From speaking against the illegal wildlife trade to creating woodland-themed gardens, it has been a very green week for the Royal family. Discover what the Windsors have been up to in this week’s Royal news roundup!
HRH Prince Philip has officially passed over the patronage of The Chartered Management Institute to Sophie, the Countess of Wessex.
The Duke of Edinburgh has officially handed over the Patronage of The Chartered Management Institute to The Countess of Wessex.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 15, 2019
This evening The Countess will attend an event to celebrate the outstanding achievements of UK managers from across industry. pic.twitter.com/9NJqBNl8Er
Sophie, who is married to the Duke of Edinburgh’s youngest son Prince Edward, received the patronage on Thursday 16th May and attended an event that evening celebrating the achievements of managers all over the country.
Prince Philip, who had been a patron of the Institute since 1992, officially retired from Royal duties in 2017, but he has still been seen at special events such as weddings. Over the past few years, the Duke of Edinburgh – who is almost 98 years old – has been passing down his patronages to his children and children-in-law.
Every summer, the Queen hosts three garden parties in Buckingham Palace, and one in Holyroodhouse Palace in Scotland, for which distinguished members of the public dress up in their tail coats and dresses and are invited to have tea with the Royals.
This year, Prince Charles stepped in for the Queen and hosted the first garden party of 2019 on 15th of May. He was joined by wife Camilla and sister Princess Anne.
Over 30,000 will attend the four garden parties this year. We don’t yet know why the Queen has decided not to attend this year.
The Duke of Cambridge has launched a partnership between the Football Association and mental health charity Heads Together to launch Heads Up; a campaign highlighting the importance of mental as well as physical health.
"Just like physical health we all have mental health. Every one of us will face setbacks in our lives. And every one of us will face challenges with our mental health as a result." — The Duke of Cambridge #HeadsUp@England | @FA | @Heads_Together pic.twitter.com/m9omg5ioD1— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) May 15, 2019
“Over the last two years, we’ve been working behind the scenes to decide the best way to harness the power of football to change the way men think about mental health,” said Prince William “Heads Up will show men that we all have mental health just like we all have physical health.”
Next week, the Duchess of Cambridge will present her ‘Back to Nature’ garden creation at the Chelsea Flower Show, which she has been developing with a team of landscape architects.
The garden, which is based on ‘woodland wilderness’, is designed to “recapture for adults the sense of wonder and magic that they enjoyed as children, in addition to kindling excitement and a passion for nature in future generations”, according to The Royal Family Website.
The garden will feature a high platform tree house, a swing, a rustic den, tree stumps, a hollow log and a campfire. The Chelsea Flower Show will take place from the 21st to the 25th of May.
Prince William discussed how the financial and transport sectors can join together to end the illegal wildlife trade at the United for Wildlife joint taskforce last Tuesday.
The first ever meeting of the United for Wildlife taskforce took place at the Royal Geographical Society. Joining the Duke of Cambridge were speakers from both the financial and transport industries.
“When we embarked on this work bringing the private sector together with law enforcement, government and NGOs,” said William, “our collective ambition was to build something that would significantly disrupt the illegal wildlife trade.”
The Duke of Cambridge formed United for Wildlife in 2012.