FROM THE WEBSITE: Driven by a desire to make a difference together, The Royal Foundation is the primary philanthropic and charitable vehicle for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Programmes currently revolve around four main themes of work; mental health, wildlife and conservation, young people and the armed forces community.
Focusing on projects that meet some simple criteria – they must reflect the interests and passions of our Principals; they bring about sustainable change to issues that matter to society; they are innovative; and they work in a way that only The Royal Foundation can make happen.
The Royal Foundation support these projects by using our Principals’ convening power to provide a neutral platform where charities and other organisations can work together.
The Royal Foundation is also very clear to set out a timeline for the life of the programme. If a new potential project meets the criteria it is researched and the most effective solutions explored, scaling when appropriate and ultimately handing the reins over to one of the partners or developing it in a way that makes it self-sustainable. The Invictus Games is one such programme, developed by The Royal Foundation, now successfully growing and run independently.
The Royal Foundation was legally established by The Princes in September 2009 and became fully operational in 2011, when The Duchess of Cambridge joined as a Principal Patron. Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex became the fourth Principal Patron following her marriage to Prince Harry in 2018.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge became the 3rd Principal Patron in April 2011.
Charities that are supported by The Royal Foundation that you may see featured here:
Mentally Healthy Schools: The Duchess of Cambridge launched the latest initiative from Heads Together to support children’s mental well-being in January 2018. ‘Mentally Healthy Schools’ is a website to give teachers and school staff the clarity and practical resources they need in order to support pupils. ‘Mentally Healthy Schools’is a free and easy to use website for schools, drawing together reliable and practical resources to improve awareness, knowledge and confidence in promoting and supporting pupils’ mental health. The content will be provided in four main areas; Teaching Resources, Risks and Protective Factors, Mental Health Needs, and ‘Whole School Approach’ for school leaders. Coordinated and financed by The Royal Foundation, ‘Mentally Healthy Schools’ has been developed by the youth-focussed charity partners of Heads Together; the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, Place2Be and Young Minds. For More information visit MentallyHealthySchools.Org.Uk
July 09, 2011 – The Foundation Polo Challenge At The Santa Barbara Polo And Racquet Club – Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge celebrate after winning the game at the Foundation Polo Challenge at the Santa Barbara Racquet and Polo Club in Santa Barbara, California. The event benefits the American Friends of the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry, a charity which supports disadvantaged children, conservation and sustainable development, veterans and military families.
January 08, 2012 – War Horse – UK Premiere -The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend the UK Premiere of Steven Spielberg’s ‘War Horse’ at Odeon Leicester Square in London, England. The premiere was held in the aid of the Royal Foundation. War Horse is a film about a young man who enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. His journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on. Serving and ex-serving military personnel and their families attended the premiere, alongside beneficiaries of military charities, with which the Foundation works with. Servicemen and women from The Duke of Cambridge’s regiments, including RAF Search and Rescue, Household Cavalry, Irish Guards, Royal Air Force Coningsby, Scotland Royal Naval Command and Submarines Royal Naval Command also attended. Steven Spielberg said: “We are honoured to dedicate this event in aid of the Foundation which recognises the welfare of those who serve their country in the British Armed Forces.”
June 17, 2012 – ‘Expanding Horizons’ Primary School Outdoor Camp – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge interacts with schoolchildren at an ‘Expanding Horizons’ Primary School camp, taking part in various outdoor activities at the Widehorizons Margaret McMillan House in Kent, in Wrotham, England. The camping trip was organized by ARK Schools, which is supported in part by The Royal Foundation.
July 26, 2012 – Launch Of The Coach Core Program At Bacon’s College – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends a reception as she visits Bacon’s College in London, England. Prince Harry, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visited Bacon’s College and launched the Coach Core Programme, a partnership between The Royal Foundation and Greenhouse.
October 10, 2012 – The Duchess Of Cambridge Visits Newcastle – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge makes a visit to the CRI Stockton Recovery Service on in Stockton-On-Tees, England. Her Royal Highness talked to families who have benefited from Action on Addiction’s M-PACT programme, which was successfully introduced by CRI in Stockton. During her visit, the Duchess of Cambridge was also shown around the William Street facility and met with staff.
April 04, 2013 – Visiting The Donald Dewar Leisure Centre– Catherine, Countess of Strathearn accompanied by Prince William, Earl of Strathearn visits the Donald Dewar Leisure Centre to launch a new project for their foundation on in Glasgow, Scotland. The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry is partnering with Glasgow Sport and the Hunter Foundation on a new pilot as part of its national Coach Core initiative.
