Are you ready for cows and hats and emeralds and hiking? Because I’ve got all that ready for you.

Last week, I told you Royal Ascot was starting this week and I LIED. Ascot starts this upcoming week — which will be fun and exciting for us all, as it always brings hats. We’ve also got the Order of the Garter ceremony on Monday, which will be enjoyable thanks to all the be-feathered headpieces but also because both Queen Maxima AND Queen Letizia are coming over to watch their sweetie-pies be inducted. So this will be fun. I feel like both King Felipe and King Willem-Alexander will wear their plumes with aplomb.

If you missed it, we got a lot of good stuff this week — Trooping the Color was on Saturday and Prince Louis and the rest of the Cambridge kids STOLE THE SHOW, plus Meghan stuck her head out to say hello.  Then, Wills and Kate met sheep and puppies in Cumbria, and Kate brought out her sparkly shoes again.


This is so dang charming, via Harper’s Bazaar: Kate Makes a Surprise Appearance on a Children’s Show for an Important Cause

Harper’s also has some scoop on Harry and Meghan and Archie: They’ve hired a day nanny, and planning a royal tour.

Us Weekly’s cover story this week is how Kate and Wills are dealing with all the rumors that he stepped out on her, and while their sources are allegedly “friends” of the Middletons, they don’t really make it seem that said rumors were baseless? [The Cut]

VERY relevant to our interests, over at Meghan’s Mirror: Meghan Markle’s Best Sunglasses Style Moments. (This is a bit old, but I’ve only somehow just seen it? Sunglasses are timeless, anyway.)

This is great, at InStyle: Inside the #RepliKate Community: Women Who Dress Exactly Like Kate Middleton

Elizabeth Holmes — whose So Many Thoughts you may read on Instagram — had a good post up on her website this week looking for dishy royal reads! (And many thanks to those of you who recommended The Royal We!)

Let’s go in on this, shall we? Via The Telegraph: Queen’s former Malta home Villa Guardamangia up for sale for £5 million

Speaking of royal homes, via Architectural Digest, Althorp Estate — where Diana grew up — is open to the public this summer. Go visit! (I will ALWAYS suggest visiting a Fancy House.)

Via Celebitchy: Duchess Meghan actually brought Archie to the palace for Trooping the Colour. This makes sense! He can meet the whole family at this thing!

Super-interesting, at Jezebel: Queen Matilda’s Real Life Game of Thrones-Style Battle For the Crown

Marie Claire runs down Kate and Meghan’s most “influential” looks of the year to date.

And in social media:

Sophie Wessex is in Lebanon at the moment — none of my photo services went with her, but the Royal Family’s Instagram is on it:

It’s great to see this man recognized for his heroism:

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Dr Malik Ramadhan is the divisional director of emergency care and trauma at the Royal London Hospital, where 12 casualties from the London Bridge attacks on 3 June 2017 were taken. He was one of scores of doctors, nurses and other staff who were called into work on that Saturday night to treat those injured. Malik was cycling home at 10pm after finishing his shift when he saw large numbers of police cars driving towards central London — after speaking to the London Ambulance Service to find out what was happening, Malik turned around and returned straight back to work. On his role in the response to the attack, Malik said: "I was the resuscitation room commander. I ensured the injured patients had their scans and surgery at the right time and always had the right number of people looking after them. We performed emergency surgery on six patients lasting between an hour and three to four hours.” Speaking on the role of the team, he said: “Everyone rallies around in a crisis; it’s what we’re all built for. The public should know that the NHS and NHS staff are geared up for things like this and that if they do happen they will be looked after to a very high standard.” Today The Duke of Cambridge presented Dr Malik Ramadhan with his OBE for services to Healthcare, at an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Anyone can be nominated for an honour; visit @CabinetOffice to find out more how you can nominate someone for an honour or award. PA @NHSBartsHealth #Investiture #BuckinghamPalace

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We linked to a story about this above, and it continues to be very cute:

This is a great blast from the past:

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The Duke of Sussex has had a longstanding connection to The Ghurkas and the people of Nepal beginning at a very young age. Today His Royal Highness held an audience with Nepal's Prime Minister, KP Sharma Oli, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen. This is the first visit to the UK by a Nepali Prime Minister in 19 years. The Duke has previously met KP Sharma Oli, on his first official visit to Nepal in March 2016, a country he had always longed to visit. At the time, Nepal was recovering from a major earthquake – rural villages had been torn apart leaving many families displaced, with heritage sites in Kathmandu severely damaged. Despite this tragedy, The Duke was moved by the remarkable spirit, resilience and warmth of the Nepalese, as seen in the photos from his visit. The Duke explored Nepal’s stunning natural beauty, trekking through a National Park, experiencing the Hindu Festival of Colour in the Himalayan village of Okhari and staying with a local family in Leorani village. During the visit, HRH also met The Royal Gurkha Rifles at the British Gurkha Camp in Pokhara, whom are a unique unit of soldiers in the British Army recruited from Nepal. The Duke has a particularly close bond to The Gurkha’s, having served with The 1st Battalion in Afghanistan in 2007/2008. The Gurkha’s have taken part in operations in Kosovo, Bosnia, East Timor, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Australia and Iraq and share a 203 year relationship with the UK. At the end of his 2016 visit, The Duke joined Team Rubicon volunteers to help a remote village whose community had been destroyed in the earthquake. @Teamrubiconuk unites the skills and expertise of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams in the aftermath of natural disasters. The Duke helped with the rebuild of the local school, giving children a safe space to go to school and study before the monsoon season arrived.

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Last night, The Duke of Sussex attended a fundraising concert for Sentebale in the stunning grounds of Hampton Court Palace. @Sentebale was founded by The Duke of Sussex and Lesotho’s Prince Seeiso in 2006 to support the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people affected by HIV and AIDS in Lesotho, Botswana and Malawi. The charity is one way in which both Princes’ are able to keep their mothers’ legacy alive. Sentebale means “Forget me not” in Sesotho. Last night’s concert featured singer-songwriter Rita Ora and spoken word poet George the Poet (George Mpanga), and many other talented artists. Thousands came together in a celebration of African and Western culture to help raise awareness of Sentebale’s work in supporting children and young people in southern Africa affected by HIV. In the last 20 years, attitudes have changed as more people understand that the HIV virus is no longer a death sentence, yet there is still far too much stigma, discrimination, and lack of education surrounding the illness. Many people are afraid to access life-saving treatment because they fear what others will think. Thousands of children in southern Africa are living in incredibly challenging circumstances. Sentebale’s programmes not only ensure their basic needs – love, security and an education – are being met, but also provides them with the educational and psychosocial support they deserve. Since it was founded @Sentebale has supported hundreds of thousands of young people through activities including monthly clubs at local healthcare facilities and week-long residential camps. Support from the concert goes to the children of Lesotho, Botswana and Malawi, to help free the next generation of HIV by not letting stigma thrive off silence. To learn more about @Sentebale, please visit

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Everyone here is dishy:

Haakon is looking handsome, as usual:

This is v. floral:

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