Feb 062017
 

Kate brought back a favorite suit for the first of today’s two engagements, a Place2Be school event.

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©Toby Melville / Reuters / Splash

Kate and William arriving at this morning’s engagement.

The Duke and Duchess were at Mitchell Brook Primary School in north London for the launch of Children’s Mental Health Week. The theme this year is kindness.

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Place2Be

Kate being greeted at the school.

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Place2Be Twitter @Place2Be

Students took part in a discussion about the ways kindness can help in getting through difficult times.

@Place2Be Twitter

@Place2Be Twitter

Today’s event was part of the Big Assembly, Place2Be’s effort asking schools across the UK to take part in sharing a little kindness with pupils, families, and staff. 

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

It turns out the bench Kate and William were sitting on is special; The Mirror’s story explains:

The kindness bench is normally in the school playground and sitting on it indicates the child is feeling lonely or in need of a friend and other pupils come forward to support them. The royal couple sat on the bench which was placed on a stage in the school hall and watched the assembly that celebrated kindness.

(Who can’t think of a time or two in their life when a kindness bench would have come in handy?!) Today Kate presented the first Place2Be Kindness Cup to Nadia Dhicis, who is ten years old. The award recognizes a student showing “exceptional kindness in her school community and beyond.”

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Place2Be Twitter @Place2Be

The Duchess delivered remarks about the importance of being kind to one another, noting that “teaching kindness as important as teaching maths.”

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Kensington Palace @KensingtonRoyal

From The Daily Mail’s coverage:

The Duchess also stressed how much she wanted to hand down the values she had been taught by her parents to her own children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

She said: ‘My parents taught me about the importance of qualities like kindness, respect, and honesty, and I realise how central, values like these have been to me throughout my life. That is why William and I want to teach our little children, George and Charlotte just how important these things are as they grow up.

Place2Be is one of eight primary organizations under the Heads Together initiative that Kate, William, and Harry launched last year. Now to what Kate wore for the school visit. Many readers recognized the Luisa Spagnoli suit immediately.

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© Stephen Lock, i-Images / Butterworth, Splash / Nunn Syndication, Polaris

The ensemble is all wool and features a belted jacket with a peplum waist, oversized collar, and front closure with large buttons; the skirt has the lines of a basic pencil skirt. This is how the suit looked the first time we saw Kate wearing it in February of 2011.

©KCS Presse, Splash / Mirrorpix, Splash

©KCS Presse, Splash / Weir Photo, Splash / Mirrorpix, Splash

This offers a better look at the bow of Kate’s belt and the chunky black buttons.

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© i-Images/ Splash /i-Images

The suit was most recently seen at the 2015 Buckingham Palace Christmas lunch, when it was announced the Duchess was the new patron of the RAF Cadets; the second time we saw Kate in the suit was during the 2014 tour when in Christchurch and Canterbury, New Zealand during the 2014 tour; it was first worn publicly for a pre-wedding visit by William and Kate to Saint Andrews University in February of 2011.

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You can see the alterations made to the pieces after the 2011 wearing before the garments were seen again in New Zealand. The most dramatic change is the longer skirt. We believe Kate had the matching dress converted to a skirt; there is additional information on that topic, along with more photos, in this post. Kate accessorized with her Gianvito Rossi black suede pumps.

Net-a-Porter / i-Images / Net-a-Porter

Net-a-Porter / i-Images / Net-a-Porter

And her trusty Bayswater Wallet Clutch by Mulberry.

Mulberry / i-Images

Mulberry / i-Images

The Mappin and Webb ‘Empress’ earrings rounded out the look.

©Polaris / Mappin & Webb

©Polaris / Mappin & Webb

This was a good choice for the school visit and assembly: the color and cut are flattering, it’s a look Kate is comfortable in, and wearing a repeat outfit helps keep the focus on the events of the day.

One other note: today marks the 65th anniversary of HM’s accession to the throne. From The Telegraph:

The Queen has become the first British monarch to reach their Sapphire Jubilee, with royal gun salutes to mark the historic day.

She is expected to commemorate the landmark date privately at her Sandringham Estate, Norfolk, with no official engagements planned.

Buckingham Palace has re-released the 2014 photo portrait taken by David Bailey.

David Bailey

David Bailey

In the photo HM wears the sapphire jewelry given to her as a wedding gift by her father, King George VI in 1947.

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Also today, some of the beautiful Spring 2017 handbags and accessories from Milli Millu, one of our favorite sponsors. The British luxury handbag company has some fantastic new designs, as well as updated favorites. We start with a new style, the Manhattan.

