Kate repeated another favorite today, bringing back her red LK Bennett Ami coat in support of Wales’ rugby team, known as the Red Dragons. The Duke and Duchess were at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff to watch the match against New Zealand’s All Blacks team.
Above we see Kate arriving at a reception for the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust just prior to today’s match.
The Trust supports players seriously injured during their careers, Prince William is patron of the organization. The couple spent time speaking with former players and Trust officials before today’s game. More from Wales Online:
Philip Harris, 59, who was partially paralysed down his left side after being injured in a game, said he believed the royal couple’s appearance represented a firm pledge to support the trust.
Mr Harris, from Brynamman, near Swansea, said: The Duke was very inquisitive, he was very caring and interested in all of us here today.
He is dedicated to this great cause, he has shown that today. To get somebody of his stature to support us is incredible.
This is a great charity, it has brought us comradeship and friendship as well as emotional and physical support. We would have been lost without it, so to have Prince William here has meant a lot to us.
The focus of that trip was to focus attention on the humanitarian crisis in East Africa, there is still an immense need, you can learn more or donate to UNICEF’s East Africa Children’s Crisis Appeal by clicking here.
The ‘Ami’ is a wool/nylon blend, with a high collar, epaulets, and front slit pockets.
This is the first time we have seen Kate wear the belt that originally came with the coat.
It looked like Kate was also wearing her trusty Aquatalia Rhumba boots, very much a fall and winter staple for her.
We did see a new handbag today, a red clutch that appears to be the Gucci Monogram Canvas Horsebit Shoulder Bag/Clutch.
The piece features the company’s logo on the canvas, leather trim, goldtone metal hardware, and a detachable chain. I was surprised to see the Duchess carrying a logoed bag, it’s not something she generally does.
The bag is from the company’s 1921 Collection, it originally retailed for somewhere in the $1200-$1300 range, Kate has probably owned it for quite some time, the company no longer offers it in red. A contemporary version in all leather is available from Gucci for $1580.
Topping things off, it appeared Kate may have been wearing the Catherine Zoraida Double Leaf earrings first noted on the recent Jubilee Tour, we show them below as seen at the Malaysian State Dinner.
If Kate’s hair looks a bit different, it is. She has trimmed her bangs, here is a better view.
Today’s match was a tough one, ultimately New Zealand triumphed, 33-10.
All in all a very good look for the Duchess, she was in team colors and looked comfortable, she clearly enjoyed the match despite the outcome.
You can view ITN’s video here.