Year In Review

Year in Review: 2019

 

It’s been yet another monumental, but at the same time transitional, year for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. This post will recap most of their 2019!

 

Our first glimpse of the royals took place on January 6th when The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a church service at St. Mary Magdalene’s Church on the Sandringham Estate!

 

It’s a tradition at this point and the first weekend is usually also used to celebrate Kate’s birthday. William and Kate are always joined by close friends and this year they were accompanied by Princess Charlotte’s godfathers Thomas Van Straubenzee and James Meade, Prince George’s godmother Emilia Jardine-Patterson, and Prince Louis’ godmother Laura Meade just to name a few!

 

The Duke of Cambridge’s first engagement of the year came on The Duchess of Cambridge’s 37th birthday, January 9th. He visited London’s Air Ambulance Charity and was also announced as patron of their 30th Anniversary Campaign!

 

He remarked that he had thankfully remembered his wife’s birthday and received some presents for her and the children!

 

The Duchess of Cambridge had her first public engagement on January 15th when she visited King Henry’s Walk Garden in Islington! That same day Kensington Palace announced that Kate had been spending the past months co-designing a garden for the Chelsea Flower Show.

 

The very next day on January 16th, The Duchess paid a visit to the Royal Opera House where she visited the Costume department to specifically learn more about the designs and textiles!

 

From the 22nd-23rd, The Duke of Cambridge was in Switzerland for the annual World Economic Forum. He met many heads of states and attended many meeting! Below he is pictured with Sir David Attenborough after The Duke interviewed him onstage.

 

Meanwhile back in London on the 22nd, The Duchess of Cambridge visited Family Action to further continue her research on Early Intervention. This was the beginning of Kate’s love for dark green that we saw throughout the year!

 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge ended off January with a visit to Dundee, Scotland where they had a day of engagements including opening the new Victoria and Albert Museum in Dundee!

 

The Duchess of Cambridge started off February with a series of engagements connected to Children’s Mental Health week on the the 5th. She visited to schools including Lavender Primary School and Alpine Community School! Kate was asked to bring something that makes her happy to show the kids and she brought a photo of her family!

 

And one of the greatest moments of the year is when The Duchess, with The Duke, stepped out in all her finery for the BAFTAs on the 10th. She looked STUNNING with her white Alexander McQueen dress!

 

On the 13th, both The Duke and Duchess had a busy day of engagements. The Duchess of Cambridge attended a Mental Health in Education conference where she spent over 4 hours learning.

 

Prince William visited The Passage Charity which he was, on that day,  announced as patron. He helped prepare and serve food for the homeless during their lunch hour!

 

And in the evening, Catherine pulled out another new gown for the 100 Women in Finance dinner to raise money for the Mentally Healthy Schools program which The Duchess launched in 2018!

 

On Valentine’s Day, February 14th, The Duke of Cambridge stepped out for two engagements in relation to Men’s Mental Health. He first visited Pall Mall Barbers and then a program called “Future Dad” for first time fathers! He gave them lots of tips I’m sure!

 

That same day Kate was spotted having a little Valentine’s Day Walk with Prince Louis in Kenisngton Gardens!

On February 27th and 28th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge undertook a surprise 2-Day visit to Northern Ireland! One of the best engagements from day one is when we got to see them play soccer (or football) against each other and their competitive sides came out!

 

And Day 2 we got to see one of my favorite outfits of 2019: This gorgeous blue coat! Read about their full trip here.

 

March began with a celebration marking The Prince of Wales’ 50th anniversary of his Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace. The event was hosted by Her Majesty The Queen and saw other royals join such as The Duchess of Cornwall, The Prince of Wales (of course!), and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

 

The next day (on the 6th) The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge traveled to Blackpool for a day of engagements promoting the city which once used to attract lots of tourist. They completed 4 engagements including visiting Blackpool Tower, Visiting destroyed homes on Kirby Road,a visit to Blackpool Library, and finally to Revoe Park!

 

That same day we got this cute video of William and Kate leaving Kensington Palace and holding hands and acting all flirty!

 

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. The Duchess brought back her fan-favorite Catherine Walker coat she first wore upon arrival in New Zealand in 2014!

 

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

 

Later that evening she attended the National Portrait Gallery gala. The Duchess re-worked an Alexander McQueen dress she first wore in 2017 for the BAFTAs!

 

On March 16th, The Duke of Cambridge had two engagements in Wales. He opened Brains Brewery, Wales’ Biggest Brewer, and then, in his capacity as patron of the Welsh Rugby Union, he attended the Wales vs Ireland game.

 

March 17th meant it was St. Patrick’s Day which also meant it was time for one of my favorite annual engagements! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the St. Patricks Day Parade!  They attend this event every year because Prince William is the Colonel of the Irish Guards.

 

March 19th was another double engagement day for The Duchess. She first accompanied Her Majesty The Queen to King’s College London to open Bush House, the latest education and learning facility on the Strand Campus.

 

She then visited the Foundling Museum and was announced as a patron right before her visit! The Foundling Museum tells the story of the Foundling Hospital, U.K.’s first children’s charity and public art gallery.

 

The month ended with a visit to The Scouts’ Headquarters at Gilwell Park. The Duchess of Cambridge was visiting to see a new pilot by the Scouts which will see them test a 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!

 

April was pretty slow  month since the children had a 3-week break from school and like usual, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took some time off. But on April 4th, The Duke of Cambridge stepped out with his father and brother at the Natural History Museum for the premiere of “Our Planet”.

