Analysis: the Duchesses intervene in Queen’s absence

As such, the VIPs gathering in Glasgow for the crucial COP26 climate talks will miss her. Surely they would have been looking forward to their moment with the elderly monarch, and perhaps a treasured photo. Now that she is canceled your visit for medical advice, your ministers have also lost their most valuable diplomat.

For those who are still concerned about the 95-year-old, the palace has continued to say this week that she is in a “good mood”, with sources telling us that she was doing “light duty” in Windsor. On Thursday, the palace posted an excerpt from a video call earlier that day. In the clip, he joked with the winner of the Queen’s Gold Medal in Poetry in 2020, David Constantine, who received his medal at Buckingham Palace. “I don’t know what you do with it … Did you put it in a closet?” joked.

In the absence of the queen, Princes Charles and William will occupy a central place in Scotland. They will be accompanied by the Duchesses of Cornwall and Cambridge, who have assumed bigger and bigger roles in recent years.

A great example of how comfortable Camilla has become with her place at the Firm came this week with her biggest, and possibly most impressive speech yet. The Duchess of Cornwall gave a passionate speech at a reception before Shameless! Festival in London next month, which plans to unite art and activism to combat attitudes towards sexual violence.

“This country has been shocked and saddened by the loss of women to violence this year. On average, a woman is killed by a man every three days,” Camilla said. “Sarah Everard, Sabina Nessa, Wenjing Lin, Geetika Goyal and Bennylyn Burke are names that, like everyone else, should never be forgotten.”

She continued: “By no means do we hold all men accountable for sexual violence. But we do need everyone on board to confront it. After all, rapists are not born, they are built. And it takes a whole community – – men. and women – to dismantle the lies, words and actions that foster a culture in which sexual assault is seen as normal and in which the victim is embarrassed. “

It was a speech that capitalized on the number of women in Britain who sit in the middle of a nationwide reckoning over an epidemic of violence against women and girls here.

Kate has also been refining the causes she is passionate about, be it her focus on early childhood or endorsing mental health campaigns, such as one recently that she hopes will reshape addiction.

How have they done it? Well, in part, they’ve just bitten the bullet by embracing that old WWII motivational mantra of “Keep calm and carry on.” But they are also becoming experts in their chosen areas of interest.

Next week, both women will face their biggest diplomatic test to date in what will be the largest gathering of world leaders in the UK. It’s not about them, it’s about the big names that they will now host in His Majesty’s absence.

No one expects the Duchesses to do more than stand out, but will they be able to show that the UK can still retain its diplomatic power without the real star of the show?

Camilla and Kate do not need to prove that they are as good as the Queen (that is as much for their husbands as heirs to the throne as it is for the following who must prove they have the potential when the time comes). This is the real long game and COP26 is one of those times where royalty proves their worth to the UK, which is why the four of them are so committed to the event.


Charles and Camilla have a very busy month ahead of them.

The Prince of Wales and his wife are heading to Jordan and Egypt next month. The couple will embark on a four-day trip starting Nov. 16 at the request of the British government, Clarence House announced this week. “The tour will showcase these strong bilateral relationships, with a particular focus on addressing the climate crisis,” Charles’s office said. He added that the couple will explore how to fulfill the commitments following the conclusion of the UN climate talks in Glasgow.

The first stop on the overseas tour is Jordan, where they will be greeted by King Abdullah II and Queen Rania to mark the country’s centenary. Charles and Camilla have visited Jordan before (in 2015 and 2013 respectively). “The Prince will focus on environmental issues, interfaith dialogue, heritage preservation, and creating jobs and opportunities for young people. The Duchess will continue her commitment to supporting women as well as girls’ education,” according to Clarence House.

They will then travel to Egypt, where they will meet with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his wife, Entissar Amer al-Sisi, as well as the Grand Imam of al-Azhar. Clarence House said the planned engagements in the country will allow the couple to “celebrate the ancient culture and spiritual significance of Egypt, while also looking towards modern Egypt, embracing a greener future.”


A United States judge sets a deadline for the presentation of evidence in Andrew’s sexual assault case.

Prince Andrew has until July next year to answer questions under oath in the civil sexual assault case against him. Judge Lewis A. Kaplan set July 14 as the deadline for the presentation of all evidence, including a possible statement from the Duke of York, according to a US court document dated October 25. The ruling means that Andrew’s legal troubles could potentially cast a shadow on Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, which take place next June. The Duke’s accuser, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, alleges that she was trafficked by convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and forced to perform sexual acts with royalty on multiple occasions while still a minor under US law. Andrew, 61, years, he has repeatedly denied the claims. Read more.


Prince Charles is caught in a deep conversation with Oscar-winning actress Judi Dench at a reception hosted by his wife Camilla for their online book club initiative. During the pandemic, Camilla shared her favorite books on a series of lists. The recommendations were so popular that the Duchess launched “The Reading Room,” which continues to offer suggestions as well as talks with authors and an online community for book lovers to connect.


The UK government is rolling out the red carpet to welcome world leaders to Scotland and deploying several high-level royals to deliver a dose of their soft power and support the interests of the country.

But in the past, one of the “best examples of soft power Britain has ever possessed” was the late Princess Diana, journalist Richard Kay said on CNN’s new series “Diana.” Watch a clip below and don’t forget about the new episodes airing Sundays at 9pm ET / PT.


The years-long wait for Japanese royalty to walk down the aisle is over.

Princess Mako, the Japanese emperor’s niece, finally married her common boyfriend Kei Komuro on Tuesday. When a princess marries a non-royal, Japan’s strict imperial law stipulates that she must renounce her royal status. Mako’s departure from the family and plans to move to New York, where her new husband works at a law firm, have drawn comparisons between many and the Sussexes. But those comparisons are pretty hollow. We wrote about it in a special issue earlier this week. (Side note: If you have time, please let us know what you think about our experiment with occasional submissions of great stories from other royal families. We want to make sure we are developing the real news you want to read and that you really value your opinion. Send us a message to [email protected] And a big thank you to those who have already written!)

Mako Komuro (former Princess Mako of Akishino) and Kei Komuro at a press conference after their wedding on Tuesday.

Beatrice and Eugenie attend the Greek royal wedding.

Wedding bells seem to be in the air, as Japanese nuptials weren’t the only royal celebrations this week. Princesses Beatrice and Eugenia were seen in Athens at the ceremony for Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark and his wife Nina Flohr over the weekend. Beatrice was all smiles as she and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi stopped on the steps of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens to greet supporters. It was her first appearance since giving birth to daughter Sienna Elizabeth on September 18. The lavish event saw crowds of European royalty descend on the event, including Queen Sofia of Spain.

“How many more women must be harassed, raped, or murdered before we can truly come together to forge a world free of violence?”

asked Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, at the end of her speech at the Shameless. Festival reception.

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