Last week was almost completely occupied with British Pomp and Pageantry being put on display from the State Visit to Trooping The Color. This week, everything was back to normal as The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge brought the focus back to their charitable causes!
The Duke of Cambridge began the week on June 10th, which was also Prince Philip’s 98th birthday, at a gala dinner to commemorate 25 Years of Child Bereavement UK’s work helping families rebuild their lives after child bereavement.
Child Bereavement UK is a charity that aims to support families and educate professionals both when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, and when a child is facing bereavement. Their vision is for “all families to have the support they need to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies”.
Prince William became patron to the charity, which he has a personal connection to, in March 2009. Being bereaved himself, The Duke has been able to personally connect with many people, particularly children, that he meets during his work and visit with the charity.
One of my favorite ‘projects’ that have come out between Prince William and Child Bereavement UK, is this video below asking people what would they say if they had just one more minute with their loved one. It really makes you think:
The Duke of Cambridge met families who are being supported by Child Bereavement UK…
And gave a speech at the gala dinner: “An ear to listen, and a shoulder to cry on, is sometimes all it takes to lighten the burden in the smallest of ways. And that is what you have provided”.
Full video of the engagement including his moving speech:
On June 11th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a day of engagements in Cumbria to celebrate the resilience and spirit of rural and farming communities in the region.
Their first stop was in Keswick where they joined a celebration to recognize the contribution of individuals and local organisations in supporting communities and families across Cumbria.
William and Kate met volunteers including those from the “local mountain rescue service, community first responders, young people trained as mental health first aiders and other organisations that have benefited from grants from the Cumbria Community Foundation”.
The Duke and Duchess were reunited with Kerry Irving, a Mental Health campaigner, and his Therapy dog Max! William and Kate first met them at The Queen’s garden party on May 21st and requested to meet them again but this time in Kerry and Max’s hometown.
Max ‘brought’ along his friends Paddy and Harry to meet The Duke and Duchess!
Video from their first engagement:
After their first engagement, they headed to Market Square where they met members of the public who had gathered to see them!
I always love walkabouts as it allows us to seem them naturally interacting with the public plus we always get some sweet stories and chats!
One Lady talked to William about Kate’s garden and they both chatted abut the importance of getting kids out of the house!
Of course the pictures, particularly of Kate, with children are the best! I wonder what was happening here haha!
Her love for babies will never end (No I don’t think Baby Cambridge 4.0 will happen but who knows *wink*):
They then visited traditional fell sheep farm (my favorite engagement of the day haha)!
They met members of the Cumbrian farming community, and learn about some of the key challenges farmers are facing. The Duke of Cambridge asked them how Brexit would affect them and it seems like it wouldn’t be good. One of the farmers answered: “I was very surprised that farmers voted for Brexit, to be honest. It was like turkeys voting for Christmas”.
William and Kate as Royals aren’t allowed to express their political opinions or ‘pick a side’ but they did listen intently and show understanding of the situation
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met the Brown Family who have been farming near Luke Ullswater since the 1950s:
Kate shared a very sweet moments with two young sisters telling them that she trait to ‘plait’ Charlotte’s hair earlier in the day and when asked where her ‘Princess Elsa dress’was, she played along and said she couldn’t wear it because she was going to play with the sheep!
They both joined in on some farm duties which included shearing sheep! Prince William is probably pretty used to this by now since he did work on a farm as part of his gap year (2000-2001)…
While Kate seemed a bit more scared and worried but she still jumped right into the activity!
They also got to try out some dry-stone walling:
For their third and final engagement, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined Cumbria Wildlife Trust and children from Patterdale School for an environmental educational session on the Ullster Way.
They then went on a mini hike of their own to see the magnificent views!
It’s a gorgeous place and I would love to visit one day!
A video from the engagement where The Duchess also reveals she spent 3 days with the children during one of their half-terms visiting the Lake District!
For her day of engagements, Kate went casual with a new Troy London Jacket, her Fjallvren Ovik wool sweater with an unidentified white blouse underneath , and her Chloe Fashion boots!
Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis were waiting by the gate for their Mummy and PaPa’s return from work! You can see Nanny Maria carrying Louis and then the kids around her. At the end you can here one of the kids (I think it’s Charlotte but a lot think it’s Louis) giggling and saying MaMa!
