Today, November 04, 2016 The Duchess of Cambridge attended a series of embargoed engagements to HMP Eastwood Park and the Nelson Trust Women’s Centre. Catherine’s first visit was to a prison in Gloucestershire. Kensington Palace said of the visit: “The Duchess met with staff from Eastwood Park who explained the complex and often diverse needs of the women they work with including mental health concerns, family breakdowns, and treatment for addiction. Her Royal Highness also met with a small number of women prisoners to hear their personal stories.” In her second engagement of the day Catherine visited The Nelson Trust Women’s Centre, which is an organization that works with Eastwood Park to support women who have left prison. The Duchess heard stories from women receiving services and upon leaving unveiled a plaque marking her visit. I have added 76 HQ photos to the gallery. Enjoy!
Yesterday, November 03, 2016 The Duchess of Cambridge attended the UK Premiere Of “A Street Cat Named Bob” In Aid Of Action On Addiction. Before Catherine headed to the premiere she made and embargoed, or previously unannounced visit to the Recovery Street Film Festival. The Recovery Street Film Festival features films made by former addicts and their loved ones about life in recovery from addiction. The films provide real hope that people can, and do recover from addiction. At the festival Catherine to former addicts and filmmakers tell their stories of addiction and recovery. She also watched a special screening of a film. Later that evening, Catherine walked the red carpet at the movie premiere and met with author James Bowen and of course Bob. I have added 276 HQ photos to the gallery. Enjoy!
In her first solo visit overseas, The Duchess of Cambridge Visited The Netherlands on (October 11, 2016). Catherine had a busy day as she undertook multiple engagements in The Hague and Rotterdam. To start the day Catherine met King Willem-Alexander at Villa Eikenhorst, his private residence he shares with his wife Queen Máxima and their children, Princess Catharine-Amalia, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane. Queen Máxima was unable to greet The Duchess as she was holding her own engagements in Argentina. Catherine had lunch with King Willem-Alexander before heading to the Mauritshuis Art Museum in The Hague for the exhibition, ‘At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his Contemporaries from the British Royal Collection’. Kate enjoyed a private tour of the museum and it’s collections before attending an art class with students. The next engagement of the day was at the British Ambassador’s Residence in The Hague, where she participated in a round table discussion about addiction, intervention, family and mental health. Catherine was joined by two charities in which she is Patron of, the Anna Freud Centre and Action on Addiction. Lastly, Catherine visited the city of Rotterdam to see Bouwkeet, the social Makerspace of Bospolder-Tussendijken, a workshop in a new community that offers a variety skills to local teenagers. Catherine concluded her trip with a walk about greeting well wishers.
Today, (October 10, 2016) was World Mental Health Day. Something we know that The Duchess of Cambridge is very serious about and has made it her mission to bring into the spotlight. To celebrate the day The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry held an event with their initiative, Heads Together at the County Hall and then at the London Eye on the South Bank, London.
The first event of the day was a reception with charities who are apart of their Heads Together campaign where TRH gave a joint speech and met with people who have received support. Following the reception they rode on the London Eye and took in the views.
I have added 400+ high quality photos to the gallery. Enjoy!
On the final day of Royal Tour Canada, October 01, 0216) The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent their day in Victoria, BC, Canada. They started their day at Cridge Centre for the Family. A charity that supports the youth and the elderly and offers a wide variety of support. The Duke and Duchess spent much time greeting well wishers. After visiting the centre the couple visited a local cafe where they met families who have benefited from the services offered by the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre.
In the afternoon, the couple toured Victoria Harbor aboard a Tall Ship piloted by a crew from the Sail and Life Training Society (SALTS), a charity using sailing to help build life skills. Again, the couple spent time greeting well wishers for the last time on this tour.
After a quick wardrobe change the eight day Royal Tour of Canada concluded when The Cambridges arrived at the Victoria Harbour seaplane terminal. Ahead of their departure Kensington Palace released the following statement from Prince William:
“Catherine and I are incredibly grateful to the people of Canada for the warmth and hospitality they have extended to our family over the last week. We have loved our time in British Columbia and Yukon and will never forget the beautiful places we have seen and the many people who have been kind enough to come to welcome us in person. We feel very lucky to have been able to introduce George and Charlotte to Canada. This country will play a big part in the lives of our children and we have created such happy memories for our family during this visit. Canada is a country of optimism, generosity and unrivalled natural beauty. I hope we have helped all Canadians celebrate what makes this country great. We will see you again soon.”
On the seventh day of the 2016 Royal Canada tour (September 30, 2016) The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Haida Gwaii. The couple paddled in on a traditional canoe. After meeting with Haida chiefs and well wishers the couple enjoyed a cultural performance at the Haida Heritage Performing House. They also toured the the new Haida Gwaii General Hospital where they unveiled a plaque marking their visit.
Following their earlier visits The Duke and Duchess joined teens from Skidegate Youth Centre on a fishing trip.
On (September 29,2016) The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hosted a children’s party for military families on the grounds of Government House in Victoria Canada. Their own children Prince George and Princess Charlotte were also in attendance. The children enjoyed a petting zoo, miniature ponies, balloon animals and a puppet show. Plenty of adorable moments came out of this engagement and I’m sure that it will be a highlight of the tour for many.
