Today, (January 31, 2018)
The Duchess of Sussex in her new role as Patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities made a visit to City, University of London to meet with students from the Commonwealth now studying in the UK. The ACU is the world’s first and oldest international university network, with more than 500 member institutions in over 50 countries. Her Majesty The Queen passed on the patronage to The Duchess of Sussex earlier this year after having held the role for the past 33 years. During her visit Meghan met with scholars and students alike hearing their stories and learning about the work done by the ACU. After her visit Meghan took a few moments to greet the crowd of students who had been waiting anxiously for her in the cold. At one point the crowd started chanting her name.
Appearances & Engagements Photos > Engagements in 2019 > January 31| The Duchess of Sussex Visits The ACU
Today, (January 30, 2019) The Duchess of Sussex made her first visit to the National Theatre as Patron. Her Majesty The Queen passed on the Patronage to Meghan having held the role for the past 45 years, earlier this year. During this visit Meghan took the opportunity to learn about the National Theatre’s work with arts and community organisations across the UK. As well as meet with current and former Nation Theatre apprentices. She also enjoyed a performance inspired by War Horse by schoolchildren from Edith Neville Primary School in Camden, which was created to mark the centenary of Armistice Day and watched a line run from Shakespeare’s Pericles — the NT’s first Public Arts production of Pericles was performed by a company of over 200 people of all ages recruited through the National Theatre’s partners.
Appearances & Engagements Photos > Engagements in 2019 > January 30 |Visiting National Theatre
This evening, (January 16, 2019) The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the premiere of Cirque du Soleil’s Totem in support of Sentebale, at the Royal Albert Hall. The evening helped raise awareness and funds for Prince Harry’s charity Sentebale, which works with children and young people affected by HIV. Prince Harry co-founded Sentebale in 2006 with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho. Before and after the performance The Duke and Duchess met with performers and representatives from Sentebale and Cirque du Soleil. This evening’s show was the second event in a series of ‘Sentebale Nights’ which is continuing to build on the success of the charity’s first production and partnership with the hit musical ‘Hamilton’ which was also attended by The Duke and Duchess back in August of last year.
Appearances & Engagement Photos > Engagements in 2019 > January 16 | Attending Premiere of Cirque du Soleil’s Totem
In her first engagement of the day and her first visit as Patron, The Duchess of Sussex visited Mayhew. The Mayhew is an animal welfare charity working to improve the lives of dogs, cats and people in communities both in London and internationally. Meghan met with volunteers and residents who have used some of the Mayhew’s services including The TheraPaws Program which uses volunteers and their therapy dogs to go into care and residential homes, hospitals, hospices and day centres across London to engage with residents, provide companionship and brighten up their day and the Mayhew’s Pet Refuge, which provides shelter and care for the pets of people in crisis for short periods of time, like being hospitalised. The Duchess chatted with Afghanistan Country Director, Dr Mo, to learn more about the Mayhew’s work abroad and Head Vet Nurse, Gillian Rich RVN, who spoke about the veterinary work they do on-site at the Community Vet Clinic. Ever the animal lover Meghan was smitten with several of the dogs who either have been adopted from the shelter or looking for their forever homes. We’re sure they won’t be looking for long now!
Appearances & Engagement Photos > Engagements in 2019 > January 16 | The Duchess of Sussex Visits The Mayhew
Today, (January 14, 2018)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex traveled to Birkenhead for a day of engagements. The royal couple started off their day at Hamilton Square where they viewed a new sculpture erected in November to mark the 100th anniversary of Wilfred Owen’s death. The statue, named after one of the war poet’s poems ‘Futility’
, is cast in bronze and represents an exhausted WW1 soldier. Harry and Meghan met local veterans and members of the Birkenhead Institute Old Boys, of which Wilfred Owen belonged to, and which played a part in the creation of the tribute. The couple then greeted the large crowds of waiting admirers. During the walkabout Meghan revealed that she is six months pregnant, but revealed later that she and Harry don’t know if the baby is a boy or girl.
