Category: Rugby Football League

Week In Review: October 01, 2023 – October 07, 2023

The Princess of Wales had three public engagements this week. They are highlighted below.

The Prince and Princess of Wales, on October 03, 2023, visited Cardiff to mark the start of the UK’s Black History Month. The visit also aimed to celebrate the work of diverse community groups in the area and to meet members of the Windrush generation. The Windrush generation were immigrants who arrived in Britain between 1948 and 1973, named after the ship HMT Empire Windrush. The government needed workers to help fill post-war labor shortages and rebuild the economy, and Caribbean countries were also struggling economically. The Windrush generation played a significant role in rebuilding the country, but in 2013, they started receiving letters claiming that they had no right to be in the UK.

During their visit, Their Royal Highnesses met members of the Windrush Cymru Elders, Black History Cymru 365, and the Ethnic Minority Youth Forum for Wales. They also visited Fitzalan High School, which serves one of Wales’s most diverse and disadvantaged communities. The school has many pupils who speak English as a second language and are direct relatives of the Windrush Cymru Elders. William and Catherine listened to a brief history lesson on life in Tiger Bay, a key area where the Windrush Generation lived, and the importance of learning about their cultural heritage.

On October 04, 2023, The Princess of Wales visited Vsi Razom (which means “all together” in Ukrainian) community hub in the Lexicon shopping center in Bracknell to hear about the work the organization is doing to support those who have arrived in the area from Ukraine as a result of the ongoing conflict. During her visit, she helped pack donations of essential items such as food and clothing with young Ukrainians who have moved to the UK in the last year, which will be sent back to Ukraine to provide aid directly to those affected by the conflict in the country. The Princess also heard about the hub’s different services from volunteers and joined an arts and crafts session with local children. The sessions allow displaced Ukrainians to find support advice, and build friendships in their local community. She also met with the hub’s psychologist, who runs weekly sessions to provide mental health support to local Ukrainians adjusting to life in the UK and spent time with the families who are being supported by the hub to hear about their experience of moving to the UK and how the hub has provided an essential lifeline for them.

The Royal couple has been actively supporting the people of Ukraine since the conflict began. They have participated in several engagements to raise awareness of the situation and the support available in the UK. In November last year, The Royal Foundation of The Prince and The Princess of Wales organized a virtual roundtable meeting to share best practices and provide advice to aid the mental health strategy of the First Lady of Ukraine, which focuses on addressing the impact of the ongoing conflict on the mental wellbeing of Ukrainians.

On October 05, 2023, The Princess of Wales visited the Hull. She is the Patron of the Rugby Football League. She attended a Rugby League Inclusivity Day hosted by the Rugby Football League, Hull FC, and the University of Hull. The event showcased the value and impact of the Disability Rugby League on its participants, their families, and local communities. It highlighted the power of sport to tackle inequalities, support, and develop individuals regardless of their circumstances and background.

During her visit, The Princess tried wheelchair rugby and joined a training session facilitated by members of the world-cup-winning England Wheelchair Rugby League squad. She also learned more about the Physical Disability Rugby League, a full-contact version of the game adapted for players with physical disabilities who want to access a running version of the sport, and the Learning Disabilities Rugby League, a non-competitive version of the sport specifically adapted for those with learning disabilities. The Princess participated in drills with PDRL and LDRL players and students from Hull FC’s Centre of Excellence.


– Engagements & Tour Photos > 2023 > October 03 | Marking Windrush 75 In Cardiff
– Engagements & Tour Photos > 2023 > October 04 | The Princess of Wales Visits Vsi Razom Community Hub
– Engagements & Tour Photos > 2023 > October 05 | Visiting Hull For Rugby League Inclusivity Day

Week In Review: September 03, 2023 – September 09, 2023

The Princess of Wales is back from summer vacation and had two public engagements this week. They are highlighted below.

On September 08, 2023, Prince William and Catherine, the Prince and Princess of Wales, made a trip to Wales to commemorate the one-year anniversary of The Queen’s death. The royal couple visited St. Davids Cathedral in Pembrokeshire for a private service, where Princess Catherine laid flowers at a portrait of The Queen inside the Cathedral. Later, William and Catherine met with people who had the privilege of meeting Her Majesty during her 70-year reign. Other members of the public gathered to see the Prince and Princess of Wales.

After attending the service at St. Davids Cathedral The Prince and Princess visited Câr-Y-Môr Seaweed Farm, a key partner of Notpla, the sustainable packaging start-up and the winner of the prestigious 2022 Earthshot Prize for ‘Build a Waste-Free World.’ The royal couple met with the farm’s staff and volunteers to learn about their work and its positive impact on the ocean and the environment. Câr-Y-Môr Seaweed Farm is the first regenerative farm in Wales, and it supports the local community by providing jobs, seafood, and restoring and protecting the environment. Prince William even tried some of the seaweed and commented that it had a “salty” taste. You can see more of Catherine’s efforts in supporting The Earthshot Prize here. From there the couple transferred to a RNLI St Davids Lifeboat where they travelled to a new station to meet the crew and volunteers. The Queen was Patron of the RNLI from 1952 until her death last year.

On September 09, 2023, The Prince and Princess of Wales joined Princess Anne, Patron of Scottish Rugby and Mike Tindall (Princess Anne’s son-in-law), James Haskell and Alex Payne’s podcast, The Good, The Bad & The Rugby. The Princess is Patron of England Rugby and Prince William the Welsh Rugby Union. The fifty minute podcast is full of gems, like how Princess Anne accidently became the Patron of Scottish Rugby, the only time Prince William cried while watching a sport, William and Catherine’s competitiveness, and Catherine’s love of swimming. You can watch the podcast here and see Catherine’s recent efforts supporting England Rugby here.

Lastly, while we were all enjoying the podcast, Catherine travelled to France for the Rugby World Cup to watch England take on Argentina. England won and afterwards The Princess headed to the locker room to congratulate players. Prince William will head to France on September 10, 2023 in his role as Patron of Welsh Rugby to watch Wales and Fiji.


– Engagements & Tour Photos > 2023 > September 08 | Commemorating The Life Of Queen Elizabeth II
– Engagements & Tour Photos > 2023 > September 08 | Engagements In St Davids, Pembrokeshire, Wales
– Engagements & Tour Photos > 2023 > September 09 | The Good, The Bad & The Rugby Podcast
– Engagements & Tour Photos > 2023 > September 09 | Rugby World Cup – England v Argentina

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.