Back to regular programming and blogging here on Tea Time With The Cambridges now that my Hiatus is over! As I’ve mentioned, I am thinking of doing a blog post for each appearance now that I am on break from my studies but I am not entirely sure! So here is the first weekly Cambridge overview in 3 months!
On Monday, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrated their 8th wedding anniversary and of course we all celebrated as well! It was so lovely to go back and watch their wedding, which still gives me chills, and see how far they’ve come not only personally but as royals part of the “firm”. 8 years, three children, and multiple tours and engagements later, they are still an incredible team!
If you give someone a gift for their anniversary (do people actually do that?) it would usually be some type of pottery or picture frame but Her Majesty had another idea for what she would give one-half of the happy couple! The Queen appointed The Duchess of Cambridge as Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order!
The Royal Victorian Order was created in 1896 by Queen Victoria as a way for her to recognize people, whether that’s regular civilians or the royal family, for their personal service to her and it has continued on to this day. The Order has “grades” to it listed below:
The Duchess received the highest honor as Dame Grand Cross. Examples of other people receiving other grades include Prince Harry who become a Knight Commander and usually civilians are made Members of the Royal Victorian Order! Catherine’s order comes with a blue sash with red trimming and a gold breast star that she will now wear, along with her Royal Family Order that she received in 2017, to white-tie (tiara) events! Below Sophie wearing the honors Kate now has! Can’t wait until we finally see them on her!
The Duchess of Cambridge received her order on her 8th Wedding Anniversary just like The Duchess of Cornwall received hers on her 7th Wedding Anniversary! The Countess of Wessex received the same honor in 2010 11 years after her marriage while The Queen’s two youngest children, Princes Andrew and Edward, only received their’s in 2011! The Queen is very picky when it comes to giving out honors so the fact that Catherine received her Royal Family Order and her GCVO in the span of less than two years is a pretty HUGE deal! Catherine will now add “GCVO” to the end of her title (ie The Duchess of Cambridge, GCVO) and her coat of arms have now changed to include the GCVO insignia!
P.s. I predicted this in my Royal Predictions from earlier this year *wink*
On April 30th, The Duchess of Cambridge capped off the month of April with two private engagements away from the cameras. In the morning she headed to Islington where she visited (well revisited) Sayers Croft Wildlife and Garden School. This is the same school she visited in October 2018 on her very first official engagement back from maternity leave. It’s possible this visit had to do with her ‘Back To Nature’ Garden debuting later this month at the Chelsea Flower Show or it can be something completely unrelated…
Her second engagement was at Kensington Palace where she held a reception in the evening for the members of her Early Years Steering group! In February of this year she also held a dinner at Buckingham Palace for her steering group so I hope that means we are close to the launch of her new initiative!
On May 1st, The Duchess of Cambridge stepped out to visit the Anne Freud Center, which she has been patron of since February 2016. Anne Freud Center’s vision is a “world where children and families are supported effectively to build on their strengths and to achieve their goals in life”.
The Duchess was specifically visiting to officially open their new ‘Center of Excellence’. The new building “brings together for the first time under one roof, experts and leading practitioners in neuroscience, mental health, social care, child development, research and education, alongside children, young people and their families”.
You can learn more about the Center of Excellence from Anne Freud Center’s CEO, Professor Peter Fonagy below.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 1, 2019
Professor Peter Fonagy is a very well respected and highly cited psychoanalyst. He is part of The Duchess of Cambridge’s steering group and has said nothing but praises about The Duchess! Peter, pictured below with The Duchess in March 2018 when the steering group was convened, has said that Catherina has “done more to turn the tide of stigmas around mental health than any other single individual that I could name”.
The Duchess also visited Anne Freud Center’s new family school! The Pears Family School is for those unsuited or unable to meet the demands of mainstream school provision. It “combines mental health care and education, for children aged 5-14, in a setting in which a parent or significant adult family member participates in the classroom with their child”.
More on the Pears Family School from Founding Headteacher Stephen Taylor:
Founded by the @AFNCCF, The Pears Family School specialises in providing short term placements for children with complex needs, with a view to re-integrating them back to a mainstream school.
Founding Headteacher Stephen Taylor explains more. pic.twitter.com/MWPsZP3B6O
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 1, 2019
The Duchess of Cambridge joined in on a Music session plus she met with parents who are asked to join a class once a week to see their children’s behavior for themselves and learn how to deal with it at home.
Rebecca English, royal reporter for the Daily Mail, shared a story about a 13-year-old boy named Leo who lost his mother at the age of 9 and completely off the rails. Leo is now back on track thanks to the Pears Family School and he is about to head back into mainstream education! He wrote a poem and performed it for our Duchess:
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) May 1, 2019
A video from today’s engagement including her speech that she made while opening the Center of Excellence:
For her engagement, The Duchess of Cambridge wore a new green Emilia Wickstead which is basically the same, minus the neckline, as the Lilac Wickstead dress she debuted in Germany 2017 and wore again in October 2018! She wore a pair of Gianvito Rossi pumps that she had in her closet and carried her Mulberry England clutch that she also debuted last year!
On Thursday, the only little Princess in the Cambridge household turned 4 and I think everyone is in denial! On May 2nd, 2015 Charlotte Elizabeth Diana entered this world at 8:34 a.m. and my what a wonderful 4 years it has been watching her grow! To celebrate, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released 3 snaps all taken by The Duchess! The first two were taken at Anmer Hall and were thought to be on the same day The Cambridge family joined the Tindalls at the Burnham Market Horse Trials in Norfolk as she seems to be wearing the same outfit!
The third one, and possibly my favorite of the set, was taken at Kensington Palace possibly in the last full week of April which is when The Cambridges returned to London after the children’s Easter Holiday! I just love her little dress and sneakers combo!
While Princess Charlotte headed to nursery for part of her birthday, The Duke of Cambridge headed to Buckingham Palace where he conducted an investiture! Below he is giving author Julia Donaldson her honor. Julia has written many children’s books, including Gruffalo and The Duke admitted that the children are fans and he reads her books to all three! Prince William also revealed that when he got home and when Charlotte got home from nursery, she would have a”rowdy” party with “lots of friends and children”! I’m sure Lottie had fun wiht her friends and family!
Also getting honored today was Natasha Archer, the Private Assistant of The Duchess of Cambridge (also described by some as her stylist but she is not officially that)! She became a Member of the Royal Victorian Order and had her husband, royal photographer Chris Jackson, and adorable little son Theo with her to celebrate! Natasha has been working in the Royal Household apparently since 2007 and working with The Cambridges since 2011 I believe! She has accompanied them on multiple royal tours and was one of the first people to visit Kate at the hospital after Prince George and Prince Louis were born (possibly Charlotte as well but there are no pictures of that)! In fact it was the pictures of her leaving the Lindo Wing last year that practically told everyone that the baby had been born! A very well deserved honor!(P.s. Look at that headband)
On May 3rd The Duke of Cambridge attended a service at Westminster Abbey to recognize fifty years of continuous at sea deterrent. Prince William has been the Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Navy Submarine Service since 2006!
Here is a video where you can see that The Duke of Cambridge also gave a reading!
What an amazing week it’s been but the eventful royal summer has just begun! As previously announced, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will head to Wales on May 8th where they will have a day of engagements including in Angelesey, which is their first marital home! On Friday, a Royal Photographer may have accidentally revealed that William and Kate will have engagements on the 7th. He may have made a mistake but I believe they will have some embargoed engagements on the 7th! Have a good week!