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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex to Attend Endeavour Fund Awards

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex in Wellington, New Zealand



Thursday 7th February, 2019

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will attend the annual Endeavour Fund Awards at Draper’s Hall on Thursday 7th February. Their Royal Highnesses will celebrate the achievements of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women who have taken part in remarkable sporting and adventure challenges over the last year.

The Royal Foundation’s Endeavour Fund supports the ambitions of these men and women to use challenges to help with their physical, psychological and social recovery and rehabilitation.

The Duke and Duchess will first attend a pre-ceremony reception where they will meet the inspiring nominees, as well as endeavour participants and key supporters of the Endeavour Fund. They will then attend the awards ceremony, which will be hosted by Ross Kemp and in which three prizes will be awarded:

  • The Recognising Achievement Award – awarded to the individual who has best utilised their endeavour to promote and catalyse their recovery
  • The Celebrating Excellence Award – awarded to the individual who has endeavoured to achieve excellence in their chosen sport or adventure challenge
  • The Henry Worsley Award – awarded to the individual who has best inspired others through the demonstration of determination in the face of adversity, whilst endeavouring to support others with their recovery through sport or adventurous challenge.

The Henry Worsley Award is named after the late Henry Worsley, who tragically lost his life in January 2016 whilst attempting to cross the Antarctic landmass, solo and unsupported. Henry, a career soldier and an experienced polar adventurer, undertook this incredible expedition in order to raise money for the Endeavour Fund.

The Endeavour Fund is a project led by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The fund plays an important role in ensuring that more servicemen and women have the opportunity to rediscover their self-belief and fighting spirit through physical challenges. It aims to target those that are hard to reach and to support activities that contribute to the participants’ recovery – either through mentorship, qualifications or work opportunities.

Since its launch in 2012, the Endeavour Fund has supported 86 different projects that have directly assisted over 5,000 wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women. Through their own fundraising, these endeavours have collectively raised over £2.5million for other forces charities across the sector.

A live stream of the event will be made available, with further details announced in due course.

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Duchess of Sussex to Attend Engagement with Association of Commonwealth Universities

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The Duchess of Sussex during her to visit the Hubb Community Kitchen, London


City, University of London

Thursday 31st January, 2019

The Duchess of Sussex will attend an engagement with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) on Thursday 31st January to meet with students and academics from across the ACU’s network. This will be Her Royal Highness’s first official visit with the ACU in her new role as Patron of the international organisation which is dedicated to building a better world through higher education.

During the visit, which will be held at City, University of London – one of the ACU’s 500 university members – The Duchess will meet students from the Commonwealth now studying in the UK, for whom access to university has transformed their lives. By bringing universities, academics and students together from around the world, the ACU helps to advance knowledge, promote understanding, broaden minds and improve lives.

As a university graduate, Her Royal Highness is a strong advocate of accessible education for all, and as part of The Duke and Duchess’s visit to Fiji last year, Her Royal Highness announced new Gender Grants for ACU member universities in the Pacific to fund new learning initiatives aimed at empowering female university staff and promoting gender equality.

This year, 2019, also marks the 60th anniversary of the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan and the launch of the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships, which build Commonwealth connections amongst students through education. Her Royal Highness will meet with past and current scholars to hear the impact of this prestigious scholarship scheme. The Duchess also last month met with university leaders, academics and international scholarship students as they discussed the role of higher education in addressing issues such as human trafficking, modern slavery, gender equality, and climate change. During the visit, The Duchess will hear more about how the ACU is working to promote inclusion and access to education for underrepresented groups, and will speak to students about their research in the fields of sustainability, global health and peace and reconciliation.

Established in 1913, the ACU is the world’s first and oldest international university network, with more than 500 member institutions in over 50 countries. It is the only accredited organisation representing higher education across the Commonwealth. The ACU champions higher education as a force for good in the Commonwealth and beyond. Among its key principles is the value of higher education to society – or its role ‘as a common good’ – and the conviction that this value is enhanced by international collaboration. The ACU manages international scholarship schemes, convenes universities to address key policy challenges such as climate resilience and peace and reconciliation, and promotes the role of universities in delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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The Duchess of Sussex to Visit National Theatre

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The Duchess of Sussex attends the annual remembrance ceremony 2018



Wednesday 30th January, 2019

The Duchess of Sussex will visit the National Theatre on Wednesday 30th January. Earlier this month The Duchess was announced as Patron of the National Theatre, one of two Patronages passed on by Her Majesty The Queen. The Duchess is a strong believer in using the arts to bring people from different backgrounds and communities together, and this first official visit to The National Theatre will explore the work they do, as well as meeting some of the talented teams and apprentices working behind the scenes.

