Country Chic Duchess of Cambridge Started 2019 With a visit to the King Henry’s Community Garden

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Duchess of Cambridge at King Henry's Walk Community Garden
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The Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine, today undertook her first official engagement of 2019. She visited King Henry’s Walk Community Garden in Islington. King Henry’s Walk Garden, opened at the end of 2007, is an award-winning green space in the Mildmay ward of Islington, created by the local community, for the local community.

Duchess of Cambridge at King Henry's Walk Community Garden
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After spending the Christmas break at their country residence Anmer Hall and first Sunday Church Service at Sandringham Estate with the Queen, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge returned to London last week just before Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s school opening and Catherine’s Birthday .

Duchess of Cambridge at King Henry's Walk Community Garden
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Duchess’ today’s visit was to highlight the great benefits of urban green spaces and services such as those provided by The Garden Classroom in terms of improving mental health and well being of young children. Ahead of the visit TGC welcomed the Duchess and tweeted:

Duchess of Cambridge visited King Henry's Walk Commnity Garden

The Garden Classroom is a charity and non-profit organisation that provide urban children and adults with transformative outdoor experiences devised to encourage active lifestyles, promote self-discovery, inspire growth and stimulate respect for nature.  TGC  started small, designing nature-learning sessions at King Henry’s Walk Garden in Islington for one local primary school. Learn more about The Garden Classroom here.

Duchess of Cambridge visited King Henry's Walk Commnity Garden
The Garden Classroom

What’s unique about The Garden Classroom is that they pop up in parks and gardens all over the borough, close to schools and  offer high quality interactive half or full-day sessions linked to the literacy, maths and science curriculum. Last year they provided more than 200 learning sessions for 30 schools and more than 6000 children and now operate in ten venues in Islington and Kent.

Duchess of Cambridge at King Henry's Walk Community Garden
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Duchess who turned 37 on last Wednesday, met the volunteers at King Henry’s Walk Community Garden to hear how the project brings people together through gardening and food growing. Catherine also met local residences to chat about their experiences of the garden. The project is one of the many  other projects that will inspire her upcoming garden.

Duchess of Cambridge visited King Henry's Walk Commnity Garden
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This once derelict site has been transformed by volunteers into a beautiful organic garden, providing an opportunity for local residents to grow their own vegetables and flowers, or just to come and relax in a peaceful oasis. Run by volunteers, with support from Islington Council, the garden contains growing plots for cultivation by local residents, where the use of organic gardening methods helps to promote a diversity of plants and wildlife, and a full programme of education and events engages the whole community.   Learn more about the Garden Here.

Duchess of Cambridge at King Henry's Walk Community Garden
The RHS

Ahead of the visit, it was announced that the Duchess has co-designed a garden for the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show that will be open from May 21 to 25 May this year. Catherine has designed ‘the RHS Back to Nature Garden‘ with award-winning Landscape Architects Andree Davies and Adam White, of Davies White Landscape Architects. The Garden is a woodland setting for families and communities, and encourages all generations, from all backgrounds, to connect with nature and enjoy growing plants for their health and wellbeing. Something core to the Society’s charitable work.

Duchess of Cambridge in gorgeous green Rochas Dress at the Chelsea Flower Show
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The RHS said, “Duchess’ garden will be inspired by childhood memories that are triggered by the natural world, as well as special moments that will be created and treasured by families now and in the future”. Full announcement of the garden design by the Palace:

To highlight the benefits of the great outdoors and inspire children, families and communities to get back to nature, The Duchess of Cambridge, the Royal Horticultural Society and landscape architects Davies White have today announced that they will design and build the 2019 RHS Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.

The garden will build on Her Royal Highness’s passion for the outdoors and the proven benefits that nature has on physical and mental health. The Duchess is a strong advocate for the positive impact that nature and the environment can have on childhood development, demonstrated by her longstanding support for organisations including the Scouts and Farms for City Children, as well as at more recent engagements to Sayers Croft Forest School and Wildlife Garden, the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, and her visit today [15th January] to Islington Community Garden.

