Year In Review

Year in Review: 2020 (Part One)

The year started off with a brand new portrait of Her Majesty The Queen and her three heirs released on January 3rd to mark the start of the new decade! The photo was taken in December 2019 in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace:

 

As has been the usual for the past few years, our first glimpse of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge of the new year came on January 5th when they made the walk from their country home, Anmer Hall, to St. Mary Magdalene Church for a morning service.

 

We always usually see friends and family join The Duke and Duchess as this is the weekend before Kate’s birthday and they host a get-together to celebrate! This year, Michael and Carole Middleton accompanied their eldest daughter and son-in-law along with some friends, many of whom are godparents to the Cambridge kiddos.

 

A video of their arrival and departure. You can see them stop and greeting the crowds towards the end:

 

The Duke of Cambridge returned to work on January 7th, the same day George and Charlotte went back to school, but the first engagement we got a picture from came the next day. On the 8th, Prince William attended a roundtable with We Are Albert, an organization that brings together screen industries together to tackle environmental impact and inspire sustainable living.

 

On January 9th, The Duchess of Cambridge celebrated her 38th Birthday and for the first time, Kensington Palace released a brand new portrait of Catherine to mark the occasion. The gorgeous photo was taken by their current favorite photographer, Matt Porteous.

 

That same day, The Duchess was seen looking tense (as we all probably were) driving into Kensington Palace with Prince Louis. It was the day after The Duke and Duchess of Sussex decided to publish their plans for their roles without consulting Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, and The Duke of Cambridge. The after math was not pretty…

 

On January 14th, The Duke of Cambridge held his first investiture of the year at Buckingham Palace on Behalf of Her Majesty The Queen. We got a lovely video of him congratulating a recipient in British Sign Language.

 

The next day, January 15th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had their first joint engagements of the year as they travelled to Bradford to visit projects which support and promote community cohesion.

 

Their first stop was at the City Hall where The Duke and Duchess met young people from across the community to hear about life in Bradford. They also spoke to representatives from local employers and businesses who are helping young people into employment.

 

Upon their departure from the City Hall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge did a walk about and met the crowds who had gathered to meet them!

 

Sweet moment Prince William gave his gorgeous wife a single rose:

 

A video:

 

For their second engagement in Bradford, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited MyLahore, a Pakistani restaurant that does lots of charitable work in the community. William and Kate had wanted to visit since returning from Pakistan in October 2019 and The Duchess even wore some earrings from a Pakistani designer for the visit!

 

A video of that engagement:

 

Their last stop in Bradford was a visit to the Khidmat Centre where they viewed two of the programs that the center offers. The first was Better Start Little Dots workshop which uses music and play to support children’s social, emotional and physical development, while simultaneously supporting adult self esteem.

 

The Duke and Duchess also joined a Near Neighbours workshop that brings together people from religiously and ethnically diverse communities across the UK to get to know each other better.

 

At the Khidmat Centre, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were shown an amazing cake display that featured photos from their childhood and the most important moments of their lives. They even took some cupcakes to go!

 

Very sweet moment BOTH William and Kate mistake a photo of little William with Charlotte. I have always said she’s his twin so it’s very nice for her parents to confirm!

 

Video of their last engagement:

 

Also a lovely recap video from Kensington Palace of the whole day!

 

On January 20th, The Duke of Cambridge personally met with the President of Rwanda who was in town for the UK-Africa Investment Summit.

 

He also met with the President of Ghana at Buckingham Palace!

 

That evening, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took on some official duty from Her Majesty by hosting a reception for Heads of State that were in town for the UK-Africa Investment Summit!

 

The Duke and Duchess officially welcomed their guests before heading into the actual reception.

 

Although they were the ones hosting, William and Catherine were accompanied by The Earl and Countess of Wessex and The Princess Royal.

 

It was the lovely Countess of Wessex’s 55th birthday that day!

 

Sweet video of the family greeting each other and wishing Sophie a happy birthday!

