Friday, 18 December 2015

Review of William, Catherine and Harry's 2015

2015 was a big year for William, Catherine and Harry both in their Private and Public lives. 
The following is a look at some of the highlights of 2015.

One of the most important things to happen this year was the birth of HRH Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana on May 2nd at 8:34 AM at St. Mary's Hospital. This solidified the couple as not just William & Catherine with a baby, but as the Cambridges.

Prince William started the year training and taking exams for his new job as an Ambulance Helicopter Pilot with East Anglian Air Ambulance (employed by Bond Air Services). He began work for Bond Air Services on 30th March undergoing a period of training, involving simulators, aircraft and in-flight skills training. He officially started full-time 13th July.

Prince Harry retired from the military after 10 years of service. He has continued to volunteer in the Ministry of Defense's Personnel Recovery Unit two days a week. Prince Harry was knighted a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) by the Queen on 4th June. This is a personal order granted by the Queen.

Prince George undertook a big royal step, appearing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for his first Trooping the Colours.

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Princess Charlotte was christened. Flowers and toys brought by well-wishers were donated to Catherine's Patronage EACH

William's Official Duties: 

Tusk Trust, celebrated it's 25th Anniversary. William attended a number of engagements for the organization, including their 25 anniversary dinner and 3rd annual awards ceremony. 
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Most notably, Prince William gave a televised speech on the Illegal Wildlife Trade which aired in China, during the China State visit.

William also participated in taskforce meetings for his patronage United for Wildlife, both in London and Gland, Switzerland.

William, Colonel of the Irish Guard, along with Catherine presented Shamrocks on St. Patrick's Day. This is an annual tradition that dates back to the Queen Mother.

Prince William's Patronage the National Memorial Arboretum Future Foundations Appeal, completed the necessary funding to break-ground on their new Visitors Centre. Construction started this summer and will be completed next year.

The Football Association (FA) sent the England Women's Football team to the Women's World Cup in Canada. Prince William visited the team at their training centre at St. George's Park before the World Cup. The team came in 2nd place.

After their Bronze Medal Victory, Prince William held a breakfast reception at Kensington Palace for the team.

As President of the FA, William also attended the International Friendly match between England and France at Wembley Stadium after the Paris Attack.

William met with Henry Worsley before his Shackleton Solo Challenge which William is patron of. Henry Worsley is currently in Antartica following the route Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874 -1922) was never able to complete.  

During the Cambridges's visit to Scotland, William and Catherine visited the original Royal Research Ship Discovery, sailed by Shackleton during during his 1st trip to the South Pole.

During the same trip to Scotland, William and Catherine met with winners of the BAFTA Young Game Designers competition. Prince William is President of BAFTA, and attended a number of engagements for them this year. 

William attended the Film Premiere of "Paddington" at Shanghai Film Museum, while during his China Royal Tour. As President of BAFTA,  he presented a special mask to the Shanghai Film Museum.

When President Xi was in London for China State Visit. The Cambridges, President Xi and his wife attended a special BAFTA presentation during the GREAT event. 

During his Royal Tour of China, William painted the eyes on 'Shaun the Sheep' at the British Ambassador's official residence as a part of a cultural exchange event between the two countries.

Later William, Catherine and Harry attended the Premiere of "Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer's Llamas" at a BAFTA event. 

While in Japan, Prince William was given a speedboat tour of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic sites.

One of Prince William's focuses this year was Homeless. He launched his patronage Centrepoint's 1st awards.

William visited FA Homeless players at St. George Park.

And during the Cambridges trip to Northern Wales, visited the homeless project GISDA. 

William also gave an interview to The Big Issue, a magazine run and sold by the homeless.

Prince William also took the time to support the Diana Award's a charity named after his late mother.

Catherine's Official Duties: 

Catherine's patronage, East Anglia Children's Hospice, continued it's Nook Appeal. The Nook Appeal is to raise funds for a new children's hospice called The Nook in Norfolk. Catherine visited the Bridgewater factory in Stoke-on-Tren where she oversaw their production of a charity mug for EACH.

