From regal anniversaries to family tension, each week we discover something new about the British Royal Family. If you can’t get enough of the Windsors, read on for True Royalty’s royal news round up!
It was a private and sombre affair on 6th February when Queen Elizabeth, The UK’s longest reigning monarch, celebrated the 67th anniversary of her accession to the crown.
While the 6th of February is a celebration of The Queen’s accession, it is also sadly the anniversary of her father’s death. Elizabeth, who was in Kenya with her husband Philip at the time, was informed that King George VI had passed away in his sleep early that morning. The couple came straight back to London that day.
The Queen chooses to spend this anniversary quietly, but celebrations took place elsewhere in the capital. There was a 62 round gun salute at The Tower of London, a 21 round gun salute at Edinburgh Castle, and Westminster Abbey’s bells rang out.
Can you imagine England without Queen Elizabeth II? Neither can most people. Only 20% of the current UK population were alive during the reign of King George VI, according to the Office Of National Statistics.
The Queen, who is the world’s oldest monarch, has reigned through 13 UK prime ministers, 13 presidents of the United States, and seven popes.
The Queen expressed ‘grave concerns’ about Kate prior to her marriage to Elizabeth II’s grandson William, according to royal biographer Kate Nicholl. Her majesty was allegedly critical of Kate’s ‘frivolous displays of wealth’ and the fact that Kate did not have a full-time job.
As a young unmarried woman, Kate lived in Chelsea with her sister and enjoyed frequent trips to The Caribbean. She also worked part time for ‘Party Pieces’, her family’s business.
Kate was reportedly hurt by the claims, but she avoided causing a scene. According to biographer Kate Nicholl, the Queen suggested that Kate Middleton become involved in charity work, which she did by getting involved in Starlight, a charity that helps seriously ill children, that September. The Duchess is now the patron of sixteen charities, including the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Kate Middleton visited Lavender Primary School, in Enfield, London, on the 5th of February to support ‘Healthy Inside And Out’, which is part of Children’s Mental Health Week.
During her royal visit, which was organised by children’s mental health charity Place2Be which Kate is a patron of, the Duchess of Cambridge sat in on two lessons about the importance of and connection between physical and mental health.
In support of #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek 2019, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge made a special visit to @Lavender_Sch, where she heard how pupils, parents and staff stay 'Healthy: Inside and Out'— Place2Be (@Place2Be) February 6, 2019
Watch the highlights below!@KensingtonRoyal @_thedailymile https://t.co/7AiLpNxVV3 pic.twitter.com/VJB1EmKE0m
Kate also watched children take part in the ‘Daily Mile Challenge’ and joined a group of parents in discussing good routines and healthy habits.