Get shirty: Duchess of Cambridge is demure in white as Royal couple attend Princes' Charities Forum



16:30 GMT, 27 April 2012

After packing four engagements in to the last 48 hours, there was no let up for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today.

The couple stepped out in the rain in London to attend a meeting of the Princes’ Charities Forum at the Royal Society.

Kate looked immaculate in white for the two-hour business meeting, along with her husband who was in a more traditional business suit.

Prince William and Princess Catherine

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend the Princes’ Charities Forum at the Royal Society in London

The pretty top featured vintage-style long sleeves and pretty delicate detailing.

The Duke wore a blue suit and maroon tie.

The Forum is a twice-yearly gathering
of all the couples’ charities – as well as those of Prince Harry – to
share ideas and offer mutual support.

Although William and Harry are
currently focusing on their military careers, both royals want to show
their support for bodies that reflect issues they care about both in the
UK and abroad.

Princess Catherine

Kate wore a pretty white shirt with vintage-style sleeves and delicate detailing

After much discussion they decided to
focus their attention on three main themes: Young People – particularly
those who are disadvantaged or in need of guidance; Sustainable
development – particularly the need to find more sustainable models to
balance development and the conservation of resources and the natural
environment; and the welfare of the country’s Armed servicemen and women

In 2009 the brothers created their own
charitable Foundation as an umbrella to support their key charities –
which now number more than 30 – both practically and through the
distribution of financial grants.

They were joined last year by the Duchess, who is now an official Patron of the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry.


The couple have been busy over the last few days, attending four events in three days

Unfortunately Prince Harry was unable
to join them at today’s meeting as he was away on a military course
but sent his apologies.

A St James’s Palace spokesman said;
‘The bi-annual meeting of the Forum a very business-like event and a
chance for all of the charities that the Duke and Duchess and Prince
Harry are involved with to sit down and brain-storm ideas, thoughts and
information. It may result in particular charities working together or
it may simply be a chance to offer up ideas that will help others
working in their field.’

William and Kate have spent the past
few days at Kensington Palace, their London home, conducting a string of
engagements, starting off with a film premiere in aid of Tusk Trust on
Wednesday and a meeting with the country’s spymasters at the
Headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Services at Vauxhall Cross on
Thursday followed by a reception to mark the achievements of a group of
British soldiers racing to the South Pole.

In the evening they attended a
function to launch a 35 million appeal to revamp the First World War
Galleries at the Imperial War Museum.

The couple are due to head out of the
capital later today to spend their first wedding anniversary –
traditionally known as paper – with close friends, at what is believed
to be a wedding.

But they will travel back to their
home in North Wales later on Sunday for a romantic meal to celebrate
their first year as husband and wife.

A St James's Palace spokesman confirmed: ‘They will spend the weekend with friends who have a celebration.’