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Appearances, Gallery Addition, Royal Visit ♦ January 17, 2019
This morning, (January 16, 2019) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visited The Royal Opera House. The Duchess was specifically interested in the Costume Department as her great great grandfather owned a textile mill. Today, The Duchess learned more about the textiles they use to create costumes and the commissioning of fabrics, design and craftsmanship involved. According to Kensington Palace this will be an area she will continue to explore this year: “Over the coming months, The Duchess will be exploring her interest in the use and manufacture of textiles through learning opportunities, visits to places like the Royal Opera House and meetings with industry experts.” During her tour, Fay Fullerton, The Royal Opera House’s Head of Costume, showed The Duchess ballet costumes – which are especially designed to allow dancers to move freely. At the on-site dye shop The Duchess was showed different techniques including hand-painting and staining garments as well as how digital printing is used to reproduce historic fabrics. Catherine then met The Royal Ballet Principal Dancers Lauren Cuthbertson, Laura Morera, Tomas Mock and Vadim Muntagirov, who discussed some of the challenges of dancing in costumes. Afterwards, The Duchess watched the dancers rehearse Frederick Ashton’s ‘The Two Pigeons’.

Engagements & Tour Photos – 2019 – January 16 | Visiting The Royal Opera House

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Appearances, Royal Visit ♦ January 16, 2019

Today, (January 15, 2019) The Duchess of Cambridge visited the King Henry’s Walk Community Garden in Islington, London. King Henry’s Walk Community Garden is a voluntary led community garden containing growing plots for cultivation by local residents, where the use of organic gardening methods helps to promote a diversity of plants and wildlife, and a full programme of education and events to engage city children, young people and families. The Duchess visited the garden to see how the project brings people together through gardening and food growing. During the visit Catherine met with local residents to talk about their experiences in the garden. She then joined school children from St Jude and St Paul’s CE Primary School to make pizzas, using ingredients harvested from the garden, and bird boxes, one which will be showcased in her ‘Back To Nature” Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show. For more information on that click here.

Engagements & Tour Photos – 2019 – January 15 | Visiting The King Henry’s Walk Community Garden

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News, Official Announcements ♦ January 16, 2019
This morning, before Catherine’s visit to King Henry’s Walk Garden it was announced that she has partnered up with Davies White Landscape Architects and the Royal Horticultural Society to co-design a garden for the Chelsea Flower Show in May and two further gardens for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival and the RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey which takes place in July, A press conference is scheduled for February 11, 2019, but there is no word yet on if The Duchess will attend. For more information, read the press release here.

To highlight the benefits of the great outdoors and inspire children, families and communities to get back to nature, The Duchess of Cambridge, the Royal Horticultural Society and landscape architects Davies White have today announced that they will design and build the 2019 RHS Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.

The garden will build on Her Royal Highness’s passion for the outdoors and the proven benefits that nature has on physical and mental health. The Duchess is a strong advocate for the positive impact that nature and the environment can have on childhood development, demonstrated by her longstanding support for organisations including the Scouts and Farms for City Children, as well as at more recent engagements to Sayers Croft Forest School and Wildlife Garden, the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, and her visit today [15th January] to Islington Community Garden.

Based on a woodland, the garden seeks to recapture for adults the sense of wonder and magic that they enjoyed as children, in addition to kindling excitement and a passion for nature in future generations. Wild planting and natural materials will be used to recreate a woodland wilderness where children and adults alike can feel closer to the great outdoors.

Her Royal Highness has worked in collaboration with the RHS and Davies White over the past three months and will continue to finalise the design ahead of the show in May.

For over 200 years the RHS, which is the UK’s gardening charity, has been championing the power of gardening and growing plants for the environment, and for the health and wellbeing of people of all ages and backgrounds.

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Gallery Addition, Official Portraits ♦ December 14, 2018
This morning Kensington Palace released The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Christmas Card for this year. The photo was taken by photographer Matt Porteous who recently took the photos from the christening of Prince Louis. The family photo was taken on the grounds of Anmer Hall.

Official Portraits > December 2018 | Cambridge Family Christmas Card

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This morning, (December 11, 2018) The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Evelina London Children’s Hospital and The Passage Charity, the UK’s largest Resource Centre for homeless people & provider of accommodation & homelessness prevention projects.

To kick off their visit to Evelina London Children’s Hospital this morning it was announced that The Duchess of Cambridge would become Patron. Kensington Palace says the new Patronage “provides an opportunity to champion the medical professionals working on the front-line in children’s healthcare, and shine a light on their work supporting children in their early years.” Evelina London is part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, of which Her Majesty The Queen is Patron. At Evelina London The Duke and Duchess met children receiving care at the hospital, heard from staff and parents about Evelina London’s life changing care and support for families. Their Royal Highnesses joined children as they took part in a number of Christmas-themed activities, before joining celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of the hospital.

At the Passage Charity William and Catherine joined service users for an arts and crafts workshop to prepare cards and gifts ahead of the centre’s Christmas party next week. They also heard from frontline workers about some of the challenges relating to street homelessness, including drug addiction and mental health issues. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met staff and volunteers to learn more about their work linking clients into statutory services and minimising harm.

Engagements & Tour Photos > 2018 > December 11 | Visiting Evelina London And The Passage

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Ahead of The Duke and Duchess’s visit to Evelina London Children’s Hospital it was announced that The Duchess of Cambridge would become Patron. Here is the press release from Kensington Palace below:

The Duchess of Cambridge has today become Patron of Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

The new patronage has been announced ahead of Her Royal Highness’ visit to Evelina London later this morning with The Duke of Cambridge. The visit will see Their Royal Highnesses learn more about how the hospital supports children and their families, and the specialist services provided to children with rare and complex conditions.