Based on a woodland, the garden seeks to recapture for adults the sense of wonder and magic that they enjoyed as children, in addition to kindling excitement and a passion for nature in future generations. Wild planting and natural materials will be used to recreate a woodland wilderness where children and adults alike can feel closer to the great outdoors.

Her Royal Highness has worked in collaboration with the RHS and Davies White over the past three months and will continue to finalise the design ahead of the show in May. For over 200 years the RHS, which is the UK’s gardening charity, has been championing the power of gardening and growing plants for the environment, and for the health and wellbeing of people of all ages and backgrounds.

Duchess of Cambridge at King Henry's Walk Community Garden
The RHS

The design of the RHS Back to Nature Garden will be revealed in a press conference  on February 11th. Continuing the collaboration and to engage even wider audiences, The Duchess of Cambridge and Davies White will be co-designing two further RHS Gardens, maintaining many of elements from the Garden at Chelsea, at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival that will open from 2-7 July 2019 and RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey, which will open in the autumn later this year.

Duchess of Cambridge at King Henry's Walk Community Garden
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King Henry’s Walk Community Garden is part of the RHS’s Britain in Bloom campaign, ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood group’.  During today’s Catherine was shown some of the allotment plots at the Garden to see the impact that can be achieved in small scale plots.

Duchess of Cambridge at King Henry's Walk Community Garden
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She took part in a winter planting workshop, bird box building with the children from St Jude and St Paul’s CE Primary School , in the garden’s kitchen area. One of these bird boxes will be used in The Duchess’s upcoming Chelsea Garden.

Duchess of Cambridge at King Henry's Walk Community Garden
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Duchess looking at the bee house.

Duchess of Cambridge at King Henry's Walk Community Garden
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Duchess, the mother of three, enjoyed a great time with children while making pizzas in Garden’s own outdoor pizza oven, using ingredients harvested from the garden including oregano, marjoram and rosemary. During pizza making Catherine told children that “George and Charlotte would love to be learning outside of the classroom. It’s still fun inside but it’s much better outside”.

Duchess of Cambridge at King Henry's Walk Community Garden
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She said, “They would love to come and do this with you. They will be very sad that I’ve been out with you and they haven’t been here. They’re in school – George is learning about space. I think it’s one of the best things to make, pizza, it’s such fun.” One school girl asked whether the Queen had ever had pizza Duchess replied, “That’s such a good question I don’t know. Maybe next time I see her I’ll ask.”

Duchess of Cambridge at King Henry's Walk Community Garden
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Before leaving Duchess was presented with the jar of honey made from Garden’s bees.

Duchess of Cambridge at King Henry's Walk Community Garden
The Garden Classroom

Kyrah, a primary school student presented The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane to the Duchess of Cambridge for her children. Its the book The Garden Classroom gave all Islington primary schools to celebrate it’s10th anniversary.

A fun video of the day by The Royal Family Channel.

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For the day, Duchess chose a country girl look. She was wearing Dubarry Bracken Tweed Jacket. Huge thanks to @PerthsFashion for the quick id. Catherine was seen wearing the jacket for the first time in December 2018 during a Christmas Shopping spree.

Dubarry Bracken Tweed Jacket
Dubarry Bracken Tweed Jacket

The Dubarry Bracken Jacket, with its utility style design and tailored fit offers a sleek and sophisticated look with a contemporary edge. The stand up collar is on-trend and practical for days in the field, while the large pockets to the hips are a convenient place to keep your everyday essentials close at hand. Crafted from 100% wool with reflon coating the jacket features funnel neck, zip detail at the cuff, loop and button front fastening. An Alcantara provides comfort and warmth around the neckline and a beautiful design feature on the cuff.

Dubarry Bracken Tweed Jacket
Dubarry Bracken Tweed Jacket

A closer look at the fabric and detailing.  The £399 jacket is now  available for £279.30 at Outdoor and Country, Country Ways, Dubarry Official store, and William Powell.

Dubarry Bracken Tweed Jacket
Dubarry Bracken Tweed Jacket

Duchess paired the tweed jacket with her Zara Skinny Mid-Rose Trousers that we last saw in 2016 during Canada Tour.

