Today, June 18, 2019 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended Day One of Royal Ascot.
Royal Ascot takes place for five days in the month of June. It’s one of Britain’s most well-known racecourses, and welcomes around 300,000 visitors over the five days including The Queen and other members of The Royal Family.
Each day begins with the Royal Procession, when The Queen and accompanying Members of the Royal Family arrive along the track in horse-drawn carriages. They then spend the day watching the races from the Royal Enclosure.
This year, the British Royal Family was joined by King Willem-Alexander & Queen Máxima of the Netherlands.
Today, June 17, 2019 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Order Of The Garter Service At Windsor Castle.
The Order of The Garter Service is one of the most traditional ceremonies in the Queen’s calendar. Every June, a grand procession of the knights takes place at Windsor Castle, accompanied by a marching band and Officers of the Order, all in grand ceremonial dress.
The day begins with The Queen formally investing any new Companions with the Order’s insignia in the Throne Room of the Castle. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh entertain the members and officers at a lunch, and then all process on foot to a service in St. George’s Chapel. There is a short service where any new Companions are installed. The Sovereign and other members of the Order then return to the Upper Ward of the castle in carriages and cars.
Today, the Order includes the Queen, who is Sovereign of the Garter, several senior Members of the Royal Family, and twenty-four knights chosen in recognition of their work. Knights of the Garter are chosen personally by the Sovereign to honour those who have held public office, who have contributed in a particular way to national life or who have served the Sovereign personally.
The Duchess of Cambridge, The Duchess of Cornwall, and The Countess of Wessex were joined by The Queen of Spain and The Queen of the Netherlands for today’s service and procession.
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.
On June 11, 2019 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Cumbria.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are celebrating the work of local heroes, farmers, volunteers and those supporting the rural community in Cumbria.
William and Catherine started their visit in Keswick visiting members of the public from a range of services, including community first responders, young people trained as mental health first aiders and the local mountain rescue service. In the photos you’ll see Catherine greeting English Springer Spaniel’s Max, Paddy and Prince Harry of Winterfell. Their Royal Highnesses met therapy dog Max last month at The Queen’s Garden Party. The Duke and Duchess also stopped at the Market Square where Catherine sampled cheese and the couple met with well-wishers.
The couple then visited Deepdale Hall Farm in Patterdale where The Duke and Duchess met the Brown family, who have been farming near Lake Ullswater since the 1950s. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent time on Deepdale Hall Farm with the Brown family tending to their flock of Herdwick and Swaledale sheep, joining them for sheep shearing, herding and dry stone walling. They also joined the Brown family, local farmers, and members of the Farmer Network to discuss some of the key challenges farmers are facing — including rural isolation, Brexit and support payments. Although The Royal Family tends to stay out of politics it’s vital that Prince William stay connected with the issues that are affecting people as he will one day take the throne.
Their Royal Highnesses ended their visit with Cumbria Wildlife Charity, the only voluntary organisation devoted solely to the conservation of the wildlife and wildplaces of Cumbria, and children from Patterdale School for an environmental educational session on the Ullswater Way.
On June 08, 2019 The Royal Family gathered for Trooping The Colour.
Trooping The Colour marks The Queen’s official birthday which is actually on April 21. Each June over 1400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians come together in a great display of military precision, horsemanship and fanfare. The parade travels from Buckingham Palace and down The Mall to Horse Guard’s Parade, with Members of the Royal Family on horseback and in carriages.
The display closes with an RAF fly-past, watched by Members of the Royal Family from Buckingham Palace balcony.
This year The Duchess of Cambridge shared a carriage with The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Duchess Meghan is still on maternity leave, but still made the event!). Even more exciting, Prince Louis made his balcony debut and stole the show!
On June 06, 2019 The Duchess of Cambridge took the salute at the Household Division’s Beating Retreat at Horse Guards Parade in London, England at St. James Park.
The Beating Retreat is a spectacular evening pageant of music and military precision drill, including horses, cannons and fireworks. The military concert with a marching display is performed each year on the Wednesday and Thursday evenings preceding the Queen’s Birthday Parade, or “Trooping The Colour” as it is often called.
The concert raises money for the Army Benevolent and Fund the Household Division Charitable Funds, which provide improved welfare and opportunities to Household Division serving soldiers and veterans.
Historically, on at least one evening, a senior member of the British Royal Family has attended and taken the salute.
The Duchess of Cambridge showed off her ‘Back To Nature’ Garden to The Queen and other members of The Royal Family after an earlier engagement with school children. It’s truly amazing to see The Duchess enjoying herself after working so hard on this project since January. The hard work truly shows.
On May 20, 2019 The Duchess of Cambridge officially opened her Back To Nature’ Garden At The RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Ahead of showing off her project to The Queen and other members of the Royal Family, The Duchess joined local schoolchildren for some outdoor activities, including reed boat baking and marshmallow toasting. The Duchess designed her ‘Back to Nature’ Garden to inspire children, families and communities to get outside and enjoy the huge benefits that nature has on our physical and mental well being.
The Duchess of Cambridge offered a sneak peek of her Chelsea Flower Show Back to Nature’ Garden! Kensington Palace revealed details of the garden on Twitter saying: “The garden includes a swing seat, hanging below the garden’s centrepiece, a high platform tree house. The high platform tree house is inspired by a bird or animal nest and provides a wonderful place to retreat and look out through the trees. The treehouse is made from chestnut, with hazel, stag horn oak and larch nest cladding. The ‘Back to Nature’ Garden is aiming to inspire interaction with the natural environment through its multi-sensory, green and blue plant scheme. The garden is also filled with incredible edibles, plants for craft activities, forest scents and a diverse range of plants, shrubs and trees of different heights and textures.”
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.