Prince George and Kate Middleton play with bubbles
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Over 3,000 organisations and charities have a member of the royal family as a patron – as such, their diaries are awfully busy with patronage duties. Along with these, memberships of clubs and general openings are giving the Windsors a busy October week.
Highlights include Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge off visiting the Dutch king; the Duke of Edinburgh meeting kids who've achieved Gold Standard in the his eponymous award, and the Earl of Wessex enjoying the sites on the Isle of Wight.
Here's the royal diary for the week starting 10 October, remember to check back here for any updates:
Monday - 10 October
Duke of Cambridge, will attend a Gala Dinner in aid of SkillForce in London in his capacity as patron of 100 Women in Hedge Funds. The Countess of Wessex, is in Surrey visiting the Moor House School, Oxted.
On the occasion of the National Day of the Republic of Korea,
The Duke of Gloucester will attend a reception at the Corinthia Hotel in London.
Tuesday - 11 October
The Duke of Gloucester heads north on Tuesday to open the Heart of the Campus Building at Sheffield Hallam University, that would be in Sheffield, naturally. He's then off to Rotherham to open X-Cel AMP –which seems to be something to do with technology. But that's not all, while in Sheffield, he'll also open the Alarm Receiving Centre 'Suzy Lamplugh House' at SoloProtect Limited, a security service before a to visit Broomgrove Nursing Home in support of Lost Chord.
The Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte share a smile on the last day of their Canada visit
Back in London, Buckingham Palace sees an eventful day as
The Duke of Edinburgh presents the Prince Phillip award to one lucky member of the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers – of which the Duke is patron. He'll also be holding a lunch for the Heart and Lung Institute of Papworth Hospital, in the palace.
Prince Phillip will then accompany his wife,
Her Majesty The Queen, as she visits the Royal Academy of Arts in London's Piccadilly.
A busy day for everyone,
The Countess of Wessex is attending a Diamond Challenge Event at the offices of Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets as Chairman of Women in Business. The Countess then has two patronage visits – one to Leeds Children's Hospital and one to Caring for Life, also in Leeds.
Finally rested from a long Canadian adventure,
The Duchess of Cambridge will then travel to the Netherlands, spending her Tuesday enjoying Bouwkeet, the social Makerspace of Bospolder-Tussendijken in Rotterdam (no, me either). The Duchess is then in The Hague to meet with the King of the Netherlands, Willem-Alexander, and will visit The Mauritshuis (an art museum) and attend a roundtable discussion on addiction at the British Ambassador's Residence in her capacity as patron of Action on Addiction at the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families.
Wednesday - 12 October
The Princess Royal, attends the Annual National Service for Seafarers at St Paul's Cathedral on Wednesday, before a dinner with the Fishmongers' Company in Fishmongers' Hall. The Countess of Wessex is chairing a meeting of Women in Business in Buckingham Palace, she'll lunch at Mosimann's Club as part of her patronage of DEBRA before dinner at Mansion House as patron of Treloar Trust.
As a member of the Blue Seal Club,
The Duke of Edinburgh will attend a dinner at London's Cavalry and Guards Club, but until after a Buckingham Palace lunch with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Yum.
The Earl of Wessex greets his wife, The Countess of Wessex, as she completes the Diamond Challenge
The Duke of Cambridge will present the MOD Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Awards at The Royal Hospital Chelsea.
Enjoying the North Yorkshire weather,
The Duke of Gloucester is attending Founder's Day at Knaresborough's King James's School. He'll stay in Knaresborough to visit the Chain Lane Community Hub and officially open Sherburn House - as well as opening the extension to Dishforth Airfield Community Primary School in Thirsk. The Duke of Kent will attend a concert and present the Wigmore Hall Medal, at London's Wigmore Hall.
Thursday - 13 October Her Majesty The Queen as Colonel-in-Chief is visiting the Corps of Royal Engineers at Brompton Barracks in Chatham, Kent, as it marks its 300th anniversary.
While she's there,
The Duke of Edinburgh will be attending a reception at St James's Palace for young people who have achieved Gold Standard in The Duke of Edinburgh Award, of which is he is naturally a patron. Before a dinner for the Saints and Sinners Club of London, of which he is an honorary member, at Windsor Castle.
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, talks to volunteers at the Diamond Challenge
Their daughter, the
Princess Royal, has another full day with visit to the new museum site of Bristol Aerospace Centre in Filton and attend the Autumn Banquet of the Society of Merchant Venturers, of which she is an honorary member. Again with the Fishmongers' Company, she'll also attend the Committee of Wardens Meeting and General Court Meeting in London, she is Second Warden. The Duke of Kent is attending a recital in London in support of St Mary Abbot's Church by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Spending time in Derby, the
Duchess of Gloucester will visit Derby High School, Allestree Woodlands School and Landau Forte College. Her husband, the Duke of Gloucester is also celebrating schools with a commemorative dinner to celebrate 150 years of Wellelsy House School in London.
Friday - 14 October The Duke of Gloucester then continues his diary with a day in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, where he'll visit medical supplier Owen Mumford Ltd and care home Spencer Court, in his capacity as Grand Prior of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem. He's then off for some culture at the Blenheim Palace Festival of Literature, Film and Music close to the historic town of Woodstock. He'll also be visiting the Marlborough Church of England School.
Further south and little off the coast, the
Earl of Wessex is on the Isle of Wight where he's visiting the Isle of Wight Radio and Quarr Abbey. He's also visiting Brading Roman Villa as part of his patronage of Oglander Roman Trust. Another patronage visit will be to the Minster in Newport, for the Newport Minster Renewal Appeal. Taking in a bit of culture too, he'll be opening the Isle of Wight Literary Festival at Northwood House, Cowes. Also in Cowes, he'll visit Cowes Castle as patron of the Royal Yacht Squadron.
Finishing up our diary,
The Princess Royal is opening the Scottish Boat Show at Kip Marina in Greenock, Renfrewshire.