For a day of engagements in Hamilton, New Zealand, Kate wore a green Erdem coat and Suzannah dress.
After arriving at the airport William and Kate went their separate ways, William to Pacific Aerospace and Kate going to Rainbow Place, a children’s hospice.
The Hospice offers a variety of free services; more from the organization’s Facebook page:
Rainbow Place is a free Waikato-based service helping children and young adults affected by serious illness, or the death of a loved one.
Rainbow Place also provides specialised Nursing Support for children and young people who themselves have a serious illness.
Today was a special treat, the annual tea party at the Hospice. Earlier in the day finishing touches were put on a spectacular setting for the Alice in Wonderland-themed tent where the party was held.
The decor was a huge hit with partygoers, it looked just terrific. One story from the visit via Victoria Murphy’s article in the Mirror:
The Duchess sat down at a child’s tea party table with Bailey and asked: “Are you having tea?
“Can I sit with you?
“How is mummy doing?
“Do you find it difficult sometimes?
“Yes, I’m sure you do, but you’re a very brave little girl.”
Bailey said afterwards: “I was excited to meet a real princess and it made me feel like a princess for the day too.”
Following their separate engagements, William and Kate visited the town of Cambridge where they were greeted by large crowds of cheering well-wishers. Police estimates put the crowd close to 15,000.
The ‘Allie’ coat was from Erdem’s pre-fall 2013 Collection. Victoria Murphy’s story in the Mirror has an interesting note:
During a walkabout in Cambridge, Kate revealed that William wasn’t sure about her green Erdem coat.
Bev Hayes, 68, from Cambridge, said: “I complimented her on her green dress (sic).
“She said she liked it but Prince William thought it was a bit bright.”
This is a style we actually suggested as a good look for the Duchess back in December of 2012, in a post covering the Erdem pre-fall 2013 collection. The garment is made of a wool crepe with multiple seams and top-stitching, front pockets, along with exposed zippers on the front and at the wrists.
The coat originally retailed for $3120, we last saw it selling at half of that price, $1560.
In several photos, you can see the hem of Kate’s dress peeking out.
The frock is crafted of Italian silk crepe de chine, with a silk habotai lining. It has smocking at the shoulder and just under the bust, as well as a full skirt; the dress retails at £475. This style is one of the brand’s signature styles, an item they offer every season. Suzannah has been worn by Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, as well as Pippa Middleton.
Kate wore her Episode Angel heels and carried her Mulberry clutch.
For jewelry Kate wore the Cartier wristwatch and the emerald earrings first noted at a November 2012 Natural History Museum function.
Many have asked about the third ring Kate now wears. It is an eternity band, although we don’t know the designer or retailer.
The Duchess also wore the commemorative WWI anniversary poppy pin first seen on the blue McQueen coat.
- Learn more about Rainbow Place by visiting its website here, going to the Rainbow Place Facebook page here or following the organization’s Twitter feed here
- the Daily Mail’s story (loads of photos too!) may be seen by clicking here, Victoria Murphy’s Daily Mirror story is here
- Hello! magazine’s story and gallery of photos is here
- the Waikato Times has a video on its website
- TVNZ NewsOne’s coverage is here
- the Office of the Governor-General has posted a video on YouTube of Kate’s Rainbow Place visit