Kate brought back a favorite coat for today’s visit to Coventry.
Coventry is England’s 9th-largest city, located about 90 minutes northwest of London in the English Midlands. The city was recently named the UK’s City of Culture for 2021, a designation expected to help raise the city’s profile and grow its tourism industry, economy, and arts presence.
Crowds waited eagerly in the cold temps to see the Duke and Duchess at the Coventry Cathedral.
Kate and William did a walkabout when they arrived at the Cathedral.
Victoria Murphy of The Daily Mirror shared this video of Kate thanking the woman responsible for putting together today’s program in Coventry.
Kate chatting to the line-up in Coventry today, saying thank you to the woman who helped put together their programme pic.twitter.com/AJdTlKuhSu
— Victoria Murphy (@QueenVicMirror) January 16, 2018
Kate was given a bouquet by Megan (aged 7), Isabella (aged 8), and Szymek (aged 7); all three attend Coundon Primary School.
More from Simon Perry’s People story:
The couple arrived to cheers from hundreds of flag-waving schoolchildren from the local Sacred Heart School. Among them, was Darcy Hayes, 9, who gave Kate some bright orange flowers.
“She said her son George will love the flowers because he loves orange — and police colors. I told them I had an American girl doll for Christmas and William said Charlotte loves dolls,” said Hayes. “They were nice and cheerful.”
Kate was also given several little bears wearing tee-shirts with the Sidney Stringer Trust logo; the Daily Mail reports the Trust helps fund several schools in the area.
It was a long wait for some hoping to see the royals, especially one ten-year-old; more from Rebecca English’s Daily Mail story:
The Duchess also came to the rescue of a 10-year-old boy who felt unwell after waiting three hours in the cold to catch a glimpse of the royal.
When she spotted that he was not well, the soon-to-be mother of three turned to one of her police protection officers, who came to the rescue with a brown paper bag. ‘Princess Kate came over and give him a sickbag, our little Craig,’ said Carole Flynn, a learning mentor at the school. ‘I think he was a little bit overcome.’
The Duchess had met Craig Skipper, a pupil at Corpus Christi primary school, during the royal couple’s walkabout outside Coventry Cathedral. Ms Flynn said: ‘He went quite pale. She came over to speak to him, and noticed he was not very well. She asked if he was OK. She bent down, and was concerned.
WKW Friend Eluned Kronacher-Edwards shared two photos on the WKW Facebook page that she took in Coventry today.
The walkabout took part in the ruins of the city’s 15th-century Cathedral.
A devastating Luftwaffe attack in 1940 destroyed the original building.
This photo via the Cathedral’s Facebook page shows a 1943 service at the Cathedral.
When it was time to build the new Cathedral the website notes: “Her Majesty the Queen laid the foundation stone on 23 March 1956 and the building was consecrated on 25 May 1962, in her presence. The ruins remain hallowed ground and together the two create one living Cathedral.”
Back to today’s events.
After seeing the ruins, Kate and William then moved inside to what is called the “new Cathedral,” and took part in the Litany of Reconciliation. Kensington Palace explains “The Litany is prayed at noon each weekday in Coventry Cathedral and in the Cathedral ruins on Fridays by those inspired by its story. The prayer hopes to encourage a culture of reconciliation and peace.”
They also paid a visit to the Rising Café, run by a charity called Betel UK, a non-profit “for men, women, and families affected by drug and alcohol addiction and homelessness. Through work, well-being and worship, we restore broken lives.”
Prince William ponders the dessert offerings at the Cafe.
We return to The Daily Mail story:
There, they were confronted by a spectacular array of cakes, including a princess one with a tiara and a Union Jack cake, baked by volunteers and addicts in various stages of recovery.
William said that Charlotte would like the princess cake – and described the Union Jack one as ‘very patriotic’.
He added: ‘You should be on Bake Off.’ But he reserved his greatest praise for the chessboard cake, with chess pieces on top.
The Duke and Duchess then traveled to Coventry University to officially open the new Science and Health building, a £59 million structure that has been in use since October. Rebecca English posted a brief video of their arrival.
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) January 16, 2018
One of the first things they did after arriving: the Wiggle Dance. More from Robert Jobson’s story in The Evening Standard:
The royal couple, who are expecting their third child, put there hands above their heads and smiled, moving their hips from side to side as Ms Roebuck played and sang the song “Learn From Us”.
The simple tune is used in the first training session for students working in the health service who want to improve their communication skills.
With thanks to Rona who left a comment about the video, here you can see the couple doing the dance.
Kate and William speak with a young student learning about infant care.
The new building is described by the University as the “only facility of its kind where students can learn to care for a patient at every stage of their healthcare experience; from paramedics arriving at their house and their subsequent ambulance journey, to their stay in hospital, through to their discharge and rehabilitation at home.”
