Nov252014
Gallery Additions: East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices Appeal Launch

Telegraph — A bereaved mother has said the Duchess of Cambridge wrote personally to console her following the death of her baby daughter.

Kate was attending the launch of a fundraising campaign to help East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), where she is royal patron, build a new £10 million hospice when she met families who have benefited from the charity’s work.

Among them was Leigh Smith, a 33-year-old physiotherapist from Norwich whose daughter Beatrice died from a rare heart condition after just 89 days.

She revealed how she wrote a letter to Kate outlining her story, only to receive a personal reply from the duchess.
Mrs Smith said: “I was so surprised to receive a letter with such personal comments and signed by her.

“It was a lovely gesture and helped me through a terrible time.

“I was touched that she had taken so much time to carefully read my letter and then to reply herself – it shows how much she cares.

“When I met her today she remembered the letter and said it was an honour to meet me.

“I was completely taken aback – for me it was an honour to meet her.”

Mrs Smith said: “I had mixed feelings about today because it’s a difficult time but this is the most amazing way of celebrating her birthday and I hope Beatrice was looking down as I met Kate.”

The duchess braved the cold as she went without a coat and wore a red knee-length dress by Katherine Hooker and black sued stiletto pumps as she arrived at the Norfolk Showground on a frosty morning with temperatures of about 3C.

There was just a hint of a baby bump as she met families, volunteers and staff before joining 700 guests for the appeal’s launch.

The new hospice for Norfolk would be called The Nook and be built on a woodland plot near the village of Framingham Earl. This will replace an outdated facility in Quidenham, the oldest hospice in the country.

Kate has played an active role in the campaign and introduced ceramics manufacturer Emma Bridgewater to EACH and suggested a range of mugs could be designed to support the fundraising campaign.

As she was shown the designs for the first time and handed a giant teapot, Kate said “I’ll probably drop it”.
She crouched down to meet Jack Cottis, six, from Colchester, who suffered a brain haemorrhage in the womb and has a range of associated conditions, including blindness. He uses EACH’s Treehouse hospice in Ipswich.

His sister died from the same undiagnosed genetic condition at the age of three.

His mother Tracy Cottis, 48, is a patient trustee at the charity. She said: “I met Kate when she visited Ipswich and her passion for the charity is clear for all to see.”

Michala and Roger Benton and daughter Isabella, four, who has a number of neurological conditions, also met Kate along with the rest of the family Aimie, seven, Daisy, two, and Molly, seven months, from Dereham, Norfolk.

Mr Benton said: “She asked what services we use and how the new hospice will help us and said we had a lovely family.”

Aimie Benton later handed Kate a posy as she appeared on stage.

Pupils from the local Queen’s Hill primary school greeted Kate with Cerys Emeeith-Burley, seven, and Caitlyn Brazier, eight, handing her a bouquet.

Cerys said: “She said ‘are you missing school for this?’ and we told her we had been practising curtseying at school.”

She also met Gail Featherstone, the wife of the high commissioner to Malaysia, who hosted William and Kate on a recent tour of the country.

During that tour, Kate visited Hospis Malaysia which has since formed strong links with EACH.



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– Appearances & Events Photos > 2014 > [November 25] East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices Appeal Launch

Nov202014
Gallery Additions: Place2be Wellbeing In Schools Awards Reception



Yesterday (November 19) the Duchess of Cambridge hosted the Place2Be wellbeing In Schools Awards Reception at her home, Kensington Palace in London England to improve mental health support in schools across the UK. Kate invited 170 staff, volunteers, and students to the reception and handed out a view awards. Head to the gallery now to check out 18 high quality photos from the event. And if your curios Kate was wearing a Hobbs top and Jenny Packham skirt.



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– Appearances & Events Photos > 2014 > [November 19] Place2be Wellbeing Schools Awards At Kensington Palace

Nov152014
The Duke & Duchess Of Cambridge To Visit The United States Of America

Official Site — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit the USA between 7th and 9th December 2014.

Their Royal Highnesses will travel to New York for a programme of engagements which will also see The Duke visit Washington DC for a day, while The Duchess remains in New York.

The Duke and Duchess will attend events on behalf of the Royal Foundation and other charities with which Their Royal Highnesses are closely associated, and also on behalf of HM Government.

The charitable themes will include promoting sustainable conservation issues with a particular focus on collaborative working to tackle the illegal wildlife trade, and also supporting organisations which reflect Their Royal Highnesses’ interest in young people’s mental health and the importance supporting disadvantaged young people from an early age. As Patron of the University of St Andrews 600th Anniversary Campaign, The Duke accompanied by The Duchess will also attend the University’s 600th Anniversary Gala Dinner in New York.

