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December 18 – Queens’s Christmas Lunch At Buckingham Palace

On December 18, 2019 The Duchess of Cambridge was spotted driving Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis to the Queens’s Christmas Lunch at Buckingham Palace.

Prince William and Prince George arrived before The Duchess of Cambridge to attend an engagement with The Queen and Prince Charles. The Royal trio made Christmas puddings for the Royal British Legions’ Together at Christmas initiative.

Photos were later released from the private event as well as an official portrait of The Queen with her heirs to mark the start of a new decade. The photo was taken by Ranald Mackechnie in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace.

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December 11 – Annual Diplomatic Reception

On December 11, 2019 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended The Annual Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace.

The reception is attended by members of the Diplomatic Corps based in London, which supports the work of the Royal Family in representing the United Kingdom at home and abroad. This includes hosting State Visits and The Queen’s regular audiences with Ambassadors and High Commissioners.

Her Majesty was joined by Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in welcoming the world’s ambassadors to Buckingham Palace.

This was a white tie event so The Duchess was wearing a tiara and her royal orders.

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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.

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

December 03 – NATO 70th Anniversary Summit Reception

On December 03, 2019 The Duchess of Cambridge attended a reception hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace to mark 70 years of the NATO alliance.

The Duchess joined other members of the royal family including, the Princess Royal, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall to host world leaders including The President and First Lady of The United States, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and many others.

Engagements & Tour Photos > 2019 > December 03 | NATO 70th Anniversary Summit Reception

November 21 – Tusk Awards Nominees Reception

On November 21, 2019 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined Tusk Awards nominees at a private tea and reception for the finalist.

The Duchess was scheduled to attend the actual award show with Prince William for the second year in a row, but was forced to pull out due to an undisclosed issue dealing with the children.

The awards recognize the unsung heroes of conservation, who are nominated by their peers without their prior knowledge, in recognition of their outstanding and inspirational efforts to conserve Africa’s natural heritage.

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November 18 – The Royal Variety Performance

On November 18, 2019 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended The Royal Variety Performance.

The Royal Variety Performance takes place every year and is held in aid of the Royal Variety Charity. The money raised from the show helps hundreds of entertainers throughout the UK, who are in need of help and assistance as a result of old age, ill-health, or hard times. In particular, the charity assists former members of the entertainment industry living in Brinsworth House, a residential home in Twickenham, which is owned and run by the charity.

Hosted by Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan, the evening included performances from the cast of Mary Poppins, Lewis Capaldi, Mabel, Robbie Williams, the cast of Come From Away, and a special collaboration by Emeli Sandé and Manchester’s Bee Vocal choir.

Engagements & Tour Photos > 2019 > November 18 | The Royal Variety Performance

November 15 – The Duchess Of Cambridge Opens The Nook Children Hospice

On November 15, 2019 The Duchess of Cambridge officially opened The Nook in Norfolk.

Five years ago The Duchess of Cambridge helped launch The Nook Appeal, which aimed to raise £10 million for a purpose-built children’s hospice which includes a hydrotherapy pool, state-of-the-art sensory room and music studio. The Nook will also offer specialist nursing care, symptom management nursing, wellbeing activities, therapies, counselling and volunteer services.

During her visit The Duchess toured the facilities, including the hydrotherapy pool and state-of-the-art sensory room, she also met and participated in activities with children and their families.

At the end of her visit Catherine gave a short speech to 300 invited guests, saying in part: “…EACH was one of the very first charities that I decided to become Patron of after my marriage. Whilst a lot has changed since then, my commitment and support for this wonderful organisation and the work that you do has not.

Over the years, I have seen first-hand the depth of EACH’s reputation as a standard-bearer in children’s hospice care, both here in the U.K. and internationally too, during my visits to Malaysia and Australia.

Your hugely dedicated and talented team are at the core of this success and I wanted especially today to thank you, Graham, for everything you have done over the past sixteen years and to wish you a very happy retirement.

The Nook Hospice is a fitting tribute to all your staff, its generous supporters and its awe-inspiring children and families who I have been so lucky to meet here today. I therefore could not be more delighted to invite my army of little helpers to join me in officially opening this new hospice….”

Her Royal Highness has been Patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices since January 2012, a charity that offers support for children and young people with life-threatening conditions and supports families across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. They offer families flexibility and control over where they receive their care and support, including where their child dies; at home, in hospital or at one of three hospices at Milton (Cambridge), The Nook (Norfolk) and The Treehouse (Ipswich).

Engagements & Tour Photos> 2019 > November 15 | The Duchess Of Cambridge Opens The Nook Children Hospice

November 10 – Remembrance Sunday

On November 10, 2019 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined The Queen, The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, other members of the Royal Family, faith leaders, political leaders, veterans and serving members of the Armed Forces at Cenotaph on Whitehall to remember those who have lost their lives in conflict.

Remembrance Sunday is held in the United Kingdom as a day “to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts”.[1] It is held at 11am on the second Sunday in November (the Sunday nearest to 11 November, Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of hostilities in the First World War in 1918).

During the event The Duchess of Cambridge joined Her Majesty and the Duchess of Cornwall on the balcony of the Foreign Office in Whitehall.

Prince Charles, William, Harry, The Duke of York and other dignitaries laid wreaths of remembrance poppies on the memorials.

Following the Remembrance Day Service, more than 10,000 veterans marched past the Cenotaph to remember the fallen.