Catherine made her 1st public engagement for her Patronage 1851 Trust, which is the charity of the British Sailing Team. She had supported the British Racing Team in the past, and attended a Private Board Meeting and Reception for the Trust last December.

The British Sailing Team is competing in the America's Cup, a multi-year sailing race. The Cambridges attended the last day of racing in Portsmouth, which was unfortunately canceled due to bad weather.

This year Catherine focused on Mental Health. She filmed a short video in support of Children Mental Health Week, for her Patronage Place2Be.

She also attended a Headteachers conference for Place2Be. 

Catherine and William visited Mind, at Harrow College to mark World Mental Health Day. They also visited Mind while in Scotland. 

Catherine made numerous other visits to Mental Health organizations in London and during the Cambridges' Scotland and Northern Wales visit.

Catherine attended the annual 100 Women In Hedge Funds Gala Dinner. Catherine, William and Harry's joint patronage of 100 Women In Hedge Fund's Philanthropic Innovative ends at the end of this year. It is still unknown whether all or one of them will renew this patronage. If so it will likely be for another three years.  

One of Kate's more notable engagements was her visit to HMP Send, to learn about their work with Addiction in Prison. 

Catherine also visited the set of the beloved British TV show Downton Abbey.

Catherine took on her 1st official military role, becoming Honorary Air Commandant of the RAF Air Cadets after Prince Philip stepped down from the position.

Harry's Patronages: 

Prince Harry's patronage Sentebale opened a new Children's Centre, in Lesotho. The charity was founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho. 

Sentebale's garden "Hope in Vulnerability" at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show was inspired by the Mamohato Children's Centre in Lesotho. Harry visited the exhibit along with the Queen, Charles and Camilla. 

Prince Harry was named Honorary President of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. He launched the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour 100 days before the start of the cup. 

Harry officially opened the 2015 Rugby World Cup on September 18th. 

Harry, the Cambridges and a number other Royals (Both British and Foreign) attended matches throughout the tournament

Prince Harry has worked to promote rugby at all levels. He visited a number of Youth Rugby Projects this year, both in the UK and South Africa.

One of Prince Harry's focuses this year was wounded veterans. Prince Harry was Patron of Walking With the Wound's "Walk of Britain", a 1,000 mile walk across Britain to raise money and awareness for wounded Veterans. He joined the team for part of their Walk of Britain.

Harry then welcomed the team as they finished their 1,000 mile walk at Buckingham Palace. 

William and Harry visit DIY SOS's building homes for Wounded Veterans. The Princes appearance was filmed for the BBC show and aired in a 2-part special. The build included a community centre, which will be run by Walking With the Wounded. 

Prince Harry continued his work with wounded veterans with a one day visit to the USA, where they will host the 2016 Invictius Game.  During his visit he meet with 1st Lady Michele Obama and 2nd Lady Dr. Jill Biden.

Prince Harry has previously met both Michele and Jill numerous times. Harry had tea with Michele at Kensington Palace, earlier this year when she visited the UK. 

During Harry's visit to the USA, he also meet with President Barack Obama. Prince Harry has meet with many other heads of state and political figures during his various trips abroad this year. 

Prince Harry attended his 2nd Royal Ascot and presented the King's Stand Stakes Trophy.

Prince Harry has spend a lot of time this year working on conservation as well. He visited a open wildlife sanctuary on Ulva Island during his tour of New Zealand. 

He visited the Northumberland Wildlife Trust's Red Squirrel Northern England Project.

During his Tour of South Africa, he visited the South African Wildlife College.

Overseas Visits: 

Prince William went on an Official Tour of Japan and China.
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Prince Harry did a secoundment with the Australian Defence Force at Barracks in Darwin, Perth and Sydney. 
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Prince Harry attended the Battle of Gallipoli commemoration at Golipli, Turkey with Prince Charles.

That same day the British Royal Family attended a number of Battle of Gallipoli events in London. 

