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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.

Get your hands on some great William and Kate merchandise from our online store to show support to the future King and Queen.

 

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

 

Prince Williams 30th Birthday

Jun 2012

Prince William turned 30 on June 21st. The second in line, celebrated his birthday by a ‘low-key’ dinner party with about 12 close people at a rented cottage in North Wales.

Before dining, his 30-year old wife Kate planned for Prince William to be pulled behind a boat on a ‘doughnut’.

Despite been busy on a course for his career as a RAF search and rescue pilot, William has managed to take time out to celebrate reaching his 30th birthday.

The Duchess of Cambridge said she had planned the activity for William a few weeks before, as she thought it was going to be ‘summery’. However, despite the weather being heavy rain and strong winds on the sea of North Wales, William still went ahead with the activity.

It is reported that Prince William ‘roared with laughter’ as he was dragged through the waves at a fast speed, whilst his wife, Prince Harry and other close friends watched on in delight.

After the activity, the small party went back to the cottage and dined together.

To mark the Duke of Cambridge’s birthday, he also became the face of four different Jersey stamps. The four photos that mark the Jersey stamps are of Prince William wearing Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, Irish Guards and British Army uniforms.

Jersey Post said, ‘With so much emphasis on The Queens Jubilee this year, we felt that it was important to celebrate this milestone birthday.’

Prince William also gained many gifts, one of which was knighthood which was given to him from his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.

Another gift that was handed to William was an entitlement to around £10 million, which was left by his late mother Princess Diana. William became entitled to the inheritance once he turned 30, Harry will also gain his inheritance when he turns 30 in September, 2014.

The inheritance came when Princess Diana passed away and left the net estate to her children Prince William and Prince Harry, which has money from dresses, jewellery, stocks and shares and money from her divorce.

Prince William has also recently celebrated his first year wedding anniversary with his wife Kate Middleton. They married in April 2011 and after 12 months the future King and Queen are still smiling.  They have spent their first year making a large amount of public appearances. With William in Falklands, Kate has been busy attending events such as charity activities by herself, helping her get used to the public eye.

To purchase some amazing William and Kate wedding merchandise, visit the 2012 Queens Diamond Jubilee souvenirs shop.

 

The Prince Returns

Apr 2012

After being deployed in the Falkland Islands for six weeks, Prince William returned to the UK at the end of March 2012.

The Prince has been working for the Royal Air Force, as a search and rescue pilot in the South Atlantic.  The remote archipelago, known as the Falklands Islands, is renowned for its rugged beauty and rich wildlife.  The 30th anniversary of Argentina’s invasion of The Falklands was marked on Monday 3 April 2012.

Catherine greeted her Prince back at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire in the early hours, before returning to their London home at Kensington Palace for a few days of leave.  The Royal Couple will, for the moment, continue to live in North Wales, near Prince William’s RAF base.

While The Duke of Cambridge has been away on duty, The Duchess has been occupied with various royal obligations, including visits to her various patronages, and engagements with The Queen as part of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Appropriately, while her husband was working in the Falklands, Catherine carried out her first solo military engagement.  On St Patrick’s Day, Catherine visited the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at their base in Aldershot.  The Duchess presented sprigs of shamrock to the Guards, and to their Irish Wolfhound – their regional mascot.

Prince William arrives in Falklands

Prince William arrives in Falklands

Image: Duke of Cambridge at the controls of a Sea King helicopter on 31 March 2011.  Photo credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

 

An Alpine Easter

Apr 2012

Prince William has whisked Catherine away for a romantic Easter skiing holiday.

The Royal Couple, who have been separated by thousands of miles of ocean over the last few weeks, are making up for lost time in the snow-covered Alps.

The Royal Couple have joined Catherine’s family at a ski resort in France, where they are enjoying the mountainous air and fantastic skiing conditions.

Prince William who has been on duty in the Falkland Islands, where he was part of an RAF helicopter team, only returned to the UK at the end of March.

While William was away, his new wife has been busy with numerous solo engagements.  The young Duchess has made visits to her various patronages, where on one occasion she made her first public speech.

The Duchess of Cambridge has also accompanied The Queen on two public engagements.   Catherine joined The Queen on a visit to Fortnum and Mason, along with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and also accompanied The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh on their visit to Leicester, as part of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee UK Royal Tour.

William and Kate, who have been married for almost a year, both have a passion for skiing.  In fact, it was on the ski slopes that the couple were first photographed kissing, back in 2006.

Last year the Royal Couple cancelled a skiing holiday over fears that is was felt inappropriate during the recession.

Image: The Duke and The Duchess of Cambridge at the Premiere of War Horse, in London.  Photo credit: Joel Ryan, PA.

 

2012 Olympian Ambassadors

Dec 2011

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will work together with some of Britain’s most accomplished Olympians as Ambassadors for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The young Royals will play an important role in encouraging and inspiring the British public to actively support the nation’s athletes at the London 2012 Games.

