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Duchess of Cambridge named Royal Patron of 1851 Trust

The Duchess of Cambridge has been named as a Royal Patron of sailing charity The 1851 Trust.

The Duchess of Cambridge with multiple Olympic champion Sir Ben Ainslie. Credit: PA Wire

"I am delighted to be Royal Patron of The 1851 Trust. I feel very fortunate to have enjoyed sailing from a young age and I know it is a great way of providing young people with the opportunity to develop skills and confidence," the Duchess of Cambridge said.

"It is a hugely exciting time for sailing as the British challenger bids to bring the America's Cup back to Britain. I am looking forward to being part of this journey and I hope that through the 1851 Trust we can engage and inspire a new generation into sailing along the way."

Kensington Palace said the patronage reflected the Duchess's personal interests in sailing and in supporting children to "build their skills, confidence and aspirations".

The 1851 Trust is also supported by multiple Olympic champion Sir Ben Ainslie.

Kate set for first official engagement since pregnancy announcement

The Duchess of Cambridge will meet the president of Singapore in her first official engagement since she was struck down with severe morning sickness, Buckingham Palace said.

The Duchess of Cambridge is set to meet the president of Singapore. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Kate and William will formally welcome Tony Tan when he makes a four-day visit to the UK from October 21.

The Duchess, who is expecting her second child, is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum which she experienced during her first pregnancy.

It was announced on September 8 that Kate was pregnant for the second time and had the illness leading to a series of engagements being cancelled.

The Duchess hopes to meet Mr Tan but her attendance will be reviewed closer to the time, the Press Association understands.

Cameron set to make 'purring' apology to Queen tonight

David Cameron is Credit: John Stillwell/PA Archive/Press Association Images

David Cameron is expected to make his promised apology to the Queen tonight for disclosing she "purred" when he told her the result of the Scottish independence referendum.

The red-faced Prime Minister is understood to have an audience at Buckingham Palace later this evening - his first face-to-face meeting with the Queen since his indiscretion.

Mr Cameron has said he is "very embarrassed" for letting slip the Queen's relief at a No vote last month during a conversation with New York mayor Michael Bloomberg which was picked up by TV microphones.

Mr Cameron's comments were particularly embarrassing as they appeared to reveal the Queen's private views on such a politically-sensitive issue.

But by convention, prime ministers never discuss details of their discussions with the Queen, which are supposed to remain private.

Read more: PM: Queen 'purred down the line' when he told her Scotland result

Royal hoax DJ to talk about radio pranks at industry event

One of the Australian DJs behind the hoax call which resulted in the death of a nurse at a hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge is to give a cautionary tale to radio industry figures about on-air pranks.

Mel Greig, who apologised for her part in the incident in 2012, will take part in Radio Festival 2014 next week.

Mel Greig Credit: AAP Image/Southern Cross Austereo Sydney

DJ Melanie Greig posed as the Queen when Jacintha Saldanha answered the call and believing it to be genuine, put the it through to the nurse in charge of Kate and it was then played on air by Greig and her fellow shock-jock Michael Christian.

She will be interviewed by broadcaster Daisy McAndrew at the festival Festival in Salford next week.


Charles and Camilla to tour Colombia and Mexico

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The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will undertake a nine-day tour of Colombia and Mexico later this month, Clarence House have announced.

Charles and Camilla will visit the Latin American countries from October 28 to November 5.

The Prince has visited Colombia just once before - in 1974 as a naval officer on HMS Minerva. He has visited Mexico four times - in 1966, 1970, 1993 and 2002.

The Duchess has visited Mexico privately. This is her first visit to Colombia.

Clarence House said their visit was at the request of the British Government, following invitations from President Juan Manuel Santos Calderon of Colombia and President Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico.

"The visit will be a major boost to the bilateral relationship between the UK and these two dynamic and influential nations in Latin America," a spokeswoman said.

William and Kate ask photographers to stop 'following' George

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have written to two photographers, asking them to stop "harassing and following" Prince George and his nanny.

The Royal couple described the photographers' actions as Credit: PA Wire

The complaint comes after an individual was seen last week "in the vicinity" of the young Royal, Buckingham Palace said, adding that there is reason to suspect George's daily routines may have been subject to "surveillance and monitoring" for some time.

The individual has previously been spoken to on a number of occassions by protection officers about his behaviour in respect to other members of the Royal family, according to Palace officials.

A spokesperson said: "The Duke and Duchess understand the particular public role that Prince George will one day inherit but while he is young, he must be permitted to lead as ordinary a life as possible.

"No parent would tolerate the suspicion of someone pursuing and harassing their child and carer whilst their child is playing in a public park or going about their daily activities."

Gatland, Seldon and Elleray among those honoured at Windsor today

Rugby coach Warren Gatland is among those being honoured at an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle today.

New Zealander Gatland, 51, who has been in charge of the Wales rugby union side since 2007, will be made an OBE. Credit: PA

Anthony Seldon, the headmaster of the prestigious private school Wellington College, will receive a knighthood at the ceremony.

Seldon has become established as one of the country's highest-profile headmasters since he joined the school in 2006.

Anthony Seldon is also a political historian, with books including Tony Blair's biography. Credit: Twitter / @AnthonySeldon

David Elleray, the former football referee, is due to receive an MBE at the event.

Elleray, a former geography teacher and housemaster at Harrow school, is being recognised for services to football.

He was one of the sport's most high-profile referees before retiring in 2003.

Elleray, pictured sending off Roy Keane in 2001, is now the chairman of the Football Association's Referee's Committee. Credit: PA
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