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May 14 – The Duchess Of Cambridge Visits Bletchley Park D-Day Exhibition

On May 14, 2019 The Duchess of Cambridge visited Bletchley Park to view a special D-Day Exhibition in the newly restored Teleprinter Building. The exhibition marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings and the new exhibition ‘D-Day: Interception, Intelligence, Invasion’, is based on newly declassified material, showing how the intelligence efforts coordinated at Bletchley Park helped specifically in the success of the D-Day landings at Normandy. Visiting Bletchley Park holds extra meaning to Catherine as her Grandmother and Great Aunt, Valerie and Mary Glassborow, worked at Bletchley Park as “code-beakers” during the Second World War. She was surprised to find that her grandmother and great aunt’s names were the latest additions to Bletchley’s Codebreakers’ Wall. Once inside Catherine joined students taking part in interactive activities using a real Enigma machine. The Duchess also met with veterans Elizabeth Diacon, Georgina Rose, Audrey Mather and Rena Stewart — who all worked to feed crucial information to Allied forces in the critical months, weeks and days leading up to D-Day.

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The Cambridges & Sussexes Launch Mental Health Texting Service ‘Shout’

It’s been a busy week for the royals, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcoming their first child, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge traveling to Wales for a day of engagements, and Prince Harry visiting the Hague to launch an Invictus Games 2020 countdown. And now, both royal couples are coming together to launch an initiative that speaks to an issue they’ve long championed: mental health awareness.

The Cambridges and Sussexes have teamed up to debut Shout, a text messaging service available 24/7 to those struggling with mental health in the U.K. The program pairs users with trained volunteers to help those in need “move from a moment of crisis to a calm state and form a plan for next steps to find longer-term support,” according to a Kensington Palace announcement.

Shout is a part of the Royal Foundation’s Heads Together initiative, a campaign established in 2016 that works with a variety of charities to break the stigma around conversations surrounding mental health issues.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex released a joint statement about Shout:

“We are incredibly excited to be launching this service, knowing it has the potential to reach thousands of vulnerable people every day. Over the last few months Shout has started working quietly behind the scenes. We have all been able to see the service working up close and are so excited for its future. At the heart of this service will be an incredible national volunteer community, one which needs to grow to allow us to support more people in crisis. We hope that many more of you will join us and be part of something very special.”

Prince William also appears in a launch video for the service, discussing the work that went into the launching the program. “Over the past few months, Shout has started working quietly behind the scenes,” he says. “Harry, Meghan, Catherine and I have been able to see the service working up close, and are very excited for its future.”

Shout already has a volunteer base of 1,000, but the organization hopes to increase that to 4,000 by the end of 2019. Prince William closes his message with a final call to action: “This will make a huge difference to people’s lives, and I really hope you will come and join our team.”

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May 08 – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Visit North Wales

Today, May 08, 2019 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge traveled to North Wales to meet individuals and organisations in the region who are encouraging people to look after their communities and protect the natural environment. Their fist stop was to Caernarfon Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopter Base where Prince William had the pleasure of catching up with two individuals whom he worked alongside during his time as a Search and Rescue Pilot. They also got the chance to view Caernarfon Coastguard Search and Rescue’s new Sikorsky S92 helicopter, before sitting down with individuals from Maritime and Coastguard Agency to talk about mental health.

There next stop was to Halen Mon Anglesey Sea Salt, a local business which has been operating for over two decades which harvests culinary salts by taking sea water from the Menai Strait, passing it through a series of carbon filters, which concentrate it into stronger brine and allows it to flow into crystallization tanks. The water is then further concentrated using heaters which causes salt crystals to form on the surface, and as these become heavier they drop. Then each morning the harvesters scoop the crystals out of the tanks and rinse them in more brine to reach the desired taste and appearance. The salt is then packaged and sent out for people around the world to enjoy. During their visit The Duke and Duchess got to witness the salt making process from hand harvesting to packaging.

