Engagements

Baron and Lady Carrickfergus take on Northern Ireland!

On February 27th-28th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made a two-day visit to Northern Ireland where they visited Belfast, Fermanagh and Ballymena. The Visit was a surprise because it was embargoed  due to security reasons. Day 1 had a focus on “on the positive impact that sport, nature and the outdoors can have on childhood development, and improved physical and mental health for all”.

 

Their first engagement was in Belfast to Windsor Park Football Stadium. Upon their arrival, they took some time to greet the crowds that had gathered to meet them:

 

They headed inside the stadium where they took a closer look at the British Championship trophy won by Northern Ireland when it was last played in 1984 and they met goalie legend Pat Jennings:

 

Windsor Park Football Stadium is home of the Irish Football Association which runs outreach programs that benefit the mental and physical health of local communities. After both The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a quick change, they headed out to see two of those programs.

“Shooting Stars” encourages young girls to play football. The program aims to “help Girls learn through play, make new friends while developing the fundamentals for football”.

 

The second program was “Ahead of the Game” which  works to support clubs and volunteers when dealing with mental health issues, with a focus on challenging the stigma and preventative measures.

 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined in a game of football with the little kids….

 

And of course things got a little competitive! The Duke warned the kiddos to watch out cause The Duchess “goes for their ankles” while The Duchess remarked Prince George isn’t impressed with her soccer skills. He tells her: “Mummy you’re Rubbish!”

 

A video of their soccer game:

 

To end their visit, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met participants of the Irish FA Foundation ahead of the Game Mental Health Program, which supports clubs and volunteers when dealing with mental heath issues with a focus on challenging the stigma and preventative measures.

 

When they left, The Duke and Duchess received little Jerseys for Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis!

 

They then traveled to Fermanagh where they saw the work that the charity “Extern” is doing in their Roscor Youth Village. The village is a “residential activity centre for children referred to the charity by social workers or the Department of Justice. The site provides a safe space to help and support these young people, with particular emphasis on outdoor activities and developing independent living skills”.

 

They participated in a multitude of activities such as archery,

 

tent making,

 

and….whatever the heck William is doing here haha!

 

And our favorite competitive couple went head-to-head again in a rowing race….spoiler The Duke of Cambridge’s team won but The Duchess of Cambridge was a good sport and congratulated them!

 

In the beginning of this video, as they get into their separate boats, you can see The Duke of Cambridge splashing water at The Duchess haha!

 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge then returned to Belfast for their final engagement of Day 1 at the iconic Empire Music Hall.

 

The event was to celebrate young people who are making a real difference in Northern Ireland some of those were invited to go through The Prince’s Trust (The Prince of Wales’ charity).

 

They had some fun pouring some pints for two lucky guests! It seems as though The Duke needed his wife’s help!

 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also met Dame Mary Peters who was also that morning appointed as Lady Companion of the Most Noble of the Garter by Her Majesty The Queen:

 

A video from The Engagement:

 

It was a successful first Day!

 

Day 1 Outfit Details

 

Outfit 1:

For her arrival in Northern Ireland, Lady Carrickfergus, as The Duchess is known in Northern Ireland, opted for a repeat of her red Caroline Herrera coat-dress she first debuted in Canada 2016 and then wore again in Paris 2017. She also re-wore her LK Bennet boots (debuted last month) and her Black Zara Body Curve Jeggings:

 

 

 

Outfit 2:

Lady Carrickfergus then changed into something more appropriate for a football game! Her outfit consisted of all new pieces except the same Black Zara Body Curve Jeggings which were underneath her arrival coat. She wore a Ralph Lauren V-neck Sweater, a Barbour Longshore Quilter Jacket, and some New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz Trainers:

 

 

Outfit 3:

For her third and final outfit of Day 1, Catherine opted for a new midi-dress from Missoni. She repeated her Gianvito Rossi ‘105’ pumps and her Mulberry England Bayswater clutch:

 Day 2 had a strong focus on the organisations that are working to create a bright future for the next generation. Baron and Lady Carrickfergus spent their last day in Ballymena. Their first engagement was a private one at Hillsborough Castle. They met with officers and staff from the Police Service in Northern Ireland to hear about the unique challenges they face.

 

This is a video of the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland talking about how The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had personally asked to meet the police officers:

 

Before heading into their second engagement of the day, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met well-wishers that had gathered to meet them:

 

 

This video gives you a sense of the size of the crowd and….wow:

 

And I love this video of The Duchess meeting the baby and saying that he makes her feel broody….but William might be a little worried haha:

 

Walkabouts always give some of the best moments! This litle girl, Hannah, is writing a biography of Kate at school so naturally The Duchess bent down and asked her if she had any questions!

 

A full video of the walkabout:

 

After meeting well-wishers, William and Catherine headed into the Braid Arts Center where they visited the charity Cinemagic.

 

Cinemagic is a charity that uses  film, television and digital technologies to engage with over 500,000 young people. The charity “uses visual arts to increase opportunities and develop skills for young people from all backgrounds”.

 

The Duchess joined in a make up demonstration and storyboard masterclass demonstration with children from Malvern Primary School. I love that she was braiding the young girl’s hair!

 

Meanwhile, The Duke of Cambridge joined a masterclass demonstration with children from Malvern Primary School:

 

They joined attendees British Film Institute Film Academy for a camera demonstration:

They also got to watch a quick performance from Cinemagic’s Musical Theater:

 

A video of their time at Cinemagic:

 

For their Final engagement of the day, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Sure Start.

 

 

Sure Start is a program that supports parents with children aged under four years old living in disadvantaged areas in Northern Ireland

 

The Duchess of Cambridge joined a spring time gardening activity, which gives children and parent an opportunity to plan their own springtime flower to bring home and take care of.

 

The Duke of Cambridge watched them Hatch-Dinosaur eggs which children and their parents work together to open and hatch, supporting children’s physical and cognitive skill development.

 

 

Day 2 Outfit Details

For Day 2 of the tour, The Duchess of Cambridge opted for a new bespoke Jenny Packham dress underneath her gorgeous (I’m Obsessed) new Mulberry England coat. She tied it all together with her Jimmy Choo clutch and her Rupert Sanderson heels!

 

It was a successful surprise two-day visit highlighting the importance of the closeness of the countries in the UK and highlighting charities that boast causes close to both of their hearts! I know some may be confused as to why I’m blogging but I’m on spring break so for the next week or so I’ll be more active. Later this week I’ll have a post on all the engagements I’ve missed in February. See you then!

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