As any parent will understand, finding time to spend a romantic day or evening with your partner can be difficult. If not impossible sometimes!
The same is true for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they juggle their royal duties, charity commitments, and their role as parents to Prince George, 3, and Princess Charlotte, 1. Not to mention the fact that the world is watching their every move!
If Kate and William were hoping to use February 14th as an excuse to spend some time alone as a couple, their Valentine’s Day plans have been scuppered.
Kensington Palace announced this week that The Duchess of Cambridge will visit an RAF base in Cambridgeshire to meet with the Air Cadets on Tuesday 14th February.
The Duchess of Cambridge is an Honorary Air Commandant of the Air Cadets Organisation. Since taking over from Prince Philip as their Royal Patron in 2015, the Duchess has lent her support to the organisation through a programme of official engagements.
Last year Kate attended a service at RAF church St Clement Danes. The service, to mark the 75th year of the RAF Air Cadets, was her first official engagement as Honorary Air Commandant of the organisation.
On February 14th, Kate will be introduced to air cadets from the Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing Air Training Corps, who are taking part in a half-term skills development camp.
However, this is not the first year that Kate has spent Valentines Day with others. The Duchess spent her and William’s first Valentine’s Day as a married couple away from their home in Wales. Instead of celebrating in their small cottage, Kate headed to Liverpool for a day of official engagements.
William was also absent from their marital home that year, 7,900 miles away on deployment in the Falkland Islands. So, the couple are used to spending Valentines Day apart!
According to Kate, the Duke is good at remembering the significance of February 14th. In the past he’s always made sure to send Kate a card and a special bouquet of flowers.
The Duchess of Cambridge also spent Valentines Day in 2014 away from William. Instead, she visited The Art Room, a national charity of which she has been Royal Patron of since January 2012.
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