Engagements & Tour Photos > 2019 > November 10 | Remembrance Sunday

November 09 – Festival of Remembrance

On November 09, 2019 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined The Queen and other members of the Royal Family for the annual Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

The event brings together military and civilian performers, veterans, servicemen and women and those wishing to pay their respects to members of the Armed Forces who have died in service of their country.

This year’s Festival of Remembrance marked the 75th anniversaries of the great battles of 1944 and the collaboration and friendship of the British, Commonwealth and Allied armies who fought them.

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November 07 – Launch Of The National Emergencies Trust

Today, November 07, 2019 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge launched The National Emergencies Trust.

The National Emergencies Trust was set up to raise funds from the general public in the event of a disaster or emergency within England for the alleviation of the needs of those affected by the event. The funds collected will be distributed by local partners on the ground in the areas affected by the emergency event.

The Trust’s creation came about as a result of 2017’s Manchester bombings and Grenfell Tower fire. Following these emergencies the Charity Commission consulted with the charity sector on how to better respond to national emergencies, developing the Fund as a result.

During their visit Their Royal Highnesses met with representatives of the National Emergencies Trust and spoke with people affected by previous disasters, including the Grenfell Tower fire and the Westminster Bridge terrorist attack.

Prince William gave a speech, saying in part: “I am very pleased that the National Emergencies Trust now stands ready to provide a structured, organised response to help people right across the UK in the event of a domestic disaster. Many thanks to the whole team behind the Trust for all their hard work ahead of the launch. We all dread the day when you are needed. But I know that, like everyone here, I am glad that you now exist.”

You can read his whole speech here.

Engagements & Tour Photos > 2019 > November 07 | Launch of The National Emergencies Trust

Photos & Roundup: October 18 – Royal Tour Pakistan – Day 5

CHANGE OF PLANS: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge completed the final day of their tour of Pakistan, but not according to plan. Upon their departure from Lahore William and Catherine as well as members of the press who were traveling with them were forced to return to Lahore due to inclement weather conditions. Because of this their visit to Kyhber Pass, on the border with Afghanistan, had to be cancelled. Instead, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge returned to SOS Children’s Villages for another more private visit.

ARMY CANINE CENTRE: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge concluded their tour of Pakistan at the Army Canine Centre. The Duke and Duchess walked puppies and toured the facility learning about the impact the dogs have made in the detection of explosives. The Duke and Duchess also spoke to the media while at the centre, speaking on their rerouted flight. The couple departed from Pakistan shortly after.

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Photos & Roundup: October 17 – Royal Tour Pakistan – Day 4

The Duke and Duchess traveled to Lahore for another jammed packed day of engagements.

BIRTHDAY PARTY: William and Catherine were greeted at the Lahore Airport by Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar, Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar and their families, before heading to the SOS Children’s Villages where they helped celebrate the birthdays of three of the children.

The SOS Children’s Village serves as a home for orphan and underprivileged children. Each Village consists of 15 house units, and each house unit can accommodate up to 10 children. The house is run by a ‘mother’ who looks after the children. The organization provides children with loving care, security, higher education and job-training.

The Duchess gave her first speech during the tour at the party, speaking in Urdu in her opening, the Duchess said: “Assalam O Alaikum,” she said. “Iman, Ibrahim aur Daniyal apni salgirah pur bulanay ka bohat shukria.” (Translation: “Hello. Peace be upon you. Iman, Ibrahim and Daniyal, thank you for inviting us to your birthday celebration.)

Being here in Pakistan this week, William and I have seen on several occasions how family is at the heart of your culture. Parents, children, aunts, uncles, grandparents all play important roles – you have reminded us exactly what family means. You have shown us too that it is not simply a term that describes the relationship between blood relatives.

Instead it describes those special bonds we share with those who make us feel safe and supported. It is the quality of those relationships that matters. Earlier this year I talked about the fact that it takes a village to raise a child. The village we have seen here today is the best representation of that ideal that I could have possibly imagined. Together as a village you are transforming children’s lives and providing them with strong foundations to support all their families.

You have created a home, where children are given the love, protection, and support that will enable them to have a fairer chance in life. Here, women who were once vulnerable, now play the most vital of roles as mothers and it is most heartening to see that you are not doing this alone.”

NATIONAL CRICKET ACADEMY: Next, William and Catherine visited the National Cricket Academy where they both joined in on a match with children who are participating in the British Council’s DOSTI program. The DOSTI aims to create a difference by breaking social barriers and promoting community cohesion by making sports an integral part of the social life of youth in Karachi.

The Project facilitates youth development in select locations in Karachi by working through schools, local sports clubs, civil society partners and other stakeholders to engage both in-school and out of school youth in activities that promote intergroup understanding and interaction. The programme uses national and local resources as well as UK expertise to build capacity of partners and participants.

BADSHAHI MOSQUE: Then, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Badshahi Mosque, the most iconic Islamic site in Lahore, set in the heart of the Walled City. The couple toured the mosque and courtyard, before joining a discussion with faith leaders to learn how they are promoting interfaith harmony within their communities.

TEA PARTY: William and Catherine’s last engagement today had a little extra meaning as they visited the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital, a state-of-the-art cancer facility located in the centre of Lahore. The couple visited the children’s ward of the hospital to spend time with patients undergoing treatment, and to speak to their families. In 1996 and 1997 William’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales the facility. In the cutest moment of the tour The Duke and Duchess joined seven-year-old Wafia Rehmani for a tea party. Catherine donned a tiara and William “drank” from her little pink cup.

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