 

On April 6th it was revealed that The Duke of Cambridge had spent 3 weeks (2 at the end of March and 1 during the first week of April) with the MI5, MI6, and GCHQ agents. He regularly worked and for the first two weeks, spent it in London while the last week was spent in Gloucestershire and it is widely thought the whole Cambridge family spent that time at Highgrove.

 

April 12th came one of the highlights of the year (for me at least)! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stepped out with Prince George and Princess Charlotte at the Burnham Market Horse Trials where they joined Mike, Mia, and Lena Tindall to cheer on Zara Tindall!

 

The pictures from this outing were priceless and highlighted the close relationship between the two families! Mia is right in between George and Charlotte in age so their playdates are clearly fun! Prince William is Mia Tindall’s godfather while Zara was the only member of the royal family chosen as Prince George’s godmother. It was also reported the Tindalls spent that weekend at Anmer Hall with the Cambridges!

 

On April 21st, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stepped out with a multitude of royals for the annual Easter service at Windsor Castle but it was double the celebration since it was The Queen’s 93rd birthday!

 

On April 23rd, Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge, a.k.a Angel Baby, turned One and we got some beautiful snaps taken by mummy at Anmer Hall. The photos were just the sweetest!

 

As I said at the time these were released, this is his “Really mum? More pictures” face haha!

 

On April 25th, The Duchess of Cambridge attended a ANZAC Day service of remembrance at Westminster Abbey and was accompanied by The Duke of Sussex!

 

Meanwhile, from April 25th-26th, The Duke of Cambridge was in New Zealand on a quick visit requested by the Prime Minister after the tragic terrorist attacks at two Mosque’s in Christchurch. He met with members of the public, patients at multiple hospitals, and members of the wider Muslim community.

 

On April 29th The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrated their 8th Wedding Anniversary but it was only Kate who got a gift from The Queen! Her Majesty appointed her as Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order! Read more about the order and it’s importance here.

 

May started off with a bang with The Duchess of Cambridge making a visit to the Anne Freud Center on the 1st. Kate has been patron since 2016 and used this visit to further her research for her Early Year’s work!

 

On May 2nd, the only little Princess in the family celebrated her 4th birthday and according to her father, had quite the party with lots of friends! For the occasion, Kensington Palace released 3 photographs also taken by mum Kate! The first two were taken at Anmer Hall and show her playing around on the grounds!

 

The 3rd snap showed the little princess sitting on the grass at their home at Kensington Palace! I think this is my favorite photo of the set as it displays her very strong sense in fashion with the dress and trainers!

 

On May 7th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced a new event called the King’s Cup which would see 8 of their patronages(4 for each) go head to head in a sailing race! They attended a launch event at the Cutty Sark.

 

The next day (the 8th), The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a day of engagements in North Wales which began in Caernarfon and ended in Angelsey, the town William and Kate lived for 3 years! Their final of 3 engagements was to join scouts at Newborough Beach and we saw Kate wearing her famous boots which she’s had for over 15 years!

 

May 10th saw another project announced! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, launched a new texting service called SHOUT which was the first free 24/7 direct messaging service for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere.

 

May 14th saw The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have a busy day at separate engagements! The Duke of Cambridged attend a  joint meeting of the United for Wildlife taskforces for the financial and transport sector. The meeting was the first time the two groups have come together and have explored what more the 120 members can do to work together to combat illegal wildlife trade!

 

The Duchess on the other hand headed to Bletchley Park to view a special D-Day exhibition in the newly restored Teleprinter Building, marking the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings. Bletchley Park is personally special to Kate as it’s where her paternal grandmother, Valerie, and Great-Aunt, Mary, worked during World War II!

 

On May 15th, The Duke of Cambridge launched yet another project in partnership with Heads Together and the Football Association which he is President of. “Heads Up” aims to harness the power of football to get more people, particularly men, to feel comfortable talking about their mental health, and feel able to support their friends and families through difficult times.

 

On May 19th, the day before the “Back to Nature Garden’s” big debut, Kensington Palace released some of the best picture of Kate including this one of her on the swing in her garden!

 

I just love her casual style! The shirt is rumored to actually be her sister Pippa’s!

 

On May 20th, we were blessed with sooooo much content thanks to The Duchess’ project of designing a garden for the Chelsea Flower Show! 6 Photos were released of The Cambridge family enjoying the garden on May 19th and I kid you not, I cried when I saw them!

 

We were then doubly blessed when they also released a video that showed the children running around barefoot and playing!

 

On the day of the Chelsea Flower Show, The Duchess of Cambridge visited her garden twice. The first was in the morning when she brought along a group of Local Primary School Children to check the garden out! Below they are pictured up in the treehouse:

 

She returned a few hours later for the official unveiling and with her husband by her side, led The Queen around the garden!

 

The garden was definitely one of my highlights of the year! Kate was clearly so proud of the work she and her other designers had done and her passion for the garden just radiated the whole entire day! As George said in the video below, the project gets a 20/10!

 

On May 21st, The Duke of Cambridge headed to the Thames river to help launch the “Safer Thames” campaign which will aim to help prevent accidents and self-harm incidents on the River Thames. The strategy will address the risk of drowning through accidents as well as suicide. It has been designed by the Port of London Authority, the Metropolitan Police, London Fire Brigade, Royal National Lifeboat Institution, London Ambulance Service and the Maritime & Coastguard Agency.

