Kate’s Malta trip itinerary was released, and it looks like her two days there will be full (-ish; she’s not on Charles’ level but at least it’s better than the “work for an hour” crap she and William pulled in Oz and NZ). Kate will visit Malta on September 20 and 21 to mark the 50th anniversary of Malta’s independence from the UK. She will have five events per day, for a total of ten. Man, ten events in two days, no wonder our dear Kate needs a month and a half of rest time before she goes. She will certainly need a good month off after returning, too. Anyway, let’s run down the events, shall we:
September 20 (Saturday): Day 1
Event 1: Call on the President of Malta (San Anton Palace)
The first event will be a call on President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca. The venue is the San Anton Palace, where the Duchess will be staying
Event 2: Call on the Prime Minister of Malta (Auberge de Castille)
The Duchess will call on the Prime Minister of Malta, Hon Dr Joseph Muscat, and his wife.
Event 3: In Guardia Pageant (Palace Square, Valletta)
The Duchess will view a re-enactment of an historical event – the inspection of the fort and garrison by the Grand Bailiff of the Order of the Knights of St John. A variety of military drills will be displayed.
Event 4: National Library (Valletta)
The Duchess will view a number of historical documents, including letters from King Henry VIII and George II, and the original citation awarding the George Cross to Malta.
Event 5: Independence Day Celebrations (Upper Barrakka Gardens)
The Duchess will attend an evening celebration. The backdrop to the celebration will be the spectacular view of the Grand Harbour.
September 21 (Sunday): Day 2
Event 6: Independence Day Service (St John’s Co-Cathedral)
The Duchess will attend a church service. She will later view the two Caravaggios in the Cathedral Museum.
Event 7: Access Centre (In Vittoriosa)
The Duchess will visit Agenzija Zghazagh (Agency for Youth), a government agency which runs a number of initiatives for young people. HRH will hear about the work of the agency from the young people who use the centre and their support workers.
Event 8: Short Walk (Vittoriosa Square)
The Duchess will take a short walk through the town square. She will then be taken to the Church of St Lawrence to view Maltese art before leaving for the harbour.
Event 9: Boat Tour (Grand Harbour)
The Duchess will take a short boat tour across the Grand Harbour to see some iconic views between Vittoriosa and Valletta.
Event 10: High Commissioner’s Garden Party (High Commissioner’s Residence)
Kate will attend an Independence Day Celebration hosted by the British High Commissioner.
First off, (because it’s Kate) I wonder how many outfit changes we’ll get. I’m going to guess five–two the first day, and three the second day. She’ll probably do one outfit for the first four events on Day 1, and a second outfit for the final event on Day 1 (possible she might make an outfit change between meeting the president and prime minister and the pageant and library visits, so may be six). Then she’ll have one outfit for the church service, then another outfit for the access center, walk and boat tour, and a third outfit for the garden party. So five-six outfits, I’m guessing (unless she decides to be even more boring and not give us any cool clothes to look at).
Anyway, let’s break down the events. There are two “meeting dignitaries” events, which… what does Kate have to talk about with a president and a prime minister? I mean, with the Queen or Charles, I’d get it, but what does Kate chat about with heads of state like that? I mean, I know Kate is supposed to represent the UK, but she’s not really a dignitary, you know. To be fair, neither is William (because he wants to be a helicopter pilot instead; poor little tantrum-y baby), and I thought about this when he met the prime minister of NZ, what does he have to talk about with someone like that? Huh. I hope we get some good video of their meetings, I want to know what Kate says to them.
Kate will watch a military drill/re-enactment. She’ll probably meet some of the people, too. That event will probably be similar to her at the St. Patrick’s Day event.
Kate will visit the National Library and view historical documents including letters from Henry the f-cking VIII. How awesome is that?! I’m envious; that sounds like a really cool event. I doubt Kate will find it as interesting as I would.
I don’t know what the evening Independence Day celebration will be (“evening celebration” is so very vague). I’m guessing it’s going to be a cocktail party or the like (which is why I’m guessing she’ll have a different outfit for this event), possibly with fireworks if it’s outdoors.
After the church service Kate will view two Caravaggio paintings in the Cathedral Museum (The Beheading of St John the Baptist and The St Jerome). Again, so envious. How cool would that be to view up close. Kate does have a degree in Art History from St. Andrew’s. I wonder if the Baroque period was her specialty. Actually in general, I wonder what her specialty was; what period(s) of art were her favorites, which ones she spent the most time researching, which artists and artworks were her favorite. Man, there is so much she could tell us that would give her some personality, but she refuses to. Maybe this event will give her the opportunity to show us how much she really knows/cares about art history.
Kate will visit some sort of youth center. This event will probably be like every other event where she visits a school/youth center. Eh.
I don’t know what the “short walk” is. Is it like a walkabout or something? Or is it literally a short walk from the youth center to the church to view the Maltese art? Like, the walk from one event to the next is considered a separate event? There has to be more to it than that right? The church to view Maltese art is included in the walk event, so maybe the artwork is going to be displayed outside of the church, so she’ll walk around the square and view the art at the same time? Sure.
I’m not sure how taking a boat to see “iconic views between Vittoriosa and Valletta” is considered an event, but whatever.
I wonder how formal the High Commissioner’s Garden Party will be. It will probably be in the afternoon/evening, right? I don’t know. I’d love to see a nice gown and some great jewels on this trip (or any time really, I love looking at jewelry), but considering we got next to nothing during the NZ/OZ tour, I doubt we’ll get much on the trip to Malta.
So Kate’s ten events will be pretty easy. Chatting to people, standing around looking at stuff, being shown stuff, chatting to more people, taking a boat ride. Her job is not demanding. I know I’ve said this before, but I really don’t see why Kate and William complain so much and find any excuse to skip out on duties, their jobs are really easy.
Kate is going to Malta “on behalf of the Queen” and has “discussed the trip at length with the Queen”. I’m sure the Queen has told Kate not to flash her ass or vadge this time… at length because Kate can’t seem to get that into her head. The Queen has probably also instructed Kate on what to say to the Malta president and prime minister, because seriously what does Kate have to say to them?