Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge today attended a Goldsmiths Hall reception for participants in the Scott-Amundsen centennial race. Earlier this year, two teams, one made up of British soldiers and the other of Norwegians, recreated Captain Robert Scott’s 1911 to 1912 race to the South Pole.
Today’s reception was to meet and greet the British participants and acknowledge their adventure. Prince William is patron of the expedition and he gave a brief speech.
According to ‘The Daily Mail,’ the Duchess of Cambridge wore an indigo tweed Rebecca Taylor suit to the reception, set off with a poppy brooch bought from the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal, which helps soldiers wounded in combat. (Story continues below.)
Despite all the adventurers, the star of the show appeared to be three-week-old Hugo Vicary, son of Scott-Amundsen team member Vic Vicary and his wife, Hanna. The baby ended up in Prince William’s arms in short order.
During the expedition, participants reportedly read Scott’s original diaries each night and raised money for the Royal British Legion’s soldier support center, Battle Back Center in Lilleshall. Some members of the team had already met the Queen and Prince Philip at a Buckingham Palace reception in December 2011.
Goldsmiths’ Hall is the headquarters for the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, a London livery company. The livery companies are a kind of elite guild or trade association; some date back centuries. The Goldsmiths’ Company is one of the 12 oldest and received its first Royal Charter in 1327, though it started work in 1300.
Later on April 26, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were expected at a World War I event, the kick-off for a drive to properly celebrate and document the centennial of World War I between 2014 and 2018.
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Sources: Daily Mail; The Telegraph; Getty Images
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