Saturday, 27 April 2013

Kate's Children's Hospice Week Video Message + Latest Sightings

The Duchess of Cambridge has recorded her first video message to mark the start of Children's Hospice Week speaking about the "inspirational" work of children's hospices. The Duchess became involved in the project through her role as patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices, and the video includes images of Kate's visit to EACH's Treehouse in Ipswich where she made her first speech as a member of the Royal Family last year. The video message is available to view at The Telegraph and The Children's Hospice Week Website.

The Telegraph

The message was recorded at royal home Clarence House and the Duchess is seen sitting next to a table with two photographs on it; one from the royal wedding and one showing the Queen Mother meeting soldiers.

The Telegraph

In the video Kate speaks eloquently about her own experience of seeing the organisation's work and the importance of Children's Hospice Week:

'I have been fortunate to see first hand the remarkable work that they do for children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families. It is simply transformational.
 Children's Hospice Week is a time to recognise, celebrate and support the inspirational work of these hospices, and those who provide palliative care to these children and families. Children's hospices provide lifelines to families at a time of unimaginable pain. The support they give is vital.
 In order to carry out this wonderful work, our help is needed. With our support, those providing children's palliative care can continue to offer these extraordinary service. It does not bear thinking about what these families would do without this. With your support, we can help ensure that these children and their families can make the most of the precious time they have together.'

Children's Hospice Week is run by the charity Together For Short Lives to raise money for Britain's forty-nine hospices. A series of fundraising events have been planned to raise much needed funds and awareness for the often neglected health care sector.

It is obvious Kate is passionate about her role as EACH patron and keen to support hospices across Britain. The video message will not only be watched in Britain but across the world because of her participation and will no doubt highlight the importance of hospices to a wider audience. In support of Children's Hospice Week the Duchess will visit Naomi House on Monday.

Together For Short Lives

Many of you will recognise Kate's dress as the same piece she wore during her visit to Child Bereavement UK last month. The Topshop Contrast Collar Dress is a black shift styled dress with a white Peter Pan collar. I would imagine Kate wore the recently seen and inexpensive piece to detract attention from her sartorial choices ensuring the focus remained on Children's Hospice Week. 

Topshop/Sky's Paul Harrison Twitter Feed

With thanks to all of you who have taken the time to enquire about the Baby Cambridge Fundraiser. A charitable initiative spearheaded by five royal bloggers in support of East Anglia's Children's Hospices. One of the reasons we decided to launch on the 29th was to mark Children's Hospice Week. As you know we will be revealing all the details on Monday, but for those of you who wish to donate in the meantime our JustGiving Page is here.


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In other news, William and Kate were spotted enjoying dinner Friday night in London much to fellow diners delight. Perhaps an early anniversary celebration?

Craig Scott Twitter Feed

Today, Kate and Pippa were seen getting their hair done in London (most likely at Richard Ward's Chelsea Salon) and a tweeter snapped a photo of William and Kate in their car leaving Kensington Palace today.

With thanks to Ashley Marie and Brittany WKW FB

I hope you're all having a lovely weekend :)

39 comments:

  1. Sarah from Calif.27 April 2013 at 23:17

    Kate did a wonderful job. I hope this really helps to bring awareness and support to the Children's Hospice.

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    1. It's such an important week for hospices, Kate's participation will be invaluable I'm sure :)

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  2. I'm impressed with the Duchess' poise and eloquence in this video. It's a powerful message about important services for those beautiful children and their families.

    I also think it's wondeeful that you and four other royal bloggers are launching BCF together. It's a superb way to unite all your followers to really make a difference!

    Thanks for another great post (an unexpected treat!), Charlotte!

    Julie

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    1. Thank you so much. It's great to be able to support EACH in any way possible and to bring the royal community together.

      It's great to have some news to post about :)

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  3. It was also announced today that William has submitted his resignation paperwork to the RAF Valley commanding officer. William will be taking his due paternity leave this summer and officially leave the RAF after the paternity leave ends. He will remain a member of the Blue & Royals but his job remains undefined at this time. He might have a position in the household Blue & Royals staff at Buckingham or he might retire from military duty in lieu of full time duty as a royal. It was reported in several newspapers that his commander of his RAF unit confirmed he received William's papers. Clarence House has yet to comment.

