Kate selected a Hobbs coat purchased back in September for her visit to Liverpool today.
It is the ‘Celeste” model in chestnut brown, here is a more detailed look at the coat.
These images are digitally enhanced just a touch to better show the seaming and belting.
The coat is a familiar silhouette for Kate, it is made of wool crepe and “adorned with leather stud fastening cuff straps and a matching belt” according to the website. It is now sold out, the coat had been discounted from its original price of £369 (about $575) to £182 ($285).
With thanks to Victoria Murphy of The Mirror for sharing information on Kate’s dress, it is by Oasis.
The always-on-top-of-things Kate Middleton Style Blog says the dress is an older piece, that would explain why yours truly wasn’t able to locate it online.
Kate accessorized with black tights, the black suede shoes we first noted at the Gary Barlow concert and the suede bag some think is the Stuart Weitzman Raz clutch. She also wore the Kiki McDonough earrings first seen on Christmas Day, many believe they were a Christmas gift from Prince William. (Below left we see an actual earring, the other two images show the style with citrines instead of green amethysts.)
Us Weekly reports that Prince William sent Kate a bouquet and card (although not the flowers shown in the photo), he remains in the Falklands continuing his RAF training mission.
The day started with a visit to The Brink Liverpool, an alcohol-free bar, restaurant and entertainment center.
More on the restaurant where Kate began her appointments today from its website:
The Brink is a revolutionary new venue that’s so much more than your usual cafe bar. We’ve taken alcohol out of the mix to provide a truly welcoming, creative and intelligent space where people from all backgrounds and walks of life can dine, hang out, socialise and relax.
There was even a “Duchess” smoothie created in honor of Kate, she seemed to enjoy it when having a taste.
Below, Kate meets staff at The Brink.
This is also the first time Kate did a walkabout on her own, here we see just some of the media on hand for today’s Liverpool visit.
Below left we see Jaqson Johnston-Lynch presenting Kate with a bouquet.
Having appointments on Valentine’s Day makes for some very sweet sentiments indeed, a Telegraph story shares some of what Jaqson planned to say to the Duchess:
“…he said: “I have wrote in the card ‘Dear Kate, Happy Valentine’s Day, I love you, from Jaqson’. “I’m also giving her some flowers, red roses, and little cupcake.
Jaqson, who attends St Vincent de Paul School in Liverpool, said he had a little speech prepared. “I’m going to say ‘Happy Valentine’s Day, your Royal Highness. I’m sorry Prince William can’t be here’.”
After that stop Kate moved on to her appointment at the renowned Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, where one young patient was said to have been practising her curtsey, little Aimee Haswell was designated to greet Kate. When Aimee was only 9 days old she was diagnosed with a rare heart condition, here we see her at Alder Hey after her very first surgery.
And here we see Aimee with her bouquet for Kate today.
You can learn more about Aimee and see her amazing progress here on the Alder Hey site. This image from inside the hospital shows Kate in the Pediatric ICU with a young lady named Hannah.
The Duchess spent time meeting patients, family and staff.
Kate then moved on to the Ronald McDonald House at Alder Hey, it is the largest Ronald McDonald House in Europe, offering free accomodations for families and care-givers of children being taken care of at the hospital. More than 15000 families have been accommodated at the House since it opened, but more space is still needed; learn how you can help by clicking here, or make a donation here.
How did Kate do on her first walkabout, as well as the rest of the visit? Longtime royal photographer Mark Stewart shared his insight on Twitter:
A few additional appointments for Kate you may want to make a note of:
- A week from today (February 21) Kate will visit The Art Room at Oxford Spires Academy, recent projects at this branch of the program have involved artists Friedensreich Hundertwasser and Julian Opie
- March 1 Kate, Camilla and the Queen will tour Fortnum and Mason’s Picadilly store, considered the company’s flagship shop. The three will also enjoy tea together at the newly remodeled St. James restaurant, it is to re-open this spring.
- March 8 the Duchess will once again join Her Majesty, as well as Prince Philip, for a visit to Leicester, where there are Diamond Jubilee events planned.
Next, a closer look at the Luisa Spagnoli Kate wore for her visit to St. Andrews with William just a bit less than a year ago, February 28 of 2011.
Some may recall that a lovely commenter, Olympe, shared via email that the suit was not a skirt and jacket as originally thought, but a dress and jacket. Kate elected to wear a turtleneck over the top of the dress, below we see the “Sushi” jacket by Luisa Spagnoli, along with the dress.
In these images you can more clearly see the detailing at the waist.
Many thanks also to lovely WKW Facebook friend Tiffany, she alerted us to this auction for the ensemble.
Finally, word today of Kate and William Barbie dolls.
The dolls will be released April 7, priced at £99.99. More from Marketing Week:
Each will be wearing an outfit inspired by their wedding, including Prince William’s red Irish Guards uniform tunic and Kate’s Alexander McQueen gown.