More information on the couple’s trip to Ireland was shared by Kensington Palace. The itinerary includes a vist to the Gaelic sports festival, Trinity College, the Famine Memorial and EPIC, the Irish Emigration Museum. The Duke and Duchess will also attend a summer garden party at the British Ambassador’s residence, where they will meet people from across Ireland’s arts, sports, military and social enterprise sectors. More information can be read here.
On Tuesday 19 June, the Duke and the Duchess attended Day 1 of Royal Ascot 2018. For the Duchess, it was her first time attending Royal Ascot. It is one of the most famous, if not the most famous, race event on the world. More than 300,000 people, including many members the Royal Family, make the annual visit to the popular outing. Royal Ascot is one of the centerpieces of the royal social calendar in the summer – due in part to Queen Elizabeth’s love of horses and her ever-present status at the festival. The event has been held since 1711 and starts each day with a procession of four carriages.
The couple traveled in the Royal carriage procession with the Earl and Countess of Wessex. The Queen, who absolutely adores Ascot, was also in attendance, just like the Princess Royal, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Eugenie of York and Princess Beatrice of York, the Duke of York and the Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. The couple later presented the St. James’ Palace Stakes. HRH wore a dress by Givenchy and a hat by Philip Treacy.
On Friday 22 June, the Duke traveled to Lesotho. He was received by The King of Lesotho at the Royal Residence and later visited Sentebale’s Mamohato Children’s Centre. The next day, he visited Phelisanong Children’s Centre and subsequently a project in Leribe. The Duke is patron and co-founder of Sentebale.
On Monday 25 June, the Duke traveled to South Africa to attend an African Parks board meeting in Johannesburg. Since 2017, the Duke has been patron of African Parks.
On Tuesday 26 June, the Duke and Duchess joined the Queen for award ceremony for the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards at Buckingham Palace. Earlier this year, the Duke was appointed a Commonwealth Youth Ambassador by the Queen. In this way, the engagement, which included celebrating the young leaders of the Commonwealth, was very fitting. The Duke and Duchess are planning to use their roles to strengthen the links between the Commonwealth countries and support young people in these countries. Each year from 2014 to 2018, 60 exceptional young people from Commonwealth countries were selected to receive a Queen’s Young Leaders Award and become ‘Queen’s Young Leaders’ – one for every year that the Queen had served as Head of the Commonwealth at the time of her Diamond Jubilee. 2018 is the last year the Awards will be presented. HRH also gave a speech at the Ceremony.
After the official photograph was taken, the Duke and Duchess attended a reception in celebration of the winners. The Duchess wore a bespoke pale pink Prada outfit.
On the same day, the Duke and Duchess attended a board meeting for the Royal Foundation. Together with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, they are the patrons of the organisation, which was founded in 2009 by then Prince William and prince Harry.
On Wednesday 27 June, the Duke played in the British Polo Day Charity match at Black Bears Polo Club in support of Sentebale and the Royal Foundation.
A few days later, on Saturday 30 June, the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex played in the Audi Polo Challenge, held at Coworth Park. The Duchess of Sussex, accompanied by her friend Serena Williams and her husband, and Mark Dyer and his family, who are close friends of the couple. The Princes played polo in support of WellChild and Tusk Trust today. The Duke of Cambridge has been a patron of Tusk Trust since December 2005, and the Duke of Sussex has been a patron for WellChild since March 2007. Their team was victorious today. The Duchess wore a Shoshanna dress, Sarah Flint sandals and her Madewell x Baltimore hat for the day.
The Duke of Sussex, again supported by his wife, returned to the Audi Polo Challenge for a second day of Polo on Sunday. Today’s match was in support of several military charities, including Support The Walk, The Gurkha Welfare Trust and the Household Cavalry Foundation. The Duchess wore a white top and a black pair of trousers, her trusty black Chanel flats and her Madewell x Baltimore hat.
- Thursday 5 July: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will attend the ‘Your Commonwealth’ Youth Challenge Reception at Marlborough House
- Monday 9 July: Prince Louis’ christening at St. James’ Palace
- Tuesday 10 July: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and members of the Royal Family will attend the 100th Anniversary Celebrations for the RAF at Westminster Abbey
- Tuesday 10 July – Wednesday 11 July: The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex will pay an official visit to Ireland