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Royal News Round Up – 16th November

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Armistice Day has always been a vital event in the Royal calendar, and all the more so in 2018 as the nation marks 100 years since the end of the First World War. The Royal Family plays a pivotal role in the Remembrance Day ceremonies, their stoic display of respect at The Cenotaph a mainstay of the annual commemoration.

Such solemn duties have been balanced with the celebration of a more jubilant milestone: the 70th birthday of Prince Charles, for which the Royal Family gathered to take part in a reception and dinner at Buckingham Palace.

100th Anniversary of the Armistice

Dignitaries from the worlds of politics, the Armed Forces and the Commonwealth came together to pay their respects to the fallen on Sunday, observing the two minute silence at 11 o’clock. The Queen looked on from the balcony of The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) accompanied by The Duchesses of Cornwall and Cambridge, as senior members laid poppy wreaths during the annual commemorations at the Cenotaph. Prince Philip was absent at the commemorations, but a wreath was laid on his behalf by an equerry.

 

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In a historic gesture of reconciliation, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier joined the Royals at the monument for the first time. The President’s wife, Elke Büdenbender, accompanied The Duchess of Sussex on another balcony at the FCO.

At Westminster Abbey, a special commemorative service was held to mark the centenary, with senior Royals and the Presidential couple in attendance. The Queen shook hands with the President, after which they laid flowers on The Grave of the Unknown Warrior.

Clarence House: Virtual Tour

Ahead of Prince Charles’s birthday, Clarence House teamed up with Google Maps to give the public a glimpse inside The Prince’s home with a 360-degree Street View experience, digitally displaying an array of artwork and furniture from The Royal Collection. Virtual tours can also be taken at The Prince’s other residences of Dumfries House in Scotland, and Highgrove in Gloucestershire.

Inside Clarence House on Google 360

Happy Birthday Your Royal Highness

On Wednesday, Prince Charles celebrated his 70th birthday with a reception and dinner at Buckingham Palace, where The Queen gave a toast to her son as a “Duchy Original”.

Two photographs were released of the Prince with his family in the garden of Clarence House, and gun salutes took place at Green Park and the Tower of London.

 

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A lifelong environmental enthusiast, The Prince got the opportunity to guest-edit Country Life magazine to mark his birthday, and revealing his fondness for endangered red squirrels that he allows to forage for nuts in the grounds of his Birkhall home at Balmoral.

Duty Calls

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge missed some of Prince Charles’s birthday in order to attend Royal engagements in South Yorkshire. After opening a McLaren Automotive Composites Technology Centre, the couple visited the Quarry View hostel in Barnsley – a project run by the homeless charity Centrepoint, which William was introduced to by Princess Diana.

 

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