The Duchess was in Mulberry and Dolce & Gabbana for a series of unannounced engagements this morning.
Kate started the day with a visit to the Eastwood Park Women’s Prison. More from The Evening Standard:
Kate met with staff from Eastwood Park, Gloucestershire, who explained the needs of the women prisoners. She discussed mental health concerns, family breakdowns, and treatment for addiction.
Kate also met with a small number of women prisoners to hear their personal stories.
That appointment was followed by a visit to the Nelson Trust. Below, Kate arriving at the Trust offices.
More about the Trust and its services from Kensington Palace:
Set up in 2010 @TheNelsonTrust women’s centre supports vulnerable women, particularly those who have experienced trauma & abuse.
The Trust helps more than 500 women a year.
From Simon Perry’s People story:
The award-winning center has been lauded for the practical and emotional support it offers, with a focus on nine “pathways of need,” including finances; physical, emotional and mental health; drugs and alcohol; trauma and abuse; sexual exploitation and sex-working.
The Duchess speaking with some of the women who have benefited from the services provided by the Trust.
From The Daily Mail’s coverage:
In a meeting with some women who have used the centre’s facilities and support, mother-of-two Kate cooed over two babies – one girl who was asleep in her mother’s lap and a four month old boy called Gabriel, who was with his mother, Hlengiwe Sithole, 35.
Now to what Kate wore, beginning with the Mulberry coat. It was first noted when Kate was seen wearing it as she boarded a helicopter in February. And a look at the Duchess in the coat today.
The ‘Paddington’ is a single-breasted style, crafted of a wool blend with a touch of mohair. It also features contrast wool melton trim under the collar, besom pockets, and horn buttons.
It is from Mulberry’s Pre-Fall 2015 collection.
Thoughts about the look from The Telegraph’s Emma Spedding:
While most of us lean on navy or black for winter coats, the Duchess often opts for bright or pastel hues for her outerwear proving it pays to play with colour. Wearing a colour-blocked coat is a classic royal trick, often employed by the Queen, as it helps royals to stand out in the crowd.
February is also when we first saw the Dolce and Gabbana skirt, worn when Kate guest edited the Huffington Post.
The Bouclé Wool Blend skirt is made of a wool/acrylic/poly/alpaca blend; it also has contrasting fringe trim at the faux opening on the front, large buttons and a back zipper.
Kate’s handbag is also from Mulberry, the Bayswater clutch wallet in black suede (we show it in black leather).
It looked like Kate wore her ‘Power’ pumps by Stuart Weitzman.
We saw the Annoushka Pearl Drops and Kiki McDonough Hoops.
Kate wore a poppy again today, this one almost looks like it may be of the kind sold publicly by the Royal British Legion.
We leave you with this image of Kate at The Trust unveiling a plaque commemorating her visit.
- Learn more about The Nelson Trust at the organization’s website here; the charity’s Facebook page is here and its Twitter feed is here
- The Daily Mail’s piece by Rebecca English may be seen here; The Mirror’s story is here; Simon Perry’s People story is here
- Emma Spedding’s fashion story for The Telegraph is here; Pop Sugar’s photo gallery is here; the Fug Girls’ gallery of 23 photos from the day may be seen here (if you click on the pictures, they are jumbo-sized)
Wednesday 3rd of January 2018
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Wednesday 9th of November 2016
For this one I actually don't find her low key ENOUGH.She clearly wants to build rapport with women who have seen the rough side of the world.Talking with them her high heeled pumps are separating her visually from the other women.Too much! There are flat Oxford shoes made for ladies.A good quality pair of those would have brought it all together in my eyes.
Tuesday 8th of November 2016
Lili was right--this skirt does suit a black turtleneck! I miss her. Where are you, Lili??
Saturday 12th of November 2016
An update on Lili: She is touched that people have noted her absence and accompanying concern. She says that she is "busy with a professional project and possibly facing a health issue." Hopefully the latter will be resolved soon and in a positive fashion.
Tuesday 8th of November 2016
I too miss Lilli and her informative and wise comments. Is there any chance we can find out if she is okay? Susan/admin, you will likely have her email address, as we have to give that in order to post comments. Could you check this out for us? Please and thank you.
Sunday 6th of November 2016
A classic office look & one of my favourites, personally & for Kate; sooty tights/footwear with a shorter young-feel skirt & a fluffy coat in a pale blue. I thought the skirt looked stiff at first (when she wore it with the white blouse) but it moved wonderfully & looks soft when she is sat or moving (on the first outing). I liked both looks as I wear light tops to the office as premises are always heated to summer temperatures. It's one of her best looks. Just two little things, if she didn't have her poppy on, the addition of a simple gold chain would enhance the block of black & draw attention away from her long torso. Also, though black was the appropriate colour with this sk,irt, I do wish Kate would wear some polo necks in other colours, not just black all the time!
Sunday 6th of November 2016
This is a good look. Nice mix of colours. You have to have a wonderful choice of coats to choose baby blue. The duchess owns one at this stage in every hue. She is at her supreme best in black with white contrast. I disagree bold colours do anything for this lady. Red and green eat her up and wash her out. I'm a fan of the duchess pairing dark hose with dark shoes. It defines those wonderful pins of hers