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(Photos) The Duchess Visits Grimsby – (03/05)

The Duchess, who is due to give birth in July, chatted about her pregnancy with members of the public as she went on an impromptu walkabout after visiting a fishing museum.
Bobbie Brown, a 42-year-old Sainsbury’s shop worker, waited in chilly temperatures for more than three hours to see the Duchess, and said: “I asked her if the baby had been moving or kicking and she said ‘Yes it is, very much so.’”

More than 1,000 people were kept waiting for 70 minutes longer than expected because the Duchess had opted to fly to Grimsby by helicopter rather than taking the train, and thick fog prevented her leaving London on time.

St James’s Palace defended the decision to use the Royal Flight’s helicopter, at an estimated cost of £4,000, rather than buying train tickets for £216 return, which would have enabled the Duchess to arrive in good time for her first engagement of the day.
A palace spokesman said: “A number of factors are always taken into account when considering royal travel arrangements, including what the member of the Royal family is doing before and after the engagements, and it was decided that the best way to travel was by the Royal Flight helicopter.”


– Appearances & Events > 2013 > Mar. 05 – Visiting Grimsby


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Kate’s Upcoming Engagements

The Cambridges are getting back into the swing of things

The Duke of Cambridge is nearing the time where he must decide whether or not to continue on with his RAF career or to take on full-time royal responsibilities, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Kate’s engagement schedule is ramping up.

It was said around the time of the wedding that Prince William and Catherine were granted a two year period of time from The Queen during which they could simply enjoy being newly-weds as part-time royals. William has maintained his full-time position as a Search and Rescue pilot for the Royal Air Force (RAF) during this time, while Kate has undertaken engagements on a part-time basis.

On March 5th, Kate will be headed to the seaport of Grimsby to make three stops, including one that is specifically in support of Prince Charles’ charity, The Prince’s Trust. The schedule of her visits is below (all times are GMT).

11:35am-12:15pm the Fishing Heritage Centre
12:20pm-1:10pm Peaks Lane Fire Station
1:15pm-2:20pm Havelock Academy

Kate will also be joining Prince William for the Irish Guards’ St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17th in Aldershot.

Kate is also expected to announce at least two new patronages this month, and I expect that we’ll see engagements with those organizations shortly thereafter.


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(Photos) Kate Visits The Hope House – (02/19)

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits Hope House an Action on Addiction women’s treatment centre on February 19, 2013 in London, England where she took time to visit the centre’s art therapy room and kitchen. She also chatted with the trustees of the centre.

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(Photos) Kate Visits Cambridge & Peterborough – (11/28)

Hundreds of well-wishers lined the streets around the Guildhall to greet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who are spending the day celebrating the city’s famous university, and some of its charities, schools and hardworking volunteers.

The royal couple arrived by train and were slowly driven through the city so the crowds could catch a glimpse of them.

Cambridge has been awaiting the royal visit since the Queen bestowed the dukedom on her grandson just a few hours before he married the then Kate Middleton on April 29 last year.

Princess Catherine was sporting her new hairstyle – layered long dark locks with a parted fringe – first seen in London last night when she opened a new exhibition at the Natural History Museum.