From supporting charities in Northern Ireland to carrying out Royal duties in far-flung Morocco, it has been a busy week for the Windsors. Keep up to date with their latest activities and assignments in this week’s Royal news round up!
Kate Middleton released a letter in support of the Nursing Now Campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the profession in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses and the World Health Organization.
In her letter, The Duchess of Cambridge said nurses play a “vital role all around the world” and that the campaign was doing an “important job of raising their status and profile”. Kate described the dedication of nurses as “awe-inspiring”, having become a patron of the three-year Nursing Now campaign in February 2018.
The Nursing Now campaign aims to improve education, professional development and employment conditions for nurses.
Sophie Okonedo, a stage and screen actress who received an Oscar Nomination for the 2004 film Hotel Rwanda, was awarded a CBE for Services to Drama by Queen Elizabeth II during an investiture ceremony last Tuesday.
The 50-year-old actress was said to have shared an ‘animated’ conversation with the Queen during the ceremony, according to The Daily Mail.
Sophie Okonedo, whose career spans three decades, has previously received a Golden Globe Award nomination for the mini-series Tsunami: The Aftermath (2006) and BAFTA TV Award nominations for the drama series Criminal Justice (2009).
Meghan Markle has earned the admiration of Her Majesty for her ‘energy and stamina,’ having recently completed a three-day Royal visit to Morocco with her husband Prince Harry while seven months pregnant.
The Queen respects hard work and loyalty above anything else. During Elizabeth II’s generation, convention dictated that expectant mothers would rest in the later stages of their pregnancy, but Meghan has not let her baby bump get in the way of her Royal duties.
The Morocco trip marked one of Meghan’s last Royal duties before she goes on maternity leave. The Royal baby is expected to arrive in late April or early May.
Kate Middleton and Prince William visited Northern Ireland last week for an unannounced two-day Royal visit.
The couple began their trip in Belfast where they visited Windsor Park football stadium, learned about outreach programmes and even indulged in a game of football.
William and Kate then headed to Balleymena and County Fermanagh, where they learned about initiatives to help young people in Northern Ireland, such as the Extern charity’s work with youngsters who may be in trouble with the law.
They also visited Little Steps Sure Start, which supports parents who live in disadvantaged areas of Northern Ireland.
From March 1st, Royal wedding enthusiasts will be able to see Princess Eugenie’s and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding outfits on display at Windsor Castle.
The dress worn by Princess Beatrice’s, who was maid of honour at her sister’s wedding, will also go on display.
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