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s the Queen celebrates her 92nd birthday on 21 April she continues to keep in touch with the modern world, as we saw when she took part in a television documentary to mark the forthcoming 65th anniversary of her coronation. She also paid a surprise visit to London Fashion Week, sitting in the front row next to the doyenne of fashion, Vogue editor-in-chief Dame Anna Wintour.

   It is not the first time Her Majesty has attended a fashion show. As Princess Elizabeth, she used to go to the Mayfair salon of Norman Hartnell and watch the models as they paraded various outfits for herself and her mother. She has always loved clothes and can still spot an uneven hemline from across a room.

   Her appearance at relative newcomer Richard Quinn’s catwalk show was to present the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. The award was the brainchild of her personal assistant Angela Kelly, who was also present, looking glamorous in a navy-blue sheath dress. The royal family put their considerable weight behind British fashion and earlier that week the Duchess of Cambridge and the Countess of Wessex hosted a Commonwealth Fashion Exchange reception at Buckingham Palace on behalf of the monarch.

   The Duchess, who is expecting her third child this month, has looked radiant recently, despite a busy round of engagements. In late February, she and the Duke of Cambridge, together with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, took part in the first annual Royal Foundation Forum. The ‘Fab Four’, as they were dubbed by the media, appeared on stage to discuss the projects they are working on. Meghan will become the foundation’s fourth patron after her wedding.

   The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting comes to the United Kingdom this month and will be opened by the Queen at Buckingham Palace on 19 April. A lunch reception has been planned, with a more formal dinner that evening for heads of government and their spouses. As many members of the royal family as possible will be involved and Meghan Markle is expected to attend.

   Ms Markle was baptised and then confirmed by the Archbishop of Canterbury last month during a previously unannounced service at the Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace. The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and of course Prince Harry were present.

   Harry and Meghan’s wedding at St George’s Chapel begins at noon on 19 May. Over 2,500 people (2,640 to be exact) have been invited into the grounds of Windsor Castle to watch the arrivals of the bride and groom – and their guests – at the chapel, and later the carriage procession as it sets off for the journey through the town centre. Members of the public will rub shoulders with charity representatives, local schoolchildren, residents of Windsor Castle, Royal Household and Crown Estate staff.

   Prince Charles will host a party that evening. Prince William, as President of the Football Association, will thus make it to Wembley Stadium for the FA Cup Final (kick off is at 5.30pm) and be back in time for the celebration.

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