The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge attended a church service at St. Mary Magdalene Church near the Sandringham estate, Norfolk, on Sunday morning, with the Queen. The couple was joined by a few of their very close friends on their walk to the church. It has become an annual tradition for them to attend the first Sunday service of the year with their friends. It is thought that they celebrate the Duchess’ birthday together on the day.
On 14 November, the Prince of Wales celebrated his 70th birthday with a big party at Buckingham Palace. On occasion of the milestone, Clarence House released several very nice pictures from the Prince and his immediate family, including the five Cambridges.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited South Yorkshire for a day of engagements on 14 November. They officially opened the McLaren Automotive’s new Composites Technology Centre and visited the Centrepoint hostel in Barnsley. More on the day can be read here.
The next day was very busy for the couple. The Duke first attended a Meeting of the Royal Foundation Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying at Buckingham Palace to check on 1-year progress of the Action Plan. The Duke and the Duchess then visited BBC Broadcasting House with members of the Royal Foundation Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying to view the work the broadcaster is doing as a key member of the Duke’s Task Force. The Duke also held a very strong speech on Cyberbullying during the visit.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children spend the half-term break from Prince George’s school at their country home Amner Hall in Norfolk. Prince George and Princess Charlotte both started school and nursery school respectively again on Monday 29 October, which saw the Cambridges return to London.
We didn’t see much of the Cambridges during the big Oceania Tour from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. It is expected that, now the Tour has ended, we will see plenty of them again until Christmas.
The Duke and Duchess returned to London by helicopter with prince Louis briefly from Amner Hall to attend the glittering state banquet for the King and Queen of the Netherlands on 23 October. The King and Queen were on a two-day state visit to the UK. Both the Duke and the Duchess have met the King and Queen on a number of occasions in the recent years, most notably during the 2015 Remembrance Sunday ceremonies and during the Duchess’ 2016 solo visit to the Netherlands. More information and pictures can be seen here.
Before leaving for Amner Hall again the next morning, the Duke attended a meeting for the Duchy of Cornwall at Clarence House. The heir to the British throne receives funding from the Duchy. The current Duke of Cornwall is the Prince of Wales, who does not use the title as the title ‘Prince of Wales’ is higher in rank. However, his wife does use the title ‘Duchess of Cornwall’ as it is the highest ranking title she can use. Eventually, the Duke of Cambridge will become Duke of Cornwall when his father ascends the throne. He has been attending meetings for the Duchy for some years already to prepare himself for the future.
The Duke and Duchess visited Coach Core in Essex on 30 October. Established by the Royal Foundation in 2012, Coach Core aims to harness the power of sport, and its ability to change lives and empower young people. The program was created by the Royal Foundation to inspire young people who are not in education or employment through sport. Since it began in 2012, 99% of graduates enter full-time education or secure employment. More on the engagement can be found here.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank on 12 October. The Princess and Jack were married at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, Windsor. The bride wore a gorgeous wedding dress by Peter Pilotto. Her tiara was on loan from the Queen.
Prince George was a pageboy and princess Charlotte was a flower girl. They both featured on the official Royal Wedding photographs, taken at Windsor Castle after the ceremony by photographer Alex Bramall.
The Duchess of Cambridge wore an outfit by Alexander McQueen and a hat by Philip Treacy for the occasion. She also wore diamond earrings on loan from the Queen and Prada velvet shoes and clutch bag.
The summer holiday is over for the Cambridge family. After spending a few days in Scotland with the Queen and other members of the Royal Family, they returned to Kensington Palace in London. Prince George’s and Princess Charlotte’s school started again in the first week of September.
Even though we had been expecting the return of the Duchess of Cambridge to Royal duties by now, it was confirmed by royal reporters that it will take a bit longer than expected. The Duchess will be back in October (rather than September, like we expected). When it comes to autumn engagements, we can expect her and the Duke to join the Royal Family for the Dutch State visit on 23 and 24 October, and she might attend the Mental Health summit held in London from 10-13 October. We will also see her for the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank on 12 October.
The Duke returned to royal duties after the summer holiday on the day prince George started his second year at primary school (Thursday 6 September), with a visit to the Royal Mail’s International Logistics Centre at Heathrow’s Worldwide Distribution Centre. The Duke saw how United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce members are working together to disrupt attempts to traffic illegal wildlife products. The Duke has been President of United for Wildlife since September 2013. During his visit, HRH saw a broad variety of recently seized items, including butterflies, crocodile leather items and objects made of ivory.
The next day, the Duke visited Newcastle and Gateshead to attend the Great Exhibition of the North. The Great Exhibition is only held once in every fifty years, making it a true once-in-a-lifetime experience to attend. The event is a three-month showcase of UK’s finest art, culture, design and innovation. The Duke toured the event and met with many involved with the exhibition. He even tried some of the new technology himself!