On the afternoon of Wednesday, May 11, 2022, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall along with Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent, and Their Royal Highnesses Prince and Princess Michael of Kent attended the Not Forgotten Association Annual Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.
The Not Forgotten Association is a charity for serving wounded, injured, or sick and for ex-servicemen and women with disabilities. The Princess Royal is the Patron of the Not Forgotten Association and served as host as it was recently announced that Her Majesty The Queen will not be attending any of this year’s royal garden parties.
On the morning of Thursday, April 14, 2022, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall represented Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during Royal Maundy Service at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor.
This is the first time since 1970 that the 95-year-old monarch has missed Royal Maundy Service. Her Majesty’s absence was not due to illness rather it is due to mobility issues.
Royal Maundy Service is held the Thursday before Easter Sunday whereupon Her Majesty would distribute Maundy money, the amount goes by the years since she has been on the throne, to individuals who have done “…great work in their community and church…”
According to a Buckingham Palace press release, Royal Maundy Service dates back to:
“… dates back to 600AD and these special coins have kept much the same form since 1670. They still bear the portrait of Her Majesty designed for her coronation in 1953, even though the image on ordinary circulating coinage has since been changed four times. Each recipient of Maundy money is given two small leather purses by The Queen, one red and one white.
The first contains a small amount of ordinary coinage which symbolizes the Sovereign’s gift for food and clothing. The second purse contains Maundy coins up to the value of the Sovereign’s age. The coins are legal tender but recipients normally prefer to retain them as a keepsake.”
On Monday, April 11, 2022, it was announced that Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit Canada in May 2022 in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year.
During their three-day royal tour Their Royal Highnesses will visit Newfoundland and Labrador, the National Capital Region, and the Northwest Territories. This will be the 19th visit to Canada for The Prince of Wales and the 5th visit for The Duchess of Cornwall. The royal couple’s most recent royal tour to Canada was “…conducted from June 29 to July 1, 2017, during which they visited Iqaluit, Nunavut; Trenton, Wellington and Ottawa, Ontario; and Gatineau, Quebec…” according to a press release via the Governor-General of Canada.
More information about the upcoming royal tour to Canada will be released in due course.
On Friday, April 8, 2022, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall’s Reading Room announced the first book for Season 6: The Kite Runner. I loved this novel! If you haven’t had a chance to read this amazing story, I highly recommend that you do.
Originally published in 2003 by Mr. Khaled Hosseini — and made into a film in 2007 — The Kite Runner tells the story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant:
“…the novel is a beautifully crafted story set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.
A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic.”
If haven’t heard about The Duchess of Cornwall’s Reading Room, which launched on Instagram in January 2021, is a “…literary hub on a mission to help readers and non-readers alike find and connect with books they will love. Through exclusive author interviews and behind-the-scenes content, The Reading Room celebrates books from around the world and the extraordinary people who create them.”
To learn more about The Duchess of Cornwall’s Reading Room as well as to review her past recommendations pleaseclick here.
If you are interested in following The Duchess of Cornwall’s Reading Room on Instagram please click here.
Finally, if you’re interested in learning more about Mr. Khaled Hosseini as well as other novels that he has recently published please visit his official website here.
On Tuesday, April 5, 2022, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall met with British author, academic, and 2019 Booker Prize winner, Professor Bernardine Evaristo, at Clarence House in London, England. On November 30, 2021, Professor Evaristo became the new President of the Royal Society of Literature (RSL) after it was announced that Professor Dame Marina Warner would be retiring. Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall is Patron of the Royal Society of Literature.
According to a press release via the RSL, Professor Evaristo was:
“…elected a Fellow of the RSL in 2004 and has been a pivotal part of a wide range of the Society’s programmes and committees, from chairing events to running workshops for young people. She served as Vice-Chair of the RSL’s governing Council, as Chair of its Programmes Committee (with oversight of public events, publications and outreach programmes) and most recently as Vice-President since November 2020. Evaristo is currently the Chair of the RSL’s Open Fellowship recruitment panel in its first year; she also took part in the 40 Under 40 Fellowship initiative as a panellist. In 2021, Evaristo was appointed a Sky Arts Ambassador and launched the Sky Arts RSL Writers Awards providing mentoring with RSL Fellows to emerging writers of colour.”
To learn more about Ms. Evaristo please click hereto read an article about her life from The New Yorker magazine.
On Thursday, March 31, 2022, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited the set of EastEnders at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, England.
EastEnders debuted on BBC One on February 19, 1985, and immediately became a hit with viewers. The show, created by Ms. Julia Smith and Mr. Tony Holland, is set in, “…Albert Square in the East End of London in the fictional borough of Walford the program follows the stories of local residents and their families as they go about their daily lives.”