 

Later that afternoon, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge accompanied Her Majesty The Queen to the second garden party of the season at Buckingham Palace! Garden Parties are designed to allow The Queen to recognize people for their public service. 8,000-10,000 people attend each Garden Party!

 

Here’s a picture that shows the cute intentional matching with The Duke of Cambridge wearing a flowered pinned onto his suit that was the exact same color as The Duchess’ Alexander McQueen coatdress!

 

The last week of May was another school break for Prince George and Princess Charlotte so The Duke and Duchess as usual took that time off. Prince William did find time to head to Wembley Stadium and watch his favorite team, Aston Villa, win a match against Derby County and make back into the Premiere League!

A video of his extreme celebration:

 

June was the month jam packed with some of my favorite annual engagements! The month started off with jewels galore as on the 3rd, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a State Banquet, hosted by Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace, in honor of the U.S.A State Visit:

 

This event was particularly exciting for us because The Duchess of Cambridge debuted her new Royal Victorian Order! It was wonderful finally seeing her in (almost) full regalia!

 

These type of things always seem super boring so some of the pictures that come out from it are hilarious haha! The Duke of Cambridge had the task of accompanying Theresa May for the night which was one of her last events as Prime Minister before she officially resigned on June 7th.

 

On June 6th, The Duke of Cambridge attended a service at the National Memorial Arboretum to mark the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Landing in Normandy. He met quite a few veterans and at one point knelt down to be able to better hear them and one of the men told him, “I thought it was us who had to go on bended knee to you” and he replied: “Not You Guys”.

 

That same evening, The Duchess of Cambridge had another royal first as she took the salute at the annual Beating Retreat! She looked super regal and Queenly at this event. I was just in absolute awe…

 

June 8th was the annual Trooping The Color which brought along some of the best photos of the Cambridge Family as they appeared on the Balcony of Buckingham Palace!

 

It was Prince Louis’ first time on the balcony and at the event and he completely stole the show! He got his sister’s royal wave down!

 

It was also one of the first times we realized that Prince Louis was a PaPa’s boy! He emerged on the balcony with his mum and after awhile reaching for his daddy, he finally got his way!

Don’t worry… Mummy Kate is still as smitten (look at that thumb sucking)!

 

Video of his adorable debut:

 

On June 10th, The Duke of Cambridge attended a gala dinner at Kensington Palace to commemorate 25 years of Child Bereavment UK.

 

On June 11th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge both traveled to Cumbria for a day of engagements which included sheep shearing…

 

And puppy playing! Which, if we are being honest, are the best types of engagements!

 

The kids were waiting for them to get home and at the end of this video one of them (probably Charlotte) yelling “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

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On June 13th, The Duchess of Cambridge brought back a fan favorite dress from 2016 for an Addiction Awareness Week Gala Dinner hosted by one of her first patronages, Action on Addiction! She looked gorgeous:

 

And on June 14th, she made her TV debut by appearing on an iconic British children’s show, Blue Peter, to encourage children to go outside!

 

On June 17th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the annual Order of The Garter service where they caught up with some foreign royalty including The King and Queen of Spain:

 

Here we have Kate cementing her forever friendship with Queen Maxima of The Netherlands:

 

On June 18th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended Day One of Royal Ascot where Kate debuted one of my favorite outfits of the year…

 

The Duchess of Cambridge wore for the very first time a fan favorite designer, Elie Saab, and she looked absolutely Gorgeous! Months later and I’m still not over it:

 

On June 20th, the split of The Royal Foundation was announced! I wrote a full post at the time (which you can find here). The motto below is quite ironic now…

 

William celebrated his 37th birthday the very next day!

 

On June 25th, The Duchess of Cambridge was given the Patronage of the Royal Photographic society from The Queen after Her Majesty held the position for 67 years. That day she made a surprise visit to Warren Park Children’s Center for a workshop in collaboration with her new patronage and Action For Children (another one of her patronages).

 

On June 25th,  The Duke of Cambridge became the first member of the Royal Family to visit and support a LGBTQ+ Charity. He visited the Albert Kennedy Trust, which is the national LGBTQ youth homelessness charity, providing safe homes and better futures for LGBTQ young people.

 

On July 1st, The Duchess of Cambridge invited some children from four of her patronages (Action For Children, Place2Be, Anne Freud Center, and Evelina London Children’s Hospital) to view her ‘Back To Nature’ Garden as it moved to the Hampton Court Garden Festival. They did some ‘treasure’ hunting and insect finding before enjoying a picnic!

 

The 1st day of July also marked what would’ve been Diana, Princess of Wales’, 58th birthday. Prince William surprised fans who gather every year to celebrate his mother’s birthday and thanked them for remembering her.

 

On July 2nd, The Duchess of Cambridge attended Day 2 of the Wimbledon tournament. She spent over 5 hours watching multiple matches and supporting primarily British players. She wore a gorgeous white outfit:

 

On July 4th, The Duke of Cambridge visited the Royal Marsden Hospital to learn about the psychological support being offered to staff, patients and their families. This engagement gave me one of my favorite Royal Videos! Two women from the staff snuck away from their ward to meet The Duke and in return got hugs!

 

On July 6th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who looked GORGEOUS in a Stella McCartney outfit while also wearing the earrings Diana wore to Prince Harry’s christening, attended the christening of Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor at Windsor Castle!

