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The Queen will head to Edinburgh on October 2 to take part in a special opening ceremony of the devolved Scottish Parliament. The monarch won’t be alone during this key engagement, as her son and heir Prince Charles and Camilla, known as Duke and Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland, will also be in attendance.

During this special opening ceremony, the focus will be on celebrating the efforts of local heroes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Her Majesty has spent her summer at Balmoral Castle, in Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire.

However, it may also represent an act of royal charm offensive in Scotland amid calls for a second referendum on the nation’s independence from the rest of the UK.

This announcement will come as a blow to Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who remains determined to secure a second vote on independence.

William and Kate to return to London first (Image: Getty)

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with children

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with children (Image: Getty)

In December, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge included Scotland in their royal train tour, during which they met people from all walks of life to hear how the pandemic had affected them.

While in Scotland, the couple met frontline workers and thanked them for their contribution during the ongoing pandemic.

On the same day, it was announced they had been named joint patrons of NHS Charities Together.

Prince William returned to Scotland alone in May to carry out his duty as Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. 

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Prince William with his children

Prince William with his children (Image: PA)

Her Majesty’s last official visit to Scotland came in June, where she met with MSPs.

According to the Court Circular from the Palace Of Holyroodhouse: “Mrs. Alison Johnstone MSP (Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament) was received by The Queen today.

“The Rt. Hon. Nicola Sturgeon MSP (First Minister of the Scottish Government) was received by Her Majesty.”


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Royal Family tree (Image: Express)

The circular then added: “The Queen, Patron, The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Association, this afternoon opened the newly renovated Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum at Stirling Castle and was received by the Hereditary Keeper of Stirling Castle (the Earl of Mar and Kellie), who surrendered to The Queen the Keys of the Castle which Her Majesty returned to him.

“The Queen was afterwards received by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Stirling and Falkirk (Mr. Alan Simpson) and the outgoing Chairman of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum (Brigadier Bruce Russell).

“Her Majesty toured the Museum galleries, viewing exhibitions and meeting members of staff and supporters.”


Lady Louise

Lady Louise (Image: Getty)

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5.30am update: Prince Edward lifts lid on watching Lady Louise grow up as unwitting Royal – ‘No concept’

Prince Edward has lifted the lid on what it’s like raising children who are completely unaware of their Royal heritage.

Lady Louise Windsor, 17, and James Viscount Severn, 13, are Queen Elizabeth II’s youngest grandchildren – and she is known to be particularly fond of them.

Edward and Sophie Wessex’s family live a short drive away from Windsor Castle at Bagshot Park.

Her Majesty, 95, sees them as often as possible – and is affectionately referred to as ‘Grandmama’.

4.30am update: Lady Louise Windsor’s Balmoral break to be particularly poignant this year

Lady Louise Windsor’s visit to Balmoral with Queen Elizabeth II would be especially poignant for the young royal this year.

Her Majesty arrived for her annual summer retreat to Balmoral Castle on August 9 and is usually visited first by the Wessexes.

In 2020, Prince Edward, 57, and wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 56, were the first royals to visit the Queen and Prince Philip at the Scottish castle.

But a trip to Scotland this year would be particularly poignant for Lady Louise.

3.40am update: Hands-on Kate hailed for ‘rolling up her sleeves’ on Prince George’s sports day

Kate Middleton is an expert at helping out with school events, a royal insider has said.

The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, has been widely hailed as a down-to-Earth character and, according to reports, this trait extends to her parenting.

With schools expected to return in the coming days, Prince George, eight, and Princess Charlotte, six, Kate will be thinking ahead as she is keen on help out with school events.

A source close to the Royal Family told OK! Kate is “very good” at getting involved with the other parents.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Image: Getty)

2am update: ‘Charming!’ Royal fans gush over sweet wedding day picture of Norwegian royals

Royal fans have been delighted by a sweet wedding day snap of the Crown Princess of Norway on her anniversary.

The official Instagram account for the Norwegian royal family uploaded a close up of Princess Mette-Marit and her husband in celebration of their 20 years of marriage.

The couple are pictured as Crown Prince Haakon placed a ring on her finger in the grand 2001 ceremony held at Oslo Cathedral.

