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Kate's Final Engagement As She Goes On Maternity Leave

Saturday, March 24, 2018

On Thursday, Kate undertook her final engagement before the birth of Baby Cambridge #3. The Duke and Duchess joined SportsAid athletes at the Copper Box Arena, Olympic Park, to meet with young people hoping to compete in the Olympic, Paralympics, and Commonwealth Games.

This is actually a video of Kate and William leaving the Copper Box Arena, but I like the perspective on the Duchess's ensemble:

Kate has clearly worked much closer to her due-date than she has the past two pregnancies, and she didn't partake in any of the games, but Prince William enjoyed some time with the wheelchair basketball players. 

The Cambridges have been supporting SportsAid for years, and I really enjoyed that they undertook this event together as Kate's farewell engagement.

The second stop of the day was at St. Luke's Trust community centre. According to KP, "St Luke's Community Centre provides services and activities for locals, including a fully-equipped cookery school, which runs community classes on healthy, home cooking & avoiding good waste." I assume KP meant food waste not good waste. I have a warm fondness for whatever staff member or intern writes KP's tweets. They have almost as many typos and errors as yours truly. ;) 

The two took part in prepping for a Commonwealth Big Lunch, a meal which includes recipes from all over the Commonwealth. Kate told attendees that George and Charlotte love getting their hands dirty, so making pizza is a favorite for the little royals. 

I always enjoy events where William ends up in an apron or chef's hat. Somehow he makes the unusual on him look super chill. In still shots he looks like he is using careful precision and thought... 

But, in reality it was a pretty indiscriminate game plan:

Kate seemed a little more in here element:

Rebecca English of the Daily Mail shared a number of fun videos from this event, including this one that gives us a nice shot of Kate's blouse:

In 2013, Kate's official farewell engagement was to christen the Royal Princess cruise ship wearing her Dalmatian print coat from Hobbs, although she subsequently attended Trooping the Colour before George arrived on July 22. 

Kate wore the magenta Mulberry to wave goodbye before Princess Charlotte said hello in 2015.

For third maternity leave, Kate chose skinny jeans that haven't been IDed, a floral printed blouse from Hobbs, and the original GOAT Coat (aka the label's Redgrave). She paired these bigger pieces with her Stuart Weitzman Power pumps, Mulberry Bayswater clutch, and her Annoushka pearl earrings. 

Meghan Markle and the excitement of the upcoming royal wedding are on everyone's mind right now, so there was the inevitable comment that Kate took a cue from Meghan when selecting trousers for this event, rather than her usual skirt or dress. I understand why many of us might leap to that connection, but Kate has been wearing skinnies to sporty events since she married William. This was not an unusual or out of character look for Kate. 

Today's look was a win for me. It wasn't a smash hit. I think the ensemble worked, and when you look at it, it feels like "it works" was the attitude Kate had, too, when she put it together. No judgment there--Kate has clearly pushed her public engagements much closer to her due date than she has in the past, and I imagine she wants to sit back and rest, rather than trying to plan out the perfect maternity ensemble.  

Kate's Spring Green Jenny Packham for Mental Health Symposium

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Yesterday, the Duchess of Cambridge and The Royal Foundation, hosted a symposium on mental health and early intervention at the Royal Society of Medicine. It was snowing here on the East Coast, but in sunny London Kate popped out of her Range Rover absolutely glowing in a fresh, spring green ensemble by Jenny Packham.  

According to KP, the event gathered together mental health researchers, practitioners, and academics to discuss the importance of early intervention. And Kate announced a new steering committee that will head up a collaboration between these various parties to forge new mental health resources for parents and schools. 

Here is Kate full speech, which is actually relatively long, and one which she delivers beautifully.

I love this green one Kate, she looked so, so cute! She has some Kiki McDonough drops sparkling at her ears if you can see them behind her hair. 

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This custom ensemble by Jenny Packham is obviously based on the same general design as the blue ensemble with white piping she wore in early March. 