The National Theatre’s mission is to make world class theatre that’s entertaining, challenging and inspiring – and to make it for everyone. It aims to reach the widest possible audience and to be as inclusive, diverse and national as possible with a broad range of productions that play in London, on tour around the UK, on Broadway and across the globe. In 2017/18 the National Theatre staged 19 productions at the South Bank, 10 across the UK, three in the West End and six internationally. Its extensive UK-wide learning and participation programme supports young people’s creative education through performance and writing programmes like Connections, New Views and Let’s Play. The National Theatre extends its reach through digital programmes including NT Live, which broadcasts some of the best of British theatre to over 2,500 venues in 65 countries, and the free streaming service On Demand In Schools, used by nearly 60% of UK state secondary schools.

On arrival The Duchess will join a workshop with members of the Pericles company, which was the National Theatre’s first Public Acts production in 2018. Public Acts, which launched last year, creates extraordinary acts of theatre and community. Pericles brought over 200 people of all ages from across London together with six professional actors to breathe new life into the Shakespeare classic in a musical version. Her Royal Highness will then meet current and former apprentices who are working as technicians in various departments including carpentry, metalwork and painting. Before departing The Duchess will watch a performance inspired by War Horse by primary school children, working with the National Theatre’s primary school programme.

Whilst Her Royal Highness spent ten years working in television, her training is in theatre. As well as a double major in theatre and international relations from Northwestern University, The Duchess volunteered at a performing arts after school programme for children in underprivileged school districts in Los Angeles.

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The Duke of Sussex to Attend Commonwealth Youth Roundtable

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The Duke of Sussex visits Toloa Forest Reserve for The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy during a tour of the Kingdom of Tonga.


Lancaster House, London

Wednesday 30th January, 2019

The Duke of Sussex, in his role of Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, will meet young people from across the Commonwealth at a roundtable discussion at Lancaster House on Wednesday 30th January. The event, hosted by Lord (Tariq) Ahmad, Minister of State for the Commonwealth, will allow The Duke to hear directly from young people about the issues that are key to them in the run up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2020 (CHOGM).

Representatives from the UK will include youth delegates who participated in CHOGM 2018 and the Commonwealth Youth Forum. Young people from networks across the Commonwealth will represent nations including India, Fiji, Ghana and Jamaica.

60% of the population across the Commonwealth is under 30, and these young leaders will discuss how they and other young people have been delivering on the ambitions set out at the Youth Forum in 2018, an event that The Duke officially opened. They will also discuss how they can maintain momentum in working towards these ambitions and how they can use the networks they are building now to make their ideas a reality, and demonstrate the value of the Commonwealth among young people.

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Duke of Cambridge Interviews Sir David Attenborough


The Duke of Cambridge Interviews Sir David Attenborough at World Economic Forum

The Duke of Cambridge has today participated in discussions on the environment and mental health at the 2019 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

His Royal Highness has taken part in a conversation with Sir David Attenborough on-stage at the Forum. Discussing Sir David’s decades of work highlighting the importance of the natural world and the urgent challenges and opportunities that will face the next generation of environmental leaders. Sir David will be honoured at this year’s Forum as one of the winners of the annual Crystal Award.

On Wednesday 23rd January The Duke will join a panel discussion on mental health. His Royal Highness will use the opportunity to highlight his belief that the world’s major employers – many of whom will be represented at Davos – have a vital role to play in promoting mentally healthy societies and workplaces.

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The Duchess of Cambridge to Launch New Family Action National Support Line

The Duchess of Cambridge is to launch a new mental health project for young children, in the latest initiative from the Heads Together campaign.
The Duchess of Cambridge during her visit to the Family Action at Hornsey Road Children's Centre, London.


Family Action, Forest Hill, Lewisham

Tuesday 22nd January, 2019

The Duchess of Cambridge will visit Family Action’s Lewisham base which provides a range of valuable community support for children and families in South London, to launch a new national support line, on Tuesday 22nd January.

Family Action, which is celebrating 150 years in 2019, works directly with vulnerable children and families through some 150 local and national services, as well as supporting professionals and organisations through training and consultancy. Their new service ‘FamilyLine’ uses a network of volunteers from across the country to support parents and carers virtually through telephone calls, email and text messaging.

This visit furthers The Duchess’s research and work focusing on the support available for children in their earliest years. Working with a steering group of leading practitioners and academics from a range of disciplines, Her Royal Highness is driving forwards a project to establish what more can be done in Britain to make a positive difference to the lives of children by focusing on their earliest moments in life, from pre-birth to infancy.

The visit will be hosted by David Holmes CBE, the chief executive of Family Action, who is a member of The Duchess’s steering group.

