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Kate wore a Heads Together jacket and Breton stripe top for today’s London Marathon.

Stephen Lock / i-Images

Stephen Lock / i-Images

The young Royals had the honor of officially starting the mass race, which began an hour after the elite runners were off.

Heads Together Instagram (click photo to be taken to HT Instagram page)

It is the 37th year for the Marathon.

In some ways, this is the culmination of a year’s worth of work by Kate, William and Harry. It was a year ago tomorrow that the formation of Heads Together was announced, an organization focused on destigmatizing mental heath issues.

Heads Together

Heads Together

This was also when it was announced that Heads Together was the official charity partner of the Marathon. The Royals hoped this year’s race would be thought of as the ‘mental health marathon.” There has already been significant benefit from the project; more from Sky News.

It’s anticipated the marathon will raise millions for mental health charities.

Figures seen by Sky News show that many of the eight charity partners for Heads Together, have already seen a huge increase in demand for their services.

Sarah Brennan, chief executive of Young Minds, said it has also boosted their lobbying power as charities push for more government funding

If I learn any more about plans for Heads Together, I will update the post.

The Duke, Duchess and Prince Harry with Team Heads Together runners before the race.

Heads Together

Heads Together

William, Kate and Harry cheering on racers.

©James Whatling

©James Whatling

It looked like someone was enjoying his air horn.

©(Luke MacGregor/WPA Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

©(Luke MacGregor/WPA Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

From The Mirror’s coverage:

Among those pounding the streets of London along the 26.2-mile course are more than 700 running for William, Kate and Harry’s Heads Together mental health campaign – the chosen charity of the London Marathon.

The initiative aims to encourage the country to talk more about its problems and mental-health issues, or be a sympathetic ear for those in need.

© Zak Hussein / Splash News

© Zak Hussein / Splash News

You can see how many runners wore the blue Heads Together headbands that were distributed in every race pack.

Heads Together  @Heads_Together

Heads Together @Heads_Together

They were lots of people rooting for Team Heads Together runners; you can see some of them in this photo shared by Alison Baum, OBE. Ms. Baum is the founder and CEO of Best Beginnings, one of the Heads Together primary partner charities.

Alison Baum, OBE

Alison Baum, OBE

One runner even managed a selfie with Kate. This photo was shared on Twitter by Joanna Walker. Joanna is undertaking 30 challenges on behalf of Heads Together, and this is one of them. If interested in sponsoring Joanna as she continues her challenges, here is a link to her Virgin Money Giving page.

Joanna Walker Twitter (@LydonWalker)

Joanna Walker Twitter (@LydonWalker)

From today’s Daily Mail coverage:

Many stopped to pose for selfies with the royals or ran over to high five them or shake hands in a more genteel way.

‘Wills and Harry!’ one runner shouted across to them, waving. Others applauded the trio as they ran by.

‘Well done guys,’ William shouted. ‘Thank you so much,’ Kate told some of the 700 competitors running on behalf of the Heads Together mental health campaign.

Here you can see some of the people posing for selfies.

©Matt Dunham / WPA Rota / Nunn Syndication/Polaris

©Matt Dunham / WPA Rota / Nunn Syndication/Polaris

Some wondered if the three might run the race; the answer via Sky News:

Asked if any of them had considered taking on the 26.2 mile challenge, Prince Harry said: “Yes I think all three of us were tempted, but it was probably safer and easier for us not to and to try and do our best to lead the campaign and let the focus be on the Heads Together runners which was 200 and is now 700.”

©Matt Dunham / WPA Rota / Nunn Syndication/Polaris

©Matt Dunham / WPA Rota / Nunn Syndication/Polaris

The big blue foam finger seemed particularly entertaining.

©James Whatling

©James Whatling

Here you see Prince Harry with the McEwan family; Harry served with Alex McEwan in the Household Cavalry.

Kate With Runners Marathon and McEwan Apr 23

Kensington Palace

These folks are from Octopus Giving and The Calm Zone.

Marathon Octopus Giving Crwod Fans Runners via OG

Octopus Giving

The Royals were in their element.

London Marathon

London Marathon

They clearly enjoyed the day.

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

Here is Prince Harry at Mile 22 in this video from Rebecca English, I thought it was worth the 3 seconds it takes to watch it.

The Duke and Duchess handing out water.

©James Whatling

©James Whatling

It would probably be quite a jolt if you happened to glance at who was handing you the bottle of water, realizing it was a member of the royal family.

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

Rebecca English of the Daily Mail shared this photo of Kate.

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail & Mail Online

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail & Mail Online

Here you see the trio distributing medals to race finishers.

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

The Royals spent time chatting with runners as they cooled down after the race.

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

These photos are all via Kensington Palace.

