Mar 182016
 

Kate wore her blue tweed M Missoni coat for today’s engagement with EACH.

EACH East Anglia's Children's Hospices (@EACH_Hospices)

EACH East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (@EACH_Hospices)

The Duchess was on hand to officially open the new EACH store in Holt, located about 30 minutes from Anmer Hall, Kate and William’s home.

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©Terry Harris/i-Images/Polaris

She was greeted by some very excited students from neighboring Gresham’s School.

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© Arthur Edwards/NMA Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

From the Eastern Daily Press story about Kate’s visit:

“She asked if they had waited a long time and were keeping warm and said how lovely their flags were. She asked them what year they were in and where they went to school and, when they pointed across the road, she turned round and waved to pupils at the window.

Kate was assisted in today’s ribbon cutting by members of the Baird and Hughes families, both are receiving care from EACH.

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@KensingtonRoyal

Kate receiving one of her flower posies.

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EACH Facebook

The shops are a great fundraising source for the charity, last year they generated about £700,000 for EACH.

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Kensington Palace/North Norfolk Radio (@NNROfficial)

They offer everything from clothing and accessories to tools and books, all donated to the charity; the operation is akin to Goodwill stores in the US. A look inside the new shop, with thanks to Ben Kendall of the Press Association and EACH.

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Ben Crandall, UK Press Association/EACH (@EACH_Hospices)

Kate with Rebekah Hughes, who has a rare and severe form of epilepsy, Dravet Syndrome. Rebekah gave the Duchess an impromptu tour of the new shop.

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EACH Facebook

More about the duo’s tour from the Eastern Daily Press:

After asking what her favourite item was, Kate was led by the hand by Rebekah to a display of handbags and jewellery. Rebekah explained that her favourite item was a silver Gant handbag, to which Kate replied: “We better put a reserved sticker on that.”

The girl then asked Kate which her favourite was and Kate chose a £1 penguin brooch.

Kate also spent time chatting with staff and volunteers.

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@KensingtonRoyal

This will bring the number of EACH retail locations throughout the East Anglia area to 21. Below, Kate trying on a £15 Boden hat, with thanks to Richard Palmer’s story in The Express for that info.  

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The Duchess clearly enjoyed her time perusing the store’s wares.

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©NPA Rota / i-Images

You can probably guess who the store’s first customer was…. 

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Kensington Royal

One FYI, several news stories noted that Kate paid for her purchases with a £10 note, a reason, at least in this case, why Kate carries a handbag. More on what the Duchess purchased come via the Press Association’s Ben Kendall:

Ben Kendall, Press Association

Ben Kendall, Press Association

My bet is that Prince George will be enjoying the Fireman Sam book.

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But apparently George actually wanted a helicopter, that’s according to Gordon Rayner, whose story in The Telegraph noted: “She was sent on a mission by two-year-old George, who asked her to buy him a toy helicopter.”

Mr. Kendall also shared a photo of this special commemorative plate marking the occasion, made by Doodle Pots Norfolk.

Ben Kendall, UK Press Association

Ben Kendall, UK Press Association

You may have noticed some Emma Bridgewater pottery pieces that look familiar in the photos. The pottery firm worked with EACH in 2014 to create a small fundraising group of products. Below you see Ms. Bridgewater with the Duchess in November of 2014.

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The fundraising collection remains available today. It includes three pottery items: a Ladybird Baby Mug ($26.50), the Gift Set of Two Mugs shown below ($69.95) and a Ladybirds 1/2 Pint Mug ($34.95).

Emma Bridgewater

Emma Bridgewater

New to the EACH fundraising group this spring, a Ladybirds Jute Tote Bag ($8.95)

Emma Bridgewater

Emma Bridgewater

Moving to what Kate wore for today’s event, I’m guessing most recognized the blue coat by M Missoni. The collarless garment features princess seaming on the back, exposed seams, and fringe trim at the neck and down the front placket.

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©Allpix/Splash, Allpix/Splash

The Duchess favors wearing this piece in March: she was first seen in the garment for a 2012 visit to Fortnum and Mason with HM and the Duchess of Cornwall. She wore the coat again in June 2012 for a trip to Nottingham, as well as to the March 2014 Lucy Meade and Charlie Budgett wedding.

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©Splash/Splash/Splash/i-Images

Kate’s dress was also a repeat, the Zara pleated frock first seen the day after Kate and William’s wedding.

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Kate has previously paired the dress and coat, in June of 2012.

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PA Wire/Zara/PA Wire

Kate was in a new pair of shoes for today’s engagement, another pair by Prada.

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You can always tell  the brand by the applied gold logo on the sole.