In the couple’s second unannounced engagement they officially opened Number 7, a ‘Feeding Birkenhead’ citizens supermarket and community cafe, at Princess Pavements, Pyramids Shopping Centre,the new store enables local families to buy their weekly shopping at a discounted price, and provides advice and advocacy on benefits, looking for work, debt, budgeting, and cooking. They also revealed plans to launch a “baby basics” program which will provide baby clothes and toiletries to new moms. The couple toured the new supermarket and enjoyed coffee and tea with the locals.
The Duke and Duchess then visited Tomorrows Women, an organization that supports women in vulnerable circumstances. They offer an extensive range of training courses and workshops for more than 6000 women as well as support groups focusing on mental health issues, domestic abuse, and addiction. Harry and Meghan met women taking part in a knitting and flower arranging sessions.
Their last stop of the day was at The Hive, a safe environment for young people to enjoy themselves, building key skills and raising their aspirations and confidence. Harry and Meghan enjoyed a performance upon their arrival by the Junior Dance Troupe and took part in a number of activities and workshops throughout the centre.
Appearances & Engagement Photos > Engagements in 2019 > January 14 |The Duke And Duchess of Sussex Visit Birkenhead
Today, (January 10, 2019)
The Duchess of Sussex visited Smart Works, a charity that helps long term unemployed and vulnerable women regain the skills, confidence and tools to succeed at job interviews, return to employment and transform their lives. The charity offers high quality interview clothes and interview training to unemployed women in need. During The Duchess of Sussex’s visit she joined a discussion with volunteers and women they have helped succeed in job interviews and coached a client to help her start her own business. She also took part in two styling session, helping a woman named Patsy style an outfit for her new job. Today, Meghan was announced as Patron of the charity.
Lady Hughes-Hallett, Chair and Founder of Smart Works, said:
“We are thrilled to announce that The Duchess of Sussex will become the Royal Patron of Smart Works. An acknowledged champion of women and their rights worldwide, The Duchess will motivate ever more women to come to our centres and get the job that will transform their lives. The Duchess’s patronage will inspire the women we serve and help them reach for the stars.”
“We have been honoured to welcome The Duchess to our West London centre and see her engage with our clients and volunteers. Her empathy and insight were obvious. The Duchess is a natural coach and our clients were inspired and helped by her.”
Kate Stephens, CEO of Smart Works, said:
“We are delighted to announce that HRH The Duchess of Sussex is our Royal Patron. At Smart Works, we are passionate about helping women be the best that they can be. It is the Smart Works vision that one day we will have enough centres nationwide to reach every woman who needs us. The support of The Duchess of Sussex will help us enormously in achieving this goal.”
Appearances & Engagement Photos > Engagements in 2019 > January 10 | The Duchess of Sussex Visits Smart Works
This morning Kensington Palace released a statement announcing Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex’s first patronages. The four organizations reflect causes and issues Meghan has focused on throughout her humanitarian work, including the arts, access to education, support for women and animal welfare. Two of the organizations have been personally handed down from The Queen. You can read the press release below:
Her Majesty The Queen has passed on two patronages to The Duchess of Sussex –The National Theatre and The Association of Commonwealth Universities. The Queen has held the roles for 45 and 33 years respectively. Her Royal Highness will also take on Patronage of two additional charities as part of her official working portfolio – Smart Works and Mayhew.
The Duchess is delighted to become Patron of both national and grassroots organisations that are part of the fabric of the UK, and is very much looking forward to working with them to bring wider public attention to their causes. Her Royal Highness feels she can use her position to focus attention on, and make a particular difference to these organisations and, more widely, the sectors they each represent.
For the arts, the National Theatre’s mission is to make world class theatre that is entertaining, challenging and inspiring for everyone and to be as inclusive, diverse and national as possible. In support of access to education, the Association of Commonwealth Universities is the world’s first and oldest international university network and the only accredited organisation representing higher education across all 53 Commonwealth countries.