 

Full video including Prince William’s speech where he talked about why the continent of Africa is important to him:

 

The next day, The Duke of Cambridge joined the President of Kenya for the second joint meeting of the United for Wildlife Taskforces:

 

That same day, The Duchess of Cambridge announced a brand new initiative! 5 Big Questions was a landmark survey that ran for a month and have people across the UK an opportunity to provide their view on raising the next generation. The survey aimed to spark the biggest ever conversation on early childhood that would ultimately help bring about positive, lasting change for generations to come.

 

To “promote” this new initiative, The Duchess of Cambridge went on a 24-Hour tour of the U.K. Her first stop was in Birmingham where she visited MiniBrum, an interactive, child-sized mini-city at Thinktank, Birmingham’s science museum.

 

The next day, January 22nd, The Duchess of Cambridge continued her mini tour to Cardiff, Wales where she visited The Ely & Caerau Integrated Children’s Centre.

 

The Duchess of Cambridge joined a baby sensory class to hear about the support that parents receive from the center.

 

While chatting to some parents, The Duchess of Cambridge opened up about the isolation she felt when she and William returned to Anglesey after Prince George’s birth:

 

Full video:

 

From Cardiff, The Duchess of Cambridge headed to Woking where she visited HMP Send to talk to some of the women she met during a visit to the prison in 2015, who have since been successfully rehabilitated, released and are rebuilding their families, in addition to women currently at the prison.

 

At HMP Send The Duchess of Cambridge heard about the work that the Forward Trust do at the prison in supporting clients to improve their relationships with friends and family, including reconnecting with children.

 

A very touching and relevant question from The Duchess: “One prisoner, Francesca, told Kate that the prison’s 12-step drug treatment program had changed her life, adding: ‘Coming to jail is one of the best things that has ever happened to me’. The Duchess smiled and said: ‘It’s so often I hear that. Why does it have to get to that point before people receive the help and support?’”

 

A full video:

 

And a lovely recap of her 24-hour national tour which was a great success!

 

P.s. A look at her outfit:

 

On January 27th, Kensington Palace revealed a project that The Duchess of Cambridge has been working on for 6-months. To mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust, The Duchess photographed two survivors of the horrible genocide at Kensington Palace.

 

The project was a collaboration between the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, Jewish News and the Royal Photographic Society, which The Duchess is patron of. Catherine connected the two for a special exhibition of similar photographs which was unveiled later in the year.

 

The Duchess of Cambridge said of the project: “The harrowing atrocities of the Holocaust, which were caused by the most unthinkable evil, will forever lay heavy in our hearts. Yet it is so often through the most unimaginable adversity that the most remarkable people flourish. Yvonne and Steven are two of the most life-affirming people that I have had the privilege to meet. They look back on their experiences with sadness but also with gratitude that they were some of the lucky few to make it through. Their stories will stay with me forever.”

 

Yvonne Bernstein, who was hidden in France away from her parents for most of the Holocaust, was photographed by The Duchess of Cambridge with her granddaughter, Chloe Wright. They were asked to bring items with personal significance so Yvonne can be seen holding her German ID card.

 

The Duchess of Cambridge’s second subject was Steven Frank who was sent to Westerbork transit camp and then on to Theresienstadt during the Holocaust. He was photographed with two of his granddaughters, Maggie and Trixie. Steven brought a pan that his mother kept with them in the camps.

 

That same day [January 27th], The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a Holocaust Memorial Day Service in Westminster.

 

Poignant image of The Duchess lighting a candle. The Duke gave a reading at the service.

 

After the service, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met survivors of the Holocaust and some more recent genocides. Here’s The Duchess reuniting with one of her photography subjects, Yvonne Bernstein.

 

A full video:

 

The next day, January 28th, The Duchess of Cambridge visited Evelina London’s Children’s Hospital  to learn more about the creative arts workshops that are delivered there by The Nation Portrait Gallery’s Hospital Program. The Duchess is patron of both Evelina London and the National Portrait Gallery.

 

The Duchess joined children to make some arts and crafts. She helped them make sets and characters for their own pop-up theatres.

 

10 year-old Luke was lucky enough to get an “exclusive” picture of The Duchess of Cambridge on a Polaroid camera!

