Kate wore several new pieces for today’s visit to the Shooting Star Children’s Hospice.
The Duchess was welcomed with flowers given to her by Demi, Zoe and Zofia; they look just darling in this picture shared by Shooting Star Children’s Hospice on its Twitter feed.
Hospice CEO David Burland spoke about Kate’s visit:
“The Duchess is a committed supporter of children’s hospices & showed great knowledge about our vital work supporting children with life-limiting conditions & their families. She took the time to speak to families, volunteers & staff to learn more about the impact of our work & the wider palliative care network.”
Parts of the visit had to be emotionally draining, as explained in Richard Palmer’s story in the Express:
In a private room she comforted the parents of a one-year-old girl who died on Tuesday. The parents lost their five-year-old son from the same condition, spinal muscular atrophy, six weeks ago.
Kate seemed to enjoy the music therapy session she took part in.
Shooting Star shared these pictures on their website.
The hospice also wrote a story about Kate’s visit:
Louise, mum of Shaney and Chesney, said: “Kate was so sweet, absolutely lovely and she really puts you at ease because obviously you are a little tense to meet someone so important. She was down to earth but had a real aura about her.”
“She asked me about my boys and how we use Shooting Star CHASE and I told her how they like messy play. She said she has just introduced George to messy play and what fun it was.”
Richard Palmer shared notable news in his article, word of Kate’s plans to do even more with the children’s hospice movement:
The Duchess also met volunteers who help out at the hospice. She plans to launch a new initiative to encourage more people to volunteer in hospices.
A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry is currently developing a pilot for a volunteering programme to support families of children with life-limiting conditions. “A key component of today’s visit is for The Duchess to meet a group of Shooting Stars volunteers, to better understand how they support the hospice and its families.”
The Delaney showcases that fit and flare silhouette Kate is so fond of, in the clean, tailored lines she likes. The piece is constructed with multiple gores, elbow darts, and that little extra something, a flourish we frequently see with the Duchess: in this case it is the triangular point of interest in the center back. There are also slit pockets on the front. Reiss describes the color as cool grey, and the garment is a mix of wool and polyamide with a rayon lining.
Kate was in a new pair of trousers as well.
They are a deep navy color; I lightened this image slightly to better show the texture of the fabric.
At this point I am leaning toward J. Brand’s Skinny Corduroy Trousers. Below a swatch of their stretch corduroy as seen on a pair at Farfetch. The color is clearly off, but the fabric texture looks very similar. The brand offered a pencil leg in corduroy much like Kate’s, Shopbop also carried the same (or very similar) style (also sold out) and the Outnet has a few pair in the 511 mid-rise style. We’ll keep hunting for the proper pair and update as soon as we have new info.
We also saw a new pendant on the Duchess today, this is another piece we’re still trying to ID properly. Kate wore her green amethyst earrings from Kiki McDonough.
Here is another look at the necklace.
Kate was sporting a new pair of booties from an old favorite: Aquatalia. Only available at Russell & Bromley, the style is called the New Dry. The booties are made of weather-resistant suede and lined with faux fur for warmth; they also have a wedge heel and platform, so perhaps they are not as high as one might think.
This is the third Aquatalia style we have seen Kate wear.
Many thanks to everyone on Twitter & Facebook who made this such fun today, especially Rene, Anna, Cambridge Follower, Ashley Marie, Dawn, Franciele, Susan, Kate Kate Kate, Betty, Food Fash Fit, What Would Kate Do and others.
We have one more footwear update to share:
NEXT APPEARANCE: Wednesday, December 11 William and Kate attend an advanced screening of Sir David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 3D. The screening will be at the Natural History Museum in South Kensington, London.
Kate chose a springtime ensemble today for her visit to Naomi House Children’s Hospice.
Kate chose to spend her 2nd wedding anniversary working, below you see the Duchess being greeted by Sally, who is 8. Sally presented Kate with a lovely bouquet of flowers, she has spinal atrophy and receives care at Naomi House.