We wanted to update Kate’s calendar for those planning ahead, there is another official function this weekend in addition to Saturday’s Trooping the Colour. But first a quick update on times for Saturday’s event, which is also the day the sovereign’s birthday is officially marked:
- 10am (5am EDT): the Royal party arrives and HM takes the official salute, carries out formal inspection of the troops, followed by carriage procession back to the Palace
- 1pm (8am EDT): royals view RAF flypast from the balcony at Buckingham Palace
A Sunday solo engagement for Kate has been announced, more from Richard Palmer on Twitter:
ARK Schools is part of the larger ARK organization, “Absolute Return for Kids”. Many readers likely know of Prince William’s work with the group, it was just last year that Â£17.2 million pounds ($28 million USD) was raised at the ARK Dinner gala, Kate and William’s first formal engagement following their April wedding. (Our post on the evening is here.)
Also on the calendar:
- Monday, June 18: Order of the Garter
- Thursday, July 5, Order of Thistle: During the Queen’s annual week in Scotland at Holyrood, William will be formally installed as a “Royal Knight of the Thistle” (technically “The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle”), more from STV:
“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are set to return to Scotland in July, as they accompany the Queen on her Diamond Jubilee engagements.
Kate and William, or the Earl and Countess of Strathearn to use their Scottish titles, are particularly looking forward to a special service being held in Edinburghâ€™s St Gilesâ€™ Cathedral… when William will be formally installed as a Royal Knight of the Thistle.
We will share more details when we have them.
Also today, some lovely photos of yesterday’s Jubilee Tour appearance in Nottingham, with thanks to Jessica.Â She was good enough to comment on our post, sharing that she was at the event:
I was at the Vernon Park event today. I got great views of the Queen, William and Kate, despite the crowds.
Here is one of her wonderful pictures, HM arriving at the Park.
Jessica also noted:
Kate was lovely. She is not quite as tall, and also not quite as thin as I expected…
More from Jessica’s comment on yesterday’s exciting activities:
She was extremely chatty with everyone she met, and they got delayed a few times because of this, which was quite funny. The nicest moment I saw was when she broke away from the group to briefly greet an elderly spectator in a wheelchair behind the barrier near me.
Jessica also has outstanding photos of Prince William.
This one is cute, Kate almost looks mischievous.
Our thanks to Jessica for being so gracious in sharing her impressions and her photographs from yesterday, she also has a delightful blog, “Jess and the Rebels,” pop in for a visit to read about her adventures traveling the world.
We’ll see you Saturday.