We are back with several engagements added to Kate’s Calendar, as well as that much-dicussed jewelry poll.
We begin with the new engagements:
Friday March 11: Kate and William pay another visit to XL Mentoring in South London; their first engagement with the charity was last March. The organization works with vulnerable young people ages 11-18, and also offers a nationally recognized training program that is a “…resource for churches, youth workers and leaders.” The couple will meet with mentors and mentees, as well as mentoring coordinators from around the country. You can also read more about last March’s engagement here on the XLP website.
XLP Mentoring Facebook
Thursday, March 10: The Duke and Duchess will have a series of “…public and private engagements focusing on efforts to prevent suicide and to support those bereaved by suicide.” This is an element of the couple’s mental health initiative Prince William was said to have been planning for some time. On the 10th they will meet Jonny Benjamin, a young man contemplating suicide in 2008, and Neil Laybourn, the man Mr. Benjamin credits with saving his life. At Kensington Palace Kate and William will watch a documentary with both men about a mental health campaign Mr. Benjamin founded called Think Well. More from Majesty magazine:
They will then travel to Kensington Palace where they will drop in on a screening of a documentary about Jonny’s experience… Jonny regularly attends screenings with young people as a way to encourage open discussion of mental health issues.
Around 20 young people from a South London school will be invited to watch the screening at Kensington Palace and then take part in a discussion, led by Jonny, Neil and Rethink Mental Illness. The children taking part in the session are from a school where Jonny has previously delivered his ThinkWell project.
A quick PSA about the timing of this event: it begins at 3:15pm local time. That translates to 11:15am EDT/8:15am PDT. We switch to Daylight Savings Time March 13th but the UK doesn’t switch until the 27th, meaning this event falls in that window when we are just 4 hours behind London.
THE DUCHESS of Cambridge has given her first solo television interview for a special programme marking the Queen’s 90th birthday.
The Duchess was interviewed by broadcaster Tom Bradby, who also spoke to Kate and Prince William on the day their engagement was announced in November 2010.
But her latest television venture marks her first solo moment in front of the camera, with a now more experienced Duchess having made charity videos and taken part in many royal events at home and abroad.
This should be a fascinating program; in part because of Kate’s interview, but also because producers have been granted “close access” to the Queen and other royals over the past year. Any sort of look offering footage from ‘behind the curtain’ is fascinating; I would anticipate video of Kate not previously seen. Others interviewed for the documentary include Prince William, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. The program is 2 hours in length and will air on ITV; no date has been announced for the broadcast, only that it will air in ‘the spring’. The program’s working title is The Queen at Ninety.
Sunday, 7 Feb: In her first engagement as Honorary Commandant of the RAF Cadets Kate attends a church service and reception in recognition of the Cadets’ 75th anniversary. The service will be at St. Clement Danes in Westminster, that is the Central Church of the Royal Air Force. We do not yet know the location for the reception.
We have updated the Calendar page to include several of the events honoring the Queen’s 90th birthday. As of yet there are no confirmed appearances by other royals at the varying functions, with the exception of special activities planned during the Royal Windsor Horse Show May 11 – May 15. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will attend the final show on Sunday, May 15th, for a pageant in honor of HM’s birthday. I would look for William, Kate and other senior royals to be at the event in light of this post on the Monarchy’s website: “The Queen and Members of the Royal Family will attend a pageant celebrating The Queen’s life to be held at Home Park in Windsor Castle.”
We will keep you posted about these events moving forward. It is a busy spring with the state visit from Spain in March, the tour, and all of the events honoring HM’s 90th birthday.
Our other newsbyte involves another patronage for the Duchess: Roya Nikkhah reports in The Sunday Times that Kate will be taking over the Queen’s patronage of the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, the organization that hosts the annual Wimbledon tennis championships. Below you see Ms. Nikkhah’s tweet about the story. (Ms. Nikkhah is highly accurate, one reason I am sharing details of her story.)
Roya Nikkah Twitter (@RoyaNikkah)
Her Majesty has been patron of the organization for an amazing 64 years.Below you see her at the Championships in 1957, presenting Althea Gibson of the US with the Gold Salver after she defeated fellow American team member Darlene Hard to win the Women’s Singles title.