 

By July 10th, Prince George and Princess Charlotte were officially on summer break so Mama Cambridge  took them, along with Prince Louis to support their papa at his Polo match!

 

As always we got some of the absolute cutest photos! Like Louis taking his mum’s glasses and sticking his tongue out:

 

Prince George and Princess Charlotte enjoyed a mini Football game together:

 

And they all wound down at the end of the day with a picnic! More pictures and info can be found here:

 

On July 13th, The Duchess of Cambridge went for her second visit to Wimbledon for the Women’s Singles Final wearing one of my faorite Dolce and Gabanna dresses she wore in 2016! The winner of the match, Simona Halep, was a total Kate fangirl haha:

 

The best part of this visit was that she brought along her younger sister, Pippa, to watch two matches! The last time she did that was in 2012 so it was lovely to see them together.

 

The very next day, July 14th, Mama and Papa Cambridge returned for a date day, wearing the most adorably perfect matching outfits, to watch the Men’s Singles Finals. The match was super intense and became the longest Singles Final in Wimbledon lasting over 5-hours.

 

It was also very exciting because for the first time, as patron, The Duchess of Cambridge handed out the trophies to the runner-up and winner! That job was usually done by The Duke of Kent, who is President, but he sweetly allowed her to do it this year!

 

On July 22nd, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge turned 6 years old (yes I’m crying) and 3 official photos taken by his proud Mum were released!

 

The first two in the photo-set were taken in the Private Garden’s at The Cambridges’ Kensington Palace home and feature George wearing an England National Team Jersey!  The photos was supposedly taken during the Women’s World Cup:

 

For the Second consecutive year, The Cambridges and The Middletons spent Prince George’s birthday on the Private Island of Mustique which is where the third and final photo was taken:

 

On August 8th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took a quick pause from their summer break to compete in their King’s Cup Regatta! The sailing event, that they themselves hosted, was created to bring awareness to 8 of their patronages plus promote sport and getting active!

 

In the end, The Duke of Cambridge came in third over all while The Duchess came in last after being disqualified in the second race for starting to early! She took her loss like a champ but I am absolutely sure 2020 (assuming it happens again) will be HER year:

 

It was truly a family day as Prince George and Princess Charlotte joined some friends and their maternal grandparents out on the waters to watch their parents compete! Prince Louis was also in Cowes just not at the event. Below is one of the sweetest images of the day: Grandpa Michael and his mini-me.

 

And we got this iconic moment with the cutest the little Princess of Cambridge!

 

On August 22nd, It was announced that BBC One will be teaming up with The Duke of Cambridge for a new film called ‘A Royal Road to Wembley: Talking Mental Health’. The film will follow the 19/20 FA Cup Season plus exclusive access to The Duke of Cambridge over the course of a year!

 

That same day, the Cambridges were spotted departing a flight in Scotland, marking the beginning of their annual trip to Balmoral Castle to spend  time with The Queen!

 

On August 23rd, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge headed to a lunch at a cottage with The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Anne and her her husband, Sir Timothy Laurence.

 

On August 25th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were photographed accompanying Her Majesty The Queen to a Sunday Morning Church Service near her Balmoral Estate:

 

On August 27th, the Cambridges headed back to London to start the new school/work year!

 

Love little Louis’ finger pointing here haha!

 

September started off with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge taking their kiddos to school on the 5th! We got pictures specifically because it was Princess Charlotte’s first day at her new school, Thomas’s Battersea, where she has joined big brother George! Full post on that sweet day  here .

 

The sweet video of her arrival with her family:

 

They also released the most adorable photo of the siblings heading out for their first day of school!

 

The next day, September 6th, The Duke of Cambridge got back to work with a visit to Hendon Football Club where he learned more about the club’s mental health outreach initiatives, as part of the Heads Up campaign, which The Duke is spearheading and launched in May.

 

On 999 Day, The Duke of Cambridge visited The Fire Fighter’s Charity’s Harcombe House Center in Devon where he heard about the support it provides to members of the UK’s fire and rescue services.

 

On September 10th, The Duchess of Cambridge wrapped up her Royal Horticultural Society collaboration by attending the ‘Back To Nature’ Festival! The Duchess also opened a new play area, which will permanently be based at RHS Wisley, that is based on her ‘Back To Nature’ Garden.

 

On September 16th, The Duke of Cambridge visited BAFTA Piccadilly where he officially opened their new public venue, and launched BAFTA: Behind the Screens, a public exhibition celebrating the craft and work behind BAFTA-winning and nominated productions!

 

He was given some of the famous pajamas from ‘Killing Eve’ and I truly hope he wears them one day…

 

On September 19th, The Duchess of Cambridge visited  Evelina London (one of her patronages) Sunshine House to meet the Family Nurse Partnership Unit as part of her research and engagement with the Early Years sector. The Family Nurse Partnership is a voluntary home visiting programme for first time parents aged 24 & under.

 

On September 26th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined Sir David Attenborough to officially name and christen Boaty McBoatFace… I mean the Rss Sir David Attenbourgh:

 

3 National Treasures waving to their people:

 

Sometime in September, The Duchess of Cambridge was filmed having some bike races with Prince George and Princess Charlotte inside the Kensington Palace gates! The video is absolutely adorable and truly shows how happy the children are:

 

An exciting October started off with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge holding a reception for BBC Radio One’s Teen Heroes at Kensington Palace on the 1st.

