The Duchess was in a new Reiss coat for today’s visit to the Action on Addiction Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies.
Kate has been Action on Addiction’s patron since 2012, and she has visited several of the organization’s treatment centers, but today was the first time she has seen the training Centre. More from Simon Perry’s People magazine story:
This is the first opportunity she has had to see the other side of Action on Addiction’s work, which is their investment in professional development, to raise standards across those delivering these treatments, and ensure the best quality of support.
After arriving the Duchess met students and teachers, and took part in a tutorial session.
200+ students have graduated from the specialized programs taught at the Centre. More from Rebecca English’s Daily Mail story:
The Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies, in partnership with the University of Bath, contributes to raising standards in the field of addiction treatment by training addiction counsellors to a higher standard than ever before.
It is the only charity-owned and operated centre of its kind in the UK.
Kate also met with families from the M-Pact program (Moving Parents and Children Together), the endeavor is designed to help children ages 8-17 who are coping with the effects of parental substance abuse in their home. Kate has been involved with the program for years (see here and here), it is a partnership between two charities that Kate is patron for, Action on Addiction and Place2Be.
After the meetings and classroom work everyone moved to another structure so they could join a ceremony celebrating the graduation of students who studied at the University of Bath Foundation and Honors Degree programs.
The special celebratory event was for students who graduated from the Bath University programs; the University’s formal graduation ceremony was yesterday, so today’s celebration commemorated the occasion. Below you see Kate congratulating Anna Elston.
Now for what Kate wore. As the Duchess’s new do is still top of mind, and very much a topic of discussion, we’ll start with two photos from today.
With thanks to the very helpful folks at Richard Ward, we did have a response to yesterday’s inquiry. They verified Mr. Ward “is hairdresser to the Duchess of Cambridge” but did not elaborate regarding her new look.
The knee-length piece is a wool/poly blend, with a high neck, self-belt, concealed button front and slim fit.
A few of us shared a brief discussion on Twitter about Kate deciding not to use the belt that came with the coat. One possibility that occurred to me: perhaps she just didn’t want to fuss with it. As far as Kate wearing belted coats, based merely on vague recollections of what we have seen over the years, I think that she really doesn’t wear belted coats that often. When she does opt for a belt she will frequently wear something other than the belt that came with the garment, like the wide black belt we have seen. This is *not* based on any research or serious data compilation, it was simply an initial reaction to a topic of conversation.
The coat is offered at these sites:
- the piece is still available in sizes 0 – 8 on the Reiss US website ($620 with free shipping for orders totaling more than $300);
- on the Reiss UK/International website the coat is in stock for sizes 4 -12 (£325)
- in the US the Rubik is available in sizes 0, 6 and 10 at Bloomingdale’s ($620, free shipping for online orders)
In the UK at John Lewis (£325)For those seeing our tweets about John Lewis, that retailer is now sold out
- it is also available at Zalando in limited sizing (£370)
As noted above, Kate wore a pink bespoke version of Emilia Wickstead’s ‘Alice’ coat dress, first seen in 2012; the Duchess wore the teal, or turquoise color, in 2014.
More specifically, on Palm Sunday of 2014, when on tour in New Zealand.
The bodice design and fine wool crepe fabric look like the Tamzin from the fall 2013 collection. (This is not to suggest the entire dress is like Kate’s, only the fabric and bodice are similar.)
Another look at the dress as worn today.
A closer look at Kate wearing the Alice in both colors.
We saw familiar accessories, including Kate’s oft-carried Bayswater Clutch Wallet in black suede. We show it in black leather as the suede is no longer available. A sales and savings note: several colors in the Clutch Wallet are on sale, discounted from $790 to $554. (I am sure someone commented or tweeted or Facebooked with this tip, thank you to whomever that was, I cannot recall where I first saw your info!)
We also saw the Power pump in black suede by Stuart Weitzman again.
As noted yesterday, The shoe is no longer available in black suede. Kate also wore her diamond/sapphire earrings, as well as her Mappin and Webb Empress necklace.
We will leave you with this video from today.
One more quick note: We are receiving a volume of email/messages about the fact we have sold out of the 2016 What Kate Wore Calendar we created with Mark Stewart. The two primary questions we are getting: 1) will the calendar be restocked; 2) if so, can people pre-order the calendar. We’re just tickled by the interest in the calendar, we had no idea we would sell out so quickly. We are checking with our printer to see if we can do another run, what the time frame would be for that, etc., and should have an answer within the next 12-24 hours. Thank You to everyone for the interest, we are more-than-flattered, and pedaling as fast as we can.We will update here, on Facebook and Twitter. as soon as we have an answer.
UPDATE Dec 11: We have the printer doing another run, they’re back in stock at the store.
- Learn more about Action on Addiction at the charity’s website here; follow the organization on Facebook here; or follow the Twitter feed here
- The Daily Express story & gallery may be seen here; The Daily Mail’s story is here; The Mirror’s coverage is here;
- People magazine’s story is here; The Telegraph story and video is here