June is one of my favourite months of the year; we finally begin to see summer arriving, exams come to an end, plans for the summer season are firmly underway and for royal watchers it marks one of the busiest months of the year. In fact, two new engagements were added to Kate's diary this morning. Let's take a look at Her Royal Highness's June calendar - both confirmed appearances and likely ones.
6th June - As we know, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will join senior royals including The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day. William and Kate will meet veterans at a tea party before attending the commemoration of the Normandy landings at Gold Beach.
10th June - The Duchess of Cambridge will attend the launch of the America's Cup at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. The racing events showcase yachts from all time periods and in the past visitors to the exhibition have had the opportunity to discover the history of the cup since its launch in 1851.
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'It was originally known as the One Hundred Guinea Cup, named after New York Yacht Club's schooner America when she defeated fourteen British yachts in the All Nations Races at Cowes, Isle of Wight in 1851.'
Sailing fan Kate showcased her skills in Auckland when she beat her husband twice during boat races.
12th June - Two days later the Duchess will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace for the 150th anniversary of the Red Cross. The event is one of four garden parties hosted by The Queen each summer; Kate is expected to attend one of these annually and the Red Cross is a wonderful organisation to support. From basic first aid to emergency response appeals in the Balkans and South Sudan, the dedication and work carried out is amazing. The event will mark the third garden party Kate has attended.
14th June - Kate will join the Royal Family for Trooping The Colour, the annual parade which marks The Queen's birthday. It's a fabulous event full of pomp and pageantry. It begins at 10 a.m.
16th June - The Order of the Garter ceremonies take place. Kate missed this event last year because she was expecting Prince George. I think it very, very likely she'll be in attendance this year.
Undoubtedly William will participate in polo matches during June (the Cartier Queen's Cup takes place on 15 June). Perhaps Kate, George and Lupo will go along to cheer him on at a match or two?
Wimbledon kicks off on 23rd June and tennis fan Kate won't want to miss seeing British number one Andy Murray attempt to take the title for the second consecutive year. There has been much talk regarding the possibility Kate may become a Wimbledon ambassador in the near future.
The Palace said there would be "a significant upsurge" in royal duties for the summer, so we can expect to see plenty of Kate in the coming months.
As Prince William's "transitional year" will come to a close in a few short months talk has turned to what his next move will be. Rumours have been circulating in the press. Full-time royal duties? A stint in the Foreign Office or a charitable organisation? According to various reports, William plans to return to flying. More from The Express:
'The future King, an accomplished pilot, stepped down from the RAF's Search and Rescue team last year but it is believed he is not keen on taking up royal duties on a full-time basis. The East Anglican Air Ambulance Service, located near his home at Anmer Hall in Sandringham, is the likely destination for Prince William.'
In my opinion, it is unlikely William and Kate will be taking on a full-time schedule of royal duties in the foreseeable future, so a role with the East Anglican Air Ambulance Service would permit William to return to his love of flying and allow the family to be away from the public glare in London.
In terms of public perception it may not be considered the best move, as it was thought the Prince would take up more royal duties or a role in government which would serve him well in later life. Interestingly, royal correspondents discussed this with aides and were given the impression this was unlikely, however, communication between the Palace and the press has not been at its best, shall we say, since Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace merged their press offices.
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We'll know William's decision officially in the coming months.
Finally, as you all know German tabloid Bild published photos of Kate's dress flying up as she prepared to board a helicopter en route to the Blue Mountains. The intrusive snaps were reportedly taken by a woman who sold them to the highest bidder. They show Kate's buttocks and the incident has caused quite the furore in the press and amongst royal fans.
Many were disgusted that these invasive photos were published whilst others feel it could have been avoided if Kate had chosen different clothing. As a woman, I find the popularity of publishing such photos abhorrent, but in this age of Internet media and a desperation for readers, it's sadly not going to change any time soon. For Kate's sake, I do strongly feel she should consider alternative clothing. Be it trousers, pencil skirts, weighting her dresses or choosing different undergarments. It shouldn't be necessary of course, but for one of the most famous women in the world it's very much a necessity. The Palace has not made an official comment on the matter. Please feel free to continue your debate on the topic in the comments section.
William and Kate will visit Scotland tomorrow; we'll see you then! :)