The Duchess wore Alexander McQueen for Day Two of the Royal Tour in Jamaica.
The Duke and Duchess had multiple engagements, beginning with a visit with Prime Minister Andrew Holness and his wife, Juliet.
Emily Nash shared a video of the royals arriving.
— Emily Nash (@emynash) March 23, 2022
The Prime Minister gave the couple a bottle of rum from Appleton Estate Ruby rum, created by the first female master blender in the world, Dr. Joy Spence, per the Daily Mail’s Rebecca English. You see Dr. Joy in blue.
During the visit, the Prime Minister welcomed the couple and shared his intentions for the country’s status moving forward. From his remarks.
“There are issues here, which as you know, are unresolved, but your presence gives us an opportunity for those issues to be placed in context, to be out front and center and to be addressed as best we can. But Jamaica is, as you would see, is a country that is proud of its history and very proud of what we have achieved. And we’re moving on and we intend to… fulfill our true ambitions and destiny to become an independent, developed and prosperous country.”
Another photo of the two couples.
The Duchess with Ms. Holness. And signing the guest book.
Another shot of the couple as they were leaving.
The pair then went to Shortwood Teachers’ College. Here is a video of them arriving from Richard Palmer of The Express.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Shortwood Teachers’ College in Kingston. pic.twitter.com/uglQjO3OqC
— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) March 23, 2022
This would make a great caption contest photo.
Another photo from the meeting.
The Duchess delivered a speech.
The Duchess of Cambridge has hailed the work of teachers, who she said play a “crucial” role in shaping societies by nurturing the people children will become.
Speaking at a teacher training college in Kingston, Jamaica, the Duchess said she “truly” believed that by recognising the “extraordinary impact” of early childhood, “we are on the cusp of one of the biggest opportunities for positive change in generations”.
She said teachers were “at the front line” of such work.
“So, we are doing something much more than just building healthy children. We are nurturing the peoples they will become, the families they will build and the communities they will be part of.”
And more via this People story.
College Principal Dr. Claudette Barrett-March told PEOPLE: “We were very happy to share what we do because we train teachers to do that out in the wider society in Jamaica and even in Britain, we have some of our past students teaching in Britain at this time.”
Kate said of the school, which was founded in 1885, “Shortwood is obviously a very special place, with a proud history. Because, as you know, it has been supporting teachers and therefore the children of Jamaica for over one hundred years.”
A video with a portion of her remarks.
The Duchess of Cambridge gave a speech at Shortwood Teacher College, hailing the “crucial” role of teachers “at the front line”in shaping the early years: “We are on the cusp of one of the biggest opportunities for positive change in generations.” #RoyalVisitJamaica ???????? pic.twitter.com/roViyoTyUW
— Roya Nikkhah (@RoyaNikkhah) March 23, 2022
During the visit, the couple also visited a classroom.
Here is another video via Richard Palmer.
The Duke and Duchess visiting a school adjoining the teacher training college. pic.twitter.com/PCp3saO6vM
— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) March 23, 2022
Next on the agenda, an engagement at Spanish Town Hospital in St. Catherine, the fastest-growing parish in the country. Below, the Duchess waves as they arrive.
The couple visited a neo-natal unit.
William and Kate visited Spanish Town Hospital, which is celebrating its 70th birthday this year, to hear first-hand how the pandemic has impacted the country’s healthcare system.
They were spotted viewing the newborns wall on a maternity ward alongside meeting doctors, nurses and other members of staff to discuss their experiences on the Covid-19 frontline.
Speaking with staff.
Unveiling a plaque to mark today’s visit.
Now for our look at what Kate wore.
She was in separates by Alexander McQueen, including the label’s Classic Single-Breasted Blazer ($1995).
This design is part of almost every collection, offered in a variety of fabrics. Above you see the viscose/acetate version featuring peak lapels, a double back vent, and four ‘kissing’ buttons at the cuffs.
Beneath the jacket, the Ridley London Alicia Top (£249, about $330) in tangerine silk crepe de chine. It features a tie neckline and 3/4 sleeve finished with an elasticated frilled cuff.
The piece features a tie neckline and three-quarter sleeves with an elasticated frilled cuff. Thank you to Caroline Parr of The Daily Mail and Middleton Maven for this ID.
Also today, a pair of white pumps that are a bit of a mystery. They are shown below left, with the white pumps worn to Wimbledon last year in the center. On the far right is a product shot showing the Jimmy Choo Romy 85. I am confused because the heel tip/cap on the shoes worn today is light compared to the darker shade seen in the product photo. It could just be a function of lighting, but I don’t want to say it is the same pair seen last summer when I am not sure that is the case.
We saw another vintage piece today, a mid-century handbag from Willow Hilson (£229).
Made by Dayne Taylor, the bag is constructed of knotted and woven raffia interlinked with faceted plastic orange beads. It has a wooden handle, a gold-tone metal twist lock. You can find similar styles at etsy and on eBay. (One heads-up if you search for a similar piece for yourself, the bag is referred to as a Wayne Taylor piece on the Willow Hilson site, but the label inside the bag shows the designer as Dayne Taylor.)
The Duchess brought back the Lashawndla Bailey-Miller “She’s Royal” Bracelet (J$9765, about $65 at today’s exchange rates) first seen yesterday. It looks like the second bracelet she wore today is also by Ms. Bailey-Miller; it looks like this bracelet from Inzzpire365, the jeweler’s retail.
We saw the return of the Maria Black Cha Cha earrings ($188), shown below, as worn last night.
At the hospital, the Duchess wore what appears to be another Amaia Kids Adult Mask (£15) in a Liberty print,
but it doesn’t appear to be available yet online.
The couple’s next engagement is at Montego Bay with the Jamaica Defense Force.
I will cover that in a separate post. UPDATE: The Duchess is in the same ensemble so I will add any of that content to this post. There will be a separate post for tonight’s dinner.