On 27 February, Kensington Palace announced that the Duchess of Cambridge has taken on two new patronages: she now is Patron of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and of the campaign ‘Nursing Now’. The late Queen Mother was the first patron of the RCOG. A full list of her patronages can be seen on our brand new page.
Furthermore, Kensington Palace announced that the Duke of Cambridge will make an official visit to Jordan, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories in the summer. He will be the first member of the Royal Family to visit this part of the world in official capacity. The visit was requested by the Foreign Office. As the Duchess of Cambridge will be on maternity leave following the birth of the couple’s third child in April, she won’t be joining her husband on his visit. However, it is very much a possibility that the Duke and Duchess will go abroad for an official visit together in the autumn of this year, or the spring of 2019.
On 27 February, the Duchess of Cambridge carried out two engagements for her new patronages, at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and to St. Thomas’ Hospital to launch the campaign ‘Nursing Now’. At her first engagement, the Duchess learned more about the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ actions to reduce maternal and new-born mortality worldwide and their education and training programmes. She also attended a roundtable discussion on how the stigma surrounding women’s health can be removed.
Later, she visited St. Thomas’s hospital for the launch of the global ‘Nursing Now’ campaign. The Duchess held a speech to mark the launch of the campaign, that is trying to raise the profile and status of nurses. Nurses are critical in healthcare and many more are needed in the upcoming years in many countries all over the world.
On 28 February, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the first Royal Foundation Forum with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. It was the first official engagement the four of them attended together. The theme of the day was ‘Making a Difference Together’, which describes the goal of the four royals: they believe that they can make the biggest difference with their charity work when they work together. Both the Duke and the Duchess made a short speech to express their views on the future of the Royal Foundation.
More information and pictures on the event can be seen here.
Later that day, the Duchess visited the National Portrait Gallery to view their new exhibition ‘ ‘Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography’. The Duchess has been patron of the National Portrait Gallery since 2012. She is a keen photographer herself and worked together with the NPG to put the exhibition together. She also wrote the foreword to the exhibition catalogue, and personal captions that are on display alongside the photographs.
On 1 March, The Duke of Cambridge introduced a new HeadsTogether & Mind initiative for mental health at the workplace at the Workplace Wellbeing conference at Unilever House in London. According to Kensington Palace, ”the new initiative will consist of a ‘Mental Health at Work’ website & online training, that will equip workplaces with tools, training & a good understanding of mental wellbeing in order to create a healthy and supportive working environment”. He gave a speech to mark the launch of the new initiatives, it can be read in full here.
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- 7 March: The Duke of Cambridge will visit RAF Coningsby