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Kate’s Outdoor Visit With ARK Students, Then It’s Polo for Lupo & The Duchess

Kate’s busy weekend continued today, she spent time in the country with 28 children, they were gently ‘roughing it’. The event was at Margaret McMillan House in Kent, it is part of a Widehorizons program that exposes children to the outdoors as a way of developing teamwork skills and building self-esteem. From the Widehorizons website: “We believe that every child should have access to adventure as part of their education and throughout their lives.” The charity is part of ARK Schools, an arm of William and Harry’s much larger ARK organization, Absolute Return for Kids.

Once again The Daily Mail’s Rebecca English was on hand to cover the event, she shared this via Twitter:

Rebecca English Twitter Feed

Rebecca English/Daily Mail

The children are students from London’s King Solomon Academy. For many, it is the very first time they have seen the countryside. Today the kids made dough sticks with Kate, dough wrapped around a stick and toasted over the fire.

Kate seemed very much at home and appeared to revel in her time with the youngsters. Here she is with one of her funny faces. 

Below, another anecdote shared by Rebecca English on her Twitter feed. 

The Duchess and students.

Here is more from Rebecca’s story:

Zahid Shanvere, eight, made Kate roar with laughter as he held open the tent flap for her and said: ‘After you.’

‘What a gentleman,’ she said.

She was in fits of giggles again when the children told her that they had been a little scared on their first night out under the stars.

‘What were you scared of? That a spider might creep in?’ She asked.

‘A mole,’ said Zahid with enormous seriousness.

Kate was dressed for the outdoors.

We owe a huge debt of thanks to all of the supersleuths who are WKW Facebook friends, they did the hard work identifying items while yours truly was out of pocket most of the day. Kate was in a vest by Really Wild Clothing Company, the brand’s Shooting Waistcoat in the ‘moss’ colorway, Michelle located the waistcoat quickly this morning.

Anna of My Small Obsessions also helped in the ID, above we show the piece at the site where Michelle located it, London Trading Company, it is $870. Michelle is also the whiz who remembered Kate’s fondness for the Really Wild brand, sharing this link to a 2011 Telegraph story talking about that classic shot of Kate wearing Really Wild in front of Blenheim Palace in 2004.

Recognize these Really Wild pieces?

Thanks to Ashley Margot for pulling up a link to Kate’s Classic Short Skirt in soft green, many will also remember the Conifer Overcoat the Duchess held over her shoulder. (Click here for the Telegraph story.) The brand is available for purchase at the Royal Berkshire Shooting School, as well as many retailers.

Kate wore the Burberry shirt we saw during the couple’s North American tour last year, here she is wearing it July 5 during a visit to the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning at Blachford Lake (left) and again for the camping adventure.

Kate was in the Le Chameau ‘Vierzonord‘ wellies we have seen on many previous occasions, they remain available in many sizes at Philip Morris UK, the US version of these are the Ladies Vierzon Nord, we show them at Orvis, they seem to have most sizes in stock.

The sweater Kate wore is by Zara; Saffy, Michele, and Ryan identified this one, Ryan’s photos of her own sweater helped in sorting through the possible sweaters.

David Parker & WKW Facebook Friend Ryan

The jeans were also identified by Anna at My Small Obsessions, they are Zara’s as well, the Slim Fit style.

One reminder for readers, as mentioned by Cherry Sese Sumulong last night on the WKW Facebook page, Zara’s big sale is just around the corner. I’m guessing it will launch around Friday, June 22, but others may know better than I do when it kicks off.


Following her time in Kent, Kate moved on to the Beaufort Polo Club.

You can see she was accompanied by Lupo, the couple’s cocker spaniel.

Lupo looked like he was very well behaved. 

Both William and Harry were playing in today’s match. We have not yet identified who did Kate’s suede jacket, we’ll update when we do.

We’ll see you tomorrow for Order of the Garter.

For more on the Widehorizons/ARK Schools event, we share these links:

ITN News/Telegraph

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Tuesday 26th of June 2012

Please don't shout. Typing in all caps is considered yelling and very offensive.


Tuesday 19th of June 2012

She's awesome! - She's impeccable in every respect (appearance, behaviour & performance) - A class act!! She looks amazingly stylish dressed casually and wearing weallies! I particularly love the two brown jackets & how she wore them (I would buy them). - We really don't know how much she paid for them & when she bought them, and the same can be said of nearly All of Kate's clothing, incl. her wedding dress (the Daily Mail deliberately misquote prices to create media hype). I honestly don’t understand all the fuss about Kate's clothing expenses, esp. over her use of jewellery & make-up for going camping!? - An OTT reaction, IMHO. First, as a high-profile royal (& future Queen) Kate is expected to look the part at All times, esp. when in public or visiting any of the royal palaces. This was an official visit she undertook as a patron of the William & Harry Foundation which supports the charity helping these children. It took place on a Sunday!! (what about that??) - It's not just any outing! But even if it were just a private outing, what's wrong with her wearing make-up or jewellery for camping?? - She also wears jewellery with bikinis, when bathing in the sea!!! Kate was not exactly destitute when she met William! Her family is very wealthy in its own right & she’s also married to a future king so, why are people surprised that certain items of her clothing are very expensive or that she wears same brand of weallies as William & Harry? - She can easily afford to buy only bespoke designer clothes (same as other royals) but she also very frequently recycles, re-mixes, borrows & shares, therefore her clothing costs are probably significantly less than those of other royals & many celebrities. Anyway, She & William are Not on the civil list. - UK taxpayers are not paying for Kate in anyway - not her clothing, hairdresser …whatever. Finally, Kate is first & foremost a Royal (a princess & future queen), not a celebrity ...And certainly not set out to be a fashion model. She dresses impeccably and appropriately for every occasion, IMO


Tuesday 19th of June 2012

I love this oufit, especially the beautiful brown vest. The Dutchess sure knows how to style casual separates! She always appears to be very happy around children as well. That is probably one of her many strong points.


Tuesday 19th of June 2012

I think that Katherine look so lovely. Her choices of clothing always are so elegant and fit for the occasion. I think she is a role model on how to dress and be level headed. Though the vest was expensive you have to realize that she IS royalty and the replicas are knock offs of what SHE wears. She is beautiful and smart. I admire everything about her.


Monday 18th of June 2012

I liked both of these outfits---would buy the jacket worn at polo for myself to wear. One thing: and this is purely a personal preference issue---I would have loved to see her change into riding style boots, (or the tall brown boots that she has previously worn) for the polo match. I think they would have looked nicer than the wellies.

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