Immediately following his Australia secoundment, Prince Harry went on a royal tour of New Zealand. 

Following his retirement from the army, Harry spend three months in Africa working with front-line conservation projects. 

Harry also made a one day visit to the United States of America, to learn about their progress with Invictus 2016.

Prince Harry made a trip to Lesotho to officially open Sentebale's new children centre.

After opening the Mamohato Centre, Harry had a short Royal Tour of South Africa.

Total Numbers Engagements

William Engagements:  131 
Speeches: 10
Articles/Videos/Letters:  12

Catherine's Engagements:  61

Speeches: 1
Articles/Videos/Letters: 4

Harry's Engagements:  112

Speeches: 15
Articles/Videos/Letters: 7

You can find all of the speeches, articles, etc. on the list of official engagements (linked by the count)

Support in the Queen: 

Queen Elizabeth II celebrated becoming the Longest Reigning British Monarch on September 15th. 

2015 was Prince William's 2nd year hosting investitures on behalf of the Queen. He hosted a total of 11 at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. 

During Prince William's Royal Tour of China he presented President Xi with the official invitation from the Queen for a State Visit.

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Prince William got the chance to meet with him again during the China State Visit.

Both William and Catherine attended their 1st ever State Banquet during the China State Visit. 

The Cambridges and Harry attended the Annual Royal Film Performance of Spectre for the Cinema and Television Benevolence Fund (Queen Elizabeth is Patron). 

Prince Harry attended the Royal Variety Performance, for Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund.
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William and Catherine attend their 1st Festival of Remembrance this year. 

As usual the Cambridges attend Remembrance Sunday at Cenotaph.

Harry placed his own wreath for the 1st time. 

Prince William takes the Salute at the Horse Guard Parade for the 1st time. 

During his South Africa royal tour Harry presented the Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu with the Order of the Companion of Honour.

What to look forward to in 2016:
2016 Official Engagements: William, Catherine, Harry

Prince George turns 3 & Princess Charlotte will celebrate her 1st Birthday!! 

Prince George starts Nursery School in January!  He will attend Westacre Montessori School Nursery in Norfolk near Anmer Hall. My personal opinion is they should hold a press call at either Anmer Hall or Sandringham and let the school have some peace and privacy. 

William and Catherine celebrate their 5th wedding anniversary on April 21st! 

The new National Memorial Arboretum Visitors Centre is set to be completed in Late 2016. William is expected to officially open the new centre. 

Catherine's Patronage EACH continues their Nook Appeal. So far they have raised £2 Million of the £10 million needed. 

Prince Harry is expected to get a civilian job in 2016, instead of transitioning into full-time royal duties. Youth Football Coach? 

2016 Invictus Games will be held May 8th – 12th in Orlando, Florida, USA 

Queen Elizabeth II turns 90. There will be a lot of events to celebrate this milestone birthday. But one of the big things will be the Patron's Lunch on June 12th (Day after Trooping), in honor of the Queen and her 600+ patronages. Prince William and Harry are joint Patrons of the Patron's Lunch.

America's Cup will return to Portsmouth in July. As patron of 1851 Trust, the British Sailing team's charity, I wouldn't be surprised if Catherine make an appearance at the race. 

Cathrine's new Military appointment RAF Air Cadets celebrate their 75th anniversary. 

Henry Worsley will complete his Shackleton Solo Challenge in early 2016. William will undoubtedly congratulate him in person after the challenge. 

In the Spring, William and Catherine will go on a Royal Tour of India!

The 2016 Summer Olympics are in Rio August 5th-21st! While I don't expect the Cambridges or Harry make an appearance, Princess Anne, Prince Albert of Monaco, Prince Frederick of Denmark, Grand Duke Henri of Luxemborg, and Prince Faisal of Jordan are all on IOC committee, so they are all expected to be at the games.

Zara Tindall, Princess Anne daughter, is competing on the British Equestrian team. 

We are also expecting four "Royal Babies" in 2016! 

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