There is news today about Kate’s health, due date and schedule. From a Kensington Palace news release:
Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in April 2015.
The Duchess of Cambridge continues to be affected by Hyperemisis Gravidarum, but her condition is steadily improving.
In addition to the good news about Kate’s health, the release should put to rest rumors the Duchess is expecting twins, with the wording “expecting a baby”.
We wanted to briefly update Kate’s Calendar and also share news about her new Patronages. This way tomorrow’s post won’t be endless.
We have added another appointment to Kate’s Calendar. On Monday, April 29 she helps celebrate Children’s Hospice Week with a visit to Naomi House Children’s Hospice. After a tour of the facility she will join some of the Naomi House children and their families in a tea party. (That also happens to be William and Kate’s 2nd wedding anniversary.)
Yesterday Kate’s new Patronages were announced, one is the Natural History Museum.
As the Telegraph noted in its story, Princess Diana was also the Museum’s Patron.
She has been so wary of comparisons with the late Diana, Princess of Wales that the Duchess of Cambridge has deliberately avoided following in her footsteps – until now.
The fact that the Duchess has for the first time accepted an invitation to succeed the Princess reflects her growing confidence that she has established herself as a member of the Royal family in her own right, to the extent that she no longer feels awkward about comparisons with the “People’s Princess”.
Also added to Kate’s list of charities, Place 2 Be. The artwork shown on the site (not to mention the words in the pictures!) makes a powerful message.
From the charity’s comments on Kate becoming Royal Patron:
The Duchess’ support will help Place2Be hugely in its efforts to shine the spotlight on child mental health, and on the need to tackle these issues at the earliest possible stage, so that children have the brightest possible futures…
You can see a wonderful new animation piece about Place 2 Be by clicking here.
Kate will see the program working in person this Tuesday; that is when she visits The Willows Primary School. The Duchess will be involved in launching a new program that is a joint effort of the Royal Foundation, as well as Comic Relief, Place2Be and Action on Addiction.
BTW, we have update on that arson fire set at The Willows School. Below, what is left of the school’s playground equipment.
The School has launched a fundraising effort via crowd-sourcing site Go Fund Me. From the school’s Go Fund Me page:
Before this nightmare happened, our gargantuan, adventure Fort Henry was absolutely amazing. It was the best thing we had, everyone was eager to play on it – playtime could not come quick enough! It also helped improve children’s behaviour.
This before and after image from the Willows Go Fund Me page shows the severity of the damage.
Kate’s third new Patronage is Sports Aid.
This charity funds athletes training for Paralympic and Olympic competition. More from that Telegraph article:
Tim Lauler, the charity’s chief executive, said the Duchess became aware of the charity through her work as an ambassador for TeamGB during the London 2012 Olympics.
He said: “She did her own research into the sort of help young athletes need before lottery funding kicks in, and came to see us about a month ago to ask about the hurdles they face, the role of parents and so on. She was really thorough and impressive.”
In other news, Kate has been seen out shopping and lunching with her mother, Carole Middleton. E! Online has exclusive photos of Kate in a navy maternity top with a white lace collar, the pictures were shown last night on E! News. The Duchess is carrying her grey Tod’s D-Styling bag.
And looks that would work for a baby boy’s room.
The Boutique’s owner, Izabela Minkiewicz, confirmed Kate had been in shopping, telling Marie Claire UK:
“We had the honour of the Duchess of Cambridge visiting our shop on Walton Street.”
More pieces by Blue Almonds.
The company also does artwork in a variety of styles and themes.
Kate and Carole are seen carrying a white Moses basket in the E! story. Below we show an example of a Moses Basket, it is basically a portable bassinet or crib. There are a variety of styles, some with tops and others without, differing designs for the sides, interior, etc.
We have two updated posts to tell you about.
A reminder that tomorrow Kate is in Windsor for the annual Scouts Parade, we will see you then.