The Trust is a charitable endeavor of Ben Ainslie Racing, “…the British team aiming to bring the America’s Cup home.” Kate is the Trust’s royal patron.
The Trust is working to get more young people from a wider demographic involved in sailing.
Kate was at the Ben Ainslie Racing facility to open the new Tech Deck education centre.
The Centre is designed to engage people in the sport through exhibits showcasing design and construction elements of World Cup vessels.
Below, Kate speaking with students from St. Edmunds Catholic School; they are learning how yachts are constructed to withstand the elements.
The Duchess also officially introduced partnerships with the UKSA and the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. This year the Trust will partner with the Foundation to offer free sailing lessons to young people in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas. From Simon Perry’s People story:
Kate met schoolchildren who are set to try out sailing last summer with Go Sail, a program run by the U.K. Sailing Academy.
Ashlyn Collins, 15, told PEOPLE, “She asked us if we had ever been sailing, whether we were going to be sailing, she asked us if we enjoy sport and are we looking forward to it.
“It was so amazing. You see her on TV, you kind of don’t think of her as a real person and then to meet her was amazing.
One of the Trust’s goals is help grow the number of students studying STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) topics. There were digital workshops today, helping students connect with STEM studies.
Kate listens as Mohammed-Asif Akhmad from Bae Systems puts a microphone on her head. More from The Daily Mail:
The duchess was then shown a bone conductor radio kit which transmits sound through a pad placed on the forehead.
After trying it out, Kate said: “It’s fantastic, it’s as if it comes straight through your head.”
The US Ambassador to the UK, Matthew Barzun, was on hand for some of the day’s events.
The Duchess officially opened the Tech Centre by unveiling a mural.
You might remember Kate adding to the mural when visiting Portsmouth in Feb of 2015.
After her time at the new Tech Centre Kate went for a sail with Ben Ainslie and some of his team members.
— Emily Nash (@emynash) May 20, 2016
The Duchess changed into sailing gear for a trip out on the water.
It was a gorgeous day, much nicer than the last time the Duchess visited when brutal winds and driving rain curtailed some activities.
From royal reporter Richard Palmer’s Twitter feed:
Kate taking the helm.
More from Mr. Palmer’s story in The Express:
Kate went out in the team’s test boat T1 – a foiling AC45 catamaran – and took control, steering the boat out on the race course for the forthcoming Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series event in Portsmouth in July.
When Kate, a keen yachtswoman in her youth, was introduced to some of the young sailors outside the team headquarters, she told one group: “I’d really like to get out on the water more.”
From The Telegraph’s coverage:
Sir Ben, speaking after the high-speed ride, revealed his team would love to get The Duchess on board for a race. In the world series they are allowed to take a guest. “We would love to get her racing with us as well if we can,” he said. “There’s a lot going on and we will see what the schedule allows.”
He also revealed he hopes The Duchess will bring her children – Prince George, two, and Princess Charlotte, one – to the centre, adding: “She is certainly keen to get the Prince and Princess sailing at some time in the future, whether that is down here or elsewhere.”
The Duchess was next seen wearing the pieces for an engagement at Bletchley Park in June, 2014.
Here is the original product description for Kate’s blouse:
Alexander McQueen’s military-inspired silk-georgette blouse exudes signature sophistication: cream sheer silk-georgette, navy trims, stand collar, gold button-fastening epaulets, long sleeves, button-fastening cuffs, military-style frogging at front, flared hem. Concealed button and snap fastenings through front
The skirt was described this way:
Upgrade your new season wardrobe with a hit of Alexander McQueen’s covetable military aesthetic. In a nautical navy hue, this button-embellished wool-crepe skirt is a versatile style. Directional front slits lend it an air of It girl cool. Navy wool-crepe, gold anchor-embossed button embellishment, front flap, two side slant pocket details, two symmetrical front slits, seam detail, fully lined. Concealed zip and hook fastenings at side. 100% wool; lining: 71% acetate, 29% silk.
Kate accessorized with her Rupert Sanderson Malory heels (£425).
She carried her ‘Kate’ bag in quilted leather by Jaeger.
Kate wore her sapphire/diamond earrings.
She also wore her engagement ring for the first part of the day’s activities
It appeared the earrings and the engagement ring were given to someone for safekeeping while Kate was sailing.
A look at Kate in the separates over the years.
The Duchess wore Henri Lloyd again. This is the firm that outfits the Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing team.