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  4. I really wish I could watch the video but sadly my phone will not play it :'( I just adore Catherine and try to use her as an example for myself, what would Kate do. WWKD :-)

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    1. What would Kate do? Emily -- I do the same thing! I pick up the snack-sized cookies at work and think, "Kate would not eat these everyday." Sadly, it doesn't work for me. She's such an inspiration through reading how she takes care of herself and how healthy both her and Will seem to be. However, I do shop that way for sure. My wardrobe as changed 100% and I even found a repli-Kate jacket like the Ralph Lauren jacket she wore to Warner Bros yesterday at Kohls. They had a size that didn't fit, but I'm going work out like Kate until I fit, darn it!

      On a more serious note, her whole message seems to be, "Take care of yourself and others." And that's great. I often say I want to be her when I grow up -- and I'm 41! Such an inspiration.

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    2. That's so funny!!
      Im sat reading thinking I really do not need this coffee and biscuit. Just the other day I got some skinny jeans like Kate's... I'm yet to get into them!!

      How does she resist temptation!!!
      I imagine the puddings at the palace to be delightful.

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  5. Pauline Oak HIlls28 April 2013 at 00:32

    Wow was just coming on to see if any new and here it is. Well Ms. Charlotte you have been a very busy bee. Another great post.

    I am so excited to find out what else your follow bloggers have instore for us fans. It is great that you all have come together for this great cause. I will making my donation soon. It is for a really good cause. I can't wait to hear more about it on Monday.

    It was nice to hear that our beautiful couple werout & about together for dinner last night and no pictures were taken of them.


    I have not been able to hear the duchess's speak about EACH but I will before the weekend is done. I can't wait. I just love your voice.

    WEll Ms. Charlotte and the rest of my friends here on this great blog hope you all have a good weekend. And let's all support the Baby Cambridge Fundraiser in anyway we can. As the saying goes "A Little goes a Long Way" So if you can only give $1 that is great. I feel we will hit the goal in no time.

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  6. Kate speaks eloquently,, like you said, Im guessing shes reading out of a teleprompter, she's not looking straight into the camera. Cant wait for Monday's engagement! Just saw Pippa's pictures at a wedding in a blue dress. She looks gorgeous,,oh hello! guess whose sitting next to us during dinner, Will and Kate!!
    I would've had a hard time just trying not to stare at them :))Thanks chica! cant wait for your post Monday!!xoxo

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    1. Kate, Texas, USA28 April 2013 at 04:58

      Siddhii, I LOVED Pippa's dress, but thought the hat and necklace were not a good match for it. What were your thoughts? I am NO fashionista, so hmmm. I think Pippa is so pretty also....Middleton's have good genes in the beauty category. :)

      Have to agree about eating next to W&K. I put in my post that not too much would be eaten on my plate...LOL!!! I would try to play cool, but it would be SO hard!

      Hope you're having a great weekend!

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    2. Hey Kate!!!Hello there! :)) I liked Pippa's attire because she experimented with something unconventional...and that's what really stood out to me,,it was meant to get attention and it did :)
      Gosh I would not eat a morsel on my plate if W&K were sitting next to me! I would be too busy staring at them lolz :)Here's looking forward to tomorrow's post, Charlotte!xoxo

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    3. Kate did a wonderful job in the video. I give her LOTS of credit.

      @ Kate (Texas)...I totally agree about Pippa's dress. I loved it but that darn necklace and hat took away from it -- in a BIG way. Where Kate's look appears seamless, Pippa's can look as if she's trying too hard to put things together. Just my opinion. :)

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  7. Really love that the duchess message at the video my friends are helping the each hospice in little own way

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  8. Kate, Texas, USA28 April 2013 at 04:48

    Kate is simply wonderful! She did a great job with the speech and I am sure will bring a great deal of needed attention to Children's Hospice Week. I know the work done is invaluable to these families experiencing the sadness and pain. Kate realizes this and again hopefully she can bring awareness to a great cause!

    I have done some research about children's hospice in the US and was so sad to learn it is in the very early stages and there are very few hospice care facilities that accept children. The few hospice homes designated for children have just been built in the past few years. We should take note of the fabulous job the UK is doing in providing these wonderful services to families.

