Before I begin, I want to acknowledge the terrorist attack in Paris last night, Friday, November 13th, and say that my thoughts and good wishes go out to the victims, victim’s families, and all of Paris. To say that the events of last night are an appalling lack of humanity doesn’t even do the enormity of the atrocity justice. Je Suis Paris.
Commenters: By all means, offer your condolences and prayers to Paris and the victim’s, denounce this attack as the senseless act it is, but please do not bring politics or [the attackers’] religion into the discussion. Thank you.
With that said, this is a blog about the royals and before the Paris attacks last night, Kensington Palace announced more of Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s schedule; as well, Prince Harry had appearances this week which I would like to cover.
Next Friday, November 20, William and Kate will visit North Wales for engagements in Caernarfon, Snowdonia, and Denbigh focusing on the mental health and wellbeing of young people. They will visit Mind like they did for World Mental Health Day on October 10th.
Kensington Palace announced yesterday that William and Kate will make an official tour to India in spring 2016. The visit is at the request of Her Majesty’s Government and will be the first visit to the country by both Cambridges. The announcement was made to coincide with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s visit to Britain, but the trip is still in the early stages of planning and actual details of the visit will be made available early next year.
From the press release: “Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit India in the spring of 2016. The visit is being undertaken at the request of Her Majesty’s Government and will be the first time The Duke and Duchess have visited the country. Full details will be confirmed early next year.”
Prince George and Princess Charlotte will most likely not be taken on the tour. Even though William and Kate took George to Australia and New Zealand when he was eight months old, they have decided (per Daily Mail) “this tour would prove too gruelling for the youngsters, particularly Charlotte who won’t even be a year old.”
When William and Kate go to India, Charlotte will most likely be older than George was when they took him to OZ and NZ. So I don’t see why it would be “too grueling” for her in terms of her age. Richard Palmer on Twitter suggested a better reason for why William and Kate won’t take the kids on tour, saying: “The heat and humidity, need for jabs etc.” I’m assuming “jabs” are vaccines? That would make sense. Except for some reason I’m getting the feeling they would use that as an excuse rather than an actual reason. They could take the kids if they really wanted to, but they don’t want to. I suspect we will see a lot less of Charlotte in her first two years than we saw of George in his.
Speaking of: I’m really wondering if we will get Christmas photos of George and Charlotte. We didn’t get Christmas photos in 2013, and in 2014 the photos were “to thank the media for allowing George to grow up without intrusion, and for not using the paparazzi photographs of George”. But in August 2015, KP released that letter asking the press not to use pap photos and basically threatened to not release photos of the kids if the press did not comply. Well, that letter didn’t do much because a month later pap photos of George and Charlotte came out, and then in October more photos of George came out and though those were taken by members of the public, they were published in a magazine. William and Kate might want to stick it to the press and public by not releasing photos. I hope they do release photos, though. We have not seen either Cambridge offspring since July.
Prince Harry attended an Endeavour Fund reception on November 11th. He gave a speech, saying in part:
“It never ceases to amaze me the commitment, determination and resolve of these men and women; injured while serving our country, but refusing to be beaten or defined by their injuries. As I have said before, my admiration for all these individuals is boundless. Thankfully the nation shares my admiration, and the British Public’s support for our Service men, women and veterans has been quite simply fantastic.
“However, three years on there is still more to be done.
“For some people, the struggle to move beyond injury or past experience continues. They suffer in silence, unwilling or unaware of which way to turn for help; for whatever reason they have become ‘the hard to reach’. No longer accessible through the traditional networks, as they have gone to ground, believing that the right help isn’t out there for them, or it’s all just too confusing and complicated.
“Well, in this next phase of the Endeavour Fund, we will be asking those who have taken part in previous endeavours to take a leading role in future challenges. Some as project managers but more significantly to act as peer mentors, forming a support network for those veterans who have not found the impulse to come forward. Our inspirational alumni are ideally placed to help these hard-to-reach individuals rediscover their sense of purpose through sport and challenges.”
Last night, November 13th, Harry attended the Royal Variety Performance. BTW, that’s Harry ELF, Edward Lane Fox, behind Harry in the balcony photo.
On a side note, we talked about how Harry laid a wreath at the Cenotaph in his own right signalling his transition into full time royal status, but Palmer commented on Harry’s future:
“I think William will find it difficult to do both [have a normal job and do royal duties] when Prince of Wales but Harry may never be a full-time working royal. The plan is still for him to find another career and combine that with royal duties. At the moment, Harry’s day job is still as a civilian volunteer supporting injured veterans. We await his next career move. He spends roughly two days a week working with wounded veterans as a civilian volunteer.”
On a superficial note, Harry looks good in a tux.