The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, and Catherine, visited Cambridge to undertake multiple engagements and joined The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations on the Cambridgeshire County Day. The inaugural county day is showcasing the best the county has to offer. The inaugural Cambridgeshire day will also raise money for various causes. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were visiting Cambridgeshire County Day as part of a whole day of celebrating the region.
Yesterday, The Royal couple attended the unveiling of the National Windrush Memorial at Waterloo Station.
Ahead of the day, Mrs. Julie Spence, OBE QPM, Lord Lieutenant Cambridgeshire said, “With so many incredible people and organizations set to offer some unforgettable experiences for attendees, we anticipate that Cambridgeshire County Day will be an exciting day brimming with fun, learning, and inspiration. We are delighted to be able to bring the community together to celebrate the best of our county while commemorating Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.”
Ahead of the visit, The Cambridge museum released a beautiful portrait of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge painted by Award-winning British Portrait artist, Jamie Coreth. The first official joint portrait was commissioned in 2021 by the Cambridgeshire Royal Portrait fund held by the Cambridge Community Foundation as a gift to Cambridgeshire.
In the portrait, Jamie has depicted The Duchess of Cambridge in her green The Vampire’s Wife Falconetti Emerald Metallic Silk Dress paired with Princess Diana’s Collingwood Pearl and Diamond Earrings, The Cambridge pearl and diamond brooch, Manolo Blahnik pumps, and Triple Strand Pearl Bracelet.
The portrait will be on display at the University of Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum for three years after which the portrait will be exhibited around the Cambridgeshire in Community spaces and Galleries. The Painting will also be loaned to The Duchess of Cambridge’s patronage National Portrait Gallery in 2023 when the Gallery will be reopening.
Kensington Palace said, “Whilst on display at Fitzwilliam, the Cambridgeshire Royal Portrait Fund will continue to work with the museum to ensure that the portrait is used as a means of encouraging children and young people of all backgrounds from across the county to take an interest in art in all its forms. The Fitzwilliam Museum has an international reputation for the quality of its learning and inclusion programs, working with Early years providers, local schools, and community outreach programs to maximize impact and enrich the lives of young people and their families.“
Taking about his experience, Artist Jamie Coreth said, “It has been the most extraordinary privilege of my life to be chosen to paint this picture. I wanted to show Their Royal Highnesses in a manner where they appeared both relaxed and approachable, as well as elegant and dignified. As it is the first portrait to depict them together and specifically during their time as The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, I wanted the image to evoke a feeling of balance between their public and private lives. The piece was commissioned as a gift for the people of Cambridgeshire, and I hope they will enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed creating it“.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have viewed the first official joint portrait of themselves on a visit to Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum. William: ‘It’s quite big’ pic.twitter.com/NAy1jGqyQX
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first stop in Cambridgeshire was the 206-year-old Fitzwilliam museum where they viewed the portrait and met Jamie Coreth.
During their visit to the county, the Royal couple championed the work of key charitable organizations in the area. With engagements linked to their long-standing work and interests, in particular, homelessness and supporting families. They stopped at the East Angelia’s Children Hospices’s Milton center.
EACH is The Duchess’s patronage. and this year marks the ten-year anniversary of her patronage. This was The Duchess’s first public visit to the hospice in Milton and it was the first time The Duke had accompanied her to see the work of EACH. The hospice also has a special connection to William. The Milton center was opened by his Mother, Late Princess of Wales on 1st August 1989.
William and Catherine met with children, young people, and families who use services through EACH. They were invited to take part in art activities with families, in addition to touring the hospice grounds and meeting long-term staff members and volunteers.
EACH Chief Executive Phil Gormley said: “We very much enjoyed welcoming Their Royal Highnesses to Milton. It was The Duchess’s first public visit to Milton and the very first time we had the pleasure of welcoming The Duke to one of our hospices so it was a very special, memorable, and momentous day for everyone connected with EACH… The visit was the perfect opportunity to celebrate ten years since Her Royal Highness became our Royal Patron. Throughout the decade, The Duchess has been immensely supportive by championing our cause. Her continued support comes with warmth, empathy, and understanding, including beyond public view, and her Patronage is enjoyed and appreciated by everyone at EACH. We are extremely thankful and consider ourselves honored and very lucky to benefit from her hard work, generosity, and support”.
During the visit, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met with the staff and volunteers who work with EACH and support children and families in need. They heard about the challenges and difficulties staff has faced, particularly in light of the pandemic and the isolation they have felt through shielding.
The third stop of the day was a housing charity Jimmy’s. Jimmy’s is a dynamic community-based and people-focused organization working alongside people experiencing homelessness in Cambridge. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge heard about the efforts charity is making to help and support homeless people.
Homelessness is a cause close to Prince William’s heart. Recently William penned an article about his passion for the cause in the Big Issue Magazine.
Jimmy’s is currently trialing modular homes, moveable, small-scale spaces that provide residents with separate living, cooking, sleeping, and bathroom areas as well as their own front door. The organization has 22 sites across Cambridge, which is the first city in the UK to explore modular homes.
The last stop of the day was the Cambridge County Day where they visited various tents and met with the local business owners, charity organizations, volunteers, and staff.
Cambridgeshire County Day was launched to present the very best of Cambridgeshire and raise money for charity while simultaneously celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee.
In total, 100 marquees are set to be seen, hosting 120 different organizations, alongside performances from bands, choirs, actors, and dancers. There were exhibitions from the leading small and large businesses displaying innovations and achievements in areas such as medicine and science.
Cambridgeshire is organizing the event that is free for the public and offers a wide range of networking possibilities with more than 6,000 attendees expected, the event will provide a wonderful opportunity for the county’s diverse and vibrant community to come together and get inspired by the best of Cambridgeshire, as local business, charities, clubs, voluntary groups, and public sector organizations from every corner of the County showcase what they do and why they are great.
There was a sporting event and it’s not possible that our Royal duo to leave the place without giving it a try.
A beautiful picture of The Duchess of Cambridge shared by
For the day, The Duchess of Cambridge chose a light blue long coat that remains unidentified. Underneath the coat, The Duchess brought a familiar dress back.
Catherine was wearing her LK Bennett Madison Dress. The Duchess first wore the dress in August 2015, Catherine attended an event at Berry Bros. & Rudd in London. The dress is described as, “Floaty, feminine and chic, the Madison has it all. This beautiful silk dress has a delicate print in orange and pink tones, and a loose flowing silhouette for effortless style.”
The Duchess paired the outfit with her UFO Diamond and Aquamarine Drop Earrings that she first wore in 2014 Order of Garter Service and then in 2016 at Commonwealth day service.
The new element of the look is Emmy London Nathasa Riviera Clutch. Thanks to Gabi for the id.
She was wearing her Emmy London Rebecca Riviera Pumps.