Duchess of Cambridge shared Intimate details in her First Podcast

Duchess of Cambridge joined Giovanna Fletch for her firstever Podcast

Duchess of Cambridge joined Giovanna Fletch for her firstever Podcast
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Last week, Duchess of Cambridge shared some really intimate family and personal secrets at her first-ever Podcast. Catherine joined Giovanna Fletcher at Giovanna’s popular podcast ‘Happy Mum Happy Baby’. The Duchess candidly talked about motherhood, childhood memories and her passion for early years work. You can hear the podcast here.

I simply loved the episode and the fact that we usually never hear Catherine speaking this much. In the podcast, Duchess was warm, passionate while she very intelligently touched all the aspects of her personal, public and royal life – Childhood, Motherhood, Working Mother’s guilt, Mental Health, Public Expectations, fears and moments of family life.

Duchess of Cambridge visited LEYF Stockwell Gardens Nursery to promote 5 big questions survey

Catherine met Giovanna, who is Sunday Times No.1 bestselling author, in Birmingham at the launch of landmark Survey ‘5 Big Questions on the Under Fives’. After the engagement. I believe the idea of having Duchess at the podcast was born that day. Then Duchess of Cambridge and Giovanna sat down together to record the podcast after their another joint engagement at LEYF Stockwell Gardens Nursery in London. You can take part in the survey by clicking here.

Duchess of Cambridge visited LEYF Stockwell Gardens Nursery to promote 5 big questions survey
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Both ladies, who are the mother of three young children, discussed Catherine’s work in the area of Early Years that has built up to the landmark survey, the importance of the early years. They also shared experiences as mothers to three children. The ‘Happy Mum Happy Baby’ podcast focuses on the challenges of the Parenthood in a series of frank and warm conversations with mums and dads covering all aspects of parenthood, from tackling loneliness to being a single parent.

About hosting the podcast with the Duchess of Cambridge, Giovanna said, “It doesn’t matter who you are, what you have, or where you come from – we’re all trying to do our best with our children while continuously doubting our decisions and wondering if we’re getting it completely wrong. Talking helps unite us all. Having been with the Duchess of Cambridge on a couple of engagements to celebrate the launch of the 5 Big Questions survey, it was clear how passionate she is about the Early Years. It was then beyond wonderful to sit and talk further about the survey, her work – for which she has so much knowledge, and her own experiences of being a mother. This is a very special episode of the podcast and I’m very excited for people to hear it”.

During the podcast, Catherine shared some really intimate details of her childhood, her pregnancy and life as a mother. She talked about her work in Early Years and the survey. You can read the full transcript of the survey here.  Some snippets from what Catherine told us during the podcast. About her work in Early Years:

since I got married, I’ve been looking into this as a huge passion, and going out and listening to what makes people tick and the things that unify people, but also the struggles that people are facing right in the early days, meeting lots of people who are struggling with addiction, homelessness, abuse and things like that, you really get moved by some of the challenges that people are facing and it’s really heartbreaking to hear.  And the more you look into everybody’s experiences, so many of those hardest social challenges really get traced right back to the earliest years of somebody’s life.

And you hear that time and time again across the nation, across the world, you hear the really sad reality that what we experience in our childhood really has a lifelong impact on our future health and happiness.

So I suppose that has really driven my interest in digging deep into the early years landscape, speaking to academics, speaking to doctors, practitioners, charities, and all those within the sector to try and work out some of what could be done to help prevent some of these really sad social challenges that I think all of us witness across the country.

Catherine shared some sweet snippets from her childhood:

I had a very happy childhood. It was great fun – I’m very lucky, I’ve come from a very strong family – my parents were hugely dedicated to us – my siblings. I really appreciate now as a parent how much they sacrificed for us.

But it is really true – you know, they would come to every sports match – I was very keen on sport – they came to every sports match, they’d be the ones on the side-line shouting, and we’d always have our family holidays together.

But I think the things that really resonate with me most are the simple things and actually I see that now with my own children, life now is so busy, so distracting and actually sometimes the simple things like watching a fire on a really rainy day provide such enjoyment.

