Happy International Women’s day! Today is a day to appreciate the women in your life, and acknowledge their achievements. Royal women, like all women, go by many titles: a wife, a feminist, an advocate, a mother, a leader, powerful, independent, charitable, compassionate, intelligent, and of course they’re beautiful. Although they do have other titles, the royal women of todays society very much represent the attributes of the modern woman. So lets celebrate them and take today to appreciate them more than usual, for women are truly amazing.
Excuse me but would you look at that hug?
Royal Tour: Ottawa, Ontario - July 2nd, 2011
Prince William and Kate have cut the number of potential engagements and tailored a landmark tour of New Zealand and Australia next month to give themselves as much time as possible with their infant son, who will be around nine months old by the time it finishes.
The royal couple will use what aides call a hub and spoke system, returning to three regional bases at the Governor-Generals’ residences in Wellington, Sydney, and Canberra to see George for a few hours on all but two days of the 19-day family-friendly tour from April 7 to 25.
Their decision to go backwards and forwards across the two countries from the hubs means more travelling time for them and fewer engagements, particularly in the evening, than if they followed the more traditional path of moving from one city to another.
“When you go from place to place you can work until late in the evening,” a senior royal aide said.
But it will give them more precious time with George and respite to a new nanny who is expected to accompany the family on the tour. They will also have a couple of family days off duty – at a private residence outside Wellington shortly after their arrival in New Zealand, and in Canberra towards the end of the tour.Their family-friendly approach echoes that of Charles and Diana when they took William Down Under in 1983 at roughly the same age but is in sharp contrast to that of the Queen, whose burden of duties meant she often left her children at home when they were young.
“Taking a nine month old on a royal tour is not a first, but it has not happened in this Royal Family’s context for many, many years, so there has been much to think about – as any new parent travelling long distance will recognise,” said Miguel Head, William’s private secretary.
Since George’s birth seven month ago the public has seen the future King only four times - when he came out of hospital, in family snapshots taken by his grandfather Michael Middleton, at his christening, and in informal pictures taken by a freelance photographer en route to a holiday with the Middletons in Mustique.
So the tour, George’s first official overseas trip and his mother’s first visit to either Commonwealth country, promises to be a feast of royal watching for the public with around six opportunities to see the infant third in line to the throne.
Four of those will come when the family leave and depart each country but the couple have also identified an official engagement in each country when they hope to introduce George to the host nations. Depending on his health and mood, they hope one will be at a gathering of new mums and babies at Government House in Wellington, New Zealand, on April 9 and are still waiting to confirm a similar child-friendly opportunity in Australia.Mr Head said: “One or two engagements across the three weeks have been identified as times when the Duke and Duchess might take Prince George along, too. But, George being just a little over eight months old by the time they travel, I’m sure you will appreciate that the couple will have to make a final decision on those moments much closer to the time. The Duke and Duchess are content enough to know that he will be with them in the two countries.”
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Monday 7 April – Wellington – arrival at Government House in Wellington, New Zealand.
Tuesday 8 April – day to recover from 25-hour flight at a private residence.
Wednesday 9 April – Wellington – mother and babies meeting with the Royal New Zealand Plunket…