Today Kensington Palace tweeted something royal fans and royal watchers were waiting for eagerly. The Duchess of Cambridge is resuming her royal duties on next Tuesday with a visit to Sayers Croft Forest School and Wildlife Garden at Paddington Recreation Ground.
The Palace tweet sends twitter into a frenzy. Duchess who started her maternity leave in March after a day full of engagements with Prince William has seen the only handful of times during the last 6 months. The visit will officially end Catherine’s maternity leave.
Duchess’s visit to Sayers Croft Forest School and Wildlife Garden aims to see first-hand the positive impact that the Forest School has on children’s emotional and physical wellbeing as she will be shown the wildlife garden and will meet children involved in exploratory and investigative outdoor activities.’
Sayers Croft is a residential activity centre based in Surrey, which is owned by Westminster City Council. It aims to involve children and the local community in the environment, providing outdoor facilities for those who may otherwise be unable to access them. In London, they have worked with Westminster City Council and Ruth Willmott Associates to create a Wildlife Garden, with an edible garden area and a Forest Garden.
Catherine will visit both of these areas and join Forest School sessions in each location. She will meet instructors and teachers and hear about the beneficial effect of being outdoor have on children.
Even though Duchess is coming back, it is believed that the workload will not be as much as it was before maternity leave because Duchess would like to keep her focus on her young kids especially Prince Louis who is just 5 months old.
Still October will be a month where Duchess is expected to make few official appearances that may include World Mental Health Day coincides with the Mental Health Summit from October 10 to October 13, Princess Eugenie’s wedding that is on October 12, the Dutch State Visit that will take place on October 23 and 24 and Prince Charles’ 70th Birthday celebration event on October 25.
Also today Place2Be, a patronage of Duchess, announced it’s teaming up with Literacy Trust, that is Duchess of Cornwall Camilla’s patronage, to create free literacy and well-being teaching resources for primary schools, secondary schools and parents after a research that shows children who enjoy reading are three times more likely to have good mental well-being than children who don’t enjoy reading. The full report can be read here. I hope to see Catherine and Camilla together sometimes in future to promote this joint venture.