I remember that from my childhood – doing the simple things, going for a walk together, and that’s really what I try and do with my children as well because it totally strips away all the complications, all the pressures…

I think, if I take the experience from my own childhood, coupled with what I know now and what I’ve learnt from the experts in the Early Years sector, I think there’s a few things that really stand out for me.

One is quality of relationships. So, those moments that you spend with people that are around you. I remember that from my own childhood. I had an amazing Granny who devoted a lot of time to us, playing with us, doing arts and crafts and going to the greenhouse to do gardening, and cooking with us, and I try and incorporate a lot of the experiences that she gave us at the time into the experiences that I give my children now.

There are also the environments that you spend time in as well: a happy home, a safe environment. As children, we spent a lot of time outside and it’s something I’m really passionate about. I think it’s so great for physical and mental wellbeing and laying those foundations. It’s such a great environment to actually spend time in, building those quality relationships without the distractions of ‘I’ve got to cook’ and ‘I’ve got to do this’. And actually, it’s so simple.

We have always known that William and Catherine are very hands-on parents. Last year, Catherine cancelled her appearance at the Tusk awards as there was nobody to babysit little Cambridge kids. When Giovanna asked, Do you struggle with mum guilt? For having the juggle…” Catherine said,

Yes absolutely – and anyone who doesn’t as a mother is actually lying! Yep – all the time, yep – and you know even this morning, coming to the nursery visit here – George and Charlotte were like ‘Mummy how could you possibly not be dropping us off at school this morning?’

About her first pregnancy with Prince George, Duchess said,

It was fine. I got very bad morning sickness, so I’m not the happiest of pregnant people. unfortunately. Lots of people have it far, far worse, but it was definitely a challenge. Not just for me but also for your loved ones around you – and I think that’s the thing – being pregnant and having a new-born baby and things like that, impacts everybody in the family.

You know, William didn’t feel he could do much to help and it’s hard for everyone to see you suffering without actually being able to do anything about it.

I was really sick – I wasn’t eating the things I should be eating – but yet, the body was still able to take all the goodness from my body and to grow new life, which I think is fascinating.

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We all remember the moments of ‘Great Kate Wait’ in 2013 when William and Catherine introduced their first child Prince George to the World in front of International Media.  Duchess talked about that exact moment in the podcast and gave what was actually happening,

Yeah, slightly terrifying, slightly terrifying, I’m not going to lie. No, it’s hard, I like to decompartmentalise – what’s the word – compartmentalise, yes, the whole thing. Everyone had been so supportive and both William and I were really conscious that this was something that everyone was excited about and you know we’re hugely grateful for the support that the public had shown us, and actually for us to be able to share that joy and appreciation with the public, I felt was really important. But equally, it was coupled with a new-born baby, and inexperienced parents, and the uncertainty of what that held, so there were all sorts of mixed emotions.

Everything goes in a bit of a blur. I think, yeah I did stay in hospital overnight, I remember it was one of the hottest days and night with huge thunderstorms so I didn’t get a huge amount of sleep, but George did which was really great. I was keen to get home because, for me, being in the hospital, I had all the memories of being in the hospital because of being sick so it wasn’t a place I wanted to hang around in. So, I was really desperate to get home and get back to normality.

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And the moment when Prince William carried his sone Prince George to the car before driving his family away from the hospital to their home. Giovanna thought ‘The Duke when he put Prince George in the car, that was seamless” – we all thought but Catherine shared some really interesting tidbits,

But he probably didn’t think so at the time! We were like ‘What do we do?… in a swaddle?’. ‘How’s this supposed to work?!’. We’d even tried to practice with a little baby, like a little doll, at home but you know it just never works out the way you planned it so it was quite hard to do that on the world’s stage, but no, he did a very good job.

Duchess of Cambridge shared a picture of Princess Charlotte smelling a blueball
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Duchess topped the whole podcast with an extremely sweet moment,

I’ve got this one photo of Charlotte smelling a bluebell, and really for me, it’s moments like that mean so much to me as a parent, and I try every day to put moments like that in even if they’re small or even if I don’t have time… but that in an ideal world is what I would like to do.

Someone did ask me the other day, what would you want your children to remember about their childhood?

And I thought that was a really good question because actually if you really think about that, is it that I’m sitting down trying to do their maths and spelling homework over the weekend?

