Kate was in navy and royal blue for today’s activities at the Commonwealth Games.
The Duchess started the day with a SportsAid reception, attending mentoring sessions and meeting with athletes and ambassadors for the organization
She also took part in activities in the Athletes Village with Harry and William. More from the Daily Mail’s coverage:
They were given a tour of the recreation facilities for the athletes, where William played video games with some of the Welsh women’s hockey team.All three moved on to the village green where they heard a performance of the Games’ anthem for Unicef from a group of local school children.
Many of the children the royals met are part of East40, a choir from schools in Glasgow’s East End. Here you see little Kacey Armstrong giving Kate a teddy bear that is a gift for Prince George.
Throughout the Glasgow 2014 Games, UNICEF has been leading sessions for athletes and the public drawing attention to the Put Children First appeal which aims to reach every child in Scotland and around the Commonwealth.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry then joined the children in playing three traditional games enjoyed by young people from different countries across the Commonwealth.
HRH the Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed a game from the Caribbean with the children although she said, “This is much harder than it looks!”
Kate and William played a game of table football with athletes.
Another vie wof the Duke and Duchess.
A photo posted on Twitter by Street Soccer Scotland founder David Duke prompted us to ask “best photobomb ever?“, as it features Princes Harry & William, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Mr. Bolt again, all behind Mr. Duke.
(Fear not, your correspondent stands corrected and now grasps the distinction between a “photobomb” and a “selfie”.)
Many will recognize key pieces in Kate’s ensemble.
We’ll start with the Ridley Stretch Cady Dress by designer Stella McCartney. The color is ideal, almost identical to the blue in Scotland’s flag.
Kate wearing the frock to an opening at the National Portrait Gallery in 2012, at the Men’s Tennis Finals at the 2012 London Games (she and Prince William are seen speaking with Andy Murray), and most recently, when arriving in Canberra during the April tour. In the montage below, we added the photo from today as well. The dress is a stretch jersey; its most distinctive feature is the exposed seaming on the darts, a tailoring element usually concealed on the inside of a garment.
The piece is Smythe’s One-Button Blazer. We are using an older product montage below from retailer Revolve Clothing to better showcase the cut-out portion on the back of the blazer.
It has been reissued several times since Kate first wore it when departing England for the 2011 tour of North America.
The blazer is currently stocked in all sizes at Saks ($595). It is made of 100% wool, and features princess seaming with front pockets and the cut-out back section. Shopbop also has the blazer in stock, although sizing is limited.
UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2, 2014: There was some discussion about the length of the blazers currently being sold at Shopbop and Saks, whether they were just a bit shorter than Kate’s. I have heard back from Smythe and the current versions are exactly the same length as the style Kate wore.
There has been some discussion about Kate’s handbag and whether it is actually her oft-carried Stuart Weitzman for Russell & Bromley Muse. These are both from today, and to me, it looks like it is, but I will be the first to admit I don’t always catch every detail on an item, one reason I value reader feedback and comments.
UPDATED 7pm EDT: The always-brilliant Carly from Kate Middleton Style suggests the bag may be by Emmy, a brand we know Kate carries in multiple colors. Here is one more picture from today: the angle might make it appear the flap comes all the way down the full front of the bag, but that is just the perspective of the photo. Today’s tip of the tiara goes to Carly for sorting this out.
UPDATED UPDATE Friday, Aug 1: It is with mortification and apologies that I write an update to the update above: the bag is not by Emmy. It very much looks like an LK Bennett handbag, the brand’s Frome Suede Clutch. With thanks to Cindy, Sara & Anna of My Small Obsessions, here is the correct bag:
Our thanks to everyone who commented, tweeted and/or emailed saying they didn’t think the Muse pictured was Kate’s clutch, as well as those who said they didn’t think it looked like the Emmy.
At least we managed to get the footwear correct on the first go-round, the Duchess wore her favorite shoes, the Corkswoon style by Stuart Weitzman.
Kate kept things simple in the jewelry department, opting for the pieces she wore yesterday. Left to right we have the Kiki McDonough Citrine Drop earrings, Cartier’s Ballon Bleu wristwatch, and charms from Asprey, the jeweler’s Woodland Collection.