Category: Charities & Patronages

Week In Review: July 02, 2023 – July 08, 2023

This week the Princess of Wales had three public engagements. They are highlighted below.

On July 04, 2023, the Princess of Wales attended Day 2 of Wimbledon. It was a joyous occasion as Catherine has been the Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis Club since 2016. As soon as she arrived, she immediately spoke with the ball boys, girls, and volunteers, showing her appreciation for their hard work. Catherine then visited Court 18 to watch Katie Boulter take on Australia’s Daria Saville. Afterward, Catherine moved to the Royal Box, where she was joined by the recently retired tennis great Roger Federer and his wife to watch Elena Rybakina take on Shelby Rogers. Lastly, Catherine enjoyed watching Andy Murray and Ryan Peniston play. It was truly an unforgettable day for all the tennis fans in attendance.

On July 04, 2023, some amazing photos were released to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the NHS. The Prince and Princess of Wales surprised NHS staff and patients from across the UK with a very special NHS Big Tea party. They even arrived early to help lay the tables and put the finishing touches on a beautiful birthday cake. The event actually took place in May, and it was truly wonderful. It’s heartwarming to see how much care and support the royal couple has for the NHS. They have been Patrons of the NHS since 2020, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. During the event, The Prince and Princess had the chance to meet with guests, discuss current challenges, and personally thank staff for the amazing work they continue to do. It’s fantastic to see such a powerful and influential couple showing their support for the NHS and recognizing the invaluable contributions of the staff. You can view our page highlighting Catherine’s work with the charity here.

On July 05, 2023, The Prince and Princess of Wales, who are known as the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland, joined The King and Queen in Scotland for the National Service of Thanksgiving and Dedication To The Coronation Of King Charles III And Queen Camilla at St Giles’ Cathedral. It was a grand event filled with pomp and circumstance, including gun salutes, processions, and a flypast by the Red Arrows. King Charles was presented with the Honours of Scotland, considered the Scottish Crown Jewels: the Crown, the Sceptre, and the new Elizabeth Sword.

On July 06, 2023, The Princess of Wales was in attendance to cheer on Prince William during the Out-Sourcing Inc. Royal Charity Polo Cup. The event supported eleven of the Prince and Princess of Wales’s charities, including SHOUT, Wales Air Ambulance, Centrepoint, The Passage, Mountain Rescue England & Wales, Foundling Museum, Forward Trust, East Anglia Children’s Hospices, Baby Basics, Little Village, and AberNecessities. It was reported that over £1 million was raised for the charities. The competition was fierce, but Prince William’s team ultimately emerged victorious, and The Princess was there to present the trophies. It was truly a remarkable day for a great cause!

IN OTHER NEWS:

01. Catherine’s brother James and his wife Alizée are expecting their first child at the end of this year. They shared the news on Instagram, James Middleton wrote: “It was a very difficult start to the year after losing my beloved Ella however we will end the year with the most precious little addition to our growing family.” Congratulations!

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– Engagements & Tour Photos > 2023 > July 04 | Wimbledon – Day 2
– Engagements & Tour Photos > 2023 > July 05 | NHS Big Tea Party
– Engagements & Tour Photos > 2023 > July 05 | National Service Of Thanksgiving And Dedication
– Engagements & Tour Photos > 2023 > July 06 | Royal Charity Polo Cup

Week In Review: June 25 , 2023 – July 01, 2023

This week the Princess of Wales had two public engagements. They are highlighted below.

On June 27, 2023, Catherine, Princess Of Wales, opened “Hope Street” at Hope Street in Southampton, England. Hope Street is a residential community developed by One Small Thing, piloting a new approach to supporting women in the justice system. One Small Thing is a charity that aims to redesign the justice system for women and their children by changing the way the justice system responds to women and their children, educating people within the justice system on the impact of trauma, and influencing politicians and policymakers to encourage culture change across the justice system and the people who work within it. Hope Street is the first of its kind. It aims to offer a community alternative for women who would otherwise be imprisoned unnecessarily due to a lack of safe accommodation or concerns around their well-being. The Princess toured the facility and learned about the support residents would receive. She also spent time with staff and left a handwritten message on the facility’s Tree of Hope. “I see you, and I am with you. Good luck in all that lies ahead,” she wrote, signing the note as simply “Catherine.”‘ I’m sure this is not the last we hear of One Small Thing or Hope Street; I wouldn’t be surprised if Catherine became a Patron. The Hope Street project aligns perfectly with her work in the early years, addiction, and work with women in the justice system.

