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Kate in Casual Separates for Park Parenting Meetup

The Duchess had engagements today focused on the value of parents supporting other parents and the mental health benefits that kind of activity can provide.

Before visiting in person with parents, the Duchess did a video call with experts in the field to learn about ways peer support helps parent wellbeing.  More from a Palace news release:
This morning Her Royal Highness spoke with representatives and volunteers from eight different organisations who run peer-to-peer support programmes about their services and the impact that COVID-19 is having on families across the country….
A key part of many peer support networks is the ability to meet up and spend time together, which has been affected by COVID-19. The Duchess heard from parents about the impact this has had on them, and how important access to outside space, such as Battersea Park, is to their health and wellbeing.

A clip from the call. 

 Organizations taking part in the call included: Home-Start UK, Parents 1st UK, the Island House Charity Community Parent Programme in Tower Hamlets,  Better Start Blackpool, NCT (National Childbirth Trust) New Parent Support, Applied Research Collaboration North West coast, Coram Parent Champions National Network, and Leeds Dads.

Kate then met new parents at Battersea Park.

We learn more from The Telegraph’s story by Hannah Furness

The Duchess, who met with mothers and their babies in a park to discuss the challenges of “lockdown” parenting, said connecting with others essential for their “emotional well-being”. 

One of the organizations involved is Home-Start, a national charity supporting families and helping parents build better lives for their children. Volunteers at local Home-Starts support over 32,000 families every year.  This is from The Daily Mail’s piece by Rebecca English.  

Single-mothers Irma Martus, 47, and Carol Elliott, 41, told the duchess how they had been helped out with weekly check-up phone calls from volunteer Home-Start Wandsworth during the pandemic.

Kate said: ‘Does it help emotionally too? You feel less judged? Everybody needs to have those friendships’ Adding: ‘It must be difficult to meet up socially distancing.’

Afterwards Irma, who was referred to Home-Start after her 22-month-old son Emmanuel was diagnosed with Down’s syndrome, said: ‘She said she was passionate about support for single mothers through peer support.’ 

Here you see Kate with Morgan Alex Cassius and her six-month-old, Makena Grace. 
Another view. 

Returning to The Daily Mail story, “Kate removed her sunglasses and raised a smile cooing over Morgan’s six-month-old daughter Makena-Grace. Morgan said afterward: ‘I told her lockdown was difficult because I couldn’t go swimming or meeting friends just stuck inside with the TV.'” 

The duchess also met mums Nalini Sadai and Jessie Brett who provide peer to peer mum support for the National Childbirth Trust (NCT). Both told her they use their own experiences when helping new mums.

Kate said: “It’s good being able to listen and being listened while being off guard. It is so important for your emotional well-being. With your experiences its so important that you’ve been through it. Without what you are providing, that form of relationship, you can feel so isolated. You should be very proud.”

Now for our look at what Kate wore today. 
The Duchess sported a new tee that looks like it is by Ralph Lauren, from the retailer’s Lauren Ralph Lauren line, the Cotton Blend Puff Sleeve Top ($79.50). 
The piece is a cotton/nylon ribbed knit with a squared neckline, slim fit, and puffed sleeves. It is available at Ralph Lauren US, as well as John Lewis (£99).  Two more views of the Duchess in the tee. 
It also comes in a blue and white stripe ($79.50 at Ralph Lauren), a color called Island Hibiscus ($79.50 at Ralph Lauren), as well as a rich red color ($79.50 at Dillard’s). Many thanks to Heaven for her ID of the piece.  
We have seen Kate’s Marks and Spencer trousers before, worn for a March engagement at a London Ambulance call center.
And then again in a photo released by Kensington Palace showing Kate on the phone with one of her patronages. 
The Autograph Wool-Blend Slim Leg Trousers (no longer available) are made in a poly/viscose/wool blend with a touch of elastane for stretch.
They feature a front zipper, double belt loops, front pintucks, functional side pockets, and topstitched front crease.
Kate wore her Superga Cotu Classic trainers ($65).
The style is available at Nordstrom in almost every size, in most sizes at Superga, and in all sizes at Zappos.   

The Duchess had on two new necklaces today, one of the few times I remember her layering multiple necklaces. We’ll start with the top strands, part of what looks like the Double Strand Beaded Satellite Chain Necklace from Spells of Love.  The necklace’s top strand measures 14,” and the bottom strand is 16″, with an additional 2 inches of adjustment chain. It is “a super thick 2.5 microns of 18K Gold over 925 Sterling Silver.”

