Appearances & Engagements Photos > Engagements in 2019 > March 17 | Lena Tindall Christening
Appearances & Engagements Photos > Engagements in 2019 > March 17 | Lena Tindall Christening
On March 11, 2019 The Duke and Duchess of Sussex marked Commonwealth Day at Canada House celebrating the diverse community of Canadians living around the UK. The couple watched young children during a demonstration of the Canadian spring tradition of making maple taffy. They then met with young Canadians working in fashion, the arts, business and academia. Before departing the couple signed the visitors book and accepted gifts for Baby Sussex.
Later in the day Harry and Meghan joined other members of The Royal Family for The Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey. Organised by The Royal Commonwealth Society, the Commonwealth Day Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom and at the end of the service there was a procession of Commonwealth flags.
Engagements in 2019 > March 11 | Commonwealth Day Youth Event At Canada House
Engagements in 2019 > March 11 | Commonwealth Day Service At Westminster Abbey
On International Womens Day March 08, 2019 The Duchess of Sussex, Vice-President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust joined a special panel of female thought-leaders and activists to discuss a range of issues affecting women today. Hosted by Kings College London, the event brought together Annie Lennox OBE, founder of The Circle, an organisation supporting and empowering women’s lives around the world; Adwoa Aboah, founder of Gurls Talk, an open community where young girls can talk about the issues that matter to them; Julia Gillard, Former Prime Minister of Australia and Chair of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at King’s College London. Also on the panel was Chrisann Jarrett, Founder of Let us Learn; and Angeline Murimirwa, Executive Director of the Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) in Africa and co-founder of CAMA, a pan-African network of young female leaders and Anne McElvoy, Senior Editor of The Economist was chair. In front of In front of an audience of students, opinion formers and young leaders The Duchess spoke at length about the obstacles that women face and the global opportunities that could be unlocked if girls and women are treated fairly and equally alongside men.
A video of the panel will be available soon.
Appearances & Engagements Photos > Engagements in 2019 > March 08 | International Women’s Day Panel Discussion
The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust is delighted to announce that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex will today become Vice-President of the Trust. The Trust, of which Her Majesty The Queen is Patron and The Duke of Sussex is President, exists to champion, fund and connect young leaders around the world who are driving positive social change, serving their communities and providing hope, work and self-employment opportunities for others.
In this new role, The Duchess will highlight the Trust’s partnerships with young people across the Commonwealth, and in particular its work supporting women and girls. In celebration of International Women’s Day and to mark this appointment, Her Royal Highness will this afternoon join a special panel discussion of female thought-leaders and activists convened by The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, to discuss a range of issues affecting women today.
Lord Geidt, Chairman, said:
“The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust is thrilled to welcome The Duchess of Sussex as its Vice-President. The support and encouragement which Her Royal Highness will bring to the young leaders with whom we work promises to have a profound effect. We are enormously grateful to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex for this signal of commitment they are making to our work, helping The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust to pursue its ambitions right across the Commonwealth and beyond.”
Nicola Brentnall, Chief Executive, said:
“We are particularly delighted that the first opportunity of formally working together with Her Royal Highness comes on International Women’s Day. This squares perfectly with our focus on amplifying the work and contribution of those furthest away from power. Women across the Commonwealth and the globe often face the biggest impediments to success. So we are delighted to have our Vice-President’s support in helping others to overcome those obstacles.’
Those joining The Duchess for the unique panel today include Annie Lennox OBE, founder of The Circle, an organisation supporting and empowering women’s lives around the world; Adwoa Aboah, founder of Gurls Talk, an open community where young girls can talk about the issues that matter to them; Julia Gillard, Former Prime Minister of Australia and Chair of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at King’s College London; Chrisann Jarrett, Founder of Let Us Learn; and Angeline Murimirwa, Executive Director of the Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) in Africa and co-founder of CAMA, a pan-African network of young female leaders. The panel will be chaired by Anne McElvoy, Senior Editor of The Economist.
The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust will be live posting on its social channels on Friday 8th March 2019 and a full video of the discussion will be shared by 5:00pm GMT on the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust website.
