December 18 – The Duchess Of Sussex Visits Brinsworth House
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December 18 – The Duchess Of Sussex Visits Brinsworth House

Today, (December 18, 2018) The Duchess of Sussex visited Brinsworth House, a residential and nursing retirement home for theatre and entertainment professionals in Staines Road, Twickenham, west London, England. The Duchess expressed the desire to visit the home after seeing footage of it at the end of this years’s Royal Variety Performance which she attended back in November with Prince Harry. Emily Nash reported that Meghan revealed she use to visit something similar when she lived in L.A. During her visit The Duchess received a tour of the facilities and met with staff before joining residents in a few Christmas themed activities including an arts and crafts session with which she added her own contribution to their Christmas artwork and viewed a musical performance. Before her departure Meghan signed the guest book and unveiled a plaque marking her visit.

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December 10 – The Duchess Of Sussex Attends The Fashion Awards
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December 10 – The Duchess Of Sussex Attends The Fashion Awards

Last night, (December 10, 2018) The Duchess of Sussex made a surprise appearance to The Fashion Awards where she presented the British Designer of the Year – Womenswear to Clare Waight Keller who designed her wedding dress and other already memorable pieces for Meghan this year. The award recognised Clare Waight Keller’s formidable contribution as a British fashion designer to the industry, and was decided by a panel of over 2,000 international industry experts.

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Meghan Markle Proved She’s Her Own Kind of Royal on Her First Major Tour

In many ways, it seemed like Meghan Markle was entering an impossible situation when she married Prince Harry in May. No matter what she did, she would be seen as an American outsider in the British press, her every move scrutinized to an absurd degree, her every outfit or gesture compared immediately to either that of her new sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, or to any number of the royal women who had come before her. And in her first few months of her Duchess of Sussex-dom, though they went fairly smoothly, Meghan was accused multiple times of “breaking protocol” or committing some nearly invisible “faux pas.” She closed a door on her own! She isn’t wearing a hat when she should be wearing a hat! She shows P.D.A. with Harry!!!!!!

All the while, Meghan—at least publicly—appeared to take it all, even as her father and half sister added additional tabloid drama to the mix, in stride. And on the royal tour she and Harry just completed, a 16-day sprint across Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Tonga, Meghan seemed more assured than ever in her brand-new royal role. Just a few months into life as a duchess, and with her first child already on the way, Meghan is turning the role into something very much its own—incorporating aspects of her previous jobs (as actress, advocate and lifestyle blogger) and making it clear she is going to use the platform to speak out about the causes she cares about. Continue reading Meghan Markle Proved She’s Her Own Kind of Royal on Her First Major Tour

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Duke and Duchess of Sussex given ‘long list’ of baby names by family and friends

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been given a “long list” of potential baby names suggested by friends and family.

The royal couple, who are expecting their first child in the spring, told curious children in Australia they are “going to sit down and have a look at” the options.

During a trip on the Melbourne tram, the Duke and Duchess were interrogated by schoolchildren who spent the journey of just a few minutes asking them about their plans for parenthood.

Charlie Wolf, a 12-year-old pupil from Middle Park primary school, asked if the couple had any names for their unborn baby.

The children said the Duchess replied with: “We’ve been given a long list of names from everyone, we’re going to sit down and have a look at them.” Continue reading Duke and Duchess of Sussex given ‘long list’ of baby names by family and friends

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Photos & Roundup: October 19 – Royal Visit Australia – Day 4

And it’s back to Sydney for Day 4 Royal Visit Australia!

BONDI BEACH: Their Royal Highnesses visited Bondi Beach, one of Australia’s most famous landmarks. The Duke and Duchess met with a local surfing community group, known as OneWave, raising awareness for mental health and wellbeing in a fun and engaging way. Their Royal Highnesses took part in the “Fluro Friday” session, where people of all ages share their experiences of mental health issues, they also had the opportunity to interact with others enjoying yoga and surfing. Before departing, The Duke and Duchess had met with many excited members of the public gathered on the beach.

