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Queen & Philip Mark 70 Years + Will Meghan Markle Celebrate with Them?

Monday, November 20, 2017

It is the Queen and Prince Philip's 70th wedding anniversary today! The bells of Westminster Abbey clamored rapturously (for over three hours!) to mark the occasion, Philip was pictured ferrying friends about in his buggy, and Meghan Markle has been spotted in London, sparking rumors that the American actress will attend tonight's exclusive dinner party the Queen has planned at Windsor Castle. It's a busy and exciting day.


The Royal Family's social accounts have shared this two minute video covering highlights of the royal couple's marriage, and also shared the news that the Queen has made Philip a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order on this platinum anniversary. 


You all probably read that Meghan Markle has wrapped filming of Suits. Emily Andrews confirmed the veracity of her earlier exclusive (announcing Meghan wouldn't return) when she found a farewell tribute that Meghan's body-double posted on Instagram. Meanwhile, other reports say she is working on getting her two dogs vetted and cleared to move them to the UK. Her arrival in London in time for tonight's very private dinner party has us all expecting an engagement announcement sooner rather than later. I love pre-Christmas engagements, because it is such a magical time, and the focus on love and family makes an engagement all the more exciting. We shall see. An early December announcement would be very fun!





19 comments:

  1. You have to think that if Ms. Markle is in fact invited to the big family event they must already be engaged, we just don't know it officially yet! If this was the event they were waiting for, before breaking the news, I wonder how much longer we have to wait...?

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    1. Because this is a private family event, I could see her attending without a ring. But, only because I think they plan to marry and everyone knows it, whether or not Harry has officially popped the question. The royals are people in the end, like anyone else, and families tend to include gf/bf when a couple is this serious. They might be secretly engaged, or Harry might be planning some romantic holiday proposal somewhere in the UK, but I think Meghan has assurance of an engagement, or she wouldn't have ended her show. I think we will get an announcement soon.

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  2. I had not yet seen that first photo. It is now my favorite of the anniversary pictures. I think they were again recreating their engagement picture pose. What a besotted, yet amused look on Phillip's face! (that's how I read it, at least)
    Taken just a few weeks ago or less.
    I like that brooch. It reminds me of the pink Tourmaline one, which is my pick of all of the newer ones and the sapphire/diamond Albert brooch my favorite of the historic ones.

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  3. There is precedence of girlfriends attending family events without being engaged so I don't think Meghans presence is indicative of an immediate engagement.

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    1. Did Harry's gf at the time attend the celebrations for their 60th anniversary?

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    2. He would have been dating Chelsy in 2007, but given how young they were (read, not necessarily going to make it to the altar) I would not have expected her to be there.

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  4. Lovely photos, but I was looking forward to a family photo--or at least one of them with their descendants.
    I suppose it is possible there maybe some photos of arrivals.

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    1. Me too, Jean. There are so many changes from the one ten years ago compared to current photos. Andrew looked so young. Anne's two were not married, I believe. Zara and Mike now have the adorable Mia. And her cousins, Savannah and Isla? Sophie was pregnant with their son, I think.
      I would like to see a family photo ten years from now. I wish I could wave a wand and see what they will be. I will miss that. Will William be king with Catherine at his side? George and Charlotte teenagers.
      I think this next year may be a case of four funerals and a wedding. I hope that wasn't too depressing. There will also be baby Cambridge and maybe a royal wedding--or two. Those York ladies...as my Mom would say, "Tempus Fugit."

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  5. Mary from ManchesterNovember 20, 2017 at 1:38 PM

    Harry and Meghan seem to be very happy together. I agree with Jane, a pre-Christmas engagement announcement would be exciting. The old with the new. They usually follow engagement announcements 6 months later with the wedding. Kate's baby is due in late April. If announced in December, I think maybe a May wedding.

    I don't think she'll get the Abbey because of the previous marriage even though the church would allow it. I think the Queen's sensibilities would be against a divorcee walking down the aisle in a flowing white gown with veil. I'm guessing at that. But St. George's Chapel would be lovely and they could call it a country family wedding, with their tongues in their cheeks.

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    1. I have to agree about the Abbey. HM is still very traditional no matter how far they've come in recent years. St. George's Chapel would be beautiful and was the perfect choice for Edward & Sophie who actually did have a country family wedding with no tongues inserted in cheeks. It would also be something to make their very own with no comparisons to William & Catherine's wedding. I'm not convinced of a secret engagement. A serious relationship is obvious but until anything is announced it's not a done deal.

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    2. I'm betting on Windsor because of Harry's rank and the cost compared to London. I think these factors are more significant than Meghan's previous marriage.

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    3. Mary from ManchesterNovember 20, 2017 at 10:41 PM

      Robin, I agree about the comparison with William and Kate at the Abbey. It would be best for Meghan and Harry to have their own unique wedding. Definitely would be lovely at St. George's Chapel.

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  6. I, too, hope to see a family photo. If they released one for their 60th anniversary, I cannot understand why they wouldn't do so now....

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  7. Maybe not at this event. Sophie isn't there and I haven't seen Camilla. I can't remember the last event they were all together. Sophie missed Trooping, too. Maybe after or before the concert? I think most of them turned out-all looking picture-perfect.
    Charles's appearance in the car tonight reminds me of his disheveled look at a memorial event last summer. He apparently had come from a cruise in the Greek Islands. He needs to learn the art of changing in mid-flight as Kate must. ;+)

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  8. Aren't they the cutest?!!!! These photos are wonderful- I am sure the family will treasure these portraits for many years to come. I hope they can share several more years together... Her Majesty looks especially beautiful ( I love her lipstick shade here!)

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  9. I know this has nothing to do with the Royals, but did anyone notice that Meghan and Harry weren't at Serena's wedding? I really expected them there. Oh well.

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    1. I had a reply for that, Ari, but it just got etherized.

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  10. Also, these are beautiful photographs of the Queen and the Duke. Brilliant.

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  11. Looking at those pictures make me so sad :( they were so young and beautiful. Time.... :(

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