The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined forces on Thursday as they attended the launch of the National Emergencies Trust in London. The initiative aims to coordinate the emergency response to tragedies across the UK, such as the devastating Grenfell Tower fire and the Manchester Arena terrorist attack in 2017.
Prince William was initially supposed to be attending the event alone however the palace announced earlier this week that Catherine would be joining him, marking the couple’s first joint engagement since they returned from their tour of Pakistan last month.
Braving the cold, Catherine looked as elegant as ever for the outing as she stepped out in a stunning navy belted dress, by designer Emilia Wickstead. The fitted dress featured a pleated skirt and flattered the duchess’ figure beautifully.
Keeping her accessories simple for the poignant event, Catherine opted for an understated pair of patent leather black court shoes and a small clutch bag, while she also opted to wear a pair of her late mother-in-law Princess Diana’s diamond earrings. True to style, Catherine kept her make-up simple and classy and she wore her recently lightened hair down, falling in loose waves over her shoulders.
Meanwhile, Prince William coordinated perfectly with his wife as he donned a smart navy suit for the outing, complete with a crisp white shirt and blue patterned tie. The couple also wore poppy pins on the left side of their chests, ahead of Remembrance Day on Sunday.
The outing is the first of several upcoming joint engagements for the royal couple, as they are also scheduled to appear at the annual Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday. Many members of the British royal family will attend the momentous event, including the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
William, Harry, Catherine and Meghan have not been seen together in public for months and the appearance comes just weeks after Harry acknowledged that there was tension between the brothers during an interview for ITV documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey.
Following the concert, William, Kate, Meghan and Harry will also attend Sunday’s Remembrance Day Service at the Cenotaph, while the Cambridges are also scheduled to represent the royal family at the Royal Variety Performance on Monday evening at the Royal Albert Hall.
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Today The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the launch of the @National_Emergencies_Trust_ — an independent charity which will provide an emergency response to disasters in the UK. The Trust will work collaboratively with charities and other bodies to direct public donations to their appeals, and to distribute funds fairly and efficiently at the time of a national emergency. Speaking at the launch, The Duke said: “Just now and on previous occasions, it has been humbling to speak to survivors of the London Bridge and Manchester attacks, the Cumbria floods, the Grenfell Tower fire and other disasters here in the UK. Their stories are as heart-breaking as they are inspiring. Their resilience and strength are deeply humbling. I am very pleased that the National Emergencies Trust now stands ready to provide a structured, organised response to help people right across the UK in the event of a domestic disaster.” 📷 PA/Kensington Palace
Speaking at the launch, Prince William said: “Just now and on previous occasions, it has been humbling to speak to survivors of the London Bridge and Manchester attacks, the Cumbria floods, the Grenfell Tower fire and other disasters here in the UK.
“Their stories are as heart-breaking as they are inspiring. Their resilience and strength are deeply humbling. I am very pleased that the National Emergencies Trust now stands ready to provide a structured, organised response to help people right across the UK in the event of a domestic disaster.”
Also on Thursday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped out to attend the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey, ahead of Armistice Day on Monday.
Meghan and Prince Harry each planted a small wooden Cross of Remembrance at the London site, alongside many others that had been erected by military regiments and organisations from across the UK, adorned with the red poppies that are synonymous with the memory of fallen war heroes.
It was the first time that Meghan has attended the event, which pays tribute to Britain’s war dead, however her husband – who served in HM British Armed Forces himself – has attended the poignant ceremony every year since 2013.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, had intended to join the Sussexes at the event, however she had to pull out from the event at the last minute due to illness. The duchess was given doctors orders not to attend the engagement after falling ill with a chest infection over the last few days.