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Friday Brief: Details On Kate's Week Ahead/3 Engagements

Friday, September 5, 2014

It is Friday night, so before you throw yourself headlong into your weekend revelry, let me give you a briefing on our calendar next week. The Cambridges will be moving and shaking a little more than usual, so we have a busy schedule.

On Monday, September 8th, William and Kate will formally open the £21m Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre building. St. Hugh's website gave us a teaser:
The royal couple will be met by members of staff, students and friends of St Hugh’s College before being taken on a tour of the new £21million China Centre Building. They will also be introduced to major donors including Hong Kong philanthropist, Mr Dickson Poon CBE.
There will be a ribbon cutting with a twist: 
 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will officially open the China Centre Building by joining others in a traditional Chinese ribbon-cutting ceremony in its courtyard garden.
The couple will get to see some historical treasure: 
During their visit, the royal couple will see the Selden Map of China, a special treasure from the Selden collection at the Bodleian Libraries. It is the earliest map to show shipping routes linking Ming-era China to markets in South Asia and beyond and, for the first time, depicts China as part of a greater East and Southeast Asia. The colourful map underwent major conservation work in 2008 and was exhibited in China earlier this year.
And yes, there will be flowers:
Children from local schools will assemble outside the Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building to welcome the royal visitors and present a posy.
As noted in an earlier post, there is chit-chat of an overseas tour to China next year for the Cambridges, so this could very well be some early prep work for them.

On Wednesday the 10th, William and Kate will join Prince Harry for the opening of his Invictus Games, a Paralympic style competition for wounded veterans. 
The word ‘Invictus’ means ‘unconquered’. It embodies the fighting spirit of the wounded, injured and sick service personnel and what these tenacious men and women can achieve, post injury.
The Invictus Games were launched by Prince Harry earlier this and the organization and promotion of the games has been one of his key charity focuses this summer.  It is nice to see William and Kate supporting Harry in this project in what is also a bit of a milestone year for him, as he turns 30 on the 15th. 

On September 11th the Cambdirges and Harry will attend a Drumhead Service at Lee Valley Athletics Centre:
Drumhead services date back hundreds of years to when regimental drums were used to communicate orders on the battlefield. Soldiers would make a pile of drums to provide a makeshift altar, often draped with the standards or colours of the regiment, so a religious service could be held on the field of battle.
I think will keep us all pretty busy. If you were really missing Kate, your prayers have been answered. This is a healthy mix of the formal, the sporty, and the solemn.  

Ok, all y'all. That wraps it up for this evening. You may pop off to your martinis and your weekend... ;)


  1. I'm really looking forward to it. I love when those three are together; they seem to have a great time.

  2. Kate is pregnant! Unfortunately she has that horrible morning sickness again so won't be at today's engagement :-(


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