The Duchess brought back a Catherine Walker coat for the early engagements on Day Two of the Royal Train Tour. Here you see the Duke and Duchess arriving at Edinburgh Waverly Station.
They were welcomed by music.
The bagpipes are a giveaway if you’re trying to guess the first stop on William and Kate’s #RoyalTrainTour …
The royal train pulled into Edinburgh Waverley station where they will then meet NHS staff and paramedics who were on the #COVID19 frontline 🏴 pic.twitter.com/i0QQfs38Fa
— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) December 7, 2020
They were also greeted by Deputy Lord Lieutenant Sandra Cumming.
There was an announcement this morning as things were getting underway: the Duke and Duchess are now Joint Patrons of NHS Charities Together. More about the organization from the NHS CHarities site: “…we represent, champion and support the work of more than 140 member charities. These fantastic NHS Charities give over £1million every day to the NHS enhancing patient experience and care… [providing] extra funding and additional services above and beyond NHS core funds, supporting hospitals, community and mental health services and ambulances services.”
Their first stop was at Scottish Ambulance Service.
The Scottish Ambulance Service receives funding from NHS Charities Together, which has been spent on indoor and outdoor wellbeing spaces for staff and well-being packs with information booklets and reusable water bottles.
The visit came on a tough day for the service as members were thinking of a colleague whose funeral was today; 63-year-old Rod Moore died after getting the coronavirus. More from Danielle Stacey’s Hello story:
It also emerged during the visit to the Scottish Ambulance Service response centre that William and Kate had sent sent a special bouquet of flowers to the family of a veteran paramedic, who died last month after he re-enlisted in April four years after his retirement.
A spokesman for the ambulance service said: “I know that Rod’s family greatly appreciated the flowers sent on behalf of the royal family. It was a lovely gesture.”
The Telegraph has more on William’s conversation with a paramedic named Alistair Matson, 54, whose father became ill and died during the pandemic.
Mr Matson said: “It was very emotional talking to the Prince about losing my father. He was very anxious to hear how we managed to cope with the mental strains of our job.
“I was helped considerably by the great sense of camaraderie at my work. There was never any rush to come back and they have been like another family to me. It was really heartening to see the Royal couple here today acknowledging what we do and their thanks means a lot to us.”
The next stop was back in England, at Berwick-upon-Tweed, where the royals visited Holy Trinity Church of England First School. Here you see staff and students waiting for the couple. It looks like it was a brisk, blustery day.
Lizzie Robinson of ITV shared a video.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived in Berwick for their second stop of the day on the #RoyalTrainTour 🚂 They are meeting staff and pupils from Holy Trinity Church of England First School. pic.twitter.com/G6Oo6gfOaM
— Lizzie Robinson (@LizzieITV) December 7, 2020
The couple wanted to recognize the work of teachers this past year, especially their efforts to keep schools open for vulnerable children and the children of key workers.
They also chatted with students, who were sporting festive hats.
Including antler styles.
The Duchess chatting with some of the children in a video Richard Palmer shared on Twitter.
— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) December 7, 2020
The children had a special treat in addition to the royal visit: they were able to meet some real reindeer. It turns out the Palace arranged for the reindeer visit. We return to the Hello story:
Rent a Reindeer owner George Richardson took along Chaz, Crackers and her six-month-old calf Echols, and told William and Kate about caring for them and how coronavirus has affected his business.
Mr Richardson, who is based in Cold Hesledon, County Durham, said the booking by the palace had been “top secret”.
He said: “We got a phone call out of the blue two weeks ago. They asked us to bring a reindeer for the royal visit and we were happy to oblige.”
The duo appeared to be enjoying their time with the students immensely.
Now for what Kate wore for the early engagements.
She was in a coat by Catherine Walker that we first saw in February 2018 during the Norway tour, when the Duchess was expecting Prince Louis.
The dark teal coat features a high neck, princess seams, and an asymmetrical front closure.
Kate carried a new bag by Strathberry, a Scottish brand. It looks like the Multrees Chain Wallet style ($355), named after the label’s just-opened Edinburgh flagship store on the iconic Multrees Walk.
It is crafted of leather and measures roughly 8″ by 4.5″. It features the brand’s signature gold bar on the front and comes with a detachable chain. Many thanks to Lauren and Mallory for their ID of this item!
Kate had on the Ralph Lauren Collection boots seen last night.
Between the ambulance service and school, the Duchess changed her boots, donning her Half ‘n Half pair by Stuart Weitzman for Russell & Bromley. Thank you to Beth for pointing this out in a comment.
The Duchess wore an Amaia Kids face mask, the Emma and Georgina Liberty London print.
She wore her hair down.
And had on her sapphire and diamond drop earrings.
I am still working on identifying the gloves Kate wore for the morning engagements.
The couple then traveled to Batley in West Yorkshire to visit the Batley Community Centre. As you can see, the Duchess changed clothes and accessories before this engagement.
