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!