July 01, 2014 – Visiting Blessed Sacrament School – The Duchess of Cambridge and comedian John Bishop visited The Blessed Sacrament School in Islington to hear how the M-PACT Plus programme is progressing following its launch in 2013. The M-Pact Plus project was created and funded by the Royal Foundation and Comic Relief and is a major initiative to provide early support for children, parents and families affected by parental drug and alcohol misuse.
December 07, 2014 – New York City Tour – Day 1 – Set 2 – On Day One of their three day visit of New York City The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the American Friends of the Royal Foundation Dinner, hosted by British media and marketing executive Sir Martin Sorrell, at his home in Gramercy Park. The private dinner was expected to raise millions of dollars for The Royal Foundation from contributions from guests.
December 08, 2014 – New York City Tour – Day 2 – Set 2 – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend a conservation reception hosted at the British Consul General’s residence alongside former First Lady and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton and her daughter Chelsea. The reception was co-hosted by The Royal Foundation and the Clinton Foundation, in recognition of the work carried out by Tusk Trust and United for Wildlife partners Wildlife Conservation Society, Conservation International and The Nature Conservancy. The couple chatted with supporters of the charities during their visit.
December 08, 2014 – New York City Tour – Day 2 – Set 3 – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Brooklyn Nets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Basketball game in New York City, using the opportunity to announce a partnership between The Royal Foundation and NBA Cares, and to ask people to join to the United for Wildlife Campaign. The ongoing partnership between the NBA and The Royal Foundation will also extend to the Foundation’s Coach Core Programme.
April 21, 2016 – Launch Of “Heads Together’ Campaign – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are spearheading a new campaign called ‘Heads Together’ in partnership with inspiring charities, which aims to change the national conversation on mental wellbeing as well as providing frontline mental health support to people who may need it. The campaign had the privilege of being the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Charity of the Year.
April 22, 2016 – Visiting Willows Primary School – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge makes a visit to The Willows Primary School, Wythenshawe to launch a new school counseling program, M-PACT Plus in Manchester, England. Funded by Comic Relief and The Royal Foundation, the project will see Place2Be and Action on Addiction work in partnership to provide early support for school children affected by a parents drug or alcohol misuse.
May 16, 2016 – Launch Of ‘Heads Together’ Campaign – Prince Harry, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge speak during the launch of the Heads Together campaign on mental health in London, England. Heads Together brings together The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry in partnership with inspiring charities that are tackling stigma, raising awareness, and providing vital help for people with mental health challenges.
August 25, 2016 – Visiting YoungMinds Mental Health Charity Helpline – In a previously unannounced visit Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visit a helpline service run by one of the eight charity partners of ‘Heads Together’ in London, England. During their visit the pair listened in on live calls, sat in on a training lesson, and met the volunteers who man the helplines.
September 16, 2016 – Visiting Stewards Academy With ‘Heads Together’ – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to Steward’s Academy in Harlow, England. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are visiting Steward’s Academy as part of their ‘Heads Together’ campaign, to find out more about the pressures faced by young people when they are going through big changes in their lives, and learn about the support from peers and parents that can help them get through these changes.
October 10, 2016 – Celebrating World Mental Health Day At The London Eye With Heads Together – Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry take a ride in a pod of the London Eye with members of the mental health charity ‘Heads together’ on World Mental Health Day in London, England.
October 14, 2016 – Official Visit To Manchester – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had an ‘away day’ in Manchester for a day of engagements. One of their stops was to the National Football Museum. The museum houses a large collection with 14,000 items and explores football past and present through it’s exhibitions. William and Catherine met with young people who have made positive change in their communities, representative’s from The Royal Foundation’s Coach Core apprenticeship scheme, and 1966 England World Cup winner Roger Hunt. The couple also toured the museum and Prince William tried out the penalty shootout simulator.
December 19, 2016 – Attending Christmas Party At The Mix Youth Service – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend a Christmas party for volunteers at The Mix youth service on in London, England. The Mix youth service works with Their Royal Highnesses’ ‘Heads Together’ Campaign.
January 17, 2017 – ‘Heads Together’ Briefing Ahead Of London Marathon – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry attends a briefing to announce plans for ‘Heads Together’ ahead of the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon at ICA on January 17, 2017 in London, England. ‘Heads Together’, Charity of the Year 2017, is led by The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry in partnership with leading mental health charities.
