Today was a big day in Cambridge World. The Duchess launched a new mental health project attached to her focus area under the Heads Together umbrella – childhood development and early intervention. Working with Place2Be and the Anna Freud Centre, both of whom she’s carried out engagements with this month, as well as Young Minds UK, she announced the launch of a new online resource for teachers housing information and materials that will help them support their students.
It was announced today that Princess Eugenie, younger daughter of the Duke of York and his ex-wife, Sarah, Duchess of York, is engaged to her long-time boyfriend, Jack Brooksbank. The couple are due to wed this autumn at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor – the same venue at which Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry in May.
The slow few weeks that used to make up the royal calendar as the family returned to work after the Christmas holiday are more and more a thing of the past – at least for the younger generation. The Duchess of Cambridge has already carried out four solo engagements in London and one away day in Coventry with the Duke of Cambridge, while Kensington Palace announced at the end of last week that she’s due to launch a new mental health project for children with Place2Be, the Anna Freud Centre and Young Minds UK on Tuesday. On Wednesday, she’ll follow that up with an engagement focused on her new area of interest: maternal mental health. And all of this comes before she and William carry out their tour of Stockholm and Oslo at the end of the month.
Joan of England came into the world at some point between December 1333 and February 1334, the second daughter and third child of Edward III and his wife, Philippa of Hainaut. By the time of her birth, the succession had been secured via her elder brother, Prince Edward, and an elder sister, Isabel, while the minority government held by her grandmother, Isabelle of France, and her lover, Roger Mortimer, had been cast aside by her father a few years previously.
Like all the daughters of George III and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Princess Mary’s life was a little bit tragic and a little bit mundane. Born in April 1776, Mary was the first of her parents’ children to arrive in the middle of the American Revolution. Ten other children preceded her in the royal nursery, but few of them would be able to match Mary in confidence or spirit, both of which may very well have stemmed from the fact she was early on considered the most attractive of her siblings.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s day started with, well, a delay. Thanks to an issue with the train, the couple was about an hour late when they finally arrived in Cardiff, Wales. Even that – or the slight rain that started – couldn’t put a damper on the crowds who assembled to greet them, many of them who started gathering as early as 6 am.
If you missed it, you can find coverage of today’s morning engagement at Great Ormond Street Hospital here. Otherwise, let’s get into it: the Duchess of Cambridge spent her afternoon at Bond Primary School in Mitcham to highlight the work of the Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative (WJTI).
Another day, another color. Earlier today (much earlier, actually – apols for the delay), the Duchess of Cambridge carried out two engagements in London. We’ll cover them in separate posts, so let’s jump right in to her morning.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge carried out a handful of engagements in Coventry today, including visits to the local cathedral, university and a youth organization. As with the couple’s recent day in Birmingham and their attendance at the media summit in Manchester, it represents a renewed focus on ensuring the two are a presence throughout Britain.
About a year ago we covered the early Howards, including John, 1st Duke of Norfolk who saw his rise through the Yorkist kings, and his son, Thomas, Earl of Surrey, who managed to work his way into the favor of Henry VII. The family’s ascent was solidified by the 1495 marriage of Thomas’s eldest son and heir to Queen Elizabeth’s younger sister, Anne. Unfortunately the only product of the marriage was a short-lived son who passed away around the age of 10. Anne herself died of unknown causes in 1511 and her widower found himself in need of another wife.