Zara Skinny Mid-Rose Trousers
Zara Skinny Mid-Rose Trousers

on Twitter suggested that Catherine might be wearing J. Crew Mockneck sweater in supersoft yarn. The marino wool sweater with a mock neck and fitted silhouette is available on official online store for $79.50 in 12 different shades.

J. Crew Mockneck sweater in supersoft yarn
J. Crew Mockneck sweater in supersoft yarn

Another look at the sweater. The Sweater is described as, “This cozy and flattering mockneck sweater feels as good as it looks, thanks to a crazy-soft blend of yarns. This is the one you’ll want to wear every single day “.

J. Crew Mockneck sweater in supersoft yarn
J. Crew Mockneck sweater in supersoft yarn

The new piece of today’s look was See by Chloe Leather trimmed suede ankle boots. The shoes are described as, “See By Chloé’s combat-style ankle boots are perfect for balancing the prettiness of floral dresses and floaty skirts. Made from dark-brown suede, they have tonal leather trims and logo-embossed heel tabs, and are set on a chunky tread sole.”

See by Chloe Leather Trimmed Suede Ankle Boots
See by Chloe Leather Trimmed Suede Ankle Boots

The dark brown suede and leather boots features 1.5 inch heel with lace-up front. They were originally sold for $445 and now on 40% OFF and available for $267.

Duchess of Cambridge Kiki Lauren Yellow Gold Pavé Diamond Leaf Earrings
Kiki Lauren Yellow Gold Pavé Diamond Leaf Earrings

Catherine finished her look with Kiki Lauren Yellow Gold Pavé Diamond Leaf Earrings.

Tomorrow the Duchess of Cambridge will visit the Costume Department of Royal Opera House.

 

 

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Official Photographs of Princess Eugenie’s Wedding

Royal Wedding official portraits
Royal Wedding official portraits
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The newly wedded Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank released four official photographs of their wedding today. The pictures were taken by the British Fashion and Portrait photographer Alex Bramall at Windsor Castle and later in the day at the private dinner at Royal Lodge.

Royal Wedding official portraits
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In the first photograph Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank are pictured in the White Drawing Room, Windsor Castle with The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip, Eugenie’s parents Duke and Duchess of York Andres and Sarah, Jack’s Parents Mr George Brooksbank and Mrs Nicola Brooksbank, Eugenie’s elder sister Princess Beatrice, Jack’s brother Thomas Brooksbank and their bridal party.

Royal Wedding official portraits
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The second photograph has the Eugenie and Jack with their showstopper team i.e. the kids of their bridal party. Miss Theodora Williams; Miss Mia Tindall, Miss Isla Phillips; Miss Savannah Phillips, Prince George of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Miss Maud Windsor, Master Louis De Givenchy.

Royal Wedding official portraits
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The third picture is A candid black-and-white  clicked in the Scottish State Coach, upon its return to Windsor Castle following the Carriage Procession.

Royal Wedding official portraits
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In Fourth picture Princess Eugenie and Mr Brooksbank are pictured at Royal Lodge, Windsor ahead of the private evening dinner, following their Wedding.

Royal Wedding official portraits
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Princess Eugenie’s evening dress was designed by Zac Posen. Zac, present at the wedding yesterday, was inspired by the beauty of Windsor and the surrounding countryside. The choice of colour reflects the blush of an English rose. He took his inspiration from the White Rose of York.

Royal Wedding official portraits
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The pin-tucked plissé is cut on the bias and mixed with signature drapes. The White Rose of York is subtlety embroidered on both the shoulder and back which hold together the cape. The silk for the gown comes from Biddle Sawyer Silk. The timeless style of the gown has classic vintage vibe.

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Princess Eugenie is wearing diamond and emerald drop earrings which were a Wedding gift from Jack and she also wore them yesterday with her tiara.

