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A New Erdem Coat for Kate’s Day in Manchester with William

Kate was in a new coat by Erdem for today’s engagements with Prince William in Manchester.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Manchester

The pair started their day at The National Football Museum. Upon arriving they met some local schoolchildren who were having some early Halloween fun. More from Simon Perry’s People story:

A group of mischievous school kids decided to have a little fun with the royal couple’s visit to Manchester on Friday morning by wearing masks of the royal family, including Kate and Will themselves!

Back to the People piece:

“Have you taken the day off school today?’ William asked one of the kids before spotting the mask.
 
“Oh, is that really me?” he joked. “It’s quite creased, you look like you have been sitting on it!”

In the quick video you can see/hear William looking at his mask.

This was the couple’s first official trip to the city together. Kate visited Manchester in April of 2013.Kensington Palace

From The Daily Mirror’s coverage

They headed straight for a reception with some young Mancunians, who are making a difference to their communities.

Then it was off for a tour of the museum, which aims to explain to fans and non-fans alike how and why football has become ‘the people’s game’, a key part of England’s heritage and way of life.

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William donned gloves as he looked at a ball from the 1966 World Cup, the year England won the Cup. Kensington Palace

Greeting crowds after touring the Museum.Kensington Palace

While greeting people on the crowd Prince William met a young lady whose story prompted him to break his no-selfie rule. More from the Manchester Evening News:

Prince William broke his own ‘no selfie’ rule and posed for a photo with a 16-year-old girl who is recovering from a bone marrow transplant.

Rachel Simpson joked with the Prince that she shared the same ginger hair colour as his brother, Harry, as she told him about her long recovery outside Manchester Town Hall.

She said: “It was incredible, he was so lovely. He told me he doesn’t normally pose for pictures or selfies but he would break his rule for me.

The Duke and Duchess then moved to the Manchester Town Hall.©Andrew Parsons / i-Images / Polaris

Their primary focus was a World War I Centenary event.  Kensington Palace

More from the Manchester Evening News:

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge take a look at commemorative paving stones to honour World War One Victoria Cross recipients after laying a wreath in their memory at the cenotaph in St Peter’s Square.

Six paving stones were unveiled today, one for each Mancunian who received the Victoria Cross. The ceremony was held at the town’s Cenotaph, designed by British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. Other war memorials designed by the renowned architect include the one in Whitehall where the annual Remembrance Sunday service is held, as well as India Gate, visited by the Duke and Duchess as part of their tour this April. The Royal Family

Kate and William laid a wreath of poppies at the memorial.Kensington Palace

And spent time chatting with families of the Victoria Cross recipients.Kensington Palace

The couple’s next stop was the University of Manchester’s National Graphene Institutewhere they toured “state of the art cleanrooms and laboratories.” You see them being welcomed by President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell. Prince William in the world’s first graphene car. Kensington Palace

Below, Kate signing a photograph that went into a time capsule at the University.Kensington Palace

The couple’s final engagement was at Francis House Hospice©Mirrorpix/Splash News

The hospice was opened in 1991 by Diana, Princess of Wales. More from People:

During the emotional visit, the royal couple walked by a large photograph of the prince’s late mother on the wall, and William commented on how nice it was to have the “family connection.”

“I was saying I was here when Princess Diana opened Francis House 25 years ago, and he said it’s nice to have the family connection and that it feels very family here,” said Natalie Hands, clinical leader of Francis House.

The hospice provides services to 370 children, teenagers and young adults.Kensington Palace

The Duke and Duchess toured a new £3.5 million wing at the facility and met patients and family members, as well as volunteers and staff. The hospice has an online shop offering things like the Francis House Mouse (£5), Jigsaw Puzzle Bracelet(£3) and Hoodies (£26), with proceeds going to Francis House.

Francis House

Francis House

Now to what Kate wore for the day’s engagements, an Erdem coat from the designer’s 2016 Resort collection in a navy and pink pattern with white flecks.Both Photos: ©Andrew Parsons/i-Images/Polaris

Michelle of Perth’s Fashion Style identified the piece. The knee-length coat features a fitted bodice, inset waistband, concealed placket with snap closures, lightly padded shoulders, and two flap pockets on each side that hit near the upper hip.©i-Images/Erdem

Hopefully the pink arrows will help show where the pocket flaps are located, this is an example of a pattern being well-matched at the seams.

i-Images/Polaris

The coat also has softly rounded lapels.©James Whatling/Splash News

Below left we show a dress in the same fabric, the Atella Check Print Sheath, a piece found by Kate’s Closet. On the right, Erdem’s ‘Mae’ coat ($1009), a piece Kate Middleton Style discovered.

Saks Fifth Avenue/Matches Fashion

Saks Fifth Avenue/Matches Fashion

The fabric used for the Mae coat shown above is perforated neoprene, the same sort of material used for diving suits. But while the pattern on the sheath dress and Kate’s coat is the same (in a different colorway), the fabric is not pierced as the neoprene coat is; the textile is described as polyester and elastane on the Saks website.i-Images/Matches Fashion

More from The Telegraph:

With its oversized grey, pink, blue and black check print, the design has a distinctly British and wintery feel with just enough pops of colour to ensure the crowds could spot the Duchess at a distance.

