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Halfway Through My Blogging Hiatus (March Recap)

I am half-way through my blogging hiatus and just waiting for the moment where I can fully return! But until then, just like I did one for February here is the March Recap!

 

March 1st:

The Duke of Cambridge started the month off with 2 private and unannounced engagements. He first was “called upon” (a fancy way of saying he had a meeting with) by The Crown Prince of Jordan who Prince William first met last June while he was on a history-making tour of the Middle East. He then received Sir Keith Mills who is the chairman of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (they seriously need to change that name).

 

March 4th:

On Monday, March 4th, The Duke of Cambridge visited the Foreign Office where he was welcomed by Foreign Secretary Jeremy hunt.

 

Prince William was at The Foreign Office specifically to open the new Mayhew Theater. The Theater  is “an innovative new space for learning and development”.

 

He met with contractors and architects involved in designing the building.

 

 

The new facility is named after Lady Cicely Mayhew who was one of the first women to be appointed to the British Diplomatic system. The Duke of Cambridge met three of her children, Tessa, David, and Judy, and her grand-daughter, Emily.

 

Some fascinating history about Lady Cicely Mayhew from Kensington Palace:

“After graduating from Oxford University with a First in German and French, Mayhew worked at Bletchley Park during WWII to decode and translate signals from the German Fleet. Mayhew later joined The Foreign Office in  1947 and was first sent to Belgrade, Serbia”

 

 

 

A quote from David Mayhew on his mother:

 

“One of the things she said at the end of her life was that she hated domesticity. She was a wonderful mother, but she missed being able to contribute her considerable intellectual gifts to the Foreign Office.

 To be told that the Foreign Office is contributing so much energy to making it possible for women to serve as ambassadors is very encouraging”.

 

 

A video from the engagement:

 

March 5th:

On the morning of March 5th, The Duke of Cambridge joined his father, The Prince of Wales, at a meeting with The President of Cyprus at Prince Charles’ official residence, Clarence House.

 

The meeting was focused “issues relating to the Commonwealth and the organisation’s future activities, to sustainable developement, protection of the environment, and climate change”.

 

Later that morning, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined other members of The Royal Family at a Reception hosted by The Queen marking the 50 the anniversary since the Investiture of The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace.

 

 

The title “Prince of Wales” is reserved for the heir apparent but is not an automatic title. Prince Charles became heir when he was 4, was known as The Duke of Cornwall for 6  years until The Queen bestowed the title of “Prince of Wales” on him. He still had to wait another 11 years for his investiture ceremony which actually took place on July 1st but the anniversary was commemorated on March 5th.

 

The future Prince and Princess of Wales joined the current Prince and Princess of Wales (yes Camilla is PoW but chooses not to go by that title), Her Majesty The Queen, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex , and The Princess Royal for the reception.

 

Here’s a video from the event! Note that the children of the late Princess Margaret, The Earl of Snowdon (David) and Lady Sarah Chatto, and their spouses were present at the reception. It was very nice to see them considering they attended Prince Charles’ investiture and their father, the first Earl of Snowdon, was very involved in the planning process.

 

Outfit Details

For the reception, The Duchess of Cambridge opted for a new dress made by a private dressmaker (not the first time she’s worn something “private” before), a repeated clutch she used twice last summer, and some new Emmy London ‘Rebecca Blush’ heels! I’m in the minority but I loved this dress but found it unecessary to get another one which very much resembles a dress by Beluah she already owns!

March 6th:

On March 6th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a busy day of engagements in Blackpool!

 

Usually for these away-days (days of engagements outside of London) depending on the distance, the royal family uses a helicopter to go to and from their engagements. Luckily, William and Kate have the helicopter parked right in their backyard at Kensington Palace so it’s just a short walk away! Usually we get videos from onlookers and March 6th was our lucky day as a lady caught The Duke and Duchess being adorable while joking around and hold hands on their way to the helicopter!

 

Their first stop in Blackpool was to the Iconic Blackpool Tower. Upon heading inside, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge get to head into the ballroom and view a class!

 

Inside the Blackpool Tower, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined a roundtable briefing about the town’s recent history, the challenges, and the investment and regeneration efforts that are currently underway.

