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Royal News Round Up – 14th December

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With Christmas just around the corner, the Royals have been out spreading festive cheer. From Christmas-themed children’s workshops to a very seasonal visit to a donkey charity, we highlight the Royals’ activities in the past week.

Christmas Comes Early

On Tuesday, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took part in Christmas activities during a visit to Evelina’s Children’s Hospital, helping children to create cards and decorations while meeting the staff and parents who support them. The hospital – of which Kate is now a patron –  has also been celebrating its 150th Birthday.

 

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The Duke and Duchess took part in more arts and crafts at The Passage Charity for helping homeless people, joining in with preparations for the centre’s upcoming Christmas party. Meeting staff and volunteers, they got an insight into the struggles that people face when sleeping rough, and how frontline workers are working hard to prevent people slipping into homelessness as a result of drug addiction and mental health problems.

Little Donkey

The Duchess of Cornwall attended a carol concert at the Guards’ Chapel in Westminster on Wednesday in support of The Brooke, a charity specialising in improving the lives of working donkeys, mules and horses. Since becoming the charity’s President in 2006, The Duchess has been able to see its worldwide activities first-hand, most notably in Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan and India.

 

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What a Pleasant Surprise

On Monday night, the Fashion Awards were held at the British Fashion Council, and there was a surprise visit from an unannounced guest: The Duchess of Sussex appeared onstage to present an award to the designer of her wedding dress, Clare Waight Keller, who had been named British Designer of the Year. The Duchess made her own fashion statement during her acknowledgment speech to the designer by wearing black nail varnish – a break from Royal protocol, as this is not a colour of which the Queen approves. It has also been revealed that The Duchess became the most Googled person of 2018 in the UK, with her wedding and unborn baby among the most popular searches.

 

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Knight in Broken Armour

On Thursday, Prince Charles presented actress Keira Knightley with an OBE for services to drama and charity during an investiture at Buckingham Palace. However her husband, musician James Righton, broke strict Royal protocol in regards to the dress code: he did not wear a tie with his suit. Whether or not they are the recipients of an investiture, it is tradition for men to wear one as part of their attire. Knightley, who is currently the face of Chanel, wore one of their dresses.

 

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