During the course of Her Royal Highness’s visits, she will meet families who are supported by Family Action, spend time with some young carers, meet volunteers who are supporting the new FamilyLine service and also view the ‘Family Monsters’ campaign film that has been produced to mark Family Action’s 150th Anniversary. The campaign highlights the hidden ‘monsters’ that many families face, such as debt, addiction, lack of time together, relationship issues and mental health issues. Every family faces pressures from time to time, and Family Action is drawing attention to the fact that if we don’t acknowledge them and talk about them, these family monsters can get bigger and become overwhelming.

The Family Monsters campaign film can be seen below.

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Duke of Rothesay to Open Dumfries House Health and Wellbeing Centre


The Duke of Rothesay will Formally Open the Dumfries House Health and Wellbeing Centre


HRH Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, will formally open The Dumfries House Health and Wellbeing Centre, the new home of The Prince’s Foundation’s successful Integrated Health and Wellbeing programme at Dumfries House, Cumnock, Ayrshire.

The Prince’s Foundation Integrated Health and Wellbeing programme

The programme, established in May 2016 and run in partnership with local GPs, champions natural remedies, traditional techniques and healthy-eating, with great emphasis placed on healing the mind and body as a whole. The new centre will offer a wide range of complementary therapies – including reflexology, acupuncture and hypnotherapy – to help participants attain outcomes such as increased fertility, menopausal health, and chronic pain management, and to combat diabetes and obesity.

Dumfries House

In July 2007 a consortium led by The Prince of Wales purchased Dumfries House and, in so doing, saved it for the Nation. Its contents and adjoining land, including a priceless collection of furniture by Thomas Chippendale, were due to be separated and sold at auction. The Great Steward of Scotland’s Dumfries House Trust was formed to develop the house and estate as a visitor attraction, as well as using it to invigorate the local community.  Now fully restored, Dumfries House is at the heart of local regeneration and is open to the public for the first time in 250 years. The estate offers training opportunities through a number of The Prince’s Charities, and includes a number of facilities such as a hospitality centre, engineering centre, Sports Hall and the fully restored Queen Elizabeth Walled Garden.

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Duke of Edinburgh Involved in Road Traffic Accident

Duke of Edinburgh – Planned Admittance to Hospital

This evening, Buckingham Palace revealed that the Duke of Edinburgh has today been involved in a road traffic accident. The palace spokesperson said:

The Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a road traffic accident with another vehicle this afternoon. The Duke was not injured. The accident took place close to the Sandringham Estate. Local police attended the scene.

Duchess of Cambridge to Showcase ‘Back to Nature’ Garden at Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea Flower Show


To highlight the benefits of the great outdoors and inspire children, families and communities to get back to nature, The Duchess of Cambridge, the Royal Horticultural Society and landscape architects Davies White have today announced that they will design and build the 2019 RHS Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.

The garden will build on Her Royal Highness’s passion for the outdoors and the proven benefits that nature has on physical and mental health. The Duchess is a strong advocate for the positive impact that nature and the environment can have on childhood development, demonstrated by her longstanding support for organisations including the Scouts and Farms for City Children, as well as at more recent engagements to Sayers Croft Forest School and Wildlife Garden, the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, and her visit today [15th January] to Islington Community Garden.

Based on a woodland, the garden seeks to recapture for adults the sense of wonder and magic that they enjoyed as children, in addition to kindling excitement and a passion for nature in future generations. Wild planting and natural materials will be used to recreate a woodland wilderness where children and adults alike can feel closer to the great outdoors.

Her Royal Highness has worked in collaboration with the RHS and Davies White over the past three months and will continue to finalise the design ahead of the show in May.

For over 200 years the RHS, which is the UK’s gardening charity, has been championing the power of gardening and growing plants for the environment, and for the health and wellbeing of people of all ages and backgrounds.

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Duke and Duchess of Sussex to Attend Cirque du Soleil’s Totem Premiere

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend an official welcome at Consular House in Tonga.



Wednesday 16th January, 2019

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will attend the premiere of Cirque du Soleil’s Totem in support of Sentebale at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 16th January. The evening will raise awareness and funds for Sentebale’s work with children and young people affected by HIV in southern Africa. Over the course of the evening, Their Royal Highnesses will meet representatives from Sentebale, Cirque du Soleil and Totem, including members of the cast.

The Duke of Sussex founded Sentebale with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in 2006 following The Duke’s gap year to Lesotho two years previously. The charity supports the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people affected by HIV in Lesotho, Botswana and Malawi. Sentebale’s programmes of education and care provide the tools and knowledge this vulnerable generation need to live long, happy, healthy lives.

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