The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Westminster Abbey today.
I am back with a post covering the Duchess’s last several engagements. We’ll begin with last Thursday’s visit by the Cambridges to the Newham Ambulance Station in East London.
The Duchess brought back an Emilia Wickstead dress for the taping of a BBC program celebrating Commonwealth Day.
Commonwealth Day is the second Monday of March and is usually marked with a service at Westminster Abbey. Below, the Queen arriving for last year’s service.
Because of the pandemic, this year there is a virtual service. It features HM, who will deliver her annual Commonwealth Day address; the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall; the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; and the Countess of Wessex. More about HM’s speech via the Commonwealth site.
The theme for the day, ‘Delivering a Common Future’, highlights how the 54 member countries in the Commonwealth are ‘innovating, connecting and transforming’ to help achieve some of its biggest goals, such as fighting climate change, promoting good governance and boosting trade.
The program airs at 5pm local time, noon on the east coast. In the broadcast, the Duchess speaks about the ‘amazing work’ done by frontline workers. More from The Evening Standard.
During the programme, Charles pays tribute to the “extraordinary determination, courage and creativity” of the Commonwealth’s people during the Covid crisis.
In an extract from the programme, Kate and William chat in a video call with Dr Zolelwa Sifumba, from South Africa, an advocate for the rights of healthcare workers on the front line.
The duchess tells the medic: “Here in the UK there’s been masses of public recognition of the amazing work the front line are doing and it’s sad, almost, that it’s taken the pandemic for the public to really back and support all those working on the front line.”
The Daily Mail reports the program will also air on the BBC YouTube channel.
The Duchess brought back previously worn designs for calls with people who have long-term health conditions who are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
The royals heard about how they and their families have been protecting themselves during the pandemic and their thoughts on the newly-available vaccines.
Hello and welcome to a Wednesday! Today we have a look back at what Kate wore ten years ago for her first official engagement, but first, an update on Prince Philip via a Buckingham Palace statement released yesterday.
The Duke of Edinburgh remains at King Edward VII’s hospital where he is receiving medical attention for an infection. He is comfortable and responding to treatment but is not expected to leave hospital for several days.
The Duke is seen below with HM in November as they looked at a 73rd-anniversary card made by Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.
The 99-year-old Prince was admitted to King Edward VII hospital in London last Tuesday as a “precautionary measure.” More from The Guardian’s story:
Philip travelled to the hospital by car, and walked in unaided. Prince William, asked about his grandfather on Monday, said: “He’s OK. They’re keeping an eye on him,” and he gave a wink.
Here you see Prince William on Monday when he visited a vaccination center.
Prince Edward also spoke about the Duke’s condition in an interview with Sky News. We return to The Guardian’s coverage:
On Tuesday, the Earl of Wessex said of his father in an interview with Sky News: “He’s a lot better, thank you very much indeed, and he’s looking forward to getting out, which is the most positive thing so we keep our fingers crossed.”
Asked whether Philip was frustrated to be in hospital, Edward laughed and replied: “Just a bit. I think that gets to all of us, and then, you can only watch the clock so many times and the walls are only so interesting.”
Prince Charles visited his father on Saturday. Hopefully, the Duke will be out of the hospital and back at Windsor Castle before too long.
Now to the topic of the first engagement Prince William and then-Kate Middleton undertook following the announcement of their engagement in November 2010.