VIDEOS: Harry And Meghan Attend ‘Fluro Friday’ Session

YOUTH EMPOWERMENT: Later that morning, Their Royal Highness visited MacArthur Girls High School and the National Rugby League’s In Harmony programme, that aims to unite and inspire young people to be advocates for cohesion and inclusion in their communities. The Duke and Duchess met with representatives and talked with students about issues including social justice and youth empowerment. It’s reported that Meghan told the girls:

You guys all remind me so much of myself when I was growing up. I went to an all girls school which was incredibly diverse as well. I think being around such empowered young women, it becomes something that you all just grasp onto to understand your world. It’s made you confident and well-spoken. You have an intention set to really do something to change the world, and you have to keep it up. It makes me so emotional. You’re doing really, really good work and I’m so happy that we’re here. We give you our full support.” The teenage girls had worked on a project to make boxes for vulnerable women, taking donated supplies to police stations and refuges. They’ve also produced a book for young children teaching them about poverty and being kind to others.”

VIDEOS: The Duke And Duchess Enjoy A Performance

INVICTUS ARRIVAL: Prime Minister the Honourable Scott Morrison MP, and Invictus Games competitors with The Duke climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge to officially raise the Invictus Flag, marking the arrival of the Invictus Games to Sydney. Meghan later joined Harry with calls on the Leader of the Opposition at Admiralty House, and the Prime Minister at Kirribilli House.

VIDEOS: Meeting Bill Shorten And Scott Morrison

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Photos & Roundup: October 18 – Royal Visit Australia – Day 3

After banana bread and rain storms, Day 3 of Royal Visit Australia kicks off in Melbourne! The third day of The Duke and Duchess’s visit to Australia was a busy one with six scheduled engagements and a few embargoed stops along the way.

OFFICIAL RECEPTION: Their Royal Highnesses will fly to Melbourne where the day will begin with a short walk to Government House, meeting members of the public along the way, before attending an official Reception at Government House. A diverse group of young Victorian leaders and community members will attend the Reception, including Queen’s Young Leader Hunter Johnson from The Man Cave. A demonstration of various sporting activities will take place in the grounds, with ambassadors from the This Girl Can campaign. Meghan was even persuaded to toss a rugby ball during the demonstrations. Once inside Harry and Meghan raced a scaled, miniature Formula 1 car designed and made by Trinity Grammar students. A hysterical moment ensued when the cars were launched, watch the video before to see Meghan get a surprise!

VIDEOS: Meghan Gets A Surprise | Meghan Joins In On Rugby Demostrations

ENTERPRISE CAFE: The Duke and Duchess visited Charcoal Lane, a social enterprise café which offers leadership, mentoring and training programmes for young Aboriginal people. Upon arrival the pair were shown a mural outside the building created by artist Robert Young, of Gunnai and Waradgerie heritage. Inside, Meghan was totally comfortable in the kitchen chatting with the head chef, Greg Hampton as he offered a crash course in indigenous Australian ingredients with a “touch, taste and smell” session. Afterwards, Harry and Meghan had lunch at the cafe.

VIDEOS: Harry And Meghan Get A Lession In Australian Food

WASTE WARRIORS: After a quick outfit change, and a ride on the iconic Melbourne tram Their Royal Highnesses visited Albert Park Primary School and met students who are involved in sustainability programmes. They call themselves the ‘Waste Warriors’. The Duke and Duchess learned how they use compost bins, a worm farm

VIDEOS: Speaking With Students About Sustainability

SOUTH MELBOURNE BEACH: Upon departure from the school, The Duke and Duchess headed to South Melbourne beach, where they met volunteers from a local beach patrol programme. Here Their Royal Highnesses learned about efforts to keep Port Phillip Bay beaches and foreshores clear of litter to reduce the negative impact on the marine environment.

