A Royal October: An Update on the British Royal Family

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Hear Ye, Hear Ye, all royal enthusiasts! The world’s most famous family has had a whirlwind October that has excited fans across the world.

The royal fall started with the Duchess of Cambridge returning to work from maternity leave Oct. 2. She has been taking a break from her public engagements since the birth of her third child, Prince Louis, on April 23.

The Duchess’s first engagement was at the Sayers Croft Forest School and Wildlife Garden in London and was a casual and outdoorsy event. The visit offered Kate a low-key return to her high profile life.

Next on the royal agenda was the wedding of Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie of York, who married Mr. Jack Brooksbank. The pair, who have dated for seven years, tied the knot Oct. 12 at Windsor Castle. The famous bride stunned everyone in a long-sleeved gown by British-based designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos for her wedding and a blush-colored flowing gown by Zac Posen for her reception.

The Princess requested her wedding dress have a low back to show off her scars from a surgery she underwent when she was 12 to correct her severe scoliosis, or curvature of her spine. HRH even invited some of the doctors who helped her to her fairytale wedding.

The flowing wedding dress and sparkling emerald tiara drew rave reviews across the world. This is a royal redemption as both Princess Eugenie and her older sister Princess Beatrice received harsh criticism for their over-the-top looks at Prince William and Kate’s wedding in 2011.

Like all royal weddings, Eugenie and Jack’s big day was filled with beloved members of the royal family and A-list celebrities. Kate Middleton, Demi Moore and Cara Delevingne were consistently named as the best-dressed guests.

The royal family fever was turned up even more when, just three days after the royal wedding, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they are expecting a baby next spring.

The couple, who married last May, have been open about their desire for children. When asked about children in their post-engagement interview, Prince Harry responded, “Hopefully we’ll start a family in the near future.”

The parents-to-be received well wishes from all members of the royal family, with a spokesman for the queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and Kate, and Meghan’s mother Doria all saying they are “delighted for the couple.”

The news came as an exciting start to a two-week long tour of Australia and New Zealand. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex even received their first baby present from their friends down under. At a welcoming ceremony at Admiralty House, they were given a stuffed kangaroo and baby Ugg boots.

Prince Harry and Meghan have a busy tour schedule centered around the opening of the Invictus Games, a foundation started by Prince Harry in 2013. The games are from combat veterans from all over the world to compete in sporting events. They serve as a way to begin the long process of healing and rebuilding after active duty.

Harry and Meghan’s first big tour will come to an end Nov. 1.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

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