Oct 102012

We saw another Christmas coat from Kate today as she made her solo visit to Newcastle and Stockton.

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Prince William was scheduled to make the appearances with Kate but changed his schedule so he could attend the funeral of Olga Powell, the longtime nanny he and Prince Harry shared.

Kate’s first stop was the Newcastle Civic Centre, crowds gathered early to have a glimpse of the Duchess.

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Fans didn’t seem to mind the cold as they awaited Kate’s arrival, many came with flowers and other gifts for the Duchess.

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We are fortunate that WKW friend Alyssa Phillips was on the scene, she shared these photos with us.

Courtesy of Alyssa Phillips

Glimpses of Kate’s frock peeking out beneath her coat have also provided an opportunity to finally identify that piece, more on the dress shortly.

Gathered inside the Civic Center, volunteers from multiple local initiatives, including many who worked on the London 2012 games. Among those she met, Newcastle’s Street Rangers (left) and Will Hardy (right), one of the City’s inspirational torch bearers, he was selected to give flowers to Kate.

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Kate also met students from the Percy Hedley School, the school specializes in working with students who have physical and communication challenges, many with cerebral palsy.  In this picture from the Percy Hedley Sports Twitter feed the Duchess is shown trying her hand at Boccia.

Percy Hedley School Twitter Feed

The next stop on the agenda was Elswick Park for a Fields in Trust function, that organization is the only group in England dedicated to preserving open recreational spaces in perpetuity. Prince William is a Patron of The Queen Elizabeth II Fields, some may recall the Jubilee visit he, Kate and HM made to Vernon Park in Nottingham this past June for a Fields in Trust event.

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Again, there were large crowds eager to see the Duchess, I couldn’t resist sharing the look on this little girl’s face.

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Kate’s then traveled to meet with representatives of Keyfund at the Gateshead Youth Council, that group was chosen as a beneficiary of William and Kate’s wedding Charitable Gift Fund. Below, Kate leaving Gateshead.

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The final appearance on the schedule was at CRI Stockton Recovery Service, located in Stockton-On-Tees. Again, crowds gathered early.

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Photographer Dave Charnley of Charnley Photography shared this image of Kate as seen in his viewfinder as she headed into the CRI building.

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The purpose of this portion of the trip was to meet families working with Action on Addiction’s M-PACT program, “Moving Parents and Children Together”. Kate is a Patron of Action on Addiction. Below, Kate meets with people at CRI.

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Kate very much seemed at ease throughout today’s activities, not at all fazed by undertaking the obligations alone. That confidence and comfort zone are evident in this picture shared by the BBC’s Caroline Alton.

Caroline Alton, BBC Twitter Feed

Clearly the day’s events were a success for the Duchess and those individuals and organizations she was on hand to showcase., she seemed to relish meeting people and learning about the places and people she visited.

Underneath the coat Kate wore a dress that hadn’t been positively identified, previously it was noticed when Kate and William made their trip to Copenhagen last November. That appearance was for a visit to UNICEF’s Emergency Supply Centre with Princess Mary and Prince Frederik of Denmark, the function designed to draw attention to UNICEF East Africa Crisis.

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While not visible in the picture above, today’s photos and word from St. James’s Palace Kate was wearing a Whistles dress led to confirmation it is the label’s Sophie Rae dress.

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Back when the Denmark trip was made several savvy WKW Facebook friends suggested the dress was the Sophie Rae, it turns out they were correct. The piece is 100% silk, the color is called ‘burgundy,’ although it looks like a brighter hue in many photos. It features a deeply veed neckline, what some call a ‘granddad collar,’ a below-knee length and significant fabric gathering at the waist and shoulder.


It appears the body of the dress is lined while the sleeves are not.

Kate also wore the aubergine coat made by an independent dressmaker, it was first seen on Christmas Day at Sandringham. (Our original post is here.)

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This is the coat described as being made by an ‘independent dressmaker,’ I wonder if it was another design originated by Kate and brought to life by one of the Queen’s seamstresses. Kate accessorized that day with a Jane Corbett hat.

Today’s accessories included the Kiki McDonough Citrine Drop earrings we’ve seen so often, and we also saw the Alexander McQueen suede belt again.

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The Aquatalia black Suede Rhumba Boots returned as well.

