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Royal news – live: Harry to skip Hugh Grosvenor wedding to avoid William as he celebrates with Meghan in LA

The King and Princess of Wales are not expected to join the celebrations

Emma Guinness ,Barney Davis
Tuesday 21 May 2024 02:30
King hosts garden party with senior royals as Prince Harry to miss reunion

The Duke of Sussex is set to swerve the Duke of Westminster’s wedding next month to avoid clashing with his brother the Prince of Wales, who is serving as an usher.

Hugh Grosvenor, 33, will marry 31-year-old Olivia Henson at Chester Cathedral on 7 June in a 400-strong guestlist celebration.

One of Britain’s youngest billionaires, Grosvenor is a godfather to Harry’s first-born child, Archie, who turned five earlier this month.

However, according to recent reports, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not be attending the ceremony in a bid to avoid royal tensions overshadowing the day.

The King, who is Grosvenor’s godfather, and the Princess of Wales are also not expected to attend the wedding as they continue their respective cancer treatments.

Meanwhile, the Sussexes have celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary together in LA just days after returning from Nigeria to promote the Invictus Games in Africa. The pair as said to have exchanged gifts made of iron, as is tradition.

They were also spotted celebrating at a luxury steakhouse in Montecito with friends, where a bottle of wine can set diners back as much as $1,402.


Kate Middleton hints at return to duty following cancer diagnosis

Kate Middleton has shared her first project update since stepping back from her duties in January to work on her health.

Taking to Twitter (X), the Princess of Wales, who is currently undergoing cancer treatment, shared a video showcasing the challenges British farmers can face with their mental health.

The Kensington Royal account, which represents Kate and Prince William, wrote: “This #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek we’ve brought together the inspirational Sam Stables from We Are Farming Minds and the brilliant Farmer Will for a very special film.

“Spending a day together on Sam’s farm in Hereford they chatted about mental health in the farming community, finding support and the Duchy of Cornwall’s Mental Health Strategy.”

The full film is available to watch on YouTube.

Kate Middleton appears to have hinted at a return to duty (Independent TV)
Barney Davis21 May 2024 02:30

‘Uncomfortable’ and ‘innovative’: King Charles’s first portrait draws mixed reactions online

King Charles’ first official portrait as King has been met with mixed reactions from the public.

The abstract painting by Jonathan Yeo was unveiled by the monarch at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday to show the King wearing the uniform of the Welsh Guards against a red backdrop.

It went down a storm with Queen Camilla, who is reported to have looked at the portrait and said: “Yes, you’ve got him.”

Read more here:

Barney Davis21 May 2024 01:30

‘Nothing better than eating things you’ve grown’ King says

Charles said “there’s nothing more fun than eating the things you’ve grown” as he toured the Chelsea Flower Show’s first “no adults allowed” garden with Camilla.

The royal couple both received a badge from children from Sulivan Primary School in London who helped design the garden – with Charles being given a “King of the Compost” one and Camilla receiving a badge which called her “Queen of the Bees”.

The King joked “quite right” after being presented with his badge.

Charles, wearing a navy blue suit with a flower on his lapel, said to the children at the garden: “There’s nothing more fun than eating the things you’ve grown.”

He added: “It makes such a difference. It tastes so much better.”

(POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Barney Davis21 May 2024 00:30

Dismay over Windsor Castle decision to end free entry perk for local residents

Windsor Castle is bringing an end to free admission for the town’s residents, in a move criticised by locals who say they see those in the “big house on the hill” as their neighbours.

The Royal Collection Trust is halting the long-established perk, which offers free entry to local people who have a Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Advantage Card, from June 1.

Cardholders will now have to pay for a ticket to world’s oldest and largest inhabited castle, but will receive a 50% discount, costing £15 in advance or £16.50 on the day, with free entry for one child up to the age of 17.