With regards to supporting women, Smart Works helps long-term unemployed and vulnerable women regain the skills, confidence and tools to succeed at job interviews, return to employment and transform their lives. In terms of animal welfare, Mayhew is a grassroots charity working in a unique way to improve the lives of animals and people to better communities both in London and internationally.
Over the last year, Her Royal Highness has held meetings and conducted private visits with each of these organisations. The Duchess will today visit Smart Works and over the next few weeks will undertake public visits to the other three organisations.
Continue Reading At Kensington Palace’s Official Site…
Today, (December 19, 2018) The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined The Queen and other members of The Royal Family at Buckingham Palace for the Queens’s Christmas Lunch. As usual this is a private family event so the only photos we will see are from the arrivals and departures. Thanks so much to Holly at Connie-Britton.Com for donating some of the photos.
Appearances & Engagements Photos > Engagements in 2018 > December 19 | Queens’s Christmas Lunch At Buckingham Palace
Today, (December 18, 2018) The Duchess of Sussex visited Brinsworth House, a residential and nursing retirement home for theatre and entertainment professionals in Staines Road, Twickenham, west London, England. The Duchess expressed the desire to visit the home after seeing footage of it at the end of this years’s Royal Variety Performance which she attended back in November with Prince Harry. Emily Nash reported that Meghan revealed she use to visit something similar when she lived in L.A. During her visit The Duchess received a tour of the facilities and met with staff before joining residents in a few Christmas themed activities including an arts and crafts session with which she added her own contribution to their Christmas artwork and viewed a musical performance. Before her departure Meghan signed the guest book and unveiled a plaque marking her visit.
Appearances & Engagements Photos > Engagements in 2018 > December 18 | Visiting Brinsworth House
Last night, (December 10, 2018)
The Duchess of Sussex made a surprise appearance to The Fashion Awards where she presented the British Designer of the Year – Womenswear to Clare Waight Keller who designed her wedding dress and other already memorable pieces for Meghan this year. The award recognised Clare Waight Keller’s formidable contribution as a British fashion designer to the industry, and was decided by a panel of over 2,000 international industry experts.
Appearances & Engagements Photos > Engagements in 2018 > December 10 | The Fashion Awards
Today, (December 05, 2018
) The Duchess of Sussex had an unannounced engagement where she visited The Association of Commonwealth Universities. The ACU posted
University leaders, academics, and international scholarship students came together at an ACU event on Wednesday 5 December to explore how higher education can help build a better world.
Hosted by King’s College London, the event was an opportunity to discuss the role of universities in addressing human trafficking and modern slavery, gender equality and inclusion, peace and reconciliation, and climate change and resilience.
HRH The Duchess of Sussex attended the event and took part in discussions, following her first official speech to students at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji in October 2018.
This fits perfectly with the reports that Meghan’s public work and patronages will be aimed toward helping women in developing countries by using higher education.
Appearances & Engagements Photos > Engagements in 2018 > December 05 | Visiting The Association of Commonwealth Universities
Last night, (December 04, 2018
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended The Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Funds Christmas Carol Service
at St Luke’s Church, London, UK. The event supports The Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund which aims to fight poverty in Uganda through education by investing in buildings and providing hygienic and educational resources. They form partnerships with schools to ensure that even the poorest children have access to high quality education. You can read more about this charity here
. Prince William and Prince Harry have been Patrons of this charity since 2009. The Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund was set up in memory of childhood friend of the Princes’ who died in 2002. At this year’s event Harry and Meghan both participated, with Meghan reportedly reading a poem and Harry giving an appeal on behalf of the charity. This is usually a pretty private event, but photos of The Duke and Duchess exiting out of a side door have been added to the gallery.
Appearances & Engagements Photos > Engagements in 2018 > December 04 | The Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Funds Christmas Carol Service