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©i-Images/Polaris

Middleton Maven suggests they are the Prada Pointy Tower Pump. We show the shoe below in beige patent leather and black leather, both styles are offered at Nordstrom. The style comes in black suede at Barneys, as well as red suede at Prada.  It features a squared off toe box and 85mm heel, about 3.3″.

Nordstrom

Nordstrom

Kate carried her navy suede Russell and Bromley Muse clutch by Stuart Weitzman.

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©i-Images./Russell & Bromley/i-Images

You can see her Cartier watch (above right), and she wore her diamond and sapphire earrings.

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©i-Images

One more look at having a little fun at the new shop.

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  69 Responses to “Kate Brings Back Zara & M Missoni for EACH Shop Opening”

  1. I just love the “yellow gold tree of life” and the “Square Gemstone Hook Earring”… so chic and beautiful!!

  2. Finally, a return to the type of style that first made me follow her fashion. I love this coat and dress combo, the shoes look great with it and I have to say that her hair really looks fantastic. This was a great engagement for a very worthwhile cause and the Duchess appeared to be having a great time. Unlike some other commenters, I didn’t think it was too short at all.
    I also think that although the coat was buttoned up, the fact that there is no collar made it look much better than the grey coat from last week.

  3. I would love to win the lotus flower in gold with a diamond center, and the diamond hoop yellow gold earring with pearl drops to match!

  4. I love that the Duchess is exploring new shoes. (As opposed to the sledge! )
    I wish she would have worn tights though,the coat is too short (for her status) and tights would have mitigated that.
    And im so happy we get to see the Duchess in her element: shopping! I know she got alot of backlash for ditching the Irish gaurds, but hey let Prince William hand out plants, thriftiing is waaaay more important!

  5. I speak as someone who is no fan of fascinators or any hat of that type, so you may choose to disregard my comments.

    OH how I wish she had purchase that blue hat! She looked lovely in it.

  6. A recycle for the thrift shop seems bang on the mark and even the frayed seams could be part of a faux-pauper theme. I like the recycle on the Zara dress too, glad to know she keeps favourite staples like this to slot in where needed.

    I like this coat, the texture, the fitted tailoring and the clean, uncluttered neckline. It is a bit short but Kate can wear it well enough. Mysteriously it seems shorter this time in some pics but maybe the difference is in what she wears underneath.

    I love the new Prada pumps and appreciate the subtle changes against grey Sanderson courts or navy LKB Arks on the Missoni’s previous outings(with thanks to WKW growing archives for shoe research!). Someone is clearly taking notes to keep Kate up to speed with previous combinations.

  7. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cd330OkUMAArx-9.jpg
    A pic of the Cambridges at last year’s diplomatic reception

  8. I love this coat. Absolutely one of her best. I wish I could afford it!

    Also, an article from the DailyMail previews her ITV interview for the documentary on HM. In the article, the upper top of the dress from the Diplomatic Reception is finally shown. It reminds me of a 1980s wedding dress, I am afraid.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3499467/She-s-Queen-George-s-Gan-Gan-Kate-reveals-prince-s-great-grandmother-delight-having-great-granddaughter.html

    • Alas, it does suggest a very demure wedding dress, which I feared this past December, when the arrival photo revealed slightly more of the bodice and sleeves than we’d seen on the previous wearing.

      I would not say that it brings to mind a “1980s” wedding dress, in particular, but it DOES recall other evening dresses the Duchess has worn: the red Packham, for example, and the teal-green Packham worn to an Olympics event. That last was slightly more daring, but not by much. The silhouettes of all three dresses were very much the same.

      The reality, as I’ve said before, is that our Duchess is very much a traditionalist — not a fashion maverick. She does occasionally experiment, but I don’t think that’s her natural preference: she’s a Home Counties girl trying to adapt to royal style but also to the desire of the press (especially the fashion press) that she should look fashionable, while ALSO trying simply to be comfortable with what suits her.

      We really need to accept her on her own terms: obvious traditionalist willing to experiment every now and then. Not being in her position, that’s the most we can expect.

      • I think your description of Kate is bang on. For all the want of the press to make her into a “fashion icon” ( I hate that phrase!) she just isn’t. Her priorities seem to be else wear, raising her family, supporting her causes, and having a happy marraige with William. I have never seen her in anything inappropriate and while not everything is exactly how I would do it, she rarely puts a foot wrong.

        My only thought on this, is that for all her research and interest in her causes, I believe at the end of the day, her biggest contribution to those causes is in the press she generates. Press interest = photographs. So as long as she continues to be covered by the press which will continue to bring press coverage to her causes then all is well. I think this is the line Kate is walking. She keeps the glamour and new outfits up just enough to keep things interesting but at the same time does her best to focus interest in the causes themselves. Then she balances all of that with her family life and raising her children.

        When I think about things that way it makes her choices a lot more understandable, and as much as I love fashion, I can’t deny that she has priorities straight.

