The Princess of Wales wore Roland Mouret for Day 2 of the Boston trip.
Crowds hoping to see the royals began gathering in the early morning hours outside of Greentown Labs in Somerville.
A welcome greeting.
One of those eager to see the royals was Henry Dynov-Teixeira, who is eight years old. (We’ll see Henry again.)
Greentown Labs is the largest clean-tech incubator in North America. A quick video as the royals arrived.
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A Kensington Palace news release notes Greentown has “supported more than 500 companies since its founding that have collectively created more than 9,000 jobs and raised more than $4 billion in funding.”
More from WCVB’s story.
There are more than 200 climate tech start-ups out of Greentown Labs. One of the five companies that will highlight its work for the Prince and Princess of Wales is Sublime Systems, which produced carbon-neutral cement.
“It really hit me when the calendar event landed in my in-box, like ‘Hold for Prince and Princess of Wales,'” said Leah Ellis, of Sublime Systems.
The royals met with representatives from some of the start-ups within the Greentown Labs community.
Boston.com offers more in this story.
Inside, William and Kate asked questions about the lab and its history before meeting with five either current or former Greentown Labs-affiliated businesses:
- c16 Biosciences, the company searching for decarbonized alternatives for the consumer products supply chain.
- QuantAQ, which is producing internet-connected air quality sensors that can test for air pollutants.
- Open Ocean Robotics, which is creating solar-powered autonomous boats that provide real-time oceanic information. (Julie Angus, CEO and co-founder, showed the couple real-time data from a boat in the harbor of Victoria, British Columbia, where the company is headquartered. “Five knots? That’s quite quick,” an astonished William quipped while looking at a computer monitor. “It’s amazing it hasn’t capsized.”)
- Nth Cycle, a business working to decarbonize the critical mineral supply chain.
- Sublime Systems, a company behind low-carbon cement.
As the Prince and Princess left, they saw Henry.
And stopped to chat with him. More from The Daily Mail’s article.
William and Kate were so charmed by the sight of an eight year-old boy dressed as a Grenadier Guard during an engagement in Boston that they requested to meet the youngster.
Henry donned the costume after becoming obsessed with all-things royal following a trip to Buckingham Palace earlier this year, which included the chance to watch the changing of the guard.
Richard Palmer of The Express reports this was Henry’s Halloween costume.
More from The Daily Mail piece.
His mum, Melissa Teixeira, added: ‘That was surreal, that was really spectacular. It was a real experience what a beautiful day in Somerville.
‘I think they were surprised to Henry as a British guard. The Princess is terrific with children of course.
‘She just gave him great compliments and he gave her compliments so it was a really nice experience.
‘Henry did get to mention his visit to London and he asked where George was and she shared that he was in school. She asked if he should be in school and he said yes – and laughed of course.’
One more photo of Henry.
The Prince and Princess’s next stop was at Roca, a non-profit focusing on young people considered at high risk for becoming the primary victims or drivers of violence.
The Prince and Princess of Wales are at Roca in Chelsea, across the Mystic River from Boston, visiting a pioneering project using brain science to stop young people getting into violent trouble. pic.twitter.com/WTbMLlNoCv
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More from Boston.com’s coverage of the day’s events.
Roca looks to address trauma and teach young people emotional regulation, giving them a buffer between their thoughts and their actions, she explained.
“The key is to create a safe environment for them to learn about and practice this emotional regulation, because we believe that once you can sort of heal the trauma, you free the person,” Baldwin said.
Roca has results to back up this approach: In Massachusetts, four out of five young men who came to Roca stopped engaging in violence, and 70% of young men did not recidivate within three years, according to the organization’s website.
The couple hears about Roca. And from the Hello article covering the engagement.
Roca aims to reduce levels of trauma, violence and incarceration, create sustained employment, and improve parenting. They also work closely with critical public systems such as police officers, judges, correction officers and child protection services to help build policies and practices that produce better outcomes for young people who are the primary victims or drivers of violence.
They spoke to several of the men and women the organization had helped, and met with leaders to learn about their intervention model and spend time with women in the young mothers’ programme, current members and alumni of the young men’s programme.
The royals spent time with young mothers in the charity’s crèche area.
A quick video.
After meeting eco-start ups at Greentown Labs the Prince and Princess of Wales are now at Roca Inc (a charity which helps keep teens away from violence) and are here at a crèche with young mothers children pic.twitter.com/VHGEE5xAsJ
— Matt Wilkinson (@MattSunRoyal) December 1, 2022
The Princess with a little one.
After their engagement, the Prince and Princess did an impromptu walkabout.
The Daily Mail has more in this piece.
Kate Middleton left one young royal fan in tears of joy today after she and Prince William embarked on an impromptu walkabout during the latest leg of their charm offensive tour in Boston – which has been dramatically overshadowed by controversy.
One particularly emotional fan broke down in tears when Kate approached her, before taking the Princess’s hand and thanking her for ‘everything she has done’.
‘You’ve been so lovely, thank you for everything,’ the woman said while holding Kate by the hand, having burst into tears when she saw the mother-of-three making her way over to her.
A video from the walkabout.
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The temperature was in the high 30s and low 40s with a breeze, so it was cold.
Listen to Prince William engage with the crowd in Chelsea after the visit to @RocaInc
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There were lots of selfies shot today!
Now for our look at what Kate wore for the day’s engagements.
She was in a plum or aubergine pantsuit that Caroline Parr of The Daily Mail reports is a Roland Mouret design. The jacket features a single-breasted silhouette, angled flap pockets, peaked lapels, and a slight flare at the cuff. Middleton Maven points out the trousers are very much like the Roland Mouret Axon trousers the Princess has previously worn. That style features vertical pockets, a side zipper and flat front.
Readers may recall Roland Mouret encountered financial challenges during the pandemic and entered into a business arrangement with Han Chong, founder and owner of another royally-favored brand, Self-Portrait. More from the relaunched Roland Mouret site.
In 2021, Roland Mouret was acquired by SP Collection, a holding company dedicated to discovering, nurturing and developing best in class creativity and design. In this new chapter, the Roland Mouret brand, which is headquartered in London, will continue to explore heritage silhouettes with a focus on modern wardrobing.
Many noticed that the Prince’s sweater coordinated with the Princess’s suit.
The pink blouse remains UFO at this point.
The Princess carried her Chanel Nouvelle Flap Bag in calfskin with Enamel Handle, first noted when carried during a March 2017 visit to Paris.
Her heels could be the Gianvito Rossi 105 pumps the Princess has worn for several years.
She also repeated her Daniella Draper Luxury Maxi Cupid Hoop Earrings ($3100).
I’ll be back shortly with a separate post on the couple’s engagement at Boston Harbor, which is now underway.
Henry talks about his encounter with the Princess.
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