In a message of support for the 2012 Games and in his role as an Ambassador, The Duke of Cambridge commented:

“Catherine, Harry and I are honoured to be Ambassadors for Team GB and Paralympics GB.  London hosting the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will inspire so many people – particularly the young – to be the best they can be.  We are hugely looking forward to this incredible sporting competition, but are also looking beyond next summer’s Games to the springboard it will provide for future success and excellence.  The athletes and coaches taking part in the Team GB Ambition Programme are part of that future success – potential medal winners and sources of inspiration to come.  We hope they enjoy the experience of London 2012 to the full, and learn from it how to become successful British Olympians of the future.

 

Visit to Royal Marsden

Sep 2011

On 29 September 2011, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Royal Marsden Hospital in Surrey to open the new Oak Centre for Children and Young People.

It was a beautiful day and, as The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the Oak Centre, they looked relaxed and very much at ease.  Catherine looked stunning in her elegant cream shift dress.

The Royal Couple spent time with some of the inspirational patients and staff at the Oak Centre, before officially declaring the new building open.

The Royal Marsden is a world-leading cancer centre, of which The Duke has been President since 2007.   William’s mother, the late Diana, Princess of Wales previously held the position.

In 2005 Prince William carried out work experience at the Royal Marsden where he spent time on the children’s unit.

 

Canada Speech

Jul 2011

On the 6 July 2011, during a visit to Calgary in Alberta, HRH The Duke of Cambridge made an impressive speech to the Canadian people.  The speech is taken from the official Prince of Wales website.

“Thank you very much, Prime Minister. Merci beaucoup: bon soir a tous.

“A week ago in Ottawa I spoke of how much Catherine and I looked forward to getting to know Canada and Canadians. I can only say that the experience of this past seven days has exceeded all our expectations.

“We have been hugely struck by the diversity of this beautiful country: from Ottawa to Quebec; from Prince Edward Island to the Northwest Territories; and now the excitement of Calgary – and what about these fantastic white hats.

“We have seen how geographical diversity is matched by the diversity of the people we have met: anglophone and francophone, First Nation and new immigrant. We shall always remember the moving ceremony in Ottawa, on Canada Day, when proud immigrants took the oath to become new Canadian Citizens. Lucky them: lucky Canada in welcoming them into the Canadian family.

“The Canadian family is another of the abiding memories that will stay with Catherine and me. Canada is not just a great Union of Provinces and Territories, it is a great union of peoples from many different backgrounds who have come together to make this a model – and a magnet – for those who value freedom, enterprise, tolerance and compassion. A country where all can get on individually – and yet all can get on as a national community.

“We have learnt much about Canada`s history not least from the remarkable veterans we have met: the vital contribution made by Canadians who fought for freedom in the wars of the twentieth century, and by those who have followed their example so bravely in the conflict in Afghanistan.

“We are intensely proud of their sacrifices and immensely grateful. Catherine and I are also full of admiration for the tremendous courage and resilience of the people we met yesterday at Slave Lake, as they rebuild their lives after the devastating fire.

“Many of the Canadians who have contributed so much in Afghanistan are young. And the youthfulness and vitality of this country have also made a great impression on us over this past week, particularly our inspirational visit to Maison Dauphine in Quebec City.

“Canada has extraordinary potential. With its natural resources, thriving economy, and rich human capital, it will surely be one of the great countries of the twenty-first century.

“Monsieur le Premier Ministre, merci beaucoup pour une belle soiree. Et merci a tous les canadiens et canadiennes pour cette visite inoubliable.

“In 1939, my great grandmother, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, said of her first Tour of Canada with her husband, King George VI: `Canada made us`. Catherine and I now know very well what she meant.

“Canada has far surpassed all that we were promised. Our promise to Canada is that we shall return.

“Thank you.”

His Royal Highness, The Duke of Cambridge

6 July 2011, Canada

 

Canada Day Friday 1 July

Jul 2011

On Friday 1 July, as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at Ottawa’s Parliament Hill, to celebrate Canada Day, they were greeted to a warm welcome by crowds of well-wishers who had turned out to witness this historic occasion.

On a day, that would also have been Princess Diana’s 50th birthday, Canada celebrated their 144th birthday.  William, in his speech, spoke about Catherine’s grandfather who trained in Canada as a pilot during the Second World War.

Later in the day, the Royal Couple attended a music concert and private diplomatic reception, where they celebrated the final marking of the national day with fireworks.

For her appearance at Ottawa’s parliament, wearing the colours of the Canadian flag, Catherine looked elegant, in the figure hugging white dress that she had worn for her official engagement photos and stylish red maple leaf hat.  Catherine also wore a diamond maple leaf broach, a family heirloom belonging to the Queen.

The Duchess changed outfits, reportedly the fifth change in 24 hours, for the evening reception and delighted onlookers in a stunning purple Issa dress, complete with the same beautiful maple leaf broach.

 

Third Day of the Royal Tour

Jul 2011

On the third day of their Royal Tour, Prince William and Catherine planted a hemlock tree in the grounds of Canada’s Government House, Ottawa.

This was the first time William and Catherine have ‘officially’ planted a tree and the couple, clearly enjoying the experience, shared the shovelling!   Poignantly, the hemlock tree was planted close to where Prince Charles and Princess Dianna planted a tree on Prince William’s first birthday, in June 1983.

The Royal Couple later joined a reception for Canadian war veterans, servicemen and their families and, afterwards flew to Montreal, Quebec, where they visited a children’s hospital and helped to prepare a meal at a catering college.

 

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