The Royal family are a busy bunch, and their schedules in the run-up to Christmas are proving to be no exception. From decorating the palaces for the Christmas period, to an exclusive TV documentary, see what’s new in the world of the Royals this week…
Royal Portrait Of Charles And The Queen revealed
As the Queen’s 90th year draws to a close, Clarence House has revealed a
tender portrait of Prince Charles and his mother, taken in the White
Drawing Room of Windsor Castle, to celebrate.
It is reported that the photographer – Nick Knight – had just three minutes to capture the snap, as the Queen was running late for the Royal Windsor Horse Show. The royal photograph captures a smiling Charles, who had just cracked a joke – while it is rumoured the Queen was struggling to hold back a smirk of her own.
Princes Charles At Odds With Downton Abbey Author Julian Fellowes
Prince Charles has ruffled the feathers of acclaimed author Julian Fellowes, as he reveals plans to build a large housing estate on the back of the author Thomas Hardy’s property. Fellowes has admitted that he fears the building plans will ruin views of author Hardy’s former home, the Grade-I listed Max Gate in Dorchester, Dorset, where the Victorian writer penned some of his most famous work, including Tess of the D’Urbevilles.
And this isn’t the first time Fellowes has opposed developments in the area. In 2013, he responded to proposals for a development on a cornfield overlooked by the famous author’s former home.
William And Kate Shun The Sandringham Christmas Hunt For Christmas At The Middleton’s
It’s been revealed that Prince William and Kate Middleton will be missing the annual hunt at Sandringham to spend the majority of
the holiday with Kate’s family in Bucklebury, Berks, for only the second
time since the pair married in 2011. The family will instead be taking part in the hunt at the Middleton’s, organised by Kate’s mother Carole.
However, the couple and their two
young children, George and Charlotte, will spend some of the festive
season at Sandringham with the Queen, Prince Harry, and Charles and Camilla. Harry will
also be without girlfriend Meghan Markle over the Christmas period too,
as she has recently jetted back to the US to spend the
holiday with her mother.
Harry Admits He Struggled With His Mother’s Death
Prince Harry has admitted that he ‘buried’ his feelings about his mother’s death 20 years ago, when she died suddenly in a car accident in Paris. A documentary, Prince Harry In Africa, which will air tonight, shows Harry, who was only 12 at the time, revealing “I’d never really dealt with what actually happened so there was a lot of buried emotion and, for a huge part of my life, I just didn’t even want to think about it.”
Harry also admitted in the documentary how he used to try and fight against his royal responsibilities. He said, “I was fighting the system, going: ‘I don’t want to be this person.” But the young royal later tells how his struggles in early life have now only made him keen to do good in the world. “Now I can see where I want to take it. I have huge amounts of passion for the causes and charities that I’m involved with.”
The documentary airing today will celebrate his charity Sentebale, set up 12 years ago to support young African children affected by the HIV crisis.
Watch ‘Prince Harry in Africa’ tonight on ITV at 9pm.
Harry and Meghan Markle’s First Public Appearance Together
Prince Harry and his glamorous new girlfriend Meghan have been spotted out for the first time together since they began dating earlier this year. The adorable couple were seen laughing and strolling down the street hand in hand after purchasing their tree for the festive season at Battersea Park. The happy couple also made sure to wrap up against the December chill, donning coats and beanie hats for their winter walk.
Prince Harry’s Romantic Date
Prince Harry proved his relationship with Meghan Markle is going from strength to strength after he was spotted taking her on a romantic date. The Royal took his new girlfriend to the West-End for the evening purchasing last minute tickets to see Peter Pan. Passers by were left double taking as the couple strolled through the busy streets with very little security. The Suits star is said to be staying at his Kensington Palace apartment whilse she visits Harry.