The King uses the 1,000-year-old fortress in Berkshire as one of his official residences and it is a working palace, often staging investitures and state visits, but remains open to the public throughout the year.

When Queen Victoria came to the throne in 1837, she introduced tickets for visitors which could be obtained from the Lord Chamberlain’s Office or from select London booksellers.

Windsor Castle in Berkshire is the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world (Steve Parsons/PA) (PA Archive)
Barney Davis20 May 2024 23:00

King and Queen meet given tour of Chelsea Flower Show by Alan Tichmarsh

(Getty Images)
The Queen during a visit to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (Adrian Dennis/PA) (PA Wire)
(Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire)
(Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire)
Barney Davis20 May 2024 22:00

Prince Laurent: ‘Belgium’s Prince Harry’ set to quit royal family for dream life abroad

Prince Harry’s departure from the royal family changed the face of the British monarchy forever – but he is not the only royal black sheep to turn his back on palace life.

In Belgium, 60-year-old former playboy Prince Laurent has similarly established himself as an outsider in his own clan – much in the way that a young Harry did during his own turbulent formative years.

Laurent was affectionally known in the corridors of The Palace of Laeken as the “Playboy prince” before his marriage to Claire Coombs in 2003, while he courted further controversy with his spending and alleged entrepreneurial work.

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Prince Laurent: ‘Belgium’s Prince Harry’ to quit royal family for dream life abroad

‘I don’t compare myself to Prince Harry. But I would like to start a new life,’ he said.

Barney Davis20 May 2024 20:00

Earl Spencer celebrates 60th birthday today

The Earl Spencer is celebrating his 60th birthday today after recently showing his support for Prince Harry at the Invictus Games thanksgiving ceremony.

Charles Spencer, Princess Diana’s brother, alongside other members of the Spencer family turned up at the event in a show of support after none of Harry’s immediate family attended.

The Earl has remained close to Harry despite consistently frosty relations with King Charles following Princess Diana’s death.

Prince Harry hugs family as he is supported by Princess Diana’s brother and sister at Invictus Games ceremony. (UK POOL)
Emma Guinness20 May 2024 19:30

King Charles takes on two of Queen Elizabeth’s patronages

King Charles has taken on two of Queen Elizabeth’s civil service patronages, continuing an almost 140-year-old tradition.

The Monarch, 75, is now the patron of the Charity for Civil Servants and patron of the Civil Service Club, which provide support to current, former and retired civil servants in need.

News of the King’s appointment was met with delight by their chief executive Graham Hooper.

“We are extremely proud and honoured that his majesty has chosen to continue the tradition started by Queen Victoria when she became our inaugural patron in 1886,” he said.

“His patronage of the charity recognises the vital work civil servants do day in day out in service of the country.”

King Charles has two new patronages (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)
Emma Guinness20 May 2024 18:30

King and Queen arrive to preview Chelsea Flower Show

King Charles and Queen Camilla have arrived at the Chelsea Flower Show ahead of its official opening tomorrow.

Alongside the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, they will tour the displays in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

The couple are also set to visit the Royal Horticultural Society’s “no adults allowed” garden, which aims to highlight the importance of giving children access to the natural world.

Their visit comes after King Charles was recently named the patron of The Royal Horticultural Society.

(POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
(POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Barney Davis20 May 2024 17:55

King Charles set to break tradition at this year’s Trooping the Colour

King Charles will reportedly ride in a carriage at this year’s Trooping the Colour and not on horseback as is tradition, it has been reported.

This comes amid a tumultuous year for the Monarch, 75, who was diagnosed with cancer following a routine procedure to treat an enlarged prostate.

A source told The Telegraph that a carriage will be the “most likely” option to avoid any risk to the King’s health, as he is still battling the disease.

The event will take place on 15 June, the King’s official birthday.

King Charles will reportedly break with tradition at this year’s Trooping the Colour (AFP via Getty Images)
Emma Guinness20 May 2024 17:30

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