William and Kate spent the late afternoon visiting the headquarters of Child Bereavement UK. Crowds started gathering early to see the duo as shown in this picture from the Bucks Free Press.
William has been Royal Patron of the organization since 2009, but this was his first visit to Child Bereavement’s headquarters.
Simon Perry of People Magazine shared this photo.
William and Kate did a walkabout together.
Kate asked the well-wishers if they had cold hands (while sporting a pair of black gloves herself!) As his wife was presented with posies from the crowd, William joked “I never get flowers any more, I just get cold hands.”
William was given a teddy from two-year-old Emily Tack, who had been waiting for two hours with her mum Sarah. Sarah, 34, said: “We’ve always wanted to meet them but never thought we’d get the chance.
“I said congratulations on your pregnancy and enjoy it because they grow up so fast.
“They smiled and said yes.
“William asked what the teddy was called and we said we just call it teddy and he said ‘We will give it a name’.
Paul Harrison of Sky News shared these images of the couple.
The group supports families and works to “educate professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.”
Once inside Kate and William were spent time with Bereavement Services, Training and Fundraising teams. Then they were to move on to the tough business of meeting bereaved families involved in the Children and Young People’s Service, as well as a Parents’ Support Group.
Prince William feels a strong personal connection to the organization, more from Socialite Life:
The late Princess of Wales once visited the charity, run by her friend, Julia Samuel.
In 2009, William gave a touching speech at CB UK’s 2009 Mother’s Day campaign launch.
“Never being able to say ‘Mummy’ again in your life sounds like a small thing. However, for many, including me, it’s now really just a word, hollow and evoking only memories,” the Prince said.
Paul Harrison of Sky News also shared this photo of kids popping bubble wrap, it looks like Kate might be helping.
Richard Palmer’s story in the Express has more insight on the time William and Kate shared with the couple.
“You realise I’ve been in similar circumstances,” William, who underwent bereavement counselling along with his brother Prince Harry after Princess Diana’s death in 1997, told the parents in a group counselling session: “I think you are very brave coming into a situation like this and talking about yourselves.
“I feel like I should give you all a hug.”
Each of the mothers and fathers in the group then took it in turns to hug William and Kate. “We got a kiss and a cuddle from both of them,” said one mother, Ros, who lost her 28-year-old son two and a half years ago.
“He said ‘I do wish you didn’t have to here under these circumstances.’ He could feel our grief and sadness.”
More from the Mirror’s live coverage:
Hayley Collins, 17, a student from Lord Williams school in Thame, Oxfordshire, congratulated William on the couple’s upcoming baby.
She said: “He seemed really excited.
“And Kate said ‘I’m really overwhelmed by the number of hands’ about the hands being thrust out from the crowd.”
Below we see William and Kate as they are leaving the Centre.
As far as Kate’s wardrobe for the day, she was in a coat by Goat, the brand’s ‘Redgrave’ style.
The collarless piece has an A-line silhouette and is made of heavy crepe wool, there are concealed buttons on the front closure. It sells for £560, roughly $850 USD at today’s exchange rates. My Wardrobe is offering the coat at $770.
Underneath Kate was in Topshop’s Contrast Collar Dress.
Fortunately the dress is nowhere near this short on Kate. The frock is described as “Short sleeved black shift dress with contrast white collar. 94% Polyester, 6% Elastane.” It is available from Topshop directly, in the US it is also sold at Nordstrom. There are several sizes available as of this writing, that is likely to change.
Here is a pretty good image showing Kate’s Cornelia James Short Wool Gloves with Side Bow.
The Duchess also brought back her Episode Angel pumps that were purchased some time ago at House of Fraser and no longer available.
With apologies for the incomplete post, I am flying out the door to a previous commitment and will update the post later this evening.
- Learn more about Child Bereavement UK by visiting its website here, or the group’s Facebook page here, or follow its Twitter feed here
- While researching for today I fell upon a remarkable blog by a mother who lost her daughter to cancer, “The Mourning After Natasha” has some remarkable posts. The two that resonated the most were , including What Not to Say To Bereaved Parents and How Are You?
- Watch ITN’s video of William & Kate meeting ‘Bake Off Queen Mary Berry’
- Watch Child Bereavement UK’s video of William speaking about losing his mother & his involvement with the organization (this dates back to 2009 or 2010)