Editor’s Note: Because of me having very little time to blog, we have two weeks combined for the Cambridges this week – we will be back in full force soon!
We are starting this blog with very happy news to share with you: we will be seeing our four favourite royals together on Wednesday 28 February for the first time in official capacity! They will be attending the first Royal Foundation Forum, and they will discuss the work of the Royal Foundation together.
Last week, the Duke and Duchess and their children had a pretty quiet week together – possibly at Amner Hall in Norfolk – because prince George had his half-term break from school. It is thought to be their final break together before the arrival of another Cambridge baby in April.
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The Duke and the Duchess attended the glittering BAFTA Awards Ceremony 2018 at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 18 February. The Duke has been President of BAFTA in 2010. The couple met with actors and actresses and the Duke presented British Filmmaker Ridley Scott with the Fellowship Award. More about the night can be read here.
The next evening, the Duchess hosted a reception for the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange at Buckingham Palace with the Countess of Wessex. The two of them received very high profile guests, such as Dame Anna Wintour, designer Stella McCartney and supermodel Naomi Campbell. The reception brought together people from across the fashion industry, including designers, manufacturers, textile producers, and craftspeople.
On Tuesday, the Duke visited Triumph Motorcycles and the HORIBA MIRA Technology Park. At Triumph Motorcycles, the Duke toured the facilities where the motorcycles are produced. The brand is the largest British motorcycle manufacturer. After touring the factory, HRH made a short test-drive on one of the latest models (he is very keen on motorcycling). Before leaving for the MIRA Technology Park, he also opened the new visitor centre at Triumph and unveiled a commemorative fuel tank to mark his visit.
At MIRA Technology Park, the Duke saw various pioneering engeneering, research and test services. He was also taken on a newly developed Aston Martin around the test circuit at the Technology Park.
The Duke and the Duchess visited Sunderland on Wednesday. They arrived at the Fire Station in the city centre around noon to see the conversion of the old building to a music and arts hub. After several displays of music, dance and drama of local young people, TRH met with local cultural groups. The Duchess was given a henna tattoo on her hand (that will disappear after a few days) by some Indian women.
The next stop on the programma was the Northern Spire, a new bridge over the River Wear to connect the city centre with the harbour. It is still under construction, but is due to open in the spring. It will be the tallest structure in the North East of England. Dressed up in yellow reflective jackets and hard hats, the Duke and Duchess toured the new bridge.
- 27 February: The Duchess of Cambridge will visit the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
- 27 February: The Duchess of Cambridge will pay a visit to St. Thomas’ Hospital to launch the campaign ‘Nursing Now’.
- 28 February: The Royal Quartet will attend the the first Royal Foundation Forum.
- 28 February: The Duchess of Cambridge will visit the exhibition ‘Victorian Giants’ at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
- 1 March: The Duke of Cambridge will introduce several new Heads Together initiatives at a conference at Unilever House in London.