This past weekend has proven to be a busy one for the Royal family. With the sad death of the royal photographer Lord Snowdon, Princess Margaret’s former husband, the family headed to Sandringham to pay their respects. In happier news however, the Queen looks set to welcome some new additions to her home. Read on to find out what’s been happening in the world of the royal family this week…
Duchess of Cambridge Teases Prince William
The royal couple have long been known for their respective competitive streaks, and this week Catherine and William displayed this cheekier side of their relationship once again. The pair, along with Prince Harry, are currently promoting their mental health campaign, Heads Together, which will be the official charity of the Virgin Money London Marathon 2017. But at an event for their campaign Heads earlier this week, a Good Morning Britain presenter revealed that Kate is somewhat skeptical about her husband’s plans to run a marathon himself at some point in the future. He said, “I was chatting to Prince William, and he has promised that he will run a marathon in Kenya sometime.” However, Kate later admitted that she wasn’t convinced, saying, “I’ll believe it when I see it.”
And this isn’t the first time the Duchess has poked fun at her husband. She once joked about the royals hair, or lack thereof, when they visited an Easter show in Sydney and were introduced to an adorable alpaca. Kate then suggested William put some of the alpaca hair on his head, stating “You need it more than me!”. The royal duo have hilariously never been shy to reveal the friendly competition between them. When taking part in a yacht race in Auckland in 2014, Kate quipped at William before the race, “Take care!”, before eventually going on to take first place ahead of her husband.
Kate Displays New Hair At Campaign Event
The Duchess, along with Prince Harry and Prince William, has today attended a briefing at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in Carlton House Terrace, outlining the next stage of their joint campaign, Heads Together, supporting mental health.
And Kate displayed a bouncy blow dry at the event that left her glossy, curly hair looking voluminous. Catherine also steered clear of her more classic fashion choices for the event, sporting a floral collage dress from Erdem, and a pair of burgundy Tod’s heels.
Her Majesty Plans To Adopt More Dogs
The Queen is famously a huge fan of dogs – specifically corgis, and has two of the regal pups herself already. And now, she may be planning to add more of the adorable breed to her pack. Following the death of former Sandringham gatekeeper Bill Fenwick, the Queen is apparently keen on adopting his two dogs, if a member of his family can’t. Apparently, Queen Elizabeth originally gave her former employee the two dogs as a gift, so is said to be more than happy to take them in if they find themselves without a home.
The Queen had been firm friends with Bill and his wife Nancy for years, as they had both previously worked at Sandringham, mostly taking care of the Queen’s beloved pets. However, it is said that when Bill’s health deteriorated after Nancy – previously known as the Keeper of the Queen’s Corgis – passed away two years ago, she began visiting their home near Windsor Castle every Saturday to walk their corgi and bichon frise. The Queen was said to be keen to thank the pair for their loyalty and friendship over the years.
Prince William Quits Job As Air Pilot
The Duke of Cambridge is planning to quit his job as an air ambulance pilot this year to take on the role of a ‘full-time royal’. The announcement follows the news of his family’s plans to move back down to the capital when George begins the autumn term at Wetherby School in London. William has been based in Norfolk for his job with the Royal Air Force for eight years, beginning his career in 2008 at the age of 26. Up until now, the arrangement has worked well, as he and Catherine began to bring up their children nearby at Anmer Hall.
However, the young royal is said to be keen not to be seen to be pushing his father out of the picture following the news – and so will not be taking on more royal duties than the 68-year-old.
Queen Attends Funeral Service For Lord Snowdon
Following the death of royal photographer Lord Snowdon on Friday last week at the age of 86, the Queen made her second public appearance of the year at a church near Sandringham for the funeral. The service took place at the St. Mary The Virgin church in Flitcham on the edge of the royal estate on Sunday morning.
The royal, dressed in a bright purple coat, was accompanied by her husband Prince Philip, and both appeared to be well, having suffered from heavy colds over the festive period. Also in attendence was Lord Snowdon and Princess Margaret’s son, David Armstrong-Jones. Lord Snowdon and the Queen’s sister, Margaret, were married for 18 years from 1960.
Prince Charles Co-Authors Book On Climate Change
The Prince of Wales, along with former Friends of the Earth director Tony Juniper and climate scientist Emily Shuckburgh, has penned a new book on climate change and the possible solutions to the global crisis. The book has been published by Ladybird, famed for their children’s books and, most recently, their spoof books published last year, including the Ladybird book of the Hangover.
This edition, written for adults, involves a series of experts explaining the complex nuances of climate change. And this isn’t the first book Prince Charles has penned – he has previously co-authored a book called Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World, and wrote a children’s book, called The Old Man of Lochnagar, back in 1980.