Courtesy Alyssa Phillips/Aquatalia

As of this writing both Neiman’s and Bergdorf Goodman have the boots available in a mix of sizes and colors with the Espresso more readily available than Kate’s black, Aquatalia looks to have multiple sizes in both colors.

One additional note, Kate will be attending the October 23 reception at Buckingham Palace for Team GB athletes, coaches and others. The function is hosted by the Queen and Prince Philip. More on the function from the Royal Blog:

The monarch and her husband Prince Philip will host a garden party at Buckingham Palace on October 23 in honor of London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic stars, with all medalists among the 350 invited guests.

A source said: “The queen is very proud of what the amazing athletes achieved in our wonderful summer of sport and wanted to personally thank them.

“It will be a fitting finale to a truly spectacular year of sporting success for Britain.”

Despite the formal setting, organizers insist the event will have a more casual feel – and the Olympians will attend wearing their Stella McCartney-designed Adidas tracksuits.



Oct 092012

Kate brought back pieces we have seen before for her visit to St. George’s Park today with Prince William.

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The couple was on hand for the official opening of the Park, a spectacular new facility and campus for the Football Association.

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Here you see Prince William with the England team.

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The Duke and Duchess chat with Phil Jagielka, via Official Everton’s Instagram feed.

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Located in Burton upon Trent, the facility is an enormous investment in the Football Association and its future. As part of the grand opening, William delivered a brief speech, some may recall he is President of the Football Association.

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More from today’s story in the Daily Mirror:

Wills also make a joke at his brother’s expense at the end of his speech to mark the opening of the new National Football Centre.

He said: “I feel tempted to cry God for Harry, England and St. George but I really don’t want to lower the tone by bringing my brother into it.”

Below, Kate and William in the training center, the Football Association website shares background:

Costing £105m and home to 24 representative England teams, St. George’s Park is a genuine haven of learning, training and self-improvement. It is the practical and spiritual home of FA Learning, the educational arm of The FA.

The Football Association

Kate selected the Reiss ‘Angel Fit and Flare’ coat, it is a piece from the fall 2010 collection, our thanks to WKW Facebook friend Therese McCloskey, she identified the piece for all of us.


Reiss verified the information on its Facebook page and also shared info about the belt Kate was wearing.

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A closer look at the belt, it was priced at £69, about $110 at today’s exchange rates.

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As you can see in the photo below, the coat collar can be worn up partially up and buttoned.

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The ‘Angel’ is a coat Kate has worn previously, many readers will recognize this image.

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That is Christmas Day last year at Sandringham, Kate is seen on her way to a church service with Beatrice and Eugenie, we were unable to identify the coat at the time. Below, better product shots, they also show the collar in two different positions.


The knee length coat features wide, top-stitched lapels, front pockets, multiple gores, and a hidden front fastening. It is a blend, 80% wool and 20% polyamide.

The Angel was originally priced at £325 ($510 USD), but a Kate style blog reported last November the Duchess purchased the coat at one of her favorite shopping haunts:

REISS representatives confirmed that Kate purchased the “angel fit and flare coat” in fawn at their bicester village outlet store in October

Kate also brought back her Aquatalia boots, she is wearing what is now called the Rhumba.

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The boots are weatherproofed stretch suede with a 3.4″ stacked heel (the platform is almost an inch, so the walking height is said to be 2.6″), they also have Aquatalia’s slip-resistant rubber sole. The Rhumba can be found at Bergdorf, as well as Neiman Marcus, at Nordstrom, along with Aquatalia, the price is $698 at all sites.

As an FYI, this boot was originally called the Rhumba, minor modifications were made to the style and the name of that boot was the Flinch, the style and name is now the Rhumba again. (Don’t ask. For more, click here.) By the way, there are a number of Aquatalia events at Nordstrom stores this month in the US, representatives will be on hand and there is also a free gift of some kind involved, click here for a schedule.

Underneath the coat Kate wore a print dress we haven’t previously seem, a small floral pattern on black. She carried her trusty black clutch. It’s possible today’s ensemble is a complete repeat of her Christmas look, she is also wearing the earrings many believe to be a gift from Prince William, first seen on Christmas. We show the image below from Kiki McDonough only so readers can see the green amethysts, these are not Kate’s earrings. (Technically known as prasiolite, or quartz.)

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It was a solid look for Kate, well suited to the event with its inside and outside venues. We leave you with this photo of a plaque unveiling, via the Football Association’s gallery.

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