On Friday, June 17, 2022, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended day four of Royal Ascot. Riding in the carriage with the royal couple were The Honorable Arthur Vesty and The Honorable Mrs. Vesty.
Riding in carriage two were Mr. Peter Philips and his new girlfriend, Ms. Lindsay Wallace, The Duke of Bedford and The Duchess of Bedford.
Riding in carriage three were The Viscount Brookeborough, The Viscountess Brookeborough, and Mr. and Mrs. Darby Dennis.
Riding in carriage four were Mr. and Mrs. Richard Osgood and Mr. and Mrs. Nico de Boinville.
On Tuesday, June 14, 2022, Their Royal Highness The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a memorial service for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire disaster.
At 12:54 A.M. on June 14, 2017, a fire broke out at the Grenfell Tower residential building in West London. The fire rapidly engulfed the 24-story concrete structure killing 72 people.
The cause of the fire was an electrical fault in a refrigerator owned by a resident on the fourth floor of the Grenfell Tower. According to the newspaper, New York Times, the “…fire in the kitchen quickly spread to flammable cladding covering the outside of the 24-story building and climbed up the side of the structure.”
During today’s multi-faith memorial service, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge placed a wreath at the foot of the Grenfell Tower in memory of those who tragically passed away.
Today’s memorial service was organized by the Grenfell United an organization that works to provide pastoral care for those affected and advocate for families to ensure that such a tragic event is not repeated. The organization previously held memorial services outside the Grenfell Tower site in 2018 and 2019 and facilitated individual visits to the site for the bereaved and survivors during the pandemic to lay flowers and take time to pay their respects.
On Wednesday, June 8, 2022, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Little Village Brent, a baby bank charity, in London.
Per a press release via the Little Village Brent:
“The Duchess joined staff, volunteers and supporters at the charity’s Brent hub in the UNCLE building in Wembley Central and helped to pick out clothes and equipment for a family who were also present. The bundle packed by The Duchess was the 20,000th such package to be given out by the charity.
The Duchess learned about Little Village’s work providing essential equipment and clothing to families of under-5s. She also heard about how Little Village volunteers provide emotional support and practical advice over the phone to parents.
Little Village provides pre-loved clothes, toys and equipment for babies and children up to the age of five. It is London’s largest baby bank network and was set up in 2016 and has eight locations across capital. It has supported over 22,000 children – including 6,400 children in 2021 alone.
Sophie Livingston MBE, CEO of Little Village said:
‘We were all absolutely delighted to welcome The Duchess of Cambridge to Little Village Brent. She met some of our staff and volunteers and helped to pick out some beautiful items of clothing for the family’s two young children.
The Duchess really took her time to talk our staff and volunteers, who all said how down to earth she was and how engaged and interested she was in the work of Little Village.
This is set to be our busiest year yet, and we expect to see a thousand more children than we did in 2021 and we know that baby banks across the country are facing similar demand.
This boost from The Duchess will help to shine a light on the work of baby banks and will hopefully lead to increased support for their much-needed work.’
Mum, Sara* (not her real name), 26, has two children aged three and 18 months, she lives in north London. She said:
‘It was incredible to meet The Duchess of Cambridge, she was really kind and listened to what I had to say. I told The Duchess how much Little Village has helped us, they have been like a second family to me.‘
Volunteer Fouzia Khan, who met also met The Duchess, said:
‘As a mother herself The Duchess really showed a lot of empathy and care about the work Little Village are doing. She was lovely and engaging and was keen to hear about how families feel when they visit our baby bank. She was very interested in hearing about how much thought and care goes into the bundles we prepare for families.‘
Little Village needs volunteers to join its 600-strong volunteer team, you can find out more about volunteering here. To find out how to support Little Village please visit the Little Village website.”
On Sunday, June 5, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II made a surprise appearance on the balcony at Buckingham Palace as the Platinum Jubilee Celebration weekend comes to a close.
Accompanying Her Majesty were Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge, Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, and His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge.
On Saturday, June 4, 2022, Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex visited Northern Ireland in celebration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee.
The royal couple visited Belfast where they attended a 50’s theme party and the beachfront town of Bangor. Whilst in Bangor, The Earl and Countess of Wessex met with the winner of a local Platinum Jubilee Pudding Competition, before “…going head-to-head in a cooking contest, chaired by a professional chef Jean-Christophe Novelli…” according to a press release via Buckingham Palace.