February 05, 2017 – ‘Team Heads Together London Marathon Training Day’ – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Wiliam, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry attend a training day for the ‘Heads Together’ team for the London Marathon at Olympic Park in London, England.
February 06, 2017 – Attending Place2Be Big Assembly With Heads Together For Children’s Mental Health Week – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Place2Be Big Assembly with ‘Heads Together’ for Children’s Mental Health Week at Mitchell Brook Primary School in London, England.
February 06, 2017 – Attending The Guild Of Health Writers Conference – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend Guild of Health Writers Conference with ‘Heads Together’ at Chandos House on February 6, 2017 in London, England.
March 23, 2017 – Attending Launch Of Maternal Mental Health Films With Best Beginnings And ‘Heads Together’ – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Launch of Maternal Mental Health Films ahead of Mother’s Day at Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in London, England. The educational films have been created by Best Beginnings, a charity partner of the ‘Heads Together’.
April 19, 2017 – Hosting Team ‘Heads Together’ Runners – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks with runners from Team Heads Together ahead of the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon, at Kensington Palace in London, England. Heads Together is spearheaded by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, in partnership with eight leading mental health charities that are tackling stigma, raising awareness, and providing vital help for people with mental health problems.
April 20, 2017 – Officially Opening The Global Academy – Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry attend the official opening of The Global Academy in support of Heads Together at The Global Academy in Hayes, England. The Global Academy is a state school founded and operated by Global, The Media & Entertainment Group and will educate students for careers in broadcast and digital media.
April 23, 2017 – Attending The Virgin Money London Marathon – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry cheer on runners talking part in the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon in London, England. The ‘Heads Together’ mental heath campaign, spearheaded by The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, is the marathon’s 2017 Charity of the Year.
October 18, 2017 – Attending Coach Core Graduation Ceremony – Prince Harry, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William Duke of Cambridge attend the Coach Core graduation ceremony for more than 150 Coach Core apprentices at The London Stadium in London, England. The trio took time during the event to speak to key supporters of the Coach Core, and the apprentices whose lives have been changed by the program. Afterwards, they congratulated the graduates and posed for official photos.
November 07, 2017 – Attending Anna Freud National Centre Gala Dinner – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the 2017 Gala Dinner for The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF) at Kensington Palace in London, England. The Anna Freud Centre is one of the ‘Heads Together’ charity partners. The event celebrated the new £39 million Centre of Excellence currently under construction on Rodney Street in Islington. During the event The Duchess heard more about the work of the centre from those who are involved with the charity, including families who have benefited from the work of the organisation.
November 22, 2017 – The Duke & Duchess Of Cambridge Visit Birmingham – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits Aston Villa Football Club to see the work of the Coach Core programme in Birmingham in Birmingham, England. The Coach Core was founded by The Royal Foundation in 2012, and launched by William, Kate, and Harry ahead of the 2012 Olympics. The Coach Core apprenticeship gives young people aged 16-24 the chance to become the next generation of inspirational coaches.
December 12, 2017 – Attends ‘Magic Mums’ Christmas Party – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Rugby Portobello Trust’s Christmas party which included children affected by the Grenfell Tower fire, at its community centre in North Kensington. In 2017 The Royal Foundation established “Support4Grenfell”, an emotional support hub in north Kensington, to provide additional mental health resources for the community affected by the Grenfell fire. “Support4Grenfell” is also in partnership with Place2Be, The Art Room, Child Bereavement UK and Winston’s Wish.
January 23, 2018 – Visiting Roe Green Junior School – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits Roe Green Junior School on January 23, 2018 in London, England to launch a online programme that supports children’s mental health at school. Funded by The Royal Foundation as part of the ‘Heads Together’ campaign, the website will be available to every primary school in the UK and will give teachers and staff the clarity and practical resources they need to support pupils.
February 28, 2018 – First Annual Royal Foundation Forum – Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle attended the First Annual Royal Foundation Forum held at Aviva in London, England. Under the theme ‘Making a Difference Together’, the event showcased the programmes run or initiated by The Royal Foundation. The Duke and Duchess, Prince Harry Meghan Markle appeared on stage together to discuss why The Royal Foundation was set up, the projects they are currently working on, and their ambitions for the future. During the event, Their Royal Highnesses and Meghan also met with other forum attendees.