After a change of clothes William and Catherine headed to Newborough Beach where they joined pupils from local primary schools on a beach clean-up organised by the Isle of Anglesey County Council and marine conservation group Surfers Against Sewage. In April, Anglesey became the first county in the UK to be awarded Plastic Free Communities status by the group, in recognition of its work to reduce the impact of single-use plastic on the environment through its the ‘Plastic Free Anglesey’ campaign. Their Royal Highnesses’ then joined the 1st Menai Bridge Scout Group to explore the beach’s wildlife habitat, and hear more about the importance of the nesting bird colonies on neighbouring Llanddwyn Island.

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May 07 – The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Launch The King’s Cup Regatta

Today, May 07, 2019 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made a previously unannounced visit to Cutty Sark, to launch The King’s Cup Regatta. The event coincided with the announcement that The Duke and Duchess will host the new annual sailing event in August on the Isle of Wight as well as go head to head as skippers of individual sailing boats in an eight boat regatta race, to raise awareness and funds for eight of their Patronages. The winning team will be awarded The King’s Cup, a historic trophy first presented by King George V at Cowes’ Royal Yacht Squadron in 1920. The Duchess’s chosen charities are Action on Addiction, Place2Be, The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, and The Royal Foundation in connection with Her Royal Highness’s work on Early Years. Today, The Duke and Duchess joined children from Place2Be and other charities in trying out sailing simulators and they also unveiled the King’s Cup. Upon their departure they took a moment to greet crowds in an impromptu walkabout.

VIDEOS: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Face Off in Virtual Sailing Race

In even more exciting news, The Duke and Duchess also spoke about the birth of their new nephew.

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May 01 – The Duchess Of Cambridge Opens Anna Freud Centre Of Excellence

On May 01, 2019 The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of The Anna Freud National Centre for Families and Children officially opened the Kantor Centre of Excellence at Rodney Street, London. The new building is a purpose-built space where leading neuroscientists and practitioners in mental health, social care and education will work together with children and young people to transform mental health for them and their families. At the heart of the new centre is the ground-breaking Pears Family School, a school for children who have been excluded from mainstream education and focuses on re-integrating them back to a mainstream school. During her visit The Duchess met students who are benefiting from the centre and ‘young champions’ who are advocates for the centre. Before unveiling a plaque to mark the event The Duchess gave a short speech:

“We are all here today because we care so much about transforming the mental health of children, young people and their families. I have learned so much about early childhood development and the importance of support for parents through your work here at the Anna Freud Centre. This is something I really do care about. The ambition for the new Kantor Centre of Excellence is hugely inspiring; bringing together research, education, practice and policy all in one place will take the Anna Freud Centre mission to the next level. It is testament to what can be achieved when people work together to realise a shared vision”.

VIDEO: Duchess of Cambridge in Hysterics with Staff at the Anna Freud National Centre

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April 25 – Anzac Day Service Of Commemoration

Yesterday, April 25, 2019 The Duchess of Cambridge accompanied by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attended the Anzac Day Service Of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey. ANZAC Day honors the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who died during the landings at Anzac Cove in 1915. It is considered a national day of remembrance and ceremonies take place in various locations. Prince William was not in attendance as he was in New Zealand paying tribute to those affected by the Christchurch mosques terrorist attack. Although, he also attended a civic service to mark ANZAC Day, laying a wreath on behave of The Queen at the War Memorial Museum in Auckland. After the service Harry and Catherine met with guests and representatives before departing together.

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April 21 – Easter Service At St George’s Chapel

On (April 21, 2019) The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined The Queen and members of the Royal Family at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle for an Easter Service. The day was extra special as it was also The Queens 93rd birthday.

