The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with The Queen and Members of the Royal Family, attended Royal Ascot — today they were joined by The King and Queen of the Netherlands.
Royal Ascot is an annual event attended by The Queen, who has had an interest in horses since childhood, and Members of the Royal Family.
The week has become Britain's most popular race meeting, welcoming around 300,000 visitors over five days.
Ascot Racecourse was founded by Queen Anne in 1711, and has since received the patronage of a further eleven monarchs.
The Ascot summer race meeting officially became a Royal week in 1911.
The Queen is owner and breeder of many thoroughbred horses and shares her interest in horses with many members of her family — and The Queen's own horses have won races at Royal Ascot a number of times. 📷 PA
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined The Queen and Members of the Royal Family to attend this year’s Order of the Garter service in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
The Order of the Garter is the oldest and most senior Order of Chivalry in Britain, established by King Edward III nearly 700 years ago.
The Order includes The Queen, who is Sovereign of the Garter, The Duke of Cambridge and several senior Members of the Royal Family, and twenty-four knights or ladies chosen in recognition of their work.
Knights of the Garter are chosen personally by the Sovereign to honour those who have held public office, who have contributed in a particular way to national life or who have served the Sovereign personally.
Supernumerary, or ‘Stranger’ Knights, are overseas monarchs appointed to the Order, and are in addition to the twenty-four knights or ladies — The King of Spain and The King of the Netherlands attended this year’s Garter Day service, during which they were installed as Supernumerary Knights of the Garter.
Earlier in the day The Queen held a private Investiture in the Garter Throne Room at Windsor Castle, where Lady Mary Peters was invested with the Order's insignia by Her Majesty. During their visit to Northern Ireland in February, The Duke and Duchess congratulated @Olympics gold medallist Lady Mary on her appointment to the Order of the Garter. 📷 Kensington Palace/PA
🐸 The Duchess of Cambridge has joined forces with the longest running children’s TV programme in the world, @CBBC ’s Blue Peter, to launch a special competition that asks viewers to design a sculpture to go into The Duchess’s Back to Nature garden when it arrives at @RHSWisley in September.
The competition will launch on @CBBC at 5.30pm on Thursday 13th June with a special film that The Duchess made with local school children at Westminster City Council’s Paddington Recreation Ground, where she gets stuck in with pond dipping, planting and team den building with local children and Blue Peter presenter @LindseyJRussell.
The closing date for the competition is 25th June at noon — visit the link in our bio to watch The Duchess on Blue Peter.
⛺️📺🍃 The Duchess of Cambridge has joined forces with @CBBC show Blue Peter, the longest running children’s TV programme in the world, to get stuck in with pond dipping, planting and team den building with local children and Blue Peter presenter @LindseyJRussell. Swipe to watch a preview of the show.
The Duchess wants to highlight the benefits of the great outdoors and inspire children, families and communities to get back to nature. She is a strong advocate for the importance of early years and the positive impact that nature and the environment can have on childhood development.
Our followers in the UK can tune in to watch the special film on @CBBC via the link in our bio. #BluePeter
The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of Action on Addiction, attended the first annual gala dinner in recognition of Addiction Awareness Week.
Before the dinner, The Duchess of Cambridge met former Action on Addiction clients Jay Otty and Melanie Bennett, who worked to prepare food for the gala dinner.
Jay is a key member of the ‘front of house’ staff at @Brink_Liverpool – Action on Addiction’s ‘dry bar’ in the city. He has worked in the hospitality industry for seven years, having now been clean and sober for nine years.
Melanie says that Action on Addiction’s Self-Help Addiction Recovery Programme, which taught her coping mechanisms and new behaviours, and started the grieving process for her father which she had been blocking for ten years, helped saved her life.
Speaking at the dinner, The Duchess said: "What’s remarkable about Action on Addiction is that it goes beyond helping those who are suffering on the courageous journey into recovery – it also lends direct support to the children and families affected by addiction – for as long as it takes." Action on Addiction is the only UK addictions charity that works across all the areas of research, treatment, family support and professional education.
