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How the British royals marked International Women’s Day

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People around the world celebrated the women in their lives yesterday on International Women’s Day, and the royals were no different. Let’s look at the British Royal Family marked the special occasion.

The Royal Family

The Royal Family social media accounts cover all working members of the British Royal Family, and for International Women’s Day, they honoured two royal women: The Queen and The Countess of Wessex.

Over on Twitter, The Royal Family posted a recap of Sophie’s historic visit to South Sudan (read about Sophie’s visit here!), which was held to mark International Women’s Week and International Women’s Day.

On Instagram, The Queen received a special post highlighting her nearly 65-years of service. The Royal Family posted a photo of The Queen at Trooping the Colour in 1953, riding as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards in her first Trooping as monarch, with a list of her accomplishments:

“Her Majesty is Head of the Armed Forces, Head of the Commonwealth, Head of State in 16 countries and the longest reigning Sovereign in British history.”

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall

Prince Charles and Camilla’s social media accounts focused on Camilla’s work with domestic violence charities and organisations and spotlighted survivors that she’s met over the years.

“The Duchess of Cornwall has been raising awareness about the issue of domestic violence for over 10 years and has visited many domestic violence refuges in the UK & overseas…” the post begins and includes photos of women from all over the world.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

William and Kate shared an Instagram post of inspiring women they’ve met over the past year. The collage featured women who work at the SOS Children’s Village in Lahore, Pakistan, which the couple visited last fall; Eileen Fenton, MBE, who received her honours from William; the women at Kingston Hospital’s Maternity Unit, who Kate shadowed last fall; and Yvonne Bernstein, a Holocaust survivor Kate photographed earlier this year for World Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Harry and Meghan shared posts about Meghan’s visit to the Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham, where she met students and gave a speech about women’s rights and equality. Meghan also met with Geraldine Dear, a woman at the centre of an equal pay strike back in 1968 at the Ford Motor Company in Dagenham.

Princess Eugenie

Princess Eugenie shared photos of women in her Instagram stories that have inspired her, including her mother, Sarah, Duchess of York, who she wrote was a constant inspiration from the day she was born; her sister, Princess Beatrice, who she wrote has been an inspirational big sister since 1990; and her grandmother, The Queen, who she wrote “has dedicated her life to so many others. She has taught me so much by her wonderful example.”

Eugenie also honoured women working in charities she supports, including Aloka Mitra of the Women’s Interlink Foundation; Dr Olivia Chapple of Horatio’s Garden; Ruth, a worker at the Elephant Family; Grace Forrest of the Walk Free Foundation; Baroness Lola Young, who campaigns against human trafficking; Myrna Whiteson, who co-founded the Teenage Cancer Trust; and Mags McHugh, the nurse at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital who helped treat Eugenie when she had spinal surgery to correct her scoliosis.

About author

Jess is a communications professional and freelance writer who lives in Halifax and has a passion for all things royal, particularly the British Royal Family.