You may recall Kate wore earrings by Spells of Love for August engagements in South Wales. The independent Welsh firm was founded by designer Hayley Jones, who focuses on eco and ethically conscious designs. Thank you to Middleton Maven for her ID of this piece. 

We haven’t identified Kate’s other necklace with the initial charms. It looks like each charm has two layers, with the smaller size showing the initial of each Cambridge child, sitting atop a slightler larger circle. 

UPDATE #1 SEP 23: The Daily Mail reports the initial charm necklace is also by Spells of Love.  As I don’t see anything on the company’s site that looks similar, I have emailed for confirmation the necklace actually is by the company.   

UPDATE #2 SEP 23: Haley at Spells of Love was kind enough to get back to me and she says the necklace is not one of her designs.  

UPDATE #3 SEP 23: The necklace is by an Irish artisan jeweler called All The Falling Stars. Below, an Instagram post from the jeweler dated May 24, explaining a personalized version of this necklace was given to Kate when she was in Galway. The design is called the Personalized Gold Three-Layered Disc Necklace ($127.65).  Thank you to Lauren for her ID work on this! 

The company describes itself this way: “All the Falling Stars designs handcrafted jewellery pieces with a delicate and minimalist aesthetic. Our designs embody a playful elegance and each piece comes beautifully packaged, sent with love from our studio in the west of Ireland.”

It turns out discovering the necklace designer also explained the (previously) UFO earrings worn by Kate at Baby Basics in August. They are called the Gold Disc Circle Earrings (€49, about $58).

The Duchess brought back a Halcyon Days Maya Torque bracelet ($165) in 18ct gold plated twisted brass with glass cabochons at each end. It was first noted in January for one of Kate’s engagements launching the Early Years Study. 

She also repeated her Daniella Draper Mini Cupid Hoops ($245), worn initially with shamrock charms. 

Kate carried her Ray-Ban ‘Youngster’ Sunglasses ($147).

She also had on her Cartier Ballon Bleu wristwatch.  

We’ll leave you with one more photo of the Duchess today.


Simon Vigar of Channel 5 News has a two-minute piece covering the day. 

 The Royal Family Channel offers more than three minutes of raw video.  



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Thursday 24th of September 2020

I'm not a fan of pants on kate i think some indigo skinny jeans would of looked better!Anyway i like the top the trainers and her face/hair looks so beautiful.

RF Mezzy

Thursday 24th of September 2020

I agree with Jessica that a soft scarf belt would have made a perfect belt. But maybe Kate is trying to start a trend -- fancy belt loops standing on their own. They aren't ordinary belt loops. I could deal with that. Even though I love the very fancy expensive clothes she wears for big occasions, it is so heartwarming to me to see her mingle with her fellow mums, dressed down but not too down. I feel she is striving for that "one of the gang" look, but not overly so. She gets it just right. And it's always great to see a Royal promoting M&S!! Great cause, perfect and appropriate for her to support.


Thursday 24th of September 2020

I noticed in the picture of the model wearing the pants that she was also sans belt. Each to their own. I can like them either way. I thought the pictures of this event really captured Kate's commitment and engagement. Love her big smile on a sunny day. Lifts the spirits. I liked the outfit with her runners (trainers etc.:)). With kids present, one needs to be able to move quickly. I thought this really made her look like "one of the gang" and noted that one of the Moms was also wearing sporty shoes or runners.


Wednesday 23rd of September 2020

I esp notice what an active listener Kate is - despite the babies and the plane noise and a videographer/photographers - she really is present to whoever she's talking to.

Love this look. I often find Kate overdressed for engagements and she was pitch perfect this time, particularly as the moms were so casual. She's wonderful.


Wednesday 23rd of September 2020

I, too, think Kate looks lovely, as always. Loved the t-shirt, and white tennis shoes. But if belt loops show, a belt should be worn. A wide, white belt would have been perfect.


Wednesday 23rd of September 2020

A great outfit that hits all the right notes: comfortable, casual, yet polished.

I loved all the jewelry - understated earrings, delicate necklace and bold bangle. Certainly added that 'little something' to a simple outfit.


Wednesday 23rd of September 2020

This was a lovely, fresh look, and I agree with others that it strikes the right simple tone, with affordable separates and relatable brands. I liked these trousers on their first outing, too, but I find that I like them even better with my beloved Supergas.

I often find myself wishing for a scarf--the few times that she's worn one I feel like they really suit her. Here, a twisted-up scarf capturing some of the rose of the trousers could have made either a lovely headband or the belt that some are longing for.

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