From closer to home to further afield, the royals have been out and about in the last seven days. This week we look at how Prince William broke royal protocol on his African tour, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s visit to their namesake and the announcement of a musical about Diana.
On the final stop of Prince William’s African tour, the prince participated in a training exercise with British and Kenyan forces. Unleashing his inner Action Man clad in military fatigues, William enjoyed a game of football with the children and handed out Aston Villa T-shirts. In a delightful coincidence the prince met a footballer also called Prince William. Breaking royal protocol, the moment was shared with a hug.
Nearly six months on from Prince Louie’s birth, the duchess made her first royal engagement since maternity leave. A hands-on experience with nature, she spent the day with school children insect-hunting and making leaf crowns at the Sayers Croft Forest School and Wildlife Garden in Paddington. Kate is due to return to royal duties full time in January but will be making occasional engagements until the end of the year.
Harry and Meghan have made their first official visit to their namesake county, Sussex. Harry and Meghan were warmly greeted by crowds showing the enthusiasm for the couple hasn’t waned since their wedding in May.
The pair were given the opportunity to see a rare copy of the American Declaration of Independence at Edes House in Chichester and were given an A-Z guide to Sussex by a group of school children from Westbourne House School.
In honour of Prince Charles’ 70th Birthday, the Duchess of Cornwall is organising a gala at Buckingham Palace. Reflecting the prince’s patronage and commitment to the arts, the gala will feature an evening of music, dance and Shakespearean drama.
Two guests will be conspicuously absent however, as Harry and Meghan will have already started their commonwealth tour of Australia and New Zealand by then.
Diana’s zest for life will come alive once again through song and dance, from an actress who bears a striking resemblance to the Queen of Hearts.
With Broadway star Jeanna De Waal in the leading role, the stage is set in 1981 and retells her troubled marriage with Prince Charles and the effect it had on senior royals.