Sunday, 13 March 2016

The Windsor Wrap: headlines from the week

One week, seven days, a whole host of events and stories from the House of Windsor. We had music, we had sport, we even had cake. It's been a busy week - to sum it all up, here is the Windsor Wrap.

The Queen and the Prince of Wales marked the 40th anniversary of the Prince's Trust this week by visiting a charity centre run by the organisation. 

The Queen and The Prince of Wales celebrate #Trustat40
"I must have a look!" The Prince of Wales cuts a Prince's Trust cake during yesterday's #Trustat40 celebrations
Posted by The British Monarchy on Wednesday, 9 March 2016

As well as meeting some of those helped by the Trust, they cut a cake made by an entrepreneur who was supported by the charity in the past.

It was a really busy week for Charles who attended a degree ceremony at the Royal College of Music. hosted a gala evening marking the 10th anniversary of the organisation Children and Arts and also attended the Prince's Trust Celebrate Success Awards alongside stars including Ant and Dec, Alesha Dixon and Rita Ora.

The Duchess of Cornwall was also chatting with the stars this week as she hosted a reception for the annual Women of the World Festival at Clarence House. Among her guests were Kathy Lette, Jenni Murray and Claire Balding. This year's WOW festival began on International Women's Day.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released photos of them on a ski-ing holiday with their two children and immediately ran into criticism over taking breaks while William's workload is in question. Later in the week, they attended two joint engagements linked to their campaign to highlight mental health issues while their diary for the coming week filled up.

Prince Harry got ready for his forthcoming visit to Nepal with a meeting with NGOs working in the country. He also caught up with preparations for the second Invictus Games, being held in Florida in May, and headed to Twickenham to see England beat Wales in the Six Nations. Harry, who is Vice Patron of the English Rugby Football Union., also met representatives from the Rugby Charity which looks after injured players and the rugby school's project before the game got under way.

Buckingham Palace had a week of dusting down the old photo albums. As well as sharing some special footage of a very young Prince Charles with the Queen for Mother's Day there was a black and white photo of the Earl of Wessex with his mum tweeted to mark his 52nd birthday on March 10th. The Earl and Countess of Wessex spent the week visiting the Bahamas and the Cayman Islands as part of their work with the Duke of Edinburgh International Award.

As the week came to an end, we reached the 90 day countdown to the Queen's official birthday which this year is marked on June 10th. Her actual birthday, April 21st, will be just the beginning of months of celebrations to mark this milestone. And to get everyone in the mood to party, the British Monarchy began its #HM90facts countdown on March 13th which means that in the next three months we will get a royal education in the run up to this very special birthday. And that's the Windsor Wrap for this week.

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