We have a number of updates to share today, beginning with an engagement announcement for Kate. On 1st July, The Duchess of Cambridge will visit Blessed Sacrament School in Islington, North London to see the progress of M-PACT Plus a school-based project to address addiction in families. The Duchess launched the programme in Manchester last year.
The project is funded by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and Comic Relief who are working with two of Kate's patronages Place2Be and Action on Addiction to deliver the programme.
|The Royal Foundation|
More from Majesty Magazine:
'M-PACT Plus provides early support for school children affected by a parent's drug or alcohol misuse. The programme combines Place2Be's in-school counselling for children and parents with the expertise of Action on Addiction's Moving Parents and Children Together (M-PACT) programme.'
Action on Addiction shared this via their twitter feed.
|Action on Addiction Twitter Feed|
One of the primary goals of The Royal Foundation is to ensure William, Kate and Harry's patronages benefit as much as possible from their support. The collaboration of two of Kate's charities, Place2Be and Action on Addiction has seen this much-needed programme come to fruition and succeed. Her Royal Highness will have the opportunity to hear about its progress in Sunderland, Manchester, London and Essex before joining a private counselling session.
Speaking of the foundation, William and Kate attended a reception yesterday evening at The Orangery in Kensington Palace to mark the organisation's work. It is not believed photos from the event will be published.
Surrounded by beautiful formal gardens in the grounds of Kensington Palace rests The Orangery, a relaxed and elegant setting for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea (and royal receptions). It was once the setting of Queen Anne's court entertainment and its high ceilings and classical 18th century architecture provide a magnificent backdrop for the restaurant's deliciously English menu.
It is the only royal palace in London where one can enjoy afternoon tea.
And the menu.
One imagines the venue will play host to many low-key receptions in the future. If any of you are visiting London it is a splendid place to visit. To avoid queues ensure you make a booking first.
It was a double celebration at Anmer Hall on The Queen's Sandringham estate over the weekend as Prince William celebrated his 32nd birthday with his wife, son, ad parents-in-law. Coincidentally, William's birthday, June 21, is also Michael and Carole Middleton's wedding anniversary and Michael celebrated his 65th birthday yesterday. The weekend provided the opportunity for them to mark all three events on the scenic and private estate.
It was a relaxed family affair according to the Mail Online's story:
'William invited them to Sandringham', says a royal source. 'He wanted to show them around Anmer Hall. They had a barbecue on Saturday afternoon. Mike helped William, while the ladies entertained George. The Duke's decision to celebrate with his in-laws speaks volumes about the strength of their relationship. Princes Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall are not believed to have been present.'
As the late-Georgian property is still a distance from completion they stayed at the nearby Wood Farm, a 17th century house on the royal estate. William left Sunday as he had committed to playing polo at the Beaufort Club while Kate reportedly spent the afternoon with George and her parents, and examined progress on the couple's new country home.
It sounds like they had a lovely time celebrating two birthdays and the Middletons 34th wedding anniversary. They're an incredibly close family, and Prince William is said to adore his in-laws, enjoying the normality of family life with them. Below we see Kate, Carole and Mike at William's passing out ceremony at Sandhurst in 2006.
The Middletons will no doubt be spending plenty of time together at Anmer Hall in the future, especially if William takes up a job with the East Anglia Air Ambulance. An announcement is expected shortly on this, but from everything I've heard the rumours are true and the Prince will return to flying whilst he, Kate and George will spend much of their time on the Norfolk estate.
There are significant sales underway at a number of Kate's favourite brands at the moment. The popular L.K. Bennett 'Detroit' Dress is discounted from £225 to £175. The sale offers up to 50% off clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories.
Net-A-Porter's sale includes the two Alexander McQueen coats Kate's cornflower blue piece is based on. The Belted Crepe Coat is reduced from €2,595 to €1,557 and the black version of the coat is also reduced by 40%.
Little George graces the cover of Hello! this week. I believe he's the only person who could steal the cover away from his mother :)
With a special thank you to Emily Andrews for breaking the story on the couple's weekend at Sandringham and Martin for sharing news about The Orangery reception. :)