Hello and Happy February, it’s good to be back posting again. Today we have several newsbytes to share, followed by a look at some of our poll results.
We begin with word about Kate’s first-ever solo television interview, part of an upcoming broadcast about HM’s birthday. More from Levi Winchester’s story in The Express:
THE DUCHESS of Cambridge has given her first solo television interview for a special programme marking the Queen’s 90th birthday.
The Duchess was interviewed by broadcaster Tom Bradby, who also spoke to Kate and Prince William on the day their engagement was announced in November 2010.
But her latest television venture marks her first solo moment in front of the camera, with a now more experienced Duchess having made charity videos and taken part in many royal events at home and abroad.
This should be a fascinating program; in part because of Kate’s interview, but also because producers have been granted “close access” to the Queen and other royals over the past year. Any sort of look offering footage from ‘behind the curtain’ is fascinating; I would anticipate video of Kate not previously seen. Others interviewed for the documentary include Prince William, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. The program is 2 hours in length and will air on ITV; no date has been announced for the broadcast, only that it will air in ‘the spring’. The program’s working title is The Queen at Ninety.
Next, updates to Kate’s calendar.
- Sunday, 7 Feb: In her first engagement as Honorary Commandant of the RAF Cadets Kate attends a church service and reception in recognition of the Cadets’ 75th anniversary. The service will be at St. Clement Danes in Westminster, that is the Central Church of the Royal Air Force. We do not yet know the location for the reception.
- We have updated the Calendar page to include several of the events honoring the Queen’s 90th birthday. As of yet there are no confirmed appearances by other royals at the varying functions, with the exception of special activities planned during the Royal Windsor Horse Show May 11 – May 15. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will attend the final show on Sunday, May 15th, for a pageant in honor of HM’s birthday. I would look for William, Kate and other senior royals to be at the event in light of this post on the Monarchy’s website: “The Queen and Members of the Royal Family will attend a pageant celebrating The Queen’s life to be held at Home Park in Windsor Castle.”
We will keep you posted about these events moving forward. It is a busy spring with the state visit from Spain in March, the tour, and all of the events honoring HM’s 90th birthday.
Our other newsbyte involves another patronage for the Duchess: Roya Nikkhah reports in The Sunday Times that Kate will be taking over the Queen’s patronage of the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, the organization that hosts the annual Wimbledon tennis championships. Below you see Ms. Nikkhah’s tweet about the story. (Ms. Nikkhah is highly accurate, one reason I am sharing details of her story.)