Or is it the fact that we’ve gone out and lit a bonfire and sat around trying to cook sausages that hasn’t worked because it’s too wet? That’s what I would want them to remember, those moments with me as a mother, but also the family going to the beach, getting soaking wet, filling our boots full of water, those are what I would want them to remember.

Not a stressful household where you’re trying to do everything and not really succeeding at one thing.

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A refresher of what Duchess of Cambridge wore that day. She was wearing a new blue long coat that is still unidentified with Sezane Tulio Jumper and black skinny jeans. Her Russell & Bromley Fab Dry Ankle Boots and UFO Gold Fringe Earrings.

Duchess of Cambridge , the Patron of Sports Aid, will visit the London Stadium at the Olympic Park in Stratford.
Sportsaid

Next, the Duchess of Cambridge,  the Patron of Sports Aid, will visit the London Stadium at the Olympic Park in Stratford on February 26.


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Duchess of Cambridge took her Landmark Survey to Northern Ireland and Scotland

Duchess of Cambridge visited Northern Ireland and Scotland to promote her 5 questions survey

Duchess of Cambridge visited Northern Ireland and Scotland to promote her 5 questions survey
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Today, the Duchess of Cambridge had a very whirlwind and busy day. She was visiting the Ark Open Farm near Belfast, as part of her tour of the UK to promote her landmark survey on the early years, 5 Big Questions on the Under-Fives before heading to Aberdeen in Scotland to visit the Social Bite café. Both the engagements were embargoed due to security reasons.

Duchess of Cambridge launched 5 Big Questions under her Early Years Intervention Project
Kensington Palace

The visit came after the launch of her landmark survey that is part of her life long project ‘Early Years Intervention’. She launched the survey last month in Birmingham. Then Catherine visited Cardiff and Woking to promote the survey and undertook an engagement in London too and heard from people across communities about their thoughts on how experiences in the early years can impact upon later life.

Duchess of Cambridge visited LEYF Stockwell Gardens Nursery to promote 5 big questions survey

Conducted by Ipsos MORI on behalf of The Royal Foundation, the survey contains five short questions and aims to spark a national conversation on the early years that will ultimately help bring about positive, lasting change for generations to come. So far, 2,00,000 people have taken part in the survey.

Duchess of Cambridge visited Northern Ireland and Scotland to promote her 5 questions survey
Arlene Foster

Duchess of Cambridge, who is styled as Baroness Carrickfergus in Northern Ireland, was welcomed in the Irish city Belfast by the Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster who shared her excite via Twitter, “Delighted to welcome the Duchess of Cambridge to Belfast earlier.….lots of excited children….and adults”.

Duchess of Cambridge visited Northern Ireland and Scotland to promote her 5 questions survey
NI Gov

About the survey Palace said,

“It follows eight years of work by the Duchess of Cambridge, during which she has explored how experiences in early childhood often lie at the root of the hardest social challenges the country faces today. Catherine has spent time meeting with families across the country and hearing about the issues they deal with day-to-day, as well as speaking to academics, experts, organisations and practitioners. In May 2018, the Duchess convened a steering group of experts to focus on how to bring about positive, lasting change in this area.

The survey is designed to bring together the thoughts of as many people as possible – recognising that everyone has a role in ensuring strong, healthy foundations for the youngest in our society that will positively affect their lifelong outcomes. The findings should provide 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.”

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During her visit to the Ark Open farm, the Duchess of Cambridge spoke to local parents and grandparents about the themes covered in her survey, which closes on 21st February.

Duchess of Cambridge visited Northern Ireland and Scotland to promote her 5 questions survey
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The Duchess heard their thoughts on the most important factors that ensure children become happy adults and the role of parents and society in ensuring children have the best possible start in life.

Duchess of Cambridge visited Northern Ireland and Scotland to promote her 5 questions survey
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As expected, the Mother of three adorable kids, Catherine was more than happy to spend the time with kids. Talking to kids she said, “Charlotte and George will be very sad not to have met you and see this really cool farm”.

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The Ark Open Farm opened in 1990 as one of the first open farms in Northern Ireland. Having initially specialised in rare breeds of farm animals, the farm has now developed a number of play areas and activities for children. At present, the farm is set on 40 acres of countryside and is home to a variety of animals, including alpacas and lambs.