VIDEOS: Harry And Meghan In South Melbourne

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Photos: October 15 – Royal Visit Australia – Arrivals

It’s Sunday night here in the states as well as other places in the world, but it’s early Monday morning in Sydney, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex touched down at Sydney Airport around 7 am (Sydney, Australia time) on a commercial Qantas flight. The duo were whisked away quickly and driven to Admiralty House where they will be staying while in Sydney. The couple will be spending the day relaxing and prepping for the busy days ahead. Meghan seems to be hard at work preparing for all of the upcoming meetings and engagements, as you can see from the purple binders she’s holding. Official engagements won’t start until October 16 (Sydney, Australia time). You can check out tomorrow’s schedule below.

I have added 4 high quality photos to the gallery. More will be added at a later time. Enjoy!

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Tuesday October 16, 2018 – Day 1 – Sydney Australia

Official Welcoming – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will begin the tour with an official welcoming reception at Admiralty House, the official Sydney residence of the Governor-General of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove. Representatives from each of the eighteen countries who are participating in the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 will be present.

Taronga Zoo – The Duke and Duchess will then travel to Taronga Zoo to officially open the new Taronga Institute of Science and Learning. The visit will also be attended by the New South Wales (NSW) Premier, The Duke and Duchess will meet two koalas and their joeys that are part of the Zoo’s breeding programme, and visit the laboratory to meet female conservation scientists who are working on efforts to reduce illegal wildlife trafficking.

Sydney Opera House – To depart the Zoo, The Duke and Duchess will travel by vessel across Sydney Harbour to the Sydney Opera House. Once inside, Their Royal Highnesses will view a rehearsal of Spirit 2018 by the Bangarra Dance Theatre, an internationally acclaimed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander modern dance company. Upon departure, walking along the Opera House forecourt, The Duke and Duchess will have an opportunity to meet members of the public.

Evening Reception – The first day of the visit will conclude with a Reception hosted by the Governor-General at Admiralty House, to be attended by Australians from a broad range of sectors including charity and community, business and industry, arts and culture, sport and entertainment.

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Photos: July 11 – Royal Visit Dublin – Day Two

Hello everyone! Welcome to Royal Visit Dublin – Day Two! Today (July 11, 2018) The Duke and Duchess of Sussex spent a busy day learning about Ireland’s culture and heritage. kicked off their day meeting with President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina Coyne at his residence Aras an Uachtarain. While there the couple signed the guest book, and rang the Peace Bell, which was designed to mark the 10th anniversary of the Belfest Agreement. The real stars of the show turned out to be President Higgin’s two Bernese Mountain dogs, who crashed the official photos.

Next, The Duke and Duchess visited a Gaelic sports festival in Croke Park, the home of the Gaelic Athletic Association, where they met with young players and officials. Next up, the pair visited Trinity College where they saw the Book of Kells, and enjoyed a small tour of the Long Room of the Old Library and other treasures. Afterwards the duo greeted the excited crowds waiting for them.

After lunch the Duke and Duchess resumed their engagements for the day at the Famine Memorial, which commemorates the Great Famine of the 19th Century. Harry and Meghan met it’s sculptor Rowan Gillespie. Meghan seemed especially moved. On their next stop they visited the interactive EPIC, the Irish Emigration Museum where they explored a tribute to Irish innovators. The final stop of the day was at DogPatch Labs, which is a co-working space for technology start-ups. Harry and Meghan met with young people who were taking part in the free workshops.

And that concludes The Duke and Duchess’s first official Royal Tour! I think they did really well! Please make sure to check out over 1,000+ high quality photos that have been added to the gallery. More will be added as the day and week goes on! I hope you all enjoyed the tour and the photos as much as we have!

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What to Expect from Meghan Markle’s First Overseas Royal Trip

The last time Meghan Markle was in Dublin, where she’ll return for a two-day tour alongside Prince Harry this week, was four years ago. She was a successful actress at the time with a role on Suits as well as a counselor for One Young World, an international organization committed to helping young people, Meghan spoke passionately to thousands of young people gathered for the charity forum about the importance of gender equality in the workplace.

