Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Updated: Kate to be Godmother to Royal Princess, Upcoming Engagement, William Succeeds Prince Philip as President of Fields in Trust + More

Duchess Kate is set to become godmother to Royal Princess, a new ship owned by British-American cruise line Princess Cruises.

Princess Cruises

On Thursday June 13th the Duchess will attended the naming ceremony for the 3,600 passenger new-generation ship in Southampton. As godmother, Kate will christen the ship by smashing a champagne bottle over the its hull.

More on the naming ceremony from Stockhouse;

'The spectacular ceremony will uphold British ship-naming traditions including the blessing, a performance by the Royal Marines Band and the pipers of the Irish Guards, together with contemporary highlights.'

Many of you will recall Kate christened a boat at Trearrddur Bay Lifeboat Station in Anglesey over two years ago during her very first official engagement!

More than 12,000 former passengers and agents will be invited to view the ship during the celebrations. Kate's participation will no doubt generate a huge amount of publicity for the cruise line. Alan Buckelew, the line's president said:

'It is a great honour for Princess Cruises that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has accepted our invitation to become the godmother to Royal Princess.
 We are delighted that the Duchess will launch our new ship and can think of no better way to celebrate our company's British heritage and our commitment to the country.'

Construction of Royal Princess began on 15 March 2011 at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy when the first plate was cut.

Princess Cruises

Royal Princess is the first in a new generation of ships for Princess Cruises. Regal Princess, a sister ship, will make its debut early next year. The ship is sure to delight passengers with exciting new innovations and signature features including an even larger and expanded atrium, the company's largest top deck pool ever, balconies on all outside staterooms and the biggest ice-cream parlour and pizza restaurant on the sea.

Princess Cruises

The ship's twelve-day Grand Mediterranean cruises between Barcelona and Venice start on June 23, proceeded by a seven-day maiden cruise from Southampton to Barcelona. Two short preview cruises will run during the naming ceremony.

Princess Cruises

Athletic Kate will enjoy a look at the courts.

Princess Cruises

Royals have been a popular choice for ship godmother for generations. Princess Diana christened the first ship in the Royal Princess line and Her Majesty has christened a number of ships including her namesake RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 in 1967.

The British Monarchy

Another interesting aspect of today's announcement is the date. During William and Kate's visit to Scotland last week the Duchess revealed she would be working until June; the statement confirms HRH will be working until at least a month before the birth of Baby Cambridge. Annual royal events Trooping The Colour and the Order of the Garter ceremonies take place on June 15th and 17th respectively, Kate is expected to attend both of these.

An engagement has also been announced for April 23rd. The Duchess will visit The Willows Primary School in Wythwnshawe Manchester. Kate will be launching a programme to help children affected by parental addiction organised by her patronage Action on Addiction.

The Willows Primary School

We'll have more on these events closer to the date.


St James's Palace also announced this morning that Prince William will succeed his grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh as president of Fields in Trust.

Sky's Paul Harrison Twitter Feed

Fields in Trust was founded in 1925 by King George V as the National Playing Fields Association. It works to safeguard and improve outdoor recreational spaces in perpetuity for the benefit of future generations. Prince Philip was president for 64 years and during his time, despite the continuing pressure to dispose of playing fields, the number of fields protected by Fields in Trust has grown from 430 sites to 2,872 sites. The organisation credits Prince Philip's determination and unique knowledge of the organisation for their incredible success.

The Duke of Edinburgh and the Duke of Cambridge engaged in their support of the organisation.

Fields in Trust

Fields of Trust shared this via their website:

'Whilst it is with huge regret that Fields in Trust is announcing the resignation of the Duke of Edinburgh it is with enormous pleasure that Fields in Trust announces that the Duke of Cambridge is honouring the charity by agreeing to succeed his grandfather as President. The Duke of Cambridge was Patron of the very successful Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.'

It's wonderful to see William succeeding his grandfather in a role Prince Philip was very passionate about. At 91 it is time for Philip to reduce his hectic workload and it is, without doubt, reassuring for him to know the organisation is in safe hands with William as president.


This week's edition of Hello! Magazine reports William is leaving the RAF and beginning a new unannounced job (with many thanks to immensely knowledgeable @CambridgeWatch). The story also reveals the Prince is planning to take time off when the baby is born. Perhaps a role with the Household Cavalry in London is looming? . It does sound like a very likely possibility, we should hear something official within the month.

Hello! Magazine

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  1. I guess it will be her last engagement before the baby is born.

    With the William situaiton it gives me the feeling that England might get a new king soon.

  2. Monica, France9 April 2013 at 14:38

    I think that William and Kate are now ready to take up the torch and continue the tremendous contribution and efforts made by the senior members of the Royal Family!