 

His masterpiece:

 

A full video:

 

On January 29th, The Duchess of Cambridge  visited LEYF Stockwell Gardens Nursery to talk to staff and parents about her landmark survey “5 Big Questions”.

 

The Duchess’ main focus of the day was on nutrition so she met and spoke to Chefs and apprentices about the importance of nutritious food for child development.

 

She then helped serve some breakfast to the little nursery kiddos!

 

A full video:

 

And a full look at her outfit which was one my favorites of the year (mainly because of that coat):

 

On January 30th, The Duke of Cambridge stepped out at Everton Football Club’s to visit their official charity Everton in the Community as part of his ‘Heads Up’ campaign.

 

The Duke stopped by and saw three of the charity’s projects which provide crucial mental health support to different sectors of society. The projects were: Stand Together, a programme which tackles social isolation amongst those aged 70+ living in Merseyside.

 

Everton Veterans Hub, a project which uses sport to engage and support ex-service personnel.

 

And Tackling the Blues, a sport and education-based programme targeting children and young people experiencing mental health challenges.

 

On February 2nd, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the annual EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Albert Hall.

 

This year marked 10 years since The Duke of Cambridge became President of the BAFTAs. A video of their arrival below:

 

The Duke of Cambridge’s speech that evening:

 

And finally, The Duke and Duchess meeting winners after the ceremony:

 

On February 4th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a day of engagements in South Wales with a focus on organisations and businesses at the heart of the local communities. Their first stop was in Mumbles where they visited the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) Mumbles Lifeboat station, which is one of Wales’ busiest lifeboat stations.

 

The Duke and Duchess boarded the lifeboat and spoke to crew members about day-to-day life as part of a team which provides 24-hour rescue services to those facing difficulties at sea.

 

A video:

 

From there, The Duke and Duchess visited Joe’s Ice Cream Parlour where they heard about the family business and tried some of their famous ice cream!

 

William and Kate also got to sit down and chat to some parents about Kate’s 5 Big Questions initiative.

 

A video:

 

From Mumbles in South Wales, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge travelled to Port Talbot, Wales for their third engagement of the day at Tata Steel where they met employees and their families at the UK’s largest steel plant, which has been operating on the site for over one hundred years.

 

The plant is a vital employer in the area, providing over 4,000 jobs to members of the local community. The Duke and Duchess joined a discussion with company directors and trade unions before spending time with workers in the plant’s Hot Strip Mill, and in its Training Academy.

 

Video:

 

For their final engagement in South Wales, The Duke and Duchess visited the Bulldogs Development Center where they joined children and young people participating in different fitness and teamwork activities.

 

The Bulldogs is a partnership between Bulldogs Boxing & Community Activities and Port Talbot Amateur Boxing, which helps to support young people in the community who may have been affected by adverse childhood experiences and mental health issues, and gives them a sense of belonging through fitness and boxing.

 

Full video:

 

Bonus moment during one of the walkabouts when The Duchess of Cambridge was reunited with two of her primary teachers who said they had been waiting over 20 years for that moment!

 

On February 5th, The Duke of Cambridge joined players and managers from the men’s and women’s game at a table football tournament ahead of Heads Up Weekend.

 

A recap video of the special event by Kensington Palace:

 

and a full video:

 

On February 11th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall for a rare joint engagement. The foursome visited the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Stanford Hall where they met patients and staff.

 

William, Kate, Charles, and Camilla took a tour of the site which including visiting some of the therapy areas and observing patients undertaking gym rehabilitation sessions. They also viewed the Prosthetics workshop and heard from patients and staff about the range of multi-disciplinary clinical and therapy services available.

 

Prince William had a go at some wheelchair basketball but he ultimately needed some help from his Pa!

 

A very sweet moment between the two future Kings:

 

A lovely recap video from Kensington Palace…

 

And a full video of the engagement:

 

On February 12th, The Duchess of Cambridge did some traveling to further promote her 5 Bug Questions survey. First, she headed to Northern Ireland where she visited The Ark Open Farm in County Down.

 

The Duchess spoke with local parents and grandparents about her and their thoughts on the early years.