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March 19 – The Duchess of Cambridge Visits The Foundling Museum

After her engagement with The Queen, The Duchess continued on to The Foundling Museum, her newest patronage. The Foundling Museum tells the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity and public art gallery. When The Duchess first visited The Foundling Museum in 2017 she met with the first intake of ‘Tracing our Tales’ trainees. Today, two years later she again met some of these young adults again to hear how the programme has helped them gain confidence and employment. She also joined a ‘Tracing our Tales’ training session, inspired by the Museum’s Bedrooms of London exhibition and by explorations of fears and safety. The Museum’s ‘Bedrooms of London’ exhibition, documents the living conditions of London’s most disadvantaged children. Ending her visit, The Duchess had a few words for her new patronage:

“I feel hugely proud today to be here today to become Patron of the Foundling Museum. Your work connects and celebrates two subjects that are deeply important to me: children, and art.

I am passionate about improving children’s life chances and giving them opportunities, so that they can look forward to the best possible futures, fulfil their whole potential, and have the freedom to explore their creativity.

I have always believed in the power of art, not only to unlock that creativity, but also to bring us joy, and to inspire, challenge and positively change our lives.

Your Museum here powerfully links these two forces for good. By weaving together the moving stories of looked after children, with art and artists of all genres, you create meaningful learning experiences which will have a lasting, and often transformational, impact on young lives.

I could not be more delighted to support such a special organisation. I look forward to working together and, as your Patron, hopefully doing all I can to help your important mission in the future.

Thank you.”

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New Patronage: The Foundling Museum

The Duchess of Cambridge has today become Patron of the Foundling Museum.

The new patronage has been announced ahead of Her Royal Highness’ visit to the Foundling Museum later today where she will learn how the organisation works with art and artists to transform the lives of vulnerable and marginalised young people.

During the visit Her Royal Highness will meet trainees and graduates of the Foundling Museum’s ‘Tracing our Tales’ programme, which has been developed to equip care-experienced young adults with the skills to devise and deliver workshops at the Museum. In 2017 The Duchess visited The Foundling Museum and met the first intake of ‘Tracing our Tales’ trainees; two years later she will meet these young adults again to hear how the programme has helped them gain confidence and employment.

The Duchess has a longstanding interest in both the arts and supporting vulnerable families, and this patronage will further highlight the beneficial impact that art and creativity has on emotional wellbeing.

The Foundling Museum tells the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity and public art gallery. The museum works with contemporary artists, writers and musicians to develop learning programmes that are meaningful for young people, especially those who are looked after and care-experienced, to help them see the world differently and imagine new possibilities for themselves.

Larissa Joy, Chair of Trustees – Foundling Museum, said: ‘We are delighted and honoured that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has become Patron of the Foundling Museum. We could not imagine a more perfect Patron. We look forward to working with her as we fulfil our mission to inspire people to make positive impact on society through the arts.’

Caro Howell, Director of the Foundling Museum, said: ‘The Foundling Museum is thrilled and honoured to receive The Duchess’s patronage. Her support is a huge boost to our work transforming the lives of vulnerable young people through the arts.’

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March 19 – The Queen and Duchess of Cambridge Open The Bush House

Today (March 19, 2019) The Duchess of Cambridge accompanied Her Majesty, The Queen on a visit to King’s College London to officially open Bush House, the latest education and learning facilities on the Strand Campus in London, England. The Duchess is accompanied Her Majesty to see Bush House, a set of buildings which have been converted to include lecture theatres, teaching rooms, and an auditorium. During the visit Her Majesty and The Duchess were able to tour the facility, on the Roof Terraces on the eighth floor of Bush House, The Queen and Duchess got to see the panoramic views of London. On the new virtual trading floor, The Queen and The Duchess met students from the Entrepreneurship Institute – which supports entrepreneurial thinking, skills and experiences amongst King’s students, staff and alumni. To end the engagement The Queen unveiled a plaque in the new auditorium, officially opening The Bush House and Her Majesty and Her Royal Highness sighed the Visitor’s Book.

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