It should be a good fit, Kate’s interest in tennis is well documented. She has attended Wimbledon matches frequently, and is also a longtime tennis player. Below you see Kate arriving for Wimbledon matches over the years.
Voting was very tight for the favorite repeated look, with just 32 votes separating 1st and 2nd place. The red pleated dress by Alexander McQueen came out in first place with the Paulina dress from designer Tory Burch close behind.
These have all been immense fun, I always enjoy seeing how the polls turn out.
My absence the past two weeks means we now find ourselves in February without having done our annual jewelry and shoe polls. Is that something you would like to see on the site, or do you feel that too much time has elapsed and you prefer we move on to other topics? Just let me know in the comments or via email and we’ll proceed per the prevailing sentiment. It is great being back, I am excited about all of the upcoming events and activities on Kate’s calendar, not to mention the Queen’s.
Learn more about ITV’s 2-hour documentary, The Queen at Ninety, in this news release from the network
The Duchess… accepted an invitation to be in charge of the website for a day.
A team from the US-owned website will decamp to Kensington Palace to edit its pages from there.
Kate will use the opportunity to focus on mental health issues impacting children and young people, her primary charitable focus for the majority of 2015. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Duchess pens a column of her own, in addition to working with journalists and mental health experts. Perhaps she will also involve personnel from relevant charities for which she is patron, The Art Room and Place2Be specialize in this area. From the news release:
“The Duchess will be commissioning contributions from a number of leading figures in the mental health sector as well as from young people, parents, and teachers. We look forward to welcoming The Huffington Post team to Kensington Palace next month.”
We will keep you updated on the project’s progress.
Now we move to our polls on Kate’s coats worn in 2015, starting with our poll on the new styles the Duchess wore. Our first coat was seen in January when Kate was seen out doing some shopping at John Lewis (PopSugar’sphotos may be seen here), she was wearing Zara’s Straight Cut Coat, a wool/rayon blend in a color called Dusty Pink.
For a number of January engagements in Kensington Kate wore the Seraphine ‘Natasha’ from the brand’s spring/summer 2015 collection. It is part of Seraphine’s ‘Luxe Line,’ a more upscale collection of garments. The Natasha is a wool/cashmere/poly blend; it has a round neck, empire waistline, faux flap pockets, and large mother-of-pearl buttons.
At the beginning of February Kate traveled to Portmsouth for events with Ben Ainslie Racing. Her coat that day was by MaxMara, the ‘Villar’ style. The all-wool piece showcased a favorite silhouette for Kate, the fitted bodice flaring into a full skirt. The Villar is double breasted with a hidden front closure, and notched lapels.
When visiting Emma Bridgewater in February we saw another Max Mara coat, this one the Gerbera from the brand’s Sportmax label. Crafted from double faced wool, the coat has an oversized collar and lapels, princess seaming and a concealed front closure.
For a solemn service at St. Paul’shonoring those who served in Afghanistan the Duchess wore a piece from Beulah London. She opted for the label’s ‘Chiara’ coat in 100% wool, in a trapeze cut with a fitted bodice that flares out from the waist.
Kate wore a custom piece from Scottish designer Christopher Kane when in Dundee for a day of engagements with Prince William. The fitted coat was done in a small houndstooth pattern, a vibrant black and blue color mix. The coat also had a hidden/covered placket, small lapels, on-seam pockets and a slim self-belt.
It was a bespoke piece from Alexander McQueen for last November’s Remembrance Sunday. This was an unusual piece that used patchwork black velvet and black wool for different portions of the coat. The garment also featured double breasted styling, a fitted bodice, notched lapels, padded shoulders, and a buttoned tab at the back waist. (Our post has much more detail on the design, including a look at two coats I believe were ‘merged’ to create Kate’s design.)
When carrying out November engagements in North Wales the Duchess wore her Angel coat by Reiss again. The distinctive style is another wool/poly blend, with a convertible collar that can be worn up or down, top-stitching on that collar, front pockets, multiple gores, and a hidden front fastening. The 2010 design was first noted at Christmas 2011, and then again in October 2012 for the opening of St. George’s Park.