Dec 062013
 

Kate wore several new pieces for today’s visit to the Shooting Star Children’s Hospice.

Bradley Page/The Daily Mail/PA Wire

Bradley Page/The Daily Mail/PA Wire

The Duchess was welcomed with flowers given to her by Demi, Zoe and Zofia; they look just darling in this picture shared by Shooting Star Children’s Hospice on its Twitter feed.

Shooting Star Children's Hospice

Shooting Star Children’s Hospice

Hospice CEO David Burland spoke about Kate’s visit:

“The Duchess is a committed supporter of children’s hospices & showed great knowledge about our vital work supporting children with life-limiting conditions & their families.  She took the time to speak to families, volunteers & staff to learn more about the impact of our work & the wider palliative care network.”

Shooting Star Children's Hospice

Shooting Star Children’s Hospice

Parts of the visit had to be emotionally draining, as explained in Richard Palmer’s story in the Express:

In a private room she comforted the parents of a one-year-old girl who died on Tuesday. The parents lost their five-year-old son from the same condition, spinal muscular atrophy, six weeks ago.

Kate seemed to enjoy the music therapy session she took part in.

Bradley Page/Shooting Star Children's Hospice

Bradley Page/Shooting Star Children’s Hospice

Shooting Star shared these pictures on their website.

Shooting Star Children's Hospice

Shooting Star Children’s Hospice

The hospice also wrote a story about Kate’s visit:

Louise, mum of Shaney and Chesney, said: “Kate was so sweet, absolutely lovely and she really puts you at ease because obviously you are a little tense to meet someone so important. She was down to earth but had a real aura about her.”

“She asked me about my boys and how we use Shooting Star CHASE and I told her how they like messy play. She said she has just introduced George to messy play and what fun it was.”

Shooting Star Children's Hospice Facebook page

Shooting Star Children’s Hospice Facebook page

Richard Palmer shared notable news in his article, word of Kate’s plans to do even more with the children’s hospice movement:

 The Duchess also met volunteers who help out at the hospice. She plans to launch a new initiative to encourage more people to volunteer in hospices.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry is currently developing a pilot for a volunteering programme to support families of children with life-limiting conditions.  “A key component of today’s visit is for The Duchess to meet a group of Shooting Stars volunteers, to better understand how they support the hospice and its families.”

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On to the fashion news. Kate’s jacket is by Reiss, it is called the Delaney. The jacket is available on the Reiss US site for $520s, in the UK it is for sale at John Lewis (£275) as well as at Reiss.

Lyst/Lyst/James Whatling Splash News

Lyst/Lyst/James Whatling Splash News

The Delaney showcases that fit and flare silhouette Kate is so fond of, in the clean, tailored lines she likes. The piece is constructed with multiple gores, elbow darts, and that little extra something, a flourish we frequently see with the Duchess: in this case it is the triangular point of interest in the center back. There are also slit pockets on the front. Reiss describes the color as cool grey, and the garment is a mix of wool and polyamide with a rayon lining.

The Delaney also comes in navy; that color better shows the subtle pattern in the fabric. Below, the navy version at Bloomingdale’s ($555) in the US, navy is also available at John Lewis (£295).

Reiss

Reiss

Kate was in a new pair of trousers as well.

Bradley Page/The Daily Mail/PA Wire

Bradley Page/The Daily Mail/PA Wire

They are a deep navy color; I lightened this image slightly to better show the texture of the fabric.

Bradley Page/The Daily Mail/PA Wire

Bradley Page/The Daily Mail/PA Wire

At this point I am leaning toward J. Brand’s Skinny Corduroy Trousers. Below a swatch of their stretch corduroy as seen on a pair at Farfetch. The color is clearly off, but the fabric texture looks very similar.  The brand offered a pencil leg in corduroy much like Kate’s, Shopbop also carried the same (or very similar) style (also sold out) and the Outnet has a few pair in the 511 mid-rise style. We’ll keep hunting for the proper pair and update as soon as we have new info.

Farfetch

Farfetch

We also saw a new pendant on the Duchess today, this is another piece we’re still trying to ID properly. Kate wore her green amethyst earrings from Kiki McDonough.

PA Wire/Al Coro/Kiki McDonough

PA Wire/Al Coro/Kiki McDonough

Here is another look at the necklace.

SplashNews.com

SplashNews.com

Kate was sporting a new pair of booties from an old favorite: Aquatalia. Only available at Russell & Bromley, the style is called the New Dry. The booties are made of weather-resistant suede and lined with faux fur for warmth; they also have a wedge heel and platform, so perhaps they are not as high as one might think.