I know the blue was a hit for many of you, and although it was a miss for me, I can see the alternative viewpoint. The difference in this mint green (for me) comes down to the slightly softer tailoring of the jacket, the fabric that seemed to fall a little better, and frankly, no more piping. It is still borderline. I think the seaming along the top is odd and still comes across as a little boxy, but the bow helped soften that, in addition to the fact it was monochrome. The color was an absolute home run. I think the color makes the ensemble a win. 

This event was extra special because (as someone mentioned in an earlier post) Kate's confidence is booming and she has such a comfortable presence. I loved seeing her out and about in a new shade, presenting beautifully, and ready to be a mom to a third little Cambridge very soon!

Duchess Kate's Two Days of Engagements

Good morning all, and Happy Thursday! We've had two Kate events in the past forty-eight hours, as I am sure you all know. :) I will be blogging about both of them both later today.

Yesterday, Kate was out in a fresh, minty ensemble by Jenny Packham (above), and this morning she undertook an engagement with William on behalf of SportsAid (below). I think these trousers are going to spark some chatter.

I'll see you all later today for the full round-up!

Kate's Catherine Walker Recycle for St. Patrick's Day

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

St. Patrick's Day is such a fun holiday for so many reasons, not the least of which is that Kate and William have their (almost always annual) visit with the Irish Guards. Despite the cold, they were out at the parade ground on Saturday. 

As the wife of the Colonel of the Irish Guards (William!), Kate presents the shamrocks.

The trickiest moment of the morning for Kate is probably pinning a sprig of shamrocks onto Domnall.

He is a pretty well-behaved guy, and she didn't have too much trouble this year:

Kate is always in good spirits at public events, but there also seems to be a particular air of festivity on St. Patrick's Day. I love this shot of her sharing a laugh with one of the soldiers.

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The royals also got a chance to meet the cadets! You can see Kate holding a clutch here. From the side it looks like her Mulberry Bayswater. 

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And, of course, the two join the party at the barracks where Kate has sometimes partaken in the toast with something on the strong side. This year, the princess stuck with water. :) 

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I don't know if this event is popular for the same general reason St. Patrick's Day is so wildly popular in the U.S., or if it's a mixture of the holiday and the traditions at this particular event. I know that I love it partially for the beautiful combination of colors. Kate always looks so spectacular in green (or brown) in the sea of striking red uniforms worn by the Irish Guards. It's a visually beautiful event.

There was a lot of speculation before St. Patrick's Day about what Kate would wear. Several of you mentioned she might choose the green D&G she debuted recently in Sunderland. I didn't love this coat, and was hoping she'd choose something else, but it is green and it was possible the front had an extended panel she could have used. 

The brown Catherine Walker from St. Patrick's Day in 2015 was also a possibility, although when I saw Kate on the 17th, she looked like she has outgrown that coat already. Also...brown on St. Patrick's Day? It was a fun experiment, but I definitely prefer green. 

For whatever reason, this more recent Catherine Walker didn't even cross my mind! The Duchess debuted this coat in Sweden just a few months ago, and you can see she wore the same Troy London fur accessories that day, that she wore today, as well as the Kiki earrings. She wore her Tod's heels in Stockholm, too, but she had changed for this walkabout into boots. 

I remember when we saw the Catherine Walker in Stockholm I felt it was unusually loose for Kate's preference, and now I wonder if this was planned, and the cut of the coat was deliberately generous to accommodate a March recycle. She is certainly filling it out now.

Kate also brought back her Gina Foster beret hat, first worn in 2013 for Christmas morning at Sandringham! I love structured berets on Kate, and this was a brilliant choice for the morning paired with this elegant and intricate up-do. She added a little sparkle at her ears with her bespoke Kiki McDonough earrings of green tourmalines and amethysts. According to Susan at WKW, Rebecca English confirmed with the jeweler that these were a special order to celebrate Princess Charlotte's birth!

This was a big, big win. I have no idea how I forgot this coat, but it was just the right cut and color for the event (and her advanced pregnancy!). It's a big, big win! Three cheers for the Duchess of Cambridge on this one!

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