William Marathon with Runners Cooling Down Apr 23 2017 via KP

Kensington Palace

To see all of the photos that Kensington Palace posted on Twitter, click here.

Kate Marathon with Runners Cooling Down Apr 23 2017 via KP

Kensington Palace

I think everyone had a great time.

Kate William Harry With Runner Marathon Apr 23 2017 via KP

Kensington Palace

Now for what Kate wore to the Marathon.

©i-Images/Polaris

©i-Images, Polaris / Stephen Lock, i-Images

Kate was in a Heads Together jacket by Regatta.

©Stephen Lock / i-Images

©Stephen Lock / i-Images

I’m looking for the exact model and also trying to discover if the same version is available to the public. UPDATE: Louise (@Loubou82) suggested on Twitter that it may be the Regatta Professional Softshell Jacket. This style is described as being fitted, which Kate’s is, and other details look the same. We show the jacket at Amazon, where it is $27.45.

UPDATED APR 24: Regatta Professional verify that Kate is wearing the brand’s Softshell Print Perfect jacket. The piece is treated with a water-repellent finish; it is wind-resistant and quick-drying.

Regatta / i-Images

Regatta / i-Images

Here is a closer look at the front zipper tabs.

Regatta/Polaris

Regatta/Polaris

Regatta is family-owned and based in Manchester, so it is a case of the royals waving the flag for British industry. The consensus is that beneath her jacket Kate wore her ‘Drew’ Breton stripe top first noted in a Heads Together video.

MiH

MiH

The rib-stitch sweater is made of a midweight merino wool, it features a wide boatneck, and it is machine washable. The blue and white version is now sold out, but the piece is offered in a navy/orange design, it is on sale at The Outnet, where it is priced at £85.80.

©Zak Hussein / Splash News

©Zak Hussein / Splash News

The Duchess also wore her Superga Cotu Sneakers. They are on sale for $37.99 at Soft Surrounding; they’re also available at Nordstrom in all sizes ($65), and at Shopbop in all sizes ($65).

Superga / i-Images

Superga / i-Images

And we saw the Kiki McDonough Lauren leaf earrings with pavé diamonds.

Kiki McDonough / i-Images

Kiki McDonough / i-Images

Kate wore her Ray-Ban folding sunglasses.

©James Whatling

©James Whatling

We don’t yet know the brand of jeans Kate has on, but we’re looking for them. We take a speedy detour through the land of what William wore to let anyone interested know he was in the Stormtech Cruise Softshell Jacket.

Polaris /

Polaris /

We leave you with this terrific shot from James Whatling.

©James Whatling

©James Whatling

LINKAGE:

In today’s Linkage we share the mental health charities partnering with Heads Together.

  45 Responses to “It’s Three Royal Race Starters for the London Marathon”

  1. In these photos you can see how layered her hair is- I don’t think it has eve been cut this way before and that must be why it is looking so consistently fabulous. I believe in the past it has been a single length or layered only around her face/fringe. But now the length has significant layers. She looks fabulous and happy!!

  2. Kate looks great! I love that the trio is so sporty– Kate wears this look particularly well, and it’s probably because it comes naturally to her. I agree with the other commenters– her makeup is looking so flattering these days, and her hair is wonderful. The fringe was not as becoming to her, for some reason. She is beautiful, so I’m not sure why that hairstyle did not work on her– one would think that anything would!

  3. I’m running my first ever marathon in a few weeks in Copenhagen. I actually wanted to sign up for the London Marathon, not realizing that it’s a difficult process to get in. But Heads Together is a charity I would definitely want to support. Having the royals handing out medals at the finish line would be an absolutely huge motivational boost for me! I checked the royal calendar and sadly I won’t be getting the same treatment from Frederik or Mary here. :(

    I’m so impressed and proud of all the work the three royals have put into this charity. Showing up for the race too and cheering on runners just show how dedicated they are to the cause. I am so glad they did this and they sure seemed to enjoy it as well!

  4. I love this look for Kate. Of course she’s naturally elegant and looks great in formal gowns, but when she’s just casual, she really shines. Catherine is absolutely BRILLIANT

  5. Thank you for curating such a detailed and fun blog, I’m really loving this community of people and am appreciating the vibrant discussions! Not much fashion this time, but wow does she ever look wonderful. The hair, the skin, the happy glow. Personal choice, I’m not a fan of heart shaped jewelry but the styling was proportioned and spot on for the event. And I’m a massive fan of black tailored outfits so this is a hit for me.

    • I agree with you Stephanie. The heart-shaped jewelry doesn’t really bring out the true Kate. My favourite is her chunky pearl earrings – the ones she wore to last year’s Trooping of the Colour.

