Why yes, it IS Thursday. We are kicking off early this week to celebrate the 4th of July holiday (and also because all the celebs have ALSO kicked off early this week and we have nothing to talk about). But never fear! Princess Charlotte’s christening is happening on Sunday (yes, George is scheduled to attend), and I will be back at my desk to cover it here — as well as any potential Royals Wimbledon Appearances (although Wills and Kate aren’t supposed to attend until Wednesday)– so make sure to pop back in before Monday, in between your BBQing and cocktailing and setting off fireworks and swimming and falling in love over potato salad (I decided you’re going to fall in love with someone over potato salad) this weekend. This week’s Royals Round-Up brings you ice cream and maxi-dresses, which also seems seasonally appropriate, but not a ton of actual people, because they’re all holed up in their country houses with a G&T right now.

PS: If you are looking for something to read this long holiday weekend, and you haven’t read THE ROYAL WE yet, here is a gentle suggestion that you take it to the beach/pool/BBQ/silent retreat/family reunion this weekend! (Readers in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, the e-book will finally be available for you as of [I am pretty sure] July 15th!) Also! If you missed it when we posted it originally, here’s the post detailing how we created the alternate universe for the Lyons dynasty to exist whilst not rewriting ALL of British history.

While we wait for all that good stuff to happen, please enjoy: