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 adventureÂ 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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:
- Learn more about ARK here, and ARK Schools here, you may also follow ARK Schools on Twitter
- You can read more about Widehorizons here, and/or follow them on Twitter
- Rebecca English’s Daily Mail story is here
- the Kent Online story about the ARK event is here
- The ITN/Daily Telegraph video story of the ARK function is here