On July 14, 2019 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Gentlemen’s Singles Final.
The Duke and Duchess met ballboys and ballgirls before heading to the Royal Box to watch Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the finals. Catherine’s mother Carole, sister Pippa, brother James and his girlfriend Alizee Thevenet were also in attendance.
It was a whirlwind of the match-up lasting five hours with Novak Djokovic winning his fifth Wimbledon title.
For the first time as Patron, The Duchess presented the Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Singles Final trophies alongside The Duke of Kent who is President of The All England Lawn Tennis Club.
Arriving ahead of the finals Catherine met junior players Kamilla Bartone, Oksana Selekhmeteva, Polina Kudermetova, and Giulia Morlet. She also met volunteers and former champions.
The Ladies’ Singles Final match was a quick one as Simona Halep beat Serena Williams in 55 minutes to win her first Wimbledon title. Catherine met Halep briefly after the match offering congratulations and telling her to ‘enjoy the celebrations’.
On July 10, 2019 The Duchess of Cambridge with her three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis and The Duchess of Sussex and Baby Archie made a appearance at King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club in Wokingham, Surrey,
The Duchesses were on the sidelines to cheer on Prince William and Prince Harry who were competing for the Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Polo Trophy. Catherine was extra busy on the sidelines running after Prince Louis and looking after Prince George and Charlotte.
The Power Royal Charity Polo Day was held in honour of late Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha who died in a helicopter crash last October and raised over £1 million for several of the Prince’s patronages.
Today, July 02, 2019 The Duchess of Cambridge attended Day 2 of the Wimbledon Championships.
The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, also known as the All England Club, is based at Church Road, Wimbledon, London, England, it is a private members’ club. Best known as the venue for the Wimbledon Championships, it’s the only Grand Slam tennis event still held on grass.
Catherine has been Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club since December 2016. Taking over the role from The Queen.
During her visit The Duchess visited the Aorangi Park to see the practice courts and players’ warm-up area. There she met Johanna Konta and Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray. She also met a number of finalists and winners nominated for the annual LTA Tennis Awards which recognize people who volunteer at grassroots level to grow and open up the sport.
Catherine watched Britain’s Harriet Dart play against U.S. player Christina McHale in Wimbledon’s outer courts. And later watched ngelique Kerber vs Tatijana Maria in the Royal Box.
Today, July 01, 2019 The Duchess of Cambridge invited children from several of her patronages to her newly updated ‘Back To Nature’ Garden.
The Duchess of Cambridge designed the newly updated garden with Adam White and Andree Davies. Since it’s debut at the Chelsea Flower Show back in May the garden has doubled in size to include a paddle pond, a bug hotel and bee-friendly wildflower meadow. Both gardens were created to encourage families to engage with nature and to spend time outdoors.
As part of her longstanding work on Early Years, The Duchess believes that spending time outdoors plays a pivotal role in children’s future health and happiness.
Her garden highlights how time spent in natural environments can help build the foundations for positive physical and mental wellbeing that last through childhood and over a lifetime.
Children from The Anna Freud Centre, Evelina Children’s Hospital, Action for Children and Place2Be joined Catherine for a for a treasure hunt and a picnic.
Today, June 25, 2019 The Duchess of Cambridge attended a photography workshop with her patronage Action For Children.
Shortly after being named the new Patron of The Royal Photographic Society The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Warren Park Children’s Centre in Kingston-upon-Thames, south-west London to take part in a photography workshop for children – a collaboration between the Royal Photographic Society, The Duchess’s newest patronage and Action for Children, another of The Duchess’s charities, which celebrates its 150 year anniversary this year.
Catherine spent more than an hour with 11 young people from across the UK who were participating in workshops where they learned about the different elements of photography, workshops also touched on how photography provides a way for young people to express themselves and release their thoughts and feelings.
The Royal Photographic Society is one of the world’s oldest photographic societies, founded in 1853 with the objective of promoting the art and science of photography. The Queen held the role for 67 years.
