These past nine days have been so eventful for Royal Watchers so lets just jump right in with this weeks Cambridge Overview!
November 8th: Tusk Conservation Awards and Prince Charles’ Documentary
On November 8th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the 5th annual Tusk Conservation Awards. The Duke of Cambridge is patron of the Tusk Trust and has attended every year except 2017 when the awards were held in Africa. The Duchess attended the first awards in 2013 and this year was her second time.
The awards are described on their website as “a chance to celebrate extraordinary people, whose work and lives might otherwise go unnoticed outside their fields.” The Duke of Cambridge said about the awards:
“These awards which mean a great deal to me personally, play a huge part in our mission to preserve Africa’s precious wildlife for its people. It is vital that we recognise the dedication of these unsung heroes and the bravery of rangers risking their lives, day and night, on conservation’s frontline. We all owe them a huge debt of gratitude.”
Below you can view The Duke of Cambridge’s speech at the Awards Ceremony:
Of course fashion is a big part of being a royal watcher and we were all ecstatic to see that The Duchess of Cambridge brought back a fan favorite!
The Duchess of Cambridge wore a teal Jenny Packham dress she first debut in 2012 and has not worn since (well that is until November 8th)! I had posted on my twitter two days before the awards expressing how much I would love if she brought back the dress and my prayers were heard haha! Below is when she first wore it in 2012:
The back of this dress is to die for! I just wish she wore her hair up so we could have gotten a better picture of the back detailing! Other than that this outfit was of course a hit!
Here is a video from the event:
Also on November 8th, a documentary about the Prince of Wales titled “Prince, Heir, and Son: Charles at 70” was broadcasted on BBC One in commemoration of Princes Charles’ 70th birthday. The Duke of Cambridge was part of it and gave a unique insight into the life of his father. You can watch the full documentary below:
One comment that The Duke of Cambridge made which stood out for everyone. When The Duke was specifically asked if his father had time to be a grandfather and he responded:
“It’s something I’m working on heavily. I think he does have time for it, but I would like him to have more time with the children. Having more time with him at home would be lovely—and being able to, you know, play around with the grandchildren. When he is there, he’s brilliant, but we need him there as much as possible.”
Some people (the usual haters on twitter) took this as he doesn’t see them at all and started their verbal attacks against, William, Catherine, and even the Middletons for not “allowing” Charles to see his grandchildren. That wasn’t the case at all as William and Harry were both talking about their father slowing down now that he has reached 70. He wasn’t slighting him at all.
Anyway, while he was talking about his father, a new photo of The Prince of Wales with Prince Louis and The Duchess of Cambridge was released. The adorable snap, taken by Chris Jackson at Clarence House in September, shows the little prince playing with his grandfather as his mother beams at them. It is an extremely adorable snap!
November 9th: Meetings and Charles and His Boys
On November 9th, The held a conservation round table at Buckingham Palace with key thought leaders about the big challenges ahead. The meeting brought together conservationists, philanthropists, business leaders, and experts in sustainability, development, and tourism, to start a conversation about the future of conservation in Africa and the challenges to be addressed over the 20-30 years.
Also on the 9th, a photo of The Prince of Wales and his two sons, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex, was revealed on a limited addition stamp to celebrate The Prince of Wales’ 70th Birthday. The photo was taken on July 10th during the RAF100 celebrations.
November 10th & 11th: Remembrance Events
Annually, in November, The Royal Family participate in Remembrance Events to commemorate those who lost their lives in war fighting for their people and country. This year, however, was special because it marked a 100 years since the Armistice was signed to end World War I.
On November 10th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined other members of The Royal Family at the Royal Albert Hall for the Festival of Remembrance.
The Festival of Remembrance “commemorates all those who have lost their lives in conflicts.” It is an annual event always attended by members of The Royal Family. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have attended every year together since 2015 except last year when The Duchess went solo because The Duke had another engagement.
