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Ralph (Lauren) does good

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on Wednesday, 14 May 2014
There was a big party last night at Windsor Castle.  A huge gala dinner. I thought it better not to turn up seeing as I hadn’t been invited.  But I was still excited all the same to know it was going on.

You see, American fashion royalty, aka the great Ralph Lauren, descended on our shores to raise money for a cause exceptionally close to my heart, that of chasing a breast cancer cure.  Prince William, as the Royal Marsden Hospital’s president, played host but the event itself was sponsored by Lauren with many a glamorous guest including Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne and Cate Blanchett turning up.

The Marsden, located on Fulham Road, is a specialist cancer treatment hospital but is also renowned for its exceptional care of its patients.  Personally, during my experience as a BRCA1 gene carrier, I have felt exceptionally well cared for on each and every visit to the hospital over the last few years (see blog for the full story of my gene mutation story).

And so I am (excuse the pun) tickled-pink to hear of the enormously generous 'multi-million dollar' donation by the billionaire fashion designer.  This investment will, in 2015, open a new, state-of-the-art breast cancer research facility, run clinical trials and allow the charity to improve its diagnosis and treatment methods.  Quite overwhelmingly wonderful news, I feel.

So last night they partied.  Not Kate and me.  We were in tracksuits babysitting the Smalls but, seeing as it was for such a great cause, I understood my invitation simply got lost in the post and raised my cup of chamomile tea to the boy from the Bronx.

A competitive marriage

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on Thursday, 24 April 2014
Last Monday we all woke with too much chocolate in our tummies. A family run to the top of Primrose Hill seemed like the only thing for it. So, on went the lycra and trainers, as the Smalls limbered up in the hall. Finally, He was ready and off we went.

You’ll be relieved to know that there was much sweat but no tears. However, there was a certain amount of healthy competition, as we huffed and puffed our way up and down that hill. And I say healthy in the most Royal way possible. Because it’s fun to see William and Kate race each other furiously round Auckland harbour and then again challenge each other last night as she beat him on the music decks.

Anyone who knows us well can confirm that He and I are a little competitive. We stopped playing tennis long ago (or at least scoring properly) and no holiday is complete without the four-lap sprint with one gloating winner.

William is right because ‘healthy competition’ is just what we all need to avoid taking life too seriously. Anyway, I’d rather be pipped to the post by Him than someone who might feel embarrassed to beat me.

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