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William and Kate Confirm They Will Visit new York City & Washington, D.C.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Get excited, America! I know you already are... Kensington Palace has confirmed that William and Kate will travel to the United States to visit New York City. While it will be cold, the Christmas season is a pretty magical time to visit New York.

The visit will take place between the 7th and the 9th of December. The couple have a packed schedule, and remarkably, will cover a wide range of their charitable endeavors and organizations. Wildlife conservation is a huge element of the trip, but Kate's work with children, and the couple's involvement with their Alma Mater, St. Andrews, are both getting time in the spotlight. Let's run through the itinerary via Kensington Palace:
The Duke and Duchess will arrive in New York on Sunday 7th December and will attend a private engagement on behalf of the American Friends of The Royal Foundation that evening.
Kate has never been to New York, so this is a very exciting trip for the Duchess. While it is relatively easy for Kate to slip away to a private tropical island, it is much harder for a royal of her prominence to enjoy crowded cities, where her celebrity-status could easily cause a mad-house on the streets. An official trip nicely allows her to promote her charities while experiencing America's largest city for the first time. 

U.S. Capitol Dome 

On Monday the 8th, William will pop down to Washington, D.C.:
On Monday 8th December, The Duke will travel to Washington DC, while The Duchess remains in New York. His Royal Highness will attend an anti-corruption conference at the World Bank to discuss a zero tolerance approach to the transportation across borders of illegal wildlife parts. This is a key area of work for the United For Wildlife consortium, of which The Duke is President. The Duke will also attend a working lunch at the World Bank at which a number of programmes in support of the fight against the illegal trade in ivory will be discussed.
While William is in Washington, Kate will be in New York on solo engagements:
Her Royal Highness will be accompanied by The First Lady of New York City, Chirlane McCray, on a visit to a local child development centre. They will learn about how this organization fosters the healthy development of children and families by providing high-quality mental health and educational services, which is an issue strongly supported by The First Lady. Her Royal Highness will also attend a lunch, hosted by the British Consul General in New York, to celebrate the achievements of a successful British community in New York from the culture, arts, hospitality and business sectors.
William will return to New York for a reception which Kate is not booked to attend. It is unclear if she will still be busy with her second engagement, but since her second engagement is a lunch, and William has lunch in Washington, I would imagine that Kate either has something private she has planned for this time-block, or that she will simply be resting. We have seen that Kate's pregnancy has caused her to flag a little with a full-schedule, so she may need time off for their busy night.

After his reception, William will be joined by Kate again, and the two will attend an NBA basketball game. This will be a fun night for the two, but it also has charity connections, since the NBA is partnering with the Royal Foundation and United for Wildlife. 

Tuesday the 8th, the couple will undertake two joint engagements. The first is concerned with their  personal and mutual involvement with youth and inner city children:
On Tuesday 9th December The Duke and Duchess will visit a youth organisation to see the work they carry out in partnership with an inner city youth development foundation. Both organisations focus on programmes and projects that promote positive youth development and social learning. During the visit, The Duke and Duchess will learn about the wide-ranging support services on offer to young people to help them reach their potential, particularly through an arts-in-education model that supports the artistic and intellectual development of the participants.
 The second will be an engagement in their capacity as representatives of Great Britain:
The Duke and Duchess will then attend an event celebrating the wealth of British talent in the creative industries based in New York. The reception will be in association with the UK Government's GREAT campaign. The Duke will also attend a technology themed event, hosted by a New York-headquartered technology company, which will bring together entrepreneurs from both the UK and the US.
William will attend another reception for technology advancement alone, again, this seems to be a block of time set aside for Kate to rest and prepare for the final event of the trip.

William and Kate will close their visit to New York with the event to which I am most looking forward. The royal couple will attend a fundraiser at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As you may know, this is a very prestigious and glamorous venue for high-dollar benefits and dress-code is usually elegant and long. I would bank on the Duchess debuting something dazzling. 
The final engagement of the visit will be the University of St. Andrews 600th Anniversary Dinner at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The evening event will support scholarships and bursaries for students from under-privileged communities, new student sports facilities in St Andrews, investment in the university's medical and science faculties and a lectureship in American Literature at St. Andrews. 
The press release also makes mention of a visit to Ground Zero, now One World Trade Center. This isn't specifically placed in the itinerary, perhaps for security concerns.   
During the visit, The Duke and Duchess will also visit the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center to pay their respects to the nearly 3,000 people who died in the attacks of 26th February 1993 and 11th September 2001. Their Royal Highnesses will learn how the site, which includes the recently-opened One World Trade Center, has been redeveloped and the plans for its future.
Several people have asked why George is not going, and I think the quick answer is that this is a business trip, not a tour. The vibe is different, there are no events where he would appropriately be present. Furthermore, for a three-day trip, it would really throw the poor little guy off his schedule, and add strain to Kate as well. So, I think little Prince Chubby-Cheeks will probably be in Bucklebury for a few days. 

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