Kate chose an ensemble we’ve seen before for today’s visit to the Hornsey Road Children’s Centre in Islington, London.
The Children’s Centre provides vital mental health support to parents, as well as offering antenatal & postnatal services, a nursery and playgroups.
The Duchess was there to learn more about programs at the Centre supported by Family Action, the UK’s leading family charity.
Family Action has been providing services to disadvantaged and socially isolated families since it was founded in 1869.
This is the engagement originally scheduled in September that needed to be canceled because of Kate’s illness.
Kate spoke with parents who have been helped by the charity.
She also heard about Family Action’s perinatal mental health services.
A volunteer worker spoke of the benefits of the Duchess’s involvement, saying “…it’s so good because it really raises the profile of perinatal mental health.
Kate has been learning more about maternal mental health. Earlier this month she hosted a roundtable discussion on the topic at Kensington Palace.
The Duchess was given a lovely posy by a young lady named Neveah.
“She asked me what my favourite colour is,” said Nevaeh, who wore a baby pink party dress to present the Duchess with bouquet of flowers.
“I said it was pink and she said that’s Charlotte’s favourite colour too.”
During the visit Kate also shared that Prince George is very fond of helicopters.
Now to what Kate wore for today’s engagement. Many of you immediately recognized the Redgrave coat (£600, about $780) from Goat Fashion. The coat is 100% wool and made in the UK. It features an A-line silhouette, hidden front snap closure, and diagonal welt pockets.
The Duchess first wore the piece in 2013 for an engagement with Prince William at Child Bereavement UK.
UPDATE Nov 20: Goat tells me Kate is wearing the coat in nude, not cream as many wondered.
When Jane Lewis founded her label Goat sixteen years ago, she did so with the intention that women would wear and re-wear the pieces she designed, for years to come, without them ever looking dated.
Surely there is no better affirmation that this principle has worked than seeing the Duchess of Cambridge today wearing her Redgrave coat once again, a piece that has been on rotation in her wardrobe since she was pregnant with Prince George back in 2013.
More from Ms. Leaper’s article.
This is the second time in as many weeks that Kate has worn pieces from the London-based line, after buying a new Eloise tunic dress in burgundy to give a speech at the Place2Be forum.
Despite the fact that Goat isn’t a maternity fashion line, the Duchess seems to repeatedly turn to Lewis’s designs when she is expecting – its fuss-free lines and quality fabrics presenting easy, failsafe looks for anyone with a changing figure. The Eloise is likely another piece we’ll see her wearing again and again in the future.
For those interested in the Eloise, Goat is taking info from anyone who would like to be notified when the dress is back in stock.
Kate appeared to be wearing the same dress seen at the 2013 Child Bereavement engagement with William, the contrast collar shift dress from Topshop.
We saw the return of Kate’s Half ‘n Half boots from Russell and Bromley. They’re one of the styles done by Stuart Weitzman for the upscale accessory retailer, and they remain available in all sizes.
Kate also carried her Bayswater waller clutch by Mulberry.
One other quick note today, this one about our annual What Kate Wore calendar. We are doing a 2018 version (this one is a special edition!) and expect to have it available for pre-ordering in the next week to ten days. Thank you to everyone who has asked about it!
- Learn more about Family Action at the organization’s website here; its Facebook page here, or Twitter feed here
- The Daily Mail’s story is here; Victoria Murphy’s story in The Mirroris here; The Evening Standard’s story is here
- The Telegraph‘s fashion story is here; People’s story is here; PopSugar’s gallery is here; the Fug Girls piece is here