Today the Duchess wore a black hoodie and skinny jeans for her engagement with the 23rd Poplar Beaver Scout Colony in East London.
The children were very excited to see Kate, here you see them gathered and waiting for her to arrive.
How excited were they? Well, they didn’t know Kate was coming to their meeting, this tweet from the Daily Mail’s Rebecca English shows how surprised they were:
Better Prepared is a new four year campaign to open Scouting groups in 200 of the country’s most deprived areas.
Kate started volunteering with the Scouts in January 2012 and organised BBQs for them on the beach near her Anglesey cottage.
The young Scouts were working on their Disability Awareness Activity Badges, so many of the evening’s activities were designed to help raise awareness of challenges encountered by those with disabilities.
More from Richard Palmer’s story in The Express:
Sporting the Scout hoodie and matching black jeans and boots, Kate, who was invited to join in all of the activities, was helping teach the children how to ice a cake blindfolded, cut up a chocolate bar with boxing gloves, learn the Scout Promise in sign language, and put a wet suit on blindfolded, supported by two-times world para triathlon champion Steve Judge.
Below you see Kate working with 6-year-old Fynley Gooch as they each try to frost a cupcake while blindfolded.
More about tonight from Gordon Rayner’s Telegraph story:
The Duchess was shown around by Carlos Lopez-Plandolit, the Beaver Scout colony leader, who became a volunteer about a year ago after coming to Britain five years ago from Spain to work for a technology company.
“It’s the most exciting thing that happened to me in five years,” said Carlos, 31. “Scout groups like the one that the Duchess is visiting this evening give young people access to some fantastic opportunities that they might not have access to otherwise.
“As someone who had never considered volunteering with The Scout Association until recently, I can’t recommend it enough!
Below you see Mr. Lopez-Plandolit with Kate, para-triathlete Steven Judge on her left (our right) and the Scouts.
Kate joined the 20 Beavers sitting in a circle and then, when everyone stood up, went around the circle, presenting each with a disability awareness badge.”Well done,” she told each Beaver. “Oh my gosh, look at all your badges,” she said to one. “How many? Have you been counting them?
Then Kate joined all the Beavers in using sign language to say the Scout’s Promise – “I promise to do my best, to be kind and helpful and to love my world” – before singing along to their farewell song “Goodnight Beavers”.
The Duchess handing out merit badges.
Kate is an official volunteer with the organization; the Queen is patron of UK Scouting.
Kate wore a UK Scouting Hoodie for tonight’s engagements.
Kate was in the i.Scout Ladies’ Zip-front Hoodie.
The piece is a cotton/poly blend with front pouch pockets, and ribbing at the cuffs and waistband. It is priced at £28, about $45 at today’s exchange rates.
UPDATED 8pm December 16, 2014: We have also had a comment saying that Kate was in Topshop’s MOTO Leigh jean. Below I have side-by-side pix, both digitally treated to be lighter and show more detail.
I can’t make a determination from the photos I have access to this evening; hopefully there will be others I can look at tomorrow. It’s certainly a possibility. Some thought Kate wore the MOTO on Father’s Day this year when watching William at a polo match.
And we thought it likely the Duchess was wearing Topshop’s MOTO maternity style when starting the Ring of Fire ultra-marathon in August, 2013.
The Duchess wore her Russell and Bromley Charge-It boots this evening…
…and her trusty ‘Grace’ studs by Kiki McDonough.
For our final tidbit about the evening we return to Richard Palmer’s Express story:
“What’s your name?” One little boy asked her, pointing his finger at her.
“My name’s Catherine. Very nice to meet you,” she said.
As an aside, anyone wanting to support the Girl Scout of America and/or the Boy Scouts of America, the GSA Shop is here (with a large selection of hoodies here) and the BSA Shop may be found here (with just a few hoodies here).
We also want to share news about Kate attending a wedding over the weekend, info that many of you will have already seen. (Lacking licensed photos it didn’t make sense to send out a separate post about the event.) She wore her lacy Zarita gown from Diane von Furstenberg, Really Wild Clothing Company’s Claret Wrap, and she carried her vintage handbag. The Express has the story (and photos), you can see both here. With thanks to @Kags_7 on Twitter, we now know the piece is available for pre-ordering.
The wrap/shawl was initially worn on Christmas Day 2013. It is described as “A luxurious Cashmere Mix Wool Wrap in a warm tartan consisting of Claret and Navy Checks”.
It measures 82″ x 28″ (roughly 208 cm x 71cm) and sells for £135.
We now have an ID on the earrings Kate wore in New York with her Beulah London ‘Amara’ dress. The Duchess was attending a reception and dinner hosted by the American Friends of the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
A closer look.
We have not yet identified the earrings either. It turns out the earrings are from an American designer, the iconic Kenneth Jay Lane. A Tip of the Tiara today for Arwenn, she identified the earrings and shared the info with My Small Obsessions. Kate was wearing a pair of Silvertone Crystal Earrings. Below we show them at Lyst.com (an online shopping aggregator). They are also viewable on a Facebook page dedicated to the Wear to Kill collection.
The stones are all handset cubic zirconias, and the style has been sold out for some time. However, our friend Kristen let us know the earrings can be special ordered from Jardin Jewelry. Kristen learned the earrings also came in a version with blue stones.
Anna of My Small Obsessions has head from the folks at CZ Kenneth Jay Lane: Kate’s version of the earrings will be available again in about 6 weeks. They will be priced at $175; for more information contact CZbyKenJayLane.
For anyone unfamiliar with Kenneth Jay Lane, the jeweler has long created pieces worn by notables from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to Princess Diana to Madonna and Lady Gaga.
Some jewelry is sold via the Kenneth Jay Lane website; a broad selection of pieces can also be found at retailers like Shopbop and Neiman Marcus. The largest selection of the designer’s work is at QVC.
- Learn more about the Scout’s Better Prepared project by clicking here, you can visit the UK Scouting Facebook page here
- Those in the UK can get involved by emailing BetterPrepared@Scouts.org.uk, and/or texting SCOUTS 70800 to donate £5
- Visit the 23rd Poplar Scout Group’s website here, the group’s Facebook page is here
- The Daily Express coverage is here, the Daily Mail’s is here, the Daily Telegraph’s is here, and the Daily Mirror’s story is here and its photo gallery is here
- Clarence House posted a brief video of Kate working on decorating the cupcake, Pop Sugar’s photo gallery can be seen here, Simon Perry’s delightful story in People magazine is here