Queen Victoria’s Wheat-Ear Brooches
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Her Wedding tiara was not the only loan from Queen. Princess Eugenie also wore a hair slide belonging to The Queen. The side is actually Queen Victoria’s Wheat-Ear Brooches that were originally commissioned by William IV in 1830 for Queen Adelaide. They were passed down to Queen Victoria in 1837, and eventually to The Queen in 1952. Her Majesty has worn them as both hair slides and brooches.

Royal Wedding official portraits
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In the wedding pictures, Alex has captured the grandeur of the royal status very beautifully. The white drawing room of the Castle went perfectly well with the beaming moment. “It is an honor and a privilege to be invited to photograph Princess Eugenie and Jack on this most special of days,” Bramall said in a statement released by the palace.

Royal Wedding official portraits
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The presence of Prince Philip was also crucial. It is a matter of public knowledge that Prince Philip and his ex daughter-in-law Sarah, the Duchess of York do not have a pleasant relationship and Philip has taken the great measures in the past to avoid Sarah. In the wedding picture, leaving their grudges behind Sarah is standing beside beaming Philip.

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Another amusing observation is Mia Tindall’s expression. the almost 5 year old daughter of Zara and Mike Tindall was looking totally un-amused by the hassles of being photographed.

Royal Wedding official portraits
The Royal Family

Coming to the twinkles of millions eyes,  Princee George and Princess Charlotte, The royal siblings are totally a pro now at being page boy and flower girl in a bridal party.

Royal Wedding official portraits
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Sitting on the same settee, George is giving a cheeky smile to the camera that is fast becoming his signature smile for the cameras behind the palace doors while Charlotte is giving a shy smile holding the flower bouquet.

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A very interesting and amusing thing was  noticed by Gerts Royal on twitter. If you zoom out the reception picture, you will see a lady taking a selfie in the background.

Royal Wedding official portraits
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Following the royal tradition, Princess Eugenie laid her wedding bouquet at the grave of an unknown warrior at Westminster Abbey this morning.

Princess Eugenie and Jack brooksbank married at Windsor Church
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Yesterday’s wedding was one of its type that set the new bar for a royal wedding. Duchess looked absolutely stunning in raspberry pink Alexander McQueen Dress.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the wedding of Princess Eugenie
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In Case you missed the ceremony, it can be re-watched here at the official Royal Family Channel on Youtube.

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Duchess of Cambridge is set to launch her first ‘Life Long’ project in 2019

Duchess of Cambridge is launching life long project to tackle Children Mental Health
Duchess of Cambridge is launching life long project to tackle Children Mental Health
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“I really hope I can make a difference, even in the smallest way. I am looking forward to helping as much as I can” – these were the words of Miss Catherine Middleton on November 16, 2010 during her engagement interview.

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Today after almost 8 years, Catherine now Duchess of Cambridge is turning those words into reality. Catherine who is on her maternity leave is reported to working hard on issues that are close to her heart. A Royal source informed Daily Mail, “Kate had been ‘immersing herself’ in her work over recent months, and could often be seen sitting at home with ‘mountains of paperwork’.”

Duchess of Cambridge is launching life long project to tackle Children Mental Health
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Rebecca English from Daily Mail yesterday reported that Catherine is set to launch her first “solo long term” project – a campaign to help children failed by ‘Broken Britain’ in 2019. She is bringing together experts from academia, education, health and other fields to work on how to help families tackle anti-social behaviour, addiction and mental health.

Duchess of Cambridge is launching life long project to tackle Children Mental Health
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Broken Britain – a term used by The Sun Newspaper in 2007 to describe a perceived widespread state of social decay in the United Kingdom. Among other issues the one was Child neglect.

Duchess of Cambridge is launching life long project to tackle Children Mental Health
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Since becoming the member of the royal family, Catherine’s patronage focus was on Mental Health and child care along with Arts. Duchess is working with charities providing support to children and families tackling mental and social issues.

Duchess of Cambridge is launching life long project to tackle Children Mental Health
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In May 2017 Duchess along with her husband Prince William and her brother-in-law Prince Harry started a campaign Heads Together under the umbrella of Royal Foundation to tackle the stigma around Mental Health. Today after two years the campaign is a huge success and turning the tides in UK. As per a study conducted by YouGov on 14000 people a significant change in the public’s approach to mental health was noticed.