Milli Millu

Milli Millu

The Manhattan is a size that seems “just right,” roughly 8″ x 6″ x 3″. Below you see the bag in navy grained leather, as well as arctic blue grained leather, and a smooth leather version blending the navy and arctic blue.

Milli Millu

Milli Millu

To give you a sense of size, this is Milli Millu Founder & CEO Mireia Llusia-Lindh with her Manhattan on a recent trip to New York.   

Milli Millu

Milli Millu

If looking for a more subdued palette, the Manhattan comes in a myriad of other colors.

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Milli Millu

Milli Millu offers a lovely touch, complimentary monogramming on all bags with cross-body straps and small leather goods, a fab way to make any piece “yours” at no additional fee.  If you look on the right side of the Venice bag below, you can see the personalization on the top of the shoulder strap.

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Milli Millu

Below, several monogrammed Westminster card holders.

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Milli Millu

This is a Brooklyn pouch personalized with a word instead of initials.

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Milli Millu

The service is free for up to 6 initials. If interested in a longer word or phrase that is also offered for a £25/$30 fee. If interested in a monogrammed piece now is good time to think about purchasing, Milli Millu is giving WKW readers 15% off all purchases with promo code WKW0217 until February 28.

The Phoenix is another new style from the s/s collection, in a very versatile size: 15″ x 11″ x 6″, allowing plenty of room for just about anything and everything you need to carry when leaving your house for the day. One of the bag’s best attributes? It is lightweight, always nice if you are carrying half your life in it, something most of us have done on occasion.

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Milli Millu

A Milli Millu classic, the Chicago, returns this spring.

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Milli Millu

The Chicago is both chic and practical, roomy enough to hold most laptops 13″ and smaller.  You can carry it by the handle, or use the wide strap to convert it to a cross-body or over-the-shoulder bag.

Milli Millu

Milli Millu

The Stockholm also returns in the s/s 2017 collection. Here it is shown in burgundy; pre-ordering is also available for the bag in black.

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Milli Millu

A better view of the bag, as well as some of the interior details.

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Milli Millu

The Stockholm is the bag actress Emily Blunt was seen carrying last year.

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©gotpap/Bauergriffin.com

As ever, the brand’s outstanding quality remains a top priority.

All handbags are handcrafted in the south of Spain with special attention to texture and detail, using the finest Italian and Spanish materials. Our suppliers work for the most renowned luxury brands in the industry. 

The Berlin is another of my favorites, in part because its size offers such great flexibility: 11″ x 9″ x 3″.

Milli Millu

Milli Millu

The bag may be used as a cross-body style, a shoulder bag, or by the handle at the top of the bag.  These shots better show the hardware and top handle.

Milli Millu

Milli Millu

The Berlin is also available in color-blocked designs like the taupe/off-white/stone seen below left, and the gray/off white/navy combination on the right.

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Milli Millu

Also part of the s/s 2017 collection: another customer favorite, the Mini Berlin.

Milli Millu

Milli Millu

Spring brings bright pops of sunny colors for this bag.

Milli Millu

Milli Millu

Classic colors also remain popular. Below left, you see Mireia Llusia-Lindh again; she is carrying the Mini Berlin in burgundy. On the right, three very popular colors: Mireia’s burgundy, black, and taupe.  All three bags are available for pre-ordering; they are expected to arrive at Milli Millu within a week, so you won’t have a long wait should you treat yourself to one.

Milli Millu

Milli Millu

The Mini Berlin measures about 9″ x 7″. These are just some of the other shades the bag comes in this spring.

Milli Millu

Milli Millu

Milli Millu also offers a range of small leather goods. Below, the St. Germain Wallet,

Milli Millu

Milli Millu

This is the Brooklyn Pouch in green, arctic blue, and red leather; it measures roughly 7″ x 5″ with a zipper to ensure it stays closed.

Milli Millu

Milli Millu

We used photos of Milli Millu’s founder, Mireia Llusia-Lindh, in today’s post.

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Milli Millu

She is the driving force behind the company’s A Bag, A Life initiative.

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For every bag that is purchased Milli Millu pays for a set of lifesaving vaccines and treatments for a child in need. The company works with SOS Children’s Villages to make this happen.

A Bag, A Life is a permanent initiative that is very close to my heart and part of Milli Millu’s DNA as much as our aim to create beautiful yet attainable products and to cherish all the smart and very special women around the world. As a mother, aunt and godmother, I struggle to come to terms with the endless void that the loss of a child creates. Some of us are incredibly lucky to have been born or raised in countries where we get the best available medical care. Millions of children don’t have the same luck and are dying from preventable diseases at a terrifying rate.

