First Cambridge Overview of July! Lets jump right in…
On Saturday, June 29th, Kensington Palace announced that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will head to Pakistan for their Autumn Tour! Although dates have not been announced, Royal Reporters are all saying it will be around a week long. Details will be released closer to the date.
High Commissioner for Pakistan, Mohammad Nafees Zakaria, said: “The Government and the people of Pakistan warmly welcome the announcement of the Royal Visit by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Pakistan this year. The people of Pakistan still cherish and fondly recall the visits of The Queen to Pakistan during 1961 and 1997. The visit shows the importance the UK attaches to its relations with Pakistan. Both countries enjoy historical links which both sides wish to strengthen further.”
🇵🇰 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will undertake an official visit to Pakistan this autumn, at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Further details will be advised in due course. pic.twitter.com/z8M1hnpfWS
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) June 29, 2019
On Monday The Duchess of Cambridge made an unannounced visit to the Hampton Court Festival Garden to view her ‘Back To Nature Garden’.
This Garden features the same elements from the first garden but is twice it’s size and features a new hill, a bee friendly meadow, and a pond to paddle in.
Kensington Palace revealed that Jonny Briggs and Jonny Anderson, from Prince Charles’ ‘Prince’s Foundation’, created the waterfall and wooden walkway and the Royal School of Needlework made the den’s camo net out of compostable materials. Below is a drone video of the entire garden:
👀 A bird's eye view of The Duchess of Cambridge's Back to Nature garden, which highlights how time spent in nature can help build the foundations for positive physical and mental wellbeing that last through childhood and over a lifetime #RHSHampton
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) July 1, 2019
The Duchess of Cambridge actually wasn’t there to view her garden but to bring children along to play in it! She invited children, family members, teachers and carers from her patronages The Anne Freud Center, Evelina London Children’s Hospital, Place2Be, and Action For Children for a picnic.
The group also also enjoyed a bit of Treasure Hunting in the garden with The Duchess revealing that Prince George and Princess Charlotte were able to find 5 items! I guess that hints that perhaps Cambridges had a look at the garden over the weekend!
Some Insect hunting was also done and we know the Duchess is quite fond of it….
Kate had a ball with a little girl named Olivia who was visiting from Action For Children.
Kensington Palace shared a sweet video of The Duchess and Olivia walking around the garden hand-in-hand:
🌿 Exploring the Back to Nature Garden at #RHSHampton — As part of her longstanding work on Early Years, The Duchess of Cambridge believes that spending time outdoors plays a pivotal role in children’s future health and happiness. pic.twitter.com/HyEHLpKGWc
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) July 1, 2019
Olivia was with two little boys, Henry and Riley, and all three seemed to have fun with the Duchess!
Kate met a little girl from the Anne Freud Center named Khareeesha James. The Duchess spotted that she was feeling shy and took her into a fabric-covered den in the garden for a private chat. Khareeesha had told a reporter that “I am shy and she said that’s where she goes when she’s shy – in the tent.” Kareeesha got to give Kate a plant that she had decorated!
I’m each time more impressed with how well though out this whole project has been. From little details such as creating activity cards for children to do at home with inexpensive items to connecting her various Patronages and charities and bringing them together! This is how Kate works and has always worked: she does her research, sees where she could have the most impact, and goes right for it. The third showing up the Garden will be in September!
For the engagement, The Duchess of Cambridge chose a new dress by Sandro and paired it with her newly favorite Castañer Carina wedges:
A video of the engagement:
Meanwhile, The Duke of Cambridge had a private meeting. The Court Circular noted that he, as President of the Football Association, received Mr Martin Glenn upon relinquishing his appointment as Chief Executive Officer and Mr Mark Bullingham upon assuming the appointment.
July 1st also marked what would’ve been William’s mother’s 58th birthday. The Duke shocked onlookers by taking a quick trip outside of his private apartment to the gate where he greeted a group of well wishers that gather every year on her birthday to mark the occasion.
One of the people in the small group said: “William told me he knew we’d been coming here for years and thanked us for what we were doing for his mother. I’m still shaking now. I feel very emotional”.
The group had been there since 5:30am. He stayed only for a few minutes and left when he noticed a crowd started to gather.
On Tuesday, The Duchess of Cambridge, Tennis enthusiasts, headed to Day Two of the Wimbledon Championships!
Below is her arriving at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. The lady in green behind her is her Assistant Private Secretary, Natalie Barrows, and you can see her accompanying Catherine on most of her engagements:
The Duchess arrived earlier than she usually does and headed to Court 14 to watch a match between U.K.’s Harriet Dart and the United States’ Christina McHale.
Harriet ended up winning Round One and gave The Duchess a special shout out for going to watch her match!
— LTA (@the_LTA) July 2, 2019
As usual, this engagement was also intertwined with some of The Duchess’ other patronages! Harriet Dart is an alumni of Sports Aid, which The Duchess is patron of, and Catherine attended the match with 2 other tennis players, Katie Boulter and Anne Keothavong, who have also received the charity’s help in the past.