Just a few weeks ago Ben Ainslie Racing was in New York for America’s Cup races; they wore their Henri Lloyd gear to ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange.
Below, Kate wearing Henri Lloyd during the July 2015 visit to Portsmouth.
Kate wore the Land Rover BAR Team Elite Jacket by Henri Lloyd.
The jacket is £395, although US shoppers are unable to see that info online because Henri Lloyd does not offer ecommerce for those in the USA. The company *will* ship to US buyers, but orders need to go through the company’s stores in Cowes. The store’s email address is email@example.com; the phone # is 01983 291429; the street address is Henri Lloyd Cowes, 96-96 High Street, Cowes PO31 7AW. I don’t yet know which style of trousers Kate was wearing; Henri Lloyd tells me they do not think it’s one of their garments.
Kate sported a new pair of Adidas running shoes.
UPDATE MAY 21: It looks like Kate’s trousers are by Columbia Sportswear, you can see the brand’s ‘omni tech’ label just back of the right side seam on Kate’s leg and the pair shown below right. (That pair is very similar to Kate’s, but it’s not identical.) Many thanks to Оксана Кравченко on the FB page (aka RoyalRomance on Twitter).
Kate’s pair has seaming at the knee that is distinctive, perhaps a Columbia convertible style that allows one to zip off the lower portion of the pants, then wearing the upper part as shorts.
UPDATE MAY 21: There are a number of new photos of Kate leaving Friday’s engagement, she wears a black cable crewneck sweater/jumper & black skinny jeans. Below, an image shared by Coffee Jingle Records on Twitter.
Additional pictures may be seen here in The Daily Mail.
Both Anna of My Small Obsessions and Middleton Maven suggest Kate may be wearing a Ralph Lauren sweater/jumper. Below left, the Black Label Cashmere Crewneck; on the right we show the Ralph Lauren Collection Cashmere Crewneck.
We do not have a decisive identification of the skinny jeans.
There’s a solid video available on the Land Rover BAR Facebook page here.
Also today, a look at a what might be a new photo of Kate. The image was posted on Twitter by a gentleman named Stephen Connor, he is the Executive Director of the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance. Mr. Connor is attending the International Children’s Palliative Care Conference in Buenos Aires; he said the Duchess sent a message of support to the Conference.
It’s possible the video message Kate sent could be made available for viewing; if so, we will let you know.
And finally, for those who ordered the Royal Mail stamps commemorating Kate and William’s 5th wedding anniversary, word that many customers are receiving theirs. Laura Ashworth shared these photos on Twitter of her stamps.
A quick query: I am working on a post about items ordered by WKWers in the last month to six weeks and seeking input on your purchases. Below, questions conveying the basic info I am interested in.
- How was the item(s) when delivered, was the packaging acceptable?
- How was the ordering process, was your order filled as expected or did you receive a notice saying it was canceled? How was that handled by the company?
- What about the quality, is it what you hoped? Did it surpass expectations or disappoint?
- Was the item as described? (Those purchasing the Anita Dongre dress have been surprised at the weave/weight of the fabric, finding it very sheer. (I don’t know one person who wants to return their dress, the reviews have been positive with that exception, but it *was* a surprise for shoppers.)
- How was communication with the company you ordered from? There has been discussion on Twitter and Facebook (not to mention direct messages and email) about one brand in particular and its struggles to deal with the onslaught of business brought about by Kate wearing their merchandise & ensuing communication issues.
If you are able to take a moment or two and share your feedback that is outstanding. The best email is Susan@WhatKateWore.com. Please be sure to let me know how you would like to be referenced in the post (first name only? full name? a “shopper in Sydney”?) I won’t be able to use all of the comments, but there’s been good feedback about the Glamorous dress & tunic, the Anita Dongre dress, Accessorize earrings, Breton stripe sweater by J Crew and I thought it might be helpful to share information.
We will see you Monday when Kate and William join HM and other royals at the Royal Chelsea Flower Show.
- The INternational Children’s Palliative Care Network site is here; the Facebook page is here & Twitter feed here
- The photo intense Daily Mail story is here; Victoria Murphy’s article in The Mirror is here; Richard Palmer’s story in The Express is here;
- PopSugar’s photo gallery is here; The Telegraph’s photo gallery is here; a Telegraph column by Bethan Holt on Kate’s ‘Literal Dressing’ is here; Simon Perry’s People story is here