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This evening The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the premiere of @Cirquedusoleil’s Totem – raising awareness and funds for @Sentebale's work supporting vulnerable children and young people affected by HIV in southern Africa. Their Royal Highnesses met some of the cast members ahead of the show before taking their seats. The funds raised tonight will help @Sentebale – a charity founded in 2006 by The Duke with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho – with their work across Lesotho, Botswana and Malawi.
Today The Duchess of Sussex made her first visit to @TheMayhew since becoming Patron – Mayhew is a grassroots charity working in a unique way to improve the lives of animals and people to better communities both in London and internationally. Mayhew looks for innovative ways to reduce the number of animals in need through pro-active community and educational initiatives and preventative veterinary care. Among the people she met was Wully, a formerly homeless pet refuge service user, and his two dogs Azzy and Gallis – The Duchess found out about the different ways Mayhew’s animal welfare officers have supported Wully and his pets over the past 11 years. Her Royal Highness also met Roobarb the dog, who is part of Mayhew’s dog therapy programme TheraPaws, which puts smiles on the faces of vulnerable individuals. The Duchess met volunteers who dedicate their time to Mayhew community programmes, including the trap, neuter and return programme, which controls and cares for the feral cat communities in London. And Her Royal Highness was also able to meet the team behind Mayhew’s international work, which includes an overseas vet training programme in countries like India and Afghanistan to help improve animal welfare.
🐶 The Duchess of Sussex meets Minnie, a one-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, during her first visit to @TheMayhew since becoming Patron. Minnie has recently become available for adoption from Mayhew. Mayhew work to keep rescued animals safe, healthy and loved, caring for them on-site or via foster care, until they can find them the perfect family — last year Mayhew rehomed 98 dogs and 380 cats.
Today at the @royaloperahouse, The Duchess of Cambridge heard about the techniques used to create opera and ballet costumes – before meeting some of The Royal Ballet dancers, @londonballerina, Laura Morera, Tomas Mock, and @vadimmuntagirovofficial, who explained how stage lighting and movement will influence the design of their costumes. Swipe to see the Artists of The Royal Ballet in rehearsal 👉
The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Costume Department at the @RoyalOperaHouse today to learn more about their use of textiles, as well as the commissioning of fabrics, design and craftsmanship involved. Over the coming months The Duchess will be exploring her interest in the use and manufacture of textiles through learning opportunities, visits and meetings with industry experts.
Run entirely by volunteers, the @KHWGarden includes growing plots for cultivation by local residents, areas of communally-maintained planting to provide space to sit and relax, a pond and a small woodland area. Today’s visit to the garden is one of the many projects The Duchess of Cambridge has visited in recent years that will influence her @The_RHS Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show — one of the birdboxes she made with children from St Jude and St Paul’s CE Primary School will be used in The Duchess’s final Garden at #RHSChelsea!
To highlight the benefits of the great outdoors and inspire children, families and communities to get back to nature, The Duchess of Cambridge, @The_RHS and landscape architects Davies White will design and build the 2019 RHS Garden at #RHSChelsea – the Chelsea Flower Show. Based on a woodland, the ‘Back to Nature’ Garden seeks to recapture for adults the sense of wonder and magic that they enjoyed as children, in addition to kindling excitement and a passion for nature in future generations. The garden will build on Her Royal Highness’s passion for the outdoors and the proven benefits that nature has on physical and mental health — The Duchess is a strong advocate for the positive impact that nature and the environment can have on childhood development.
A spectacular performance from the Junior Dance Troupe at @TheHiveYZ! The Hive provides a safe environment where young people can come and enjoy themselves, building key skills and raising their aspirations and confidence — The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet young members as they took part in a number of activities and workshops throughout the centre. #RoyalVisitBirkenhead #Birkenhead
Initially established in 2011 to support women upon their release from prison, @TomorrowsWomen now offers an extensive range of training courses and workshops for more than 6000 women in Birkenhead, including support groups around mental health issues, domestic abuse, and addiction. The Duke and Duchess heard directly from women about their experiences during a Knit & Knat and Flower Arranging session. #RoyalVisitBirkenhead #Birkenhead
Number 7, a Feeding Birkenhead citizens’ supermarket and community café, enables local families to buy their weekly shopping at a discounted price, and provides advice and advocacy on benefits, looking for work, debt, budgeting, and cooking. At Number 7, today officially opened by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Their Royal Highnesses met beneficiaries of Feeding Birkenhead, a coalition of churches, food banks, community groups, and other organisations working together to eliminate hunger in Birkenhead. #RoyalVisitBirkenhead #Birkenhead
Thank you to everyone that gave The Duke and Duchess of Sussex such a warm welcome to Birkenhead today! The Duke and Duchess viewed a new sculpture erected at Hamilton Square in November 2018 to mark the 100th anniversary of Wilfred Owen’s death. The statue, named after one of the war poet’s poems ‘Futility’, is cast in bronze and represents an exhausted #WW1 soldier. #RoyalVisitBirkenhead #Birkenhead
‘It’s a part of community that I’m so drawn to here. It’s not just about donating your clothes and seeing where they land – but being a part of each other’s success stories.’ The Duchess of Sussex joins a discussion during a visit to @smartworkscharity today. The charity, of which The Duchess is Patron, helps long term unemployed and vulnerable women regain the skills, confidence and tools to succeed at job interviews, return to employment and transform their lives.