Kate appears to be wearing the same garment beneath the coat today as she wore under a Paule Ka suit seen in at an April 2012 engagement.

Chris Jackson/PA Wire

Chris Jackson/PA Wire

A closer look, with thanks to Alyssa on Twitter and Kate J on the Facebook page for sharing their recollection of this detail, something yours truly would *never* have remembered.©James Whatling, Splash / PA Wire

The Duchess also wore Erdem for her first Manchester visit in April of 2013, the brand’s Sophia dress.©Polaris / Net-a-Porter

Kate has shown a fondness for this designer’s dresses and coats. We show other Erdem outerwear the Duchess has worn: a bespoke grey design for the Commonwealth Day service this March, and the green ‘Allie’ coat first noted in April 2014 and worn several times since.©James Whatling, Splash / i-Images,Polaris

Kate accessorized with her Rupert Sanderson Malory pumps in navy suede ($675). The shoe features a pointed toe and 100mm heel, that is roughly 4″. (We have a repliKate here.)Rupert Sanderson / i-Images

The Duchess carried her Frome clutch by LK Bennett.©i-Images/LK Bennett

Penelope on the Facebook page suggests LK Bennett’s Fay clutch as a repliKate, it is a little longer than the Frome and has the added bow.

LK Bennett

LK Bennett

The Duchess wore a new pair of earrings by Oscar de la Renta. They measure about 2/3″ in diameter and feature a faux pearl inside a hammered gold-plated pewter border.

Net-a-Porter / i-images / Net-a-Porter

Net-a-Porter / i-images / Net-a-Porter

They are available at Zappos ($190), as well as Net-a-Porter ($190) and at Halsbrook, along with Farfetch (for a slightly higher price – $217). Our thanks to Kate J. on the Facebook page and Sarah of the Royals and I on Twitter for their speedy identification of the earrings. While we usually steer clear of Diana/Kate comparisons in this space, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the Duchess’s earrings are somewhat similar to those worn by the late Princess in 1991. Diana’s are a mabé style and Kate’s are not, but they both feature a strong goldtone border with a central pearl. 

A look at Kate’s hair for the first two engagements.©James Whatling, Splash / Nunn Syndication/Polaris

When we next saw Kate at the University her hair was down.

©Andrew Parsons/i-Images/Polaris

©Andrew Parsons/i-Images/Polaris

We will see you Tuesday for the Team GB/Paralympics GB reception at Buckingham Palace.

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Alora

Sunday 6th of November 2016

Seems I missed commenting on this coat. Well it's ugly and baggy and looks like a night sky you might see floating on the walls of a nursery

monalisa

Tuesday 25th of October 2016

Mixed reviews. I don't like the coat at all. The fit is good - thank god its a V neck - but the fabric is too busy and heavy. The colours are also rather ugly IMO. Wonderful to see coloured shoes and purse, but I think the balance between the heavy looking coat and the stiletto hells is wrong. She needs a more substantial heel. Also feel the earring is wrong for this outfit. Needs a stronger statement esp in colour. Love the low ponytail styling. Simple and sophisticated but younger than the low chignon and not as young as hair flying around.

Elizabeth G.

Tuesday 18th of October 2016

Hmmmm.....I find I prefer the dress to the coat, but the more I look at the latter the more it grows on me. It's a very unique design and the colors are very lovely and beautiful on the Duchess. I have a strong feeling that this is one of those outfits that looks better in person because it probably doesn't photograph well. I don't usually make Kate/Diana comparisons either, but I think the Duchess wore a plaid looking print and almost identical earrings as a subtle, respectful nod to Princess Diana. I bet her presence was felt strongly there and it's a wonderful charity they are supporting! Catherine's hair looks absolutely beautiful and I truly would love to have her head of hair!!! I feel this was an appropriate outfit for the occasion and flatters her frame quite nicely. I am getting spoiled by all of these appearances she is making!!! I can't wait for tomorrow (or today) engagement!!

Lindsey

Monday 17th of October 2016

I think my problem with the coat is the little flecks of pink and other colors on the dark background. That is what looks messy to my eye. The strong lines, even with the slightly blurred edges on them, are fine. Looking at the pictures of the wreath laying, from further away, the flecks aren't (as) visible and so it looks neater. And the black top underneath, given she is wearing navy shoes (which I love), is just wrong, pretty as it could be as a standalone piece or with a black pant/pencil skirt.

I too wish she didn't feel like she had to emulate Diana so much. She is a strong and professional woman in her own right and I hope she does not feel like she is living in Dianas shadow.

Larissa

Monday 17th of October 2016

I like the coat. It's not one I would ever buy for myself, since I don't need to own as many coats as a royal and can therefore be a lot more picky, but I like it on Kate. It fits very well, it's not too short, and I love the attention to detail with the fabric on the pocket flaps lining up with the rest of the coat. It was nice to see the navy pumps come out again too, it must mean winter is coming. ;)

Seeing her hair in the ponytail from the back, it looks so much different than from the front/side. I always do some version of ponytail twists like that, but I can only dream of getting so much volume in the twists. I have serious hair envy!