The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge host delayed Diana statue reception
Close friends and family of the late Princess of Wales gathered at Kensington Palace for the delayed celebration of the Diana statue.Close family and friends of the late royal - who died in a car accident in Paris on August 31, 1997, aged 36 - gathered at Kensington Palace on Tuesday (19.10.21), as thanks were given to the donors of the bronze tribute erected in the Sunken Garden of the royal residence.
Queen Elizabeth will be joined on future public visits by another member of the royal family to avoid letting people down in case of health scares. © Bang Showbiz Queen Elizabeth
The 95-year-old monarch spent a night in hospital for tests last week and was forced to cancel a visit to Northern Ireland but it is said that she will now be accompanied by one of her children or grandchildren for engagements in the future.
Members of the royal family had already increased the number of engagements they carry out with The Queen following the death of Prince Philip in April and the role will become even more important following the monarch's health scare.
Queen faces busy schedule of royal duties six months on from Philip’s death
The monarch, who has been advised to rest by royal doctors, is gearing up for the Platinum Jubilee next year.The monarch is gearing up for her milestone Platinum Jubilee, with a weekend of festivities being held next summer.
A royal source said that both Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, are "keen to provide any support they can".
Gallery: Duchess WHAT?! The fake monikers of the British Royal Family (BANG Showbiz)
Meghan, Harry, Kate and Victoria - all names synonymous with the British Royal Family. But it may give you a right royal shock to learn that many of those names aren’t the ones their bearers were born with. Take a look through to see which monarchy monikers are regal, but not real...
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
Before marrying Prince William in 2011 and becoming the Duchess of Cornwall, Catherine was known as Kate Middleton. Her birth name was in fact Catherine Elizabeth Middleton. It is believed that she acquired the nickname Kate at university. When she married into the British Royal Family, her official title became Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, but a decade on from her marriage to William, she is still often referred to as Kate. However, in public, William has been noted to call his wife by her full name.
One of the most enduring historical figures is Queen Victoria, who up until recent years was the longest-serving monarch of all time before being overtaken by Queen Elizabeth II. The matron-like monarch held the throne from 1837 until her death in 1901, but her birth name wasn’t Victoria. She was born Alexandrina Victoria with Alexandrina a tribute to her godfather Tsar Alexander I of Russia and sometimes received the name Drina as a nickname. When she took the throne at the age of 18, she chose her middle name to become her best-known moniker.
King George VI
King George VI was the father of Queen Elizabeth II, who took over from him after his death in 1952. He reigned from December 1936 to his death in February 1952. But when he was born in 1895 he was actually given the first name of Albert, with George one of his middle names alongside Frederick and Arthur. He was commonly known as Bertie to family but chose the name George when his reign began.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
Camilla – who uses the royal title of the Duchess of Cornwall – was born as Camilla Rosemary Shand before later becoming Camilla Parker-Bowles. She is the second wife of Charles, Prince of Wales and therefore entitled to use the natural title of Camilla, Princess of Wales. However, Camilla, upon marrying Charles, chose to use the title of Duchess of Cornwall instead, owing to the fact that Charles’ former wife Diana – who died in a car crash in 1997 – is still referred to as the Princess of Wales.
King Edward VII
The son of Queen Victoria was born with the name Albert Edward, but when his mother died in 1901, he hastily took the royal title of Edward VII. This was against the wishes of his late mother - who herself had changed her name - but he decided to do it in order to honour his six predecessors who had the name Edward and was also mindful that he did not want to diminish his father – Prince Albert.
While Princess Beatrice does in fact use the name she was legally given, things could have been very different had the Queen not took it upon herself to intervene. When Beatrice was born to Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York in 1988, it is believed that the couple wanted to call their daughter Annabel. Queen Elizabeth reportedly forbade this, having decided that name was “too yuppie” and suggested the name Beatrice – the name of Queen Victoria youngest child – which is Latin for “one who brings joy.”
Although not strictly a member of the royal family, but an in-law, Pippa Middleton is the younger sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Although she has always gone by the name Pippa since entering the public eye, the socialite’s full name is actually Phillipa Charlotte Middleton. Pippa married James Matthews in 2017. James’s father is Laird of Glen Affric, a 10,000 acre estate in Scotland and when he passes, James will inherit lairdship, meaning that Pippa will acquire the courtesy title of Lady Glen Affric.
The red-headed son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana was actually christened with the first name Henry, making his full name Henry Charles Albert David. But the brother of Prince William – who made a name for himself as the ‘bad boy’ of the Royal Family before marrying Meghan Markle and abandoning royal duties – has always gone by Harry unless at an official occasion.
The monarch is pressing on with "light duties" following her stay in hospital and another source said that The Queen is "knackered" following a busy period over the last month where she had undertook 19 engagements.
Why DID doctors tell the Queen to cancel?
Although royal aides stressed that there was no cause for alarm about the 95-year-old monarch's health, they were forced to cancel a two-day visit to Northern Ireland at the 11th hour.Although royal aides stressed that there was no cause for alarm about the 95-year-old monarch's health, they were forced to cancel a two-day visit to Northern Ireland at the 11th hour yesterday.
A source told The Times newspaper: "She is knackered."
Royal insiders explained that her private schedule has been full with "a constant flow of lunches and dinners with family and friends, because the Queen does not want to dine alone".
It is also reported that palace aides may "discreetly keep an eye" on The Queen's late night TV viewing habits as she is said to be a big fan of the BBC crime series 'Line of Duty' and also stayed up to watch Emma Raducanu's historic US Open win last month.
Royal historian Hugo Vickers said: "The problem is that the Queen does not want to disappoint people.
"She can say no to people, but by and large she doesn’t. What you’ve got to do is pace her."
Edward sends Queen's regrets as he delivers her General Synod address .
The monarch, 95, failed to address the Church of England's national assembly at Church House in Westminster for the first time in her 69-year reign on Tuesday.After missing the Remembrance Sunday service at the weekend, the Queen was due to appear in person at Church House, the Westminster headquarters of the Synod, but her appearance was cancelled last Thursday over health concerns.