Duchess of Cambridge visited Northern Ireland and Scotland to promote her 5 questions survey
NI Gov

Getting kids outside to play and spend time had been the centre point of Catherine’s ‘Back to Nature’ Garden in 2019.

Duchess of Cambridge visited Northern Ireland and Scotland to promote her 5 questions survey
Kensington Palace

Open farms such as this are important in providing places in the community for family members of all generations to spend quality time together while allowing children to benefit from spending time outdoors. Talking to The Belfast Telegraph the Owner Stewart Donaldson said,

He was delighted to welcome the Duchess of Cambridge to Ark Open Farm in what is a very special year for the family-run farm.

“It’s our 30th anniversary. We’re all very excited. It was quite a job keeping her visit secret. We had only 10 days notice,” he explained. “We have a plaque which Kate will unveil to mark our 30th anniversary”.

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At the farm, Duchess met a very special member of the farm – Sophie the corn snake. Laughing with the children Catherine said, “This is the first time I ever held a snake-like this, how cool is that?”

A lovely video of the moment.

Duchess of Cambridge visited Northern Ireland and Scotland to promote her 5 questions survey
NI Gov

Before leaving, Catherine thanked the local families for participating in the survey and said, “It’s really interesting to get everyone’s perspectives”.

A video of the visit.

Duchess of Cambridge visited Northern Ireland and Scotland to promote her 5 questions survey
Heads Together

The second stop of the day was Social Bite Café in Aberdeen, Scotland. Catherine is styled as Countess of Strathearn in Scotland. Social Bite runs social enterprise cafés throughout Scotland and uses their platform to distribute 100,000 items of food and hot drinks to homeless people each year, as well as employing staff who have experienced homelessness themselves.

Duchess of Cambridge visited Northern Ireland and Scotland to promote her 5 questions survey
Kensington Palace

At the Café, Duchess met employees, supported volunteers and customers who have experienced homelessness. She heard how experiences in the early years of life can have a significant effect on lifelong outcomes. Duchess sat down with a group of people involved with and supported by Social Bite and discussed many issues caused by family breakdowns that can impact someone from childhood through their adult life. She talked about the benefits and hard work of the organization.

Duchess of Cambridge visited Northern Ireland and Scotland to promote her 5 questions survey
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As known for her culinary habit and skills, Duchess tried her hand at the Café’s kitchen making a chicken wrap. From Telegraph’s reports,

Talking to the Social Bite co-founder Alice Thompson, Catherine asked,  “Have you found examples of how an individual’s childhood has affected them, leading them to where they are now? You obviously see a lot of issues close up, people who come into the cafe to perhaps reach out and you help them. It’s a really big thing to be able to do that and understand everyone’s story and the journey they are on.”

Ms Thompson said, “Oh absolutely, it’s such a massive factor in what we see in our work and we see so many of the same patterns emerging all the time.”

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Before leaving, Catherine stood for a group photograph.

This video sums up the visit.

Duchess of Cambridge visited Northern Ireland and Scotland to promote her 5 questions survey
NI Gov

Thanking everyone who has participated in the survey, Duchess of Cambridge shared a message today,

What has struck me most is that so often the challenges people face in later life, whether mental health, homelessness or family breakdown – can so often be traced back to experiences in their earliest years. It prompted me to delve deeper into the early year’s landscape and learn more from the experts, the scientists and the amazing people providing services on the ground. But now is the time to get the views from everyone in society. I wanted to hear directly from people across the UK and it’s great to have been able to talk to people in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and across England about their experiences. I want to thank the 200,000 people who have filled it out because each and every response will help show us what society really thinks about raising the next generation. I am excited to hear from even more people before it closes on 21st February.

Duchess of Cambridge visited Northern Ireland and Scotland to promote her 5 questions survey
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Now to What Duchess wore – Catherine supported two casual looks today.

Barbour Ladies Waxed 'Defence' Jacket
Barbour Ladies Waxed ‘Defence’ Jacket

For the visit to the farm, Duchess was wearing her Barbour Ladies Waxed ‘Defence’ Jacket.