I encourage you to take less than 2 hours out of your day or night and watch this truly beautiful and poignant commemoration:
On November 11th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended two events to commemorate Remembrance Sunday and the centenary of the Armistice. In the morning, the attended the annual service at the Cenotaph.
The Duchess of Cambridge watched the proceedings from the balcony with Her Majesty The Queen and The Duchess of Cornwall. Images like these are so poignant as you think: “Wow. This is The Queen with her two future Queens.”
The Duchess wore a very military-esque coat dress my Alexander McQueen and I hope we will be able to see it in full one day!
The Duke of Cambridge laid a wreath in memory of those fought and lost their lives.
Remembrance events are some of my favorites for the simple reason of their meaning. It is one of those allows us to step back as royal watchers as see what this really means and allows us to reflect and commemorate those who lost their lives for our country.
In the evening, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a service at Westminster Abbey to commemorate a 100 years since the Armistice was signed.
They sat in the Abbey alongside The Queen, The Prince of Wales, and The Duchess of Cornwall.
The Duchess of Cambridge re-wore a Catherine Walker coat she first debuted in March 2017 for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and arrival in Paris for a visit.
The service marked the end to 4 years of commemoration across the world to commemorate World War I and all the battles that occurred during that time. The Duke and Duchess took part in many of those events including trvaling to France in 2016 and Belgium in 2017.
November 11th: Baby Matthews is named
According to his birth certificate, Pippa (Catherine’s sister) and James Matthews’s son’s name is:
Arthur Michael William
It is a lovely name and I quite like it. Michael is the name of Pippa’s father and the name of James’ late brother who died at the age of 23 while attempting to climb Mount Everest. William is obviously Pippa’s brother-in-law’s name but it also her brother James’ middle name!
November 13th: Wales Family Photo
On November 13th, the eve of Prince Charles’ birthday, Clarence House released two photos including The Wales Family.
Featured in the images are: The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The photos were taken by Chris Jackson in Clarence House’s gardens.
The photos are lovely and feature what the royals are at the core: a Family. My favorite little snippits are below!
Prince George and Grandpa Wales
Princess Charlotte and GaGa Camilla
Prince Louis with his beautiful smile and his Mum and PaPa
November 14th: South Yorkshire and Prince Charles’ Birthday
November 14th was officially The Prince of Wales’ 70th Birthday, but before The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge could celebrate with him, they had a day of engagements in South Yorkshire.
Their first stop was in Rotherham where they opened McLaren Automotive’s new Composite Technology Center.
The new technology center “aims to be a world-leader in innovating lightweight carbon fibre and composites that will work together with future powertrain development to save weight and produce greater energy efficiencies.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were joined by the Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Bahrain for the launch:
After their first engagement in Rotherham, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge traveled to Barnsley where they visited the Centrepoint Hostel.
Centrepoint “is a charity in the United Kingdom which provides accommodation and support to homeless people aged 16–25”. The Duke of Cambridge became patron of the charity in 2005 after taken it up from his late mother, Diana, who was also a patron of Centrepoint before her untimely death. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined people in the kitchen to prepare soup and bread for their lunch.
William and Catherine then served their prepared meals before sitting down and chatting with people who live at the hostel and benefit from the charity’s services:
Before leaving, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge officially opened the Hostel’s Andy Norman Learning Hub which “will provide a dedicated space and resource for young people at risk of homelessness in Barnsley, helping improve their skills and work towards independence.”
Two of the Hostel’s residents shared their story of meeting the royals to Express where they described their “calming vibe”:
“’They have an almost calming vibe that puts you at ease. It was easy to talk about anything. Kate seems to really care about Centrepoint and asked me a load of questions on what support they offer and how I came to find it and where I’m going to go in the future’, said 24-year old Gareth Bradbury.”