 

Another lovely recap video from Kensington Palace:

 

From Northern Ireland, The Duchess travelled to Scotland where she visited Social Bite, a Cafe which provides free food for the homeless.

 

The Duchess heard first-hand experiences of homelessness and addiction during her visit. She chatted to customers about their experiences of foster care, moving homes and schools, and how it had affected their childhood and adult lives.

 

Full video:

 

Back in London, The Duke of Cambridge held a reception at St. James’s Palace to mark the 150th anniversary of the Metropolitan and City Police Orphans Fund.

 

The Metropolitan and City Police Orphans Fund supports the children of serving police officers who have passed away or who have been medically retired due to their injuries. The Duke met some of the 15,200 children the Fund has supported, and their families.

 

A full video of his engagement:

 

On February 15th, The Duchess of Cambridge made her podcast debut by appearing on “Happy Mum, Happy Baby” for a personal conversation about motherhood, her pregnancies, and her 5 Big Questions survey. Listen to the full thing here.

 

 

During the podcast, The Duchess spoke about some of her favorite moments and mentioned a photo she took of Princess Charlotte smelling a flower. Kensington Palace released the sweet photo that was taken during Spring 2019.

 

On February 22nd, The Duke of Cambridge, in his role as patron of the Welsh Rugby Union, attended the Wales vs France 6 nations match in Cardiff, Wales.

 

Before enjoying the match, The Duke of Cambridge met injured players who are supported by the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust. The charity helps those who have been severely injured whilst playing rugby in Wales.

 

On February 25th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a special performance of Dear Evan Hansen that was put on in aid of their Royal Foundation.

 

The Musical has been credited with helping to start important conversations about mental health between parents and teenagers. The Duke and Duchess met the cast after the performance.

 

Full Video:

 

The very next day, The Duchess of Cambridge headed to the London Stadium at the Olympic Park in Stratford to attend a SportsAid event dedicated to celebrating the role that parents and guardians play in their child’s sporting success.

 

 

The Duchess has been patron of SportsAid, which helps young British sportsmen and women aspiring to be the country’s next Olympic, Paralympic, Commonwealth and World Champions, since 2013.

 

A video of the engagement:

 

That same day, The Duke of Cambridge was in Nottinghamshire for two engagements. First, Prince William visited Tarmac’s National Skills and Safety Park to meet the company’s young apprentices to learn more about their roles and career ambitions, before officially opening the centre.

 

Video:

 

Then, The Duke of Cambridge visited The Beacon Project, a day centre which gives support to the homeless and vulnerable in Mansfield. The Beacon Project, which began in 2001 when five homeless people came to the church for tea and toast, now has a dedicated building to serve and care for up to fifty people on a regular basis.

 

From March 3rd-5th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge undertook an official 3-day visit to the Republic of Ireland where the focus was on the relationship between the two countries and built on the theme of remembrance and reconciliation. Full blog post on their visit can be found here.

 

Back from her jam-packed visit to Northern Ireland, The Duchess of Cambridge was spotted doing some book shopping for her kiddos in Kensington! (her off-duty/street-style is to die for)

 

On March 9th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined Her Majesty The Queen and Other Members of The Royal Family at Westminster Abbey for the annual Commonwealth Day Service!

 

This year’s theme was “Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming”, placing emphasis on youth, the environment, trade, governance, and ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and innovation.

 

The Duke and Duchess as they met all of the choir boys out side the abbey:

 

And I love this photo of The Duchess as they were leaving… so elegant!

 

Some video links… The arrivals:

 

Departures:

 

And official greetings before and after the service:

 

 

Later that evening, The Duchess of Cambridge had another Royal first! It was the first time Catherine hosted a (public) reception at Buckingham Palace!

 

She was joining one of her long-time Patronages (since 2013), Place2Be, as they celebrated their 25th anniversary!

 

 

The Duchess gave a speech where she paid tribute to the charity by saying: “You taught me the importance of creating safe and nurturing environments within schools, embracing a holistic view of emotional well-being which permeates through the whole school system. You also taught me that it’s the simplest things that make a difference to children. Its the quality time that is spent with them. It’s the time that you take to listen to them. It is trusting relationships that have the most profound impact on the emotional and wellbeing of a child.”

