Kate and William started their day with a visit to the National September 11th Memorial and Museum.
The Duchess placing a bouquet of white roses at one of the two reflecting pools, the state flower of New York. On Kate’s left you see Joe Daniels, president of the Memorial and Museum.
67 British citizens died in the attacks.
The couple then moved inside to tour the Museum, seven floors below ground. The BBC’s Nada Tawfik shared this picture of William and Kate signing the interactive steel beam inside, a digital guestbook.
At the Virgil quote.
There are 2983 tiles on the wall, representing the 2983 lives lost. The color blue was selected because it is reminiscent/evocative of the stunning blue skies on September 11th. Mr. Daniels posted this montage on Twitter, saying it was “…a high honor to have the Duke and Duchess visit” the Museum.
The couple leaving the Museum.
Kate and William also saw the lobby of the recently-completed One World Trade Center, now America’s tallest building at 104 stories.
Below you see Kate and William enjoying a performance put on by participants in the programs offered at The Door.
Kate wore Mulberry’s Double Breasted Coat in cerise, a vivid spot of color against the sodden cityscape.
The fabric is a double crepe wool/silk blend, described as having “been given extra lustre”. There is actually a good video of the piece on Mulberry’s YouTube channel, better showing how the piece moves and drapes. The coat is available in limited sizes on the Mulberry UK site (priced at £1500, about $2500). On the US site the coat is also offered in very limited sizing (on sale at $1300, originally priced at $2600).
There are many other pieces in this color; on the US site all seemed to be selling at a 50% discount.
A better look at the garment.
The Vanessa is a ponte roma knit, in an a-line silhouette with an empire waistline. It is available for ordering online at Seraphine ($99).
The Episode ‘Angel’ pumps had another wearing.
Kate carried her Mulberry clutch and had on her Cornelia James Imogen gloves again.
In the jewelry department, we saw Kate’s Kiki McDonough Green Amethyst earrings.
Kate also wore her Cartier necklace to the GREAT function, below you can see her laughing with Sir Patrick Stewart in this photo from the British Consulate Twitter feed.
We first saw Duchess wearing the necklace at a 2012 National Portrait Gallery exhibition and reception.
The piece is from the jeweler’s Trinity collection. Described online as “The pure simplicity of three magically intertwined circles of pink, yellow and white gold,” the circles are set with shimmering diamonds.
On an entirely unrelated topic, we have sad news from Canada. Many readers will remember Diamond Marshall, the little girl who greeted William and Kate at the Calgary airport in 2011.
Diamond was 6 years old when she officially greeted William and Kate out on the tarmac. Diamond was a cancer patient who was designated as official greeter as part of a Make a Wish program. Here is the letter Diamond wrote the Duchess.
Initially Diamond was quite shy when meeting the Duke and Duchess, but she gradually warmed up.
That was in July of 2011. The Calgary Herald reports this afternoon that Diamond has died. More from the paper’s story:
She stole hearts worldwide when she presented flowers in Calgary to Prince William and Kate, and is being remembered by her family as a “warrior” who carried herself with “the grace and dignity of a princess.”
Diamond Marshall, 9, passed away peacefully Monday evening after a long battle with an aggressive form of cancer.
On Tuesday, a Kensington Palace spokesperson released a statement on Will and Kate’s behalf, saying, “the Duke and Duchess were saddened to hear of this news.”
We will have a separate post for this evening’s Saint Andrews dinner
- The September 11th Memorial and Museum website is here, the Facebook page is here, Twitter feed is here
- There are remarkable videos at the September 11th You Tube page,
- The September 11th Memorial & Museum has a page dedicated to today’s visit with social media posts
- A video of Kate & William signing the guestbook may be seen here , watching kids perform at is here
- Silent video from the BBC of the September 11th Memorial visit is here,
- The Daily Mail’s coverage is here, the Daily Telegraph’s coverage is here and The Mirror’s live blog is here