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.
VIDEOS: Duchess of Cambridge Shows Off Lino Printing Skills
Engagements & Tour Photos – 2019 – March 19 | The Duchess of Cambridge Visits The Foundling Museum
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.
VIDEOS: The Queen and Duchess of Cambridge Treated to Spectacular Views of London
Engagements & Tour Photos – 2019 – March 19 | The Queen and Duchess of Cambridge Open The Bush House
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the 1st Battalion Irish Guards St Patrick’s Day Parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, England. As in previous years The Duchess of Cambridge presented shamrocks to Officers, Warrant Officers, and the Irish Guard’s mascot Irish Wolfhound Domhnall. Before the parade a moment of silence was held for the victims of the horrific attack in Christchurch, New Zealand that killed 50 and injured dozens of others. Afterwards, William and Kate met members of the Regiment and posed for the regimental photograph. Inside the Guardsman’s lunch, The Duke and Duchess enjoyed a pint and mingled with soldiers in their mess hall.
VIDEOS: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Drink Guinness with Irish Guard for St Patrick’s Day
Engagements & Tour Photos – 2019 – March 17 | The Irish Guards St Patrick’s Day Parade
Today March 05, 2019 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended a reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by The Queen to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Investiture of The Prince of Wales. Prince Charles was created The Prince of Wales at aged 9 on July 26th 1958 and His Royal Highness was formally invested with the title by Her Majesty on July 1st 1969. Before the Investiture Prince Charles spent a term at the University College of Wales at Aberystwyth, learning to speak Welsh, and after being Invested he embarked on a tour of Wales. In attendance at today’s reception at Buckingham Palace are representatives from The Prince of Wales’s many Welsh charities and patronages. The Royal Family and guests were entertained by students from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.
Engagements & Tour Photos – 2019 – March 05 | 50th Anniversary of the Prince of Wales’ investiture Reception
On day two of their visit to Northern Ireland The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent the day in Ballymena, meeting with organisations that are working to create a bright future for the next generation. The couple started their day with a private meeting with Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, George Hamilton and police officers and police staff. During the meeting they discussed the very challenging roles police undertake and thr support available to them.
Next they couple visited the Cinemagic, a charity who uses film, television and digital technologies to engage with over 500,000 young people. The charity uses visual arts to increase opportunities and develop skills for young people from all backgrounds. The Duke and Duchess took part in some of Cinemagic’s workshops to see the full range of training they provide.
VIDEOS: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge raise smiles in Ballymena | Duke and Duchess of Cambridge get creative at CineMagic
The day ended with a visit to Sure Start, a programme that supports parents with children aged under four years old living in disadvantaged areas in Northern Ireland. Their Royal Highnesses saw some of the different programmes that Sure Start provides to support parents and provide best practice for early years work.
VIDEOS: Duke of Cambridge and children play with dinosaurs
Tour Photos – 2019 – Northern Ireland Visit – February 28 | Northern Ireland Visit – Day 2 – Set 1
SURPRISE: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge undertook a two day visit to Belfast, Fermanagh and Ballymena that celebrated the young people of Northern Ireland. The visit was previously unannounced and was quite a surprise to many. Their Royal Highnesses started their visit meeting waiting crowds in Belfast outside of the Windsor Park Football Stadium. Inside, William and Catherine met Northern Ireland goalkeeping legend Pat Jennings and toured the Irish FA’s Education and Heritage Centre, they also viewed viewed the British Championship trophy, won by Northern Ireland won in 1984.
SHOOTING STARS: After a quick change of clothes it was time for the Duke and Duchess to hit the field. William and Catherine joined young girls from the Irish Football Association’s outreach programmes, ‘Shooting Stars’ which encourages young girls to play football and ‘Ahead of the Game’ which works to support clubs and volunteers when dealing with mental health issues, with a focus on challenging the stigma and preventative measures. The Duke and Duchess chatted with the girls before joining them in a kickabout. After all the fun, the Duke and Duchess were presented with Northern Ireland shirts for Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis! Before departing this engagement Willam and Catherine met with participants in ‘Ahead of the Game’ programme, officials and representatives from Irish Football Association.
VIDEOS: The Cambridges Join Children on the Pitch | Gifts for George, Louis, and Charlotte
OUTDOOR FUN: For their next engagement the Duke and Duchess traveled to Fermanagh where they visited Extern’s Roscor Youth Village, a residential activity centre that provides a safe space to help and support young people and with a strong emphasis on supporting young people through outdoor activities and developing independent living skills. William and Catherine joined the young people in a number of activities, a few interestingly enough we’ve seen them take part in on a number of tours, like archery, and canoe racing.
VIDEOS Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Go Canoeing in Northern Ireland
GET THE PARTY STARTED: For the evening engagement the Duke and Duchess were up to more adult activities as they attended a party at Empire Music Hall to celebrate young people who are making a real difference in Northern Ireland. William and Catherine took turns pulling pints. The Duke and Duchess were joined by representatives from Northern Ireland’s business, arts and sport sectors. Hosted by the Queen’s representative Mrs Fionnuala Jay-O’Boyle CBE. Dame Mary Peters was appointed Lady Companion of the Most Noble of the Garter by Her Majesty The Queen earlier in the day.
VIDEOS: The Duke & Duchess Pull Pints
Tour Photos – 2019 – Northern Ireland Visit – February 27 | Northern Ireland Visit – Day 1 – Set 1
Tour Photos – 2019 – Northern Ireland Visit – February 27 | Northern Ireland Visit – Day 1 – Set 2
Tour Photos – 2019 – Northern Ireland Visit – February 27 | Northern Ireland Visit – Day 1 – Set 3
On (February 10)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended 72nd British Academy Film Awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall. Upon their arrival they were greeted by BAFTA CEO Amanda Berry. Prince William presented the Fellowship Award to American film editor Thelma Schoonmaker. After the show The Duke and Duchess took a few moments to chat with the winners and nominees including, Spike Lee, Olivia Colman, and Rami Malek.
Engagements & Tour Photos – 2019 – February 10 | British Academy Film Awards
In support of Children’s Mental Health Week The Duchess of Cambridge visited Lavender Primary School and Alperton Community School to find out more about the support offered to students, teachers and parents to help with mental well-being. With the theme this year being ‘Healthy: Inside and Out’, and focusing on the connection between physical and mental health The Duchess visited Lavender Primary School in her role as Patron of Place2Be, she sat in on a number of activities with the children including a show and tell of objects that make them feel good (The Duchess brought a picture of her family), the school’s Daily Mile challenge which teaches children about the importance of being active, and a food diary activity, which focusses on the links between food choices and mood and feelings.
VIDEOS: HRH Supports Children’s Mental Health Week
At Alperton Community School The Duchess of Cambridge met the UK’s first winner of the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize, Andria Zafirakou. She also joined a roundtable discussion with teachers about pupil school readiness and teacher wellbeing. Catherine also met with students taking part in the Random Acts of Kindness Club, a extra-curricular club focusing on the wellbeing of the school community. and Textiles Classroom hearing how the school uses Art to enhance children’s confidence, creativity and wellbeing across the age groups
VIDEOS: Duchess of Cambridge marks Children’s Mental Health Week
Engagements & Tour Photos – 2019 – February 05 | The Duchess of Cambridge Visits London Schools