Queen Elizabeth news – Prince Harry & William's Mother's Day 'tradition' may have 'disappeared' despite its significance

MOTHER'S Day holds 'extra significance' within the royal family as it 'is shrouded in sadness for William and Harry' following the death of Princess Diana.

While the day is one of celebration, paying tribute to the likes of Kate and also the Queen, it can be a painful day for Prince William and Prince Harry.

Duncan Larcombe, Royal Author and former Royal Editor of The Sun, told Fabulous: “It wasn’t until the aftermath of the Death of Princess Diana in 1997, that Mother’s Day took on an extra significance for the Royals. 

“Since then, the fourth Sunday in the Christian festival of Lent – when Mother’s Day is marked in the UK – is shrouded in sadness for William and Harry. 

“Both the boys have spoken about how difficult they find the day, which for years they would always dread. 

“Prince Charles and the rest of the family were at pains to throw a ring of cotton wool around Diana’s children on the Mothering Sundays that followed her death.

“But this changed when first William and then Harry had children of their own. 

“Now the focus is on using the day as a chance to tell their children about the amazing grandmother they never met.”

He went on to say: “Sources say the Duke of Sussex has already followed William’s style of sharing his mother’s memories with his kids. 

“At least by focusing on their own children this year, William and Harry have something to distract them from the elephant in the room. 

“Mother’s Day was always an occasion when the brothers gave comfort to each other – sadly one ‘family’ tradition that seems to have all but disappeared.” 

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  • Louis Allwood

    Kate Middleton and Prince William pay tribute to victims of 185mph hurricane 

    KATE Middleton and Prince William bowed their heads in silent remembrance as they paid tribute to the victims of a violent hurricane today.

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who are on the final day of their royal tour, visited a church in the Bahamas this afternoon.

    The building was torn down by 185mph Hurricane Dorian in 2019.

    The hurricane, which damaged three-quarters of all homes as it swept across the chain of islands, is regarded as the worst natural disaster in Bahamas' recorded history, killing 74. A further 245 people remain missing.

    Kate and William both clasped their hands in front of them during a sombre moment at the Daystar Evangelical Church in Great Abaco.

    They stood before a wall of remembrance, which commemorates those killed during the storm.

  • Louis Allwood

    Kate Middleton ditched ‘tweed uniform’ with most exciting tour outfits yet

    KATE Middleton and Prince William are on the last day of their Caribbean tour and the duchess has served some very eye-catching looks.

    Fashion stylist Lucas Armitage said the Duchess of Cambridge has stunned with her most exciting tour wardrobe to date and is entering a new fashion era at 40.

    Speaking to Fabulous, Lucas said Kate appears to have ditched her usual “manicured, regal, tweed uniform”, and is aiming for more “fashion” pieces.

    He said: “Her new look is more ‘of the people’ and less regal. 

    “For the past twenty years The Duchess of Cambridge presented a gleaming image of perfection.

    “She was the poster girl for the Sloane ranger set with her glistening blow dried locks and perfectly pieced together uniform of tweeds and pearls. 

    “So, to see her take a departure from this archetypal look is both shocking and thrilling in equal measure. 

    “Gone are the waxed Barber jackets and smart denim that cemented her as a Kensington style icon, incomes a new more edgy vibe that shuns the streets of Chelsea and looks to the catwalk for inspiration. 

    “No royal tour has seen Kate more on trend than this one and I have loved looking over her daily looks from the Caribbean.”

  • Louis Allwood

    The Queen might be forced to miss Prince Phillip's memorial

    THE QUEEN might be forced to miss Prince Phillip's memorial service next week and the Monarch will decide last minute.

    Palace aides are working on plans which may include a helicopter, privacy screens to get the 95-year-old into Westminster Abbey.

    It has also been claimed that a wheelchair may be used, however these claims have not been substantiated by Buckingham Palace.

    Her Majesty missed the Commonwealth Day ceremony last week due to concerns about her “comfort”.

    The Queen was pictured using a walking stick at Windsor Castle, Berks, on Wednesday while viewing enamelware by Halcyon Days.

    Prince Philip’s funeral was scaled down last April due to Covid rules.

  • Louis Allwood

    Family cake making on Mother's Day

    Last year, George and his siblings Charlotte and Louis baked Kate an amazing cake for Mother's Day.

