Prince William and Kate have new royal titles and are now more senior in the royal pecking order, with William now first in line to the throne. However, the couple is keen to demonstrate that much of the work they started as Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will continue, and they put this into action with two separate engagements today.
The Princess of Wales visited the Royal Surrey County Hospital’s maternity unit to hear how it supports pregnant women and new mothers. Dressed in a bright yellow outfit and wearing a face mask, Kate spoke with staff from the unit’s Jasmine Team, which helps women facing mental health challenges during pregnancy. “The Princess is passionate about supporting the mental wellbeing of mothers, and recently became Patron of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance,” Kensington Palace noted in a statement ahead of the visit. Kate was also scheduled to spend time at the hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit and meet with a family who have been supported by them. A royal source emphasized today that the Early Years remains a vital part of the Princess’s work and that the public can expect to hear more from her on this in the coming months.
Similarly, the new Prince of Wales was keen to show that his commitment to the Football Association, which he became patron of in 2006, continues. He visited England’s national football centre at St George’s Park in Staffordshire, the west Midlands, to mark its 10th anniversary as the home of English football. “As well as acting as the base for the national senior men’s and women’s, para and development squads, since 2012 St. George’s Park has supported a huge breadth of grassroots engagement alongside professional training, sports science and coach education to help foster a thriving football community across England,” Kensington Palace noted. “The Prince of Wales’ visit will reflect this diversity of sport, with His Royal Highness meeting with and learning from para-footballers, young footballers from across the region and competitors at this year’s Street Child World Cup about the opportunities afforded to them through football.”
It is less than one month since Queen Elizabeth died, with the royal family observing a mourning period until seven days following her September 19 funeral, which ended on September 26. Since then, family members have been busy with engagements that allow the public to see how they plan to use their new roles. William and Kate have so far made their commitment to Wales clear with visits to Anglesey and Swansea on September 27. William also made his first speech as Prince of Wales yesterday at a summit for organization United for Wildlife.
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