 

This was the 4th-consecutive year The Duke and Duchess have hosted the teen heroes and it’s an event I look forward to every year. Learn more about the finalist here here.

 

A group photo which includes singer Camila Cabello:

 

A video:

 

Next was a reception at the Aga Khan Center on the 2nd to commemorate modern Pakistani Culture. The Duke and Duchess met His Highness The Aga Khan as well as other representatives from Pakistan. The event was all for preparation for their Pakistan visit:

 

The Duchess looked gorgeous in her dress that included the Pakistan flag colors plus some gorgeous statement earrings from Pakistani designer, Zeen.

 

On October 5th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a day out with their eldest kiddies, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, to watch the Norwich vs Aston Villa match near their country home Anmer Hall.

 

The family were joined by some of their friends including Sophie Carter! Sophie is Princess Charlotte’s godmothers and one of Kate’s best friends. She gave birth to her daughter in June (on William’s 37th birthday!) and named her Amalia Rose Charlotte. You can see her below chatting to Kate:

 

Prince William is known for being a HUGE Aston Villa fan but has said in the past that he would let his children decide which club they supported… it looks like George has decided haha!

 

On October 9th, The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity where she heard how it is championing and helping to protect UK wildlife in her capacity as Patron of the Natural History Museum! It was her final engagement before the visit to Pakistan:

 

Kate looked absolutely gorgeous and glowing her some beautiful fall colors:

 

On October 11th, The Duke of Cambridge watched the England vs Czech Republic football (soccer) match at a pub for his Heads Up campaign. While watching the game, William, who is the president of the Football association, chatted to fans who have been helped by mental health charities Mind and CALM.

 

On the evening of October 14th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Pakistan to begin their 5-day visit to the country. They arrived via the RAF Voyager and got a full red carpet and guard of honor welcome! The Duke and Duchess were greeted at the airport by the Foreign Minister and his wife and the British High Commissioner.

 

This photo of the couple walking down the stairs became one of the ICONIC shots of the tour. It was taken by The Duke and Duchess’ official photographer, Adam Vallance.

 

The next day, October 15th, was their very first full day in the county. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge began their visit with a trip to Model College for girls in Islamabad. Model College is a government run school for disadvantaged 4 to 18-year-olds benefitting from the Teach for Pakistan programme based on the UK’s Teach First scheme.

 

The Duchess said that, “This part of the visit is really important to us, the issue of girls and education”, while The Duke was very pleased to hear that some of the girls wanted to become a “brain surgeon, poets, lawyers, army officers, teachers, and a famous cricketeer”!

 

From the school, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge then traveled to Magalla Hills where they joined 4 local schools to do activities surrounding Conservation. They heard about the park’s conservation work and to met schoolchildren learning about environmental protection.

 

This was one of my favorite pictures from their visit to Magalla Hills…

 

Oh and this one too!

 

After their morning engagements, it was time for some official business! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had lunch and an official meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan, who was a good friend of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Some reporters have even claimed that The Duke played cricket with the Prime Minisiter as a child!

 

The Duchess of Cambridge looked GORGEOUS in her second ensemble of the day:

 

After their visit with the Prime Minister, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge headed to the the Presidential Palace where they met with The President and First Lady of Pakistan:

 

I’ve always loved these official hand-shaking photos haha!

 

For their last engagement of the day, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a reception hosted by the British High Commissioner at the spectacular Pakistan Monument to celebrate the very best of Pakistani music and culture, as well as to highlight the prosperous UK-Pakistan relationship.

 

A very lovely video of the reception from Kensington Palace which also includes an over voice of The Duke of Cambridge’s speech! My full Day 1 breakdown of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Royal Visit can be found here.

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It is our great pleasure to join you here this evening on our first official visit to Pakistan. I would like to begin by saying bahut shukria to you all for making us so welcome in your country. Stood here with this magnificent monument behind me, I am struck by the great strides Pakistan has made since its birth seventy-two years ago. The view from this hill would have been quite different when my grandmother, The Queen, first visited over half a century ago. Looking out, one would have seen the beginnings of a city under construction, yet to become the great capital that it is today. And with successive visits by my mother and my father, this view has continued to change, with the city constantly growing and with it my family’s affection for Pakistan. Take a look at our Stories📱to see more from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first full day of their visit to Pakistan.

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On their second full day of their visit, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge focused on conservation and climate change in Northern Pakistan. They visited Chitral where they were given some traditional outfit! They both got a Chitral hat while The Duke got an embroidered coat and The Duchess got a gorgeous shawl:

 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge then headed up the Hindu Kush Mountain Range where they witnessed a glacier melting due to Climate Change:

 

After viewing the glacial melting for themselves, The Duke and Duchess visited a village that had been flooded by the melted water:

 

For their last public engagement of the day, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the vibrant settlement of the Kalash people to learn more about their unique heritage and traditions.

 

This was one of my favorite engagements of the whole tour! A video of their visit to the village:

 

My full post of their second full day in Pakistan can be found here.

 

Day three took The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the ‘vibrant and bustling’ city of Lahore. First up, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited SOS Children’s Village. The Village provides a home and family structure to over 150 young girls and boys and promotes the development of children into “happy, confident, and resilient adults.”