In the picture, she can be seen wearing an elegant silk wedding dress and diamond tiara with a lace veil trailing behind her whilst the prince wears his military uniform.

12am update: ‘I stand beside you’ Prince William pens heartfelt letter to ex-marine after arson attack

Prince William has sent a letter of praise to an ex-Royal Marine after he lost his home in County Durham to an arson attack.

The Duke of Cambridge, 39, praised the work of the former sergeant in the Royal Marines after his home was destroyed in an arson attack earlier this year.

Sean Ivey, 38, from Wingate in County Durham, believes anti-social behaviour in the area led to the destructive attack on his home in March.

The letter from Kensington Palace read: “I was incredibly saddened to hear of the attack on your home and the monumental impact it has had on your whole family.

10pm update: ‘Fed up!’ Meghan and Harry told to stop playing ‘the victim’ amid luxury lifestyle

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been accused of “claiming to be victims when they are capable of looking after themselves very well” as the couple face a backlash.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been warned that people are “absolutely fed up” with the couple claiming to be victims. Harry’s own former biographer Angela Levin told talkRADIO that the public could see through the couple’s “constant moaning”.

This comes amid ongoing speculation of a rift between the Sussex couple and the rest of the Royal Family.

Ms Levin said: “They wanted to leave, they wanted to set up an independent life.” 

Queen Elizabeth II and Nicola Sturgeon

Queen Elizabeth II and Nicola Sturgeon (Image: Getty)

Jack Walters takes over reporting from Dylan Donnelly

9:15pm update: Prince Edward ‘lost his temper’ after breaking ‘all protocol’ with charity extravaganza

Prince Edward “lost his temper” after he organised a one-off charity extravaganza, a documentary claims.

In 1987, Prince Edward staged a “disastrous” TV show called “It’s a Royal Knockout”, which saw members of the Royal Family compete alongside celebrities from the world of sport, music and TV in a series of wacky challenges and events. 

Prince Andrew, Princess Anne, Sarah Ferguson and Edward himself put on pantomime Elizabethan costumes joined by, among others, John Travolta, Cliff Richard, Sheena Easton and Gary Lineker. 

The show was seen almost universally as a public-relations disaster – but the Earl of Wessex believed otherwise.

9pm update: Poll expert claims Harry has made history with ‘biggest ever drop in popularity ratings’

A polling expert has claimed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussexes fall in approval ratings is “historic” and the “the biggest drop ever seen”.

Sky News Australia host Rita Panahi said: “Harry and Meghan have slipped further in UK polling since their royal exit.

“In fact, they have slipped even further than Prince Charles at the time of his divorce from Princess Diana

“You might remember he was public enemy number one back then.

“Harry’s ratings have dropped fifty points, compared to the 81 percent approval after his engagement to Meghan in 2017.”

8:25pm update: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry warned over new criticism at palace – ‘Risk becoming blasé’

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been warned by a royal commentator they risk the public “becoming blasé” if the criticism of the palace continues.

Australian royal expert Daniela Elser believes Meghan and Harry risk the public becoming disinterested in their allegations against the Firm.

In a comment piece penned for, Ms Elser wrote: “This racism conversation needs to happen and the only way that will come to pass is if public pressure stays on Buckingham Palace.”

The commentator also claimed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have spoken multiple times about their struggles as senior royals over the past months, since they first announced their plans to quit the Firm in their original roles. 

7:10pm update: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ‘won’t get over’ celebrity party snub for ‘many years’

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry “won’t get over” a celebrity birthday party snub from this month, a royal expert has claimed.

The Sussex royals were left off Barack Obama’s birthday party guest list earlier this month.

Speaking to royal expert Angela Levin, TalkRADIO host Mike Graham said: “Of course we know they don’t really have any friends and the only friends they do have or that they count as friends are all the people who got invited to Barack Obama’s 60th birthday party.

“But they didn’t.”

Ms Levin added: “That’s right.

“I’m sure they haven’t got over that and won’t for many years.”

6:15pm update: Camilla will become Queen ‘with reluctance’ and out ‘of her loyalty to Charles’

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall has been married to Prince Charles since 2005, and when they got married it was believed when Charles becomes King, Camilla would be made a Princess Consort.

Judi James, a body language expert, analysed Camilla’s behaviour during her time as the Duchess of Cornwall, and whether or not she desires to one day become Queen.