Thus far A Bag, A Life has funded more than 25,000 vaccines for SOS Children’s Villages. You can learn more about the program by clicking here. Our last style is outstanding: the Midi-Zurich. The structured design is roomy, it will hold laptops 14″ and smaller; it also features 5 interior compartments and an outside pocket you see on the front that closes securely with the goldtone clasp; the bag has a zipper to keep everything safely inside, along with 5 studs, or feet, on the bottom.

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Milli Millu

Milli Millu offers free shipping and return shipping on all orders in the UK; elsewhere shipping (both ways) is free with orders totaling more than £200. Milli Millu will also do free lifetime repairs.

In the unlikely event your handbag needed repair (if something breaks, excludes normal wear and tear) within 12 months of the purchase date; we would arrange the collection, repair it and ship it back to your chosen address free of charge. Should your handbag need repairing after 12 months,  you can ship it to us and we will repair it free of charge… forever!  

If thinking about popping over to the Milli Millu site to look at things more closely, here’s an additional incentive: WKW readers have been given an exclusive 15% discount on any purchases. Use promo code WKW0217 at checkout to ensure the savings; it is valid until February 28. The brand is also doing a fun giveaway for one of its Mini Venice bags. Entering is easy; all you need to do is subscribe to the Milli Millu newsletter.

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Milli Millu

Milli Millu isn’t only online; the company has a store on Buckingham Palace Road in Belgravia. In addition to the Milli Millu site, you can follow the brand on Facebook, see its Instagram feed here and Twitter feed here. We will see you later this evening for the engagement Kate, William and Harry have at the Guild of Health Writers conference in London. LINKAGE:

  30 Responses to “Kate on the Kindness Bench in Familiar Suit & Spring Has Sprung at Milli Millu”

  1. You know, I think the Duchess wears this suit simply because she likes it and feels good in it. It fits her well, it’s a great colour on her, it’s a good length and it’s well proportioned. The black bow on the waist is part of the suit, not a belt that is added afterwards, so it can be worn with black hose etc, which to me, is a very 1980s look, but a good one. Sometimes it’s nice to have classic pieces that can be pulled out of the closet to do their duty reliably and for Kate, I think this is one.

  2. This is one of my favorite looks on the Duchess, especially after the alleged alteration of the hem line. :)

  3. I have always loved this suit. It commands attention while maintaining a charming femininity. I do like it better with pumps than with boots.

  4. I love the color. As always the DoC is beautiful. BUT, this habit of wearing her waistlines higher to ostensibly balance the length of her torso with her lower half.. is backfiring. Over and over. The jacket looks too short for her.. and thus looks too small. The silhouette of the skirt clearly defines where her hip and bottom are. The misplaced waist of the jacket just accentuates what she is trying to disguise. Her peplums NEED to be much lower because of her long torso. It grates on me all these raised waist lines of hers. Maybe she would do better wearing a longer jacket overall. Something I dont believe she has ever done. I wish someone would taker her in hand and teach her this. With all that said. Hooray for her under eyeliner being light and fresh. Beautiful.

  5. I love this suit on Kate! I thought it was great in 2011 with the suede boots and polo neck as well. I’ve always been partial to the black suede boots, and she can really carry off the high neck underneath a suit. It does not overwhelm her. The whole effect of the 2011 ensemble is younger, but she was younger then, and it was spot on. This time out it’s just as striking. I really do hope she never goes back to the fringe as she did in 2015; her hairstyle now and in the earlier years is so much more flattering to her.

  6. This is classic Kate! I love this suit, and it’s a silhouette that always looks good on her, but the fit doesn’t seem optimal this time around. My favorite outing was in New Zealand in 2014, the accessories where almost the same but the suit fit overall better. Her hair, on the other hand, is in top health, and I’m positively jealous of the bounce and shine it has had since last summer!

  7. It’s impossible to beat the 2014 showing of this suit, but today is certainly close. It’s really amazing to compare today with 2015 – what a difference a hairstyle can make! I know some wish she would experiment more with her hair (and I used to be among them) but now I appreciate the curls as a trademark…a very flattering trademark.

  8. This is a great color on her and I have always liked this suit, including its initial appearance in 2011. I didn’t find it too short on that occasion so I didn’t see the need to lengthen it, but I like it this way, too. The peplum is good on her figure/shape.

    I like the way she styled it this time and her hair and makeup looked great.

    For those of us who have missed her style in the early days, fingers crossed for more!

  9. I am a new follower of the Duchess so this is my first time seeing Kate in this suit. It is her typical style so not a very exciting view. I love the tailoring and I personally adore peplums so I like the suit, it fits her well and the color is great. She looks as lovely as the sentiment she expressed about teaching kindness and it being as important as math. I so agree!