On June 28, 2023, the Princess of Wales officially opened the Young Victoria & Albert Museum, formerly the V&A Museum of Childhood. It was an exciting day for all involved, as the museum had been under construction for three years, with schoolchildren, teachers, and parents partnering in various workshops to design the building and galleries. The Young V&A is dedicated to children up to fourteen, housing the largest collection of childhood objects in the United Kingdom. The Princess of Wales, who has been the Patron of the Victoria & Albert Museum since 2018, toured the new building and spent time with children in different galleries, hearing their thoughts about the museum. It’s wonderful to see such an important cultural institution dedicated to young people, and we can only imagine the joy and wonder that will come from exploring the Young V&A.

Check out our page dedicated to Catherine’s work with the Victoria & Albert Museum here.

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– Engagements & Tour Photos > 2023 > June 27 | The Princess Of Wales Opens Hope Street
– Engagements & Tour Photos > 2023 > June 28 | The Princess Of Wales Officially Opens The Young V&A

New Patronage: Maternal Mental Health Alliance



Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge announced in a video message that she’s the new Patron on Maternal Mental Health Alliance. A statement from Luciana Berger, Chair of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance says:

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and staff team, I am delighted to announce Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge as Royal Patron of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA).

The MMHA was founded in 2011, and in just over a decade we have celebrated significant and much-needed progress in the provision of specialist perinatal mental health services across the UK. Today, thanks to the extraordinary and sustained efforts of our members, supporters, and Lived Experience Champions, more mums than ever can access the right care at the right time. However, there is still work to be done to ensure this is a reality for every mum, baby, and family.

We are immensely honoured that The Duchess has recognised and chosen to support the MMHA’s work by becoming our Royal Patron. The Duchess’ longstanding dedication to the Early Years and keen interest in mental health marry beautifully with our aims; it is a perfect partnership.

The MMHA looks forward to working with The Duchess to ensure the needs of all women, babies, and families continue to be heard and met.

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Photos & Roundup: February 22 – Royal Visit Denmark – Day 1

The Duchess of Cambridge, Joint Patron, the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, arrived in Denmark and was received upon her arrival at Copenhagen International Airport by Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark (Her Excellency Mrs. Emma Hopkins). Her Royal Highness visited the Centre for Early Intervention and Family Studies at the University of Copenhagen, Nørregade. The Duchess of Cambridge afterward visited Børnemuseet: the Children’s Museum in Frederiksberg then the Lego Foundation PlayLab at the Campus Carlsberg, University College Copenhagen, Humletorvet.

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Engagements & Tour Photos > 2022> Pakistan Tour > February 22 | Royal Visit: Denmark – Set 1 – Day 1

New Patronage: Rugby Football Union and Rugby Football League

The patronage, which has been given to The Duchess by Her Majesty The Queen, closely aligns with Her Royal Highness’ longstanding passion for sport and the lifelong benefits it can provide, both within our communities and on an individual level.

“It is a great honour to welcome The Duchess of Cambridge as our Patron,” said RFU CEO Bill Sweeney. “Our aim is to enrich lives, introduce more people to rugby union, develop the sport for future generations and create a successful thriving game across the country.

“As rugby clubs have re-opened across the country, players, officials and volunteers are celebrating being back in the game together, and we know the support of The Duchess will be greatly valued from our grassroots clubs and fast-growing women and girls’ game, right up to our elite men’s and women’s England teams.”

Alongside the RFU, The Duchess has also been named Patron of the Rugby Football League.