Judi said: “I believe Charles will insist his wife is the next Queen, but I also think she will take on the role with some reluctance.

“I can’t imagine Charles ever wanting to see her with a title lower than that of Queen as it would compromise his personal status and authority after he has fought so hard for so many years to firstly marry the woman he loved and then to get the relationship accepted by the royal Firm and the public.

“His parents wouldn’t even step down to stand beside them for a photo-call on their wedding day and it would be a matter of pride and honour for Charles to finally bestow the ultimate title on his wife at last after so many years in a semi-wilderness.

“For Camilla though, I believe the title will primarily be a sign of her loyalty to Charles rather than something she is keen to take on for herself.”

5:05pm update: ‘Stunning’ Kitty Spencer in unseen photo of her Italian holidays wearing rare D&G dress

Kitty Spencer married businessman Michael Lewis in an opulent ceremony in Italy last month. 

The niece of the late Princess Diana is now back in the Mediterranean country to attend a friend’s wedding.

Lady Kitty Spencer, the niece of the late Princess Diana, is a lover of the Mediterranean country as she chose Italy to celebrate her wedding last month wearing Italian designer Dolce & Gabbana. 

Kitty is now back in Italy where she has been seen wearing some of her favourite designer’s pieces.

Kitty looked flawless in a Dolce & Gabbana red midi dress

Kitty looked flawless in a Dolce & Gabbana red midi dress (Image: Instagram @kitty.spencer)

4pm update: Kate deprived of special honour as Royal Family ends decades-long London tradition

Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge and her children will no longer hear the “enchanting sound” of Westminster Abbey’s bells on the day of their birthdays, due to a new agreement with the Palace.

In an overhaul of their honourary tolling list, Westminster Abbey will now only ring its bells for the Queen and Prince Charles.

According to Italian magazine Amica: “It is a tradition that, for the birthdays of the Royals, the bells of Westminster Abbey, in London, are rung. Not for all Royals, of course, but only for senior family members.

“Specifically, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Camilla, Princess Anne, Prince Edward, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis have benefited from the sound homage so far.

“In fact, since April 2020, due to the pandemic, the bells of Westminster Abbey have not been heard in honor of the birthday of a Royal. When the rite resumes, however, nothing will be the same again.

“And if so far Kate Middleton could proudly hear the London sky fill with the enchanting sound every January 9, from now on it will no longer be like this.”

Dylan Donnelly takes over reporting from Steve Brown

2pm update: Take that, Nicola! Queen gets back to royal duty with bid to win over Scottish Parliament

Queen Elizabeth II is to return to royal duties in early October, when she will take part in a special opening ceremony of the Scottish Parliament.

The Queen will head to Edinburgh on October 2 to take part in a special opening ceremony of the devolved Scottish Parliament.

The monarch won’t be alone during this key engagement, as her son and heir Prince Charles and Camilla, known as Duke and Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland, will also be in attendance.

During this special opening ceremony, the focus will be on celebrating the efforts of local heroes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, it may also represent an act of royal charm offensive in Scotland amid calls for a second referendum on the nation’s independence from the rest of the UK.

This announcement will come as a blow to Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who remains determined to secure a second vote on independence.

1.35pm update: Princess Leonor of Spain to attend ‘Harry Potter boarding school’ in two-year UK stay

Princess Leonor of Spain is expected to attend a “Harry Potter boarding school” during a two-year stint in the UK.

The 15-year-old Princess is the heir presumptive to the throne of Spain as the elder daughter of King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia. And now, Leonor will move from Madrid’s Zarzuela Palace to the medieval St Donat’s Castle in Wales this week.

The lavish boarding school has been compared to Hogwarts castle – the fantasy school in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books and films.

Princess Leonor will attend the “United World College of the Atlantic” for two years.

During her time there, the heir to the Spanish throne will learn how to be the ‘Queen’ and the institution’s exam results are well above the international average.

Princess Leonor of Spain

Princess Leonor of Spain (Image: Getty)

1.10pm update: Royal christening cakes: Prince Charles, Princess Beatrice, and Archie’s tiered creations

Royal Christenings are grand affairs, which have taken place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, St James’ Palace, and also Buckingham Palace over the years.

