The Duke of Cambridge has delighted many royalists this week with announcements of a series of engagements in early November, including some notable and high-profile events, signalling that he has now become a full-time working royal.
Prince William, who announced in September that he was to leave the RAF to focus on charitable causes and public service, currently has 6 engagements scheduled for the first part of November – with his wife Catherine joining him for two of those.
The first engagement, on 5th November, is one for which he will represent The Queen when the President of the Republic of Korea visits the UK next week. The Duke will attend a Korean War Memorial Ground-breaking Ceremony, at Victoria Embankment Gardens. The planned memorial will be dedicated to British servicemen and women who served in the Korean War.
William’s introduction to full time public duties has been a learning curve too. A few weeks ago, the Duke performed his first investiture at Buckingham Palace, a duty he will perform frequently as King. His father, the Prince of Wales, reportedly ‘showed him the ropes’, including how to correctly dub a new knight with a sword.
We are told that Prince William will continue to take on more and more duties as The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh take on less in their old age. William’s father Prince Charles continues to do so too, with him attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Sri Lanka in November in place of Her Majesty, who has not made a state visit out of the UK since 2011.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are rumoured to be taking Prince George with them on tour next year, including a reported visit to New Zealand and Australia, countries which also share The Queen as Head of State as Commonwealth Realms.
The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge’s Diary
On 5th November, Prince William will accompany the President of the Republic of Korea to a Korean War Memorial Ground-breaking Ceremony at Victoria Embankment Gardens, London.
On 6th November, William will meet staff and volunteers at St Giles Trust, London, to learn more about their work helping ex-offenders to resettle and break the cycle of re-offending.
On 7th November, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will meet London Poppy Day supporters at Kensington Palace.
Also on 7th, The Duke of Cambridge will visit The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Chelsea where he’ll view sections of two live surgeries: a breast reconstruction and the removal of a bladder tumour.
On 9th November, Prince William will attend the Autumn International rugby match between Wales and South Africa for the Prince William Cup at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.
On 10th November, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will, with the whole Royal Family, attend the service of remembrance at the Cenotaph in London. The Duke will wear military uniform and lay a wreath.