The Duchess of Cambridge marks 1000 days as a member of the Royal Family today.
The milestone, which is unlikely to be celebrated by Kate or William, marks a 1000 days since the couple’s beautiful wedding at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011.
Since their nuptials, which was watched by an estimated 1.5billion people around the world, the Duchess has settled into her new life as a royal and as one of the most famous women in the world.
Despite being a Duchess for 1000 days, it is likely Kate will spend her day like any other day, looking after Prince George and preparing for future engagements, including her and William’s upcoming tour to Australia and New Zealand.
In the last 1000 days, Kate has slowly began to make a difference as the Duchess of Cambridge and has become patron of a small number of charities. It is believed the wife of Prince William wanted to support a handful of charities first so that she could really help the organisation by being able to work with them more closely.
Kate has chosen her charities, which include Action on Addiction and East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, carefully and her dedication and her commitment to these organisations has been clear to see. On official visits she has shown her compassion and stayed overtime meeting with people, listening to their stories and learning more about how they have been helped by the charity.
Last month, the Duchess won the hearts of young patients as she visited the Shooting Star Hospice in Hampton, near London.
Caring Kate, who has been labeled the ‘children’s princess’ met with the staff, the patients and their families at the facility which provides palliative care for children, a cause close to the Duchess’ heart.
During the visit, the Duchess took part in a sing-a-along tea party with the children, which saw Kate play with a puppet as she charmed the youngsters.
Shooting Star’s Chief Executive, David Burland praised Kate as he welcomed her to the Hospice, saying: “We are honoured to have welcomed Her Royal Highness to Shooting Star House.
“The Duchess is a committed supporter of children’s hospices and showed great knowledge about our vital work supporting children with life-limiting conditions and their families.”
Kate has also joined Prince William on two official tours, which has seen the popular couple visit Canada, Los Angeles and South-East Asia, to represent The Queen.
The royal couple also teamed up with Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary in November 2011, when they made a brief trip to UNICEF’s headquarters in Copenhagen.
Despite offering a supportive role to William and Her Majesty, Kate has shown that she is dedicated to marking her own stamp as she grows and matures into her role as a Duchess and future Queen Consort.
“Kate knows what to do,” biographer Marcia Moody explained. “She knows the life for which she has signed up for.”
So as she marks 1000 days as the Duchess, it is likely Kate will be giving thought to the year ahead, which will see the couple head down under for a month-long tour visiting Australia and New Zealand and celebrate Prince George’s first birthday in July.
It is expected we will soon begin to see Kate a lot more as she and William increase their workload to support The Queen and Prince Philip.
Preparations for this has been visible with William quitting his RAF role last year and the couple moving into their official London residence at Kensington Palace.
Happy 1000 days your Royal Highness!
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