A number of engagements have been added to William and Kate's calendar for the remainder of November and December beginning with 24 November when the Cambridges will attend the Wales - New Zealand rugby match at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Kickoff is 17.15 GMT.
On Tuesday 27 November it's a solo engagement for the Duchess who will be the guest of honour with Sir David Attenborough at the grand opening of the Natural History Museum's new Treasures gallery.
From the National History Museum:
'The Duchess will view 22 of the most extraordinary specimens that have ever been on display at the Museum, brought together to form the inspiring Treasures gallery. Each object has been hand-picked by Museum scientists for the fascinating story it has to tell and all the objects represent an important part of the Museum's scientific, historical, social and cultural worth'.
One of the exhibits, the jewel-like narceous ammonite, is a 200 million year old fossil sea creature collected by the father of geology, William Smith.
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Other pieces include dinosaur teeth and the 147 million year old Archaeopteryx which helped show that birds evolved from dinosaurs. It looks just fascinating and whilst doing a little research for the post I found myself becoming very interested in the pieces and their history. To find out more about the Treasures please click here.
Something that caught my eye is TREE, a 17 metre long, wafer thin section of an entire 200 year old oak tree including the roots, trunks and branches inlaid into the gallery ceiling. The artwork was inspired by Charles Darwin's iconic tree of life drawing.
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UPDATE: More than eighteen months after receiving their titles the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Cambridge on November 28. The couple will have a series of engagements throughout the day beginning with Guildhall where they will be met by dignitaries and enjoy a walkabout in the Market Square before visiting Cambridge University, a homeless centre, school and Peterborough City Hospital.
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No doubt the residents of Cambridge will be very excited about the eagerly anticipated visit. You can find out more about Cambridge here.
On 8 December the Royal Albert Hall will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland for the Winter Whites Gala in aid of Prince William's patronage Centrepoint.
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The glamorous gala will feature some of the biggest names in sport including John McEnroe and Boris Becker. Kate is a keen tennis player herself and will no doubt be delighted to be in the company of some of the games greatest players. The official dress code for the star studded event is Black tie/ sparkly whites so I expect Kate will pull out a dazzling gown for the occasion with jewels to match. Alexander McQueen and Jenny Packham are two very strong possibilities. We'll take a look at possibilities in our next 'Fashionably Kate' post.
Should Kate choose a piece already in her wardrobe, her Roland Mouret 'Lombarde' gown would be a very fitting choice.
The itinerary for the evening:
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The following day, 9 December, William and Kate will attend the British Military Tournament at Earls Court (I included info on this event in a previous post but I'm going to include it here too for those of you who may have missed it).
The tournament is an unforgettable and breathtaking opportunity to marvel at the skills and precision of the British Armed Forces while showing appreciation for our heroic servicemen and women.
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More from the website:
'The tournament exists to raise much needed funds to support members of the forces and their families. To mark the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of 2012, this year's British Military Tournament will celebrate the life and times of Her Majesty The Queen. The show will start from the events of 1926 (the year of the Queen's birth) and will tell the story of the ensuing years up to and including the current engagement in Afghanistan'.
A red carpet engagement for the royals on 12 December, the première of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey at Leicester Square London. I expect most of you have seen the wonderful The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy? The Hobbit is set in Middle Earth sixty years before and actors Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett and Orlando Bloom reprise their roles.
Royal correspondent Rebecca English kindly shared news that more engagements will be announced before Christmas.
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It is excellent to see William and Kate taking on more engagements, perhaps it is a sign the couple will become full time royals early next year? At the moment it is merely speculation but The Telegraph suggested William might take on a part time role with the RAF allowing him to dedicate more time to royal duties.
Which engagement are you most looking forward too? :)
Kate graces the cover of Hello! Magazine this week.