 

A clip of her speech from Kensington Palace:

 

The in mid-March, as we all know and experienced, the world fell into chaos as the Coronavirus broke out. Because of this, there were lots of changes and cancellations to the Royal diary. The next time we saw The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was on March 19th when they visited the London Ambulance Centre in Croydon.

 

William and Kate met staff who had been taking NHS 111 calls from the public and they thanked them for the vital work they were doing.

 

The Duke of Cambridge released a statement after their visit:

The last few weeks, and more recent days have been understandably concerning with the continuing spread of coronavirus. It’s at times like this when we realise just how much the NHS represents the very best of our country and society – people from all backgrounds and walks of life with different experiences and skills, pulling together for the common good.

Not only are NHS staff and emergency workers responding to the needs of the public, they – like the rest of us – are concerned about their families, friends and loved ones. They need our support as much as we need theirs.

That is why Catherine and I were proud to visit staff working at NHS 111, to pass on our personal thanks, along with those of my grandmother and father, to staff working around the clock to provide care and advice to those that need it most.

It was also brilliant to see the great online tools for those with mild symptoms or worries. All of us have a part to play if we’re going to protect the most vulnerable. That means acting on the latest expert advice, staying home if we or those we live with have symptoms, and avoiding non-essential contact to help reduce the spread of the virus.”

 

The Duchess of Cambridge told a staff member during the visit: “It’s amazing. You’re doing such a great job bringing everyone together and providing that, the support system for the whole public.”

 

A video of their surprise engagement:

 

On March 22nd, Kensington Palace marked Mother’s Day in the UK by releasing some new pictures! The first was a beautiful portrait of The Duchess as mum taken by Matt Porteous in Fall 2018.

 

The second photo was a brand new one of The Duchess as a baby with her gorgeous mother, Carole Middleton.

 

And finally, they released a sweet photo of the card that Prince George made for his mummy!

 

On March 26th, Kensington Palace released a video, taken by Prince William, of Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis joining the county in clapping for their carers and all they do during the COVID-19 epidemic.

 

On March 28th, Kensington Palace released photos of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge working from home! They revealed that they were speaking to representatives from Place2Be (Kate) and The Mind Charity (William).

 

William and Kate released another message saying: “It is great to see the mental health sector working together with the NHS to help keep people on top of their mental well-being. By pulling together and taking simple steps each day, we can all be better prepared for times ahead.”

 

On April 8th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge called teachers and school staff at Casterton Primary Academy to thank them for their hard work and dedication. Schools across the UK were still open for the children of key workers and vulnerable children. Kensington Palace shared this adorable video of William and Kate talking to the kiddos and teachers:

 

A few days later, on April 12th, Kensington Palace announces that The Duke of Cambridge had become patron of the National Emergencies Trust. The Trust works collaboratively with charities and other bodies to direct public donations to NET appeals, and to distribute funds fairly and efficiently through community foundations across the UK.  (Photo below is from their launch in November 2019 that both The Duke and Duchess attended).

 

During the coronavirus epidemic and few weeks before this announcement, Prince William launched a fundraising appeal for the National Emergencies Trust and it raises over £11 million. Accompanied with the announcement was a video of The Duke of Cambridge’s chat with local charities in Yorkshire and Powys, Wales about the challenges they are facing and how they are using NET funding to support their communities.

 

On Thursday, April 16th, The Duke of Cambridge had an official engagement wearing his suit and tie as he officially opened NHS Nightingale.

 

He opened the hospital via live link and also spoke to some of the staff that built the hospital.

 

On Friday, April 17th, an interview with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for the BBC aired where they discussed Mental Health during those trying times and how they were holding up with the kids at home. You can watch the full thing here. My favorite part is below where The Duke talks about 99-year-old Captain Tom Moore who was fundraising and donating.

 

On April 23rd, 2020, the baby of the Cambridge family, Prince Louis Arthur Charles, celebrated his second birthday! The night before, as usual, Kensington Palace releases some new photos of him!

 

Kensington Palace revealed that Prince Louis was working on some artwork in rainbow color in honor of the NHS everything they were doing during the COVID-19 epidemic.

