Kate was in a mix of old and new pieces for a joint engagement with William today.
The Duke and Duchess were at a Coach Core event in Essex.
They stopped on the way into the building to chat with some young fans.
— Essex News (@HeartEssexNews) October 30, 2018
More from USA Today:
Prince William and Duchess Kate got playful during a visit to Coach Core Essex at the Basildon Sporting Village outside London Tuesday.
Coach Core program helps to engage a diverse local community with sports – and the royal couple seemed to have fun taking part in the athletics and getting friendly with the students.
The Duke and Duchess speaking with coaches and graduates from the program as well as new program apprentices.
Coach Core’s goal is to “harness the power of sport & its ability to change lives and empower young people.” Since it began in 2012, 99% of graduates enter full-time education or secure employment. Coach Core targets communities which have the highest levels of youth unemployment and social deprivation.
This morning Coach Core noted that “…we have a wide variety of partners in Essex, including inclusion programmes like Sport for Confidence, which The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will get to see first-hand as they participate in a game of boccia with our apprentices later today.”
Below, Kate playing boccia. She kept getting the giggles.
Her team was taking on William’s team. (Coach Core says the way to find out which team one is via its Instagram Stories.)
The Duchess took part in a tennis session.
The Duke chatting with program participants.
Below, William and Kate with apprentices and graduates from the program.
There was also time for hugs today.
“Hugs are very important; I keep saying that to my children.”
— Peter Cary (@PeterCary1) October 30, 2018
Sport for Confidence summed up the day this way:
A groundbreaking day, never seen a room full of so many smiles.
When it was time to leave Sophia Mitchell had a pretty posey for the Duchess.
A little video of Kate and Sophia.
— BBC Essex (@BBCEssex) October 30, 2018
Now for our look at what Kate wore, starting with her Smythe 2-Button Blazer ($795, now sold out). It is a wool/linen/nylon blend in a classic Prince of Wales check, also known as Glen Plaid in some quarters.
The piece is described as having a “…traditional riding blazer feel, featuring a contrast collar, flattering pocket flaps and oversized leather buttons.” More on the fabric pattern from GQ:
The term glen plaid is derived from the Glenurquhart valley in Scotland, where the textile was first employed way back in the 19th century. Glen plaid is often dubbed Prince of Wales check, after the ever-rakish Prince of Wales Sir Edward VIII who favored the fabric for his bespoke suits.
It is 100% merino wool with a snug fit and no embellishment, nor is there ribbing at the collar or cuffs. I tried lightening photos to get a good look at Kate’s sweater but just couldn’t see enough detail to tell if this was the top Kate wore today. Kate’s skinny jeans are not yet identified.
Kate wore her Fallon Dry boots (£295, about $375 at today’s exchange rates) from Russell and Bromley. The boots are an Aquatalia design made for Russell and Bromley in weather-resistant black suede with a 2.5″ heel.
The Duchess had on her White Topaz Cushion Drop Earrings by Kiki McDonough.
And she wore her Cartier Ballon Bleu watch. (We show it as worn on another occasion.)
A video from Kensington Palace.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited @WeAreCoachCore in Essex today and saw how the scheme is getting the local community involved in sport.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 30, 2018
A wave goodbye from the Duchess.