    1. Pauline Oak Hills9 April 2013 at 22:01

      I still don't think they will be come full time royals just yet. I think William will stay in the military so they can raise their baby is somewhat of a private life. But I do beleive with William changing to another branch he will be able to do more engagements with his Duchess.

    2. Kate, Texas, USA10 April 2013 at 00:46

      Nicely said Monica!!!

    3. Pauline: TOtally disagree. They might not become fulltime royals just yet, because of the baby, but Diana worked while pregnant and after her children were born. So did Charles.

      They SHOULD become full time royals. They are getting a huge London home paid for by the tax payers, and that country home the queen just gifted them. It's time to quit the charade that they are a "normal" couple. They are about as far from a normal couple as you can get

      And the news over here is William's going to be on the cover of People tomorrow saying he's quitting the RAF. My money said he was forced out by either the RAF or granny.

  3. @Stefanie

    A new King? Never.... I think, both of them (HRM & Prince Philipp) have done A LOT for your country.... they're older than my grandma. So she's sometimes a little bit tired. I hope, they have in future a little bit more time for all the private things, the're urgend for them....! (sorry my bad english... had never this in our school in switzerland...ggg)

    Greets Chispa

    1. I also think they both have done/are doing a great job. But when you reach a certain age you might want to slow down. Look at Queen Beatrix of Netherlands, I think she is younger and still stepped down. With William giving up his job and a new one being said to be anounced later on we don't know what it will be. Maybe they become fulltime royals.

    2. Jean from Lancs.10 April 2013 at 20:04

      Of one thing I am pretty sure--Queen Elizabeth will not abdicate. If she became too frail to act there might be a Regency--but abdication- no

  4. LKC in South Carolina9 April 2013 at 15:08

    Wow! The middle of June is going to be busy, but I am betting Charlotte will work her magic and get us pictures faster than fast.

    The last month of a pregnancy can be uncomfortable so I am glad to read Kate will not be doing anything official!

  5. Am going to add to my comment I just wrote; it looks like that could be photoshopped, but I still stand by my statment. :)

    1. Pauline Oak Hills9 April 2013 at 21:59

      bluhare- Your comment was not posted. So we don't know what your talking about "being photoshopped" and you standing by your statement.

    2. Kate, Texas, USA10 April 2013 at 00:45

      Hey Bluhare! From this post it sounded like you had previously typed something. Just wondering because I typed a post earlier today that hasn't shown up. I am wondering if there are computer issues?

      Hope you are doing well!

    3. I did type something. I said I wondered why Kate always looks at William with love, but he never looks at her the same way. Then I added my addendum about photoshop on this particular photo.

      By the way, People over here is reporting William is quitting RAF. Quelle surprise.

  6. I have read elsewhere that Diana christened the first Royal Princess ship in 1984.

    Interesting news about a potential job change for Prince William. I imagine that he and Kate want to preserve as much as a 'normal' life as possible, for as long as possible, and good for them.

    I anticipate that with a move to a London and after a suitable amount of time (after the baby arrives) they will do evening engagements together while she takes on 3-5 day engagements per week.

  7. Pauline Oak HIlls9 April 2013 at 17:16

    Wow thank you Charlotte for this great up date on our Duchess. I also just read that the Duchess has another engagement on April 23 at a school. I jsut love the photo on the new Hello cover. How could William not want to retire out of the RAF with a wife like his Duchess at home waiting for him. That look of love says it all.

    I am wondering if the new job will be still with the RAF but as a trainer. But whatever he decides it will be what is best for him and his young family. He wants to be a hands on daddy so whatever it is he will make sure that he is home alot.

    Thanks again for this great post.

  8. Jean from Lancs.9 April 2013 at 18:30

    Just seen in local paper that the Duchess will visit a Manchester school on April 23rd, to launch a counselling service.

  9. Kate, Texas, USA9 April 2013 at 18:44

    Just read that the original Royal Princess cruise liner was launched by Princess Diana in 1984. Lovely to see Kate carrying on a great tradition. I think Diana would absolutely adore Kate and be proud of the job she is doing! :)

    1. Pauline Oak Hills9 April 2013 at 22:03

      Kate I totally agree with you. William's beloved mother would be so proud of her beautiful daughter in law for what she has done so far. And be so happy that her beloved William has found the love of his life.

    2. I'm not so sure about that. She might have liked Kate, but Diana was pretty canny . . . and I'm not sure that she'd have thought much of the Middletons, specifically Carole.

  10. Nice to catch up on all the Duchess Kate news after several days without internet access. Is the Manchester engagement mentioned in Hello! online today going to be private?