The duo clearly enjoyed their time at the University.
A video via Kensington Palace.
.@covcampus claim the Science and Health Building is the only facility of its kind in the UK where students can learn to care for a patient at every stage of their medical experience through a simulation approach. pic.twitter.com/jXgtDl81fq
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) January 16, 2018
The Foundation has been cited as a vital part of Coventry’s winning City of Culture effort. The city’s website notes: “The Foundation has supported thousands of young people in the city – including newly arrived asylum seekers and refugees – and has helped Coventry to become a multicultural role model for other cities.” Below, Kate taking part in a discussion about mental health.
More from the Positive Youth Foundation Facebook page:
Their Highness’s were shown around our delivery centre at Yardley Street before the Duchess spoke to a group of young people about mental health whilst the Duke headed to our sports and music area.
Kate and William also made time for one-on-one chats with staff and volunteers.
Simon Perry shared a picture of Kate being given a babygro for Baby Cambridge #3, complete with the Positive Youth Foundation logo on the front.
Now for what Kate wore today, starting with her Mulberry Double-Breasted Cerise Coat.
More from Vogue:
The cheerful pop of color stood out next to all-black base layers: her signature opaque tights and suede block-heeled pumps were as practical as they were chic.
The garment is made of a double-crepe wool/silk blend, described by Mulberry as having “been given extra lustre.” The design features double-breasted styling, a rounded collar, front pocket detailing and horn buttons.
We first saw the coat during the 2014 visit to New York.
The Duchess then wore the striking piece in March 2015, for her last day of engagements before Princess Charlotte’s birth.
A look at Kate on the three different occasions.
Today she accessorized with her Bayswater Wallet Clutch, also by Mulberry.
We saw the Tod’s suede heels return.
Kate wore her pink morganite drop earrings by Kiki McDonough (£2500).
It was nice to see the bright pop of pink on the Duchess today!
We have a quick heads-up to share from Stephanie, The Lady Sapphire on Instagram. She ordered the Hugo Boss tee worn by Kate in Germany last summer and wanted to let shoppers know the tee seen below left is what she received. On the right, the tee as shown on the website, clearly a very different color. Thank you to Stephanie for letting us know.
Our other topic today is a brief update on the Royal Tour of Sweden and Norway beginning in two weeks. I have posted the detailed itinerary on the Kate’s Calendar page. A few highlights:
- In Sweden, the Duke and Duchess will attend a special luncheon hosted by Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, and they will be accompanied much of the time by Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel.
- Others attending the Tuesday luncheon *could* include Prince Carl Philip and his wife Princess Sofia, along with Princess Madeleine and her husband, Chris O’Neill.
- There is a black-tie dinner in Sweden, but it is not a “tiara level” function.
- In Norway, Kate and William will attend a formal dinner at the Royal Palace hosted by King Harald and Queen Sonja. During their time in Norway, the Duke and Duchess will be joined by Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit on many of their engagements.
- A few more tidbits from the Kensington Palace News Release:
- “This visit is at the request of The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and will be Their Royal Highnesses’ first official visits to the two countries.”
- “The tour will also take in the beautiful settings of both Stockholm and Oslo, and The Duke and Duchess are looking forward to exploring these two cities for the first time.”
- “The Duke and Duchess are keen to experience a taste of the Scandinavian way of life for themselves, and to see how people of all generations battle the elements to make the most of their surroundings, whether ice-skating in Stockholm’s local parks or skiing off-piste in the hills that surround Oslo.”
We’ll see you tomorrow for Kate’s engagements at Bond Primary School to see the Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative in action, and at Great Ormond Street Hospital where the Duchess will officially open the Mittal Children’s Medical Centre.
- The Coventry Cathedral website is here; the Facebook page is here and its Twitter feed is here
- The Betel UK website is here; the Charity’s Facebook page is here; it Twitter feed is here
- The Positive Youth Foundation website is here; the organization’s Facebook page is here; its Twitter feed is here and Instagram page here
- Coventry University’s primary website is here; the school’s Facebook page is here; the Twitter feed is here
- The BBC’s story “UK City of Culture: Five Things About Coventry” may be seen by clicking here
- Rebecca English’s article for The Daily Mail is here; The Daily Mirror’s coverage is here; Richard Palmer’s story for The Express is here; Simon Perry’s story for People is here; The Sun’s story is here; The Coventry Telegraph‘s live coverage feed is here; Robert Jobson’s Evening Standard story and gallery may be found here
- The Coventry Telegraph’s photo gallery is here; PopSugar’s photo gallery is here; Just Jared’s photo gallery is here; The Fug Girls post is here