News that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child sent the media into a royal baby frenzy. This coupled with the fact they have embarked on their first tour together has meant they’ve remained very much in the limelight. Back home, senior royals have been remembering old heroes and meeting new ones.
The announcement on Monday that Meghan and Harry are expecting their first child together sent the media into a frenzy. Interestingly though, and despite the baby’s royal heritage, it is doubtful whether the heir will receive an HRH title. According to King George V’s 1917 decree, only the oldest son of the Prince of Wales’s oldest son ( in this case Prince George) was entitled to be styled His Royal Highness and a prince. However, the Queen can bestow the title on the child if she decides it is fitting to do so.
On the eve of the pair’s first official royal tour, there was concern over whether the duchess should travel to the Pacific region due to an outbreak of the Zika virus. But after seeking expert medical advice on the matter, no changes have been made so far to their schedule.
The Royal tour Down Under is underway and already the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been making their mark in the country. Arriving at Admiralty House in Kirribilli, New South Wales, they were welcomed to the country by Governor-General, Sir Peter and Lady Cosgrove, with well-wishers gathering outside Sydney Opera House to greet them.
Visiting Mountain View Farm in Dubbo, run by five generations of the Woodley family since 1887, the couple experienced the hardships and challenges that agricultural farmers face on a daily basis. Considering its warm climate, Australia regularly suffers from an annual drought that can last for a period of three months. Ironically it began to rain and Meghan had to hold up an umbrella for her husband while he gave a speech to farmers on mental health facilities that are available to them in hard times.
Marking the centenary of the First World War, the Duke of Cambridge attended the premiere of Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old on Wednesday at the BFI London Film Festival. Working in partnership with the Imperial War Museum and BBC Archives, the film takes old black and white footage and brings it to life through colour and sound to give the viewer a truer understanding of what it was like to be there.
In Manchester, the Countess of Wessex also commemorated the centenary by unveiling a statue entitled ‘Victory over Blindness‘, remembering the many soldiers who lost their sight from injuries sustained during the war.
Upon leaving her wedding reception on Friday to the delight of James Bond fans, Eugenie and Jack left their wedding reception in an Aston Martin DB10 that was used in Spectre. Princess Eugenie then went to Westminster Abbey to place her bridal bouquet on the grave of the Unknown Warrior, in a tradition that dates back to the Queen Mother marrying George VI at the abbey in 1923. Generations of royal brides have done this task in remembrance of the fallen soldiers in the First World War.
Since the tense rescue in Thailand three months ago, the Duke of Cambridge gave a hero’s welcome to four British cave divers who helped in the rescue of the junior football team trapped in Tham Luang cave. Meanwhile in Australia, Harry and Meghan also had the privilege of meeting another cave diver who participated in the rescue, Dr Richard Harris.
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