The aim of Addiction Awareness Week is to provide a platform for focused conversations about the many different facets of addiction, to enable a wide range of organisations to engage with people and families who may be affected by addiction, and to raise public awareness of the far-reaching and negative effects of addiction.
The ultimate aim is that as honest but inspirational stories are shared, those affected by addiction will then feel more able to take the necessary steps to access help, hope and freedom from their addiction.
Dr Malik Ramadhan is the divisional director of emergency care and trauma at the Royal London Hospital, where 12 casualties from the London Bridge attacks on 3 June 2017 were taken.
He was one of scores of doctors, nurses and other staff who were called into work on that Saturday night to treat those injured.
Malik was cycling home at 10pm after finishing his shift when he saw large numbers of police cars driving towards central London — after speaking to the London Ambulance Service to find out what was happening, Malik turned around and returned straight back to work.
On his role in the response to the attack, Malik said: "I was the resuscitation room commander. I ensured the injured patients had their scans and surgery at the right time and always had the right number of people looking after them. We performed emergency surgery on six patients lasting between an hour and three to four hours.” Speaking on the role of the team, he said: “Everyone rallies around in a crisis; it’s what we’re all built for. The public should know that the NHS and NHS staff are geared up for things like this and that if they do happen they will be looked after to a very high standard.” Today The Duke of Cambridge presented Dr Malik Ramadhan with his OBE for services to Healthcare, at an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Anyone can be nominated for an honour; visit @CabinetOffice to find out more how you can nominate someone for an honour or award. 📷PA
🇦🇺 The Duke of Cambridge joined The Queen as she held an audience with the Governor-General designate of Australia, General the Honorable David Hurley, at Buckingham Palace.
Audiences, typically a one-to-one meeting, are a key element of The Queen's day-to-day work, and enable her to give time and focus to key individuals.
The majority of Audiences are for members of the diplomatic community, though Her Majesty also welcomes political, religious and military leaders, and people who have won prestigious cultural prizes. 📷PA
🍃 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined @CumbriaWildlifeTrust and children from Patterdale School for an environmental educational session on the Ullswater Way.
The shore of Ullswater inspired the poet William Wordsworth for his poem, I wandered lonely as a cloud:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
Cumbria is home to the English #LakeDistrict , inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2017, and to England’s largest lake — Windermere — and highest mountain — Scafell Pike.
Tourism is key to the economy in Cumbria, with millions visiting every year.
At Deepdale Hall Farm in Cumbria, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met the Brown familly, who have been farming in the valley near Lake Ullswater since the 1950s.
Farming and agriculture has a special place in the #LakeDistrict National Park, where farmers have worked centuries on some of the most challenging land in the country.
There are three generations living on Deepdale Hall Farm: Chris, his son Jimmy, Jimmy’s wife Robyn, and their four children.
Chris and Jimmy are proud of their hill-farming heritage and are keen to carry on farming in a traditional way.
The Duke and Duchess joined the Brown family, local farmers, and members of the Farmer Network to discuss some of the key challenges farmers are facing — including rural isolation, Brexit, and support payments.
Following the discussion, The Duke and Duchess spent time on the farm with the family tending to their flock of Herdwick and Swaledale sheep, joining them for sheep shearing, herding and dry stone walling.
Today The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrated the work of local heroes, volunteers and those supporting the rural community in Cumbria.
Among the people The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met were members of the @WeWillcampaign , a group of young people aged 14-18 who want to create a new generation of Youth Mental Health First Aid trained people leading change.
They have joined together to campaign for change in the way that youth mental health is dealt with in their schools, communities, families and wider social circles.
Swipe to watch an excerpt from their film BOY, which asks people to have the courage to talk, and have the courage to listen.
The Duke and Duchess met volunteers from the local mountain rescue service, community first responders, and organisations that have benefitted from grants from the Cumbria Community Foundation.
Thank you to everyone in Keswick for the fantastic welcome to The Duke and Duchess!