2019 ended on a very high note for the Cambridge family. 2020 was going to be an extremely promising year for the Duchess of Cambridge. She had two major projects ready for the year to be launched. The previous year made it clear that The Duchess of Cambridge has made children and mental health a focus of her public role and it is going to be her legacy as a British Royal. She had brought every artistic and creative feature that can be used to improve children mental health and give kids a better start in life. The Duchess of Cambridge made the early year’s intervention a matter of discussion in the UK. An issue that was not getting its fair share of the limelight and was impacting young children and indirectly the future of the whole nation. Being a young mother of three children, Catherine understood it’s the importance and became its voice.
Just like every year, 2020 had its traditional start. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined The Queen at the Sunday Church Service at Sandringham Estate. Kensington Palace released a solo picture of The Duchess to mark her 38th birthday. Cambridge family spent the winter break at their country residence in Norfolk and Middleton house in Berkshire before coming back to London for the official start of the year. She attended private meetings with her Early year’s group. The first engagement of the year was a joint visit to Bradford.
Next came a dazzling reception at Buckingham Palace. Prince William and Duchess Catherine hosted a reception for UK-Africa summit. This was the first time couple held an event in Buckingham Palace on their own. We were hearing about a project launch since September 2018, and it came with a bang – ‘A landmark survey‘. The Duchess of Cambridge toured around the country promoting the big survey that was an integral part of her Early year’s programme.
A talented photographer, The Duchess of Cambridge showed her skills once again by photographing the survivors of the Holocaust before joining Prince William at the UK Holocaust Memorial Day event. Next day, The Duchess of Cambridge joined children for an Art workshop. The month ended with her visit to a nursery where we saw the glimpse of Mummy Catherine.
February 2020 had a dazzling start. The Duchess of Cambridge made a dazzling yet absolutely elegant appearance at BAFTA. Then The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge headed towards Wales for a day away. A rare joint engagement happened in that month, William and Catherine joined Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla in Leicestershire.
The Duchess of Cambridge took her landmark survey to Scotland and Northern Ireland. February brought us something we all had been wishing for a long time. A long conversation from the Duchess. Catherine shared Intimate details in her First Podcast. Then Duchess looked elegant in Black and Sparkles for ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Performance. The busy month ended with a Sports Aid visit.
March 2020 marked another historical milestone in the royal journey of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Prince William and Catherine undertook their first official visit to Ireland. Due to the security concerns, the visit remained embargoed until the royal couple landed in Belfast. The 3 days tour was full of dazzling appearances, Casual moments and lots of fun activities and style notes. Read all about the Royal Tour of Ireland here.
The Duchess came back from tour and joined the Royal family at the annual Commonwealth service. Next came a dazzling appearance at the Buckingham Palace for a Place2Be Gala night.
And then the World came to a Stop – COVID-19 made its horrible appearance and stopped the life in its track. Almost every country in the world went into a lockdown and nobody knew what will happen next. The Duchess of Cambridge undertook a joint visit with Prince William to London Ambulance service to see how bad the situation is and how they are coping with the situation. The Cambridge family retreated to their country residence Anmer Hall in Norfolk to practice social distancing. Before stepping back, Kensington Palace released a sweet tribute marking Mother’s Day and the details of Conversations The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had with their patronages.
Coronavirus changed the normal workings of life – Royals were not an exception. Working from Home was a new normal for millions of working people around the world. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge adapted this new normal in their stride and started working from home. April’s first engagement was a surprised Zoom call to school kids ahead of Easter Sunday. The engagement was a glimpse of what was to come in terms of Royal engagements.
Next, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined BBC Breakfast virtually for a conversation. The family marked Prince Louis’ 2nd birthday and we got beautiful pictures. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge remained NHS’ biggest supporters throughout the lockdown. William and Catherine celebrated their 09th wedding anniversary with their kids at home in Norfolk.
May began with beautiful pictures of Princess Charlotte who turned 5. It also revealed how the family is trying to their bid during the hard time nation was going through. Next, The Duchess of Cambridge made a surprise call to the new parents and learnt more about Maternal Mental health.
Then came a real artistic initiative from the artistic Duchess – Hold Still 2020. The project captures the vibes of the nation and built a time capsule that will tell a story of the lockdown for the years to come. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge marked VEDay with a call to War veterans. The Duchess of Cambridge joined the Royal family for the International Nurses Day. She also joined William for a Zoom call to mark the first anniversary of ShoutUK – that remains a helping hand for many during the lockdown. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge record Special Radio Message for Mental Health Awareness Week.
Catherine marked the first anniversary of her ‘Back to Nature’ Garden and 2020’s Virtual Chelsea Flower show with a throwback pic. May ended with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge playing Bingo in Zoom Call.
June 2020’s first engagement was a call to the first responders in Australia. Next engagement revealed a secret The Duke of Cambridge was keeping. Giving another glimpse of family life, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared Another Moment from Princess Charlotte’s Birthday to mark the end of the Volunteer Week. Then The Duchess of Cambridge Virtually Toured Clouds House before explaining how She hopes to Build a Lasting Illustration with Hold Still 2020. Next, The Duchess of Cambridge led a School Assembly ‘Spreading Little Kindness’.
Finally, we had a first public appearance since the last week of March when Duchess visited a Garden in Norfolk. We received beautiful and candid shots of the Cambridge kids with Daddy William taken by Catherine to mark William’s 38th birthday. Lockdown actually showed a completely different side of the Cambridge family that we might not have ever been able to see. We heard Catherine a lot. We saw kids more than we hoped and in much more natural moments.
Then The Duchess of Cambridge Joined The Duchess of Cornwall for the Children’s Hospice Week Video Call before heading out to Planted Sunflowers at the NOOK in Norfolk. As Coronavirus forced the cancellation of year’s biggest sports event – Wimbledon, The Duchess of Cambridge Narrated a Video for Wimbledon.
July was already here and we were still holding inside. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Marked Canada Day with a Zoom Call to Surrey Hospital. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Celebrated the 72nd birthday of the NHS with a tea-party in Norfolk. Duchess Catherine Joined Tennis Ace Andy Murray to Talk with Young Tennis Players before endorsing ‘Tiny Happy People’ – Another initiative to make children happy and healthy.
Then Prince George of Cambridge Celebrated the Seventh Birthday. Someone is a big boy now. Sometimes it feels like yesterday when we heard the news of Catherine’s first pregnancy or saw her holding her first child outside the Lindo Wing. Time flies. The Royal Foundation Grants £1.8 Million to Support Front line Workers & Mental Health. Prince William took his family for a short vacation to his childhood vacation home in Cornwall.
Began August, and we got another fantastic news. The Duchess of Cambridge Brought British Retailers Together to Support Baby Banks. The couple had another joint engagement this time out of Norfolk – it was their first time stepping out of the countryside after lockdown. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Visited Barry Island in Wales. Then The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge headed to Balmoral Castle with their three kids to spend some time with the Queen. William and Catherine were meeting the Queen after almost 4 months. August ended with The Duchess of Cambridge relasing Shortlist of ‘Hold Still 2020 – A Portrait of the Nation’.