 

At the roundtable, The Duke of Cambridge said:

““[Blackpool is] one of the United Kingdom’s most loved seaside towns. But there obviously is a sadder side to Blackpool that we will see a bit of today and we shouldn’t attempt to skirt around this issue. Unemployment remains quite high, skilled professionals continue to leave faster than they arrive, and Blackpool has become a transitory town for many without the right employment opportunities. Against this backdrop, mental health issues and social problems have risen and a unique problem has also arisen as a result of falling demand for tourist accommodation, which has created an oversupply of what the council now perceive to be extremely low-quality private-rented accommodation. Catherine and I are going to see examples of that first hand. And it is something that we’d like to hear a bit more about during the course of this meeting, as well as about the positive steps being taken by the community to address the issues.”

 

 

Upon their departure, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took some time to greet members of the public who had waited (through the pouring rain) for them!

 

I loved this guy’s reaction because it would totally be me haha!

 

The rain clearly did not stop the love for the Cambridges!

 

After visiting the Iconic Blackpool Tower, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge headed to their 2nd engagement of the day which was embargoed (not announced before hand). William and Catherine visited Kirby Road to “see the realities of the town’s housing problems and the significant work under way to resolve these”.

 

A video of the house they were in:

 

They then crossed the street to meet Christina Jackson who lives in a similar house which has been purchased and upgraded by “My Blackpool Home”.

 

Their next stop of the day was to the Blackpool Central Library where they joined discussions each relevant to their own charitable interests!

 

The first joined people involved in Blackpool’s ‘A Better Start’ programme, including health visitors, practitioners from the Family Nurse Partnership, and parents. The session, was led by Merle Davies, the Director of Blackpool’s Centre for Early Child Development, and discussed the impact of long-term investment in mothers, fathers and children in their early years. This was of course a continuation of The Duchess’ work.

 

They then met people affected by problems around mental health, including issues such as homelessness and addiction, and people making a difference through the innovative work locally. The Duke and Duchess also met representatives of the emergency services and first responder community to learn more about how they are helping people with complex mental health needs.

 

For their final engagement of the day, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge headed to the Revoe Park!

 

The Revoe Park, is  a recently revamped community garden and park that has been transformed thanks to involvement from ‘A Better Start’. The park had previously been a known location for drug use, in an area of significant deprivation, yet is now a great example of how a long-term community led initiative can transform lives and provide new opportunities.

 

In particular the park is helping young children experience gardening and the outdoors, as well as providing space and activities that allow parents, particularly men, to talk about mental health.

 

Both The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had woodland necklaces made for them! Catherine’s had a simple “Kate” on it…

 

While Prince William’s had a simple “W” on his! He wore it proudly!

 

My favorite anecdote came from this engagement! The Duke and Duchess were talking to a dad who mentioned he watches videos to learn how to do his daughter’s hair and Prince William mentioned he can do Princess Charlotte’s ponytail!

 

“A resident who belongs to the group Dads 4 Life got a laugh from William and Kate as he spoke of the challenges of styling his little girl’s hair, adding that he finally learned after watching YouTube tutorials. ‘Never try to do a ponytail!’ William commiserated. ‘Nightmare.’ William said, ‘I can do [3-year-old Princess Charlotte’s] ponytail, but that’s about it as I don’t have enough hair to practice on!'”

A video of the engagements:

 

Outfit Details

The Duchess of Cambridge opted for a new Michael Kors drss underneath her green Sportsmax coat (which she’s worn 4 times now), repeated boots, and Manu Atelier Bag!

 

March 7th-8th:

On March 7th The Duke of Cambridge had two private unannounced engagements.First he held a Duchy of Cornwall meeting at Kensington Palace and then Received a briefing on United for Wildlife Transport and Financial Taskforces. On March 8th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge both received  Ms. Lorraine Heggessey, The Chief Executive of The Royal Foundation.

 

March 11th:

On March 11th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined other members of The Royal Family at Westminster Abbey for the annual Commonwealth Day Service!

 

This year’s theme was “A Connected Commonwealth”, which offers opportunities for the people, governments and institutions from all member states to connect and work together. This year also marked the 70th anniversary of the Commonwealth as we know it today!

 

A few days before the service The Queen, who looked gorgeous in a purple outfit on the day of, released a statement for the day!

 

After the ceremony, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met performers that participated in the ceremony including Clean Bandit who performed their hit song “Symphony”!

 

The Duchess of Cambridge recieved a Posy as she almost always does on engagements:

 

And The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met Westminster Abbey’s choir:

 

A video of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge being greeted by The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. I love Kate and Camilla’s relationship! They always seem to have the best conversations!

