It was recycles and rain for the Duchess of Cambridge today as she carried out two engagements related to a new focus area for her work: maternal mental health. That Kate would be investing time in learning more about what support was needed for pregnant women and new mothers suffering from postpartum depression was announced back in November when Kensington Palace shared that she held a private meeting with experts on the subject. Thus far, these are her first public engagements specifically related to the issue, though she has touched on similar themes a few times before.
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.
These double-headers are going to be the death of me on Sunday nights, but here we are: a recap of episodes 3 & 4. There was quite a bit going on, from goodbyes to new babies to drunken antics, and we’re going to cover as much as possible, but I do have to point out that it’s beginning to feel like they’re diverging more and more each episode from actual history.
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.