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Will and Kate in Malaysia

Sep 2012

Duchess made her first official speech abroad outside the hospice. Kate spoke of how she had learned the importance of the care provided by being a patron for hospices in East Anglia.

Catherine said, “”Providing children and their families with a place of support, care and enhancement at a time of great need is simply life changing,” she said.

The duchess offered birthday wishes to Zakwan Anuar, who had turned 15 two days earlier

“With effective palliative care lives can be transformed. Treatment, support, care and advice can provide a lifeline to families at a time of great need.

“This is a very special place and so much has already been achieved”.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a guided tour of the Children’s Hospice, where they met with staff and patients.

Kate sat with 15-year old Zakwan Anwar, is a Leukaemia sufferer who goes through pain every day, yet the young boy turned down his blood transfusion in order to meet with the future Queen.  She also gave birthday wishes and signed his birthday card; Zakwan had turned 15 two days earlier.

Later on the Duchess of Cambridge admitted that she was ‘nervous’ as she spoke to the Queen of Malaysia.

The Malaysian Queen said the Kate had said to her, ‘I was so nervous and I am very glad that it is over with. There was an amazing atmosphere.

Kate and Will dined with the Royal family of Malaysia and other people who play an important role in Malaysia. The Duchess wore an embroidered white Alexander McQueen floor length gown, which featured the Malaysian flower Hibiscus in gold detail.

The Duke and Duchess were handed some beautiful gifts when they attended the dinner. Prince William received a gold encrusted Malay warriors sword, also known as a kris. His wife was given some black lace peep toe shoes made by Malaysian designer Lewre, a Batik dress as well as a glittering diamante clutch.

The Royal couple have a lot of Royal engagements to attend during their Diamond Jubilee tour including visiting a Mosque, holding a tea party and making many speeches.

Asia Diamond Jubilee tour schedule;

  • Singapore 11th – 13th
  • Malaysia (Kuala Lumpar and Sabah, Borneo) 13th – 15th
  • The Solomon Islands 16th – 18th
  • Tuvalu 18th – 19th


Royal couples first day of Asia tour

Sep 2012

The Duchess and Duke of Cambridge began their nine day tour of South East Asia in the Botanical Gardens, marking Queen Elizabeth’s  Diamond Jubilee. Planted there is the Dendrobium Memoria Princess Diana – Kate and William also received the same privilege by having a pink and white hybrid orchid named after them.

Princess Diana was extremely excited when she was told she had the exotic flower named after her. However two weeks after she vowed to see it, she was sadly killed in a car crash.

After 15 years the orchid finally got a royal approval from her eldest son William. Prince William said repeatedly, ‘it’s beautiful.. it’s beautiful’ as he stood by the 3ft plant. Kate and Williams plant will join Princess Diana’s in the VIP area of the gardens.

The Vanda William Catherine, a pick and white hybrid orchid, was specially designed to honour the Royal Couples marriage. The Duke and Duchess both signed a certificate to formally name the plant.

During the trip to the Botanical Gardens the Duchess of Cambridge wore a beautiful kimono-styled light pink dress by Jenny Packham, which situated an orchid pattern.

After their visit to the gardens, Will and Kate were taken to Raffles Hotel where they plan to stay throughout their three nights in Singapore. On arrival, Kate received a bunch of orchids by Lynn Choy, daughter of Mrs Annie Choy, the hotel’s director of marketing.

Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, principal private secretary and equerry to the Duke and Duchess said: “The Duke and Duchess will use the tour to pay tribute – through what they do and say and who they meet – to the Queen’s lifetime and dedication to the mix of peoples and cultures that make up all of Her Majesty’s realms and the Commonwealth.  The tour will comprise a mixture of formal and informal moments which reflect these aims and Duke and Duchess’s characters and interests.”

The Royal Couple are presenting the Queen on her nine day Diamond Jubilee Tour to South East Asia.

Asia Diamond Jubilee tour schedule;

  • Singapore 11th – 13th
  • Malaysia (Kuala Lumpar and Sabah, Borneo) 13th – 15th
  • The Solomon Islands 16th – 18th
  • Tuvalu 18th – 19th


The Duchess at the Paralympics

Sep 2012

After joining Queen Elizabeth at the Paralympic Opening Ceremony, Kate  Middleton has been spotted at numerous events across the Paralympics. Over 1 Billion viewers tuned in to watched the ceremony. The Duchess wore  a beautiful cream dress coat to the historical opening ceremony, which was designed by Scandinavian fashion brand DAY Birger et Mikkelsen.

