Today there were several British Royals out in full force and we’ve attempted to include the bulk of them here. This is a pretty long post, so do get comfortable!
Let’s start with the Queen. Joined by Prince Philip, she officially opened Kensington Palace today after lengthy renovations. Charles Mackay, chairman of the Historic Royal Palaces board, explained: “We have set out to awake the sleeping beauty of Kensington Palace. Our objective was to open up the palace to make everyone feel welcome. It has been the most ambitious and complex project we have ever undertaken.”
The Palace will be open to the public on March 26, and visitors will be able to see how Queen Victoria celebrated her Diamond Jubliee in the exhibit Victoria Revealed. If you are able to make a visit, it sounds like it will be worth it.
Naturally, there was a ribbon cutting.
Next up, the Duchess of Cambridge paid a surprise visit to Great Britain’s field hockey team which must have been pretty thrilling for her. That is a pretty fun day at the office, no? It was a natural fit since she was the captain of her high school’s team and also played for St. Andrew’s University. Plus the Olympic spirit is just so infectious, it’s great to start a few months ahead.
A press release from LOCOG explained,
Great Britain’s hockey players enjoyed the company of a very special guest today as Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge joined the men’s and women’s squads at the London 2012 Olympic Park in Stratford. The Duchess visited the hockey players in her role as an official Team GB Ambassador for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Together with fellow Ambassadors The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, The Duchess will play an active role in supporting Team GB and ParalympicsGB and inspiring young people to reach their full potential in the build up to and during the London 2012 Games.
First she toured the Olympic Park and looked a tad like a flight attendant, but full marks for co-ordinating the official Ambassador scarf with her coral jeans. It was nice to see her in pants for a change:
Here’s a photo of Kate at Marlborough College playing field hockey:
And getting right into things today:
It was good to see her putting on some running shoes and taking part. When she and William were in the Northwest Territories during their tour of Canada, she stood on the sidelines which is nowhere near as much fun:
At the end of her visit, Kate received a team jersey for her and one for William with “Cambridge” on the back. Do you think she’ll wear it to a future practice or during one of the actual Olympic matches? Hope so:
It will complement her Team Canada ice hockey jersey…they are sooo ready for costume parties now:
Love this picture of Kate front and centre with the men’s team:
Please don’t get upset for this comparison, I just cant’ help myself…
Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cornwall was at Clarence House where she hosted some young students who were all decked out in patriotic face paint. Now who will believe them when they say it’s actually them in the picture??
The Prince of Wales’ website explains:
The Duchess of Cornwall has agreed to become Patron of The Big Jubilee Lunch (BJL). Today a group of six young BJL organisers from a local school met Her Royal Highness to discuss their plans with her. The children, from St Peter’s Eaton Square primary school, with their faces painted in Union Jack colours, knocked on the door of Clarence House, which was opened by The Duchess of Cornwall. She invited the children inside, entertained them in the Garden Room, chatted about their Diamond Jubilee celebration plans, and enjoyed the cupcakes they had made as a gift for their hostess.
To round out the day, Kate, Charles, and Camilla visited the Dulwich Art Gallery in support of Charles’ charity, The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Art. This was Kate’s first visit to one of Charles’ charities and they seemed to have had a great time.
Fashion Side Note: Kate seems to have gotten her hair smoothed out after her field hockey outing and even switched her earrings from her Kiki McDonough studs to her Links Hope earrings. Love the dress – especially the length of the skirt for an event like this.
The trio got right into things and tried out an art project themselves:
and ironed their work onto silk:
Here’s some footage from the BBC: uk-17392128
We’ll be seeing more of Kate in the next few days. On Monday, she will visit The Treehouse, a hospice run by EACH in Ipswich and will give her first speech during that visit. Before that, on Saturday (St. Patrick’s Day), she will present shamrocks to the Irish Guards at the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Aldershot.
Here’s a taste of how that will go down from when Princess Anne did the honours wearing the gold shamrock brooch:
Do you think Kate will wear the Shamrock Brooch again?
Have a great weekend…and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!