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Royal News Round Up – 20th December

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The final week before Christmas saw Royal duties take on an almost uniformly festive flavour – but there have nevertheless been a few surprises in the Royal calendar. From audio advent calendars to Christmas cards, and one Royal opting to miss out on a Boxing Day tradition, we take a look at the last seven days in the life of the Royals.

A Christmas Carol

As its patron, Prince Charles visited The Old Vic Theatre on Monday and recorded an excerpt of Dickens’ novella as part of the theatre’s Christmas advent calendar.

Military nostalgia for Prince William

The Duke of Cambridge had the honour of representing his grandmother as the Reviewing Officer of the Sovereign’s Parade at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He had the honour of inspecting the Parade and presenting medals to the cadets, which included The Queen’s Medal and The International Sword. In total, 194 cadets completed the Commissioning Course with the Parade commending their passing out. The event was a trip down memory lane for William, who was 24-years-old when he too passed out from the Academy.

 

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A visit to a Royal Variety Charity care home

The Duchess of Sussex visited the Brinsworth Care Home in Twickenham, meeting residents – some of whom are former actors – and joining them in decorating Christmas cards. Run by the Royal Variety charity, of which The Queen is patron, the home assists those who have worked professionally in the entertainment industry and are in need of help as a result of old age, ill health, or hard times.

 

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A break with tradition

Prince Harry has opted out of the traditional Boxing Day shoot at Sandringham, which, according to various media reports is out of respect for Meghan Markle’s views on bloodsports and her position as an animal welfare advocate.

The Duke of Sussex has participated in the event every year since the 1990s, when he was a teenager. Princes Charles and William will be in attendance, but this is not the first time Harry has missed the event; he also chose not to participate in the shoot last year in light of his recent engagement.

‘Twas the Lunch before Christmas

On Wednesday, nearly every member of The Royals gathered at Buckingham Palace for an annual Christmas Lunch that was hosted by The Queen, giving Her Majesty the opportunity to spend more time with her close and extended relatives, some of whom won’t be joining her at the Sandringham estate on Christmas Day. The Prince of Wales arrived alone without his wife, The Duchess of Cornwall, who was absent from the annual festivity due to a heavy cold.

Merry Christmas

Last Friday, senior Royals wished their family, friends, staff and volunteers of their charities a Merry Christmas by officially releasing their Christmas cards for 2018. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge opted for a traditional family photo in the grounds of Anmer Hall, whilst The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall chose to be photographed sitting on a bench together in the garden of Clarence House.

 

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Taking a slightly more glamorous approach, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex selected a black and white photo of themselves watching fireworks together as a newly-married couple after their wedding.


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