Category Archives: Official Engagements

The Duchess of Cambridge attends Action on Addiction Autumn Gala Evening

The Duchess of Cambridge attends Action on Addiction Autumn Gala Evening

This evening, the Duchess of Cambridge attended an Autumn Gala Evening in support of her patronage Action on Addiction. The black tie dinner and reception was held at L’anima, an upscale, award-winning restaurant in London.


Catherine became patron of Action on Addiction in January 2012. One of her first patronages, the charity “is the only UK charity working across the addiction field in research, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation, professional workforce development, professional education and support for families and children.” To learn more about Action on Addiction, catch up on our Charity Spotlight.


The Duchess has worked very closely with Action on Addiction during her royal engagements, often visiting the charity’s services including a visit to a treatment center house and launching the MPACT program. The purpose of tonight’s event is to thank supporters and encourage further contribution to the charity’s work.


The Duchess of Cambridge arrived on the hot pink carpet around 7PM. Catherine enjoyed pre-dinner entertainment, including a piano performance, a speech by the Charity’s Chair, John Lloyd, and a performance by impersonator and comedian Rory Bremner. She mingled with guests, charity volunteers and staff in the restaurant’s event space.


Nick Barton, Chief Executive of Action on Addiction, said in a press release: “The Duchess of Cambridge has shown unwavering support of the Charity and we are delighted that our Patron is able to attend the Autumn Gala Evening. We are enormously grateful that Her Royal Highness has helped us to keep addiction very much in the spotlight by her involvement to help reduce the stigma surrounding the condition. The Charity’s mission is to free people from addiction and we hope this evening will help us to make further progress in achieving that aim.”


Kate opted for a stunning cocktail dress for this evening’s reception. The Temperley London “Emblem Flare Dress” is described as: “long-sleeved dress is inspired by stained glass ironwork and woven from a lightweight cotton-blend yarn. Delicate panels expose the nude slip, adding an edge to this feminine piece. The design is finished with a slashed neckline and a scoop back.” It is still available for $795.


The Duchess accessorized with her black suede Jimmy Choo “Cosmic” heels and carried a sparkly, beaded clutch handbag. She opted for diamond earrings – a wedding gift from Prince Charles – to add a little glitter to the outfit.


In tonight’s program, the Duchess of Cambridge wrote that the work of Action on Addiction “is simply life changing and I could not be more proud to be their patron.” Action on Addiction is a favorite for many royal watchers, and we could not agree more with Catherine’s sentiments. A wonderful charity was supported tonight by this wonderful event!

The Duchess of Cambridge attends the 2014 Wildlife Photography Awards

The Duchess of Cambridge attends the 2014 Wildlife Photography Awards

The evening, the Duchess of Cambridge attended the 50th Annual Wildlife Photography Awards at the Natural History Museum in London. The Duchess of Cambridge has been patron of the Natural History Museum since April 2013, and her support for both the museum and these awards demonstrates her dedication to wildlife conservation and nature preservation. #457611604Continue Reading

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcome President on Singapore State Visit

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcome President on Singapore State Visit

This morning, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge represented the Queen at an official welcome for the President of Singapore and his wife. President Tony Keng Yam Tan and Mrs. Mary Chee Bee Kiang Tan are visiting the United Kingdom on an official state visit as guests of Her Majesty The Queen. #457586398 / gettyimages.comContinue Reading

Monthly Mental Health: Art Therapy and The Art Room

Monthly Mental Health: Art Therapy and The Art Room

Last week, the Duchess of Cambridge unfortunately had to miss an event at The Art Room, one of her patronages. The event was to mark the opening of the Clore Art Room at Barlby Primary School in London and Kate sent a lovely note to the organization, apologizing for her absence due to continued illnessContinue Reading

The Duchess of Cambridge to visit Malta

The Duchess of Cambridge to visit Malta

We finally learned a little bit more about Kate’s tour of Malta! The Duchess of Cambridge is due to undertake her first solo overseas tour – a high honor for royals – in Malta this September. The Duchess visited North America, Southeast Asia, and most recently Australia and New Zealand on royal tours with PrinceContinue Reading

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Attend WW1 Commemorations in Belgium

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Attend WW1 Commemorations in Belgium

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge began a series of commemorative events marking the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. William and Catherine traveled to Belgium on behalf of the Queen as part of the World War I centenary commemorations. #453152222 / gettyimages.com The Duke and Duchess were greeted by King PhilippeContinue Reading

Kate at the Commonwealth Games – Day 2 in Glasgow

Kate at the Commonwealth Games – Day 2 in Glasgow

Kate, William and Harry were out and about again today at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games – visiting venues, meeting with Soldiers and taking in some boxing and hockey action. #452883688 / gettyimages.com Following in yesterday’s footsteps of a repeat look, Kate again wore a repeat ensemble previously seen at the 2012 London Olympics as well as duringContinue Reading

William, Kate and Harry attend Tour De France Grand Depart

William, Kate and Harry attend Tour De France Grand Depart

Today, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and our favorite third wheel Prince Harry traveled to Yorkshire to attend the Tour De France Grand Depart in Leeds. The begins today in England and ends on July 27 in Paris after riders complete the 2,300 mile race. #451724922 / gettyimages.com This year marks the 101st TourContinue Reading

Kate visits Bletchley Park

Kate visits Bletchley Park

Today, the Duchess of Cambridge visited the iconic Bletchley Park – the site of the UK’s World War II codebreakers. The location is known as “Britain’s best kept sercret,” famed for its work with the German Enigma and Lorenz cipher. #450806568 / gettyimages.com Bletchley Park was home to the Government Communications and Cypher School, aContinue Reading

The Duchess of Cambridge attends the Order of the Garter Service

The Duchess of Cambridge attends the Order of the Garter Service

Today, the Duchess of Cambridge attended the annual Order of the Garter service at Windsor Castle. The event is one of the most prestiglious on the royal calendar. #450705000 / gettyimages.com The Order of the Garter is the most senior and oldest British Order of Chivalry, founded by Edward III in the 14th century. TheContinue Reading

Trooping the Colour 2014

Trooping the Colour 2014

Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, joined the rest of the Royal Family in today’s annual Trooping the Colour parade and ceremonies. This was her fourth year in attendance as a member of the Royal Family. #450594844 / gettyimages.com Queen Elizabeth II was born on April 21, but to ensure good weather for proper celebrating itContinue Reading

Kate visits National Maritime Museum for America’s Cup Exhibit

Kate visits National Maritime Museum for America’s Cup Exhibit

Today, Kate was off to Greenwich to visit the National Maritime Museum. She was there to offer her support and learn more about the UK’s bid to enter the 35th annual America’s Cup – the world’s premier sailing competition. #450371032 / gettyimages.com The America’s Cup is an annual yacht race, originating in England in theContinue Reading

William and Kate attend D-Day Commemorative Events in France

William and Kate attend D-Day Commemorative Events in France

Today marked the 70th anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy during World War II – D-Day. The historic date holds so many memories of loss, triumph, power and success during a war that terrorized the world. On this momentous day, seven decades later, many heads of state and political officials gathered to commemorate the eventsContinue Reading

The Earl and Countess of Strathearn visit Perth and Kinross

The Earl and Countess of Strathearn visit Perth and Kinross

Today, the Earl and Countess of Strathearn – also known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – attended a series of events in Strathearn. The locality of Strathearn is in the county of Perth and Kinross. They will attend four events throughout the day. The first event of the day took place at theContinue Reading