Well! Two big events (unexpectedly) happened today – the Duchess of Cambridge carried out her first joint engagement with the Queen and she was named patron of the Foundling Museum before visiting this afternoon. The Queen and Kate have certainly made appearances together in the past (separate and apart from events featuring the entire family), but this was oddly enough their first engagement together without anyone else.
Let’s start with the big news and work our way through: Buckingham Palace confirmed last week that the Cambridges and the Sussexes will formally separate their households. In fact, a new household will be created for Harry and Meghan this spring in coordination with the couple’s move to Windsor and the birth of their first child. Their new joint operations will be based out of Buckingham Palace.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge turned up for the Irish Guards’ St Patrick’s Day parade today to hand out shamrocks – an event that has basically become an annual tradition for the couple save a brief blip in 2016 when Kate bowed out. The two even made sure they were there in 2017 in-between #skigate and their mini-tour of Paris, while it was one of Kate’s last engagements in 2018 before the birth of Prince Louis.
I love it when the Duchess of Cambridge attends the National Portrait Gallery gala, and I might even go so far as to say it’s my favorite of her patronages. It’s a surefire black tie moment and Kate always pulls out all the stops. We didn’t get this event last year (though she did attend an exhibit around roughly this time), but in 2017 she debuted a green lace Temperley that was stunning, particularly if you ignore how many other lace gowns she owns…
It was babies and (Gucci) bows for the Duchess of Cambridge visited the Henry Fawcett Children’s Centre this afternoon. The engagement was on behalf of the Lambeth Early Action Partnership and meant to showcase how the organization is using the Parent and Infant Relationship Service (PAIRS) to support parents and children.
Happy Commonwealth Day. Last year we used this occasion to note the marked improvement from 2017’s celebration, which was marred by #skigate (a thing only I call it). But it’s just as remarkable to look back at last year and see how far we’ve come once again. Yes, the Cambridges still showed up, but while 2018 saw Kate pregnant with Prince Louis and Meghan still a royal fiancée, this year we have Kate fully back in action and a mother of three, and Meghan a duchess and about a month out from the birth of her first child. What can I say? I love a good annual event – the passage of time is so much easier to track.
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 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.