 

A look at his artwork that his proud parents hung up in Anmer Hall!

 

The photos were of course taken by Mummy Kate that April at their country home, Anmer Hall, in Norfolk where they were isolating.

 

On the day of his birthday, Kensington Palace releases two more snaps of the little prince making a delightful mess! I love their caption for the photos: Instagram vs Reality

 

And for the very first time, Clarence House released the most heart-warming snap of Prince Louis hugging his Grandpa Wales (Prince Charles) which was also taken by Kate! It’s a gorgeous, intimate photo and was a lovely surprise!

 

That evening, The Duke of Cambridge joined Stephen Fry on the BBC’s The Big Night In for a comedy skit, written by Richard Curtis, where Stephen played Lord Melchett and The Duke was himself! The program was a collaboration between Children in Need and Comic Relief to raise money for charity:

 

At the end, a clip of The Cambridges emerging from their country home, Anmer Hall, to join the country in clapping for their Carers!

 

On May 1st, Kensington Palace published 4 pictures of Princess Charlotte to mark her 5th Birthday. All of them were taken by The Duchess in Norfolk. The first one is a gorgeous posed shot of the big girl!

 

The other three were pictures of Charlotte helping her family deliver meals that her and the family had made for pensioners in Sandringham:

 

Charlotte joined her mother, father, and brother as they went out to help others! Of course while playing social distancing.

 

And here we have Charlotte holding a bag of pasta the Cambridges had personally made at Anmer Hall:

 

On her actual 5th Birthday, May 2nd, Kensington Palace released another gorgeous portrait of the sweet princess!

 

That same day, Kensington Palace releases a video of The Duchess of Cambridge chatting with midwives, health visitors, parents and leading sector experts ahead of the UK’s Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week. They posted a full 10-minute video which I suggest watching:

 

On May 7th, The Duchess of Cambridge launched a new photography project in partnership with her patronage, The National Portrait Gallery! Details in this thread from KP:

 

To launch the project, The Duchess gave an interview to ITV’s This Morning! Full thing can be viewed below:

 

On May 8th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge marked the 75th Anniversary of VE Day by joining a special party for Veterans at the Poppy Legion’s Mais House Care Home!

 

On May 12th, Multiple members of The Royal Family joined together to mark International Nurses Day! The Duchess of Cambridge in particular was heavily involved along with The Countess of Wessex. Check out the video below!

 

On May 13th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spoke to volunteers from SHOUT to celebrate their One Year Anniversary!

 

The next day, on the 14th, The Duke of Cambridge spoke to members of the Muslim community in Christchurch, New Zealand.

 

To mark the begging of Mental Health Awareness Week, on May 18th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge participated in a Mental Health in a Minute message that was broadcasted across the U.K.:

 

 

To mark one year since The Duchess of Cambridge’s ‘Back To Nature Garden’ opened at the Chelsea Flower Show, Kensington palace released this new photo of Kate working on it with her co-designers.

 

 

During the last week of May, The Duke of Cambridge was supposed to be in Scotland to fulfill his role as Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland that was given to him by The Queen. Obviously he couldn’t be there but he did video chat with some organizations  he was due to visit.

 

Hopefully we get to see him actual work in the position next year!

 

The Duke of Cambridge also held a call with care workers in England and Northern Ireland to thank them for their tireless efforts to go continue to look after the most vulnerable in our society.

 

Meanwhile, The Duke and Duchess both played a bit of bingo with the staff and residents of  Shire Hall Care Home in Cardiff, Wales.

 

On June 1st, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sent a special video message to Australia thanking those working as part of Australia’s emergency response to the coronavirus and other major events to mark the inaugural ‘Thank A First Responder Day’.

 

To recognize Volunteer’s Week, on June 5th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spoke to volunteers across the UK to thank them for the amazing support that they provide to their communities!