 

This was one of my favorite videos of the whole day! The Duchess of Cambridge’s soft but animated voice truly showcased that story telling at home is very normal but my favorite part is when William put his arm around the little boy who was leaning on his leg:

 

At the SOS Children’s Village, The Duchess of Cambridge gave a speech where she also spoke a bit of Urdu

 

Next, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the National Cricket Academy where they played cricket with children who were part of the British Council’s Dosti program.

 

Queen of Sport Faces:

 

“Team’ Photo with some loving glances!

 

After a quick change of clothes, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the iconic Badshahi Mosque where they  joined a discussion with faith leaders to understand how they are promoting interfaith harmony within their communities.

 

Tweets like this one truly show how much research and effort The Duchess of Cambridge has made to truly make sure she was respecting the people of Pakistan’s religion, culture, and traditions:

 

One of my favorite, and in my opinion most telling, quotes of the tour came when they were leaving the mosque and were told by The Honorary Consul Fakir Aijaz Uddin that, “If there’s one word to describe your visit it is ‘joy’. You have radiated joy wherever you have been.” The Duke of Cambridge responded: “We are very happy people.”

 

Their last engagement of the day was to visit the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer hospital where they had the pleasure of meeting even-year-old Wafia Rehman for some tiara and tea time!

 

The Duke of Cambridge drinking the tea haha! Wafia, who is from Afghanistan, has a kidney tumor and wants to be a doctor one day and even showed The Duke and Duchess her toy medical set!

 

The Duchess of Cambridge clearly took the reigns on this visit. You could see she was chatting to the doctor and parents while The Duke played with the children. Love his interaction with five-year-old Muhammad Samir, who has Hodgkins Lymphoma and wants to be a soldier one day, in the video below:

 

Probably my favorite picture of Day Three… Full blog post can be found here.

 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were meant to be in Islamabad for their final day but due to some travel problems the previous night, they spent the night in Lahore and had to cancel some engagements. It did however give them the opportunity to return to SOS Children’s Village and spend more time with the children!

 

This second visit as I said was not on their schedule but they were so touched and impacted by what they saw the day before that they felt the need to return.

 

The Duke and Duchess were both given hand-made bracelets which The Duke wore for the rest of the day telling the children: “I won’t take it off. My children will wonder why I’m wearing it.”

 

To end off their Royal Visit to Pakistan, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited an Army Canine Center where they got to meet the sweetest little pups! The Army Canine Unit in Islamabad where they train all the dogs and puppies for military use. The unit works with the “U.K. defence animal training centre in Melton Mowbray”.

 

Then they waved goodbye to Pakistan! Full post on their last day here.

 

After their tour, The Duke and Duchess did Cambridge swiftly got back to work. On October 22nd, The Duke hosted an investiture at Buckingham Palace and, representing The Queen, he held an audience with Danny Faure, The President of the Republic of Seychelles, at Buckingham Palace.

 

On October 24th and 31st, The Duke of Cambridge appeared alongside his father, The Prince of Wales, in a two-part ITV documentary about the Duchy of Cornwall, which Prince William will one day inherit. I compiled all his appearances in the documentary into one clip which you can find here.

 

On November 7th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at the St. Martin-in-The-fields.

 

The National Emergencies Trust (NET) is an independent charity which will provide an emergency response to disasters in the UK. It was created as a result of discussions held within the charitable sector about how to effectively respond to national emergencies following “recent devastating tragedies, including the Grenfell Tower fire, and the terrorist attacks in London and Manchester in 2017”.

 

That same day in the evening, The Duke of Cambridge attended a charity gala for his patronage, London Air Ambulance Charity. He became patron in January 2019 for their 30th anniversary campaign.

 

On November 9th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined The Queen and other members of the Royal Family at the Royal Albert Hall for the annual Festival Remembrance.

 

The Duchess looked absolutely simply stunning in one of my favorite outfits of the year:

 

On November 10th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined Her Majesty and other members of The Royal Family at the Cenotaph for the annual Remembrance Sunday service. The Duchess watched from a balcony with The Queen and The Duchess of Cornwall…

 

While The Duke of Cambridge participated in the service and laid a wreath at the feet of the Cenotaph.

 

On November 12th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended SHOUT’s Crisis Volunteer celebration event at the Troubadour White City Theatre in London.

 

The event brought together people from across the UK who volunteer around the clock with Shout to support people in crisis.

 

The Duchess was glowing with a perfect fall ensemble:

 

On November 12th, The Duke of Cambridge had two engagements commemorating the 50th anniversary of his first patronage, Centrepoint. First, he visited ‘Apprenticeship House’, which aims to support young people in their journey to independent living.

 

Centrepoint transformed an existing building in south London into a seven bed shared home for young people on apprenticeship programes.

 

In the evening, Prince William attended Centrepoint’s 50th anniversary gala dinner which promoted the achievements of individuals supported by Centrepoint, highlight the issues they face and encourage supporters to help change the story for homeless young people.

 

Prince William surprised everyone by stepping out in a Green Velvet Reiss blazer which was a significant and large step out from his usual suits. Lets hope he continues into the new yea with this new found sense of fashion (over exaggerating? Maybe haha).

 

On November 15th, The Duchess of Cambridge travelled to Norfolk to open EACH’s new Hospice, “The Nook”. It was a great victory for one of The Duchess’ first patronages who had been waiting 5 years (3 years fundraising and 2 years building) since the launch in 2014 for this moment!

