We are back with a very quick post about what appears to be Kate’s return to a busy schedule of activities, with information about many of the engagements Kate will be undertaking in the next two months. First, a very brief update noting that Kate and William have arrived at Balmoral, as expected.
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We already knew about Kate’s commitment Thursday the 17th at the Anna Freud Centre, a children’s mental health charity. The next day the Duchess will also have an appearance, this one with Harry and William at the opening ceremony for the Rugby World Cup. This will be at Twickenham Stadium in southwest London, the largest dedicated rugby ground in the world. Prince Harry is Honorary President of England Rugby 2015, the host organization staging the events; as many readers know, William is president of the Football Association. In addition to the formal ceremonies September 18th, England takes on Fiji in the opening match. Some quick facts about the upcoming event.
- The World Cup is held every four years, the winner takes home the William Webb Ellis Cup
- Australia, New Zealand and South Africa have both won the Cup twice, England has won it once
- Matches will be played at 13 venues in England and Cardiff, Wales
- There are 20 teams in the tournament competing over 6 weeks
- There is a charitable component to all of this, the Tackle Hunger initiative, a partnership between World Rugby and the UN’s World Food program.
It’s difficult to describe what an enormous event this is, but ticket sales are illustrative: when the first batch went on sale last September there were more than 5 million requests to purchase seats. All of this to say that it is a good event for Kate, and of course, William and Harry. The Duchess is expected at more than just the opening ceremony on the 17th; more from Gordon Rayner’s story in The Telegraph:
The six-week Rugby World Cup kicks off in 10 days and it is understood that she will attend several matches and events.
Possible appearances could come at any number of matches; Ireland, Wales and Australia all play at Millennium Stadium in Wales, while there are also matches at Twickenham that make sense. As far as Kate’s wardrobe for September 18th, I would expect something a step above the skinny jeans and Breton stripe tops we see at many sporting events. With England hosting the Cup I anticipate that Harry and William will have some kind of role at the ceremony; for this and other reasons I would look for a dress on the Duchess.
UPDATED Sept. 11 The British Monarchy has confirmed the engagement:
The Duke of Cambridge will attend a number of matches with The Duchess of Cambridge in his capacity as Vice-Patron of the Welsh Rugby Union.
That casts a better light on what matches William and Kate might attend. Following are some of the matches Wales is playing in:
- Sept 20: Wales vs Uruguay, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
- Sept 26: England vs. Wales, Twickenham
- Oct 1: Wales vs Fiji, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
- Oct. 10: Australia vs. Wales, Twickenham
As noted above, the competition is a Very. Big. Deal. There have been events all over the world in advance of the competitive kickoff in ten days, with more and more taking place in London. Here you see the Welsh Guards this morning with members of the London Welsh Rugby Football Club at an event showcasing the Cup’s trophy at Kew Gardens.
London Welsh Rugby Football Club
We can look for other appearances in addition to the Rugby matches. From Rebecca English’s story in The Daily Mail:
The Duchess and her husband will also undertake several joint engagements together, including visits to Dundee and North Wales in late October and late November respectively.
Simon Perry’s story for People magazine says the October visit is to Fife, where the University of Saint Andrews is located. It’s possible the event late in October will be at the University, perhaps related to the ongoing 600th Anniversary fundraising effort. Many will remember the kickoff for Anniversary events that Kate and William helped launch back in February of 2011.
University of St. Andrews
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