Report By: Nina Rai
London, 23 April 2012
The widely adored royal couple Prince William and Duchess Kate will be celebrating their first wedding anniversary this April, 29. It was just last year that the couple tied the knot amidst great fanfare watched by more than two billion strong populace world wide.
The couple’s first year has gone by in a jiffy, filled with pregnancy rumors, gun scandals, puppies, public appearances so on. A lot of water thus seems to have flown beneath the royal bridge with the couple’s itinerary also being packed with choc-o-block official engagements.
It is therefore no wonder that the down-to-earth royal couple now prefers to celebrate their first anniversary away from the public glare, possibly at Balmoral. A spokesman at St. James’ Palace has confirmed that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Kate and William have opted to spend this weekend privately. Further details have not been divulged by the Palace.
Meanwhile, there have been wide-spread speculations in the media about how Prince Will andwill be celebrating their first marriage anniversary. Traditionally the Duke and Duchess would be exchanging gifts dear to each other, followed by plans for a discreet romantic meal together.
According to Ingrid Stewart, the editor-in-chief of Majesty, there is every possibility that William and Kate will be heading for Balmoral, the royal’s stunning estate. Stewart goes on to elaborate "They are both big romantics and like to return to the places that mean a lot to them. I think William will have in mind a romantic night in one of the estate's more isolated cottages - that is the way they seem to like to spend their special moments.” Further he adds that the Prince will surely have something special up his sleeve, if his past actions were something to go by.
However, come what may the young couple will be enjoying a quiet break after an action-packed week. The schedule is quite tight for this week, with the couple attending the British premiere of African Cats, a documentary film at the BFI day after (Wed, April 25). The proceeds of the movie premiere will go towards animal welfare charity Tusk Trust, of which Prince William is a patron.
The said cause is something the Duke of Cambridge is quite passionate about, akin to that of his late mom Princess Diana. It may be recalled that it was while on a safari in Kenya that Prince William proposed to his wife (then Kate Middleton). The couple has made several safari trips to Africa.
On Thursday, William and Kate are scheduled to attend a reception at Goldsmiths' Hall honoring two Army teams which recreated the illustrious race to the South Pole by mountaineers Scott and Amundsen. The same evening the Duke and Duchess will take part in kick starting the Imperial War Museum Foundation's campaign aimed at setting up new First World War galleries at the London attraction to coincide with the centenary of the conflict in 2014.
Since Prince William’s posting at Falklands, Kate too has kept herself busy promoting charitable ventures. Possibly due to this the Duchess of Cambridge has recently been sent feelers to become patron of a charity that was close to the heart of her late mother-in-law Lady Diana, the Princess of Wales.
Positive View Foundation promotes the cause of disadvantaged young people. It helps such needy youngsters by encouraging them to take up photography. The organization has reportedly been trying to get the Duchess on board, hoping that she would become their ambassador which in turn would give a great boost to the foundation.
Duchess Kate herself enjoys clicking pictures and being behind the camera lens wherever possible. She is therefore understood to be keen on giving her support to the said charity’s latest project. Meanwhile, a Royal aide informed that the Positive View Foundation had indeed approached them but there was nothing more than that.
The aide further added ‘The Duchess does not expect to be considering new patronages until the end of this year or the start of next. In the meantime, she is concentrating on her existing patronages, the Olympic Games and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.’
Meanwhile the Positive View Foundation’s spokesperson said: ‘It’s under discussion but nothing has been confirmed with the Palace yet.‘At this stage we can’t say anything while it is so up in the air.’
Source: Daily Mail.co.uk/STV
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