Duchess Kate and Prince William have already had a busy start to September. Just a few weeks ago, they both brought Princess Charlotte to her first day of school at Thomas’s Battersea, accompanied by her older brother Prince George. The Prince of Cambridge has been a student since 2017.
Prior to that joint outing, we last saw William and Kate together at their inaugural King’s Cup regatta in early August. Now, the two have announced their first joint outing of the fall, and it’s taking place next week!
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Birkenhead on Sept. 26, where they will officially name the RRS Sir David Attenborough, the new UK polar research ship. The couple will be joined by the ship’s namesake, the legendary broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough, who will make a speech along with the duke and duchess. Kate has the honour of formally naming the ship, which will have the traditional ceremony that includes smashing a bottle of champagne against its hull.
While there, Kate and William will meet engineers involved with building the boat, and children who are part of the British Antarctic Survey’s (BAS) Polar Explorer program. The initiative encourages schools to enrich science, technology, engineering and math education by teaching children about polar science.
You might remember that in 2016, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) asked the public to help name the boat that eventually became RRS Sir David Attenborough. The first place finisher in that poll was Boaty McBoatface, which will obviously not be the name of the boat, but will be the name of a remotely controlled submersive vehicle that will be kept on board the RRS Sir David Attenborough.
As for what the RRS Sir David Attenborough will be doing, it has a very important mission! It will be operated by the BAS and will help conduct research at both of the Earth’s poles over the next 25 to 30 years.
This isn’t William’s only engagement with Sir David this year, either. In April, William, Prince Charles and Prince Harry all attended the premiere of Our Planet, the filmmaker’s new Netflix documentary series, in London. William also interviewed Sir David at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January.
Earlier this week, William helped open a new BAFTA exhibition and revealed the shows the family loves to watch, including Killing Eve and The Clangers. He’s also been hard at work on a new mental health initiative with the Football Association, including a documentary he’s helping make that will use soccer to tackle mental health issues. The duke also helped launch a new crisis line for emergency service providers, saying he wants to train as a counsellor to help those who use it. He has such a huge heart!