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lthough the royal family complain they have very little privacy, this summer demonstrated how easy it can be for them to get away unnoticed. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge travelled to Mustique with George, Charlotte and baby Louis, where they enjoyed themselves without press intrusion. The private island has the resources to protect them and can even arrange a no-fly zone.

   As it was the celebration of Mustique’s 50th anniversary, William and Catherine were spotted joining in some of the festivities, but the locals are protective of their high-profile guests and no photographs made their way into the British media.

   The Duke and Duchess of Sussex travelled to George and Amal Clooney’s lavish Lake Como home in northern Italy, also completely unnoticed. The actor sent his private jet to fly them into Malpensa airport near Milan and from there they were taken to his 18th-century Villa Oleandra. They never had to leave the secluded grounds.

   Meanwhile, the Queen and Prince Philip were at Balmoral with other members of the royal family including the Princess Royal, who celebrated her 68th birthday on 15 August. The hardest-working member of the royal family, Anne has tremendous energy and there is seldom a day when she doesn’t have a raft of official engagements.

   Princess Anne attended the annual Braemar Gathering at the beginning of September with the Queen and Prince Charles, known by his Scottish title the Duke of Rothesay while north of the border. The Prince’s Foundation helped to finance the new Duke of Rothesay Pavilion in Braemar’s Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park, which it is hoped will encourage tourism in the area.

   Prince Philip was nowhere to be seen, but at 97 he is not expected at such events and divides most of his time between Windsor, Balmoral and Sandringham. When in Norfolk he stays at Wood Farm, a large farmhouse in a secluded part of the Sandringham estate. Of course, his perceived absences from public royal gatherings cause alarm in the media because of his great age, but he was spotted driving in the hills above Balmoral and he allegedly fished in the River Dee too.

   This month the Queen returns to Buckingham Palace to continue her working year. One of the first things on her agenda is the wedding of her granddaughter Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank, which takes place on Friday 12 October at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor. The matriarch is extremely fond of Eugenie and the wedding promises to be a happy family affair.

   On 23 October King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands begin a two-day state visit to the United Kingdom and will stay at Buckingham Palace. The Queen has known her Dutch counterpart all his life and as a young man he occasionally stayed with the Princess Royal at Gatcombe Park.

   The Duke and Duchess of Sussex start their first major Commonwealth tour this month in Australia, with the opening of the Invictus Games in Sydney on the 20th. They will also travel to New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga. There is no doubt the couple will be a huge success and in all four countries they can expect the warmest of welcomes.

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