The Princess of Wales had three public engagements this week. They are highlighted below.
On November 12, 2023, The Princess of Wales participated in the annual National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London, to remember and honor those who have sacrificed their lives in times of war. The presence of senior members of the Royal Family, including King Charles III, Prince Edward, Princess Anne, and Prince William, adds to the occasion’s solemnity. The two-minute silence observed at 11 am is a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by brave soldiers. It’s also lovely to note that the Princess of Wales wore a pin of the Fleet Air Arm, of which she was appointed Commodore-in-Chief by King Charles III.
On November 14, 2023, The Princess of Wales attended the Shaping Us National Symposium Reception at the Design Museum in London. The event brought together leaders from different disciplines, child and adult specialists, and global thinkers. The Princess also practiced her cues and speech ahead of the event.
On November 15, 2023, The Princess of Wales and The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood take the initiative to host The Shaping Us National Symposium at The Design Museum in London. The symposium brought together leaders from different disciplines, child and adult specialists, and global thinkers to discuss how we grow, think, and behave throughout life and build resilience for the future. The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood conducted a global listening exercise with experts from 21 countries to agree on key foundational skills that we lay in early childhood but continue to grow beyond to help establish happy, healthy adult lives. These social and emotional skills significantly impact our future mental and physical well-being – shaping everything from our ability to form positive relationships to our capacity for learning, working, and coping with adversity. The Symposium shared the findings from this exercise and focused on the action needed to make social and emotional skills a greater priority. The event featured keynote speeches from The Princess of Wales and Fearne Cotton and talks from thought leaders like Professor Jack Shonkoff, Sara Rajeswaran, and Professor Robert Waldinger. In the afternoon, Symposium attendees joined a series of workshops to examine what action can be taken at every level to protect and strengthen these skills for current and future generations across disciplines and sectors. The Centre’s Shaping Us campaign aims to increase awareness and action on the unique importance of early childhood in shaping our future mental and physical well-being as adults and the wider society we build.