The Olympic ambassador, Kate Middleton, has really been getting stuck into the London 2012 Paralympics by attending as many events as possible. The Duchess of Cambridge has been spotted taking part in a Mexican wave, and is constantly cheering on the fantastic British Athletes.

Kate has been seen as a ‘golden girl’ or an ‘Olympic mascot’ as it is claimed that she ‘brings luck’ to TeamGB’s athletes.

Kate also got the chance to award British Gold medallist, Aled Reid, his medal. The Duchess of Cambridge had been invited to award two medals, and it was just a ‘happy coincidence’ that she handed Mr Reid his medal.

Reid declared himself the ‘happiest man in the world’ after receiving his medal from the Duchess. Aled Reid had already received a bronze medal for his performance in the Shot Put event.

With the London 2012 Paralympic Games only halfway through, TeamGB have a jaw-dropping 95 medals, 26 of those being Gold!

Kate was also spotted cheering on TeamGB at the rowing event with Lady Louise. The Duchess and Lady were together at  the Paralympic event, which is located just outside of London. Lady Louise, Prince Williams nine year old cousin, daughter of Prince Edward, was also one of the attendants at the Duke and Duchess Royal Wedding back in April 2011

It is thought that the Royal Couple will visit he athletes at the London 2012 Games village before they go on their tour. William and Kate have agreed to represent the Queen on a Diamond Jubilee tour to the south of Asia which begins on September 9th.

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Will and Kates tour of Asia

Aug 2012

Prince William and Princess Kate will miss the end of the Paralympics due to a very important tour. The Royal Couple will go on the nine day Diamond Jubilee tour in September, as they represent the Queen for the first time. They will be the first Royals to visit the South Pacific Islands of Tuvalu since the Queen and Prince Philip in 1982.

At a Diamond Jubilee thanksgiving service, William and Kate spoke to the Solomon Islands’ Governor General Sir Frank Kabuli and Prince William said, ‘We’re extremely excited, both of us have never been anywhere near there’.

William and Kate witness the amazing tropical beauty of the South Asian Islands as well as visiting the world’s oldest rainforest as part of their Diamond Jubilee tour.

When they stop in Sabah, Borneo, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be able to witness some of the rarest and exotic plants and creatures on the plant, such as the endangered Bornean Orangutan.

Kate is also offering two lucky people the chance to have tea with her. The Duchess is running The Ultimate Royal Tea Party Competition in Malaysia. To win a chance for some private time with Kate, entrants must send in a picture of them drinking a cup of tea; the two most creative pictures will win.

Asia Diamond Jubilee tour schedule;

  • Singapore 11th – 13th
  • Malaysia (Kuala Lumpar and Sabah, Borneo) 13th – 15th
  • The Solomon Islands 16th – 18th
  • Tuvalu 18th – 19th

More details on the tour will be released soon.

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African Cats Premiere

Jul 2012

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were guests of honour at the premiere of the Disney film ‘African Cats’ last week.

The nature documentary film African Cats follows the lives of a pride of lions and a family of cheetahs on the plains of Kenya, and tells the story of their battle for survival.

The film is raising funds for the UK-based conservation charity Tusk Trust, of which Prince William is a patron.  The trust supports projects across Africa by helping to safeguard endangered animals.  Its work aims to educate local communities about how to live harmoniously alongside wildlife.

The red carpet event, which took place on the evening Wednesday 25 April 2012 at the BFI, South Bank Centre, London, was also attended by 100 school children with links to the charities supported by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as well as high profile figures including Guy Ritchie and Ben Fogle and Dragon’s Den Judge Deborah Meaden.

In his speech, William spoke of the alarming statistics about wild animals in the African Bush, and referred to the number of lions, which has fallen to just 25,000, showing a huge 50% reduction in the past 20 years.  Similarly cheetah numbers have fallen to just 12,000 today.

