From working with MI6 to celebrating wedding anniversaries, there is rarely a quiet moment in the lives of the British Royal Family. Keep up to date with the Dukes and Duchesses in this week’s Royal News Round Up!
Last week, Prince William finished his three week attachment with the United Kingdom’s Security and Intelligence Agencies.
The Duke of Cambridge recently concluded a three week attachment to MI5, MI6, and @GCHQ, as the three security services continue their vital work both at home and abroad to keep our people and our allies' safe. pic.twitter.com/vXFcsbFgk5— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) April 6, 2019
The first of his three weeks was spent with MI6, who gather information from overseas to keep the UK safe and identify opportunities for growth and prosperity. His next week was spent with MI5, where he gained insights into how the Security Service keeps the UK safe, with a particular focus on terrorism.
The Prince spent his final week with Government Communications Headquarters in Cheltenham, where he learned about their cutting-edge technology and wide-ranging partnerships which identify, analyse and disrupt threats to the UK.
“Spending time inside our security and intelligence agencies and understanding more about the vital contribution they make to our national security, was a truly humbling experience,” said Prince William after his attachment.
The Prince of Wales and his sons Prince William and Prince Harry joined David Attenborough at the Natural History Museum on Thursday 4th April to celebrate the launch of ‘Our Planet’, an 8-part Netflix documentary.
‘Our Planet’ showcases the wonders of the natural world, providing insights into the daily lives of various animals and highlighting the damage that is being done to natural habitats.
The Duke of Cambridge with Sir David Attenborough, voice of @OurPlanet, at this evening's Global Premiere.#OurPlanet will showcase the planet's most precious species and fragile habitats, revealing amazing sights on Earth in ways they've never been seen before. pic.twitter.com/AaBZeh5mrK— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) April 4, 2019
David and Brooklyn Beckham, Charlie Brooker and the cast of Netflix show Sex Education also attended the premier.
On Tuesday 9th April, Charles and Camilla celebrated their 14th year of marriage in Belfast, where the Prince of Wales reopened Hillsborough Castle, the official residence of the Royals when they visit Northern Ireland.
During his speech at the reopening of the castle, which has undergone a £20m makeover, the Prince said: “Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m enormously grateful to you all for coming such a long way to celebrate our wedding anniversary. It’s incredibly good of you.”
Prince Charles married Camilla in 2005 during a civil ceremony in Windsor Guildhall. The couple’s parents were unable to attend the wedding, but Camilla’s son Tom Parker Bowles and Princes William and Harry were witnesses at their parents’ union.
The Queen formally approved the appointment of Sarah Davies as the new Clerk Assistant in the House of Commons on 10th April. Sarah is the first woman to be appointed to the role since the job was created in 1640.
Sarah Davies, who was formerly Principal Clerk of Select Committees, will lead a 500 person team in providing support for the House and its committees. She will also be in charge of broadcasting in the House and Hansard, the edited verbatim report of proceedings in the Commons.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have decided to keep their birth plans private, meaning we will only hear about the baby after he or she is born and the couple have had a chance to welcome their new addition to the family.
This means no press or well wishers waiting outside Buckingham Palace for the Royal baby announcement, so both mother and child can have a chance to adjust before being seen by the public.
The Sussex’s decision to stay private is completely different to the arrival of the Cambridge babies, all of whom were born at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, with their due dates announced several weeks before the birth. All three of Kate’s children were presented to the public shortly after birth.
Meghan Markle is due to give birth in late April or early May. When born, her child will be 7th in line to the British throne.
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