The Windsor Wrap: February 14th 2017


The Queen opens the National Cyber Security Centre on Valentine's Day
(photo Royal Family Instagram)

You've got to hand it to the House of Windsor. When they get out and about, there's no stopping them. On Valentine's Day we were spoiled by a whole lot of royal love as the Queen and her family headed off on a series of high profile engagements. Let's bring it all together here with the Windsor Wrap.




The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh officially opened the National Cyber Security Centre which is working to make the UK the safest place to live and work online. 


The Queen and Prince Philip were given a tour of the centre, seeing some of the ways it is focusing on reducing the threat to cyber security in the UK.




The centre is part of GCHQ and the royal visitors were given an insight into its past and saw secret cyphers used by Elizabeth II's father, George VI.


The Duchess of Cornwall, meanwhile, was all about flowers on Valentine's Day. On a visit to Trinity Bristol community centre she was presented with some red roses and that was just for starters.




Camilla then got everyone talking by taking to the dancefloor. On a visit to a tea party for older people in Bristol, supported by the Royal Voluntary Service, Camilla cut some moves with volunteers before making herself a hot favourite for Strictly Come Dancing with a seriously impressive turn around the floor with veteran royal photographer, Arthur Edwards.





From there, the Duchess of Cornwall went on to the offices of Women's Aid in Bristol where she met survivors of domestic abuse.  Camilla was moved to tears as she listened to the stories of women who have been through domestic abuse. She also met some of those supporting them as they build new lives.


After that, the Duchess of Cornwall surprised shoppers with an impromptu stroll down North Street where she popped into some local independent shops and left with another bunch of flowers - there was no word on whether they were for Charles or a gift to herself.


The Duchess of Cambridge chose that Valentine's shade of bright red for her engagement at RAF Wittering where, as Honorary Air Commandant of the Air Cadets, she took part in a half term skills development camp.


It was obviously the only way that Kate wanted to spend Valentine's Day as the training sessions involving jumping games and team work seemed to produce a lot of giggling and face pulling. 



The Duchess of Cambridge also got the chance to climb into the cockpit of a tutor aircraft and then try out a flight simulator as she got an idea of how the air cadets learn the ropes. 





Her visit came a day after it was announced that she and the Duke of Cambridge will visit Paris for two days, March 18th and 19th, on a trip that will include watching Wales play France in the Six Nations Rugby.





The Duke of York took his Pitch at the Palace Tour to Birmingham where he also carried out an engagement at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents which is marking its centenary.


And don't get too relaxed just yet - as Scarlett O'Hara loved to say, tomorrow is another day. The Royal Family is back in action and things are getting busy - Windsor is coming.

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