The Duchess Becomes Honorary Scout For The Day
The Duchess of Cambridge became an honorary scout for the day donning one of their traditional neckerchiefs as she helped one group celebrate 100 years of Cubs and Scouts. Joining a pack in Norfolk, near her countryside home, the Royal took part in games and activities themed around ‘looking after yourself and other physically and emotionally’. This included first aid training and cup cake icing. The organisation is one close to her heart with Catherine having become a Brownie herself aged 8.
Prince Harry Gets In The Christmas Spirit
Prince Harry has been getting into the Christmas spirit after he was spotted buying a tree, with his girlfriend Meghan Markle over the weekend. Harry is said to have hand picked a tree from a pop-up shop in Battersea Park, to decorate his Kensington Palace apartment with, opting for the £65 6ft option. Eye witnesses said that the couple were trying to be discreet but were happy to chat to the shop owner who gave them some complimentary mistletoe to take away. Rumours are rife that the couple, who have been dating for just four months could soon be heading down the aisle, with a proposal said to be on the cards.
The Queen lost another loved one…
Amid the the flurry of excitement surrounding the Christmas decorations being installed at Buckingham Palace yesterday, the Queen slipped out for the funeral of her dear friend and cousin Margaret Rhodes – who passed away last week aged 90. The Queen who rarely attends funerals outside of the Royal Family, honoured her confidante by joining mourners at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor Great Park. Margaret and the Queen were such great friends that the Queen’s mother often referred to her as a third daughter. It will have come as another tragic blow to the Queen that a second of her bridesmaids and lifelong friends, Lady Elizabeth Longman succumbed to a short illness on Thursday aged 92. There are now only two of the Queen’s eight bridesmaids still living.
Elizabeth and the Queen formed their friendship as children, and when Queen Elizabeth married Philip in 1947, Elizabeth was one of only two, non-royal attendees. Despite this, her godmother was the late Queen Mary, while her father the 10th Earl of Cavan and a World War I Commander.
The royal family unveil their decorations for the festive season…
The festivities have officially begun over at the homes of the Royal
family. From Clarence House to Buckingham Palace itself, last week the royals
announced what their homes would be looking like for the
Buckingham Palace entered into the spirit of the
season – including the hashtag #NationalChristmasTreeDay, – with a range of pictures posted on their Twitter page. They showed off a
selection of four images, displaying some of their bespoke tree decorations,
including a crown ornament with the word ‘Buckingham’ emblazoned on the
front. You won’t find that in your local B&Q…
This year, the
Palace has also installed not just one, but three gigantic Christmas trees
at the buildings entrance. Decorated simply, with glowing white lights and only the unique crown decorations, they are certainly trees fit for a
and Camilla, who call the London palace Clarence House home, also announced how they had
kitted out their home this year via their Twitter page. They posted a
30-second video, which begins by leading you up through the palace’s grand hallway entrance,
towards a giant shimmering Christmas tree. Decorated with glittering
red and gold ornaments and twinkling lights, the lavishly decorated tree certainly puts our plastic one
Also this week, Prince Philip reveals his cheeky side in exclusive documentary…
A one-off ITV special revealing all about the Queen’s husband premiered last night. The tell-all documentary, When Phillip Met Prince Philip: 60 Years of The Duke Of Edinburgh’s Award, was hosted by ITV favourite Phillip Schofield, and highlighted the achievements of the prince’s long-running training programme for young people.
The programme followed Philip as he attended public events, many in connection with the Duke of Edinburgh scheme.
The prince also displayed his more playful side during the show while chatting with the This Morning host. When discussing a challenge which will see Phillip Schofield walking on the wing of a flying plane in the princes honour, the 95-year-old quips, ‘Who’s trying to get rid of you?’.
The one-hour documentary also includes exclusive home-video footage of Philip and Queen Elizabeth over the years, and anecdotes from his nearest and dearest, including his younger son Prince Edward. Anecdotes from celebrities such as Joanna Lumley and David Walliams also featured in the programme honouring the figurehead of the royal family. If you missed it you can watch watch ‘When Phillip Met Prince Philip: 60 Years of The Duke Of Edinburgh’s Award’ on ITV player.