This week has been quiet and somewhat blue for The Duchess of Cambridge. The 16th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana was last Sunday, and a close family friend, Hugh Van Cutsem passed away this week as well. As doleful as these times may be, it makes spending time with family and friends that much more precious, which is exactly what William and Catherine did…
Last Week Update:
- September 1- Her memory lives on…On Sunday, just one day after the 16th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, William, Kate, and presumably George were seen boarding their helicopter at Belton Woods country club in Grantham, which was revealed by an eye-witness account on Twitter. No other details were provided other than the Duchess was seen wearing something gray. Perhaps it was the gray cardigan during her pregnant salon visit? Or her Max Mara wrap dress when she showed her first sign of a baby bump? Most likely we will never know, but what we can be sure of is the reason for their trip. Grantham is a mere six miles from Stoke Rochford, where Princess Diana’s eldest sister Lady Sarah McCorquodale resides. It was reported that William and Catherine wanted to spend the weekend with the Spencer side of his family in honor of his mother’s death and to show off their new Prince. William has tried to remain close to his aunt and wants to continue that bond, especially with his new addition. On what must have been a somber day, George no doubt brought some joy into everyone’s hearts.
- September 2- Farewell old friend… On Monday, it was sadly reported that Hugh Van Cutsem, close friend to Prince Charles, passed away at the age of 72. Mr. Cutsem had been a friend to The Prince of Wales since their days at Cambridge University together and was very close with the Royal Family. His son Edward was a pageboy at Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding in 1981, and his granddaughter Grace was a bridesmaid at William and Kate’s wedding in 2011 (many of you will remember the infamous picture of young Grace scowling and covering her ears on the balcony of Buckingham Palace). Prince William was also very close to the Van Cutsem’s and was even a groomsman in Hugh’s son William’s wedding this past May. Mr. Cutsem was said to have been ill for quite some time, however his death still came as a shock to his family and Prince Charles. There will be a requiem mass at a Catholic church next week, but no word on whether the Cambridge’s or members of the Royal Family will attend. May The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge be comforted with warm memories, as with all of Mr. Cutsem’s loved ones during this sad time.
- September 3- Her empathy and compassion are extraordinary…On Tuesday, Clarence House announced via Twitter that a special focus feature was added to The Duchess of Cambridge’s official website. This feature highlights all of the great work that Catherine has done to showcase children’s hospices. This area of charity is very important to Catherine and no doubt deserves special attention. On the new page, you can find a detailed account of the many visits The Duchess has made both nationally and internationally, along with many touching videos including her first public service announcement. It is not to be missed!
- September 4- An offer he couldn’t refuse? Apparently there was none! According to the Daily Mail’s Richard Kay, William’s friend Guy Pelly will not be a Godfather to Prince George of Cambridge. Guy has been close with Princes William and Harry since their early teens and owns the club Mahiki in London, which Will and Kate frequented quite often when they were dating. He told Richard Kay exclusively that “I spoke to William yesterday about it and he confirmed I am not going to be one…”. Royal babies typically have up to 6 Godparents, so now that Pelly is out, who will be in?
- September 5- Fancy snuggling up to William and Kate? Well now you can!…sort of. On Thursday, it was announced that Madame Tussauds in Washington D.C will unveil wax figures of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. It took four months to create the figures and they will be displayed on September 12. “Kate” will be wearing a replica of the lavender Alexander McQueen gown that she wore to the BAFTA event in Los Angeles in 2011, and “William” will be in a navy suit. Hey if you can’t be next to the real couple, why not the wax version?!
- September 12- William and Catherine will attend the Tusk Conservation Awards. The Tusk Trust is s UK charity that funds African conservation projects of which William is a patron. This formal event will mark the official return of Kate from her maternity leave and we can’t wait! Just what oh what will she wear?
- September 14- It is thought that Kate and Wills will attend the wedding of their friend’s James Meade and Laura Marsham in Norfolk.