Prince William was presented with an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Society of Medicine for his work supporting healthcare (including his time at the Search and Rescue Force and the Air Ambulance) and mental health organisations. Other royal Fellows are Prince Phillip, Prince Charles, Princess Anne and the Duke of Kent. The Fellowship was presented at the Society on Wednesday 17th January.
The Prince also made headlines with his new haircut this week. According to several newspapers, HRH ususally shaves his head himselves at home, but for this cut, a hairstylist was hired.
The Duchess got stuck in London traffic while on school-run to pick up prince George. HRH was driving, with a protection officer next to her. Pictures can be seen here at the Daily Mail website.
Furthermore, it was being reported this weekend by the Sunday Express that HRH would like to give birth to her third child at home, to avoid the severe disruption to the hospital like that happened in 2013 and 2015. Prince William is said to agree with his wife’s wishes but at the moment, it is not known if the couple are really considering this option.
Last but not least: the itinerary for the Duke and Duchess’ upcoming tour to Scandinavia was released on Monday. You can read the full itinerary here.
On Tuesday, the Duke and the Duchess visited Coventry for a day of engagements. They visited the Cathedral, a café that employs former addicts, the University to open their new Sceince and Health Building and the Positive Youth Foundation to see what they do for young people in the city.
On Wednesday, the Duchess carried out two engagements in London. She first visited the Great Ormont Street Hospital, to officially open their brand new Mittal Children’s Medical Centre. HRH met with staff, patients and parents to talk about the new facilities.
In the afternoon, the Duchess visited Bond Primary School in Mitcham to see the work of the Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative (WJTI). The Duchess is patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) since December 2016, taking over the patronage from HM The Queen. The WJTI is the AELTC’s community tennis programme and it promotes the benefits of sports for children since 2001. The Duchess joined teachers, trainers and children for a quick tennis session.
On Thursday, the Duke visited the Evelina Children’s hospital in London to celebrate the national launch of the programme ‘Step into Health’. The programme gives veterans the chance to get employed by NHS after leaving service. It is supported by the Royal Foundation. HRH met with some veterans now working for the NHS at the hospital.
- Tuesday 23 January: The Duke of Cambridge will deliver the keynote speech at the Charity Commission Annual Public Meeting
- Tuesday 23 January: The Duchess of Cambridge will launch of a new mental health project for young children during a visit to Roe Green Junior School in Brent
- Wednesday 24 January: The Duchess of Cambridge will pay a visit to the Maurice Wohl Clinical Neurosceince Institute
- Wednesday 24 January: The Duchess of Cambridge will visit Perinatal Service at NHS Maundsley Bethlem Royal Hospital