In another unannounced engagement, today King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain welcomed the National Women’s and Men’s National Team of Water Polo, champion and runner-up in Europe 2020 at the Royal Palace of Zarzuela in Madrid.
Women’s Water polo team won the European Champion for the second time in its history after winning the Russian national team in Budapest for 13 to 12, in a vibrant match. The Spanish managed to win their seventh medal since 2012.
While the men team was the runner up of European championship after being defeated in the final by Hungary, in a great game that finally ended with the penalties with the result of 13-14.
Teams presented the royal couple with team gears having Felipe and Letizia’s name on it.
After the audience, Queen posed for a group selfie with the team members.
Earlier in the day, King Felipe and Queen Letizia chaired the Princess Girona Foundation meeting at the Palace.
Today, King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain attended the funeral of Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz and Viscountess of La Torre, at the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial in Madrid.
Born on 30 July 1936, Infanta Pilar was the elder sister of Felipe’s Father King Juan Carlos. Married to Luis Gómez-Acebo y Duque de Estrada, 2nd Viscount of La Torre, Infanta Pilar died on January 8, 2020, in Madrid due to Colon Cancer.
The funeral was officiated by Monsignor Juan del Río.
After the service, Felipe and Letizia met with the Infanta Pilar’s Children and their families and offered their condolences.
For the sombre event, Queen Letizia wore black Carolina Herrera coat and paired the coat with a black scarf and black Manolo Blahnik Pumps.
Queen Letizia carried her black Carolina Herrera ‘Astrud’ Clutch.
Her Australian Peral and Diamond earrings were giving the regal touch to the outfit.
The LEYF is a social enterprise that aims to add value to the life of the community and future generations by strengthening local networks, demonstrating the role that everyone has. It operates 39 nurseries in some of London’s most disadvantaged areas and provides high-quality childcare to more than 4,000 children, employing more than 800 staff locally along with 60 apprentices across 11 boroughs of London.
The survey gives people across the UK an opportunity to provide their view on raising the next generation. About the survey, Kensington Palace said,
“For the past 8 years, The Duchess has been hearing from people around the UK about the importance of the early years for future health and happiness. Now she wants to hear from you, so have your say on raising the next generation.
The launch of the survey follows eight years of work by the Duchess of Cambridge in which she has explored how experiences in early childhood often lie at the root of the hardest social challenges the country faces today. What we experience in the earliest years – from in the womb to the age of five – is instrumental in shaping our future lives.”
You can participate in the survey by clicking here.
During today’s visit, Catherine revealed that 1,00,000 people have already responded to the survey and she is looking for more people to be part of this survey. She said, “I’m so happy that over 100,000 people from all across the UK have already completed it, and I can’t wait to see the results.” The Survey is designed to bring together the thoughts of as many individuals, organisations and businesses as possible – recognising that everyone has a role to play in ensuring that children have the best possible start in life.
The findings will be a vital source of information for the Early Years sector, helping it to better understand public perceptions of the importance of the early years, and the first-hand experiences of parents, families and carers. This public feedback will also help to focus Her Royal Highness’ work through The Royal Foundation as she endeavours to provide children across the UK with the best foundations to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.
At the nursery, the mother of three adorable kids, Catherine served the school kids breakfast having cereal and milk and played with them. From Daily Mail’s report,
When Kate first arrived she met a group of parents who had just dropped off their children, and said to one father: ‘I think that’s changed, there’s a lot more engagement from parents in general and particularly fathers who want to be involved in this early stage of development.’
In the kitchen, Kate chatted to trainee pre-school chefs Luke Nelson-Neil and Rouchelle Scott-Ashby. When they started discussing particular foods, Mr Nelson-Neil joked about beetroot, saying: ‘I still can’t get them to eat it.’
The duchess, mother of Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, four, and Prince Louis, one, said: ‘Mine absolutely love it – it’s one of those things, until you try it, you don’t know.’
After taking in breakfast for the children, she joined three little girls who sat down at tiny tables to eat, and the Kate took a shine to three-year-old Lucy, stroking her arm and leaning forward as she asked her what she wanted.
Kate poured out cereal for Lucy and her classmates, asking them to say ‘Stop’ when there was enough in their bowls, and later she turned to a plate of orange, banana, grape and papaya segments, asking ‘What do you think of the fruit? What’s your favourite?’
Before leaving, she high-fived the trio and joined a group of three and four-your-year-olds playing with shells in a water play pit, and she also joined another breakfast table of youngsters.
Chefs and apprentices from the LEYF Early Years Chef Academy, which is based at Stockwell Gardens Nursery & Pre School, and offers the first specialist qualification for chefs either working or keen to work with children up to the age of eight, spoke to The Duchess about the importance of nutritious food for child development. From People’s report,
In the kitchen, Kate chatted about nutrition with the school’s trainee chefs. Nelson-Neil joked about beets, saying: “I still can’t get them to eat it.”
Kate, who previously shared that her kids have an adventurous taste in vegetables, said, “Mine absolutely love it – it’s one of those things until you try it, you don’t know.”
It’s great to visit places like this where communities come together to support one another. Last week I launched a UK wide survey on early childhood because I want to hear society’s views about raising the next generation.
About the visit LEYF Chief Executive, June O’Sullivan said, “You can’t capture just how important the early years are. There’s a raft of research that shows if you invest in them when they’re little if you give them the right kind of nurture if you give them the time to speak, learn, listen and concentrate – and opportunities of personal development – then they actually grow into really capable, successful human beings.“
For the day, Duchess of Cambridge chose a very casual yet a stylish look. She was wearing a new blue long coat that is still unidentified.
Underneath the coat, Catherine wore Sezane Tulio Jumper. The $125 Long-sleeved merino wool pullover features Fancy plastron, lace collars and lace on the front. Currently, it’s available in all sizes and two colours – off-white and black.
Duchess paired the white jumper with her black skinny jeans.
Catherine chose a new pair of shoes today. She was wearing Russell & Bromely Fab Dry Ankle Boots. Thanks to @acesasisi and @Emma4AboutRoyalfor the id. The £295 boots are described as “Gaucho styled Fab-Dry by Aquatalia are the perfect addition to your wardrobe. Crafted in weather-resistant black suede, these boots are detailed with a neat stacked heel and elastic inserts. Simply pull on over jeans or opaques for a nonchalant air to your off-duty dressing.” They are currently on sale for £145.