Friday, 25 May 2018

Cambridge Family Update: Kate's Letter for EACH, William's Tour to Israel Confirmed & the Latest on the Children!

Hello and Happy Friday! We're ending the week with a series of updates covering each member of the Cambridge family!


This week is Children's Hospice Week, and to mark it the Duchess of Cambridge shared a letter in support of her patronage East Anglia's Children's Hospices. Kate praised the "remarkable and life-changing" support provided by children's hospices. She continued: "By supporting Children's Hospice Week we can help them spread joy and positivity across the UK, encouraging everyone to make the most of moments that matter. Spending quality time together is such an important aspect of family life and for me, as a mother, it is the simple family moments like playing outside together that I cherish." The release was accompanied with an official photo we've seen a couple of times, Kate wearing her pale blue Catherine Walker suit.

Kate concluded, saying: "I hope you will join me in supporting Children’s Hospice Week this year. Together we can champion the vital role that children’s hospices play in helping seriously ill children and families to have more precious moments."

The letter in full:

More on the theme for this year's events: "We all want to do what we love and make the most of every minute. For children with life-limiting conditions and their families, 'Life’s Short' has a poignant meaning: they simply do not have time to waste. Children’s Hospices across the UK help these children enjoy the simple moments in life that we all cherish. Join us this Children’s Hospice Week 21-27 May to create more moments that matter and raise awareness and funds for the 49,000 children across the UK living with life-limiting conditions, and the lifeline services that support them."

For those considering supporting a hospice, EACH is not only tirelessly supporting families during a time of unimaginable need, they are planning to transform palliative care across Norfolk and north Suffolk. Due to the high demands of the charity's specialist services in Norfolk, the team has long outgrown their current hospice in Quidenham, a very old two-storey building. Accessibility and flexibility within the building is restricted and in order to continue to provide their services it was realised a new hospice was very badly needed. EACH obtained planning permission for a new hospice - the Nook - on a five acre site, with a vision to provide the latest and most efficient services. And thus the Nook Appeal was launched by Kate in 2014. Four years later, building is underway and the charity has raised £7.5 million, and are now £2.5 million away from their goal.

In 2016, the Cambridges attended 'A Taste of Norfolk' at their Norfolk neighbours' stately home Houghton Hall, hosted by David and Rose, the Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley. The couple have been friends of William and Kate for several years now. The evening was in support of the Nook Appeal and raised over £400,000.

Yesterday EACH announced Rose Cholmondeley has become a Patron of the organisation. Lady Rose said: "I feel honoured to become a Patron of EACH, that provides incredible care and support for children and families in our region. It’s vital to raise funds every year to continue this, and to build the much-needed new hospice, and I look forward to helping in any way I can."

If you would like to 'Buy a Brick' in support of the effort please click here.


Prince William returned to duties following the royal wedding on Tuesday, beginning the week attending the Manchester Arena National Service of Commemoration, marking one year since the horrific attack in the city.

William read a Bible passage from the Book of Corinthians. He said: "For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love."

Prince William presented Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday. The awards were founded in 1956 by the Duke of Edinburgh, and have supported the self-development of over 1.2 million people in 130 countries over the past year alone. Although Prince Philip is now retired, it's wonderful to see other members of the Royal family preserving his legacy and supporting the achievements of those participating. The video below is a fun one :)

This morning the Palace confirmed news of a very important tour William will undertake in late June, when he will make history as the first member of the Royal family to officially visit Israel. More from People's story:

'Kensington Place announced on Thursday that William, 35, will tour Jordan, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories next month. His trip begins on June 24 in Amman, and includes stops in Tel Aviv and Ramallah before concluding in Jerusalem on June 28.
William’s visit marks the first time a member of the royal family has traveled to Israel on official business. Prince Phillip went in 1994 for a Yad Vashem ceremony honoring his mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg, who saved Jews during the Holocaust by opening the doors of her palace in Greece. In 2016, Prince Charles attended the funeral of former President Shimon Peres.
The high-profile visit was “at the request of Her Majesty’s government and has been welcomed by the Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian authorities,” Kensington Palace said in a statement.'