 

And a video of The Duchess of Cambridge’s 2 curtsies to Her Majesty The Queen:

 

Outfit Details:

The Duchess of Cambridge opted to repeat her Catherine Walker coat she wore upon arrival in New Zealand in 2014. She repeated her Emmy London heels and clutch and wore a new hat thought to be Lock and Co.:

A closer view at her new hat (and some new earrings):

 

You can watch the CommonWealth Day 2019 Service in full below:

 

March 12th:

On March 12th, The Duchess of Cambridge had busy day of public engagements! First, The Duchess of Cambridge of visited Henry Fawcett Children’s Center to learn more about the work being done by local organisations in Lambeth and their partners to support young children and their families.

 

The Duchess of Cambridge first met with representatives from the different organisations working to support families in Lambeth, including The National Lottery Community Fund, the National Children’s Bureau, which coordinates LEAP, and the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM), which has helped develop PAIRS.

 

Catherine was at the Children’s Center specifically to see how Lambeth Early Action Partnership (LEAP) are using the Parent and Infant Relationship Service (PAIRS) to support parents, carers and their children.

 

The Duchess joined part in sessions offered by LEAP and PAIRS, called ‘Circle of Security’ and ‘Together Time’, and saw different examples of what is available as part of the program.

Circle of security “helps parents and care givers better understand their child’s emotions, as well as supporting their child’s ability to successfully manage their own emotions and enhance the development of their child’s self-esteem”.

Together Time “supports attachment and bonding between parents and infants. The group provides time and space for parents to enjoy being with their babies or toddlers and includes singing, use of child led play and interaction”.

 

The Duchess revealed to a mother that Prince Louis is already “bombing around” on his little walker!

 

A video of the engagement:

 

Outfit Details:

For her first engagement, The Duchess of Cambridge opted for a new Gucci blouse, with her Jigsaw trousers she debuted in December 2018, and new Gianvito Rossi block heels and her Apinal of London bag!

For her second engagement of the day, The Duchess of Cambridge attended the National Portrait Gala. The National Portrait Gallery was one of the first patronages The Duchess took on in 2012!

 

This year the funds raised at the gala went to Inspiring People: Transforming our National Portrait Gallery, a project for the complete renewal of the Gallery that will see a significant refurbishment of the building.

 

The Duchess of Cambridge with with Dr. Nicholas Cullinan, Director of National Portrait Gallery:

 

The Duchess of Cambridge met with an abundance of guests including Edward Enniful, Vogue editor. Also in attendance were Victoria and David Beckham, Kate Moss, and Princess Beatrice!

 

 

The Duchess of Cambridge met members of National Portrait Gallery Youth program to find out more about the Gallery’s Inspiring People project which will “also see the Gallery’s most extensive programme of activities nationwide with plans to engage audiences’ onsite, locally, regionally and online”.

 

Outfit Details:

For the gala, The Duchess repeated a now modified version of the Alexander McQueen dress she wore to the BAFTAs 2017, and her Jimmy Choo Cosmic Pumps, and Prada Clutch.

 

The Duke of Cambridge on the other hand held to private engagements. First he received Rear Admiral Jonn Weale, Flag Officer Scotland and Northern Ireland, and he received Ms Lynn Owens, the Director General, National Crime Agency.

 

March 13th:

On March 13th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge held a Royal Foundation Trustees Meeting.

 

March 14th:

On March 14th, Buckingham Palace (finally) officially announced The household split between The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The Sussexes will, like all the other children of the monarch, will set up their office at Buckingham Palace and their team will have to report back to The Queen’s communication secretary.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will keep the household staff over at Kensington Palace. Their former Head of Communications, Jason Knauf, has become their senior adviser and Christian Jones, former deputy secretary, has become their communication secretary.

The split was bound to happen but it’s become increasingly evident they are preparing for Charles to become king and William heir and this split is just a natural progression. Harry and Meghan are obviously under Buckingham Palace because that where they would’ve ended up anyways when Charles becomes king which isn’t the case for William and Kate!

 

March 16th:

On March 16th, The Duke of Cambridge had a few engagements in Wales!

 

He first officially opened Brains brewery, Wales Biggest Brewer.

 

The Duke then met supporters and beneficiaries of the Welsh Charitable Trust which supports several injured players from Wales!

 

Finally, The Duke as president of the Welsh Rugby Union attended the Wales vs. Ireland game!

