Today Kate travelled to Liverpool for a round of solo visits. Princess Diana used to call these sorts of days outside of London ‘away days.’ As we know, William is in the midst of a six week stint in the Falklands so working on Valentine’s Day seems like a smart way for Kate to use her time to show she’s a hardworking royal. Even if the date was purely a coincidence, it helps to show that Kate is keen to be productive with our without William there to help. True to form, Kate showed up in coat with reddish tones, likely in a nod to the holiday. More on the clothes later.
First to the work. Kate’s first stop was to the non-alcoholic Brink bar in her capacity as patron for Action on Addiction. She met former addicts and even tried out a specially made drink called The Duchess.
Cute shot of her taking a sip:
Next up were visits to Alder Hey’s Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House. At Alder Hey, Kate was greeted by an adorable little girl named Aimee Haswell. Aimee has been treated at the hospital for a congenital heart disease and prior to the visit, Aimee’s mum told The Telegraph how excited she was to be chosen. She said, “Aimee is really excited and is already rehearsing her curtsy. She couldn’t wait to get into school and tell everyone the exciting news! Aimee deserves this more than anyone I can think of. She’s a very strong, brave, happy little girl who has been through so much in her short life.” Aimee couldn’t be cuter:
Just today it was announced that Kate will be visiting her charity The Art Room a week today on February 21. Yesterday it was also announced that Kate will be joining the Queen and Camilla for a visit to Fortnum and Mason in London’s Picadilly on March 1st. If you’ve never been, add it to your list! We were lucky to do some Christmas shopping there this year. Let’s hope for Kate’s sake that Her Majesty is in a better mood than she was for her and Kate’s visit to the exhibit of Kate’s wedding dress at Buckingham Palace! In any event, it’ll be a nice warm up for the following week, when Kate will join the Queen and Prince Philip for another ‘away day’; a visit to Leicester.
To conclude, all of the plans for this period of time really show how much thought has gone into the strategy of getting Kate familiarized with her place in the royal family. This has been thanks to “lessons learned from the past” as Prince William put it. Princess Diana certainly wasn’t heading off for joint visits with the Queen in her first year in the family! Well done, Kate and Happy Valentine’s Day to you all.