And that includes the royal family. July and August are usually quiet months in the royal calendar, as clansmen take a break from their busy schedules of public duties.
Suddenly the jet set and busy schedule of public appearances, speeches and royal visits come to a halt – and the members go offline.
But how easy is it for the royal family to really walk away from it all – and what happens at a royal party?
The most famous holiday destination for the Royal Family is Balmoral Castle in Scotland, where the Queen spends her summers and where many family reunions have taken place.
While at Balmoral, the monarch was photographed taking walks in the countryside, riding horses and having picnics with her family. “It’s the most beautiful place on earth… and I think grandma is the happiest there,” Princess Eugenie said in a 2016 ITV documentary.
Her connection to the island began in 1960 when she saw it on a Caribbean cruise on the Royal Yacht Britannia. Her landlord, Colin Tennant, gave her 10 acres of land as a wedding gift, and she later used her island villa as a media-free retreat and to host parties in the company of celebrities.
Many members of the royal family have also been proponents of a cold weather retreat. Prince Philip took his children Princess Anne and Prince Charles on a skiing trip to Liechtenstein in 1965, and Diana, Princess of Wales regularly treated her boys William and Harry to adventures on the slopes.
And sometimes romance blossoms during royal getaways. When Prince Harry introduced Meghan Markle as his fiancée in 2017, he told reporters about their romantic trip to Botswana, where they camped out under the stars, away from prying eyes.
This visit was clearly important to the couple. Their time in the country was even depicted on Meghan’s engagement ring, which featured a diamond from the South African nation.
With so many memories made on private tours around the world, it’s no wonder the royals treasure their vacations as much as the rest of us.
Last December, William and Kate posted a photo from their family trip to Jordan. We don’t yet know where the Royals are heading for their holidays this year, but after a busy Queen’s Jubilee weekend last month, there’s no doubt they’ll enjoy setting up their out of office emails.
WHAT ELSE HAPPENS?
The Queen welcomes the deployment of the vaccine.
The Queen called the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine in the UK ‘incredible’, as she paid tribute to the National Health Service (NHS) by awarding the institution the George Cross, Britain’s highest civilian honor . The monarch hosted representatives of the state-funded service, including nurse May Parsons, who administered the world’s first non-trial Covid vaccine in late 2020. “Are you still alive?” the monarch joked with Parsons after hearing about his role in medical history. The Queen continued that commitment with a surprise visit to open a new palliative care building in Maidenhead, near Windsor, on Friday. “Typical a phone rings immediately,” laughed the Queen when a member of the group featuring the monarch received a call during her appearance.
Interview with Bombshell Prince Andrew on the big screen.
The story behind a landmark TV interview that destroyed Prince Andrew’s reputation is set to be dramatized in a film, it was confirmed on Thursday. The Duke of York spoke on the BBC’s ‘Newsnight’ program in 2019 about his relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, and his uncomfortable performance was quickly trashed by the British media and the public. Its producer, Sam McAlister, whose book ‘Scoops’ is being adapted as a film, told CNN “it’s hard to believe, even almost three years later, that this momentous interview ever happened.” . During the conversation, Andrew claimed he couldn’t sweat and described Epstein’s sexual abuse as “unseemly”. “As I sat 15 feet behind Prince Andrew at Buckingham Palace, I couldn’t believe what he said on camera,” McAlister said.
DO NOT MISS
It’s been a busy week for Britain’s future queen consort, who is set to turn 75 on Sunday.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has been in the spotlight for days ahead of her milestone birthday – she edited a special edition of Country Life magazine last week and attended a birthday lunch hosted by Oldie magazine in London on Tuesday.
“You might not believe this, but I actually tried to keep my mouth shut about reaching three-quarters of a century – and, as you see, I failed miserably,” joked Camilla at the event.
She balanced the festivities with a full diary of royal engagements. On Thursday she visited Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in south London, where she was warmly welcomed by a four-legged resident and urged Britons to ‘find a friend for life’.
His 75-year-old fanfare is only accelerating this change – while allowing him to bask in a wave of goodwill.
Poet Roger McGough even crafted a special work for the Duchess’s birthday, which tells her: “Yours are the days ma’am, with the promise of many more to come. So carpe diem, but gently, for thus they last longer. And don’t count them, just be grateful.”
She appeared to take that advice during her speech at the Oldie meeting, in which she described Prince Philip’s philosophy as follows: “Look up and pay attention, say less, do more – and keep the job going.”
“I know our minds, if not our bodies, will soon be spinning around this metaphorical dance floor,” Camilla added.
PICTURE OF THE WEEK
Charles and Camilla met members at the Tabernacle performing arts centre, to celebrate the return of Notting Hill Carnival to London later this summer. The festival, organized by members of the city’s Afro-Caribbean community, returns in August after a three-year absence due to the pandemic.
Correction: An emailed version of this newsletter incorrectly stated when the Duchess of Cornwall visited Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. She went there on Friday.
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