This time of year is always quiet for William and Kate, they carry out very few public engagements over the summer months. However, their diary is starting to fill up as September draws closer.
Yesterday, Kensington Palace announced two days of engagements for William and Kate next month. The couple will visit Cornwall and tour the Isles of Scilly.
Thursday, 1st September – Cornwall
On the 1st September, William and Kate will visit Cornwall for the day. Cornwall is a county in the southwest of England. I’ve included the couple’s itinerary below. (For brevity, I haven’t included details about each organisation but do click on the links to learn more).
Engagement #1: They’ll start the day in Truro (Cornwall’s only city) and visit the Cathedral, meeting civic dignitaries and cathedral representatives. Whilst there, they couple will “Sign-A-Slate” in support of the Truro Cathedral Roof Appeal.
Engagements #2 & #3: to be announced.
Engagement #4: The couple will head to Newquay and visit Nansledan, a 218-hectare site that will provide space for business and housing for the area. The project is supported by the Duchy of Cornwall.
Engagement #5: Next up, a visit to Tregunnel Hill, a neighbourhood development project on Duchy of Cornwall-owned land.
Engagement #6: The couple will visit Newquay’s Towan Beach and meet with children and mentors from the Wave Project. This organisation uses surfing as a tool to reduce anxiety in children and improve their mental wellbeing.
Thursday, 2nd September – Isles of Scilly
On Friday 2nd September, the Duke and Duchess will tour the Isles of Scilly (St Mary’s, Tresco and St Martin’s). The Isles of Scilly are located in the Celtic Sea, just off the coast of Cornwall.
Engagement #1: The day will start at Porthmellon beach on the island of St Mary’s. Here, Their Royal Highnesses will meet local Scillonians from St Mary’s Gig Club. Gig racing is the main sport on the Isles of Scilly.
Engagement #2: Next, the couple will visit St Mary’s Harbour, where they will see the recently completed quay extension. Their Royal Highnesses will also attend a small Scilly Isles food festival, and meet a number of local producers and small business owners.
Engagement #3: The couple will then travel to the island of Tresco to visit Tresco Abbey Garden.
Engagement #4: Next, the couple will travel to the island of St Martin’s. They’ll visit Scilly’s postal flower service Scilly Flowers, which operates out of Churchtown Farm on St Martin’s.
Engagement #5: The couple’s final visit will be to St Martin’s Community Centre.
Wednesday, 24th August – Luton
Another engagement, recently announced for the couple. Next week, William and Kate will visit the town of Luton in Bedfordshire to undertake three engagements:
Engagement #1: They’ll visit Youthscape, a national youth work organisation.
Engagement #2: Next, the couple will visit Keech Hospice Care, an organisation that works with adults and children facing life-limiting and terminal illnesses. The couple will unveil a plaque to mark the 25 years of the adult hospice.
Engagement #3: The visit will conclude with an engagement at the Hayward Tyler firm, which manufactures motors and pumps. The couple will present the company with The Queen’s Award for Enterprise (International Trade) and open their newly built Centre of Excellence.
Canada tour update:
Earlier this week, Emily Andrews (Royal Correspondent for The Sun) tweeted about the upcoming Canada tour. She says to book the last week in September in your diaries. Kensington Palace have not yet confirmed anything, but she believes the couple will fly into Vancouver on the 25th September. She also says it’s likely the couple will take George and Charlotte too.
Cambridges are due to fly into Vancouver with the tour dates scheduled 25 sept-1 oct though we wait KP confirmation. pic.twitter.com/6LRRYfqHRO
— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) August 19, 2016
Daniella Helayel for Monsoon (Issa founder & designer!)
As many of you will know, in November 2010, Prince William and Kate Middleton (as she was known then) called a media conference to announce their engagement. Kate wore a blue wrap dress by Issa London. Daniella Helayel founded the Issa brand and designed the dress. Daniella left Issa in 2013.
Daniella has recently designed a capsule collection for British company Monsoon. The collection had a wonderful “repliKate” of the famous engagement dress, but it’s sadly sold out online. (Do keep checking the website for returns and check your local store too!)
However, there are plenty of other pieces in the collection worth checking out, especially the Gisele, and Fernanda belted wrap dresses. Very Kate!
New season & SALE at L.K. Bennett:
If you follow Kate’s style, it’s worth checking out L.K. Bennett this week. First up, the company have released Kate’s Nina clutch bag in black and gold, ready for the upcoming autumn and winter season. See it here.
Did you love the Detroit dress Kate wore back in 2012? The vibrant blue dress was a hit with fans, quickly selling out. The company have released a very similar dress for the new season in pink. It’s called the ‘Hendra’ dress.
As you can see, it’s strikingly similar to the original Detroit dress. It shares many of the same original features: the flattering cut, a skirt that hits below the knee and panelling detail at the bust.
Finally, the company have reduced the Madison dress in pink (UK/International site only). You may recall Kate wore the purple version of the dress in 2015. Limited sizes remain.
Saloni Martine dress released in Purple:
Remember the Saloni Martine dress in blue that Kate wore to a Fostering Network event last year? It’s just been rereleased in magenta (a pinky purple). You can shop it at Net-A-Porter.
That’s all for today. We’ll be back on Wednesday with updates from the Luton engagements. Until then, find us on Facebook!