Reiss Delaney coat
Reiss Delaney coat

For the visit to Scotland, Catherine changed into her Reiss Delaney coat.

Duchess of Cambridge wore Pure Collection Cashmere Roll Neck Sweater - Heather Cornflower
Pure Collection Cashmere Roll Neck Sweater – Heather Cornflower

Underneath the outerwears, Catherine wore a new Pure Collection Cashmere Roll Neck Sweater in Heather Cornflower. Thanks to Kate’s Royal Closet for the id. $175 sweater is described as, “Sumptuously soft, refined and understated. With its elegant polo neckline, this stunning cashmere sweater adds grown-up glamour to any outfit. In a choice of gorgeous shades, you’ll be needing more than one.” It is currently available in various shades on Pure Collection store.

Duchess of Cambridge Penelope Chilvers Long Tassel Boots
Penelope Chilvers Long Tassel Boots

Duchess brought back her two-decades-old Penelope Chilvers Long Tassel Boots.

Duchess of Cambridge wore Catherine Zoraida Gold Fern Hoop Earrings
Catherine Zoraida Gold Fern Hoop Earrings

Another new element in her look was Catherine Zoraida Gold Fern Hoop Earrings. Another fab id by Kate’s Royal Closet. Fern Drop Earrings. Made in 18ct gold plated silver earrings are available for £ 165.

We might hear something more about the Duke and Duchess’ reported Australia-visit this week.


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A Real Royal Collaboration – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall in Leicestershire

Duke and duchess of Cambridge joined Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall Camilla for a joint engagement leicestershire

Duke and duchess of Cambridge joined Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall Camilla for a joint engagement leicestershire
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge together with The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Stanford Hall and met patients and staff in Leicestershire.

 

This is the first time when four of them are undertaking an engagement together since William and Catherine’s marriage.

Kate Middleton with Prince William, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker for royal concert before her marriage
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You must remember Catherine joined Charles, William and Camilla for Gary Barlow’s concert in aid of The Prince’s Trust and The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry before her marriage in 2011.

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William and Catherine have joined Charles in past for engagements. The trio visited the Dumfries House on March 05, 2013, in Ayrshire, Scotland where Charles has led a regeneration project since 2007.

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Catherine has undertaken a joint engagement with Queen and Camilla on March 01, 2012, to visit luxury store Fortnum and Mason to mark rejuvenation efforts in the area. They visited luxury store Fortnum and Mason to mark rejuvenation efforts in the area. Catherine also joined Prince Charles for the first time for engagement on March 15, 2012, with Duchess of Cornwall at Dulwich Picture Gallery.

Duke and duchess of Cambridge joined Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall Camilla for a joint engagement leicestershire
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On arrival, Their Royal Highnesses were welcomed by Captain Alison Hofman QARNNS, Commanding Officer of the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) and will be taken on a tour of the site. The royals cracked a few jokes about all of them being in one place. From  The Telegraph:’s report

‘Logistically, the royals admitted, it was something of a challenge.  “There’s too many of us!” said Prince Charles, telling watching reporters he hoped their shorthand was up to scratch “with so many of us running around”. It is bad enough with just two visitors, Prince William joked. “When there’s four of us it’s a nightmare.”

The new Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, known as ‘DMRC Stanford Hall’, is operated by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and began admitting patients in October 2018. The Centre delivers in-patient and residential rehabilitation to serving members of the Armed Forces for complex musculoskeletal disorders and injuries, including complex trauma, rehabilitation following neurological injury or illness and in-patient care for the joint and soft-tissue disease.

Duke and duchess of Cambridge joined Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall Camilla for a joint engagement leicestershire
Clarence House

It also provides education, research and training in military rehabilitation, hosting both the Academic Department of Military Rehabilitation and the Joint School of Exercise Rehabilitation Instructors. The DMRC currently provides services to a small group of veterans in the form of the Complex Prosthetic Assessment Clinic (CPAC), which is a joint MOD and NHS England commissioned outpatient clinic.

