Kate brought back her Michael Kors coat for today’s engagements.
The Duchess started the day at Hampton Court Palace; she was there to officially open the Magic Garden, a fabulous new play area for children. Below you see her with Rupert Gavin, chairman of Historic Royal Palaces (center); on the right, you see the landscape architect for the project, Robert Myers.
It was a bright and breezy day, nice weather for the formal opening of the play area. A very quick video of Kate’s arrival.
Video: Kate and the Magic Garden pic.twitter.com/2qEUCrTIEE
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) May 4, 2016
More about the Garden from Gordon Rayner’s story in The Telegraph.
The Magic Garden at Henry VIII’s former residence in south west London includes its own secret grotto and a 25ft smoke-breathing dragon.
There was a cute exchange with one of the children. Simon Perry’s story in People has the details.
As Kate toured the garden, one youngster tugged on the sleeve of the chairman of Historic Royal Palaces, Rupert Gavin, and asked him: “Who’s that?”
The Duchess of Cambridge, he replied.
“Then the child said, ‘Ooh, are you the princess?’ ” says Gavin.
She said: “Just call me Kate.” (When Kate herself had asked the kids her name, they chorused, “Princess Kate!”)
From Rebecca English’s story in The Daily Mail:
The Duchess of Cambridge told school children today how she thought two-and-a-half year old Prince George would be ‘a bit scared’ of a 25ft plastic dragon in a newly-unveiled playground.
Kate spoke to Elodie and Olivia, both eight, from St John the Baptist Church of England Junior School, who were sitting on top of the plastic and clay dragon at Hampton Court Palace’s Magic Garden.
She actually is said to have told the children Charlotte and George have a new pet, but you get the gist of the story. As you might imagine, this sparked a flurry of social media chatter, including ‘artist’s renderings’ of Marvin.
There was also an intricately decorated cake.
We return to Gordon Rayner’s story
The lunch was held at Spencer House, the ancestral London home of Diana, Princess of Wales, which was recently the venue for Rupert Murdoch’s wedding to Jerry Hall.
…the Duchess thanked major donors who have so far raised £3.25 million towards the £10m capital needed to build a new children’s mental health centre.
This was Kate’s first engagement as Patron of the Freud Centre.
The Duchess as she was leaving today’s luncheon.
Obviously the dress is not the green shade associated with peridot, it is described as a light blue-grey. It has that distinctive draped/pleated bodice and neckline; center back pleats; small pleated panels at the back waistband; an exposed back zipper from neckline to hem; and a front tie.
Kate’s Michael Kors coat was initially worn on the final day of the 2014 tour. Called an indigo twill jacquard swing coat by Michael Kors, the garment was single-breasted with front flap pockets and a full skirt.
The Duchess accessorized with her nude Fern pumps by LK Bennett.
While currently sold out, the company is going to be getting more in; you can register your interest in purchasing a pair by giving LK Bennet your email at this page.
Kate carried a new Nina clutch, also from LK Bennett, in the same ‘Trench’ color as her shoes.
Kate wore her Mappin & Webb Empress pendant and earrings.
She also wore her Cartier Ballon Bleu wristwatch.
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In response to queries about the Sledge, I consulted a post titled “It’s Been How Long Since We Saw The Sledge?” dated April 8, 2015. My records show Kate as having worn the Sledge on August 4 of 2014 in Liège, Belgium for events commemorating the Centenary of World War I.
Our comprehensive look book of Kate’s style highlights reveals 30 occasions when she has chosen either the Floret (£175), Fern (£195) or Sledge (£195) heels from L.K Bennett, from their very first sighting at the Epsom Derby shortly after her wedding to today’s outings.
We calculated that on that basis, this tots up to a cost-per-wear of just £6.16.
There are other nude heels not included in the equation, like the Choo Gilbert or Russell & Bromley’s Pointy. But the piece is meant to be lighthearted, it isn’t intended to be the definitive mathematical statement on Kate’s per-wearing cost. The story does raise a point many of us have discussed over the years:
Of course, in the same way that the Queen orders new versions of her beloved Launer handbag each season, it’s highly likely that the Duchess is stockpiling numerous pairs of nude shoes to ensure they’re pristine for every occasion.
We’ll never know how many pairs of each style Kate might purchase, but my guess is when she finds something she likes she buys in multiples.
We’ll see you shortly for Kate’s engagement at the National Portrait Gallery where she will view the Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibit.
- The Magic Garden website is here, the Facebook page is here
- The Anna Freud Centre website is here; its Facebook page is here and Twitter feed here
- Gordon Rayner’s story in The Telegraph is here; The Daily Mail’s photo-laden story is here; The Mirror’s rolling live coverage is here; The Express story is here
- PopSugar’s slideshow from the Magic Garden event at Hampton Court Palace is here