March 21, 2018 – Early Intervention For Children And Families Symposium – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attended a symposium she has organised on early intervention for children and families at the Royal Society of Medicine in London, England. Sir Simon Charles Wessely, President of the Royal Society of Medicine, Peter Fonagy, Chief Executive at The Anna Freud Centre and Lorraine Heggessey of the Royal Foundation were in attendance.
October 30, 2018 – The Duke And Duchess Visit Coach Core Essex – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Coach Core Essex at Basildon Sporting Village where they met new Coach Core apprentices, as well as some of the 30 plus graduates of the programme, before joining in with coaching sessions, including tennis, indoor athletics and a game of Boccia.
November 15, 2018 – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Visit The BBC – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made a previously unannounced visit to The BBC Broadcasting House in London, England. The couple visited the BBC to view the work the broadcaster is doing as a key member of Prince William’s Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying. The Cyberbullying Taskforce is part of The Royal Foundation and was launched in April 2016 during Anti-Bullying Week. During their visit the couple joined the BBC The One Show where they met students for a discussion on the upcoming Kids Online Wellbeing App. They also met with young people who wrote and performed in a new campaign video for “Stop Speak Support”, a youth-led code of conduct to provide guidance on what to do when they witness bullying online. The Duke of Cambridge also gave an impassioned speech about his concerns of cyberbullying and his fears that big companies aren’t doing enough to protect individuals. You can read his full speech here or watch it here.
February 13, 2019 – Attending ‘Mental Health In Education’ Conference – The Duchess of Cambridge attended the The Royal Foundation’s ‘Mental Health in Education’ conference, which brings together delegates from across the mental health and education sectors to work together to tackle mental health issues in schools. In 2018 Her Royal Highness launched ‘Mentally Healthy Schools’, a website which gives primary schools free access to the highest quality mental health resources, helping teachers better support their pupils’ mental health. The Duchess met with Head Teachers from some of these schools as well as joined a meeting to discuss the importance of Mental Health in Education training, and the challenges of implementation. Catherine also gave a few remarks which you can read here.
March 06, 2019 – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Visit Blackpool – On a visit to Blackpool, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge traveled to Blackpool Central Library where they met people who are involved in CECD Blackpool’s ‘A Better Start’ programme to talk about the impact of long-term investment in mothers, fathers and children in their early years. They also met with health visitors, and practitioners from the Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Family Nurse Partnership.
May 07, 2019 – The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Launch The King’s Cup Regatta – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made a previously unannounced visit to Cutty Sark, to launch The King’s Cup Regatta. The event coincided with the announcement that The Duke and Duchess will host the new annual sailing event in August on the Isle of Wight as well as go head to head as skippers of individual sailing boats in an eight boat regatta race, to raise awareness and funds for eight of their Patronages. The winning team will be awarded The King’s Cup, a historic trophy first presented by King George V at Cowes’ Royal Yacht Squadron in 1920. The Duchess’s chosen charities are Action on Addiction, Place2Be, The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, and The Royal Foundation in connection with Her Royal Highness’s Early Years programme. During their visit The Duke and Duchess joined children from Place2Be in trying out sailing simulators and they also unveiled the King’s Cup. Upon their departure they took a moment to greet crowds in an impromptu walkabout.
August 08, 2019 – Inaugural King’s Cup Regatta – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge kicked off the Inaugural King’s Cup Regatta at Cowes on the Isle of Wight. The Royal couple went head to head in the regatta to raise awareness and funds for eight of their charitable causes. The Duchess skippered the boat representing her early years initiative with the Royal Foundation. Catherine’s other represented charities were Action on Addiction, The Anna Freud Centre, and Place2Be. Unfortunately, The Duchess of Cambridge received a wooden spoon as her boat came in last. Prince William gets the bragging rights as Bear Grylls accepted the trophy on behalf Prince William’s charity Tusk.
November 12 – Attending Shout’s Crisis Volunteer Celebration Event – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended Shout’s Crisis Volunteer Celebration Event at the Troubadour White City Theater. Shout is a text service developed by The Royal Foundation as a legacy of the Heads Together Campaign that was launched by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex in May of 2019. In the announcement released in May, Kensington Palace said: “…Shout, [is a] a text messaging service available 24/7 to those struggling with mental health in the U.K. The program pairs users with trained volunteers to help those in need “move from a moment of crisis to a calm state and form a plan for next steps to find longer-term support…” Volunteers have so far had 145,000 conversations and exchanged six million messages with those in crisis. During the event The Duke and Duchess met volunteers, mental health campaigners, staff members, and supporters to learn about the service that supports people in crisis.