 

A video from the first engagement:

March 17th:

On St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the annual Parade at the Cavalry Barracks in Houston! Her Majesty The Queen made The Duke of Cambridge the Conel of Irish Guards in February 2011, which is why they attend this event annually

 

Before the event began, The Duke and Duchess as well as others there, had 1-minute of silence to remember those who lost their lives in the terrorist attack that happened in New Zealand, on March 15th.

 

The Duchess of Cambridge handed out Shamrocks to the Officers and Warrants….

 

And to, undoubtedly the star of the show, Domhnall who is the Irish Guards’ mascot!

 

The traditional photo with the Irish Guards:

 

The Duchess got some flowers from two adorable little girls!

 

They then headed into Barracks where they had a sip of the traditional Guinees!

 

 

A video from the engagement:

 

In Kensington Gardens, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis were all spotted out for a walk with their Nanny while their mum and dad worked! A lucky royal watcher spotted the trio!

 

March 19th:

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge both very busy days on Tuesday, March 19th. First, The Duchess of Cambridge accompanied Her Majesty The Queen to King’s College London where they officially opened Bush House, the latest education and learning facilities on the Strand Campus!

 

The Queen and The Duchess first visited one of two Roof Terraces, which boast panoramic views of London, to meet those who worked on the conversion of Bush House!

 

The Royal Party then headed back into the building where they met with some robotic students from KCL!

 

And students from the Entrepreneurship institute- which supports entrepreneurial thinking, skills, and experiences.

 

Their visit concluded in the new auditorium, where The Queen unveiled a plaque, formally opening Bush House, before signing the Visitor’s Book alongside The Duchess of Cambridge.

 

For her engagement with The Queen, The Duchess wore a new Catherine Walker coatdress, repeated her Gianvito Rossi pumps, repeated her mulberry England clutch, and her Lock. and Co. hat she has wore almost 10 times!

 

A video from the engagement:

 

After her joint engagement with The Queen, The Duchess of Cambridge visited The Foundling Museum less than an hour after becoming Patron of the museum!

 

The Foundling Museum tells the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity and public art gallery. The Duchess visited to “understand how they use art to make a positive contribution to society by engaging with vulnerable and marginalised young people”. Below Catherine is viewing the “Bedrooms of London” exhibition, which documents the living condition of London’s most disadvantaged children.

 

The Duchess of Cambridge had previously visited the Foundling Museum in November 2017 and met with some of the first trainees of the “Tracing our Tales” programe which was developed to “equip care-experienced young adults from London boroughs with the skills to devise and deliver workshops at the Museum”. A year and a half later she met with some of the same trainees to hear how the program has helped them “gain confidence and employment”.

 

She also joined in on a “Tracing our Tales” training session that was inspired by the Museum’s “Bedrooms of London” exhibition:

 

The young lady above later went on to twitter to tweet about meeting our gorgeous Duchess!

 

Caro Howell, Director of The Foundling Museum said about The Duchess:

““What’s really impressive about the Duchess is that she has an incredible gift for not just listening but properly hearing. It is magical to witness young people who are very often monosyllabic and, for good reason, are protective about their lives and their life stories, open up to her. Some of the young people that we are working with have had hugely traumatic lives and their lives are still challenging and we have an incredibly skilled team of artists, for whom art is their job,” the director adds. “When these young people come through the door we are prepared to work with wherever those young people are at that moment – which is often a very dark place. It takes a very special kind of person to come into a room and make those young people to feel listened to enough and have the trust that they will open up and talk.”

 

 

The Duchess gave a speech where she said:

“I feel hugely proud today to be here today to become Patron of the Foundling Museum. Your work connects and celebrates two subjects that are deeply important to me: children, and art.I am passionate about improving children’s life chances and giving them opportunities, so that they can look forward to the best possible futures, fulfil their whole potential, and have the freedom to explore their creativity. I have always believed in the power of art, not only to unlock that creativity, but also to bring us joy, and to inspire, challenge and positively change our lives. Your Museum here powerfully links these two forces for good. By weaving together the moving stories of looked after children, with art and artists of all genres, you create meaningful learning experiences which will have a lasting, and often transformational, impact on young lives.  I could not be more delighted to support such a special organisation. I look forward to working together and, as your Patron, hopefully doing all I can to help your important mission in the future.Thank you.”

A video of the speech and the engagement:

 

Meanwhile at Buckingham Palace The Duke of Cambridge was hosting in investiture on Behalf of Her Majesty The Queen. My favorite part about investitures is reading about the tremendous things most of these people have done to receive their honors. For example, the man below is Mark Prince who in 2006 lost his 15-year-old son after he was fatally stabbed while intervening to prevent the bullying of another boy. A year later, Mark Prince founded the Kiyan Prince Foundation, which aims to use life coaching and sports to empower young people to create thriving communities and a violent free society. A very well deserved honor!