“We must act now, coherently and together, if the situation is to be reversed and our legacy – our global, natural legacy – preserved. Tomorrow will be too late.” said the Prince.

Image: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving at the African Cats UK film premiere held at the BFI Southbank, London on Wednesday 25  April 2012.  Photo credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire


Online Store – Now Open

May 2012

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A website originally created to celebrate the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, The Royal Online Store in April 2011 has added a new look online store to meet the demands of its global audience.

The Royal Wedding William Kate website has been providing ‘unofficial’ news and images of William and Catherine since they announced their engagement in November 2010.

The website’s popular on-line store has been re-branded as ‘The Royal Online Store’ and is now stocked with a wider range of best-selling Royal-themed products including The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee as well as The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.

The site’s news and features section has been broadened to provide a new emphasis on the British Royal Family.  It will cover key events and other significant milestones surrounding the British Monarchy, in addition to the regular news about the newly married Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Visitors to the website can sign-up to receive regular news and notifications of product offers.  The store sells an excellent variety of items from commemorative key-rings, books and stationery to street party packs, Royal Wedding china and Diamond Jubilee memorabilia.

The founder of the website, Simon Wadsworth comments:

“The Royal Wedding William and Kate website has received an unprecedented level of interest worldwide.  The continued interest in the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is huge, but people want one place where they can find out all the news and gossip about the Royal Family as well, which is why we felt the need to adapt the site.”

“The re-designed Royal Store provides one of the most comprehensive ranges of Royal memorabilia and souvenirs in the market place.  We ship regularly to fans worldwide who are looking for products to commemorate the British Royal Family.”

The website was established in November 2010 as an ‘unofficial sponsor’ and supporter of The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.  It is the highest ranking commercial web site in Google for all the major traffic terms related to the ‘Royal Wedding’ and experiences on average around 2,000 visitors a day.

The website has attracted visitors from 178 countries across the globe, and peak traffic levels in the region of 100,000 unique visitors per day.  The site experienced more than three million visitors over the weekend of the Royal Wedding in April 2011.

For further information please contact Simon Wadsworth email:, telephone: 00 44 1274 534 040.

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Kate Attends Preview of ‘Lucian Freud Portraits’

Apr 2012

On her first ‘solo’ public engagement following her marriage to Prince William, Catherine Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, chose to visit London’s National Portrait Gallery, where she is the newly appointed Patron.

Catherine attended a preview of the new ‘Lucian Freud Portraits’ exhibition.  The Duchess was given a tour of the exhibition and met with dignitaries at the event.

The Duchess wore a knee-length, grey coat-dress with full skirt, shawl collar and nipped-in waist by Jesiré, accessorised with a black clutch and Jimmy Choo court shoes, a silver necklace and beautiful matching diamond bracelet.

Catherine, who has a degree in the History of Art from the University of St Andrews, where she famously met her husband in 2001, became Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, London in January 2012.

Freud, one of Britain’s most distinguished painters, died last summer at the age of 88.  The painter was renowned for his naked full-length portraits.   The Freud exhibition is open to the public and runs until 27 May 2012.  The exhibition is part of the official countdown to the London 2012 Festival.

Image: The Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to the Lucian Freud Portraits exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London on Wednesday 8 February 2012.  Photo credit: Jorge Herrera/Pool/PA Wire


Kate’s Visit to The Art Room Project

Apr 2012

Catherine Middleton had a first-hand experience of the work of one of her patronages – The Art Room Project – this week, when she visited two schools in Oxford to find out more about art therapy and how the children are benefitting from the scheme.

The Art Room Project, which celebrates its ten-year anniversary this year, provides art therapy to children with emotional and behavioural difficulties.  The project aims to set up ‘art therapy’ rooms or centres in existing schools.  The charity has so far established five art rooms in schools in Oxford and North London.

Catherine Middleton, who is a Royal Patron of The Art Room Project, was welcomed by staff and pupils at the Rose Hill Primary School in Oxford and at the Oxford Spires Academy.

The Duchess attended an art therapy session at Rose Hill Primary, where pupils presented her with an apron embellished with ‘Miss Catherine’.  The Duchess experienced an art therapy session based around the poem the ‘Owl and the Pussycat’.

