This week the Royals have returned to their duties in full force after the festive period. From the centenary of a war poet’s death to alfresco pizza-making, we take a look back at the latest week of the Royal calendar.
Royal Visit to Birkenhead
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex resumed their royal tours this week with a visit to Birkenhead on Monday. The purpose of their visit was to meet with local organisations that empower and support groups within the community. Harry and Meghan were welcomed by huge crowds as they paid their respects to a new sculpture in Hamilton Square to mark the 100th anniversary of Wilfred Owen’s death.
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Number 7, a Feeding Birkenhead citizens' supermarket and community café, 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. At Number 7, today officially opened by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Their Royal Highnesses met beneficiaries of Feeding Birkenhead, a coalition of churches, food banks, community groups, and other organisations working together to eliminate hunger in Birkenhead. #RoyalVisitBirkenhead #Birkenhead
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The couple went on to visit Cafe Number 7, a new project developed by Feeding Birkenhead to address the number of families going hungry. In time, it is hoped that it will become a hub for parents, with midwives referring people for support. On a tour of the new cafe, Meghan sampled the lemon drizzle cake. Before departing, the Duke and Duchess unveiled a plaque officially declaring Number 7 open.
The Duke and Duchess also joined in with knitting and flower arranging activities at Tomorrow’s Women, a charity that offers support for mental health issues, domestic abuse and addiction.
Pizzas and Plants
On Tuesday, the Duchess of Cambridge visited King Henry’s Garden Walk in Islington with children from St Jude and St Paul’s primary schools for a session with The Garden Classroom, a volunteer-run garden. The garden was hosting a workshop in which herbs from the garden were used to flavour pizzas that were then cooked in its on-site, outdoor pizza oven.
The Duchess didn’t shy away from getting involved and got stuck into rolling pizza dough as she chatted with the young children. One young girl asked if The Queen ever ate pizza, to which Kate responded “You know, that’s such a good question. I don’t know. Maybe next time I see her, shall I ask?
🍕 @KHWGarden even has its own outdoor pizza oven — The Duchess joins children from St Jude and St Paul's CE Primary School to make pizzas, using ingredients harvested from the garden including oregano, marjoram and rosemary. pic.twitter.com/5peAdFSxYI— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) January 15, 2019
Later, it was announced that The Duchess of Cambridge is helping to design a flower garden called ‘Back to Nature’ for The Royal Horticultural Chelsea Flower Show. The garden will showcase Kate’s passion for the outdoors and demonstrate the benefits of nature on physical and mental health. The Princess is following in regal footsteps; back in 2002 The Prince of Wales received a silver medal in the Best Show Garden category.
Cirque du Soleil
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were the guests of honour at the Cirque du Soleil premier of Totem, in support of the charity Sentebale which helps young people in Southern Africa affected by HIV. The Prince founded Sentebale in memory of his late mother Diana, with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho. The name of the charity means ‘forget-me-not’, which Harry later found out was his mother’s favourite flower.
Daniel Lamarre, Chief Executive of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, gave this statement: “We strive to make a difference in the lives of youths and encourage them to change the world. It is because both our organisations share these very values that we will proudly dedicate our Totem premiere to the Sentebale Nights, a perfect way to allow us to raise significant funds and awareness together.”
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