The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will meet Grenfell Tower and terror attack victims today as they visit personnel from across the emergency services.
William and Kate began their day at the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields church in Central London.
The new independent charity will provide an emergency response to disasters in the UK, and has been set up after several terror attacks since 2017.
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives for the National Emergencies Trust launch at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London today
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields today
Kate begins her day at the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields church in London this morning
Kate will meet Grenfell Tower and terror attack victims today as she visits personnel from across the emergency services
The Duchess attends the launch of the new charity today which will provide an emergency response to disasters in the UK
Kate arrives this morning for the launch of the new charity which has been set up after several terror attacks since 2017
The Duke and Duchess arrive for the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London today
They will meet victims of disasters, including Grenfell and the Westminster Bridge attack, and make a short speech marking the official inauguration of the charity.
The duke was joined by his grandmother, the Queen, during a visit to the Grenfell site shortly after the blaze in June 2017.
In the evening, William will attend the London Air Ambulance charity gala in central London.
The duke worked as a pilot for the East Anglia Air Ambulance, and became a patron of the London organisation in January.
The charity is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and will hear a speech from William after he meets crew members, former patients and other supporters.
The Duke of Cambridge meets a team of firefighters during a visit to West London in June 2017 following the Grenfell fire
Queen Elizabeth II meets firefighters during her visit to the Westway Sports Centre in West London in June 2017
The Duke of Sussex sits next to Kate and William for a Grenfell memorial service at St Paul’s Cathedral in December 2017
Meghan, her mother Doria and Harry launch a cookbook with women affected by Grenfell at Kensington Palace last autumn
Archie is CRAWLING and has two teeth! Proud Harry and Meghan share details of six-month-old son as they pay tribute to military families who ‘hold it together back home’ while partners serve abroad
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared details about life with baby son Archie as he turns six months old – telling a group of military families that he is beginning to crawl and has two teeth.
Prince Harry also praised those who maintain a home life while their partner is away on operations and sympathised with service personnel missing out on their child’s development while serving abroad.
The couple met families from the Welsh Guards, Coldstream Guards and Household Cavalry when they visited a coffee morning at Windsor’s Broom Farm Community Centre yesterday, in the heart of an Army housing estate.
Photographs and details of Harry and Meghan’s visit were released at 9am this morning in an Instagram post on the couple’s Sussex Royal account, which told how they ‘surprised their neighbours in Windsor’.
Harry – who returned from his visit to Japan for the Rugby World Cup final on Sunday – wore a Royal British Legion poppy on a blue jumper on top of a shirt and animatedly received a cake from a young girl called Poppy Dean.
Poppy Dean gives a cake to The Duchess of Sussex during a visit to Broom Farm Community Centre in Windsor yesterday
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex speak to members of the families of serving soldiers during the visit in Windsor yesterday
Meghan speaks to a family as she attends a coffee morning with families of deployed Army personnel at the centre yesterday
Meghan, who wore a white blouse and black skirt, sported her poppy on a khaki green coat – and crouched down as she spoke to the children.
It comes after Harry sent the England rugby squad a picture of Archie in a Red Rose jersey in a good luck message last week, before the final which they lost to South Africa.
Today, the Duchess of Sussex will make her first visit to Westminster Abbey’s ‘Field of Remembrance’ as she joins her husband and mother-in-law, the Duchess of Cornwall, to honour the nation’s war dead.
The majority of the Coldstream Guards are on exercise in Kenya and a large proportion of the Welsh Guards are coming to the end of a long deployment to the Falklands.
Harry, who served for 10 years as an Army officer, said he was in awe of military families holding it together back home, saying: ‘It’s unbelievably hard. I have so much respect and admiration for anyone who has to deal with that.’
The Sussexes took Archie to southern Africa last month for their first official tour as a family and the duke empathised with service personnel who are away from their children.
The royal couple meet families from the Welsh Guards, Coldstream Guards and Household Cavalry in Windsor yesterday
The Duchess of Sussex puts her hand out to a child from the family of a soldier in The Welsh Guards yesterday
Harry also praised those who maintain a home life while their partner is away on operations during the visit today
Meghan chatted to parents on the visit to the centre in Windsor yesterday about her son, who was six months old yesterday
He said: ‘I can’t imagine what it’s like to miss so much as they change so quickly.’
Harry and Meghan’s post on their Instagram page
Yesterday, The Duke and Duchess surprised their neighbours in Windsor at a coffee morning for military families in a community centre located in the heart of the Army housing estate. Every year during the month of November we pause to remember and honour all those who have served their country here in the UK, across the Commonwealth and around the world. Their Royal Highnesses also wanted to show support for the families of service personnel who are currently deployed overseas.
As we lead up to Remembrance Sunday, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will join Her Majesty The Queen and other Members of the Royal Family at various commemoration events, including the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall and the Cenotaph.
During the visit yesterday, Their Royal Highnesses met with young families who shared their experiences as parents and as couples who are often apart from their loved ones for months at a time. A reminder that a life of service does not simply describe the person wearing the uniform, but the entire family.
Meghan chatted to parents about her son, who was six months old yesterday, and shared stories about his development with Amy Thompson, whose husband Brad is attached to the Welsh Guards.
Ms Thompson said: ‘My daughter Aeris is the same age as Archie and we talked about weaning and the children beginning to crawl – she’s just a normal mum and it was like talking to a friend.’
During the visit, Harry was pictured holding a little girl while Meghan high-fived a toddler.
Army spouse Leigh Smith took her eight-year-old daughter Molly to meet the royal visitors and the youngster said: ‘Meghan promised not to tell anyone that I was off school. She asked me who my best friend was.’
Ms Smith added: ‘We had a party when Harry and Meghan got married and we’ve followed their story ever since, so it was an amazing experience for Molly to shake hands with them. It’s really special and a lovely boost for the whole community.’
Coldstream Guards welfare officer Captain Colin Lewis said the visit was a welcome tonic after a tough 18 months.
The officer said: ‘The regiment are really appreciative of the support the families provide by picking up the burden when the service person is away.
‘It’s great for the duke and duchess to take the time to truly understand the challenges they face.
Harry, who served for 10 years as an Army officer, said he was in awe of military families holding it together back home
The Sussexes made the visit to the centre one month after they took Archie to southern Africa for their first official tour
The Duchess of Sussex receives a posy of flowers from Bonnie and Maggie Emanuel (mother and daughter) yesterday
Photographs and details of the visit were released at 9am today in an Instagram post on the couple’s Sussex Royal account
‘They are very down to earth and they’ve had a snapshot of the entire community here by talking to lots of people from different backgrounds.’
Tariq Baksh, from the Household Cavalry welfare team, also felt that the couple could relate to many of the families as young parents, saying: ‘They’re a modern family and completely empathised with people – our families realised that they’re no different.’
Helen Llewelyn-Usher, wife of Welsh Guards Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Henry Llewelyn-Usher, said the visit will help families to make new friends.
She said: ‘It’s amazing that Harry and Meghan found time to fit this in to their busy schedule – they shook hands with every single person. It brought together lots of people and now they will always have this amazing memory in common.’