Today, once again The Duchess of Cambridge had a busy schedule. In the morning Duchess attended the first Royal Foundation Forum with The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William. They were joined by Prince Harry with his fiancee. In the evening The Duchess visited the National Portrait Gallery to see the exhibition ‘Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography’.
The Royal Foundation was established by royal brothers Prince William and Prince Harry in 2009. In 2011, The Duchess of Cambridge became the 3rd Patron of the Foundation and hence the name The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. You can find out about the foundation more at the official website here.
Before the Forum the Royal Foundation released a statement saying, “Creating the Foundation was a new style of how the Royal family could engage with causes that are close to their hearts. It allows them to work together across this generation as well as bring others together to focus on areas they are each passionate about. Once the Duchess of Cambridge became Patron, Their Royal Highnesses established a key focus of working together, as well as convening others to help tackle society’s biggest challenges. Together we use the passion and unique influence of our Patrons to change mindsets and make a lasting difference on the issues that matter to them and to society. We never begin a project thinking we have the answer. From day one, the Foundation was built with an open door, and whatever we do, we invite the best and brightest to sit with us around the table to help find solutions.“
Today’s Forum was the first of the foundation held under the theme ‘Making a Difference Together,’ the event showcased the programs run or initiated by The Royal Foundation and included a number of delegates who have been involved in key projects.
The Forum was hosted by BBC presenter and Radio 1 newsreader Tina Daheley.
Speaking at the Forum The Duchess of Cambridge remarked,
” I’ve learned a huge amount from the patronages I’ve worked with but also from the amazing experts I met along the way and you know, you can’t help but then reflect on your own life. It’s definitely had an impact on how I mother, how we work as a family and how we hope to bring up our children.”
Prince William told the hostess that Heads Together was the child of The Duchess of Cambridge’ brain. On this Catherine said,
” I think there’s a lot that I’m hugely excited about with the Foundation and from the Foundation’s perspective. Imagine if we were able to do a Heads Together campaign with another generation of members of the Royal family. I think that’s so exciting and with so many more of us working on the same cause or similar causes, we could make a real impact.”
During her speech The Duchess of Cambridge joked:
“After seeing the video, I should be sporting my headband but sadly I left it at home. We are all so proud of the work we did without our partners to challenge the stigma. Since our roles are lifetime roles, our commitment to the work we do through the Foundation is genuinely long term. The work we do can and should have a long-lasting resonance. For this reason we’re able to support causes we’re passionate about for decades into the future. Like the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales we feel strongly we have to take a long-term view that is measured in generations.”
After the forum, the royal patrons met the invited guests, supporters of the Royal Foundation, and program partners and beneficiaries backstage.
For the forum, Duchess recycled her £99 Seraphine Royal Blue Tailored Dress. Cut for an elegant A-line shape and draping beautifully to the knee the dress is made in premium stretch woven fabric and adapts to growing curves throughout pregnancy.
The Duchess of Cambridge wore the dress the first time at the launch of Mentally Healthy Schools last month.
Today, The Duchess of Cambridge premiered a new pair of earrings, but the label of the earrings is yet to be identified.
Later in the evening, The Duchess of Cambridge visited the National Portrait Gallery.