She then headed to Court 1 to watch the U.K.s Johanna Konta go head to head with Romania’s Ana Bogdan and met with Johanna after her win!
And met with Andy Murray:
The Duchess of Cambridge is patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club and took the opportunity to view some of their facilities. She visited Aorangi Park to see the practice courts and players’ warm-up area:
And she met with some finalists and winners nominated for the annual LTA Tennis Awards which recognize people who volunteer at grassroots level to grow and open up the sport.
To end off her visit, The Duchess of Cambridge headed to Center Court into the Royal Box to watch the current Women’s Wimbledon Champion (2018) Germany’s Angelique Kerber, go against another German player, Tatjana Maria. She subsequently watched Switzerland’s Roger Federer win round one against South Africa’s Lloyd Harris and Serena Williams defeat Giulia Gatto-Monticone
For her first match this season, The Duchess wore a new Suzannah dress with a gorgeous nw Alexander McQueen ‘Wicca’ bag and belt! She paired it with her Gianvito Rossi block heels.
Quick video of her time their:
Cute little tidbit: During her time at Wimbledon, The Duchess of Cambridge revealed that Prince George’s favorite player is Roger Federer and that he even got to play with him! Federer is a family friend and is close to the Cambridges but especially the Middletons! Two days after Kate’s revelations, Roger was asked about it in his press conference and he revealed they played together at Michael and Carole’s home in Buckelbury! Full video below:
Roger Federer talking about being Prince George’s favorite player and revealing that they played together at Grandma and Grandpa Middleton’s home in Bucklebury! pic.twitter.com/Y1oMJQPgOj
— Tea Time With The Cambridges (@TeaCambridges) July 4, 2019
The Duke of Cambridge meanwhile sent a message to the Lionesses as they headed to their Semi-Final match against the USA ladies. Sadly they lost 2-1 after a great game:
A royal roar 🦁🦁🦁
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) July 2, 2019
William also had two private engagments: In the morning he visited Woodberry Wetlands and in the afternoon he went to Sir John Cass Foundation Primary School.
As I said they were both Private Engagements but one photo has surfaced from his time at the Sir John Cass Foundation Primary School. The foundation’s mission is to “promote the education of young people in inner London through its grant programmes for individuals, educational institutions and organizations”. Very Interested to see what project comes out of this visit!
On Wednesday,The Duke of Cambridge held multiple meetings with The Royal Foundation, which has yet to be officially split, at Kensington Palace. P.s. If you are wondering where the meetings actually take place when they say “Kensington Palace”, check this post!
On Thursday, The Duke of Cambridge, in his role as President, visited the Royal Marsden Hospital in Chelsea to learn about the psychological support being offered to staff, patients and their families.
He heard first-hand from staff and patients about the support offered through the Trust, with funding from The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, to those “caring for patients undergoing cancer treatments and for patients themselves whose diagnoses can affect so many aspects of their lives”.
The Duke visited the Ellis Ward, which specialises in the care of female patients undergoing investigations and treatments for breast, gynaecological, urological and gastrointestinal cancers.
The Royal Marsden offers a “dedicated psychological support service, providing psychological therapy from cancer specialist nurse counsellors, clinical and counselling psychologists, plus a specialist paediatric psychology team”.
The Duke of Cambridge greeted some staff members who quickly left their ward to see William!
The Royal Marsden provides Highly qualified counsellors who give 1:1 counselling for any staff member who is experiencing worries, concerns and problems in their professional or personal life that may be affecting their ability to function or work effectively.
A video of the sweet moment:
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Thank you Joyce and Evelyn @RoyalMarsden for sneaking upstairs for a hug with The Duke of Cambridge! The Duke, President of The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, was visiting The Royal Marsden in Chelsea to learn about the psychological support being offered to staff, patients and their families. Visit our profile to read the stories of some of the staff and patients The Duke met today. The Royal Marsden is the largest and most comprehensive cancer centre in Europe, treating and seeing over 50,000 NHS and private patients every year.
A video of the whole engagement:
Today, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the christening of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the son of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, at Windsor Castle in a Private Chapel.
The Duchess of Cambridge looked gorgeous in a Stella McCartney dress she wore to the Christmas luncheon at Buckingham Palace last year with her Emmy London heels and a new custom Juliette Botterill hat-band!
The Duchess of Cambridge added a special trough by wearing the same pearl earrings that her late mother-in-law wore to Prince Harry’s christening!
The picture below is from their arrival at Windsor Castle a bit before the christening. You can notice that they were wearing different clothes. They often change at Windsor Castle when there is an event. They attended the christening, took the photos, and then went straight home to their babies!
Things have started to slow day as all the Royals prepare to head off on their summer breaks (P.s. George and Charlotte are officially out of school!). On Wednesday, The Duke of Cambridge will play in a polo match, which by the way is child friendly so I hope Kate and the kids show up. We will likely once again see the Duchess at a few Wimbledon matches!