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Today on #ArmedForcesDay, William and I would like to pay tribute to the brave men and women, past & present, serving in all of our armed forces, at sea, on land & in the air, here in the UK and around the world.
Thank you for all you and your families sacrifice to keep us safe.
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Last year, I was honoured to spend time with the @BritishArmy to see how they train serving personnel and new recruits. It was wonderful to see first-hand the many important and varied roles the military play day in, day out to protect us all and I look forward to discovering more about the @RoyalNavy & @RoyalAirForce in due course. C
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
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“For me, it is very important that they know where they are and that they have an understanding of and respect and humility for what they get to experience and the environments they are allowed to stay in. But also that they know the history of Sweden and Stockholm.”
— Crown Princess Victoria explaining her view on teaching her children about Swedish and royal history 
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Princess Elisabeth, The Duchess of Brabant performs first royal solo activity with the christening of the research vessel Belgica in Ghent | June 25, 2022
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The Duchess of Brabant arrives prior to officially christening the oceanographic research vessel Belgica | June 25, 2022
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Princesses getting confused as they were being instructed by photographers on which side should they stand for their annual photoshoot.
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The Head of the British Armed Forces, or the Commander-in-Chief of the British Armed Forces, is a military role conferred upon the monarch of the United Kingdom. As heir to the throne, this role will one day be William's, with Catherine, as his consort, also needing to have a strong knowledge of the military. For this reason, the Duchess of Cambridge made a number of private visits to various army bases to support her understanding in this area, in late 2021
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The Duchess of Cambridge visited Pirbright Training Academy and spent time with the 101 Operational Sustainment Brigade at Abingdon Airfield in November 2021. Kensington Palace released the photos, taken by the British Army, specifically Corporal Cameron Eden, in honour of Armed Forces Day 2022. Alongside the photos, a message written by the Duchess of Cambridge was published:
Today on Armed Forces Day, William and I would like to pay tribute to the brave men and women, past & present, serving in all of our armed forces, at sea, on land & in the air, here in the UK and around the world. Thank you for all you and your families sacrifice to keep us safe.
Last year, I was honoured to spend time with the British Army to see how they train serving personnel and new recruits.  It was wonderful to see first-hand the many important and varied roles the military play day in, day out to protect us all and I look forward to discovering more about the Royal Navy & Royal Air Force in due course. C
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Turns out I'm only anti-military until I see a woman in fatigues
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Leaving wimbledon aside (because in the next few weeks we will see her there). Kate has visited/done something related to a lot of her patronages this year. Is there any patronages who she hasn’t done something already?
This is the best question I have ever recieved and I will go through them all in alphabetical order but, in case you don't want to read it, Kate has 24 patronages and has done official engagements for 11 of them, meaning there are 13 she hasn't worked with this year. She has made a few private visits, which I'll note below:
Action for Children: 1
Air Cadets: 0
All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (Wimbledon): 0 (if she attends Wimbledon, this will change this month)
Anna Freud: 0
EACH: this is weird. Officially, it's 0, except she did visit EACH in Cambridge and I don't know why it wasn't in the CC as a patronage visit. I think I am going to count it as a patronage engagement. She also released a statement on behalf of EACH for Children's Hospice Week
Evelina London Children's Hospital: 0, although she made a private visit during the Jubilee weekend
Family-Action: 0
Forward Trust: 0
Foundling Museum: 1
Lawn Tennis Association: 0 (if she attends Wimbledon, this will change this month)
Maternal Mental Health Alliance: (became Patron in May) 1
National Portrait Gallery: 0, although her birthday photos will eventually be stored there
Natural History Musuem: 0
NHS Charities Together: 1
Place2Be: 0
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologisits: 2
Royal Foundation: 30
Royal Photographic Society: 0
Rugby Football League: (became Patron in February) 2
Rugby Football Union: (became Patron in February) 1
Scouts: 0
SportsAid: 0
Victoria & Albert Museum: 0
The 1851 Trust: 0
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Catherine. It’s Saturday. I’m off duty. You can just drop a photo of you in fatigues on me like this.