Duke and duchess of Cambridge joined Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall Camilla for a joint engagement leicestershire
DMRC

The project was the idea of Royal Family’s closest ally the late Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster. The Duke of Grosvenor was Prince Charles’s close friend. His wife Natalia is William’s Godmother. Gerald’s son Hugh Richard Louis Grosvenor, 7th Duke of Westminster, is the Godfather of William and Catherine’s eldest son Prince George. The late Duke led the £300m fundraising drive with a personal gift of £70m. Unfortunately, the Duke passed away in 2016 and is not here today to see the project coming to reality.

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More from DMRC,

The idea of creating a 21st century version of the existing Defence rehab centre, Headley Court in Surrey, in a new location to serve the future needs of serving members of the Armed Forces came from the 6th Duke of Westminster.

He raised it in the MoD in the late summer of 2008 with the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff for whom he was working at that time as the senior reservist in Defence as a Major General.  The Duke had served in the Reserve Army for 40 years and knew, first hand, the high price that members of the Armed Forces can pay for serving the nation.  He wanted to do something about it and ensure that seriously injured sailors, soldiers and members of the RAF would feel looked after and get the best possible care.

The idea was subsequently discussed with the Defence Secretary (Des, now Lord, Browne) who supported the Duke’s idea but asked whether he could at the same time ‘do something for the nation too’.  This was put to the Duke who agreed.

Meetings followed in the Vice Chief’s office involving Dame Carol Black (then the Government’s adviser at DWP), the Surgeon General and Arup.  They examined the basic feasibility of what was being proposed in terms of the clinical rehabilitation field of medicine.

The notion of a Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) programme was devised and put to the Duke at the end of 2008.  In 2009 it was developed with the other government departments and was put to Parliament in a written Ministerial Statement in June 2009.  That statement heralded the start of a year-long study in 2010, funded by the Duke, to examine the concept across government in detail.

DMRC Stanford Hall is part of the overall Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) programme which includes both a Defence element and proposals for a National (NHS) facility on the same site, sharing knowledge, expertise and some specialist facilities with the Defence establishment to mutual advantage. The Duke of Cambridge, who was Patron of the DNRC appeal, attended the official handover of the newly built Defence centre to the nation in June 2018. The National facility is progressing through a business case process which could see the facility operating in 2023, subject to relevant approvals.

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The tour included visiting some of the therapy areas and observing patients undertaking gym rehabilitation sessions.

Duke and duchess of Cambridge joined Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall Camilla for a joint engagement leicestershire
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Prince William tried his hand at wheelchair basketball.

 

A lovely video where Prince Charles gave his son a push to make a goal.

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Prince Charles, Duchess Camilla, Prince William and Duchess Catherine also visited the Prosthetics workshop and heard from patients and staff about the range of multi-disciplinary clinical and therapy services available. From DailyMail’s report,

William also spent time talking to Emma Lumb, 25, from Barnsley, who served in the Royal Logistics Corps, and was paralysed from the neck downwards in a car accident last March. She was holding her son Lucus Murgatroyd, four, on her lap.

He asked her, ‘ Do you notice a difference [here]? Is it different being here as opposed to a civilian hospital? Do you stay here permanently? He also asked her: ‘Is it important to be able to speak about stuff?’

Speaking afterwards Emma said:, ‘It makes a massive difference. You feel you are with your family, surrounded by the guys and the banter. Don’t get me wrong, the NHS was brilliant when I had my accident. I couldn’t have had better treatment. I can’t fault it. But when you are in the army you are part of a very special family and moving forwards it is a better place for me to be. The staff here are so fantastic and they understand what it means to me.’

Duke and duchess of Cambridge joined Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall Camilla for a joint engagement leicestershire
Kensington Palace

The Royal couples then joined a reception for staff and patients before unveiling a plaque to mark the visit. Prince William was the patron of the DNRC appeal and attended the official handover of the newly built defence centre to the nation in June 2018.

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Charles and Camilla are going to undertake a few more engagements in the city while William and Catherine will be heading back to London.

Duke and duchess of Cambridge joined Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall Camilla for a joint engagement leicestershire
Kensington Palace

Now to what Duchess wore – Paying tribute to her the most favourite designer Alexander McQueen, who died on this day 10 years ago, Duchess chose a navy military-style number from her wedding dress label.