As my wife often reminds me with one of her favourite quotes by Martin Luther King Jr. – “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
I highly reccommend that you check out Prince Harry’s full speech, which you can read here.
Appearances & Engagements Photos > Engagements in 2019 > March 06 | WE Day UK
Today March 05, 2019 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended a reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by The Queen to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Investiture of The Prince of Wales. Prince Charles was created The Prince of Wales at aged 9 on July 26th 1958 and His Royal Highness was formally invested with the title by Her Majesty on July 1st 1969. Before the Investiture Prince Charles spent a term at the University College of Wales at Aberystwyth, learning to speak Welsh, and after being Invested he embarked on a tour of Wales. In attendance at today’s reception at Buckingham Palace are representatives from The Prince of Wales’s many Welsh charities and patronages. The Royal Family and guests were entertained by students from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.
Appearance Photos > Engagements in 2019 > March 05 | 50th Anniversary of the Investiture of Prince Charles
HORSING AROUND: Today is the final day of The Duke and Duchess’s three-day visit to Morocco. Their first stop of the day was to the Royal Equestrian Club in Rabat. Their Royal Highnesses saw first hand how equine therapy helps disabled children and young people with mental health challenges. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex met with disabled young people grooming horses at the Royal Equestrian Club and heard how spending time with horses is a source of therapy for them. They also met with staff who work at the Royal Equestrian Club, and mental health representatives involved in the program. Harry and Meghan also viewed a riding demonstration.
BIG BITE: From there The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took part in a cooking demonstration with children from disadvantaged backgrounds, with Chef Moha, an awarding-winning chef, known for reinventing Moroccan cuisine. Children made Cherine Mallah’s Moroccan Pancakes from ‘Together: Our Community Cookbook’ – the charity cookbook, supported by The Duchess, which celebrates the power of cooking to bring communities together. The Duchess later went on to swap cookbooks with Chef Moha, leaving a personal message to him saying: “Chef Moha. Wishing you continued success and congratulating you on your incredible work in engaging the community in cooking. All the best. Meghan”.
MOROCCAN CULTURE: In the last public engagement of the day Harry and Meghan visited Rabat’s Andalusian Gardens to meet some of Morocco’s young social entrepreneurs. Many of these young people here are working to address youth unemployment and supporting vulnerable communities. Their Royal Highnesses got the chance to see more of Moroccan’s vibrant culture, meeting local artisans in the Andalusian Gardens who showed and gifted The Duke and Duchess some of their creations.
FAREWELL: To conclude the tour The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended an audience with Mohammed VI of Morocco, The King of Morocco at a Royal Residence. While there Their Royal Highnesses presented letters from Her Majesty The Queen to The King and bid farewell to Mohammed VI of Morocco, his son The Crown Prince of Morocco, Prince Moulay Hassan, and The King of Morocco’s sisters, Princess Lalla Hasna and Princess Lalla Meryem.
Appearances & Engagements Photos > Engagements in 2019 > Morocco Tour > February 25 | Morocco Tour – Day 3 – Set 1
Appearances & Engagements Photos > Engagements in 2019 > Morocco Tour > February 25 | Morocco Tour – Day 3 – Set 2
Appearances & Engagements Photos > Engagements in 2019 > Morocco Tour > February 25 | Morocco Tour – Day 3 – Set 3
EDUCATION FOR ALL: On day two of Their Royal Highness’ tour of Morocco, education took center stage. The Duke and Duchess traveled by helicopter to the Atlas mountains to visit Asni and the ‘Education for All’ boarding houses there. The boarding houses run by a Moroccan NGO, provide access to secondary school learning for girls between the ages of 12 and 18 who live in rural areas live nearer to their school so they can continue their education. Upon The Duke and Duchess’s arrival the girl’s greeted them with a welcome song. Inside the classroom, Harry and Meghan talked with girls studying for exams, and chatted about what courses they would like to take in university, and what careers they would like to pursue. In their second visit The Duke and Duchess visited Lycée Collegial Le Grand Atlas, a school next to the ‘Education for All’ boarding houses where students were practicing their English. During this visit a Henna ceremony was performed on The Duchess of Sussex, which is a Moroccan tradition for pregnant women and the couple spoke with teachers from the Lycée Collegial Le Grand Atlas, and then enjoyed watching a football match after classes, meeting with the players.