 

The Duchess toured the facilites before meeting some other families who are supported by EACH. A sweet moment: Kate has asked the parents of the young girl below if she could hear her and they said she could only see so The Duchess immediately got on her knees and held her hand.

 

The Duchess of Cambridge officially opened the building with the help of her little “army of helpers”. Full blog post here.

 

The next Monday, November 18th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge headed to the Palladium Theater for the annual Royal Variety Performance.

 

Sweet photo of The Duke and Duchess in the theater. They moved their chairs to sit closer to each other!

 

On November 21st, The Duke of Cambridge attended the annual Tusk Conservation Awards at the Empire Cinema.

 

Earlier that day, William and Kate had welcomed finalist to Kensington Palace for some tea!

 

You may remember that The Duchess of Cambridge was originally announced to attend the awards but she pulled out “due to the children”. That was only thing Kensington Palace said and we still don’t know what happened!

 

On November 26th, The Duke of Cambridge hosted a tea for the recipients of The ‘Diana Awards’, Legacy Award, at Kensington Palace.

 

Very sweet anecdote from the tea: “One of the young people is from Tanzania, and he started talking to him in Swahili — and this young boy was gobsmacked! It wasn’t just one sentence. This was not something he had just read out of a book. It was truly special.”

 

On November 28th, The Duke of Cambridge visited West Bromwich Albio as part of the Heads Up campaign which was launched in May and is being spearheaded by The Duke.

 

Prince William met members of West Brom’s first team and talked to them about some of the pressures they face as players, and the impact these challenges can often have upon their mental wellbeing.

 

The Duke of Cambridge then spent some time with young players from West Brom’s Academy. William joined a session run by a first team player on mental health. West Brom have recently introduced these sessions to help “equip their young players for their future careers, using first team players to pass on their experiences of dealing with life’s ups and downs, and to share useful tools or tips to help them cope with the challenges and potential setbacks they may face in the future”.

 

A video of The Duke of Cambridge receiving presents for the kiddos! George got a ball, because they already know he’s an Aston Villa fan haha, while Charlotte and Louis got a jersey with their age on it.

 

The first day of December started off with The Duke of Cambridge arriving, late in the evening, in Kuwait for a two-day visit to the country. Upon his arrival, he met with Sheikh Ali Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah, minister of the Amiri Diwan, the Amir’s court.

 

The Duke of Cambridge spent his first full day, December 2nd of his visit in Kuwait City’s wetlands  to discover more about the countries ambitious plans to protect its natural environment.

 

The Duke of Cambridge joined others on a beach clean up at the Jahra Natural Reservce.

 

And he did some bird watching and spotted a species called, “The Media” haha!

 

Next up, The Duke of Cambridge sat down with His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah for an official meeting at his Bayan Palace before they had a 5-course lunch.

 

For his third engagement of the day, The Duke of Cambridge headed to the Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre to learn how the newly established museum seeks to educate and engage young Kuwaitis in innovative ways across a range of areas, from space exploration and robotics to natural history and human biology.

 

At the major cultural center, Prince William met young Kuwaitis and accompanied the primary school children as they explored a number of the attraction’s interactive zones.

 

To end off the day, The Duke headed to a gorgeous Kuwaiti Dessert where he joined young leaders, entrepreneurs and university students in a tent where he experienced some of the country’s rural traditions.

 

He also had dinner with Sheikh Mohamed Abdullah and other dignitaries.

 

On December 3rd, The Duke of Cambridge wrapped up his visit to Kuwait with a visit to the Sheik Salim Al-Ali National Guard camp where he viewed the bi-annual Exercise Desert Warrior.

 

The Duke then headed straight to Oman where, upon his arrival, he was welcomed by Khasab Airport by Sayyid Ibrahim bin Said al Busaidy, State Minister and Governor of Musandam, and Ambassador Hamish Cowell, UK Ambassador to the Sultanate.

 

 

His first engagement in Oman was visit to the Ras Musandam Naval Base. The Duke’s visit was specifically to hear more about the Royal Navy of Oman’s responsibilities and role in monitoring the Strait of Hormuz maritime traffic separation scheme, which at its narrowest point is just 21 miles wide.

 

After touring the base, The Duke of Cambridge  had the opportunity to meet members of the Royal Navy of Oman and British Royal Navy on an Omani warship undertaking flight deck operations training.

 

To finish off his first day in Oman, The Duke of Cambridge travelled from Musandam to Muscat on a Hercules of the Oman Royal Flight.

 

The Duke was welcomed at the airport by His Highness Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq al Said and the two subsequently had a meeting.

 

That same day, back in the UK, The Duchess of Cambridge joined Her Majesty The Queen and Other Members of the Royal Family at Buckingham Palace where Her Majesty held a special reception to park the 70the Anniversary of the NATO alliance.

 

On December 4th, The Duke of Cambridge wrapped up his end of the year trip to the Middle Eats in Oman. The Duke started off his day by visited the Marine Science Centre in Muscat where he learned how particularly the UK is supporting Oman aquaculture and fisheries to become more sustainable.

 

Prince William then headed outside to the beach where he personally met some local fishermen and heard about how they fish, the challenges to sustainability, and actions being taken to conserve Oman’s marine environment.

 

He then was invited into a tent for some tea!

 

After his trip to the sea, The Duke of Cambridge headed the gorgeous Wadi al Arbaeen for two engagements. First, The Duke of Cambridge joined Outward Bound Oman young people to see how the organization is inspiring and helping them.

