The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Blackpool today to learn more about new investment projects and efforts to address social issues related to mental health. The day’s engagements mark the latest in a series of visits that get the couple out of London and engaging with the public throughout the UK.
Today the Queen hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace in honor of the 50th anniversary of Prince Charles’s investiture as Prince of Wales. Charles was named PoW by his mother at the age of nine in 1958, but not formally invested with the title until the age of 20 in 1969. By his side for the anniversary were his two sons and daughters-in-law, the Dukes and Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex, as well as his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, and his sister, the Princess Royal.
The “Spanish Match” as it has become known captures a bizarre and sophomoric jaunt from the future Charles I and George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham through Spain and France as they hunted for the next queen of England. The King of Spain’s sister, Maria Anna, was their target, but though the potential alliance went nowhere, they did in fact stumble upon Charles’s future wife – Henrietta Maria of France. The episode’s significance stems from the political impetus behind it, while its now infamy comes from the sheer ridiculousness of the scheme.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wrapped their mini-tour of Northern Ireland with a day of engagements in Ballymena that saw them meeting with police and visiting two organizations supporting children.
Surprise! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have embarked on their own mini-tour this month – to Ireland (where they are actually known as the Baron and Baroness of Carrickfergus). Between Wednesday and Thursday, the two are visiting Belfast, Fermanagh and Ballymena to “celebrate the young people of Northern Ireland,” per Kensington Palace. Wonderful – and as you may recall from 2017, the two also took on a short trip in the winter that was followed by a longer tour that summer, so it’s good to see Kate is officially back on the international bandwagon following Prince Louis’s birth last year.
The final day of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s mini-tour of Morocco took them to Rabat where they visited the Royal Equestrian Club, participated in cooking activities with children under the guidance of local celebrity Chef Moha, and toured the Andalusian Gardens.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wrapped a mini-tour to Morocco on Monday after a series of engagements focused on women’s and youth issues. The trip began on Saturday evening when the couple landed in Casablanca after an hour+ delay thanks to flying commercial (the horror). They were greeted by the UK’s ambassador to Morocco, Thomas Reilly, and then participated in an elaborate welcome ceremony in which Harry inspected a guard of honor from the Auxiliary Forces.
Last Friday the Duchess of Sussex flew from London to New York City for a multi-day visit with friends that was capped with a baby shower at the Mark Hotel. News of her trip quickly leaked to the press, which then led to several days of paparazzi shots of Meghan walking in and out of hotels and restaurants, staff carrying up elaborate decorations and celebrity friends like Amal Clooney, Serena Williams and Jessica Mulroney.
After a day spent at a mental health in education conference, the Duchess of Cambridge followed up with an evening at the 100 Women in Finance gala. This year the event was honoring Heads Together’s program ‘Mentally Healthy Schools’ making a very thematically streamlined Wednesday for HRH.
The Duchess of Cambridge attended a Mental Health in Education conference last Wednesday at which she delivered brief remarks (see video above) and attended a series of roundtable and panel discussions. The event highlighted the importance of early intervention in mental health, as well as the importance of ensuring children, educators and parents are equipped with the appropriate tools – a cause with which Kate is charging ahead.