Today, Duchess of Cambridge met the representatives of various charities to discuss the children’s tennis initiatives in the UK and access to the sport at the grassroots level at her London residence Kensington Palace.
The Coach Core apprenticeship scheme was designed by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to take young people aged 16 – 24 with limited opportunities, and train them to be sports coaches and positive role models and mentors in their communities. The apprentices learn technical sport skills alongside an inclusive and holistic approach to coaching, with an emphasis on employability and mentoring skills.
An avid tennis fan, Duchess of Cambridge is a patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club since 2016. Duchess took the patronage of the Association from the Queen in December last year who held the role for 64 years.
Today Duchess of Cambridge joined Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the members of Royal Family at Westminster Abbey for the annual Commonwealth Day Service. The service is conducted on the second Monday of March month every year.
Queen Elizabeth is head of the Commonwealth that includes 53 Nations with 2.4 billion population. Commonwealth Day, formerly known as Empire Day, is the annual celebration of the Commonwealth of Nations. The first Empire Day took place on 24 May 1902, celebrated prior to 1901 as the birthday of Queen Victoria, who died on 22 January 1901.
Every year Her Majesty issues a message on Commonwealth Day. This year in her message the Queen said,“We all have reason to give thanks for the numerous ways in which our lives are enriched when we learn from others. Through exchanging ideas, and seeing life from other perspectives, we grow in understanding and work more collaboratively towards a common future. There is a very special value in the insights we gain through the Commonwealth connection; shared inheritances help us overcome difference so that diversity is a cause for celebration rather than division. We shall see this in action at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting which takes place in the United Kingdom next month, bringing together young people, business and civil society from across the Commonwealth. These gatherings are themselves fine examples of how consensus and commitment can help to create a future that is fairer, more secure, more prosperous and sustainable. Having enjoyed the warm hospitality of so many Commonwealth countries over the years, I look forward to the pleasure of welcoming the leaders of our family of 53 nations to my homes in London and Windsor. Sport also contributes to building peace and development. The excitement and positive potential of friendly rivalry will be on display next month as we enjoy the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia. Contributing to the success of the Games, alongside athletes and officials, will be thousands of volunteers. Voluntary effort, by people working as individuals, in groups or through larger associations, is so often what shapes the Commonwealth and all our communities. By pledging to serve the common good in new ways, we can ensure that the Commonwealth continues to grow in scope and stature, to have an even greater impact on people’s lives, today, and for future generations.”
On the occasion, the flags of all 53 member countries were flying at Westminster in London today.
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at Abbey shortly before the service and enjoyed a performance from Ghanaian musicians and performers One-Drum.
The service took place in the presence of some 2,000 participants including High Commissioners and dignitaries from around the Commonwealth, in addition to 1,000 young people from schools across the UK. As head of the Commonwealth, the Queen has reinforced links and seen the association of nations grow from seven to fifty-three members during her reign.
Queen Elizabeth II arrived at Westminster Abbey for today’s service. A noticeable absentee was the Duke of Edinburgh. Prince Philip announced his retirement from public life last year at the age of 96 due to his health.
The royals took their seats inside the church. Guests included the Prime Minister, the Prime Minister of Malta, the Hon Dr Joseph Muscat MP, the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, alongside High Commissioners, Ambassadors and dignitaries, senior politicians from across the UK and Commonwealth.
The British National Anthem is sung by the congregation in the presence of The Queen,
‘As we give thanks for our rich diversity and for our common humanity, let us pray together for peace and unity’ – Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster, gives the bidding during The Commonwealth Service at @Wabbey. #CommonwealthDaypic.twitter.com/5dXcc9IQI2
‘As we give thanks for our rich diversity and for our common humanity, let us pray together for peace and unity’ – Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster, gives the bidding during The Commonwealth Service.
Today’s performances included One Direction singer Liam Payne.
Eye surgeon and Co-Founder of Peek Vision, Dr Andrew Bastawrous provides a reflection on his work to bring better vision to people around the world through the latest technology and health intelligence.
All members of the congregation stand for The Act of Affirmation to the Commonwealth read by the Commonwealth Secretary-General.
The flags of the Commonwealth nations are processed out of the Abbey.
After the service, Her Majesty greeted the members of the public and received a posy.
Catherine greeting the performers.
Duchess of Cambridge was presented with beautiful flowers.
Outside the abbey, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met school children came from different parts of the country.
For today’s event, Duchess of Cambridge once again repeated her one of stunning maternity style.
She brought back the elegant Beulah London Chiara coat she first wore for a service of commemoration to mark the end of combat operations in Afghanistan at St Paul’s Cathedral when she was expecting Princess Charlotte in 2015.
This piece is cut in a fit-and-flare silhouette and is makes layering easy and comfortable with concealed buttons to keep the design clean and elegant. The coat is available on pre-order at Beulah London official website.
Today The Duchess of Cambridge Catherine officially opened new headquarters of Place2Be in London. Place2Be is one of the earliest patronages and close to Duchess’s heart.
Place2Be provides emotional and therapeutic support to children in schools, working alongside school leaders, teachers and parents.
The new headquarters will provide state-of-the-art training facilities, enabling Place2Be to train more counsellors, teachers, school leaders, and a new home for our research & evaluation teams.
Ahead of the engagement, Kensington Palace said,” The Duchess will use the visit to learn more about the training provided and research conducted by Place2Be around children’s mental health, which is key part of her work to support mothers, teachers and parents in order to ensure children have the best possible start in life.”
At the centre, Duchess met the staff and more about the work and facilities. The new building will become a hub for excellence in children’s mental health, driving progress through evidence-based practice, professional development and research.
Throughout the morning, the guests and supporters had been getting hands-on experience of Place2Be and The Art Room’s work. Place2Be was merged to another patronage of Duchess – The Art Room in this January.
The Art Room provides a group work intervention in schools using creativity and art to improve the wellbeing of pupils experiencing emotional or behavioural difficulties.
Speaking to officially open their new centre today, The Duchess, who is Patron of Place2Be, praised everyone for their work to support school leaders and parents, and for being at the forefront of efforts to give every child the best start in life and said, “In my years of working with all of you at Place2Be, I have seen at first hand the leadership you provide: you are at the forefront of efforts to give every child the very best start in life”.
Seraphine described the dress as, “Worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, Seraphine’s Marlene Maternity Cocktail Dress is a true statement piece, perfect for special occasions. The soft woven skirt sweeps elegantly to the knee, creating a flattering A-line silhouette that’s perfect before, during and after pregnancy. The stunning lace bodice is lined in comfortable stretch jersey, while the elegant long sleeves are made in stylish peek-a-boo lace, with subtle bell detailing at the cuffs. Velvet ribbon detailing at the empire waist, cuffs and collar complete the look.”