“Centrepoint’s chief executive Seyi Obakin said he was delighted the couple could attend together – and was not at all surprised at how the royals made the residents feel relaxed and comfortable with them. He said: ‘Over the years, one of the things I have seen is this inherent ability he has to make people feel relaxed. And it’s a gift. I know a lot of those young people were nervous. I told them their nerves would fall away as soon as you meet him and that’s exactly what happened. He just has that knack and it’s great that she has it as well.'”
For the day of engagements in South Yorkshire, The Duchess of Cambridge re-wore a coatdress by Eponine London that she first debuted in January 2017. She paired the dress with a new Smythson purse and her Rupert Sanderson Malory heels.
November 15th: Anti-Bullying and The Royal Foundation
On November 15th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made a surprise visit to the BBC Studios to mark anti-bullying week in the UK.
They met with a group of young people who wrote and produced a new campaign video for Stop, Speak, Support which is a “code of conduct on what to do when they witness bullying online.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge then headed into the studio couch where they were shown the “Own It” app produced by BBC. The app aims to “educate children about how to stay safe on social media as well as highlighting cyber-bullying warning signs.”
They also got to sit and down and talk to three children from Wormholt Park Primary School who contributed to the app.
The Duke of Cambridge gave a powerful speech on cyber-bullying and he is being highly praised for his straight forward speech that did not shy away from making some hard hitting comments.
You can read the full speech here (I suggest you do) but here is my favorite bit:
“We have seen that the technology that can allow you to develop an online community around a shared hobby or interest can also be used to organise violence.
The platform that can allow you to celebrate diversity can also be used to cocoon yourself in a cultural and political echo chamber.
The new ways we have to access news from across the world are also allowing misinformation and conspiracy to pollute the public sphere.
The tools that we use to congratulate each other on milestones and successes can also be used to normalise speech that is filled with bile and hate.
The websites we use to stay connected can for some create profound feelings of loneliness and inadequacy.
And the apps we use to make new friends, can also allow bullies to follow their targets even after they have left the classroom or the playing field.”
Here is the video of his full speech:
The Duchess of Cambridge repeated a teal Emilia Wickstead which she first wore while in New Zealand 2014 and then again in December 2015 for a visit to Action on Addiction!
In the evening, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended an annual dinner that is held for The Royal Foundation. This is a private engagement but Pictures were published a day later by Tom Walker, a singer who performed at the dinner. The Duchess of Cambridge continued her recycling streak as she re-wore a Preen dress she first wore in Canada 2016. Catherine also has the same style dress in black.
November 16th: Engagement Announcement Anniversary
On November 16th, 2010, Clarence House released a statement that said:
“The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince William to Miss Catherine Middleton”.
William and Catherine had been dating for around 7 years (but friends for almost 10!) and the engagement announcemet was highly anticipated! They had gotten engaged almost a month earlier while on holiday in Kenya.
Of course we all know they have been happily married for 7 years (April 29th, 2011) and have 3 children: Prince George (b. 2013), Princess Charlotte (b.2015), and Prince Louis (b.2018).
Hours after I posted this, 4 new pictures of the Cambridges in correlation with the Prince of Wales’ 70th birthday were released ad they are adorable!
The first one features Prince Louis adorably smiling while being held by his Grandpa Wales:
The next is another full Wales family shot but Prince Louis is getting up to no good (while being adorable) by grabbing his Grandpa’s face! Note- George and Charlotte look like they’re completely used to this by now:
The third shot is just a full body view of the previously released photo featuring The Prince of Wales with his daughter-in-law, The Duchess of Cambridge, and his youngest grandchild, Prince Louis.
And the fourth and last newly released photo is an outtake of The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge, and The Duke of Sussex while they took an official portrait for the stamps.
We can all thank Chris Jackson for being the amazing photographer he is!
It has been an amazing royal week but there is still more to come! Next week, The Duke of Cambridge has two announced engagements on the 20th and 22nd but so far nothing has been announced for The Duchess! See you all then!