Later in the afternoon, The Duke of Sussex presented Founder of ‘Education for All’, Michael McHugo, with an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List 2019 for services to improving gender quality in education in Morocco. The presentation happened on the roof of the original ‘Education for All’ boarding house. After the ceremony, The Duke and Duchess met with some of the girls’ who have lived in the ‘Education for All’ boarding houses, and well as tose who have helped make ‘Education for All’ a success, including housemothers, who look after around 40 girls in each boarding house throughout the week.
EVENING RECEPTION: For their final engagement of the day The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended a reception at the official residence of the British Ambassador, Thomas Reilly in Rabat. Greeted by Reilly;s daughters and welcomed with a traditional rose-water ceremony they met young entrepreneurs, influential women in Moroccan society, military representatives and disabled athletes.
Appearances & Engagements Photos > Engagements in 2019 > Morocco Tour > February 24 | Morocco Tour – Day 1 – Set 1
Appearances & Engagements Photos > Engagements in 2019 > Morocco Tour > February 24 | Morocco Tour – Day 1 – Set 2
Appearances & Engagements Photos > Engagements in 2019 > Morocco Tour > February 24 | Morocco Tour – Day 1 – Set 3
OFFICIAL WELCOME: It’s officially the start of The Duke and Duchess’s brief three-day tour of Morocco! The tour will focus heavily on girl’s education and empowerment as well as supporting children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The couple arrived an hour late to Casablanca Airport due to a flight delay with a small entourage. They were officially welcomed by the British Ambassador to Morocco Thomas Reilly, his wife, and other officials. Prince Harry then went on to inspect a Guard of Honour and the couple were then greeted by 15 year old Crown Prince Moulay Hassan at the Royal Residence.
Appearances & Engagements Photos > Engagements in 2019 > Morocco Tour > February 23 | Morocco Tour – Day 1 – Set 1
Kensington Palace announced this morning that Harry and Meghan will undertake a three day visit to Morocco, North Africa later this month.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will visit Morocco from Saturday 23rd February to Monday 25th February 2019. This visit is at the request of Her Majesty's Government.
Full details of the visit will be announced in due course. pic.twitter.com/zXAUIVhEdm
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) February 8, 2019
Upon arrival Harry and Meghan attended the pre-ceremony reception where they met the nominees, as well as endeavour participants and key supporters of the Endeavour Fund. At the ceremony Meghan presented the award for Celebrating Excellence Award to Nathan Forster, before presenting the award Meghan said: “I’m so, so grateful to be back. Last year was my first time coming and it was such a meaningful night. Before the reception Harry and I were talking to all the nominees and in speaking to one of them he said, you know after I mentioned to him, ‘Gosh the impact you guys make is huge. It’s so much bigger than you.’ No it’s not about us, it’s the ripple effect. And, in true modesty of all the nominees; yes it is about the ripple effect. What I admired in him – and I feel is true about all the nominees – is you don’t have that ripple effect unless each of you is brave enough to make that first wave. It’s so important to remember that because what you’re doing is inspiring so many people – so thank you from all of us for being that inspiration.”
Appearances & Engagements Photos > Engagements in 2019 > February 07 | Attending The Endeavour Fund Awards
The Duke and Duchess then made a surprise visit to the One 25 Charity to see how they are helping women to break free from street sex-work, addiction and other life-controlling issues. They met with volunteers who help run the outreach programme and Meghan helped pack lunches and warm clothing which will be distributed to women working on the streets. A key moment from this event came when Meghan decided to write positive messages on banana skins.
Lastly, The Duke and Duchess visited Empire Fighting Chance, a charity that supports children who are failing at school and in danger of drifting into a life of unemployment or even crime, and helps them turn their lives around. Harry and Meghan chatted with young girls taking part in the program, while Harry had a key moment himself, clearing the room to talk for ten minutes with a boy whose father had passed away.
Appearances & Engagements Photos > Engagements in 2019 > February 01 | The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Visit Bristol
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