        • Agree, I really do not think she is much into clothes beyond, a quick oh I like this let me pick it up type attitude. She sticks to the same style most of the time, which is just fine, the Queen after all is pretty predictable:):)

  9. Dailymail’s top article on the Queen at 90 documentary has a picture of Kate in the Lover’s knot tiara along with the lace dress we’ve all been dying to see!!!!!!!!! Please check out!!!!!! :)

  10. They just released some transcripts from Kate’s interview for “The Queen at ninety” that’ll be airing on Easter. I’ve been trying to find what channel we can watch it here in the states if you have any advice lol!! <33

    • Hello. I can’t say for sure, but I know that my friend in California watches British TV through a website called Tunnel Bear. I’m afraid I don’t know any more than that though! I should also say that I’m not sure whether or not it’s legal.

  11. I’ve always hated this coat – looks more like upholstery and the exposed, frayed seams do not help its lack of attractiveness.

    • Agreed. The color is lovely on HRH but not the styling or details. Looks like an old frayed couch. Not suitable for a future queen IMO.

  12. It looks odd for her to be wearing nude hose and an above the knee coat when everyone else is in tights or longer skirts. I loved this coat originally, but agree that this coat is starting to look a little bedraggled. Maybe now it should be relegated to weekend wear (it was an outlet purchase, after all).

    Also, Kate is whisper thin, and yet her coats don’t seem to fit her properly across the bust. It would be smart for her to try everything on with a tailor handy, to make adjustments if needed.

  13. She looks nice. The outfit suits her and the occasion. A new $2000 outfit for a local trip to the goodwill store would be very odd!

    • This is a good point! Of course, I’m a bit prejudiced because this is one of my Kate Favorites. Love everything about this coat!

    • I totally agree with you, Michelle. Very thoughtful of her to choose this already worn outfit in light of the venue. Well done, Kate!

      And, I’ve always loved this color and this coat! The fabric and seaming makes it interesting, different. I like the fringe! :)

  14. I’ve always liked this coat, and I agree with Grace above that the duchess looks “well turned out.”

    Here’s my burning question: how did she pay for her purchases? Does she carry cash? Will we finally find out what’s in the clutch?

  15. The coat is nice. What I really like is seeing her hair returning to its bouncy gloriousness!

  16. I am glad to see this coat again. I am always fond of it on her. :)
    So, Admin, there is no St.Patricks day event this year?

  17. Although I admire her recycling, we have seen that coat often enough. Put it away, mark when and where you have worn it, and give it at least a year before pulling it out again.
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    • She waited two years to wear it this time, so it’s very generous of you to let her wear her coat again in only one year.

    • This rewear does follow a fairly impressive run of new clothes, and publicity-wise (critics of royal spending habits come to mind) is a good choice for being so instantly recognizable as an oldie-but-goodie, and the occasion a good place for doing it.

      She looks most relaxed and happy around children, I think, based on totaly unscientific, anecdotal, evidence 8-).

  18. I thought it was a nice touch for Catherine to “recycle” an outift for her appearance at the charity shop. EACH has some fantastic fundraising ideas: the bracelets, the pottery, and now these shops. I always enjoy shopping at an establishment where you know the revenue goes to a good cause. Shopping is even more fun when it is for a good cause.

    I saw that EACH posted a photo of Kate trying on a hat in the shop. That makes for two real hat appearances this week. I like the fascinators, but I hope she continues on with the proper hat trend.

  19. This look is just boring. Yet another high-collared coat unrelieved by a scarf or a brooch or anything visually interesting.
    I’m by no means hostile to Kate but I do think she needs to quit with the tedious coats or at least get some accessories that add a bit of pop to her look.

    • I wonder if she used so little jewelry in case she found something at the shop – a pin, maybe – and would then have been able to fasten it on, on the spot, without removing something(?). Which of cose turned out not to be the case. But I guess I always expect there to be a subtle reason for every little choice, so I could be reaching.

  20. I like the coat and the shape of the shoe (even though it still is yet another black suede pump) is delightful. She looked classy and comfortable which is a big step up from that grey coat from earlier this week.

  21. The Duchess looks nice. No wow factor. Just well turned out. I saw an article yesterday that put a selection of the Duchess’ clothing next to very similar ones the Queen and Camilla wear. Bemoaning her old-fashioned and boring sense of style and I found it hard to disagree. The brown coat, tights and shoes from Christmas 2014 a classical example. She had to have shivered today all the same with temps not exceeding seven degrees

  22. Love the EACH tote bag. Is there a U.S. Vendor (to avoid excess shipping charges?). I’ve always liked this coat on her (even more with the hat), but was sad to see that she’s letting the layers grow out on her hair. I thought they framed her face nicely (as does the shorter length).

