This morning the Duchess of Cambridge carried out an engagement at The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden where she was shown around the costume department and treated to a private performance of the ballet ‘The Two Pigeons.’
The Duchess of Cambridge returned to work from the holiday break today with a visit to King Henry’s Walk Garden in Islington. The engagement wrapped up many of her favorite things – nature, children and physical activity.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were photographed walking to church in Norfolk yesterday, as has become their early January tradition. While it’s possible that the Cambridges slipped away for a short post-Christmas holiday, they have certainly returned to Norfolk in time for Kate’s birthday on the 9th for the last few years and make a point of joining the Queen for church on the first weekend of the month.
Today we’re going to review the Duchess of Cambridge’s past year. Month by month we’re going to walk through the most memorable moments of 2018, review the fashion and discuss the highs and lows of Kate’s engagements, foreign tours and public appearances. Ideally what we’d like to see each year is growth as Kate evolves within her role as a member of the Royal Family and personalizes her position. In order to gauge that, we’re going to (briefly) cover where we ended in 2017 and then work our way through the highlights of the past 12 months.
Ohhh, where to begin with the royal Christmas this year? The meat of it – beyond the photos and the Duchesses’ fashion – is really the reported angst behind the scenes between the Cambridges and Sussexes, so really there is no coverage of this year’s holiday without delving into this a bit.
On Wednesday, Dec. 19, members of the British Royal Family joined the Queen for her annual Christmas luncheon at Buckingham Palace. The event marks one final hurrah for the family in London before the monarch decamps to Sandringham in Norfolk for the Christmas holiday. The meal is private, and thus our only images from it come from various royal arriving at BP in their cars.
Well, this was quite the week to release Christmas cards, no? Headline after headline was picking apart reported tension percolating within Kensington Palace, from feuds between the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex to sibling rivalry reaching a boiling point with Princes William and Harry. In the midst of this – perhaps to give the press something else to focus on as the Royal Family packed it in for the holiday – KP released two Christmas cards for each couple.
For our purposes, of course, these are not so much cards as they are images, but given that we don’t get them every year it is a nice end of year treat. In this case, the Cambridges’ card was what I think everyone was hoping for – a relaxed, informal image of the family of five with an updated look at the kids, especially Prince Louis.
Today is admittedly several days post-December 11, but I’m going to back date the next few posts covering older engagements just to help keep everything straight. The week that this visit took place I was traveling (to London, imagine that) and so we’re a bit behind in all things Cambridge, Sussex and Windsor. Let’s try to rectify that, shall we?
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge carried out two engagements on Tuesday, December 11, one of which was to a homeless center that William has visited since a child and the other to Evelina London Children’s Hospital. En-route between the two, Kensington Palace tweeted out that Kate has been named the patron of the latter, adding yet another cause to the Duchess’s docket. This one is an unsurprising choice given Kate’s focus on early intervention and children’s care.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent the day in Cyprus yesterday on behalf of the Royal Air Force. The couple met with service members deployed there, following up on the holiday party they hosted at Kensington Palace for their family members on Tuesday.
It’s that time of year again – the Queen hosted the annual diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace, and so we are gifted white tie and tiaras. This is to be expected – what’s not is that the Palace let in photographers and so we have been gifted great images from the evening.