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The Duchess of Cambridge visited St John’s Primary School in Port Glasgow where they took part in a session teaching children aged 5-13 about empathy. || May 11th, 2022
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The Duchess of Cambridge attends a friend’s wedding in Oxfordshire on May 11, 2013.
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A speech by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall at a Violence Against Women and Girls Event at the Kigali Convention Centre, Rwanda
Ladies and Gentlemen, it is a huge pleasure to be here with you today.  I should, first, like to thank the people of Rwanda for the wonderful welcome that my husband and I have received.  I have heard the saying, “God spends the day elsewhere, but he always spends the night in Rwanda” – and, having seen a little of this beautiful country and experienced your hospitality, I can quite understand why that might be the case…  Thank you for your kindness and generosity to us and to the whole Commonwealth family – we were all so sorry not to be able to gather here over the past two years and are delighted that we are now, finally, together.
Yesterday, my husband and I visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial:  the final resting place for more than a quarter of a million men, women and children.  Our guide, who had lost both his parents in the Genocide against the Tutsi, spoke to us of how, in the wake of those appalling, unfathomable events, the people of Rwanda have embraced peace and reconciliation.  And he described, with gentleness and humility, how we all have a personal responsibility to fight the discrimination and ideologies that lead to the destruction of others.  It is in that same spirit of encouraging personal responsibility that I wish to speak today about a different evil that has led to the death of many thousands:  violence against women and girls.
The figures are shocking.  Globally, nearly 1 in 3 women have been abused in their lifetime.  In times of crisis, the numbers rise, as they have, dramatically, during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Across the Commonwealth, calls to domestic violence helplines have increased by up to 500% over the past two years. Whether we are aware of it or not, we all know someone who has endured sexual or domestic abuse.  We can, therefore, all be part of combatting these heinous acts.  
On International Women’s Day earlier this year, I was profoundly touched by President Kagame’s powerful message on social media, which read, “Equality is a right, not a favour”.  We know that Rwanda is ranked 7th in the world in terms of women’s rights and opportunities.  So let us bear His Excellency’s words in mind as we focus on violence in the home against women and girls today and remember that we are seeking rights, not favours.
We are seeking rights that have been denied to women and girls in every part of the world:  Joanna Simpson in the UK, beaten to death by her husband while their two small children were in the next room; Noreen in Pakistan, whose husband, a drug addict, routinely abused her and alternately threw her out of the house or forbade her to go outside; and Uwaila Vera Omozuwa, murdered in Nigeria as she studied in church.
These stories are heart-breaking.  But, given the statistics I have just quoted, they are, sadly, not unusual.  
Ladies and gentlemen, we are gathered here with one purpose - to find solutions.  It is surely significant that every single member state has unanimously agreed to support the “Commonwealth Says NO MORE” campaign and to implement initiatives to prevent domestic violence and sexual abuse.  
There is power in this alliance.  In the strength of our unity, we, the women and men of the Commonwealth, stand with victims and survivors, who, despite the temptation to hide away in silence, speak up so that others know they aren’t alone – whether in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Pacific or the Caribbean and Americas.  In so doing, we have the opportunity to end gender-based violence and those laws and practices that discriminate against women.  And each one of us must take personal responsibility not to let this opportunity be lost.
I should like to close by quoting from a speech given 75 years ago by my mother-in-law, The Queen, in Cape Town. As we work together, let us be inspired by Her Majesty’s words, her example and her deep love for the Commonwealth, which, in 2009, Rwanda joined as a new partner and friend.
“If we all go forward together with an unwavering faith, a high courage, and a quiet heart, we shall be able to make of this ancient Commonwealth, which we all love so dearly, an even grander thing - more free, more prosperous, more happy and a more powerful influence for good in the world.”
Thank you.
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Amalia, The Princess of Orange (18) has contact with other heirs to the throne, including the Belgian Elisabeth (20), via social media and WhatsApp.
"Because we are in the same position, we understand each other"
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The Dutch Royal Family poses at Noordeinde Palace.
📷 Patrick van Katwijk
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June 24, 2022 | The Dutch Royal Family poses during the annual summer photo session at the Noordeinde Palace in The Hague, Netherlands.
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