  23. Not a huge fan of the exposed seams, but Kate looks polished and beautiful as always. Good to see some “thirfty-ness” with repeated looks – I’m sure the upcoming tour will have tons of new fun stuff to look at!

    The ladybug print on the teapot and mugs is so cute! I wonder if I can find something similar here in the US.

    • Christine, polished is the perfect word for Kate!

      I, too, (especially being a farmer who uses beneficial insects) love the EACH bags and teapot and mug designs!

      It’s so fun for me to see what Kate wears!
      Thanks for the opportunity to see and share here, whatkatewore! :)

      • Nancy how fun to have a farmer posting. May I ask where you farm? Also if you use beneficial insects are you an organic farmer? Thanks, grew up in an agricultural area so I have a big soft spot for those who work the land.

  24. I have always liked this coat; the cut and colour are lovely on Kate. Minor quibble, I think the best outing for this coat was when she had a the yellow daffodils pinned to the front. I believe they were specific to the event, but I quirky sparkly pin in the same place really would have freshened up this look.

  25. Kate use of the Zara dress is making me swing more toward Anna’s suggestion that the dress Kate wore to Commonwealth Day is the same one worn in 2007. Kate seems to be going back to older pieces lately.

  26. I’ve always liked this coat and wish I could have found one for myself. I still admire it, but I think it’s starting to look a touch worse for wear. In another picture I saw, it seemed to be pulling a bit across the front — the Duchess is still very slim, but figures do change somewhat after giving birth — and there seems to be a slight problem with the fraying at the lower edge of the front.

    Even so, I sighed when I saw the coat again, because I’d still love to own it!

    Are we sure that’s the Zara dress underneath? Again, I saw another picture, and the skirt of the dress didn’t seem to comprise the pleating of the Zara dress. I wondered whether it might be the one the Duchess wore with a black jacket when she accompanied a group of children to a performance of “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”?

    • On second thought, I think it IS the Zara dress. Close scrutiny of yet another picture indicates that it seems to have the semi-transparent over-layer of the Zara piece.

  27. I like the whole look today. Love that coat and the dress, especially the return to a shorter hemline is refreshing. And her hair is perfect.

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  28. Another ‘coat’ outfit. Judging by how others are dressed, it’s not so cold that she couldn’t wear actual clothes instead of what looks like just a coat. Plus, what she’s wearing today is so short that in most of the pictures she looks like a flasher.

  29. Can someone enlighten me as to why Kate and other English folks sometimes keep their overcoats on inside? I’ve noticed Kate tends to keep her coat on inside at events, during church services, etc. Is this part of the British culture? It seems odd to me, an American – I take my coat off inside as soon as possible!

    • For royal women, coats are often part of their outfits — or an outfit in and of itself. The rest of us may wear coats merely for warmth over something else, however much we’d like them to look good, but as I’ve previously commented here, for royals, a coat/dress combination is virtually a type of uniform. The coat doesn’t exist for mere warmth; it’s actually part of the show.

      That’s why royal women tend to own so many coats and why they are so often coordinated with dresses and hats. They aren’t usually meant to be taken off, and the royal women usually don’t remove them unless they are present at an indoor venue for a lengthy period of time, or unless they are participating in some activity that calls for rather more mobility than a coat might allow.

      • @Lili: Do you happen to know if the coat uniform only applies to senior royals? I’ve noticed that Sophie, Countess of Wessex, doesn’t seem to wear coats as much as Kate does.

        • It’s not a hard and fast rule for royals at any particular level but merely a traditional look that has evolved over time. Sophie Wessex is rather more experimental with her clothes than a lot of British royals have been, though she’s got quite a collection of coats of her own, I’ve noticed.

          It might, however, be fair to say that precisely because Sophie Wessex isn’t a senior royal, she has felt able to move away from the “uniform,” which she wore more often in the early years of her marriage. And it’s interesting that the Duchess of Cambridge began to adopt it even before her marriage, as it was becoming clear that she was a future queen consort. The moment I started to envision her as Prince William’s wife was when I saw her attend a wedding in a very royal-looking blue-and-white coat-and-dress outfit. She couldn’t have stated more clearly that she was preparing for a change in her status if she’d written it on a piece of paper and taped it to her chest.

    • Inside temperatures in the UK, expecially in churches, are usually a lot cooler than in North America. There was a rumour that Diana had fine wool underwear that she would wear under her lovely suits so she would be warm enough!

    • I lived in the UK for two years (bookended by the births of George and Charlotte). Because of my husband’s job, we were guests at many events attended by HRHs. I noticed exactly what Lili said … it’s really an “outfit” .. the coat and the dress together. I will note, however, that each time I attended a ceremony/service inside a cathedral, abbey, church, etc. I left my coat on for the entire service. It was chilly!

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