Duchess of Cambridge attended the first Royal Foundation Forum
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In February during the royal forum Prince William told that Heads Together was actually Catherine’s idea that she suggested after noticing how three of us are working on the same focus i.e. Mental Health in different areas and it would be good to bring it together under one umbrella.

Duchess of Cambridge attended the first Royal Foundation Forum
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Speaking at the Forum Duchess said, “Since our roles are lifetime roles, our commitment to the work we do through the Foundation is genuinely long term. The work we do can and should have a long-lasting resonance. For this reason we’re able to support causes we’re passionate about for decades into the future. Like the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales we feel strongly we have to take a long-term view that is measured in generations.”

Duchess of Cambridge is launching life long project to tackle Children Mental Health
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Now after one successful combined project, Duchess is making her way towards another project that will be her way of making a difference in long term. As per Rebecca’s report,

“The subject is politically fraught, with some blaming Broken Britain on parents and others blaming budget cuts. But sources say the 36-year-old duchess is determined to push ahead because she sees it as potentially as big an issue as climate change. ‘This is a lifelong project,’ said one royal source. ‘She is looking at what she can do over the next five, ten, 15, 20 years. She wants to be able to look back and see what difference has been made. That’s what her position in public life allows her to do.’ She insists she will steer clear of public policy, instead using her ‘convening power’ to bring together experts, charities and academics in the field under the umbrella of the Royal Foundation, the charity for the younger royals.

According to sources, Kate has acknowledged in private that her detractors are likely to question what she, as a privately-educated and extremely privileged young woman, could possibly know about poverty and lack of family cohesion. She has often spoken of how lucky she feels to be part of a close and loving family who have always supported her. But she maintains that it is her duty as a member of the Royal Family to use her position to look at fundamental issues affecting the nation on a long-term basis.”

As per Daily Mail, “She is getting to know her subject really well as she knows how difficult it can be for someone from the Royal Family to talk about issues like this. People will often accuse them of being “preachy” or judgmental but she has spent the past few years meeting hundreds of people struggling with mental health issues and addiction, and it all seems to come back to childhood”.

Duchess of Cambridge looked radiant in Mint Green for a Symposium
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In March speaking at the symposium on early intervention, to provide social and emotional support for children in their early years at the Royal Society of Medicine in London, Catherine said, “I really feel so passionately about the importance of early intervention… providing children in their earliest years with social and emotional security builds strong foundations which last a lifetime”.

The Duchess of Cambridge hosted Roundtable Discussion on Mental Health
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Duchess and her expert advisers will also look at how to introduce better mental health support for primary school children, and at teaching parenting and relationship skills to teenagers before they even think of starting a family themselves. The findings will be published in 2019. The team of advisors include Professor Scott Greenhalgh, Professor Jane Barlow, Kate Billingham, Professor Leon Feinstein, Professor Peter Fonagy, Dr. Alain Gregroire, Annamarie Hassall, David Holms, Professor Eamon McCrory and Dr. Matthew Patrick.

Duchess of Cambridge speaking with Professor Peter Fonagy at Anna Frued gala
Duchess speaking with Professor Peter Fonagy, Chief executive of the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families – Photo: KensingtonRoyal

One of the key advisors is Professor Peter Fonagy, Chief executive of the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families, patronage of Duchess. Daily Mail talked to the Professor Fronagy,

“She came with a very deep interest even then about childhood and the influence of childhood on later development and she was surprisingly well informed about it. She was clearly on a journey of learning but had a good understanding of the importance of early development on the rest of life, there are few greater issues facing the country today. ‘[She] could affect the future of an entire generation with her work”.

‘What we have come to understand is just how important the early years can be in influencing the choices people make in life,’ he said. ‘The duchess can be such an incredibly important advocate for this issue. ‘She has a remarkable position to raise awareness about the importance of early years. I cannot think of anything more important that a person could do in her capacity.’

As expected, Duchess is set to come back from her maternity leave in October. The next three months up to Christmas are set to be busy for Duchess with most of the focus on Mental Health.

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