  6. Hi there – Just to add to this article, Prince William is wearing a STORMTECH Cruise Softshell. You can view it here:

    https://www.stormtech.eu/retail_gbp/men-s-cruise-softshell-xsj-1.html

  7. Not much fashion-wise to say about the event today, she looks just look right for a sporting event (and I think I wore the same outfit yesterday, black and white striped top, zip up black jacket, skinny jeans, so I am feeling very stylish and proud of myself, LOL!) Whoever has been doing her hair and makeup lately she should get on permanent staff immediately, she has been looking so youthful and gorgeous :)

  8. This was a such a great event!! Didn’t matter what Kate wore, really. She was dressed appropriately for an outdoor, informal, sporting event. And she looked happy, relaxed, and in her element. The really important aspect is that William, Harry, and Kate have obviously completely thrown themselves into supporting this charity. Their commitment, joy, and enthusiasm is wonderful to see! And the good work they doing in getting the word out there is having a positive effect. Well done!!

  9. She looks so great! I don’t even mind the tight jeans today.
    It looks like a very successful event.

  10. Love Kate’s hair these days! It’s a touch darker and I’m glad we’ve moved beyond the bangs :) I also love seeing her, Will and Harry hang out. Such a cute trio. If Harry marries Meghan, hopefully she will fit in nicely to make a foursome!

  11. Kate looks gorgeous.

  12. Kate is really in her element today and it really shows in how relaxed she is. Her smile is really genuine and her antics with her husband are just hilarious. It reminds me a lot of my own parents and how they love to antagonize each other (in a playful way) with air horns or tickling each other. They show great sportsmanship towards one another and that, in turn, helps set the tone for the race. I think she just loves being in sporty clothes.

    I love how Kate is a little more lax on having selfie photos with herself in it taken compared to her husband, Henry or other royals. I feel it makes her more approachable, more warm and inviting. It could be that she hasn’t gotten used to that etiquette yet, but I hope she keeps that part of herself. I think it brings that empathy and that genuine face for a radical movement like Heads Together needs.

    • It isn’t etiquette, so much as that William & Harry have grown up in a different world, more ‘apart’ from ordinary people, more formal with most of their relatives & advisors being a lot older. Officer types in the forces are more formal too. They are trying their best to connect with people now but will take time to adjust, just like Catherine had to adjust to a constant Press presence & being the centre of attention etc. I had parents of the Queen’s generation & I struggle with the constant hugging etc that I see on television, it was a handshake in my day, if that. Catherine a asset in their adjustment.
      Not much to say about the fashion, I’m not a sporty-look fan but I am interested in the jackets. I did wonder too how Catherine’s managed to look flared in some shots, a peplum-like effect also present in her red-balloons jacket which is trendy at the moment, because the jacket is cut straight at the back. It looks straight when pictured on it’s own too. Maybe there’s some artful drawstring manoeuvres going on?! I’d love to know what ‘jeggings’ are too. :)

      • Lavender,

        I’ve mentioned this a few times, but I grew up in the Army, and my dad went up to the rank of Major. It was definitely part of the etiquette to be less warm and less huggy. It’s strictly handshakes and out of the picture. They don’t like to take credit for their work, so they prefer to stay out of the picture than in it. They are often told this too. It took me years to learn to take credit for my work and be able to be in photos for them and I was just a military child.

        Jeggings are denim with lots of elastane, so they fit like leggings but are jeans so to speak. Used to have a nice pair.

  13. I’m confused by the earlier reference to these not being tight jeggings? They are certainly not slim cut jeans.

    I agree that the looser hair works better. The ringlet look with the 70s boho fussy frilly Temperley blouse/jumper made it look even more juvenile. With a top that young and busy the hair should have been worn in a a not too structured updo. The blouse might have worked with a straight tight pencil skirt in black with high pumps and maybe the wide black belt as shown on the model. A red skirt might have worked too. I thought the blouse looked a bit too big at the shoulders and certainly around the waist – perhaps why the lookbook belted it.

  14. Her hair is just at its most glorious these days — sleek, full, bouncy. Does she have a new stylist? The simpler blowout is so gorgeous on her and the hair is looking so healthy.

    For once I don’t mind the skinny jeans — they are, as one noted, a tad less tight, but also just seem appropriate for the day. The fitted jacket is lovely on her — it looks much more fitted than the photo of the Regatta jacket. Are they really the same?

    She looks so, so happy. Love how much fun the three of them have together. I can’t imagine what it would feel like to take a bottle of water from the Duchess of Cambridge!

  15. Has there been any ID on the new Breton top yet? We see just the neck & cuffs, so it may not be enough to go on. When I saw Harry with his jacket off in the cool down room, I was hoping Kate might shed hers as well, but no such luck. What a wonderful week the trio has had!

