches of beech, birch and hornbeam”. Neither of us know what hornbeam is.
- The Armed Forces will to provide “ceremonial support” on the day – think band, horses, guards of honour, etc.
The Royal Times
BRF in the news, smaller items popped up during the week etc
The BBC is to broadcast a special concert in celebration of The Queen’s 92nd birthday on Saturday 21 April at the Roayal Albert Hall.
See Cath’s wedding tiara in the flesh in Canberra as part of the touring Cartier collection.
Cath was spotted shopping in her local Waitrose and papped by a bystander. Which is pretty rare for that to happen acutally, despite their mega fame and the fact we live in the modern age where everyone walks around with a camera on their phone. Most folks in Anglesey, Norfolk and Bucklebury where they hang out (or used to) are fiercely protective and don’t usually bother them, let alone take photos and put them on the internet.
It was also announced by Kensington Palace announced that Cath has become the first Royal Patron of the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Andrew Morton (of the Diana: Her True Story days) has popped up with yet another biography on someone in/near the royal family. He’s left no stone unturned in his new tome focusing on Meghan Markle’s rise to royalty.
Meanwhile, Meghan apparently went to LA to see her mum over Easter
The First Prince Charles interview with Australian media in five years took place recently, and focused on sustainability in fashion, and the great barrier reef:
“I have always believed in trying to keep as many of my clothes and shoes going for as long as possible (some go back to 1971 and one jacket to 1969!) – through patches and repairs – and in this way I tend to be in fashion once every 25 years…”
Bless him. He loves his wool, too.
Lucky for him, there’s another new biography focusing on his life: Rebel Prince: The Power, Passion And Defiance Of Prince Charles. There’s some stuff in it that sounds like absolute bullshit (he’s frightened of cling wrap? um OK), but there it is if you want to read it.
Charles also filmed a Good Friday message, which was very biblical.
Phil has had hip surgery
The Cambridges were spotted getting the kids out of the car at the Windsor State Apartments after Easter service. Nothing to see here, folks. Getting kids in and out of the car is hardly an enjoyable exercise.
William’s private secretary Miguel Head is to leave his role in July after a decade of service.
From last week:
We discussed Harry’s possible names bestowed upon him after the wedding: Duke of Sussex, Buckingham, Clarence, Connaught, Windsor are all up for grabs, but we decided thus:
- Windsor is going to be a big, fat NO
- We both love Clarence
- It’s probably going to be Sussex.
The Royal Diary
Is chockers this coming fortnight, thanks to CHOGM.
- The Queen visit the King George VI Day Centre, Clarence Road, Windsor
- On Monday 16th April, Prince Harry will open the Commonwealth Youth Forum and take part in a roundtable discussion with youth representatives. Later in the day, The Duke of Cambridge will open the Welcome to the UK reception with a speech. Both events will take place at the QEII.
- On Wednesday 18th April, Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle will attend a reception with delegates from the Commonwealth Youth Forum at the QEII.
- On Thursday 19th April, The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry will attend the CHOGM Formal Opening and CHOGM State Dinner at Buckingham Palace.
- Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle will also attend a CHOGM Women’s Empowerment reception at the Royal Aeronautical Society.
- The Queen will officially start the @LondonMarathon from a special podium in front of the Round Tower at Windsor Castle. On Sunday 22 April
- The BBC will broadcast a special concert in celebration of The Queen’s 92nd Birthday on Saturday 21 April, live from the Royal Albert Hall.
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