 

To mark the end of Volunteer’s Week, Kensington Palace released a picture of Prince William, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte during their part while volunteering in Sandringham. The photo was taken by The Duchess on the same day as Charlotte’s birthday photos:

 

On June 8th, Kensington Palace releases a video of The Duchess of Cambridge taking a virtual tour of Clouds House, an addiction treatment center in Wiltshire! The Duchess saw how they continued their lifesaving work throughout the lockdown period:

 

On June 11th, Kensington Palace released a video of The Duchess of Cambridge encouraging people to continue to submit their photos to her ‘Hold Still’ project while she shared some of her favorites:

 

On June 16th, The Duke of Cambridge had his first in-person engagements after 3 months in quarantine and practicing social distancing! He visited Queen Elizabeth Hospital to thank the first responders for all that they have done:

 

He heard from the ambulance crew about the impact on their mental health and wellbeing, the support they have received from members of the public and local businesses, as well as help from volunteering networks.

 

A video of his engagement:

 

On June 18th, using a lesson plan from Mentally Healthy Schools, The Duchess of Cambridge lead an online school assembly where she spoke about the importance of spreading kindness. Full video below:

 

Also on June 18th, The Duchess of Cambridge finally ventured out the house! As businesses began to open, The Duke and Duchess both wanted to show their support. The Duchess visited Fakenham Garden Centre.

 

At the Garden Center, The Duchess met the centre’s owners, before speaking to staff members. She even did a little bit of her own shopping!

 

The Duchess heard more about the measures which that the garden centre has implemented to ensure that customers are able to visit and shop safely.

 

A video:

 

Also supporting a local business, one June 19th, The Duke of Cambridge visited Smiths the Bakers, who have been serving Kings Lynn for 50 years.

 

The Duke spoke to the owners and staff about how coronavirus restrictions have impacted on the family-run business. William made sure to buy something for his kiddos waiting at home!

 

And he got an early birthday cake!

 

For his 38th Birthday, Kensington Palace releases this gorgeous photo of The Duke of Cambridge with his children taken by The Duchess at Anmer Hall!

 

And for Father’s Day (which was the same day as William’s birthday), they released another candid photo of Prince William with Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis that was also taken by The Duchess.

 

However this one of them all falling over is probably my favorite! The Duchess is so talented!

 

They also blessed us with this sweet photo of The Duke of Cambridge and his Pa taken in December 2019 by The Duchess!

 

And Kensington Palace once again included the Middletons this year by releasing a never before seen photo of Kate with her dad!

 

On June 22nd, Kensington Palace released a video of The Duchess of Cambridge and The Duchess of Cornwall teaming up  and speaking to 3 children’s hospices to mark the beginning of Children’s Hospice Week.

 

On June 23rd, The Duke of Cambridge prepares for a visit he would make the next day by attending a meeting with AstraZeneca Oxford Partnership to hear the science and innovation at the heart of the global response to the pandemic.

 

On June 24th, The Duke of Cambridge visited the Oxford Vaccine Group to learn about the progress made in protecting people against coronavirus.

 

From Kensington Palace: “Oxford researchers have developed a vaccine with clinical trials currently underway to establish whether the vaccine generates immunity in humans”.

 

The Duke met the team working round-the-clock on a coronavirus vaccine and met some people involved in the clinical trials.

 

A video of his visit:

 

On June 25th, The Duchess of Cambridge visited The Nook, one of three East Anglia Children’s Hospices which she is patron of, where she helped plant a new sensory garden area.

 

The Duchess met with families and EACH’s care and facilities teams to thank them for the incredible work that they do to mark the end of Children’s Hospice Week.

 

 

A group photo she took with Sonny Pope-Saunders and his family. According to a Royal Reporter, Sonny was a normal, active boy up until February when within a few days he was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumor. Sony loves Elton John and is even nicknamed “Rocketman” after the famous song.

 

The Duchess of Cambridge planted a sunflower in honor of Fraser Delf who died at the age of 9 at an EACH Hospice. She also brought along sunflower seeds for each child to plant.

 

A video of her visit:

 

On July 1st, Kensington Palace releases a video of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge talking to Staff at Fraser Health’s Surrey Memorial Hospital in British Columbia to mark Canada Day!

 

On July 3rd, The Duke of Cambridge visited a 600-year-old Norfolk local pub, Rose and Crown, where he heard about how the pub’s landlords and staff have adapted during the Coronavirus pandemic and are preparing for their reopening today.

