Royal Round Up on a Tuesday! This one includes a report about Prince William wanting to champion anti-bullying, Princess Beatrice‘s birthday holiday, Sophie, Countess of Wessex and her family as well at Princess Anne and her family at an eventing competition, Princess Charlene at the Red Cross Ball, and Crown Princess Mary at fashion week and the Danish royal family summer photocall.
British Royal Family
There is a report in the Sunday Times that Prince William wishes to “to devote himself to championing the cause of young people who suffer bullying or mental illness” and has “asked his aides to help him establish what he sees as his defining role until he becomes king”. William “believes he should focus on helping young people when he leaves [his air ambulance job] in about two years’ time. He will scale down his emergency work as Prince Charles takes more royal duties from the Queen, with William in the supporting role”. From the Times, William “expressed an interest in helping young people suffering from depression, including victims of cyberbullying and gay people who face discrimination”.
I find this… odd.
1) I find it hypocritical that William wants to champion the anti-bullying thing when he himself was a bully when in school and continues to bully the press now.
2) Isn’t Duchess Kate the one who is “championing” charities focused on young people who face bullying and mental illness? Is William taking that cause over from Kate, and Kate will find something else to do? Or will they work on that together?
3) We have heard SO many times that William and Kate are going to step up their royal roles and royal duties, and then William takes an air ambulance job and Kate has another baby. So I don’t believe William will actually step up his royal role. He took the air ambulance job to get away from that role.
4) Is William not going to start championing young people who suffer from bullying and mental illness for two years? Why announce that he is going to focus on that cause when it won’t happen for two years?
5) I thought William’s big “defining role until he becomes king” cause was wildlife conservation. Did he get bored of that or something?
I could see why William may want to focus on the bullying/mental illness cause. He himself thinks he’s a bullying and cyberbullying victim, and of course he did lose his mother when he was a teenager so he may have suffered from depression himself. So focusing on young people who suffer from bullying and depression makes a bit of sense if that’s the way he’s thinking. But this still seems odd to me. This isn’t an official announcement, though, so who knows what will happen in the future.
— British Royals (@britishroyals) August 10, 2015
Did you ever want to see some behind-the-scenes photos from Prince Charles and Princess Diana‘s wedding day? Well then here’s your chance. 14 never-before-seen candid photos from the reception at Buckingham Palace on July 29, 1981 are set to go up for auction next month. You can see lots of them at the Express.
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— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) August 10, 2015
Princess Beatrice turned 27 on Saturday, August 8. Happy Birthday, girl! To celebrate her birthday, Bea jetted off on her, what, 16th holiday this year? I’ve lost count. This time, Bea went to Ibiza where she was seen on board Roman Abramovich‘s £1.5billion super-yacht with Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King, and Disney CEO Bob Iger. Oh, and let’s not forget the Male Waity, Dave Clark. Bea then flew to Sotogrande in Spain to spend her birthday with her parents. According to the DM, Beatrice moved to NYC three weeks ago to start a new job at a private equity firm. Okay.
On Saturday, August 8, Sophie, Countess of Wessex attended Day 2 of the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park in Stroud, England. Sophie brought out her husband, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and both kids, Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn. The family watched the eventing competitions and James played on an inflatable slide which looks like a lot of fun. Edward and Louise are very matchy matchy in their polo shirts, slacks, and baseball caps. I love that now that the kids are getting older Sophie and Edward bring them out more. It’s great to see the whole Wessex family together.
The Wessex family were not the only royals to attend the Festival of British Eventing this weekend. The Princess Royal’s family did, too. Gatcombe Park is the home of Princess Anne, so she, her kids, and grandkids spent the weekend at the event. Peter Phillips, Autumn Phillips, and their kids, Zara Phillips Tindall, Mike Tindall, and daughter Mia Tindall were all there hanging out. Mia was not thrilled and threw a tantrum on Sunday, August 9. Go here to see photos from the other days.
Prince Albert and Princess Charlene stepped out on Saturday, July 25 (the same day as Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo’s civil ceremony in Monaco), for the Monaco Red Cross Ball at the Prince’s Palace of Monaco. Charlene wore a bright red Valentino jumpsuit which I like WAY better than the navy Dior gown she wore to this event last year.
I love that Charlene and Albert look so much more connected and happy with each other than they did in previous years. Having the twins really seems to have improved their relationship.
Danish Royal Family
The Danish Royal Family had their annual summer photocall at Grasten Castle on Saturday, July 25. Among those that came out were Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, along with their four children.
By the way, Princess Josephine broke her arm recently in a horse riding accident.
On Friday, August 7, Crown Princess Mary attended Copenhagen Fashion Week and presented the Designers Nest Award to Sara Lundberg.