Many readers know the Duchess is Patron of SportsAid, an organization helping potential world class athletes, future Olympians and Paralympians, reach their potential.
There were thirty athletes involved in today’s workshop, held at Glaxo Smith Kline’s Human Performance Lab.
Kate watched the athletes being measured in a variety of ways, including strength, power, and cognitive abilities. From the SportsAid news release:
The Duchess of Cambridge took two cognitive tests to experience firsthand what the athletes had been doing. The tests measured reaction time and help facilitate skill acquisition and skill execution in athletes.
More from Victoria Murphy in her Daily Mirror story:
The Duchess of Cambridge threw herself into a cognitive testing exercise at an official engagement for Olympic hopefuls today.
Taking part in the hi-tech tests, that used a large plasma touch screen, she said: “Finally, something I can do while I am pregnant!”
An amusing anecdote from The Daily Mail’s story:
The Duchess of Cambridge couldn’t help laughing today, after realising that she had been attempting to have a conversation with a young athlete who was wearing heavy-looking mask and unable to speak.
Golfer Emma Allen, 17, from Southampton, was one of a group of athletes to be put through their paces in front of the Duchess as she toured the GSK Human Performance Lab in Brentford.
Realising that Miss Allen was unable to reply, a clearly amused Duchess burst into laughter before getting the explanation she was looking for from one of the lab staff instead.
The frock is a shirtdress style, done in 100% wool crepe fabric. Other design attributes as described by Goat:
- a fit and flare design
- button cuffs & concealed side zipper
- self belt with colour matched buckle
Like most (if not all) of its garments, the Vreeland is made in Britain. The dress is available in another color, ‘iron,’ at Diani Boutique, where it is actually on sale for $580, discounted from $725.
Another view of the dress via Goat’s Pinterest account.
The dress was a solid choice for today’s event; a more casual look that works with an engagement of this nature, and most likely very comfortable for Kate.
The Scarlett remains available in other colors. Below, we show it in a color exclusive to Matches Fashion, in a color they refer to as navy ($680).
This is only on the Outnet UK site. Unfortunately Goat isn’t stocked on the Outnet’s US site, but the UK site does offer shipping to the United States. The UK site has other discounted Goat styles for those who like the brand but are also price-conscious.
The Redgrave remains available in the color Kate wore.
The Duchess accessorized with a new pair of boots, the “HalfNHalf Stretch Rider” by Stuart Weitzman for Russell and Bromley. The boots have a stretch panel on the back and suede on the front, with lower heels than what we frequently see Kate wearing, about 1.25″, or 4cm.
They sell for €575 (roughly $725) at Russell and Bromley, where they appear to be available in all sizes. They are very similar to Stuart Weitzman’s 50-50 boots, the version of the boot sold in the US.
She also carried her Stuart Weitzman for Russell & Bromley ‘Muse’ clutch.
She wore her diamond and sapphire earrings as well.
A reminder of how the Duchess looked Sunday.
And now a more detailed examination of the collar, which has been digitally enhanced in the two photos on the right. The box pleating, or tuxedo pleating at the neck is the giveaway that shows Kate is wearing the frock.
The dress is a 2008 style. From the Nordstrom dress description: “Charmeuse ruffles trim the Mandarin collar and split neckline of a matte jersey dress styled with cap sleeves. Pleating below the banded waist lends beautiful drape to the skirt.”
- Button-and-loop closures at front.
- Side slit pockets.
- Polyester/spandex with silk trim; dry clean.
- By BCBGMAXAZRIA; imported.
- Dresses and Petite Focus.
Today’s tip of the tiara goes to super sleuths Dawn M. and Poppy G. on the WKW Facebook page for their ID work on this one.
Our final topic is the poppies at the Tower of London. CNN’s Max Foster spent Armistice Day (yesterday) amid the poppies and people at the Tower, his story may be seen here.
Yesterday the final poppy was planted by 13-year-old Army Cadet Harry Alexander Hayes. Here you can just about see artist Paul Cummins handing the poppy to the young Cadet. Mr. Cummins came up with the idea of planting almost 900,000 as a way of honoring UK and Commonwealth lives lost in the First World War. He created thousands of the poppies himself and then trained volunteers to help create them.
Hundreds of volunteers on Wednesday began removing the nearly 900,000 blood-red ceramic poppies from an installation at the Tower of London to honour the UK forces killed in the First World War.
The artwork has proved hugely popular, with more than five million people travelling to the landmark to see “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red” in the 11th-century castle’s moat.
The Telegraph article links to a good ITN video story showing the volunteers working in the moat. ITV correspondent Richard Gaisford tweeted a photo of the first poppy being removed. It was taken from the moat by the longest-serving gardener at Hampton Court, John.
Some of the poppies will be on display until the end of the month. More from the BBC:
The weeping window and wave segments of the installation will be the final sections to be removed and will be on show until the end of the month.
Historic Royal Palaces asked that the 21,688 volunteers who planted the poppies be thanked.
It is mostly volunteers who are taking the poppies down, getting them ready to be cleaned, packed and shipped to their new owners.
A reminder that Kate’s next engagement is tomorrow when the Duke and Duchess attend a benefit concert for the Royal Variety Charity.
- Learn more about today’s events in the official SportsAid news release, visit the SportsAid website here, or the organization’s Facebook page here
- An ITN video may be viewed by clicking here,
- the Daily Mail story is here, the Daily Express article is here, and Victoria Murphy’s story in The Daily Mirror is here