Three royal babies have already been born in 2021: August Brooksbank, son of Princess Eugenie born in February, Lucas Tindall, son of Zara Tindall born in March, and Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor, daughter of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle born in June.

Princess Beatrice is currently pregnant with her first child with her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, who is due to be born very soon in autumn 2021.

With four royal christenings potentially on the cards over the next few months, royal fans will be excited to see what the royal babies are wearing, as well as what the rest of the Royal Family decide to wear.

However, royal christening cakes are also widely talked about due to their grand, eccentric style and beautiful features.

Throughout the history of royal christenings, there have been some wonderful cakes made to honour the new royal babies.

It is traditional in the Royal Family to save a tier from their wedding cake to serve at the christening of their future children.

Prince Charles and Camilla

Prince Charles and Camilla (Image: PA)

12.15pm update: ‘Pragmatic’ Queen had ‘strategy’ to give Meghan Markle and Harry a way out from offset

Queen Elizabeth II had formed a strategy “right at the very beginning” to deal with any public backlash or fallout from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s relationship, a royal commentator claimed.

A royal expert has claimed that the Queen had a “strategy” in place to deal with the couple that would allow her to avoid any of “the corruption or the vilification or the negativity”.

Stewart Pearce told the podcast Royally Us: “I feel there has been an eruption within the hegemony, within the hierarchy.

“The eruption took because of Harry and Meghan leaving the way that they did, although of course, their departure was well-known about by Prince Charles, by the Queen and also by Prince William, etc way before we knew about it.

“You can just imagine when Harry, full of love for the lady he was falling in love with, arrived back and went to see Her Majesty. She’d have said ‘let’s take this easily, let’s court her for a year, and then let’s talk again’.

“They talked again from what I understand from the people that I know, and Harry was emphatic ‘I want to marry her’ and the strategy was created.”

11.40am update: Prince Charles stands in for Queen and issues heart-wrenching statement over Haiti

Prince Charles penned a deeply emotional letter to the Prime Minister of Haiti after the country has been devastated by a series of natural disasters.

Prince Charles wrote a poignant letter of solidarity to Dr Ariel Henry, Haiti’s Prime Minister.

In a letter bearing the Prince of Wales’s heraldic badge, the royal said: “I wanted you to know how much we feel for you and all the people of Haiti following the devastating tragedy of yet another earthquake, closely pursued by that dreadful tropical storm in the midst of an ongoing pandemic.

“Knowing just how much the Haitian people have had to endure over the recent years, our hearts go out to all those who have so tragically lost members of their family, as well as their homes, or have been injured.

“We send you and your people our deepest sympathy at such an agonizing time.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry (Image: Getty)

11.15am update: Harry to hold off on attacking Royal Family in new memoir as Duke ‘transformed’ by Megxit

The Duke of Sussex will take “inspiration” from the difficulties of the last three years and the “emotional autopsy” he has undergone when working on his upcoming memoir.

According to a royal expert and professional seer, Prince Harry will ensure the memoir is “punctuated” by charitable actions and will not be an attack on the Royal Family.

hen asked how Buckingham Palace feel about the upcoming memoir, Stewart Pearce told Royally Us: “Well I’m sure that they’re probably feeling slightly anxious.

“The spirit of the memoir obviously comes through the inspiration of what he’s been through in the last three years in the major exposition that he sought in relation to the emotional autopsy that he has been through because it was one of the constituent parts of the relationship that he established with Meghan.

“When she saw him the quality of how his irritation could easily move into anger and into rage, and that it was an untold rage, she said ‘Look I feel you really need to do something about this’.

“It wasn’t that the rage was taken out in relation to her, it was much more to do with the outrage that was taking place in relation to the way they were being vilified by the press.”

10.35am update: Palace officials tight-lipped over new Harry and Meghan claims

Senior Royal Family members have vowed to remain silent over racism claims that have resurfaced months after Harry and Meghan’s exit.

Palace officials and their bosses decided yesterday to recruit more staff from black and ethnic minorities in an attempt to counter claims made by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

They are approaching a target of 10 percent in 2022 after admitting earlier this year that only 8.5 percent of Royal Household staff were from ethnic minority backgrounds.

But there is little desire to tackle head-on allegations of racism made by Harry, 36, and Meghan, 40, in a March interview with Oprah Winfrey, the Daily Express understands.