Welcome to Day 5 of Royal Tour Canada! On (September 28, 2016) The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge explored MacBride Museum in downtown Whitehorse. Inside the couple took part in a story circle with local children and elders. The couple then marked their visit by sending a “telegraph to tweet” using an original telegraph. Afterwards couple met locals outside the museum at a street party.
In their next engagement of the day, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the town of Carcross. They started out their afternoon at the Carcross Commons to watch a traditional welcoming ceremony from the Carcross/Tagish First Nation. Afterwards, the duo were given a tour of the town, meet the locals, and participate in a flurry of activities including painting a totem pole. They then made an unplanned stop at the White Pass steam train at the foot of Montana Mountain. Lastly, the pair met with members of the The Single Track to Success mountain bikers project.
Tuesday, (September 27, 2016 marked Day 4 of The Duke and Duchess’s tour of Canada. The couple left Victoria and flew to Kelowna, a city in the Okanagan Valley to visit to the Okanagan campus of the University of British Columbia. The couple met with students and watched a volleyball match with the woman’s team. They also unveiled a plaque marking their visit. The second engagement in Kelowna was at the Mission Hill Winery where they attended the BC Government’s ‘Taste of British Columbia’ festival. The couple sampled dishes and met with locals, including children with interest in the culinary and agriculture fields.
For the second half of the trip the royal couple flew to Whitehorse in Yukon. They arrived at Whitehorse International Airport where they received an official welcome and Prince William inspected a guard composed of members of the Canadian Rangers and Junior Rangers. They then headed to Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre where they watched a cultural performance, afterwards the couple met with performers.
September 26< 2016 marked Day 3 of the 2016 Canada Tour. The Duke and Duchess traveled to rainy Bella Bella, Canada for a day of engagements. Due to the poor weather conditions the couple were not able to do the aerial tour of the Rainforest, something I’m sure they both would have enjoyed!
Upon arrival to Bella Bella Their Royal Highnesses attended an official welcome and performance from Bella Bella First Nations Community at the Wawiska Community Hall. The pair received many gifts and met with many locals.
Their next stop was to McLoughlin Bay for a short ceremony, marking the commitment of the rainforest to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy network. After, William and Kate travelled to Elder’s Lodge, where William gave a short speech to mark the dedication of the Great Bear Rainforest as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy initiative. The visit concluded with a plaque unveiling to commemorate their visit.
There final engagement of the night was a Government of British Columbia reception at Government House where Their Royal Highnesses joined many political and civic leaders for a reconciliation ceremony. Catherine stunned in a dress by Preen by Thornton Bregazzi.
Upon their arrival to Jack Poole Plaza, located by the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre the royal couple were greeted by many excited individuals and they took the time to meet and chat with as many as they could before heading to their first engagement at Sheway, a pregnancy outreach program for mothers who are overcoming addiction. A cause that we know The Duchess is very keen about. The couple toured the facility taking part in story time, and learning about a few services that the charity offers, the couple also took the time to speak with mothers who are receiving help from the charity, as well as met with medical staff.
At their next stop of the day Their Royal Highnesses joined Primie Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau at the Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia, where they met Syrian refugees, volunteers, and staff. The couple met a families and learned how the centre has supported them. To mark their visit Their Royal Highness’s officially opened the Edith Lando playground for the children at the centre.
From there the couple went to Central Vancouver for a youth reception at the Foyer of the Telus Garden Building in Downtown Vancouver. They met young adults who are leaders in Canadian arts, music, charity, sport, business and film.
They finished off a packed day with a visit to the Kitsilano Coastguard station, where they met members of the police, fire service and social workers, before leaving on the Coast Guard’s hovercraft and flying back to Victoria.
I have updated the gallery with 400+ high quality photos. I’m sure many more will be added as the day goes on. Keep checking back to the gallery and this post for more news and photos from the first day of the tour!
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THE ARRIVAL: The Duke and Duchess touched down at the airport in Victoria, British Columbia at 4:00 P.M. local time with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The couple were greeted by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregorire. The young family stunned in coordinating blue ensembles, Catherine of course, looked amazing in a Jenny Packham dress and accessorized with a hat by Lock and Co and the Queen’s maple Leaf broach she wore during the first Royal Tour in 2011.
VIDEOS: Arriving In Victoria
WELCOMING CEREMONY: After dropping Prince George and Princess Charlotte off at the Government House and getting them settled in, The Duke and Duchess headed to the British Columbia Legislative Assembly official welcoming ceremony. They took part in a number of festivities including laying a wreath at the Cenotaph followed by the traditional military honors, including a 21-gun salute, breaking of His Royal Highness’ Canadian Standard, and an inspection of the guard by William. After a few speeches by local dignitaries William took the stage to address the crowds sometimes speaking in “rusty” French. The couple later departed the welcoming ceremony for private meetings with the Governor General and Prime Minister.
PRIVATE MEETINGS: After the festivities of the welcoming ceremony The Duke and Duchess went back to Government House to meet with the Governor General and the Prime Minister. Not musch is known about the meetings, but it seemed like the Governor General and the Prime Minister enjoyed their time with Their Royal Highnesses.