One Young World managing director Ella Robertson remembers Meghan as someone who lit up the room. “She was impressive to listen to, she was passionate about gender equality and women’s rights, and she was determined to bring about change in the TV industry.” Fast-forward to today, when Meghan will return to the city of which she once said she wanted to see more as a new member of the royal family. Now the Duchess of Sussex, her values and principles remain the same. Meghan proudly describes herself as a feminist on the royal family’s Web site, and the couple’s scheduled meeting with female tech entrepreneurs on the second day of their tour reflects one of her key interests. The royal couple’s meetings with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and President of Ireland Michael Higgins are an indication of just how much influence they potentially have as a couple, and their sensitive roles in promoting Britain overseas as the country prepares to leave the E.U.

This, their first official overseas trip, will be a litmus test for the future. The Queen, who has taken a close interest in Meghan and invited her to Chester for an away day last month, will no doubt be watching the visit closely.
While the tour, at the request of the British Foreign Office, is snack size compared to the eight-day trip to Canada William and Kate did just weeks after their wedding, it will be an invaluable practice run for the couple’s forthcoming Commonwealth tour later this year. The Sussexes are traveling with a substantial entourage of 11, but compared to Meghan’s first away day with Her Majesty, the trip is expected to be more relaxed. Courtiers said the couple is looking forward to meeting members of the public and learning about Ireland’s rich history through visiting organizations that are “central to Irish life.” Meghan will also return to Croke Park, where she attended the One Young World summit back in 2014. It is the home of Ireland’s largest sporting organization, and the couple will see a Gaelic sports festival and have the chance to see artifacts from the Bloody Sunday massacre at the park’s museum which they will visit on Wednesday. The itinerary will see the Sussexes cram multiple engagements into their two-day tour, which starts Tuesday evening and includes a summer party at the British Ambassador’s residence where Harry will deliver a speech.

On Wednesday, the couple will meet President Higgins before viewing the historic Book of Kells, housed in the Long Room of the Old Library at Trinity College alongside the oldest harp in Ireland and 200,000 rare books. They will also visit the Famine Memorial on the bank of the River Liffey to learn more about Ireland’s 19th-century famine before heading to the EPIC museum to learn about the country’s 10 million emigrants. Their last engagement will be a visit to Dogpatch Labs, a co-working space for start-up companies where they will talk to female tech entrepreneurs and take part in a coding workshop.

The newly married Sussexes have wasted no time getting down to work. After attending a garden party days after their May wedding, they joined the Queen for last month’s Queen’s Young Leaders Awards and last week they attended a Commonwealth Youth Challenge reception at London’s Marlborough House. On Tuesday, hours before their departure for Dublin, they joined Her Majesty as well as William and Kate for the RAF’s historic 100th-anniversary celebrations.


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Photos: July 10 – Royal Visit Dublin – Day One

Today, (July 10 2018) marks the start of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex ’s Royal Tour of Ireland! They arrived in Ireland on Tuesday for a two-day tour at the request of Queen Elizabeth II’s Government.Meghan stepped off the plane in a gorgeous forest green Givenchy number, which she paired with nude pumps and a camel-colored Strathberry tote.

The lovebirds are currently in Dublin, where they will visit various organizations central to Irish life. According to Kensington Palace, this includes a Gaelic sports festival at Croke Park, a summer garden party at the British Ambassador’s home and visits to the Famine Memorial, Trinity College, DogPatch Labs and EPIC, the Irish Emmigration Museum.

Later they were greeted by Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar at Government Buildings where they sign the visitor book.

For their last engagement of the day The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended a Summer Garden Party at the British Ambassador’s Residence.

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First Offical Joint Tour Announced

Kensington Palace has confirmed that Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan will undertake their first joint tour this fall!

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will undertake an official`visit to Austrailia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga, and New Zealand in the Autumn.

Their Royal Highnesses have been invited to visit the Realms of Austrailia and New Zealand by their countries respective governments. The Duke and Duchess will visit the Commonwealth countries of Fiji and Tonga at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The tour will fall on the occasion of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018.

Further details will be advised in due course.