    The delicious treat was adorned with hearts, smarties and covered blobs of cream.

    A picture of the Victoria Sponge was posted to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's Instagram page.

    It featured the caption: "Celebrating two other special mothers today. Made by George, Charlotte and Louis.”

  • Louis Allwood

    The sweet traditions Kate Middleton & Prince William have on Mother’s Day

    Like many children, George, Charlotte and Louis like to take a homemade approach when it comes to giving Kate a card.

    In 2020, royal fans got a sneak peek at the card George had made for his mum, with the adorable DIY creation featuring a jar of flowers, with 3D stuck-up petals and a vase.

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  • Joseph Gamp

    In pictures: Radiant Kate beams as she attends primary school in Bahamas

    Duchess of Cambridge smiles during a visit to Sybil Strachan Primary School on day seven of the Platinum Jubilee Royal Tour of the Caribbean in Nassau, Bahamas, yesterday.

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are visiting Belize, Jamaica, and The Bahamas on their week-long tour.

    It is the Duke and Duchess' first joint overseas tour since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.

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  • Joseph Gamp

    Queen still planning to attend Philip memorial service

    The Queen is still planning to attend a thanksgiving service for the life of the Duke of Edinburgh next week, it is understood.

    The Queen, 95, hopes to be able to attend the Westminster Abbey service commemorating her late husband on Tuesday, but a final confirmation is likely to be given on the day.

    Buckingham Palace has said the event will pay tribute to Philip's "dedication to family, Nation and Commonwealth", with the royal family joined by royals from overseas.

    On Wednesday the Queen spent the day viewing luxury pieces by the British craftwork firm Halcyon Days at Windsor Castle.

    She was due to visit the factory of the company in 2020 to mark its own Platinum Jubilee of 70 years. However, the plans were disrupted by the pandemic and with the Queen now carrying out more engagements from her Windsor residence, the company brought their works to her instead.

    The Queen was photographed holding a walking stick but appeared in good spirits, smiling delightedly as she was shown some intricately painted teapots and other items laid out in the White Drawing Room of the castle.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Prince Charles pays tribute to Ashling Murphy

    Prince Charles yesterday paid a touching tribute to tragic school teacher Ashling Murphy.

    During a visit to Tipperary, he and wife Camilla held a private meeting with family of the 23-year-old, who was killed while jogging.

    The British royal said that Ashling was "taken from us far too soon".

    Charles added: "My wife and I were so enormously touched to have been able to meet her family."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Kate gives touching speech to Bahama's schoolchildren (2/2)

    She said: "Our three children, George, Charlotte and Louis, all love being by the sea, so I hope they will be able to experience your clear waters and beautiful beaches before too long.

    "However, as much as you have these natural wonders to enjoy, I know that the last few years have not been easy for many of you."

    The duchess, who has carried out pioneering work on early learning and development, praised the children's parents and teachers: "We all owe them a debt of gratitude – our future society depends on it. So a big thank you to them for all they do.

    "You have a wonderful proverb in your country – 'When the moon is not full the stars shine more brightly'.

    "I see all of you as the stars of this country, and I hope these difficult experiences have given you the motivation, empathy and compassion to become fully engaged citizens of tomorrow, who will continue to make the Bahamas the vibrant, life-affirming and soul-enriching place it is today," she said.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Kate gives touching speech to Bahamas schoolchildren (1/2)

    Schools in the Bahamas were closed for nearly two years as a result of Covid-19, with children having to undertake their lessons virtually from March 2020 until January 2022.

    Kate told the assembly: “The connections, the relationships and friendships that you make during school are so special. So please look after them, cherish them and take time for them. And be kind, understanding and loving to yourself and others.”

    The duchess added: “We are so thrilled to be here in the Bahamas, a country that made us feel at home as soon as we set foot on its soil.

    “If you are a child growing up in this country today it feels to me like you are very blessed indeed.

    “The spectacular natural environment of the Bahamas is just one of those blessings – I only wish we were able to visit all of your 700 islands during our stay!”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Kate & William arrive in torrential rain

    The couple arrived in torrential rain sheltering under umbrellas held by their protection team and William quipped: "We seem to have brought the weather with us."

