Kate Middleton marks Children’s Hospice Week by writing heartfelt letter to families of ‘children with life-limiting conditions’

Children’s Hospice Week runs from May 23 to May 29, and seeks to raise awareness of children with life-shortening conditions and the help offered by hospices and palliative care providers to their families.

The 34-year-old royal has been the Royal Patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices since 2012.

“Spending quality time together is such an important aspect of family life, but for those caring for children with life limiting conditions, even this simple act can prove to be incredibly challenging. The practical realities of providing round-the-clock care mean even activities that so many of us take for granted can be just too complicated,” Princess Charlotte and Prince George’s mother wrote.

“The amazing, and life changing support provided by children’s hospices and palliative care charities across the U.K. offers a lifeline to families under incredible pressure. This support gives these families the space they need to simply spend time together, which is so important in the most difficult times imaginable,” the letter also read.

Last year as well, Catherine penned an emotional letter to mark Children’s Hospice Week.

The Duchess had a “huge impact” in helping children with life-limiting conditions, according to the chief executive of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, Graham Butland, who talked last year with People magazine about the royal’s support to this charity.

“We were delighted when she became our patron because of the impact that it would have on EACH directly – and that continues,” Butland told People magazine. “The fact is, she has just raised the profile both nationally and internationally of children’s palliative care.”

Kate Middleton to attend SportsAid 40th anniversary dinner at the Palace next month

The Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, sent a birthday message to SportsAid on its 40th anniversary last month.

“As Patron, I would like to wish SportsAid a very happy 40th birthday, and offer my best wishes to everyone who has played a part in their success,” Kate said in the message. “Thank you to those who have, and are, supporting SportsAid. Your efforts make a huge difference to thousands of young people and their families.”

And now the 34-year-old mother-of-two, who has been the Royal Patron of the charity since 2013, will attend a special dinner held at Kensington Palace on June 9.

The Palace announced the event on its official Twitter account on Thursday, May 26.

The aim of the charity is to help Britain’s next generation of Olympians, Paralympians and world champions in dealing with the financial difficulties faced early in their careers.

The last time Catherine carried out an engagement with SportsAid was in 2014.

Kate Middleton calls William ‘babe’ – Find out what other nicknames the Duchess uses for her husband

During their appearance alongside Prince Harry at the Chelsea Flower Show on Monday, the Duchess, née Kate Middleton, was heard calling her husband by a sweet nickname and vice versa.

While the Duke, 33, spoke about plants with Charlie Albone, an Australian television presenter and landscape designer, his wife revealed the nickname she uses for her husband.

“He came up and said: ‘What [flower] is this one?’ ” the Australian landscape designer told Australia’s Today Show. “And I replied, ‘That’s a Buxus.’ ”

Albone added, “Princess Catherine just turned to him and said, ‘Babe, we’ve got those. We’ve got loads of those.’ ”

But that’s not all. Designer Margaret Knight revealed another affectionate moniker William uses when addressing his wife.

“William asked Kate, ‘Could you make one of these, darling?’ ” Knight told reporters [via People].

Cute, right? And classy too.

Kate Middleton carries out new sailing engagement in Portsmouth


The 34-year-old steeped out in Portsmouth on Friday to support a sailing charity, the 1851 Trust, of which she has been a Royal Patron since 2014.

The charity seeks to inspire the youth in pudsuing sports, education and technology by using sailing and the marine industry.

The Duchess, née Kate Middleton, visited Sir Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup base in order to launch the 1851 Trust’s two flagship sailing projects in 2016.

During her visit, Catherine joined Olympic sailor Sir Ben Ainslie on the Americas Cup test boat and was even given the chance to take over the helm.


Kate’s sailing skills were praised last year by Motiv8’s Claire Ansell, who talked with People magazine about the Duchess’ passion for sailing.

“Kate spent a lot of time talking to the children about their experiences on the boats,” Ansell told the magazine.

“Kate told us that she really liked sailing and actually got quite technical about things – talking about tacking and other different things that you can do with a boat. The children understood what she meant, and it was really lovely for them. They were all very excited,” she added.

Kate Middleton praised by Queen’s photographer for ‘wonderful pictures, beautifully shot’ of her children

Her photographic skills were praised by Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait photographer, Hugo Rittson Thomas, who talked with People magazine about the photos taken by the 34-year-old royal.

“I thought they were wonderful pictures, beautifully shot,” Rittson Thomas told the publication.

The Duchess was behind the camera on several occasions, even capturing Princess Charlotte’s first official photo.

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Last year in November, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge unveiled new photos of their daughter, also taken by Kate.

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In January, Catherine shared photos of her son Prince George on his first day at a nursery school.

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This month, Prince William’s wife also released adorable pictures of her daughter on her first birthday.

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The Queen’s photographer revealed that he was impressed with Kate’s photographic skills.

“I was quite taken aback by her knowledge of photography. She asked a lot of technical questions about what I was doing and the set up – she almost caught me out a few times actually!” the photographer said.

Besides taking snapshots of her adorable children, the Duchess also captured breathtaking landscapes during her and Prince William’s tour of Southeast Asia back in 2012.

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Kate Middleton boxes at the launch of Heads Together mental health campaign

Catherine, William and Harry stepped out at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, on Monday, May 15, where they carried out an engagement to combat the stigma around mental health.

The royal trio attended the launch of the Heads Together campaign, that gathers some of the country’s main mental health charities in an effort to help people to be open about their problems and ask for help.


During the event, Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s mother showed her boxing moves, as world champion boxer Duke McKenzie said that the Duchess “couldn’t wait to get the gloves on and had a wicked punch.”

