Kate mixed old favorites with new pieces for today’s engagements with Prince William.
Kensington Palace announced this morning these would be the last engagements for the Duchess before she starts maternity leave. Below, Kate meeting students who welcomed the couple to the Copper Box Arena at London’s Olympic Park.
Today’s events are designed to celebrate the Commonwealth as part of the ramp-up to the April Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London. The first engagement was with SportsAid.
Prince William played some wheelchair basketball with athletes hoping to compete at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
More from the Newham Recorder:
The royals watched a wheelchair basketball session before meeting the players, including television presenter Ade Adepitan, who won a Paralympic bronze at Athens in 2004.
Prince William then had a go at the sport himself, taking three attempts to net a basketball from a wheelchair as his wife Kate, who is due to give birth to the couple’s third child in the next few weeks, watched on.
Perhaps the Duchess is offering a few tips….?
Kate and William also spent time speaking with the athletes.
Back to the Recorder story:
Annually, SportsAid supports more than 1,000 athletes, mainly teenagers, with money towards training and competing costs.
The charity also helps develop other vital skills for professional athletes by providing media training, nutritional advice and performance lifestyle guidance.
There was a quiz this morning testing everyone’s knowledge of the Commonwealth.
🔉The Duke and Duchess get involved in a Commonwealth Quiz!
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 22, 2018
The second stop was at St. Luke’s Trust, a community center located in Clerkenwell, London. Simon Perry of People posted this video of the couple arriving and being given a posy by 4-year-old Rhea Richards.
Kate receives a posy from a little girl on the couple’s next stop of the day at a community center in Clerkenwell, London pic.twitter.com/p5cwoEAB5N
— Simon Perry (@SPerryPeoplemag) March 22, 2018
Kate and William spent time with those who use the center.
Kate seemed to be enjoying herself at both engagements today; this video from Rebecca English shows her wrapping up a conversation with visitors at the center.
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) March 22, 2018
Kensington Palace reports the center “provides services and activities for locals, including a fully-equipped cookery school, which runs community classes on healthy, home cooking & avoiding good waste.” The Duke and Duchess helped prepare a Commonwealth Big Lunch while at the center.
Overseen by The Eden Project, Big Lunches are community events generally taking place between Commonwealth Day and the start of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
The Eden Project posted a video of the royals at work in the kitchen.
It’s been such a fantastic day with TRH Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) who have been getting stuck in with the cooking at @StLukesTrust for our #CommonwealthBigLunch. – @Commonwealth18
Does anyone recognise the dishes we’ve made? pic.twitter.com/EzBHOpz8pA
— Eden Project Communities (@edencommunities) March 22, 2018
This was vintage Kate: relaxed, laughing, enjoying herself.
The Daily Mail’s Rebecca English posted a video of Kate chatting with Yolanda from Bolivia; the Duchess spoke about how much Prince George and Princess Charlotte love making pizza dough and getting their hands messy.
Kate tells Yolanda from Bolivia how much Prince George and Princess Charlotte love making pizza dough and getting their hands messy. pic.twitter.com/4BnGnVFQuZ
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) March 22, 2018
Now to what Kate wore at today’s engagements.
Many immediately recognized the Goat Redgrave coat. The collarless style has an A-line silhouette and is made of heavy crepe wool; there are concealed buttons on the front closure.The Duchess was in a new piece from a favorite retailer, Hobbs London. The style is called the Rosie, and it is available at Hobbs online ($165), and selling quickly, as one would expect.
A look at Kate in the top, this photo is also via Rebecca English.
Made from 100% rayon, the Rosie features a small floral print, squared boat neckline, and three-quarter sleeves with a notch at the cuff. Our thanks to Annabelle Gonzalez for her speedy ID of the top.
The Rosie is still available in limited sizes and at vastly different prices at the following retailers:
The top is available at Bloomingdale’s for $165 The piece is just $70 on the John Lewis US site On the Next site the piece is £79; the retailer is taking orders for UK sizes 10 and 12 with delivery in “2 to 3 weeks” At Debenhams the Rosie is £44.10, about $63
The print is also offered in the Dana Silk Scarf (£35, about $50); we show the piece at Debenhams.
Kate’s jeans are not yet IDed. It’s possible she is wearing the jeans first seen at a Brooklyn Nets game in 2014.
This view shows Kate’s jeans in 2014 (L and R) and those worn today (C).
I’m still looking for additional photos that may help us better determine if the Duchess was in the same trousers worn when visiting New York, or if it is a pair we’ve not previously seen.
Kate carried her trusty Bayswater Wallet Clutch by Mulberry.
We saw the return of the Stuart Weitzman ‘Power’ pumps in black suede.
Kate wore her hair down.
As with the Duchess’s previous maternity leaves, we will continue with blog posts. I’m excited that we’ll have time to cover some of the topics suggested here and also on the Facebook page.