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.
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 Duke and Duchess of Cambridge revealed photos from a private visit to Catherine’s ‘Back To Nature’ Garden with George, Charlotte, and Louis. The Palace also revealed that over the past months, the children have helped The Duchess gather moss, leaves and twigs to help decorate the garden. Hazel sticks collected by the family were also used to make the garden’s den.