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February 02 – EE British Academy Film Awards

On February 02, 2020 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the EE British Academy Film Awards.

Catherine has attended the awards regularly since 2017 with Prince William who has been President of the Academy since 2010.

There was a lot of anticipation this year to see what the Duchess would wear as the BAFTA’s dress code was focused on sustainability. The organization says it is ‘working toward carbon neutrality’ and asked guests to consider wearing outfits that were either repeats, vintage, or from a sustainable fashion designer. Catherine repeated her bespoke Alexander McQueen gown first seen in Malaysia during the Diamond Jubilee Tour in 2012 which took The Duke and Duchess to Southeast Asia. You can view photos of the gown here.

At the awards Their Royal Highnesses walked the red carpet and in his role as President, The Duke awarded The Fellowship Award to film producer Kathleen Kennedy in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, games or television. Her recent work includes producing Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019).

Prince William also gave a speech highlighting the lack of diversity innominees which you can view here.

After the ceremony The Duke and Duchess met with the winners.

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Engagements & Tour Photos > 2020 > February 02 | EE British Academy Film Awards

January 29 – Visiting LEYF Gardens Nursery

On January 29, 2020 Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge visited LEYF Stockwell Nursery & Pre-School.

Catherine was scheduled to make the visit on January 22, 2020 as part of her 24 hour tour for the launch of her ‘5 Big Questions’ online survey, but the visit got canceled due to inclement weather.

During her visit Catherine spoke to parents and staff about the online survey and talked with the chefs and apprentices from the LEYF Chef Academy about the importance of nutritious food for child development.

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Engagements & Tour Photos > 2020 > January 29 | ‘5 Big Questions ‘ – Stockwell Gardens Nursery

January 28 – NPG Workshop At Evelina London Children’s Hospital

On January 28, 2020 The Duchess of Cambridge visited Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

Catherine who is Patron of both the National Portrait Gallery and Evelina London Children’s Hospital visited Evelina London to learn more about the creative arts workshops that are delivered there by the National Portrait Gallery’s Hospital Programme.

The National Portrait Gallery has been bringing workshops and artists into the hospital for the last 15 years, helping to support the health, wellbeing and happiness of the children who receive care there.

During her visit The Duchess joined in with groups of children on the atrium, as well as visited children and their families at the Beach Ward, where young people are awaiting surgery were able to also take part in activities.

During other workshops Catherine joined children who were making sets and characters for their own pop-up theaters and practicing their photography skills with one young man getting the opportunity to photograph The Duchess.

You can visit our pages chronicling Catherine’s work with The National Portrait Gallery, here. And Evelina London Children’s Hospital, here.

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Engagements & Tour Photos > 2020 > January 28 | NPG Workshop At Evelina London Children’s Hospital

January 27 – UK Holocaust Memorial Day Commemorative Ceremony

On January 27, 2020 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the UK Holocaust Memorial Day Commemorative Ceremony at Central Hall in Westminster.

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place each year on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust. It is a day to remember the victims and the survivors of the Holocaust, Nazi persecution, and the genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

To commemorate the anniversary, The Duchess of Cambridge took portraits of two Holocaust survivors Steven Frank and Yvonne Bernstein with their grandchildren. The project is a collaboration between the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, Jewish News and the Royal Photographic Society, for which Catherine became Patron of in 2019.

The portraits will be part of a new exhibition which will open later this year, bringing together 75 powerful images of survivors and their family members to mark 75 years since the end of the Holocaust.

The Royal Photographic Society says, the project “aims to honour the victims of the Holocaust and to celebrate the full lives that survivors have built in the UK. Each of the portraits depicts the special connection between a survivor and younger generations of their family, who over the coming years will carry the legacy of their grandparents. However, the project also aims to inspire people across the UK to consider their own responsibility to remember and share the stories of those who endured persecution at the hands of the Nazis.”

During the ceremony, Prince William gave a reading of a letter written about his great-grandmother Princess Alice, who helped to hide her Jewish friends, the Cohens, in her home. He and The Duchess also took part in lighting candles in commemorate the six million Jews who lost their lives. After the ceremony The Duke and Duchess met with survivors and their families, including Yvonne Bernstein, who she had photographed.

