I was waiting to do a post about the official photos from Prince Nicolas’ baptism, but the Swedish court has not released them yet. I seem to remember the official photos from Princess Leonore’s baptism and the official photos from Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia’s wedding were released the next day. Oh well, I guess we’ll keep waiting for those. In the mean time, Kensington Palace decided to fill the void by adding to Prince William, Prince Harry, and Kate Middleton‘s schedules.
Edit: Just after I posted this article, Princess Madeleine posted a christening photo on her Facebook page. Though the photos have still not been officially released by the Swedish court. They will probably be released tomorrow. /Edit
On Monday, October 19, William will give a speech on Chinese TV to talk about the illegal wildlife trade.
On Thursday, October 22, Harry will attend a service at St Paul’s Cathedral marking the 75th anniversary of Explosive Ordnance Disposal.
On Monday, October 26, William, Harry, and Kate will attend the charities forum hosted by BAFTA and Aardman Animation where they will take part in a model making workshop and attend the premiere of Shaun the Sheep movie (which opened in the US in early August). *This is on top of their previously scheduled Bond premiere. So they will have two premieres in one day.
On Tuesday, October 27, Kate will visit Chance UK’s early intervention program.
Also on Tuesday, October 27, Kate will attend the 100 Women in Hedge Funds dinner at the V&A in support of the Art Room (that’s the charity chosen to receive support this year).
In other royal appearances news, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall will visit New Zealand and Australia November 4-15.
I’m guessing if Kate and/or William take their rumored Mustique vacation, it will be during the first part of November, most likely when Charles and Camilla are in NZ and OZ.
In other royal trinity news, Prince Harry attended a reception last night (October 12) hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Prince Philip, Princess Anne, the Duke of Gloucester, and Princess Alexandra were also there. The reception was in honor of the Rugby World Cup. and attended by over 400 team members, officials, and volunteers.
Harry, as Honorary President of England 2015, gave a speech. He said in part:
“As Honorary President of England 2015, it is a privilege to see this Rugby World Cup being enjoyed by hundreds of millions of people around the world. It has been one of the most competitive and entertaining world cups ever. […] It has also grown into the largest tournament to date. We have seen capacity crowds and new Rugby World Cup attendance records. Fan zones have been packed with hundreds of thousands of expectant supporters from every competing nation. And the global broadcast audience has been staggering. […] Over the last 63 years, The Queen has welcomed people to these rooms from all around the world to celebrate their achievements and recognise their dedication and commitment to public causes. This evening, we would like to thank all of you for making England 2015 such a successful and enjoyable tournament for everybody.”
The Queen received a specially-commissioned World Cup Participation Medal from the director of World Rugby, Bernard Lapasset.
The Queen wore a purple dress and an amethyst floral brooch.
Harry wore a blue suit and a Rugby World Cup pin.