Today, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined The Queen and other senior members of the Royal Family at Westminster Abbey for a multi-faith service to observe Commonwealth Day. This is the Duke & Duchess' first attendance of the annual event. Last year William and Kate were unable to attend the service, as they were enjoying a vacation in the Maldives.
Commonwealth Day is the annual celebration of the Commonwealth of Nations held on the second Monday in March. The event is usually attended by the Queen in her role as Head of the Commonwealth. The Queen delivers an address to the Commonwealth, which is broadcast globally.
This year's Observance focused on the theme ‘A Young Commonwealth’ – underlining the fact that people aged 29 or under account for the majority of the Commonwealth's population.
Today, The Duchess opted to recycle her bespoke Alexander McQueen powder pink coat which she wore to Trooping the Colour 2013, while she was pregnant with Prince George.
The Duchess also recycled her accessories, carrying her Prada 'Raso' satin clutch which coordinated perfectly with her Prada rose satin pumps.
There were some new additions to her outfit. She wore a new Jane Taylor hat made from straw with a silk straw twist.
The Duchess wore her hair in a pretty half up-do which revealed a lovely pair of Kiki McDonough earrings we’ve not seen previously. Kiki McDonough confirmed via Twitter that they are the pink morganite cushion drops on Kiki Classic white gold hoops.
Today's event kick-started a busy week for the Duchess. On Wednesday she will visit the Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate, followed by a visit to the Resort Studios in Cliftonville. Then on Thursday, her much anticipated visit to the set of Downton Abbey will take place. Her week will end with a service of commemoration to mark the end of combat operations in Afghanistan at St Paul’s Cathedral.
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Wed, Feb 21:
Kate and William will visit Sunderland, in northeast England. They will officially open the Fire House, a new music and arts hub, where they will see music and dance performances from groups using the new facility. The Duke and Duchess will also visit the Northern Spire bridge over the River Wear, slated to open in the spring.
Tue, Feb 27:
Kate will visit St. Thomas’ Hospital to launch the Nursing Now campaign, created to raise the profile of nursing worldwide. She will visit a specialist ward, take part in a roundtable discussion and deliver a speech to mark the launch of the Nursing Now campaign. Later, Kate will visit the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to learn more about the ways to reduce newborn and maternal mortality rates around the world.
Wed, Feb 28:
In her role as Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, Kate will view the exhibition ‘Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography.‘
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