They were at the center to meet volunteers who have been supportive of older adults in the community.
People have written cards and letters, run errands, dropped off shopping and food bags, created and delivered activity packs, and made phone calls.
They also met a gentleman named Len Gardner, who volunteers at the center.
I should say the Duchess met Mr. Gardner in person, as she has already gotten to know him by phone. More from The Sun, who broke a story yesterday about Kate’s volunteer work.
…the Duchess of Cambridge has secretly been volunteering during the Covid pandemic, making phone calls to 85-year-old full-time carer Len Gardner, The Sun can reveal.Dispensing with formality, she insisted: “Call me Catherine.”
Kate, 38, and Len were connected earlier in the year by the Royal Voluntary Service, which The Sun has partnered with this year for our Christmas Together appeal to tackle loneliness.
During two lengthy conversations during the first lockdown, Kate chatted away to her new friend about making pasta and taking her children to watch sheep shearing.
The Duchess was connected with Mr. Gardner via the Royal Voluntary Service.
Mr. Gardner cares for his wife, Shirley, who is 84 and has Alzheimer’s. Len is also dealing with bladder cancer. Back to Kate Jackson’s piece in The Sun:
Kate’s first call came on May 13, while the royals were locked down at their country estate, Anmer Hall in Norfolk.
Len, who spent his life working in the textile industry, said: “I was flabbergasted when I found out who would be calling. The first question I asked was, ‘How do I address you?’ She said, ‘Call me Catherine’.
“After the first two sentences I didn’t feel like I was talking to someone so important.”
They were serenaded by the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band as they walked to Mr. Gardner’s house.
A first meeting in person for The Duchess of Cambridge and Len Gardner, who The Duchess has spoken to previously as part of the NHS Volunteer Responder ‘Check-in and Chat’ scheme.
— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) December 7, 2020
Below, Mr. Gardner introduces his wife, Shirley, to the Duke and Duchess.
The couple in a group photo with the band.
Now for our look at what Kate wore for the afternoon engagements. Many recognized her ‘Bianca’ coat by Hobbs London.
We first saw the Duchess in this style when visiting Wales this past February.
The garment is a military-inspired style made from a blend of 78% wool/22% polyamide. The maxi-length design is a structured style in a double-breasted silhouette with distinctive burnished buttons, oversized patch pockets, and shoulder epaulets. It is sold out in navy but still available in black ($560).
She wore a pair of trousers that look like the Jigsaw pair we have seen previously.
The bag has multiple interior pockets and slots for cards. It measures 4.3″ x 8.2″ and comes with a metal chain handle as well as an adjustable leather strap. Thank you to Middleton Maven for this ID!
It looks like Kate brought back her Emmy ‘Josie’ pumps ($490).
The point-toe style has a block heel that measures a bit more than 3″. I am also working on sorting out which pair of gloves the Duchess wore in Batley. Kate’s mask is the Blue Phoebe style (£15) by Amaia Kids.
The best ID of the day is by Chrissy, and an answer to a long-running UFO mystery: the drop pearl earrings the Duchess has been wearing. Chrissy alerted Middleton Maven that she thinks they are by Simone Rocha, the brand’s Faux Pearl Curb-Chain Earrings ($310).
A Tip of the Tiara to Chrissy for this fab find!
A quick follow-up to last night’s post about the Duke and Duchess departing from Euston Station.
It turns out the Duke and Duchess left a message to transport workers on the board at Euston Station.
NOTE: The post has been updated to put Berwick-upon-Tweed in the proper country, England, as opposed to Scotland, where I inadvertently moved it. Many thanks to Sue for letting me know.
Here is roughly 1:10 on the school visit.
WATCH: Headteacher Nicholas Shaw welcomed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Holy Trinity Primary in Berwick this afternoon – click on the link below to hear what pupils made of it all #royals #Trainspotting #schools pic.twitter.com/vhuwkRrOr1
— Radio Borders News (@yourbordersnews) December 7, 2020
The Royal Family Channel offers more than three minutes of coverage of the Edinburgh arrival and Scottish Ambulance Service visit.
Along with a separate three minutes from the school visit.
The Press Association has a nice video of the school visit.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took some festive cheer with them on their royal train tour of the country, arranging for schoolchildren to meet three reindeer pic.twitter.com/BUKnbXH0nw
— PA Media (@PA) December 7, 2020
- Learn more about NHS Charities at the organization’s website here; follow the group on Facebook here and on Twitter here
- Visit the Royal Voluntary Service website here; the service’s Facebook page is here; its Twitter feed is here and Instagram page here
- The Telegraph’s story is here and the photo gallery here
- Stories About the Duchess and Mr. Gardner: The Sun’s story is here; Stephanie Petit’s People article is here; The Daily’s Mail’s piece is here; an Express story is here
- Simon Perry’s People story is here; Danielle Stacey’s Hello article is here; a Pop Sugar gallery is here; the Fug Girls coverage is here