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When one of the first videos of William and Kate arriving back at Kensington Palace after their day of engagements in Cumbria was posted, I noticed how fast they were walking an jokingly said, “They must be rushing back to the kids”…and it looks like I was right! In this video you can see what looks like all 3 Cambridge babies waiting for their Mum and Papa to return home from work! Near the end you can hear what I am 99.9% sure is Charlotte giggling and saying Mama! We only have about a year or less of videos like these as recently, new hedges were planted around the gates to block people from seeing the royals arriving and leaving (don’t know how well they’ll work)! – 🎥: @mind_foundry_ai – Remember to read my latest blog post by swiping up on my Instagram Story or Clicking The Link In My Bio! ———————————————- #britishroyalfamily #princewilliam #dukeofcambridge #duchessofcambridge #katemiddleton #princegeorge #princesscharlotte #princelouis
On June 12th, The Duke of Cambridge had two ‘private’ engagements. First, he held an investiture on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace. Below he is seen knighting Sir Michael for travel, culture, and geography.
His second engagement was with his grandmother, The Queen, when he accompanied her to receive The Governor-General designate of Australia. William’s presence at the meeting got many people talking about a possible royal tour in the near future!
In the evening, The Duchess of Cambridge attended a gala dinner to mark the very first Addiction Awareness Week hosted by Kate’s patronage, Action on Addiction.
Action on Addiction was one of Kate’s first patronages announced in 2012. The Charity works with people affected by drug and alcohol addiction. It works in the areas of “research, prevention, treatment, aftercare, as well as professional education and family support”. Below Catherine is pictured on Valentines Day in 2012 during her first public visit to the charity!
Upon her arrival, The Duchess of Cambridge met with some Action on Addiction clients who were assisting Chef on making the dinner.
The Duchess gave a beautiful speech noting how her work with the charity led to her later work in Mental Health and it helped her connect all the dots between Mental Health and Addiction.
Kate enjoying her dinner:
For the gala, The Duchess wore a fan favorite Barbara Casasola dress she debuted in 2016 with some sparkly Jimmy Choo pumps. Her only new item was the clutch from Wilbur and Gessie:
A video from the event that includes her speech:
On Thursday, The Duchess of Cambridge made a surprise appearance on Blue Peter, the oldest the longest running children’s TV program in the world and an iconic British TV Show that runs on CBBC.
Kate’s appearance was set to highlight the benefits of the great outdoors and inspire children, families and communities to get back to nature. She indulged in pond dipping, planting and team den building with local school children and the presenter of the show, Lindsey Russell.
During the planting portion of the segment, Kate was seen planting some ‘Dianthus Barbatus’ flowers which are mainly known as ‘Sweet William’. Kate had these flowers in her wedding bouquet to pay tribute to her husband, William! (From Kensington Palace’s Instagram Story):
The Duchess of Cambridge also announced a brand new competition for viewers of the show! The competition asks for Children, aged 6-15, to design a Sculpture based on Nature starting June 13th and ending June 25th.
The winner will have their sculpture built and installed at the ‘Back To Nature’ garden’s third showing in September at RHS Wisley where they will also get to meet The Duchess. The second and third place winners will get to design their very own ‘Back To Nature’ Activity Cards which Kate had also designed. You can view them here.
A video of her full 7-minute Segment on Blue Peter:
For the taping of the special, The Duchess of Cambridge (smartly and strategically) wore basically the same outfit she wore this week in Cumbria! The only difference is she wasn’t wearing the green jumper and she wore a new pair of Superga Cotu shoes which she also has in white but these are the ‘Sherwood Gum’ pair.
Kate was also wearing a pin which was the Gold Blue Peter Badge that both her and William received in November 2017. During the segment she also received the Green Badge! You can see the Gold on pinned on her jacket and her holding the green one in the picture below:
That is it for this Week’s Cambridge Overview! Next week we will be seeing a bit more pomp and pageantry as on Monday, The Queen will hold the annual Order of the Garter Ceremony which we’re 99.9% sure The Cambridges will attend along with some Foreign Royalty! We also have Royal Ascot is also next week (from the 18th-22nd) and William and Kate are expected to attend one of the days! See you then!