The family are also reluctant to give oxygen to the authors of an updated version of Finding Freedom, a biography of the Sussexes, who claimed that the couple considered naming a person inside the Firm who, they suggested, voiced concerns about how dark their son Archie’s skin might be.

Royal UK residencies

Royal UK residencies (Image: Express)

9.35am update: Inside Hillsborough Castle—the Queen’s lesser known Irish home

The Queen has six residencies where she stays throughout periods of the year, and one of these residents is the lesser known Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland.

Hillsborough Castle is the Queen’s official Northern Ireland residence, and prior to the pandemic, would host the Royal Family two or three times a year.

The stunning property was bought by the British government in the early 20th century and has been used as a conference space ever since.

The Queen’s main residence is in Buckingham Palace. She then spends her summers at Balmoral, and her Christmases at Sandringham.

She also has a great love for Windsor Castle, where the Queen and Prince Philip chose to spend lockdown in 2020.

9.05am update: ‘Make THEM clean up!’ Britons reeling after activists cover Queen Victoria monument

Britons are still reeling after environmental activists smeared the monument standing in front of Buckingham Palace with red paint.

Activists from Animal Rebellion, a sister organisation of Extinction Rebellion, targeted the Queen Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace yesterday.

During their stunt, the activists filled the fountain with red liquid in an attempt to replicate blood.

The protest marked an extraordinary attack against the Royal Family, accused by Animal Rebellion of “crimes against animals and the planet”.

This protest wasn’t unanimously welcomed by Britons, with some still reeling this morning.

Camilla Parker Bowles

Camilla Parker Bowles (Image: NC)

8.40am update: Camilla Parker Bowles was left ‘very upset’ by Meghan Markle’s social media post

Camilla Parker Bowles was “very upset” after Meghan Markle “overshadowed” her speech with a social media post, according to claims.

In March last year, reports from the Daily Mirror claimed there had been a fallout between Camilla Parker Bowles and Meghan.

The Duchess of Sussex allegedly broke an understanding not to overshadow a long-planned speech by Camilla on domestic violence.

Meghan posted photos of her at a theatre as the Duchess of Cornwall gave her address.

Camilla was said to be “very upset” with an insider saying: “Camilla’s work is very important to her and her decision to highlight the scourge of domestic violence at the 10th ­anniversary of Women of the World was a carefully thought-out plan.

“Over the last four years she has worked tirelessly, mostly behind the scenes but to great effect, to use her ­platform and personal experiences to highlight the issue and help sufferers.

“Of course it was known Harry and Meghan would be doing engagements this week, some privately, but everyone was in agreement that Camilla’s speech should take p­recedence. ­Unfortunately some people had other ideas.”

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Image: Getty)

8.15am update: Kate Middleton’s engagement ring style still most popular 10 years later

Kate Middleton and Princess Eugenie’s engagement ring styles continue to be one of the most popular styles, even 10 years after Kate’s wedding.

An expert from national jewellery retailer Beaverbrooks analysed the most Instagrammed engagement ring styles this year, and the Kate Middleton-style Cluster Ring has made it into one of the top spots.

Lorna Haddon, head of diamond rings and jewellery at Beaverbrooks. said: “Cluster engagement rings continue to be a popular choice for brides-to-be who want to make a statement, with the ring style hashtagged over 40,000 times on Instagram.

“Cluster designs are the perfect way to incorporate vibrant coloured gemstones with diamonds, with this vintage style remaining a firm favourite thanks to rings worn by Kate Middleton and more recently, Princess Eugenie.”

7.55am update: ‘That dress’ Lady Kitty Spencer posts ‘stunning’ snaps as she returns to Italy from UK

Princess Diana’s niece, 30, has touched down in Italy after she returned to England to attend her close friend’s wedding at Wilton House.

Soon after Lady Jemima Herbert and Hugo Davis were declared husband and wife, the daughter of Diana’s younger brother, Charles Spencer, returned to Italy where she tied the knot with her 62-year-old partner Martin Lewis.

The snaps were posted to Lady Spencer’s Instagram account, which has more than 740,000 followers.

Followers of Prince William and Prince Harry’s younger cousin soon voiced their approval at the Italian shots.

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