    Kate paid tribute to their hosts by wearing jewellery by local designer Nadia Irena and her dress was by Self Portrait.

    The school, started in 1989, has more than 700 students from pre-school to grade 6.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Kate urges pupils to 'cherish your friends' in Bahamas assembly

    The Duchess of Cambridge has spoken of the challenges faced by schoolchildren in the Bahamas during the pandemic.

    Kate told primary school youngsters who were taught virtually for two years: "The pandemic has taken you away from your classrooms and your friends and learning from home has had its challenges.

    "That is why it is so wonderful that after nearly two years away, you have recently returned to school and been reunited with your teachers and friends again."

    The duchess, who addressed an assembly at the Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau, added: "One of the hardest things that so many of us found about the pandemic was being separated from the people we love.

    "We have rediscovered how important our families are, and just how important our friends are.

    "I always think it is the simple things in life that bring the most joy: playing together, chatting to your friends at school, eating meals together, listening to each other's stories.

    "These are the things that bring us together and give meaning to our lives."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Charles & Camilla finished Ireland tour with Rock of Cashel visit

    Charles said it was "particularly apt" to finish his Irish tour at the rock, and quoted his mother, who he said had "described her hope that we might live in harmony – 'close, as good neighbours should be'".

    He added: "It is a thought which my wife and I have consciously tried to put into action, visiting this wonderfully atmospheric land every year since 2015, interrupted only by the pandemic."

    Charles has often spoken of his hope to visit every county in his lifetime.

    He and Camilla posed in front of the stone cathedral ruins at Cashel, before being given a short history of the site, enjoying a performance by Cashel Community School choir and signing the guest book.

    The couple were welcomed by the sound of Welsh-Irish trumpets, similar to those used historically to celebrate the inauguration of kings in ceremonies dating back to the Bronze Age.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Prince of Wales speaks of 'new friendships' as he bids farewell to Ireland

    The Prince of Wales spoke of "new hope, new friendships and new beginnings" as he bade farewell to Ireland to the tune of traditional music and dance.

    Charles invoked the words of his mother, the Queen, whose footsteps he retraced with a visit to an ancient site in Tipperary on the final day of his tour alongside the Duchess of Cornwall.

    The prince once again paid tribute to the "hauntingly beautiful country" of Ireland, after taking part in some traditional dancing on his first visit to the county.

    He and Camilla made time for a meeting with the family of murdered schoolteacher Ashling Murphy, to offer their condolences.

    Charles said the 23-year-old's name "will not be forgotten", as he echoed Camilla's previous comments urging men to stand up and speak out about violence against women.

    Keen to stress the things the UK and Ireland have in common, the prince paid tribute to efforts to help people during the pandemic and more recently those in and fleeing Ukraine, as well as environmental strides towards a "more sustainable, healthier and more prosperous future".

    He added: "You remind us that this is a time of new hope, new friendships and new beginnings, underpinning the ancient history, interests and values we share."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Prince William says royals 'support Bahama's decisions about its future'

    Prince William Friday said the Royal Family would support Bahama's decisions about its future.

    The future king made the comments during the third stop of a Caribbean tour that has been met with protests in a region increasingly weighing its future relations with the UK's monarchy.

    Speaking at a reception hosted by the Governor General of The Bahamas in Nassau, Duke of Cambridge noted the upcoming 50th anniversary of the former colony's independence from Britain.

    "And with Jamaica celebrating 60 years of independence this year, and Belize celebrating 40 years of independence last year, I want to say this: we support with pride and respect your decisions about your future," William said.

    "Relationships evolve. Friendship endures."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Parts of Harry legal claim documents to remain secret

    A High Court Judge ruled on Thursday afternoon that parts of some documents in Prince Harry’s claim against the Home Office will remain secret.

    At a preliminary hearing last month, the High Court in London heard an application by both Prince Harry and the Home Office for some parts of the court documents in the case to be kept private.

    The court was told that the Duke and Home Office agreed on what should be redacted from witness evidence.

    In a judgement on Thursday, Mr Justice Swift said the bid to redact documents was allowed.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Meghan and Harry  blasted by ex-BBC journalist

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been blasted by ex-BBC journalist John Sergeant, when he appeared on GB News.