Russell & Bromley/Splash News

Russell & Bromley/James Whatling – Splash News

This is the third Aquatalia style we have seen Kate wear.

Nordstrom/Russell & Bromley

From left to right: the Rhumba ($698 at Nordstrom), the Royalty ($450 at Nordstrom) and now the New Dry (£225, about $375 USD) at Russell and Bromley.

Many thanks to everyone on Twitter & Facebook who made this such fun today, especially Rene, Anna, Cambridge Follower, Ashley Marie, Dawn, Franciele, Susan, Kate Kate Kate, Betty, Food Fash Fit, What Would Kate Do and others.

We have one more footwear update to share:

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NEXT APPEARANCE: Wednesday, December 11 William and Kate attend an advanced screening of Sir David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 3D. The screening will be at the Natural History Museum in South Kensington, London.

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Apr 292013
 

Kate chose a springtime ensemble today for her visit to Naomi House Children’s Hospice.

James Whatling/Splash News

James Whatling/Splash News

Kate chose to spend her 2nd wedding anniversary working, below you see the Duchess being greeted by Sally, who is 8.  Sally presented Kate with a lovely bouquet of flowers, she has spinal atrophy and receives care at Naomi House.

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Louisa Maher Twitter

Naomi House is connected to another unit, jacksplace, that portion of the facility provides services to young adults. More from the group’s Facebook page:

Naomi House and jacksplace provides support to children and young adults who are likely to die at an early age. We provide respite,emergency and bereavement care.

Kate spent time touring the facilities, including the gardens, children’s bedrooms and therapy pool. She also enjoyed sharing tea with brothers and sisters of Naomi House children, we see her with Reuben and Jessica during tea.

David Parker/Daily Mail/PA Wire

David Parker/Daily Mail/PA Wire

The Mirror’s Victoria Murphy reports this is not the first trip to Naomi House for Kate, she previously visited back in 2008. As many know, today is Kate and William’s 2nd wedding anniversary, more on how that was recognized during the day’s event from the Mirror’s live blog:

Hospice Chairman professor Khalid Aziz told Kate: “It’s especially special that you came here today because today is a very special day two years ago to the day, you were in a slightly larger building then this one – probably not having quite as much fun. But you did it very well we were all totally enthralled.

“I just hope Prince William is taking you somewhere nice tonight.”

Kate blushed, spread her arms and replied: “Well he’s on shift, so…”

Today’s appearance is also linked to Children’s Hospice Week, “the UK’s only awareness and fundraising week for children with life-limiting conditions…”.  Kate’s belief in children’s hospice prompted her first recorded video message.

Children's Hospice Week/Together for Short Lives

Children’s Hospice Week/Together for Short Lives

In the video Kate expresses her strong feelings about the need to support children’s hospice work.

Children’s hospices provide lifelines to families at a time of unimagin­able pain. The support they give is vital.

“In order to carry out this wonderful work, our help is needed.”

You may view Kate’s message by clicking here.

James Whatling/Splash News

James Whatling/Splash News

There was still a sizable crowd outside to see Kate leave, as shown in this photo by People magazine’s Simon Perry.

Simon Perry/People Magazine Twitter

Simon Perry/People Magazine Twitter

Kate’s coat is by Tara Jarmon.

Harvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols

It is was available at Harvey Nichols for £380, no one will be surprised to learn it has sold out.  The piece is from the brand’s spring 2013 collection, crafted from 100% cotton twill with an acetate/viscose lining. The collarless piece is single-breasted with bound buttonholes, darts at waist and shoulder, angled front pockets and a deep back vent.

Tara Jarmon/Harvey Nichols

Tara Jarmon/Harvey Nichols

Tara Jarmon was a new designer for me, one I am happy to have discovered. Her design aesthetic is unfussy, with clean, elegant lines and a minimum of frou-frou. Ms. Jarmon was born in Canada, and lived in California for some time, but she and her eponymous label are based in Paris. There are more than 25 free-standing boutiques throughout Europe and Asia, including Munich, Bordeaux, Madrid, Zurich and several other locales. There are several boutiques in London; the line is also carried at Harvey Nichols and John Lewis.

Kate paired this piece with a coordinating dress by “an independent dressmaker”. She accessorized with her LK Bennett Sledge Pumps and Avona clutch.

LK Bennett

LK Bennett

We will update when we have a few more photos.

This is just one of two posts today, I think you will enjoy our second post due out shortly. It’s a little something we are doing to officially launch the Baby Cambridge Fundraiser.

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