  16. Does anyone know if Kate ever wears socks with these sneakers?

    • Not sure about Kate specifically but people almost always wear the super low cut socks with these sneakers (that you can’t see) because otherwise the shoe gets very smelly! I would bet she is wearing these for sure.

  17. It looks to me like Kate was wearing her MiH Breton top under her jacket.
    Thanks for the post!

  18. Great post. The young Royals are spontaneous. Harry is the best and very much like his mother – an asset to the Windsors. Await to hear what brand jeans the Duchess wore. Thank you.

  19. Thank you for a wonderfully informative post. I really enjoyed all the photos and videos, especially the one of Prince Harry and the baby!

    Even in her casual favorites, the Duchess was a vision of royal loveliness today.

  20. Long comment/post alert as I loved today!…

    Her outfit is her go-to, clearly something she is comfortable in and looks great! They seemed very happy and relaxed in the pictures and videos. I imagine today was all about the celebration and culmination of more than a year’s worth of work coming together into this big event. And same would go for everyone who spent so much time training to run the marathon and got to celebrate their success today too! The pictures reminded of the ones from the Olympics in 2012 – fun loving, easy going, happy (and that great hair)!

    Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to register, run and complete the Boston marathon 50 years ago. She ran it again last week at the age of 70. One of her most famous quotes is “If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon.” I think you can see this reflected in the pictures from today!

    I have run multiple marathons and running means a great deal to me. One of the big race results from today was a new women’s only world record by Mary Keitany (2:17:01). The “unofficial”, or less accepted women’s world record, belongs to a Brit, Paula Radcliffe, who many will remember from the royal trio race a few months ago. She ran the London Marathon in 2003 in a time of 2:15:25! Her result is still not well received though because she ran with the men (Mary K ran with a women’s only elite field today). In 2003, no female could have come close to pacing Paula to the record time she ran. Women have come so far, but there are still hurdles to be overcome!

    I think today’s race was a huge success for everyone!

    • This is great info, thank you, I will update the post when I am back at the desktop. Congratulations on your running success, and thank you for sharing the background with us! :)

      • Thanks! My pleasure, it’s a passion!

        Thank you for the heads up on the shoes at Soft Surroundings! I tried them on at LL Bean last week but they didn’t have my size in white. Ordered them from Soft S today :-)

    • I’ve supported friends in a couple of marathons and each time the atmosphere has brought tears to my eyes. Well done you!

  21. Not much to comment on today regarding what Kate wore. Her skinny jeans, stripped top and runners have been seen many times before. But she was dressed appropriate to the event. Bravo for the Royal Three for their enthusiasm, participation and support for Heads Together!

  22. I love her hair like this. It is still shiny and bouncy but without all the curls and ringlets. I wish she’d do this kind of blowout more often. It is more age-appropriate and modern.

    • Yes! The shot where her hair is kind of falling over her face and Will is threatening to blow the air horn at her is amazing. I’m going to take that to my hairdresser and ask for that, because that volume is AMAZING. I’m so glad that this new cateye-lite is her new go to and I LOVE when she doesn’t put on bronzer. I love this girl, and this week has been a reminder why; not from a fashion prospective, but from a character perspective.

      • Yes that photo of Kate and Will is so funny and adorable…..we don’t see enough of those!

      • Yeah, I didn’t mention it here but I have commented before that this new makeup look she’s been sporting in the past few months is much improved, too. Less really is more, and she looks a lot younger here with both the streamlined makeup and hair. She has occasionally backslid with heavy blush and stuff but overall the lighter touch has been A+. So I am hoping that like the makeup, this hair becomes a regular look, and is not just because of the sporty nature of the event. The ringlets and huge pageant hair are, paradoxically, both ageing and juvenile. And while sometimes the newspapers photoshop the pictures, we can see from the selfie that the runner posted, which is obviously not photoshopped, that she looks so fresh and pretty with this look.

  23. Kate’s in her element in sporty clothes and manages to look chic and comfortable in them. I’m so glad she didn’t forget to put on some diamond earrings though — she would be less than a real princess without them!

    • And I might have added that I’m glad to see we’re back to Breton-business-as-usual. It wouldn’t be the same without another blue-&-white stripes hunt, especially after the shock of stripes in three colours earlier this week ;-)

      Also happy to note we still have a marginally looser fit in jeans and no reversal back to eyewateringly tight jeggings.

      Thanks for a super spread of pics – there seem to be more arriving all day!

  24. They look like they had a lot of fun! I am surprised they didn’t wear the blue headbands as they seemed to give them a lot of press before hand and were keen for people to wear them today

  25. Kate look relaxed , happy and adorable. Sporty looks suit her!

  26. Cute look, and she looks happy. :)

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