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Royal News Round Up – 11th January

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From birthdays to public performances of Bohemian Rhapsody, the Royal family have had a week filled with celebrations and culture – but certainly haven’t forgotten to devote time to their Royal duties. Here’s our recap of what the Royal family has been up to this week.

Kate’s Royal Birthday Celebrations

The Duchess of Cambridge turned 37 this week, so was celebrating her seventh birthday as a member of the Royals. Her party placed strong emphasis on the importance of family as she marked the occasion with a candle-lit tea party where she opened presents alongside her three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.  

Royal commitments precluded Prince William from attending, as he was spending the day at an event for the 30th anniversary of London’s Air Ambulance at the Royal London Hospital. Nevertheless, he reassured attendees that he had not forgotten his wife’s birthday and made a point of accepting cards and gifts from well-wishers on her behalf.

Duchess Of Sussex Turns Patronage Into Passion

Meghan Markle is passionate about animals, acting, fashion and female empowerment and this week she has outlined plans to use her Royal status to promote the causes close to her heart.

Kensington Palace has announced that Meghan will become the Royal patron for the National Theatre and the Association of Commonwealth Universities, both of which were given to the Duchess by The Queen, who is stepping down as patron.

Meghan has also chosen to become a patron of the Mayhew animal welfare charity, which provides shelter for animals and works to keep homeless owners with their dogs. Last but not least, she has become a patron of Smart Works; a charity providing interview coaching and clothing for women who are seeking employment.

The Queen’s Guards Perform Queen

Fans of the band Queen were given an extra special treat when The Queen’s Guards performed an instrumental rendition of the song ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ outside Buckingham Palace on Monday 7th of January.

The Grenadier Guards performance, which was viewed by a crowd of onlookers and widely shared on social media, was in response to news that the 2018 film Bohemian Rhapsody, starring Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, had just won two Golden Globe awards.

If you missed this performance, don’t despair. The band frequently plays musical numbers in response to world events, so you may yet catch them paying tribute to a famous singer or treating the crowds to a performance of ‘Dancing Queen’ by Abba – reportedly one of The Queen’s favourite songs.

Duke & Duchess Of Sussex Get Involved in the Community

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are going to be visiting Birkenhead, Cheshire on the 14th of January, and meeting with volunteers from local organisations which support and empower people in the community.

The organisations Harry and Meghan will be visiting include Tomorrow’s Women, an independent charity which offers support for positive lifestyle changes, and The Hive, a youth group for people with disabilities.

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