Catherine also made a tour of the Oxford Spires Academy to see the art therapy centre, which provides facilities for the school’s older pupils as well as for pupils from neighbouring primary schools.  The Duchess joined a round table discussion on the training and supervision of the charity’s staff.

Catherine’s visit to Oxford is one of number of ‘solo’ visits that The Duchess is making while Prince William is overseas.  The Duke of Cambridge is currently working as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot in the Falkland Islands.

Image: The Duchess of Cambridge meets with children as she leaves Rose Hill Primary School in Oxford on Tuesday 21 February 2012. The Duchess had the opportunity to talk to the children as well as observe how the school uses ‘art as therapy’ to help increase their self-esteem, self-confidence and independence through art. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)


Kate’s Honorary Patronages

Apr 2012

As part of her Royal Duties, Catherine Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, has accepted responsibility for four honorary charity patronages in sectors that include health, addiction, the arts and the development of children and young people.

Catherine’s patronages, which were announced in January 2012, include Action on Addiction, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), The Art Room and the National Portrait Gallery in London.  The Duchess will also volunteer for the Scout Association.

The Duchess has selected organisations that complement the work of her husband Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and which reflect those causes closest to her heart.

Action on Addiction operates nationally and has a number of centres throughout England.   The organisation provides help to individuals suffering from addiction, and offers support to their families.  The charity is also responsible for delivering education to professionals involved in the treatment and prevention of addiction.  Catherine Middleton is now officially a Patron of the organisation.

The EACH organisation has hospices in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk.   The charity provides care and support to children and young people suffering from life-threatening conditions, and offers support to their families.  Catherine Middleton is now officially a Royal Patron of the organisation.

The Art Room is a charity working in Oxford and London.  The organisation aims to help children with emotional and behavioural difficulties to increase their self-esteem and communication abilities through art.  Young people suffering from illnesses such as Asperger’s syndrome are amongst those who are helped by the project.  Catherine Middleton is now officially a Royal Patron of the organisation.

The National Portrait Gallery is located in central London and is recognised as housing one of the most important collections in the world.  Catherine Middleton is the Honorary Patron.

The Scout Association provides personal development opportunities for young people across the UK.  Catherine joins the 100,000 active volunteers involved in the organisation.  The Queen is the Patron of the Scout Association.

The Duchess of Cambridge has been a patron of The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry since September 2011.  The Princes’ foundation, which received charitable status in 2009, focuses mainly on young people, sustainable development and the Armed Forces.

Image: The Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to Alder Hey Hospital, Liverpool on Tuesday 14 February 2012. Photo credit: Colin Lane/Liverpool Echo/PA Wire


Goring’s Diamond Jubilee Offer

Apr 2012

The London hotel where Kate Middleton spent her last night as a single woman, and as a commoner, has announced an exclusive Queen’s Diamond Jubilee holiday offer, including an amazing £1 million package to stay in the Royal Suite.

The Goring Hotel, situated just behind Buckingham Palace, is the ideal location for anyone craving ‘ring-side’ seats at The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee official celebrations in June 2012.

The exclusive holiday package, which is available between Saturday 2 June and Tuesday 5 June 2012, is offering a range of two and four-night stays starting at £1,900 for two nights in a ‘Delightful King Room’.

The hotel is also reputed to be selling a four-night stay in the suite where Kate Middleton stayed before her wedding to Prince William, for a staggering £1 million.  This incredible offer apparently includes, amongst other luxuries and frivolities, a champagne reception on arrival, a horse-and-carriage ride along The Queen’s coronation route, and a diamond ring from De Beers.

Anyone booking a stay at The Goring during The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will benefit from a range of Royal-related incentives.

Guests will have the advantage of being introduced to a number of Royal Warrant Holders including Garrards – the Royal Jewellers; Swaine Adeney and Brigg – suppliers of fine leather goods to the Royal Family; and Rigby and Peller – Royal Warrant Holder for undergarments.

In addition, tickets to Royal attractions such as Kensington Palace, the Royal Mews, The Queen’s Gallery and The Ceremony of The Keys at The Tower of London, will be available to guests..

Will you be visiting London during The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee?

Image: The Duchess of Cambridge leaves Clarence House to travel to Buckingham Palace for the evening celebrations following her wedding to Prince William earlier.


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