The Royal Family, in particular Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales & The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke & Duchess of Sussex have expressed their sadness and horror over the New Zealand terrorist attack against the Muslim community in Christchurch. You can find the Queen’s statement on this link and the Prince of Wales/Duchess of Cornwall on this link.
Message to the people of New Zealand from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex
Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the people who lost their lives in the devastating attack in Christchurch.
We have all been fortunate to spend time in Christchurch and have felt the warm, open-hearted and generous spirit that is core to its remarkable people.
No person should ever have to fear attending a sacred place of worship.
This senseless attack is an affront to the people of Christchurch and New Zealand, and the broader Muslim community. It is a horrifying assault on a way of life that embodies decency, community, and friendship.
We know that from this devastation and deep mourning, the people of New Zealand will unite to show that such evil can never defeat compassion and tolerance.
We send our thoughts and prayers to everyone in New Zealand today.
The Royal Family has given more information about Harry & Meghan’s departure from Kensington Palace.
The Queen has agreed to the creation of a new Household for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, following their marriage in May last year. The Household, which will be created with the support of The Queen and The Prince of Wales, will be established in the spring.
The Duke of Sussex currently has his own private office, which has been supporting The Duchess since the engagement of Their Royal Highnesses in November 2017. This long-planned move will ensure that permanent support arrangements for The Duke and Duchess’s work are in place as they start their family and move to their official residence at Frogmore Cottage.
The Queen has given permission for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex to base their Household Office at Buckingham Palace. Their Royal Highnesses will appoint new communications staff, who will form part of the Buckingham Palace communications team and report to The Queen’s Communications Secretary, Donal McCabe. Kensington Palace will continue to support Their Royal Highnesses until that team is in place.
Source : Royal Communications
On March 11th, The United Kingdom and the Commonwealth celebrated Commonwealth Day. The Duke & Duchess of Sussex attended two engagements to celebrate this special day. First, they visited Canada House to meet young Canadians who live and work in the UK. The couple learned more about Canadian traditions, such as making maple taffy (candy made of maple syrup on a stick or in the snow in some Canadian regions), they met Canadians working in different areas such as fashion, business or arts. Harry & Meghan were given some gifts for Baby Sussex – a onesie and some baby shoes – before they left. The Duchess celebrated Canada by wearing a Canadian brand, Erdem. VIDEO – VIDEO
In the afternoon, the Royal Family attended the annual Commonwealth Day Observance Service at Westminster Abbey. Were present: Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales & The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, The Duke & Duchess of Sussex and The Duke of York. This service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the UK, with a procession of flags from all 53 countries who are part of the Commonwealth. This year’s theme was ‘A Connected Commonwealth’, marrking the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth. FULL SERVICE
Earlier today, The Duchess of Sussex visited King’s College in London to join a panel discussion on International Women’s Day. Convened by the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (of which Meghan is the Vice-President), this panel aimed to discuss a range of topics such as education, the importance of boys & men being included in gender equality/the conversation and how social media can play an important part. Among the panel were Annie Lennox (founder of The Circle), Adwoa Aboah (founder of Gurls Talk), Julia Gillard (Former Prime Minister of Australia and Chair of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at King’s College London), Chrisann Jarrett (Founder of Let us Learn and Angeline Murimirwa, Executive Director of CAMFED in Africa & CAMA). VIDEO – VIDEO – VIDEO
Some quotes of the Duchess of Sussex – Source : The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust
The Duchess, newly appointed Vice-President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, said: “Inequality is a global issue, so we’re all experiencing the same issues in different ways. As a united force, we have to tackle this. We have to see it as a global challenge that we’re all looking to solve. When women miss out on careers, education or opportunities because of the system that they live in, we all suffer. It affects everything.”
The Duchess of Sussex also discussed what first motivated her to become a passionate advocate for women’s rights, stating “at age 11, I saw a commercial on television that struck me as wrong and I complained to the station. I didn’t know why, but I knew something wasn’t right. Someone had to say something, so I thought ‘why not me?’ Since then, I’ve always believed that you have to speak up when you see injustice. I’m thrilled that my role in the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust allows me to do this.”
Ahead of her participation in an International Women’s Day panel at King’s College London, Meghan has been announced as the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust’s Vice-President. The Duke of Sussex is President and Her Majesty The Queen is Patron.
The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust is delighted to announce that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex will today become Vice-President of the Trust. The Trust, of which Her Majesty The Queen is Patron and The Duke of Sussex is President, exists to champion, fund and connect young leaders around the world who are driving positive social change, serving their communities and providing hope, work and self-employment opportunities for others.
In this new role, The Duchess will highlight the Trust’s partnerships with young people across the Commonwealth, and in particular its work supporting women and girls. In celebration of International Women’s Day and to mark this appointment, Her Royal Highness will this afternoon join a special panel discussion of female thought-leaders and activists convened by The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, to discuss a range of issues affecting women today.
Lord Geidt, Chairman, said:
“The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust is thrilled to welcome The Duchess of Sussex as its Vice-President. The support and encouragement which Her Royal Highness will bring to the young leaders with whom we work promises to have a profound effect. We are enormously grateful to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex for this signal of commitment they are making to our work, helping The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust to pursue its ambitions right across the Commonwealth and beyond.”
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