    I just cannot even imagine dining next to William and Kate!?!? I know there wouldn't be a thing eaten on my plate...LOL!!! Charlotte, do you know where they had dinner? Curious..... Also was amazed at the girls who snapped the pic of them leaving KP. Don't know that I could be that quick! Thanks for the fun update and news! Looking forward to Monday's post! :)

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  9. Great post can't wait to see what's in store next for Kate

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  10. http://www.royalcentral.co.uk/cambridges/prince-william-will-leave-raf-6491

    True William ends his career in the RAF?

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    1. Hello, It's very much thought he will but nothing has been confirmed by the Palace yet.

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  11. Oh,what a surprise!:-)I wasnt expecting a new post until Monday,thank you Charlotte.I have to say I am not sure I liked Pippa's outfit,somehow the necklace was too much and her make up was also weird to me.Was she wearing the same grey shoes like Kate did on Thursday?Have a great Sunday everybody!

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  12. Jean from Lancs.28 April 2013 at 17:27

    Hi Charlotte---Have just tried to donate, but something went wrong after I had entered all the details, so don't know if it has gone through---Help.

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    1. Hello Jean, what part of the process went wrong?

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    2. Pauline Oak Hills28 April 2013 at 20:12

      I feel so good I just made my donation. And Jean I did not have any problems.

      I hope all the fans that visit this great blog make a donation to this great cause. I would love to see them reach their goal. And what a difference it will make in the lives of the sick children & theri families.

      Thank you Charlotte and your other fellow bloggers for setting up such a great thing for us fans to get in volved with.

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    3. Thank you so much for supporting the fundraiser Pauline!

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  13. Jean from Lancs.28 April 2013 at 18:49

    Charlotte,
    I have just had an e-mail with a phone no.,so can ring tomorrow.
    Thanks

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    1. Perfect Jean, let me know if you have any problems and thank you very much for donating!

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  14. Lynn Georgia USA28 April 2013 at 19:17

    Kate did a wonderful job on the video!

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  15. Wonderful post! I wish we had this type of awarness in the USA. I mean, we have charities; but we dont have a duchess to help spread awareness and the USA is full of selfish ppl unwilling to volunteer and donate. I help my local stray animal center, and my husband volunteers for wilderness alive foundation, but half our nation has never heard of these and the other half doesnt care to help....sad....

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  16. Kates not only a great looking young woman, but also a smart mind. She's a wonderful ambassador for British Monarchy. A credit to the nation.

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  17. Charlotte,
    Thank you for another great post!!! One of many thing that I admire about Kate is how she researches the charities that she feels more passionate about and gives her full attention.. There is no agenda behind her motives and most important of all, she seems to follow her heart. Her simplicity, uniqueness and quiet demenaour makes us all want to help!!! I have to agree she is a wonderful anbassador for the British Monarchy, she is one of a kind...May God bless her...

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  18. Charlotte Thank you for the Update

    The Duchess is a Beautiful Person inside and out!

    We are fortunate to have her and you for getting her message out!

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  19. I made my donation too i keep telling my friends tto donate in fundraiser so they help the cause i heard that duke of cambridges will leave the raf

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  20. Hi Charlotte

    Do you know if there are any upcoming dates for Kate in May?

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    1. Hello,

      Nothing announced yet. I expect the next week or two might be very quiet on that front.

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  21. Robin Indiana USA
    Hi Charlotte great post. My weekend is over have to climb out of bed. ugh it is 5 am. Happy Anniversary to the Duk and Duchess! I love the baby Cambridge fundraiser what a great idea. See you later today Robin

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    1. Oh I felt your pain this morning. The weekend doesn't last nearly long enough Robin!

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    2. Kate, Texas, USA29 April 2013 at 12:39

      Robin, I am having the Monday blues too. That alarm seems to go off SO early. Hope you have a wonderful day! I'm heading for coffee right now. :)

      Charlotte, good morning to you too....or good afternoon actually. Looking forward to seeing Kate today! Happy 2 years W&K!!!! :)

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  22. Happy 2nd aniverssary to william and kate

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  23. Looking forward to your afternoon post im working bye

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