Will and Harry unveiled a statue of their late mother on what would have been her 60th birthday
July 1 marked what would have been Princess Diana’s 60th birthday. This was commemorated with the unveiling of a statue of Princess Diana in the Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace by Harry and Will. Harry flew in from California for the event.
There had been a LOT of speculation on how the unveiling event would go, given the tension between Will and Harry at the moment. But it appears that it was planned to avoid any form of public animosity, and it went off pretty much perfectly in that respect. There was one joint statement released by both princes instead of duelling speeches. There were very few people invited to the unveiling. It was not broadcast live. I’m glad that the brothers were able to honour the mother’s memory without any (public) tension.
The reaction on the actual statue has been mixed. I think it’s nice, but I know a lot of people think it’s too informal/doesn’t look like Diana/shouldn’t include other children/etc. Art is subjective! It’s good that she is being honoured and that Will, Kate, and family can visit the statue whenever they want.
George wore a suit to watch football/soccer
Will, in his role as President of the Football Association, attended a football match between Germany and England at Wembley Stadium this week. In attendance with Will were Kate and Prince George, who was wearing a full suit. The following tweet summed up my thoughts on it pretty well:
My thoughts, as a Canadian, were: what an odd thing to make a seven year old do! Where I’m from, children don’t really even wear outfits this formal to weddings or funerals, let alone a football match. Wouldn’t it be more comfortable for George to just wear a jersey?
It was pointed out to me that there are actually a good many reasons why George was wearing a suit:
- His father is President of the FA and was at the match on official business in that role, so it makes sense that his family would dress similarly formally;
- They are sitting in the Wembley Royal Box, where there is a formal dress code (Ed Sheeran was also in the Royal Box and was wearing a football jersey, but point taken);
- As much as I personally want George to have a normal childhood, he can’t, because he’s in line to one day be King; and
- In the UK, it’s commonplace for children to dress like this. The suit George wore to Wembley wasn’t very different from his school uniform, which he has to wear every school day.
So there you have it. I was wrong. And George seemed to have a good time, so all’s well that ends well. I understand now – suits on kids is much more common in the UK than it is where I’m from. I have learned and will do better. Also, congrats to English soccer/football fans, because it does appear that #ItsComingHome.
Kate visited the first week of Wimbledon!
Kate had fun at Wimbledon this week, helping to make tasty treats in the kitchens and visiting the Wimbledon museum. She also spent some time in the Royal Box with the Duke of Kent, who is President of the All-England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (the organization that puts on Wimbledon). We will see a lot more of Kate during Week 2 of Wimbledon, as that’s traditionally when she is more likely to visit and watch full matches.
Queen Elizabeth and family members went to the Royal Windsor Horse Show
Her Majesty had lots of people to enjoy the horse show with, including Edward and Sophie, Earl and Countess of Wessex, cousins and friends. Also, Lady Louise, the daughter of Edward and Sophie, rode her late grandfather, Prince Philip’s horse carriage. It was very nice.
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