In support of UK Government initiatives, The Duke and Duchess will attend events that celebrate the successful partnerships between the UK and USA in the technology and creative industries sectors. This follows events in support of these sectors that Their Royal Highnesses attended in 2011 in California, and reflects The Royal Family’s ongoing support for the creative and technology sectors.

During the visit, The Duke and Duchess will also visit the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center to pay their respects to the nearly 3,000 people who died in the attacks of 26th February 1993 and 11th September 2001. Their Royal Highnesses will learn how the site, which includes the recently-opened One World Trade Center, has been redeveloped and the plans for its future.

The Duke and Duchess will arrive in New York on Sunday 7th December and will attend a private engagement on behalf of the American Friends of The Royal Foundation that evening.

On Monday 8th December, The Duke will travel to Washington DC, while The Duchess remains in New York. His Royal Highness will attend an anti-corruption conference at the World Bank to discuss a zero tolerance approach to the transportation across borders of illegal wildlife parts. This is a key area of work for the United For Wildlife consortium, of which The Duke is President. The Duke will also attend a working lunch at the World Bank at which a number of programmes in support of the fight against the illegal trade in ivory will be discussed.

On his return to New York, His Royal Highness will attend a reception organised by the Royal Foundation, in recognition of the conservation work carried out by Tusk Trust and United for Wildlife partners: Wildlife Conservation Society; Conservation International and The Nature Conservancy.

The Duchess of Cambridge will carry out two engagements in New York while The Duke visits Washington. Her Royal Highness will be accompanied by The First Lady of New York City, Chirlane McCray, on a visit to a local child development centre. They will learn about how this organisation fosters the healthy development of children and families by providing high-quality mental health and educational services, which is an issue strongly supported by The First Lady. Her Royal Highness will also attend a lunch, hosted by the British Consul General in New York, to celebrate the achievements of a successful British community in New York from the culture, arts, hospitality and business sectors.

On Monday evening, Their Royal Highnesses will attend an NBA Basketball game to help launch a new collaboration between the Royal Foundation, United for Wildlife and the NBA.

On Tuesday 9th December The Duke and Duchess will visit a youth organisation to see the work they carry out in partnership with an inner city youth development foundation. Both organisations focus on programmes and projects that promote positive youth development and social learning. During the visit, The Duke and Duchess will learn about the wide-ranging support services on offer to young people to help them reach their potential, particularly through an arts-in-education model that supports the artistic and intellectual development of the participants.

The Duke and Duchess will then attend an event celebrating the wealth of British talent in the creative industries based in New York. The reception will be in association with the UK Government’s GREAT campaign. The Duke will also attend a technology themed event, hosted by a New York-headquartered technology company, which will bring together entrepreneurs from both the UK and the US.

The final engagement of the visit will be the University of St. Andrews 600th Anniversary Dinner at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The evening event will support scholarships and bursaries for students from under-privileged communities, new student sports facilities in St Andrews, investment in the university’s medical and science faculties and a lectureship in American Literature at St. Andrews.

Nov142014
Gallery Update: Royal Variety Performance

Huge thanks to Holly and Anne who donated 100+ high quality photos of Kate from last night at the Royal Variety Performance. Be sure to head to the gallery to check out all the new stunning photos!




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– Appearances & Events Photos > 2014 > [November 13] Royal Variety Performance

Nov142014
Gallery Additions: Royal Variety Performance



This evening (November 13) Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge and Prince William attended the first Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium where they met the members of One Direction. The show will be screened on ITV in December. I’ve added 27 high quality photos to the gallery.

FYI: In case your curious Kate’s dress is by Diane von Furstenburg.




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– Appearances & Events Photos > 2014 > [November 13] Royal Variety Performance

Nov122014
Gallery Additions: SportsAid Athelete Workshop



Today (November 12) Catherine, The Duchess Of Cambridge who is Patron of SportsAid met with potential young athletes at a SportsAid workshop at the GSK Human Performance Laboratory in West London, England. 20 high quality photos have been added to the gallery.



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– Appearances & Events Photos > 2014 > [November 12] SportsAid Athelete Workshop

Nov092014
Gallery Additions: Remembrance Day

This morning (November 09, 2014) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, attends the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph on Whitehall in London, United Kingdom with the rest of the Royal Family and other observers. People across the UK gather to pay tribute to service personnel who have died in the two World Wars and subsequent conflicts, with this year taking on added significance as it is the centenary of the outbreak of World War One. I have added 33 high quality photos to the gallery.



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– Appearances & Events Photos > 2014 > [November 09] Remembrance Sunday