  11. I think it was very smart to have her promote cruises as recent events have turned many away from cruises. I hope this one turns the tide, so to speak, for the industry with Kate's help.

  12. I'm confused by the Fields in Trust announcement which says the Duke of Cambridge is succeeding his father as president. I thought the DoE was the president, so shouldn't that read "grandfather"?

  13. Kate, Texas, USA10 April 2013 at 00:44

    Charlotte, I typed a long post earlier today and I don't see it here. Did it come through? I saw a second post I had typed a little later was there. Just wondering if you are having technical issues? :(

    1. So sorry for the inconvenience Kate and anyone else who doesn't see their comment here. It appears Blogger were having some issues during an update this evening. It all appears to be fixed thankfully. I remember during the royal tour, I wrote a post on one of the engagements in Malaysia and just as I was about to click Publish a glitch occurred and the entire post was erased including the draft! Needless to say some seriously quick typing was required :)

      It's been a busy day in terms of engagements. Two upcoming engagement for Kate. Very interesting to see she plans to work until mid June and of course William succeeding Prince Philip as president of Fields In Trust is an interesting development.

      Thank you all so much for taking the time to comment.

    2. Sarah from Calif.10 April 2013 at 01:53

      Oh Charlotte, ouch having your entire work erased. Ugh :( Thank you so much for all your hard work to bring us for lack of better words (Kate Watchers ot Royal Watchers) quick., lively., interesting, enjoyable.,......news and up dates.

    3. Kate, Texas, USA10 April 2013 at 18:38

      Thanks for the reply! Reading about your post being erased gave me a pit in the stomach. I know how hard you work putting thought into writing and laying out each post. So sorry! I retyped a post and replied to a couple others, so hopefully they will come through.

      I thought the new information out of Prince William taking over as President of Fields In Trust was a very interesting development (as you said). I know we cannot speculate and it is never certain, but I think William might be heading towards working as a full-time Royal. I would love to be a fly on the wall and see what happens behind closed doors. :) With them leaving Anglesey, hopefully Kate's diary will fill up for May!

  14. Ana B. from Brazil10 April 2013 at 02:35

    Hello, my friends!
    I think it may sound funny and a bit weird, but when I first read the title of today's post, I thought you were talking about a little girl!!!
    Well, I think William is so right taking some time after the baby is born. The father is a very much needed help. And once he has such an oportunity, I think is great for him to take it.
    Thank you for the update, Charlotte! And I'm feeling very curious about that news you mentioned a few posts ago. I can't wait for you to tell us all!
    Hugs :)

    1. Pauline Oak Hills10 April 2013 at 05:57

      Hello Ana B- Hope you are doing well. I have read several posts regarding something Charlotte has for us toward the end of the month. What is it supposed to be? I haven't heard what it is supposed to be.

      I am glad to read that William plans on taking leave to be with his beautiful Duchess and their bby after it is born. They are going to be wonderful hands on parents. I can not see them having a full time nanny nor having a bunch of servates. That is not their style. They are and will continue to be very private and William will be even more protected of his Duchess and their baby.

      I am wondering what Williams plan are for the future. I think he will not become a full time royal at this time. I think he will join the Househole Calvery. That way he will be with his family and still be able to do more engagements but still keep his famliies privacy. Now we just have to wait & see.

    2. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)10 April 2013 at 15:09

      Ana I thought the same thing at first! LOL!

  15. So glad to hear thar William is taking on Fields... A very worthwhile charity in these days when developers are always pressing for more property.

    Prince Phillip is a remarkable man and he looks fabulous for his age. He has a ton of character, sometimes controversal but always interesting. Was recently reading a book on his mother. An interesting family with a lot of tragedy and he had a very difficult upbringing. Maybe a good subject for the royal digest one day. He works incrediably hard.

    Think Catherine might take on work even later in her pregnancy. Diana took on engagements up to the last weeks. Not likely to be announced long in advance since you never know with babies. Remember Diana cristening that cruise ship. She wore red and black and she looked wonderful. It was soon after Harry's birth and she had let her hair grow. Wish she had kept it long for more time. Nice that Catherine is following in her footsteps but crafting her own way. Hope new patronages will be announced soon.

  16. The Christening promises to be a super event:o)12000 people are invited, along with the press and members of the royal family, I hope the Middletons come too!
    Also, I hope Kate wears something gorgeous and comfortable for the event. April 23rd also should be an interesting event to look forward to.Thanks Charlotte for this update!xoxo

    1. Pauline Oak Hills10 April 2013 at 05:50

      HI Siddhii- I sure hope that William will be in attendance. How nice would that be since the Duchess first christened a boat in Wales before they were married. And it would be great if her parents were there too.

      Hope all is well with you.

