SHOULDER TO SHOULDER: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge headed to the U.S. Embassy in London on Tuesday to sign a book of condolence for the victims of the shooting at an Orlando gay club, which took the lives of 50 people. They also met with the U.S. Ambassador Matthew Barzun and his staff.
The royal couple wrote: “With our deepest condolences and with our thoughts and prayers to all those affected.” The book was signed in front of a flag that had been given to former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton from Kaleidoscope, a LGBT rights organization. The duchess wore a black-and-white graphic dress with a cropped black jacket and black heels.
Separately, Buckingham Palace released a statement from Queen Elizabeth: “Prince Philip and I have been shocked by the events in Orlando. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been affected.”
Later that day, duke and duchess traveled to Northern Ireland to attend an annual garden party at Hillsborough, County Down. Hosted by the Secretary of State Theresa Villiers, the event will see 2,500 guests in attendance. She wore the same cream and gold coat dress by Jane Troughton that she wore to the wedding of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall in 2011.
It has been a busy week so far for the royals: On Monday, the duke and duchess joined members of their family for the annual Garter Service at Windsor Castle. The Order of the Garter ceremony marks the induction of new knights and the renewal of oaths by established ones. On Friday and over the weekend, they celebrated the Queen’s 90th birthday in London.