Category Archives: Official Engagements

Kate attends Place2Be’s Wellbeing in Schools Awards

Kate attends Place2Be’s Wellbeing in Schools Awards

The Duchess of Cambridge’s patronage, Place2Be, hosted their first-ever Wellbeing in Schools Awards at Kensington Palace. The Duchess of Cambridge attended the event and presented the “the Child/Young Person Award to a child or young person who has made an exceptional contribution to the mental health and emotional wellbeing of their peers within the school community through their relationship with Place2Be”


The Wellbeing in Schools Awards were created to celebrate children, parents, teachers, staff, and local community members who make a real difference in the life of their school. Parents, grandparents, and teachers nominated the finalists for their contributions to the local school communities.


Kate became the Royal Patron of Place2Be on April 19, 2013 because of her “personal interest in and commitment to improving the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children in the UK.” Place2Be works in primary and secondary schools across the UK to provide early intervention and mental health support to young children and their families.


The charity has a presence in numerous schools and provides access to counseling and other services that emotionally-troubled children may need. Their focus is reaching children undergoing emotional and behavioral problems in the classroom and providing them with the support they need to improve their classroom learning.

The Duchess of Cambridge penned a foreward to the program for tonight’s awards ceremony. In it, Catherine praises the charity for helping over 90,000 children and congratulates them on their inaugural Wellbeing in Schools Awards.


This evening, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a Hobbs top and Jenny Packham skirt to the semi-formal ceremony. Kate chose the Hobbs “Emilia” blouse from their more formal Invitation line. It is sadly sold out, but originally retailed for £89 and was discounted to £60. Many sizes are still available in Hobbs Outlet stores in the UK. Call your local store or e-mail customerservices@hobbs.co.uk for more details. She paired the top with a Jenny Packham skirt from the A/W 2013 line – a gorgeous peacock blue satin midi skirt.


Kate accessorized with Jimmy Choo “Vikki” pumps and a matching black suede clutch by Mulberry. For jewels, Kate chose to wear her Temple of Heaven chandelier earrings. The Duchess added a black suede belt by Alexander McQueen to cinch in her waist. She pulled her hair into a half-up style, which was extremely flattering with the Hobbs blouse.


Catherine presented the final award of the evening to 11-year-old Bailey Dunne. The dedication shown by Bailey, his fellow award recipients, and the Place2Be organization is an incredible asset to the local communities of the United Kingdom. Before the event ended, the Duchess of Cambridge presented Place2Be’s Founder and Chief Executive – Benita Refson – with a surprise award as thanks for her amazing organization.

Everything You Want to Know About #RoyalsInNYC

Everything You Want to Know About #RoyalsInNYC

It was the news we waited months  years forever to hear – the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are visiting New York City. The Royal Couple will visit New York City and Washington, D.C. from December 7-9. Royal Watchers had an absolute meltdown and quickly began researching plane, train, and NBA tickets. We listened to allContinue Reading

Kate Pays Respects on Remembrance Sunday

Kate Pays Respects on Remembrance Sunday

Today, millions of people around the world will pause to remember and pay respect to all those in the armed forces who have paid the ultimate price for their country. Today, 100 years after the First World War broke out, the Queen led Remembrance Sunday ceremonies today at Whitehall’s Cenotaph to honour all those who haveContinue Reading

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. #457721828 / gettyimages.com Catherine became patron of Action on Addiction in January 2012. One of her first patronages, the charityContinue Reading

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