    2. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)10 April 2013 at 15:12

      I can't wait to see what she wears! Do you all think she will be in heels for much longer? I wore them right up until I went into labor but I sit in my office all day. Will she be able to handle doing walkabouts, etc in her fabulous 3 to 4 inch shoes?! This will really get interesting during the June engagements...!

  17. Hi charloote i dont see my post either so i try to post in again i think these last official duty of the duchess before her due date i hope william will company her i read some articles about william quit raf to focus in his baby and his wife

  18. Jean from Lancs.10 April 2013 at 16:08

    There is a service at Westminster Abbey on June 4th celebrating the 60 years since the Coronation---I expect both the Duke and Duchess will be at that if all is well.
    The Buckingham Palace concert in July seem as though it might be too close to the
    birth for the Duchess.

    1. Kate, Texas, USA10 April 2013 at 18:30

      Jean, I think you're right that William and Catherine will be at the service. I am wondering why they chose to have it on June 4 and not on the actual date of her coronation, June 2. My only thought was that June 2 falls on a Sunday this year and it would interfere with church services???

    2. I will be in England then so I'll be able to watch it on the telly!!!

      I wish I were there when the exhibit at BP with the coronation gowns and outfits opens. The queen's gown looks breathtaking.

    3. Sarah from Calif.11 April 2013 at 02:24

      bluhare and to anyone going to the service. I would much appreciate a list card :)

    4. Sarah, I will actually be in London on the 4th. If I can get in (and get two cards), one is yours.

  19. Wow! There's a long list of Kate upcoming dates. I'm really looking forward to seeing her styles during these engagements, especially when the birth is around the corner.
    As for William, I don't think he would quit his military career to be a full-time royal. I therefore agree with many comments here that he might take some military roles that would allow him to be close to his Duchess, and of course, their baby Cambridge.

    Thank you for another great post, Charlotte!

  20. Kate, Texas, USA10 April 2013 at 18:25

    Going to try again for the post. Hopefully this goes through.....

    So happy to see a post during this "dry spell". I love that Kate will be carrying on a wonderful tradition of the Royals to be ship godmother and take part in the christening. I think it will be a grand and glorious day! I can't wait to see what she'll wear. We all know she will be gorgeous and glowing! Hopefully William will be there and her parents can join in the celebration. I wonder if it will be her last "long distance" engagement before the baby comes and she will have to hunker down around London?

    Well, word says that William is saying goodbye to the RAF. If they leave Anglesey in May and his service is up in September, where will he serve the remainder of his duty? What is this unannounced job? That's odd. Curious how this will all play out...... It's looking more like William is moving towards full-time Royal duties. Guess we'll see. :)

    It is sad to see Prince Philip retire as president, but he has done a fabulous job serving. WOW...64 years! Obviously after serving that long, it is something he was passionate about. I know William will do a wonderful job in carrying on the job and legacy laid out by his grandfather and those before him. :) I don't know much as I should about Prince Phillip, but he seems like an incredibly hard worker, especially for being just shy of 92. Also seems like a cheeky, fun grandfather! Best wishes as he passes this torch to William!

    SO VERY HAPPY Kate will be at Trooping the Colour and Order of the Garter. I am making plans to be in London for Trooping the Colour in June!!! REALLY can't wait to see Kate and say Happy Birthday to Her Majesty!!! Diana was at Trooping the Colour on June 12, just 9 days before William was born, so hopefully there will be a few more engagements before the baby comes. Maybe even an appearance at Wimbledon? We can all hope!!!!

    Looking forward to seeing Kate on the 21st and maybe a sighting before then. Charlotte, any word on when Apartment 1A will be ready and they will be moving in? I thought it would be summer, but now looking like the start of fall??? Always laugh to call it "apartment"....more like mansion. :) Still waiting for the exciting announcement to come!!!! Have a great Wednesday!!!

  21. Dear Charlotte and the wonderful Duchess Kate followers. I have become aware that the Duchess of Cambridge does not have a home for her child when it is born during the middle of July. Nottingham cottage will be too small, Kensington palace won't be ready, Norfolk won't be available. Where will they be based? Most mothers by her time in the pregnancy are creating a wonderful nursery, I love this blog. Donna

    1. Hello Donna,

      There have been some ridiculous stories printed about the Cambridges and the suggestion they don't have a suitable home for the baby is one of them. If they haven't moved into Apartment 1A, Nottingham Cottage is perfectly suitable for a short time with two bedrooms, a couple of reception rooms and a small yard. Pretty much the sort of home most young couples have :)

    2. Sarah from Calif.11 April 2013 at 02:27

      Apt. 1A sounds perfect. We had two bedrooms when our first was born. I felt very blessed. Cozy and complete.


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