The Duchess of Cambridge was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Photographic Society in 2017.
The Duchess of Cambridge has become Patron of The Royal Photographic Society.
Her Majesty The Queen has passed the patronage to The Duchess after having held the role for 67 years. The new patronage has been announced ahead of Her Royal Highness’s visit to a photography workshop run by The Royal Photographic Society and Action for Children, which is another of The Duchess’s patronages.
Her Royal Highness will join children from Action for Children in several sessions, run with Royal Photographic Society Honorary Fellows Jillian Edelstein and Harry Borden, that will cover various elements of photography such as portraits, light and colour. Alongside developing new skills, the workshop will highlight how photography provides a universal language for young people to express themselves and release their thoughts and feelings.
The Duchess has a longstanding interest in photography, and this patronage will further highlight the beneficial impact that art and creativity can have on emotional wellbeing, particularly for children and young people.
The Royal Photographic Society is one of the world’s oldest photographic societies. It was founded in 1853 with the objective of promoting the art and science of photography, and in the same year received Royal patronage from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The Society has over 11,000 members and runs an extensive programme of more than 500 events throughout the United Kingdom and internationally. Her Royal Highness was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Photographic Society in January 2017.
Chief Operating Officer of the Royal Photographic Society Mike Taylor said, “It is a huge honour to have The Duchess as our Patron, especially given her personal interest in photography. We know that photography and creative pursuits have such a positive impact for people of all ages, and we are excited to be working with one of The Duchess’s charities in support of their work.”
Later this year The Royal Foundation will become the principal charitable and philanthropic vehicle for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will establish their own new charitable foundation with transitional operating support from The Royal Foundation. In addition both couples will continue to work together on projects in the future, including on The Foundation’s mental health programme, Heads Together.
These changes are designed to best complement the work and responsibilities of Their Royal Highnesses as they prepare for their future roles, and to better align their charitable activity with their new households.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are incredibly proud of what they have achieved together through The Royal Foundation. They are especially proud to have established a charity that has had, and will continue to have, significant long-lasting impact, changing lives for the better.
Whether through the establishment of The Invictus Games, changing the national conversation on mental health through Heads Together, or setting up Shout, the UK’s first text-based crisis support service, The Foundation’s innovative ethos, ability to convene, and its incubator style has proven to be incredibly powerful and successful.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wish to build on The Foundation’s past successes, continuing programmes such as ‘Heads Up’, the new mental health campaign delivered in partnership with the FA, ‘United for Wildlife’ which runs a global taskforce tackling the illegal wildlife trade, and ‘Mentally Healthy Schools’ which supports teachers and staff improve child mental health. They are also developing new initiatives on the environment and support for children and families which The Foundation expects to announce in the coming year.
Tonight, June 12, 2019 The Duchess of Cambridge attended the Addiction Awareness Week Gala Dinner.
The Duchess joined her patronage Action on Addiction and Chef Skye Gyngell for the first annual gala dinner in recognition of Addiction Awareness Week. From June 10-16 of 2019, Addiction Awareness Week aims to provide a platform to discuss the many elements of addiction, and to engage with people and families affected, and to raise public awareness.
The Duchess of Cambridge has been Patron of Action on Addiction since January 2012 and has credited the charity on a number of occasions as where her work with mental health and early intervention started. Action on Addiction is a national charity which offers high quality, effective residential rehab and community based addiction treatment. Offering services for detox treatments, counseling, and life skills workshops.
Tonight, The Duchess met with former Action on Addiction clients who are working as apprentices in the kitchen, and worked with Spring Restaurant’s head chef and owner Skye Gyngell to prepare the evening’s dinner. The Duchess also gave a speech saying in part: “Action on Addiction was one of my very first patronages, and as such, it is very close to my heart. I’m hugely passionate about the support it provides, especially for parents,children and families who suffer from, or through, addiction. And in some ways, it was the catalyst for my interest in early childhood development too.” You can read the rest of her speech here.
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.”
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.
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”.