Summer Updates, Including a New Photo of Princess Charlotte

Hello-Hello, I hope everyone is enjoying their summer.  Like the royals, I am taking a little break, but wanted to pop in with some updates, beginning with a delightful new photo of Princess Charlotte.

The picture, taken by the Duchess, was shared on social media this past Saturday.  It shows Charlotte holding a butterfly with a caption that reads, “We wanted to share these beautiful Peacock and Red Admiral butterflies as part of Big #ButterflyCount initiative taking place across the UK.” 

The count is described as “a UK-wide survey aimed at helping us assess the health of our environment simply by counting the amount and type of butterflies (and some day-flying moths) we see.”

The post also noted that “Butterfly Conservation are encouraging us all to count these incredible creatures because not only are they beautiful creatures to be around but they are also extremely important.” The count started July 16 and wrapped up yesterday.  Below, two more images from the Twitter post. 

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Also today, news that two photo portraits taken by the Duchess are part of a new exhibit at the Imperial War Museums. The exhibition is titled “Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors,” and the photos feature Holocaust survivors who made the UK their home after the war.

Many of you may remember reading about the photographs in January 2020. They were part of a post covering the Cambridges attendance at a service marking the 75th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust. Below, one of the photographs in the exhibit, with survivor Yvonne Bernstein and her granddaughter, Chloe Wright. In the photo, Ms. Bernstein holds her ID card from Germany, dated “3 March 1939” and marked with a “J” for “Jude,” or Jewish.

More about the exhibit from a Kensington Palace social media post. 

Displayed for the very first time, these powerful photographs capture the special connections between Holocaust survivors and the younger generations of their families, and remind us of our collective responsibility to ensure their stories live on.

While offering a space to remember and share their stories, these portraits are a celebration of the full lives they have lived and the special legacy which their children and grandchildren will carry into the future.

Below, Steven Frank and his granddaughters, Maggie and Trixie.

The Duchess took the photographs at Kensington Palace. Below, you see her chatting with Mr. Frank and his granddaughters during the shoot.

The exhibit is a joint project with the War Museums, the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, the Jewish News, and the Royal Photographic Society. The Duchess is the Photographic Society’s royal patron.  Below, a museum visitor views the two portraits shot by the Duchess.

Another view of the exhibit.  In the Kensington Palace social media posts about the exhibit, the Duchess says she is “Honoured to be part of the new photography exhibition…”.  More from this Town and Country piece.

When she took the photographs, Kate described Frank and Bernstein as “two of the most life-affirming people that I have had the privilege to meet.”

“They look back on their experiences with sadness but also with gratitude that they were some of the lucky few to make it through,” she said. “Their stories will stay with me forever.”

My original post on the photographs is here, and you can learn more about the exhibit here.  Below, another view of the Duchess and Yvonne Bernstein. 

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Today HM was officially welcomed to Balmoral Castle.

More from People’s coverage: 

The 95-year-old monarch took part in the traditional ceremonial welcome on Monday, standing out in a bright pink ensemble and carrying her signature handbag. Although the Queen visited Balmoral last summer, the ceremony was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Richard Palmer of The Express notes HM “has been staying at Craigowan Lodge on the estate while tourists were still visiting the castle and then staff was clearing up, is keen to have as normal a summer as possible after last year’s Covid-restricted sojourn.”  It will be HM’s first summer holiday without her husband, the late Duke of Edinburgh, who died in April. 

It’s possible we will see the Duchess joining HM for a ride to church in the next month or so, but that’s by no means a certainty; many plans remain fluid as different areas deal with the Delta variant. If we see the Duchess, I will definitely put together a post. 

I’ll leave you with a fashion flashback to August 8, 2019, when the Duke and Duchess took part in the King’s Cup race in Cowes, Isle of Wight.

The Duke and Duchess each skippered a boat as part of an eight-boat regatta. 

Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who watched the action from a nearby boat. Here is Princess Charlotte.

The couple after the race, with Kate holding a wooden spoon because her boat did not finish well.

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