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Kate Wears Rich Red Armani Suit for Global Academy Opening

Kate was in a new Armani suit for today’s visit to The Global Academy in west London.©Pool/i-Images

More from The Daily Telegraph’s coverage:

The Cambridges and the Prince were visiting the school to officially launch the institution which opened its doors to pupils last September and to promote their Heads Together mental health initiative.

Kensington Palace

The Academy trains students for careers in broadcast & digital media.Kensington Palace

From the Hello! story about today’s engagement.

The royals also joined a roundtable discussion with Global presenters, LBC’s Nick Ferrari, Heart’s Jamie Theakston and Emma Bunton and Capital’s Roman Kemp, as well as students and people who have taken part in the morning radio shows, talking about the importance of having a conversation about mental health.

©Dominic Lipinski/WPA Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

From The Daily Mail’s story:

During their visit the three met students training to be the next generation of production staff, and visited the breakfast shows of flagship Global radio stations LBC, Heart and Capital being broadcast from the school.

The shows each focused on the mental health of young people, helping to generate conversations with the Heads Together campaign in honour of the visit.

In addition to standard skill training, the school’s curriculum includes an hour every week focused on mental health. Kate inside one of the studios.

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail & Mail Online @RE_DailyMail

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail & Mail Online @RE_DailyMail

This is one of those engagements where the Royals seemed to enjoy themselves.© Dominic Lipinski/WPA Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

Kate also met two women who have created an app for mothers; more from Richard Palmer’s story in The Express:

After hearing from two mothers who admitted feeling in need of a friend when they had small babies, she said: “It is lonely at times. You do feel quite isolated.

She was speaking to Katie Massie-Taylor and Sarah Hesz , co-founders of an app called Mush aimed at connecting new mothers.

The mums are supporters of Heads Together, the mental health campaign set up by Kate, her husband William and brother-in-law Harry.

Kate’s private personal secretary, Rebecca Deacon was back on the job this week. She had been away for her wedding and honeymoon but was seen at Kensington Palace yesterday, as well as at today’s engagement. (She is still slated to leave the position at some point this summer.)©James Whatling

Now to what Kate wore, a jacket and skirt by Armani Collezioni.©

Collezione is the brand’s diffusion label, offering styles for both men and women. The majority of designs are geared toward workwear, and the price points are lower than standard Armani. Kate’s unlined jacket is fitted, with a split round neckline, external darts at the side, two-way zip front closure and what I would probably call bracelet length sleeves.



The fabric is a jersey, made from a blend of viscose/poly with elastane for stretch and ease of movement. Originally $1195 at Bloomingdale’s, the jacket is on sale for $717 (40% off), but only available in limited sizes. The matching pencil skirt is knee length, with a center back zipper. YOOX carried the suit as well, and also offered it in blue.



Kate has worn Armani before, a coat first seen at William’s passing out at Sandhurst and for a visit to Scotland in April 2013.© Splash News / PA Wire

We saw Kate’s ‘Malory’ pumps by Rupert Sanderson again.© James Whatling / Rupert Sanderson

She also carried her relatively new clutch by Etui Bags. The company noted on its Facebook page that this style is sold out and it is difficult to say if it will be available again.


©James Whatling / Etui Bags

The Duchess also wore her ‘Empress’ earrings and pendant by Mappin and Webb.

©Polaris/Mappin & Webb/

©Polaris/Mappin & Webb/Splash/Mappin & Webb

And her Cartier Ballon Bleu watch.

© Saks/James Whatling

© Saks/James Whatling

Another look.©Stephen Lock / i-Images / Polaris

Here is a quick video from today’s event.


We also have an update from our sponsor Milli Millu, the luxury handbag company, where loads of spring styles have been arriving. The magazine highlighted the Mini Berlin in red, off-white and pink smooth leather (upper left); the Manhattan in pink and red smooth leather (right); and the Maxi Brooklyn in off-white, pink and red grain (lower left).

With Mother’s Day approaching it seems like a good time to mention Milli Millu’s free monogramming service.  The company will personalize most bags and any of its small leather goods at no charge for up to 6 initials. Below left we show the St. Germain wallet and on the right, the Mini Brooklyn.

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The company continues its “A Bag, A Life” program, funding vaccines for children in need. Thus far they have paid for more than 25,000 vaccines through SOS Children’s Villages.


A quick tip for those interested in the Luisa Spagnoli sweater Kate wore yesterday: on Twitter Giulia reports that the retailer told her the sweater will be restocked soon.

We’ll see you Sunday for the London Marathon. For those with access to BBC One, tonight the first part of the documentary Mind over Marathon featuring Kate, William and Harry airs at 9 pm local time. 


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Sunday 23rd of April 2017

Suit looks old and ill-fitting. Red color is too orangey and not becoming on Kate. Everything else is same-o, same-o!


Sunday 23rd of April 2017

Ugly color! Suit appears too tight. Material - meh. Hair/makeup look same as always. Why is it that readers seem concerned about her look/clothes rather than her reason for attending a "learning session." How shallow to place so much attention to her wardrobe, hair, makeup, etc.


Sunday 23rd of April 2017

I'll bet it's awaiting moderation! Not enough wonderful words about her attire, makeup, etc. SHALLOW!


Saturday 22nd of April 2017

chiming in late, a smart-fitting suit, great colour, the wearer is lovely... but the stitched lines at the sides remind me of so much rib-cage. I've been trying to like them, not happening. They are distracting. Had to get that out (thanks).


Friday 21st of April 2017

This style reminds me of the navy blue silk Amanda Wakeley suit and also the white Alexander McQueen with those subtle skull print.


Friday 21st of April 2017

the sleeves made me frown and try to decide if they were darted or ruched or something . . . but no, they are just rucked up.

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