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October 21, 2014
The Queen hosted a State Banquet in honour of the visit from the Singaporean President
Held at Buckingham Palace, The Queen was joined by Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam and Mrs Tan as guests of honour on their visit to the UK. The extended family attended the banquet, with Prince Philip, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Sophie, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Alexandra and The Duke of Kent also there. A total of 170 guests were at the Palace. Other guests included Prime Minister David Cameron, dignitaries and those with a business or cultural background.
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The Duchess of Cambridge, who became Patron of Action on Addiction in January 2012, has visited a number of the Charity’s services, including Clouds House residential treatment centre in Wiltshire, Hope House for women only in London and the family programme, M-PACT (Moving Parents And Children Together). Her Royal Highness’s involvement has brought much needed attention to a problem that affects a great many lives and in so doing helps to challenge stigma.
The purpose of the black-tie dinner is to thank supporters of the Charity who have helped fund these and other services, and to invite and encourage further support.
Guests will enjoy a pre-dinner reception with a pianist and will then hear a speech by the Charity’s Chair, John Lloyd. Impersonator and comedian Rory Bremner will also perform on the night.
Following the departure of Her Royal Highness, there will be a live auction compered by Rory Bremner. Funds raised will go towards the work Action on Addiction does to help both individuals and families affected by alcohol and/or drug addiction.
Nick Barton, Chief Executive of Action on Addiction, said: “The Duchess of Cambridge has shown unwavering support of the Charity and we are delighted that our Patron is able to attend the Autumn Gala Evening. We are enormously grateful that Her Royal Highness has helped us to keep addiction very much in the spotlight by her involvement to help reduce the stigma surrounding the condition. The Charity’s mission is to free people from addiction and we hope this evening will help us to make further progress in achieving that aim.”
Action on Addiction Press Release (via allthingscatherineandmary)
The Duchess of Cambridge at the wildlife photographer of the year awards
The Duchess of Cambridge has made her first official public appearance in over two months as she joined Prince William to welcome Singapore’s president.