Prince Harry proved his skills too, with McKenzie revealing that, “Prince Harry packs a punch. I think he wanted to take me out!”


The Heads Together campaign includes seven mental health charities: Place2Be, Mind, Campaign Against Living Miserably – CALM, YoungMinds, Best Beginnings, The Mix and Contact.

Kate Middleton’s new sailing engagement announced by the Palace

The 34-year-old royal will carry out a new sailing engagement on May 20 in Portsmouth, where she will learn about projects that serve as inspiration for young people to take up this sport.

On Tuesday, May 10, Kensington Palace announced Kate’s upcoming sailing engagement on its official Twitter account.

“The Duchess visits @LandRoverBAR on 20 May to see @1851Trust inspire the next generation in sailing and science,” the Palace tweeted.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming our Patron the Duchess @KensingtonRoyal & showing our projects with young people,” a tweet on 1851Trust’s account also read.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s mother has been a Royal Patron of the sailing charity since 2014.

The Duchess of Cambridge also stepped out in Porsmouth last July, during her engagements at the America’s Cup World Series event, and chatted with the children about her sailing skills.

“Kate spent a lot of time talking to the children about their experiences on the boats,” Motiv8’s Claire Ansell told People magazine at the time.

“Kate told us that she really liked sailing and actually got quite technical about things – talking about tacking and other different things that you can do with a boat. The children understood what she meant, and it was really lovely for them. They were all very excited,” Ansell added.

The sporty Duchess is reportedly passionate about sailing, and two years ago she won a yacht race against her husband during their royal tour of New Zealand. Kate is also known to be a keen tennis fan.

Jenna Bush tries to set up Prince Harry with her twin sister Barbara

While chatting with the 31-year-old royal, during an interview with Today show, about the opening of the Invictus Games in Florida, the daughter of George W. Bush asked Harry about being questioned on fatherhood, despite the fact that he’s still single.

“Does it make you laugh that people are already asking you about children? I mean, it’s sort of jumping ahead a couple steps,” Jenna Bush Hager asked.

“Everybody’s always asking me. I have no idea. I haven’t even got a girlfriend at the moment,” Harry responded.

The anchor, 34, added that her twin sister Barbara Bush is single as well, and tried to play cupid.

“I have a single sister and she feels the same way. Listen, she’s available,” she joked. “She’s going to kill me.”

“We can talk maybe off air,” Harry replied laughing.

“Okay, I’ll give you her number,” she added.

One more bday photo with the sweetest sissy. Thanks for the amor.

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Always one for insta-peer pressure…HAPPY National Sibling Day to this babe, @barbaritabush. Xx

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Bush Hager revealed her sister’s reaction to the matchmaking during an interview with Access Hollywood.

“My sister’s humiliated,” she said.

“The truth is, I don’t know if she’s interested, but Henry and I are,” Hager joked. “Wouldn’t you want to be sister-in-law and brother-in-law to a prince?”

She added: “Come on, there’s all those palaces we could borrow.”

Barbara Bush was in a relationship with Panamanian creative consultant Miky Fabrega for four years. Prince Harry dated Chelsy Davy from 2004 to 2011, and in 2012 Princess Eugenie, his cousin, introduced him to Cressida Bonas. The two broke up in April 2014.

Rumors about the prince’s love life have been constant, with speculations claiming that Harry and Emma Watson were an item, or that Doctor Who star Jenna Coleman was romanced by the royal. The allegations were denied nonetheless.

Prince William’s brother recently talked with People about having children.

“There have been moments through life, especially when we do a tour abroad, when I think, ‘I’d love to have kids now,’” he told the magazine.

“And then there are other times when I bury my head in the sand going, ‘All right, don’t need kids!’ “There’s no rush. I think . . . I tell you what: There’s been times I’ve been put off having children,” Harry added.

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The prince talked with People magazine about the idea of becoming a father: “There have been moments through life, especially when we do a tour abroad, when I think, ‘I’d love to have kids now.'”

The 31-year-old royal added, “And then there are other times when I bury my head in the sand going, ‘All right, don’t need kids!’ There’s no rush. I think . . . I tell you what: There’s been times I’ve been put off having children.”

Almost a year ago, Harry talked with Sky News about fatherhood, revealing that he “would love to have kids right now,” but that “there’s a process that one has to go through.”

In addition, a friend of Prince Harry, polo player Nacho Figueras, believes that the royal will make a wonderful father.

“I think he will be a great dad, he cares a lot about children, most of his charities are towards children,” Figueras told People magazine last year in May.

The polo player also revealed that Harry is quite fond of the Queen’s grandchildren: “He loves them and he cares about them, so I’m sure he’s going to be a great dad.”

In March, during his official visit in Nepal, Harry shared an adorable photo of himself holding a Nepal baby.

Last year, while visiting New Zealand, Prince William’s brother made cute and funny faces for children, proving his playful side.

One thing is sure, until Harry becomes a father, he will be a cool uncle for Kate and William’s adorable children.

Kate Middleton reveals that Princess Charlotte and Prince George have a hamster


During the royal’s visit at the new Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace in London on Wednesday, May 5, Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s mother talked with a group of schoolchildren about the new addition to her family.

“[Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge] said she has a hamster and [Princess Charlotte] really likes it because the whiskers always tickle her face,” a nine-year-old girl said about her conversation with the Duchess.

The Royal Family also has a cocker spaniel, Lupo.

On the same day, the Duchess visited the National Portrait Gallery to see her new Vogue photos.