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(VIDEOS) TRHs The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Visit Cambridgeshire.

On Thursday, June 23, 2022, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Cambridgeshire, England.

The day began at the University of Cambridge Fitzwilliam Museum where they unveiled a new joint oil on canvas portrait by British artist, Mr. Jamie Coreth, son of well-known artist and sculptor, Mr.  Mark Coreth.

In a press release via the Fitzwilliam Museum the portrait was:

“…commissioned in 2021 by the Cambridgeshire Royal Portrait Fund, held by the Cambridge Community Foundation, as a gift to the county. With this brief in mind, the artist worked to incorporate the City of Cambridge into the portrait by painting the background with the tones and colours of many of the historical stone buildings that are synonymous with the city. The portrait also includes the use of a hexagonal architectural motif which can be seen on buildings across Cambridge.

Jamie Coreth is a graduate of the Florence Academy of Art and established his artistic career in London in 2015. In June 2016 his portrait, Dad Sculpting Me, was awarded the Young Artist Award at the BP Portrait Exhibition, a showcase held annually by the National Portrait Gallery. Since then, Coreth’s works have been accepted into the BP Portrait Exhibition on two further occasions. In 2020, Portrait of Fatima was shortlisted for the BP Portrait Award and later won the Visitors’ Choice with over 1,000 votes.

The portrait will be on display for an initial period of three years, after which the portrait will be exhibited in other community spaces and galleries around Cambridgeshire. The painting will also be loaned to the National Portrait Gallery in 2023 to mark their reopening.

In a statement after the unveiling, Mr. Coreth noted:

It has been the most extraordinary privilege of my life to be chosen to paint this picture. I wanted to show Their Royal Highnesses in a manner where they appeared both relaxed and approachable, as well as elegant and dignified. As it is the first portrait to depict them together, and specifically during their time as The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, I wanted the image to evoke a feeling of balance between their public and private lives. The piece was commissioned as a gift for the people of Cambridgeshire, and I hope they will enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed creating it.

After the unveiling at the Fitzwilliam Museum, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the housing charity, Jimmy’s, in Cambridge. Whilst there, the popular royal duo learned about the crucial support they offer to individuals experiencing homelessness. 

In the afternoon, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Cambridgeshire County Day at Newmarket Racecourse where they met with the locals, played kickball, ate delicious food, and had a great time.

The royal couple also visited the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) in Milton on the occasion of Children’s Hospice Week, a national week to raise awareness of the vital work of children’s hospices across the United Kingdom. The Duchess of Cambridge is also the Royal Patron of EACH Hospice.

According to an EACH press release, during today’s visit, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge:

“…toured the hospice, which was opened by Diana, Princess of Wales on 1st August 1989, and met with children, young people, and families who use services through EACH. They were invited to take part in art activities with families, in addition to touring the hospice grounds and meeting long-term staff members and volunteers.

EACH Chief Executive Phil Gormley said: ‘We very much enjoyed welcoming Their Royal Highnesses to Milton. It was The Duchess’s first public visit to Milton and the very first time we had the pleasure of welcoming The Duke to one of our hospices so it was a very special, memorable and momentous day for everyone connected with EACH.

The Duchess met our fantastic staff and volunteers at Milton, who work tirelessly with children and their families needing our services. They had the chance to explain the difficulties they have faced in recent years, particularly in light of the pandemic and the isolation they have felt through shielding.

The visit was the perfect opportunity to celebrate ten years since Her Royal Highness became our Royal Patron. Throughout the decade, The Duchess has been immensely supportive by championing our cause. Her continued support comes with warmth, empathy and understanding, including beyond public view, and her Patronage is enjoyed and appreciated by everyone at EACH.

We are extremely thankful and consider ourselves honored and very lucky  to benefit from her hard work, generosity and support.’ ”

(VIDEO) TRHs The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Attend a Memorial for the Victims of the Grenfell Tower Disaster.

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.

(VIDEO) HRH The Duchess of Cambridge Visits the Little Village Brent in London.

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.

This is not the first time that Little Village has received support from The Duchess, who set up an initiative to bring together British brands to support baby banks in 2020. The Duchess then held zoom calls with some of the families Little Village has supported in February 2021, as part of its fifth-anniversary celebrations.

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.”

(VIDEOS) TRHs The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Visit Cardiff Castle in Wales.

On Saturday, June 4, 2022, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge along with His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge and Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge visited Cardiff Castle in Cardiff, Wales.

Today’s visit was in celebration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee.

(VIDEO) TRHs The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Attend the London Premiere of Top Gun: Maverick.

On the early evening of Thursday, May 19, 2022, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the United Kingdom film premiere and Royal Performance of, Top Gun: Maverick, held at Leicester Square in London, England. 

(VIDEOS) TRHs The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Begin Their Two-Day Visit to Scotland.

On the morning of Tuesday, May 11, 2022, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge began their two-day visit to Scotland.

The day began at the St. John’s Primary School in Port Glasgow where they participated in a Roots of Empathy session with students. According to Kensington Palace, the session is an “…unique approach [that] helps children build their empathy and understanding of a baby’s needs and emotions.”

Thereafter, the popular royal couple visited the Wheatley Group in Kennishead where they were informed about the challenges of homelessness in Scotland, “…Wheatley Group’s work is transforming the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged people. Mitigating the impact of poverty, maximizing access to employment, and fighting homelessness…” according to Kensington Palace.

In the afternoon, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the University of Glasgow. Whilst there, the royal couple spoke with various students about “…mental health and their well-being, particularly pertinent during what is currently exam season at the University.”