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Engagements & Tour Photos > 2020 > January 27 | UK Holocaust Memorial Day Commemorative Ceremony

January 22 – ‘5 Big Questions’ 24 Hour Tour

On January 22, 2020 The Duchess of Cambridge visited Cardiff and Surrey to promote the launch of her’5 Big Questions’ online survey.

In her first stop The Duchess of Cambridge visited Ely and Careau Children’s Centre where she joined a baby sensory class to hear about the support that parents receive and she also talked to about the ‘5 Big Questions’ survey. During a conversation The Duchess opened up about feeling isolated in Anglesey after the birth of Prince George.

She said: “It’s nice to be back in Wales. I was chatting to some of the mums. It was the first year and I’d just had George – William was still working with search and rescue and we came up here and I had a tiny, tiny baby in the middle of Anglesey. It was so isolated, so cut off. I didn’t have any family around, and he was doing night shifts. If only I had had a center like this.”

In Surrey, The Duchess of Cambridge returned to HMP Send Women’s Prison for the first time since 2015. There she met with some of the women she met in 2015, who have since been successfully rehabilitated, released and are rebuilding their families. The Duchess also talked to women who are currently at the prison receiving support from The Forward Trust, a charity which helps clients improve their relationships with friends and family.

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Engagements & Tour Photos > 2020 > January 22 | ‘5 Big Questions’ 24 Hour Tour

January 21 – Launching Landmark UK-Wide Survey On Early Childhood

On January 21, 2020 The Duchess of Cambridge launched 5 Big Questions, a landmark survey which gives people across the UK an opportunity to provide their view on raising the next generation.

In March 2018, The Duchess of Cambridge announced during a symposium at the Royal Society for Medicine that she had convened a steering group to look at what can be done to make a positive difference to the lives of children, by focusing on their earliest stage of life, from pre-birth to 5 years of age. The steering group’s recommendations, on behalf of The Duchess, formed the basis of The Royal Foundation’s strategy for developing her work in this area.

The fruit of this steering group is 5 Big Questions, a landmark survey which gives people across the UK an opportunity to provide their view on raising the next generation. The ‘5 Big Questions’ online poll is being conducted by Ipsos Mori on behalf of The Royal Foundation and “aims to spark the biggest ever conversation on early childhood”. The results of the survey will be made available in March and will determine the next steps in Catherine’s early years work.

To kick off the initiative The Duchess visited MiniBrum at Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum where she met with health professionals, parents, a group of children and supporters.

The Duchess will then continue promotion of her online poll by going on a 24 hour tour, making stops in London, Cardiff and Surrey.

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Engagements & Tour Photos > 2020 > January 21 | Launching Landmark UK-Wide Survey On Early Childhood

December 04 – Joining Family Action At Peterley Manor Farm

On December 04, 2019 The Duchess of Cambridge visited Peterley Manor Farm with Family Action.

The visit coincided with news that the Queen has passed her patronage of Family Action over to Catherine after 66 years in the role.

Family Action is a charity that works to tackle some of the most complex and difficult issues facing families today – including financial hardship, mental health problems, social isolation, learning disabilities, domestic abuse, or substance misuse and alcohol problems.

Family Action provides high-quality training and consultancy services for a wide range of organisations – local authorities, the NHS, schools/academies, early years settings, adoption and fostering agencies, charities and commercial enterprises.

The Duchess of Cambridge has visited centers who have used the Family Action service, she also joined Family Action to launch a helpline in January of 2019. You can view our page dedicated to Catherine’s work with Family Action here to see her past work with this organization.

During her visit The Duchess took part in several activities including helping the children pick out Christmas trees for their schools, making decorations and hot chocolate in the “Elves Enchanted Forest”, creating Reindeer food, and talking with parents.

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Engagements & Tour Photos > 2019 > December 04 | Joining Family Action At Peterley Manor Farm