    But, again, as others have on many occasions said, I would love, love, love to see her in a trouser suit or trouser with jacket separates for an event like this. And by trousers I do not mean skinny jeans!

  10. I think I finally realized why Kate favors a slim cut on her skirts: she doesn’t have to worry when kneeling. The tighter fit perfectly kept everything hidden without Kate having to tuck or hold her skirt.

  11. This must be her favorite suit! I think it works today because it’s bright and friendly for a visit with children. I still think this shade of red isn’t that flattering on her but it seems to be a favorite.

  12. Nice look, good color, well put together. She seems to really enjoy the kids.

  13. It’s time to retire this suit. The skirt no longer seems to fit her properly, and the style just seems a few years out of date. She has prettier clothes, and many choices if she’d like to wear red.

  14. Never liked this suit in 2011, and while the length is better now, still don’t like it. It’s too intensely red, and the black buttons and belt magnify the redness. Also not a fan of peplums.
    She wears lots of red, and sometimes she looks great in it, depending on the shade. But this one’s so red it washes her out and all I see is the suit, not Kate.

  15. I posted in another blog that she looks wonderful but the suit has either stretched a bit in the jacket or she needs to wear a different undergarment or layer a sweater under it as it looks a bit ill fitted through the chest in todays wearing.

  16. I prefer the shorter 2011 length as well. Otherwise perfect

    • Me, too! I LOVED that whole 2011 ensemble. Looked perfect. The suit looks better today than it has the past two times she has worn it, but I think the length, the boots, the accessories – everything was better when she wore it in 2011.

  17. I think this is a nice look for her. The suit has never been one of my favorites, but I like it much better without the black tights and tall boots. She looks comfortable in it, which is nice to see. Again, her hair looks great today!

  18. Not much to comment about today. Kate always looks good in red and given that the suit has black buttons, it stands to reason, that she would select a black belt, shoes and clutch. She could have presented a more wintery look with a black turtle neck, black tights and a black shoe with a lower, chunky heel. But the way she has styled this outfit the last three times of wearing it, is certainly fine.

    She always show such a lovely way of engaging with children.

  19. This old favorite is a nice warm red, a good choice of “friendly” color for an event with kids, I think. I really like the pic of her at the podium — they seem to all be having a laugh at something one of the kids said. It has been interesting to watch her get better at public speaking (I know it terrifies me, so I sympathize with her feelings when she first started having to do it!) and more relaxed over time.

  20. Kate’s feet are always perfectly aligned in her shoes with a nice bevel. Never have I seen her with a sickled ankle in high heels as is often the case with many women. Do you think this is a result of higher quality footwear, special inserts at the balls of her feet, or a conscious effort on her part to keep her ankles inward?

    • It’s kind of weird, but I too have noticed that Kate never seems to slip out of her heels or have any type of fit issue, whereas I often have gaping in the back or look squeezed in when I size down to avoid that. Some kind of Princess magic or a professional skill I haven’t mastered? Maybe Kate’s feet are just more elegant than mine!

    • I am guessing just strong ankles and decent shoes. My ankles are always strong and straight in high heels as are most of my friends and family. May also depend on the basic alignment of feet, ankles, legs and body of the person.Poorly constructed shoes make it difficult of course as one can spend time trying to compensate for wobbly heels or misaligned heel/shoe placement.

      • I think the shoe/heel placement thing shows up for me when trying on different styles only to find one has the correct fit while another manages to create the dreaded gaping at the back. Insoles rarely help as they only add too much bulk. The answer lies in buying a good shoe, something Kate seems to be a real pro at.

    • Maybe her shoes are custom fit to her feet and just not off the shelf?

  21. I’m delighted to see Kate recycle this suit, I find it endearing that she keeps things she likes and, as in this case, even has them remodelled. The Spagnoli remains a super colour on her and the peplum is ideal on her long frame.

    Possibly the only drawback is that she’s limited in how to ring the changes, so we have only very slightly different hairstyles and accessories. I’m glad the fabulous Gianvita Rossi courts were brought out this time and spared the likes of the poor old Weitzmans which sometimes look a bit the worse for wear to me.

    Her hair continues to look full and glossy and I’m a big fan of those Mappin & Webb earrings. An all-round pitch-perfect outfit for the engagement, but I’ll be keeping fingers crossed for something new this evening.

    The Milli Millu bags look gorgeous though the “new” Manhattan makes me smile, that looks like pure ’60s vintage to me. I’d be tempted by that yellow, it’s surprising how often an irreverent pop of colour works with unexpected outfits.

  22. I like the skirt length slightly shorter than the previous versions. I like it equally worn with nothing under the jacket and nude hose as I do with a black turtleneck and dark hose and boots. Catherine looks healthy and happy today.

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