 

 

March 21st:

On March 21st, sent a message to his patronage, Centrepoint, for their National Conference on Youth Homelessness. Centrepoint was The Duke of Cambridge’s very first patronage in 2005 and helping the homeless is at the center of Prince William’s charitable work.

 

The Duchess of Cambridge was once gain out and about with the kids in Kensington Gardens. On March 21st, the Duchess was spotted outside Kensington Palace twice! First earlier in the morning and she seemed to be solo:

 

And then again a little later with 2 of the kids! The original poster said that Charlotte was in a pushchair and George was on a bike but I think (and am pretty sure) Louis was in the pushchair while Charlotte was on the bike probably returning home from school with mum and baby brother:

 

March 27th:

On March 27th, The Duchess of Cambridge had a solo meeting with Sir Keith Mills, who is the chairman of the Royal Foundation.

 

March 28th:

On Thursday, March 28th. The Duchess of Cambridge made a visit to The Scouts Headquarters at Gilwell Park:

 

 

 

The Duchess was their to learn more about the organisation’s new pilot to bring Scouting to younger children. In November 2018, the Scouts announced 20 pilots in England to explore the potential of providing Scouting to children between the ages of four and six. Research has “shown that the first five years of a child’s life are more pivotal for development, and for future health and happiness, than any other single moment in their lifetime. What a child experiences during its earliest years shapes the development of the brain and influences interactions at school, work and in society”.

 

The new pilot will see Scouts test its exciting program of activities – which currently reaches 473,000 young people between the ages of 6 and 25 in the UK – to younger children, equipping them with the life skills and values of teamwork, leadership and resilience.

 

The Duchess of Cambridge did what she does best and got involved n many of the activities!

 

2019 also marks the 100th anniversary of Gilwell Park, which is a site recognized internationally as the home of Scouting. The Duchess planted a tree to commemorate the anniversary!

 

Catherine, who was a Scout herself, mentioned that she would like for Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis to one day join The Scouts. Prince George is already 5, turning 6 this year, so it is likely he will be joining a pack soon!

 

The Queen is patron of The Scouts and it is a patronage that is passed from monarch to monarch but The Queen’s cousin, The Duke of Kent, is president so it is likely she may take over his position one day!

 

For her day outside today, The Duchess of Cambridge went for a full repeat outfit! She repeated a deep red JCrew sweater she debuted earlier this year, a Barbour jacket she was spotted wearing during her private time (with Lupo!) in 2012, her Chloe boots she debuted January of this year, and her regular go to black Zara Jeggings! The only new piece were hoop earrings that have not been Identified!

A video from the engagement:

 

The Duke of Cambridge on the other hand, spent his morning at Buckingham Palace presiding over investitures on behalf of The Queen. Below he is presenting Captain of the England Football team, Harry Kane, with his MBE (Order of the British Empire).

 

And here he is presenting  Imam Mohamed Mahmoud his MBE. Imam was awarded for his services to the community after his heroic actions during the terrorist attack targeting Muslim worshipers t Finsbury Park in 2017.

 

What another excited and jam packed month of Royal Watching and for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge! The Duke completed 21 engagements bringing his total engagement count to 53 engagements so far. The Duchess completed 15 engagements bringing her total to engagement count to 35 engagements so far!

 

I am still on a blogging hiatus but I have one more month left and this month I opened 4 new pages on the blog! I have pages for The Duke’s Patronages and Honors and also pages for The Duchess’ Patronages and Honors. I also have a new “About” page! Check those out if you haven’t!

 

Prince George and Princess Charlotte have a break from school for the majority of April so I think William and Catherine’s work schedule will be kind of irregular and unpredictable although the Duke already has am engagement this the first week of April! But on April 23rd little Prince Louis turns one (cue the tears) and we can expect pictures of him to commemorate his birthday! If The Duke and Duchess have a party for him at Kensington Palace we may get pictures of guests arriving! On April 21st, The Queen will be celebrating her 93rd birthday but it is also Easter Sunday and I think we may see The Duke and Duchess join the rest of the family for the annual service at Windsor Castle! Finally, Late April (dates have not been announced), The Duke of Cambridge will make a short visit to New Zealand on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen to honor the victims of the Christchurch Mosques terrorist attacks.

 

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