Through visits to hospitals and hospices The Duchess has seen first-hand the impact that comprehensive care and support can have upon young children. Her Royal Highness’s new patronage of Evelina London provides an opportunity to champion the medical professionals working on the front-line in children’s healthcare, and shine a light on their work supporting children in their early years.

The hospital, which is next year marking its 150th anniversary, is part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, of which The Queen is Patron. Evelina London cares for children and young people from before birth, throughout childhood and into adult life. The hospital provides a range of services to children across south London and south east England. Evelina London also provides community services for children and their families in Lambeth and Southwark.

Marian Ridley, Director of Evelina London, said: “We are absolutely delighted and deeply honoured The Duchess of Cambridge has chosen to become our Patron. The Duchess shares our passion for giving children and young people the very best start in life and Her Royal Highness’ support will help champion the life-saving care our staff are providing to our patients.

“It is a huge pleasure to welcome Their Royal Highnesses back to our hospital and we are absolutely delighted that they are able to join us as we begin to celebrate our milestone 150th anniversary. We are immensely grateful for Their Royal Highnesses’ support and we look forward to working closely with The Duchess as our Patron.”

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Appearances, Gallery Addition, Royal Visit ♦ November 29, 2018
Today, (November 28, 2018) The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited King Power Stadium to pay tribute to those who tragically lost their lives on October 27, 2017 in the helicopter crash at LCFC stadium. The crash claimed the life of Leicester City Football Club Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha who knew William and Catherine. The Duke and Duchess were joined by Srivaddhanaprabha’s wife and son as The Duchess laid flowers alongside the many other touching tributes. The Duke and Duchess also met with volunteers who helped relocate the thousands of tributes which were previously placed outside of the LCFC stadium as well as players and members of the club’s management team.

The Duke and Duchess also visited the University of Leicester to hear about some educational programs that the LCFC helped to support. In May of 2018 Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha donated one million dollars to help fund medical research and training at the University through the creation of a Professorship in Child Health. After their visit the Duke and Duchess greeted people gathered in the University of Leicester’s Centenary Square.

Engagements & Tour Photos > 2018 > November 28 | The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Visit Leicester

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Appearances, Royal Visit ♦ November 15, 2018

Today, (November 14, 2018) The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent the morning in South Yorkshire for two engagements. For their first stop they visited McLaren Automotive where they opened the new Composites Technology Centre in Rotherham. The new centre will be used to innovate the process of designing and constructing lightweight carbon fibre ‘tubs’, which form the internal shell of all McLaren cars, providing 200 new jobs for the local area. while there The Duke and Duchess met with McLaren Automotive’s STEM Ambassadors, who work to encourage children to get involved in science-based learning and careers.

VIDEOS: Prince William And Catherine Open McLaren Centre

From there the couple traveled to Barnsley to visit Centrepoint, the UK’s leading charity for homeless young people. The Duke and Duchess joined volunteers and young people that use the service, to prepare lunch in the hostel’s kitchen before sitting down to learn about the new Andy Norman Learning Hub, which will provide a dedicated space and resource for young people at risk of homelessness in Barnsley, helping improve their skills and work towards independence. Before departing William and Catherine unveiled a plaque offically opening the Andy Norman Learning Hub.

VIDEOS: Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Cook At Centrepoint

Engagements & Tour Photos > 2018 > November 14 | The Duke And Duchess of Cambridge Visit South Yorkshire

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To celebrate Prince Charles 70th birthday the Palace has released two photos featuring his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The two photos were taken back in September in the gardens of Clarence House by royal photographer Chris Jackson, who has photographed The Cambridges in the past, he is also married to Catherine’s assistant Natasha Archer.

Official Portraits > November 2018 | Prince Charles’ 70th Birthday Photos

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Appearances, Gallery Addition, Royal Visit ♦ October 31, 2018

Today, (October 31, 2018) The Duchess of Cambridge visited The Imperial War Museum. The Duchess visited the museum in London ahead of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice to learn about the lives of her great grandmother’s three brothers, who fought and lost their lives in the First World War. Catherine toured the First World War galleries and learned more about what her relatives would have experienced during their time on the front line. She also was shown her great-grandmother Olive’s registration card. Olive and her younger sister Anne were both VAD nurses with the British Red Cross during the War. The Duchess also viewed several other documents relating to her relatives’ experiences, including the brothers’ letters home.

Engagements & Tour Photos > 2018 > October 31 | Visiting The Imperial War Museum

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I know I’m late making a post on the site, but if you visit the gallery regularly you’ll have seen that I added those gorgeous photos from Prince Louis’s Christening. I would say check them out if you haven’t already – but I know you have!

Official Portraits > Prince Louis’s Christening – July 2018

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Official Announcements ♦ September 04, 2017

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William are expecting their third child together! Kensington Palace made the announcement this morning (September 04, 2017) after Catherine had to cancel a scheduled engagement. As with her first two pregnancies The Duchess is experiencing hyperemesis gravidarum, a extreme form of morning sickness which will have her sidelined for the next couple of weeks. You can read the official statement below:

“Their royal highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their third child. The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news.

“As with her previous two pregnancies, the duchess is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum. Her royal highness will no longer carry out her planned engagement at the Hornsey Road children’s centre in London today. The duchess is being cared for at Kensington Palace.”

Congratulations to The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge! We wish Catherine nothing but the best!

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