Prince William and Princess Anne host first investitures since Queen’s death
More than a month has passed since Queen Elizabeth’s death, and there’s a big sign that the royal family is settling into their new normal. This week, Princess Anne and Prince William hosted the first investiture ceremonies since the Queen’s death in the familiar Crimson Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace. Although the pair represented King Charles III hosting the events, nominations for the British Honors System have been announced by the late Queen in her New Year and birthday lists for the past year.
Princess Anne wore her military uniform and sensible shoes on Wednesday to honor a group that included a motorbike racer Jonathan Rea, paralympic swimmer Maisie Summers-Newton designate Esmeralda Devlin, rugby coach and former player Jamie Jones-Buchanan. On Thursday, William awarded a Dame honor to an iconic actor Vanessa Redgrave, join other actresses Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, and the late Angela Lansbury among the movie stars who received this honor. He also gave an MBE to Emma Probert, a police sergeant who served as Princess Katebodyguard since 2010.
Accompanying Redgrave to the ceremony were his daughter, Joely Richardson, son Carlos Nero and his wife Jennifer Neron. Afterwards, Redgrave explained to the Press Association the significance of the event. “You don’t compare an investiture at Buckingham Palace with any other achievement whatsoever,” she said. “It’s unique.”
William is President of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and at the 2010 BAFTA Awards presented Redgrave with the Fellowship Lifetime Achievement Award. The actor told the Palestinian Authority that she was “delighted” that William was also hosting his inauguration.
Since investiture ceremonies resumed as pandemic restrictions eased in 2021, the Queen has started handing over most ceremonies to Charles, William and Anne. In a statement on Twitter, the Palace explained that it was still working on the Queen’s latest lists. “Over the coming months, members of the Royal Family will continue to present awards to those recognized in the late Queen’s Birthday and New Year’s Honors Rolls,” it read.
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