Meghan moves into more visible roles in UK royal family

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Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex smiles as she pays a visit to Smart Works, a charity to which she has become patron, at St Charles hospital in west London on January 10, 2019. (AFP)
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Britain’s Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrives at Smart Works at St. Charles Hospital in London, Britain, 10 January 2019. (EPA)
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Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrives at Smart Works at St Charles Hospital in London, Britain, 10 January 2019. (EPA)
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Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (C) arrives at Smart Works at St Charles Hospital in London, Britain, 10 January 2019. (EPA)
Updated 10 January 2019
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Meghan moves into more visible roles in UK royal family

  • The queen "has passed on" the role of patron of the National Theatre and the Association of Commonwealth Universities
  • Meghan and her husband Prince Harry are expecting their first child this spring

LONDON: Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, is taking an increasingly visible role in the British royal family as she becomes the patron of four organizations including the prestigious National Theatre.
Kensington Palace said Thursday that Meghan will take over two roles as patron that have for decades been held by Queen Elizabeth II and is taking two other roles as well.

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex. (EPA)


The palace says the queen "has passed on" the role of patron of the National Theatre and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
In addition, Meghan will become patron of two additional charities: Smart Works, which helps vulnerable women find the skills needed to work, and Mayhew, a grassroots organization active in London and internationally.
Meghan and her husband Prince Harry are expecting their first child this spring.


Chinese pianist Lang Lang set to regale music lovers at Tantora

Updated 18 January 2019
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Chinese pianist Lang Lang set to regale music lovers at Tantora

  • Lang will perform alongside the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra at the Al-Ula-based festival
  • The Winter at Tantora festival has proven wildly successful with audiences so far

RIYADH: Award-winning Chinese pianist Lang Lang delighted fans on Wednesday with a short video teaser to promote his upcoming performance at the Winter at Tantora festival. 

The musician posted the video online, in which he was seen opening a book to reveal the words “stay tuned.” 

Winter at Tantora’s Twitter account added to the hype, tweeting to their followers that the concert would “refresh their senses.”

Lang will perform alongside the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra at the Al-Ula-based festival.

He is famous for his compelling style and talent, as well as his range as a pianist. Claimed that music is his “first language,” he believes that through it he is able to communicate with audiences all over the globe, despite language barriers. 

Throughout his career, he has performed classical pieces, including Chopin and Liszt, but also more contemporary work, including songs from The Little Mermaid.

The sold-out concert, called Monumental, is scheduled for Friday Jan. 18, and will be Lang’s and the Guangzhou Orchestra’s first performances in Saudi Arabia.

Fans took to Twitter to express their excitement. “I can’t wait to see you!” Tweeted one. “It’s a pleasure and an honor to have you in Saudi Arabia!”

The Winter at Tantora festival has proven wildly successful with audiences so far, with names such as Mohammed Abdo, Majida Al-Roumi, and a holographic depiction of legendary songstress Umm Kulthoum all appearing to positive acclaim.

The limited seating per concert, capped at 500 apiece, has been popular, with most concerts selling out in record-breaking time. With different packages available to purchase for the festival, ranging from affordable seats to high-end luxury experiences, the chance to spend a weekend in Al-Ula has also been made available to a wide pool of people, despite the small numbers on offer.