    John Sergeant, a former chief political correspondent at the BBC, slammed the Sussexes as “just awful” and went on to argue “we should never hear” from the couple again. 

    He said: “I think we should never hear from them again.

    “I would just like to wake up and for someone to say, who do you mean there.

    “It’s just awful, the pointless damage they’ve done.

    “It’s one thing to say they were treated unfairly, you know they weren’t.” 

    However, Twitter users were divided at Mr Sergeant’s statement.

    One person wrote: “Spot on John Sergeant. Oh to never hear from them again.”

    A second added: “All UK media should ban any interaction with them or their PR reps the end.”

    While a third disagreed with what was said, saying: “You seem to care about them an awful lot for not wanting to hear about them.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Queen to ‘undoubtedly attend’ Philip’s memorial

    A royal expert has claimed that the Queen’s attendance at an upcoming memorial of her late husband would give the occasion a ‘special cachet’, despite her ongoing health struggles.

    Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams has said: “The Queen will undoubtedly attend if her health permits and her first appearance at an official function since October will give the occasion, which millions are likely to watch, a very special cachet.”

    The memorial service for Prince Philip is due to take place at Westminster Abbey on March 29.

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  • Milica Cosic

    Kate & Will face another protest in Bahamas

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are facing another protest as they begin the last leg of their Caribbean tour, despite their warm welcome to The Bahamas.

    This week The Bahamas National Reparations Committee (BNCR) released a letter calling on the Royal Family and the UK Government to acknowledge their past links to slavery.

    The letter read: “They and their family of royals and their government must acknowledge that their diverse economy was built on the backs of our ancestors.

    “And then, they must pay. We, the children of those victims, owe it to our ancestors to remember. 

    “We owe it to our ancestors to demand a reckoning and to demand accountability, healing, and justice.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Philip would be 'angry' that Harry is skipping memorial

    A royal expert has claimed that Prince Philip would be extremely angry that Prince Harry has decided to skip his memorial service.

    Ingrid Seward, author of Prince Philip Revealed, A man of his Century, believes that the Queen knows her late husband would "expect" her to be of attendance.

    The expert said that: "Even someone as unassuming as the Queen might have expected some better luck during the culmination of her 70-year reign.

    "Instead, she has had nothing but trouble. Her once strong physique is decidedly frail after hurting her back in October 2021. This year she has had to cancel all her public appearances including the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey because in her own words, “I can’t move!”.

    "She is determined to be at her late husband’s memorial on Tuesday however hard it is for her to get there."

    Seward added: "She knows he would expect it as much as she knows he would be angry and disappointed Prince Harry has chosen not to go."

  • Milica Cosic

    US TV host criticises Kate and William

    Kate Middleton and Prince William have been criticised for not "stepping up" during their royal tour of the Caribbean by a US TV host.

    Lindsey Granger, guest host of US show The View, said the royal couple had not taken "a stand" against racism.

    The host compared The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's speech at the Kingston dinner to those of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

    She said: "I don't think that William and Kate have ever stepped out in the way that we've seen Harry and Meghan step out on a line and take a stand.

    "That's problematic that they towed the line, so I don't think that we're going to get very far with these two."

  • Milica Cosic

    Queen to have last minute decision on attending Prince Philip’s service

    THE Queen will leave it to the last minute before deciding if she is well enough to attend the Duke of Edinburgh’s thanksgiving service next Tuesday.

    This comes after the Queen was pictured using a walking stick at Windsor Castle, Berks, on Wednesday while viewing enamelware by Halcyon Days.

    Palace aides are working on plans which may include a helicopter, privacy screens and a wheelchair to get the 95-year-old into Westminster Abbey.

    Read more here.

  • Milica Cosic

    Thomas Markle makes dig at Meghan in second YouTube episode

    Thomas Markle’s second YouTube episode with Karl Larsen has come out, entitled ‘Remarkable Friendship’. The pair sit behind a picture of Her Majesty and the Union Jack.

    Starting off the show, Meghan Markle’s dad and Karl Larsen discuss how their YouTube has really bloomed.

    However, Thomas then makes a dig at Prince Harry and Meghan's new Spotify deal saying that, “so far Meghan and Harry have not completed anything they’ve started to do.”

    “I can’t think of anything”, he added, shaking his head.

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