Duchess of cambridge wore Alexander McQueen black Military style jacket to Leicestershire
Alexander McQueen black Military style jacket

The ensemble consists of a navy military-inspired jacket. The structured jacket features shirt style collars, peplum style waistline adorned with gold-tone buttons.  The style was based on the black jacket shown here.

Duchess of Cambridge wore Alexander McQueen Military Inspired Long Skirt to Leicestershire
Alexander McQueen Military Inspired Long Skirt

Duchess paired the jacket with matching Alexander McQueen Military Inspired Long Skirt (Shown here in black). The skirt features a pleated bottom. The $1517 skirt was described as, “Military-inspired peplum midi skirt in light wool-silk. Metal mythical decorated buttons on the waist. Invisible zipper on centre back.

Duchess of Cambridge carried Alexander McQueen Wicca bag
Alexander McQueen Wicca bag

Catherine was carrying Alexander McQueen black Wicca mini satchel in smooth black leather. Thanks to HeavenQRF for three quick ids. Duchess owns the Alexander McQueen Wicca Mini Satchel in white and Alexander McQueen Wicca Mini Clutch in Raffia bag.

Duchess of Cambridge wore Ralph Lauren Collection Black Suede High Heel Boot to Cardiff
Ralph Lauren Collection Black Suede High Heel Boot

Duchess wore her Ralph Lauren Collection Black Suede High Heel Boot.

Mappin & Webb Empress Earrings
Mappin & Webb Empress Earrings

Her Mappin & Webb Empress earrings finished the look.

Princes Beatrice of York is engaged to Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
Princess Eugenie

This week has started on some big news on royal front. On a positive note, Palace announced that Princess Beatrice will marry Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on Friday 29 May at the Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace in London  where Prince George and Prince Louis were christened. I do not expect the wedding to be telecast but we might get some beautiful pictures.

On the sad news, Dan Watoon the Sun journalist reported that Queen’s eldest Grandson Peter Phillips, son of Princess Anne is separating from his wife Autumn Phillips. This was the most shocking news of 2020. The couple always looked so lovely and had two absolutely adorable little girls. I am saddened for the family and girls but wish them very best. It is reported that the couple told the Queen some months ago following a long period of discussions. Their wedding was a big milestone in Catherine’s life too as she met Her Majesty for the first time at this wedding. The statement was released by the couple stating,

“After informing HM The Queen and members of both families last year, Peter and Autumn jointly agreed to separate. They had reached the conclusion that this was the best course of action for their two children and ongoing friendship.

The decision to divorce and share custody came about after many months of discussions and although sad, is an amicable one. The couples first priority will remain the continued well being and upbringing of their wonderful daughters Savannah (9) and Isla (7). Both families were naturally sad at the announcement, but fully supportive of Peter and Autumn in the joint decision to co parent their children.

Both Peter and Autumn will remain in Gloucestershire to bring up their two children where they have been settled for a number of years. Peter & Autumn have requested privacy and compassion for their children while the family continues to adapt to these changes.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Ireland in March 2020

Kensington Palace announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will undertake an official visit to Ireland between Tuesday 3rd March and Thursday 5th March, at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Australian Media is reporting that Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has formally invited the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to visit the bushfire-ravaged towns of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. The tour is being planned in order to support victims of the bushfires and meet local heroes. Kensington Palace has not confirmed any details but we might hear something by the end of the week. William and Catherine last visited the country together in April 2014. From Sunday Morning Herald,

Prince William and his wife Catherine are set to visit bushfire-ravaged Australian coastal towns during a special royal visit that will spur more international financial support for survivors and volunteer firefighters.

Preliminary negotiations between the Morrison government and Kensington Palace – the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s official household – have been underway for weeks and Prime Minister Scott Morrison is expected this week to issue the formal invitation needed to clear the way for the tour.

The trip will be William’s fifth visit to Australia and the pair’s first since 2014. William, second in line to the throne after his father Charles, toured flood-stricken Queensland and Victoria on behalf of the royal family in 2011.

The couple has been distressed by the death toll, destruction of thousands of homes and widespread loss of flora and fauna during the summer disaster. They quickly expressed interest in visiting but did not want to divert resources to a royal tour in the immediate aftermath of the emergency.

They are expected to visit NSW and Victoria, however, planning is not finalised and other states including South Australia may be added.


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