 

The group and The Duke even built a mini bridge together!

Prince William’s next engagement was a visit to mountain village of Suwaih near the Wadi al Arbaeen.

 

The Duke say down with some elders at an outdoor majlis seating area to learn more about life and challenges in the village today.

 

The Duke of Cambridge finished his visit by having an official meeting with His Majesty The Sultan of Oman at the Bait Al Barakah Palace. Full visit blog post can be found here.

 

The Duchess was also working! That same day, Catherine was announced as the new patron of Family Action. She took over the role from Her Majesty The Queen who held it for 66 years and received it from her own grandmother, Queen Mary.

 

The Duchess of Cambridge joined families supported by the organization at a tree farm where they picked out trees for the children’s pre-school classrooms and for some Christmas activities such as writing letters to Santa!

 

December 11th was an exciting day for royal watchers! The Duke of Cambridge started off the day by attending a Service of Thanksgiving for the life and work of Sir Donald Gosling at Westminster Abbey.

 

Then in the evening, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge whipped out all their finery for The Queen’s Annual Diplomatic Reception which she hosts to thank and honor the members of her Diplomatic Corps.

 

The Duchess of Cambridge looked GORGEOUS with all her orders and her tiara! Full details on that evening can be found here!

 

On December 16th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appeared alongside cooking legend Mary Berry for a festive documentary where they served a festive feast to thank those who were spending their Christmas helping others.

 

Mary accompanied The Duke and Duchess on multiple engagements to see the causes that they care about the most. The program culminated with a Christmas party, hosted by William and Catherine, where they thanked and acknowledged staff and volunteers from charities and organisations who will be working tirelessly over the Christmas period.

 

Full documentary is still on YouTube! It’s one of the most heartwarming things and definitely got me in the Christmas spirit:

 

On December 18th, The Cambridges attended The Queen’s annual Christmas family luncheon at Buckingham Palace. Prince William and Prince George arrived together as they had to be there early for a special event:

 

The Duchess of Cambridge arrived with Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis from Kensington Palace shortly afterwards!

The whole family left Gan-Gan’s party together and we got this sweet shot of the Cambridge trio!

 

That same day, Prince George joined his father, grandfather, and great-grandmother to make some traditional Christmas puddings to mark the launch of the Poppy Legion’s new initiative, ‘Together at Christmas’.

 

It was lovely a lovely departure of the formality and being able to see not only 4 generations but also the current monarch with 3 future kinds was so sweet!

 

A video:

 

They stayed in London for at least one more day as The Duke of Cambridge reported for duty one last time as he held an investiture at Buckingham Palace. Below he awarded director, screenwriter, and producer with his CBE.

 

For some reason, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge didn’t officially release their Christmas card photo but we did get a glimpse at the portrait because one of Catherine’s patronages posted the card!

 

They did however release the most adorable image of The Duke of Cambridge with his babies that was taken by The Duchess earlier in 2019!

 

A day later on Christmas morning, we saw as Prince George and Princess Charlotte made their Sandringham church walk debut alongside their parents!

 

Charlotte mingled with the crowds like the little professional she is…

 

While Prince George looked dapper walking next to his Papa! Full Christmas blog post can be found here.

 

At the end of November, The Duchess of Cambridge spent two days working with at Kingston Hospital’s Maternity Unit and on December 27 we finally got more detail as to what she was doing!

 

The Duchess “accompanied community midwives on their daily rounds and was welcomed in to people’s homes”. Catherine also spent time in hospital clinics and in post-natal wards. She said about her time: “I was truly touched by the trust that people placed in me, sharing their experiences and voicing their fears openly. No matter the setting, I was continually struck by the compassion that those of you I spent time with showed, and the incredible work ethic you demonstrated on behalf of your entire profession – not only performing your rounds but working tirelessly through the night to support people that were at their most vulnerable”.

 

Kensington Palace released an Open Letter written by The Duchess of Cambridge to midwives across the country ahead of 2020’s International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. The Duchess praised the work Nurses and Midwives do, saying, “Next year the world turns its attention to the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, and recognising and celebrating the humbling work that you and your colleagues do day in, day out, to improve the lives of others. You are there for women at their most vulnerable; you witness strength, pain and unimaginable joy on a daily basis”.

 

You can read the full Open Letter here. I loved the whole letter and how personal it feels coming directly from Catherine herself. It’s safe to say we’re going to see a few engagements next year surrounding this!

Kensington Palace capped of the year with announcement of The Royal Foundation’s first new initiative of 2019! The Earshot Prize, which is being spearheaded by The Duke of Cambridge, is a multimillion-dollar international award that will be used to harness the best ideas for tackling the biggest environmental challenges in the world. The photo below was taken by The Duchess in Pakistan.

 

The award will be awarded for the next decade to 5 people from all over the world and the ceremonies will take place in a different city across the world from 2021-2030! Prince William said in a statement, “The earth is at a tipping point and we face a stark choice: either we continue as we are and irreparably damage our planet or we remember our unique power as human beings and our continual ability to lead, innovate and problem-solve.” Full video announcement narrated by Sir David Attenborough below:

 

Some of my other end of the year posts: The Duchess of Cambridge’s 2019 engagement count can be found here and The Duke’s can be found here. My 2019 Prediction review plus my 2020 Predictions can be found here.

 

Happy New Year everyone! Hope 2020 treats you well!

 

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