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British Royals

Business as usual as the women of Windsor take the lead

The Royal Family is back to business after the Christmas break. A string of important engagements on the same day focused on a range of important royal issues including the environment.

Queen Camilla was at the University of Aberdeen to visit the new Science Teaching Hub. Her Majesty is Chancellor of the University.

The Queen Consort heard more about the Aberdeen 2040 Strategy which focuses on sustainability with an aim of having net zero carbon emissions by the year 2040.

During her visit, Her Majesty spoke of her special affection for the area and ”the great honour” of being Chancellor of the University.

In Edinburgh, The Princess Royal held the first investiture of the new year. Princess Anne presented honours at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on January 18th 2023.

Among those honoured were gold medal winners from the Winter Olympics in Beijing 2022. Curling stars Hailey Duff, Vicky Wright, Mili Smith and Jen Dodds picked up MBEs as did the team’s coach, Dave Murdoch.

The Princess of Wales continued her work on the importance of support in early childhood. The Princess visited Foxcubs Nursery in Luton where she met parents and educators to discuss the importance of early years in social and emotional development of children.

Kate spent time playing with many of the youngsters at the nursery and helped some with crafts before hiding behind handmade masks with them.

The importance of early years is a key theme for the Princess of Wales who founded the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood in 2021.

Royal tradition combined with two issues that have gained royal support in recent times to send the Windsors back to business as usual.

About author

Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton who is a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. Her latest book, A History of British Royal Jubilees, is out now. Her new book, The Mysterious Death of Katherine Parr, will be published in March 2024. June is an award winning reporter, producer and editor. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.