This afternoon, William played in his first polo match of the season. He was in great spirits as his team won, and was watched by his cousin Zara Tindall, who is said to be due her baby very soon. It's the first of many he will play throughout the summer. We haven't seen Charlotte at the polo yet, but fingers crossed we see her and George at some point :)


We know how much the Queen adores horses; according to a recent report her great-grandson will be following in her footsteps. Hello! says George has been seen taking lessons at Windsor, practising on a Shetland pony that belong to Zara Tindall. A source said: "William and Kate were really keen to get George riding – it's something all the royals do and the whole family adore animals. But obviously he's only small so they didn't want to put him on a big horse. They asked Zara if they could use one of her Shetland ponies and he's been learning to ride on one of those." Who remembers this image of George on his rocking horse when the Obamas visited Kensington Palace in 2016? The little Prince will be 5 in July!


Princess Charlotte was one of the stars of the show at the Royal wedding.

It came as no surprise to hear she was also a very conscientious member of the bridal party. More from People:

'Fans loved when she stuck her tongue out in the car and did her royal wave on the steps of St. George’s Chapel on Saturday, but it turns out that behind the scenes, Charlotte, who served as a bridesmaid in the royal wedding, took control of the other children in the wedding party.
“She was really sweet,” a royal wedding guest tells PEOPLE. “There was one girl who wanted to go and she said, ‘No you can’t go yet. We have to wait until we are asked.’ She was really organized!”
The 3-year-old also had her trusty nanny by her side to help keep everyone in line — and nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo used a trick many parents can relate to: candy. “I was sitting right in front of [Maria] and she was bribing the youngest bridesmaid with Peppa Pig and Smarties,” the guest says, “which was quite funny.”


Several readers have been in touch regarding two questions about Prince Louis. Will he be with George and Charlotte at Trooping the Colour? And when is his Christening? I'm almost certain Louis is too young for Trooping but there's a good chance we'll see him next year. As for his Christening, Charlotte's was in early July, so I imagine the Cambridges will follow a similar time frame. William will be on tour until 28 June, so early July makes sense logistically.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Monday, 21 May 2018

The Cambridges in Harry & Meghan's Wedding Portraits & William and Kate Spotted Returning from Windsor!

Good evening, dear readers. We have a couple of post-wedding updates to share regarding the Cambridges. The official wedding portraits, taken by Alexi Lubomirski, were released this afternoon. The family photo featuring the bride and groom with the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Meghan's mother Doria Ragland, the Cambridges and the page boys and bridesmaids in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle is just fabulous. The mixtures of whites, creams, green and black makes for a striking colour scheme against the vivid backdrop.

A close-up of the Cambridge family. I thought it was arranged incredibly well with Charlotte sitting on Kate's lap.

George and Charlotte featured in a second portrait with the other children in the bridal party. In the back row: Brian Mulroney, Remi Litt, Rylan Litt, Jasper Dyer, Prince George, Ivy Mulroney and John Mulroney. In the front row it's Zalie Warren, Princess Charlotte and Florence van Cutsem. It was delightful to see George so happy and smiling in these photos. I think he's at the age now where he's becoming very aware of the attention and media presence at such events and it can all be a bit overwhelming. He looked like he was having a wonderful time when these were taken.

The photos were taken after the service at St George's Chapel.

You'll recall the Green Drawing Room provided the setting for the Queen's much-loved 90th birthday portrait.

And the third portrait of the happy couple taken on the west steps of Windsor Castle.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were photographed arriving back at Kensington Palace after spending the night at Windsor following the evening reception at Frogmore House.

Guests enjoyed a night of fine dining, dancing and heartfelt speech. William's speech is said to have been packed with funny moments and a touching reference to Diana. Meanwhile, several reports claim George Clooney danced with both the bride and the Duchess of Cambridge. He was in attendance with his wife Amal.

We also know the Duchess received a new piece to add to her jewellery box. The Duchess of Sussex gave her sister-in-law and best friends a bespoke gold bracelet by Zofia Day as a thank you for their help and support during the wedding. I imagine we'll see Kate wearing it one day!

A number of you have been in touch asking when we'll see Kate next; she won't be returning to public duties until the autumn, but she is expected (along with George and Charlotte) at Trooping the Colour on Saturday, 9 June.

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