Camilla is really being the workhorse of the British Royal Family right now! God knows where the rest of them are at the moment. Well, the Queen gets to stay home to protect her from germs; Andrew is in a crevasse somewhere; Edward is ???????; Sophie was in quarantine because she got exposed to Covid; Anne is probably doing something deeply sensible without photographers present; Wills and Kate have been locked in the basement by Charlotte during an overly enthusiastic game of hide and seek and still have not managed to reason their way out; Euj is busy gestating; and Bea is I dunno. Working on her Halloween costume with her new husband? Sure! Anyway, still plenty to discuss and at least one good coat in this slideshow, so have at it.


This was an excellent interview at British GQ: Prince Harry and Patrick Hutchinson discuss how to further anti-racism. [YouTube]

At VF: Prince Andrew Is Displaying a New “Level of Maturity”— But Don’t Count on a Comeback. A new level of maturity at 60 years old! (VF reports that Chaz’s take on Andy making a return to public life is, more or less, “not bloody likely.” Charles has been trying to push out the Yorks for years! As if he’s going to change his mind NOW.)

At People: Princess Margaret’s Grandson Arthur Chatto Is Now a Personal Trainer! (He’s also going to university.) He is very buff, as my mother would put it.

This is a fun logistical piece at BBC about how all the royal palaces handle the time-change on all their many many old and fragile clocks.

The NYT reports: A Princess, Long Denied by Belgium’s Former King, Meets With Her Father. The pics look rather jolly, honestly.

At T&C: The Spanish Princess’s Stephanie Levi-John on Changing the Face of Period Drama

At BBC: Sweden’s Queen Silvia says palace is haunted by ghosts. They definitely all are!

On Social:

It appears that everyone in Bhutan’s royal family continues to be gorgeous:


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29th October 2020 Her Royal Highness Princess Eeuphelma Choden Wangchuck married Dasho Thinlay Norbu in a Royal Wedding ceremony today. The Royal Wedding was held at Dechencholing Palace in Thimphu. The Royal Couple received the blessings of His Majesty The King, His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and His Holiness the Je Khenpo. Her Royal Highness Princess Eeuphelma Choden Wangchuck was born in 1993 to His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and Her Majesty Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck. Her Royal Highness graduated with a major in Sociology from Georgetown University in the United States in 2016. As President of the Bhutan Paralympic Committee, Her Royal Highness represents Bhutan internationally to take forward the participation of Bhutanese athletes with disabilities in various global sporting events. Dasho Thinlay Norbu was born to Yab Dhondup Gyaltshen and Yum Sonam Choki in 1992, and is the younger brother of Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen. After graduating from St. Stephen’s college in Delhi University, Dasho trained as a pilot and has been flying for the National Airline Drukair since 2019. The Royal Couple are both active DeSuups. #RoyalWedding #Princess #Bhutan

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Oh, here’s Sophie!


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#DidYouKnow The Countess of Wessex champions the UK’s commitment to the Women, Peace and Security agenda which recognises the disproportionate impact of conflict on women and girls, and promotes the important role women play in building sustainable peace and stability. Yesterday The Countess of Wessex carried out a virtual overseas visit to Libya, to hear about the key issues affecting women and girls in Libya and how to ensure women’s inclusion in a sustainable peace process… The Countess joined a virtual roundtable with women peacebuilders, who spoke about their experiences and objectives for the UN-led Libyan peace process, following the recent ceasefire announcement. Swipe ⬅️ to see a photo from the call. During a virtual visit to the Community Day Centre for refugees and asylum-seekers in Tripoli, Her Royal Highness met some of the women who have received medical and psychosocial support at the centre and discussed the situation facing refugees and migrants. This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of #UNSCR1325 #WPS20. ( 1 – The Countess at the IMMA Centre in Munich in Feb 2020, after attending the Munich Security Conference.)

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Cams looks pretty dishy here!


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The Duchess of Cornwall has presented lyricist Don Black with the Special Olivier Award at the virtual #OlivierAwards 2020 ceremony. The show, which was broadcast last night on @ITV, celebrates the winners and nominees as well as honouring figures who have made significant contributions to the industry. HRH joined Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber in presenting the Award and delivered a speech congratulating Don Black and voiced her support for those working in theatre. The Duchess said: “I should like to thank those of you whose profession is in the theatre for your determination and your flexibility. Please remain resilient – we need you and we have missed you.” During the recording of the Awards at the London Palladium, The Duchess also visited ‘The Hall of Fame’ where she learnt of the Theatre Artists’ Fund from Co-Founders, Sir Sam Mendes and Julian Bird and met three recipients of the fund. The fund has supported over 2,600 people working in the industry to date. Watch a clip from HRH’s speech by following the link in bio. Society of London Theatre

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For a second, I though Haakon was wearing a Philadelphia Eagles cap:


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