It’s been another eventful week for The Cambridges! The Duchess of Cambridge returned to the spotlight with her first public event of the year (although she carried out a private engagement with The Duke on January 11th) while The Duke of Cambridge spent most of his week away from the public glance with a few private engagements as he prepares to go to Switzerland next week! Let’s recap!
The Duke of Cambridge had behind the scenes meetings this week as he prepares to fly off to Switzerland next week (January 22nd-23rd) for the World Economic Forum. On Wednesday, the 16th, he met wit Sir David Attenborough, who The Duke will be interviewing next week at the World Economic Forum, and David Mundell, the Secretary of State for Scotland.
January 15th: Into The Garden She Goes!
On Tuesday, the 15th, The Duchess of Cambridge visited King Henry’s Walk Community Garden in Islington where she met volunteers to hear how the project brings people together through gardening and food growing.
Prior to her engagement, Kensington Palace announced that, in collaboration with The Royal Horticultural Society and Davies White, The Duchess of Cambridge has been co-designing a Garden for this year’s Chelsea Flower Show (May 21st-25th). The garden’s theme, that The Duchess has been working on for 3 months and will continue to finalize the designs until May, is “Back To The Garden” and it “seeks to recapture for adults the sense of wonder and magic that they enjoyed as children, in addition to kindling excitement and a passion for nature in future generations”.
The Garden will be promoting “physical and emotional wellbeing that access to green spaces and gardening provides”. The RHS has also announced that The Duchess of Cambridge will be working on two further gardens for the Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival (July 2nd-7th) and Garden Wisley in Surrey sometime in the autumn! The design for the Chelsea show will be revealed on February 11th!
Now back to today’s engagement! The Duchess of Cambridge was able to meet local residents and chat with them about the garden and we were able to get this adorable photo of Catherine with a baby haha:
She made birdboxes with the kids from St. Jude’s and St. Paul’s Primary’s School:
And even got to make some pizza with them! The Duchess mentioned that Prince George and Princess Charlotte would love to be there and are probably jealous but that they were sitting in a classroom. She added that George was learning about Space at St. Thomas’! One kid asked her if The Queen likes pizza and she said “That’s a good question! I don’t know! Maybe I should ask her next time I see he?”.
Now onto the outfit details!
The Duchess of Cambridge wore her Women’s Dubarry Bracken Tweed Jacket she was first spotted wearing shopping in Norfolk in December 2018 with her Zara jeans she first wore in Canada 2016.
She is thought to be wearing a new J Crew red sweater underneath her jacket:
And finally, she wore new Chloe Mozart Suede Ankle Boots:
A video from the engagement:
January 16th: Costumes at The Royal Opera House
On Wednesday, the 16th, The Duchess visted the Costume Department at the Royal Opera House where she found out more about the scale of the department’s work and their use of textiles before hearing from The Royal Ballet dancers about the design of their costumes.
The Royal Opera House is home to the Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet. The Duchess of Cambridge is a frequent visitor to the ROH to watch their performances. She used to go a lot with her father-in-law, The Prince of Wales, before having children but now opts to take her kids as her dates! Catherine’s most recent visit was in December 2018 with Princess Charlotte to watch a rehearsal of The Nutcracker (go to my mini-Cambridges highlights on Insta to see a picture). I wouldn’t be surprised if The Duchess of Cambridge someday takes on some type of a official role! Below are pictures from 2011 and 2017:
On Tuesday, The Duchess of Cambridge was specifically making a visit to the Costume Department of The Royal Opera House.
Some photos of the gorgeous costumes:
The Duchess of Cambridge viewed their textiles and how they do their dye jobs. Kensington Palace has announced over the coming months, Catherine “will be exploring her interest in the use and manufacture of textiles through learning opportunities, visits to places like the The Royal Opera House and meetings with industry experts”. I have no idea what this is for but am intrigued to see what this turns into! The Duchess clearly has been working on quite a few things and I’m excited to what else she has up her sleeves!
The Duchess of Cambridge was able to watch a rehearsal of a romantic ballet “The Two Pigeons”. To the right of Catherine is her Private Secretary, Catherine Quinn.
She met The Royal Ballet principal dancers Lauren Cuthbertson, Laura Morera, Tomas Mock, and Vadim Muntagirov to talk about some of the challenges of dancing in costumes.
She carried her Aspinal of London bag:
And finally, the only new piece in her outfit today, she wore Ruper Sanderson pumps that are only available in their London boutiques:
A video from the engagement:
Next week is going to be busy for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge! From January 22nd-23rd Prince William will be in Davos, Switzerland for the annual World Economic Forum. On Tuesday, The Duke will interview Sir David Attenborough obstante and on Wednesday he’ll join a panel discussion on mental health.
Meanwhile, The Duchess of Cambridge will be working in the UK! On January 22nd, Catherine will visit Family Action in Lewisham, which provides support for children and families in South London, to launch ‘FamilyLine’, a national support line. The visit will “further The Duchess’s research and work focusing on the support available for children in their earliest years”.
Lots to look forward too! See you back here next week for another Cambridge Overview!