 

On July 5th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn to mark their 40th Anniversary and the 72nd Anniversary of the NHS.

 

They attended an afternoon tea party where they got to meet staff and their families and chat a bit!

 

 

A video:

 

On July 10th Kensington Palace released a video of The Duchess of Cambridge teaming you with tennis player Andy Murray to speak to children from Bond Primary School to mark what would have been the start of finals weekend of the Wimbledon Championships.

 

On July 13th, Kensington Palace announces that The Duchess of Cambridge had endorsed the national launch of Tiny Happy People, BBC platform providing resources and support to parents and carers of children aged 0-4.

 

They revealed that The Duchess has been involved since late 2019 and she visited the team working on the program in November to take part in development sessions and to learn more about the production process.

 

 

The week prior to this announcement, Kate met families involved in the creation and piloting of  Tiny Happy People and spoke with them about the ways in which they have used the resources, and how they have seen their children’s language and communication develop as a result.

 

The Duchess also appeared on BBC Breakfast to talk about the new program and project. Full interview below:

 

On July 16th, The Duke of Cambridge visited a drop-in support facility for rough sleepers in Peterborough to see first-hand how a partnership of voluntary, faith, community and public service organisations have worked together during the pandemic to support those experiencing homelessness.

 

Prince William spoke to past and present clients of Light Project Peterborough – a local charity who provide shelter and support for the homeless – about their experience of COVID-19, and what their hopes for the future are.

 

They couldn’t have their planned wedding so Princess Beatrice, the eldest daughter of The Duke of York, and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi married in a small private wedding. Beatrice wore her grandmother, The Queen’s, old vintage dress and the tiara she wore at her own wedding.

 

On July 22nd, Prince George celebrated his 7th birthday and we got two new photos taken by The Duchess of Cambridge to mark the occasion!

 

A playful shot of the young prince wearing camouflage:

 

On July 23rd, Kensington Palace announced that The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has granted nearly £1.8 million to 10 leading charities at the heart of mental health and frontline support through a bespoke fund set up as part of the organisation’s response to COVID-19.

 

The Duke and Duchess spoke to four representatives from organisations which will benefit from The Royal Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund, and heard how mental health support will be needed for those working on the frontline and those delivering vital support to the nation.

 

On July 29th, a special episode of the Peter Crouch Podcast was released with The Duke of Cambridge in support of the Heads Up Campaign, where they discussed the return of football during the coronavirus pandemic, and his own experiences of football! (It was filmed in two parts: March and finished over video chat in early July)

 

 

On August 1st, The Duke of Cambridge hosted an outdoor screening party for a small number of frontline workers, beneficiaries of the campaigns charity partners, local fans, and Heads Up ambassadors to watch the FA Cup Final!

 

A funny moment at the watch party:

 

It was revealed on August 3rd that The Duchess of Cambridge had brought together 19 British brands and retailers to donate over 10,000 new items to more than 40 baby banks across the UK.

 

The Duchess visited Baby Basic’s headquarters in Sheffield where she helped pack up the supplies to send to the baby banks across the U.K.

 

Kate also got to meet one-year-old triplets and talk to their parents who have been supported by Baby Basics UK!

 

And she sat down on a video chat to talk to women helped by Little Village UK and AberNecessities:

 

Kensington Palace also released another snap of The Duchess volunteering for Baby Basics UK near the Cambridges’ Norfolk home, Anmer Hall.

 

A video explaining the initiative:

 

And a video of her full engagement:

 

The next day (August 4th), The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge travelled to Barry Island in South Wales to support Britain’s tourism industry as it tries to “get back on its feet”.

 

Their first stop was at an arcade! Moore from a royal reporter: “Barry Island attracted 424,000 visitors in 2019 but local tourism chiefs say they have brought in safety measures allowing them to reopen to families.”

 

Full video:

 

For their second engagement in South Wales, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Shire Hall Care Home in Cardiff three months after they played bingo with the patients over video call!

 

Full video of that engagement:

 

Part Two of the 2020 Year in Review coming Wednesday, December 30th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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