In the first of our new weekly round-up series we bring together our favourite royal news stories that have taken place in the last seven days. This week we look at the breaking of royal protocol and a historical moment when it comes to matters of the heart.
On Saturday, Lord Ivar Mountbatten, the Queen’s third cousin once removed, married his partner, James Coyle, in a modest ceremony at Bridwell Park in Devon.
Lord Mountbatten was given away by his former wife Penny, and although no royals attended the ceremony due to conflicting schedules, the day’s success was put down to the support from Penny and their three daughters: Ella, Alex and Luli. Ivar Mountbatten has been in a relationship with Mr Coyle since 2014 and came out as gay in 2016.
With wedding fever still in full swing – Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank are due to get married on October 12th – Buckingham Palace has just announced that a £30 replica of Meghan Markle’s engagement ring is for sale through their gift shop.
Although the genuine article is valued at nearly £200,000, the replica is inspired by jewels worn by the Duchess and come with an adjustable band.
Warming up for the tour Down Under, the Duchess completed her first solo engagement without Prince Harry this week with a visit to London’s Royal Academy of Arts.
Meeting artists, curators and performers at an exhibition celebrating the heritage of the Oceania region, the Duchess participated in a ‘hongi’, a traditional Maori nose-rub greeting in preparation for her trip to New Zealand.
The Duchess also caused controversy at this event by closing her own car door, a move which could apparently cause major security risks.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are not the only royals setting off on global adventures. Prince William is currently on a tour of Africa visiting Namibia, Tanzania and Kenya to highlight the illegal wildlife trade.
As both president of Tusk and United for Wildlife, he has made it his mission to protect endangered animals, including the white rhino, from illegal poaching.
Kate is also due to return from maternity leave next Tuesday with a visit to the Sayers Croft Trust School and Wildlife Garden at Paddington Recreation Ground.
Talking of African visits, Charles and Camilla are due to visit Gambia, Ghana and Nigeria at the end of October.
In an intensive eight day tour, the couple will be welcomed to Africa by Gambian President Barrow, with the visit focusing on celebrating and strengthening ties between countries and developing methods to combat malaria, strengthening their armed forces and improving rights for women.