Today, the Duchess of Cambridge undertook a series of engagements in the Royal Borough of Kensington, only a stone’s throw from her home at Kensington Palace. She began her day with a coffee morning at Family Friends, a charity that encourages people to befriend and mentor local families in need.
Kate, who is six months pregnant, looked elegant in a mist blue coat by maternity brand Seraphine. She wore the 'Natasha' Cashmere Blend Coat (£195.00) and the soft mist blue coat is from Seraphine's upcoming LUXE collection. The cashmere-blend coat is a collarless style, finished with faux-pockets and iridescent mother of pearl buttons.
In a rare move, Kate removed her coat during the meeting and revealed a new floral maternity dress.
The frock is also by Seraphine, the 'Florrie' style (£99.00). The floral print dress is a mix of marine ocean shades. It has an empire waist silhouette with a shallow scoop neckline and elbow-length sleeves.
The Duchess coordinated the outfit with her Stuart Weitzman 'Muse' navy suede clutch and bespoke Alexander McQueen navy suede pumps.
She kept her jewellery simple, wearing her Kiki McDonough Classic Green Amethyst and Diamond Cushion Drop Earrings and Cartier Ballon Bleu Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch.
Following her visit to Family Friends, the Duchess made a trip to the Kensington Aldridge Academy (KAA), where she was treated to a dance performance before officially opening the school which launched in September 2014. KAA is a new secondary school, situated in the heart of North Kensington. The new academy serves the North Kensington community, with all of its students living less than a mile away. Before the KAA opened, many students had to travel outside the Royal Borough to complete their secondary education.
For her final engagement, Kate crossed the street to the new Kensington Leisure Centre. Once inside, Kate was given a tour of all the new facilities. Both Prince William and Prince Harry took swimming lessons at the old Leisure Centre when they were attending the nearby Wetherby Prep School. During today’s ceremonies the Cambridge family were given lifetime memberships to the Centre.
I think you will all agree that today's outfit was one of her best maternity looks to date. The combination of the baby blue coat with the matching floral dress was a winner. She looked radiant and happy. I hope we continue to see more of the Duchess leading up to the birth of baby Cambridge #2.
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The Duchess of Cambridge attended an event hosted by The Fostering Network to celebrate the work of foster carers in providing support to vulnerable young people.
The Duchess doesn't have a formal link with The Fostering Network but today she was given an overview of the world of fostering. She met foster carers, social workers, and care leavers to discuss the role of fostering and the need for more foster carers. She also heard the stories of those who have experienced fostering first hand.
Lucy Peake, director of development at The Fostering Network, said: “A visit from The Duchess helps to shine a spotlight on fostering and the need for more foster carers, particularly to look after teenagers, disabled children and groups of brothers and sisters. We are very grateful to her for her interest, and know that the foster carers and care leavers attending our event today are excited to be sharing their experiences and stories with her.”
Kate wore her Hobbs chocolate brown animal shirt dress which is currently on sale for £50.00, down from £169. The classic shirt-dress has an animal-print embossed silk jacquard and it features a covered placket and coordinating belt.
We first got a glimpse of the dress when Kate wore it under her Matthew Williamson coat in November last year and again on Christmas Day. It was nice to finally see the dress revealed and worn on its own.
For the second consecutive day, Kate accessorized with her Mulberry 'Bayswater' black suede clutch.
On her feet were the Stuart Weitzman 'Power' pumps.
Kate wore a new pair of gold earrings today. They feature three dangling interlocked hoops.
It's been suggested that they may be the Mirabelle 'Gina' gold plated loop earrings (£35.00) or the Mirabelle Lolita (£30.00). I'm waiting on confirmation from Mirabelle - UPDATE: Mirabelle has confirmed it is their earrings that Kate is wearing! She is wearing the Lolita style which has an identical design to the Gina but is 2cm shorter. The are currently available for pre-order at Mirabelle or you can buy them immediately from notonthehighstreet.com.
On Monday, the Duchess will undertake a day of engagements in Kensington. She will have morning coffee at Family Friends Kensington to meet volunteers and get an overview of the organisation's work supporting vulnerable families. Kate will then visit Kensington Aldridge Academy to formally open the new school. Her day will conclude with a visit Kensington Leisure Centre to formally open the new leisure centre.
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Today, the Duchess of Cambridge returned to royal duties, visiting Barlby Primary School in London for her first engagement of 2015. Catherine's visit to the school was part of her ongoing commitment to The Art Room charity of which she is Royal Patron. Today's visit marked the official naming of the Clore Art Room.
The Art Room is a charity aimed at 5 - 16 year olds, offering art as therapy to increase children’s self-esteem, self-confidence and independence. During her visit, Kate had an opportunity to meet some of the children who are benefiting from The Art Room therapy and are working to overcome their emotional and behavioural difficulties.
Later, Kate joined a round-table discussion with education professionals, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, Dame Vivien Duffield, Chair of the Clore Duffield Foundation, and Patron, Grayson Perry.
For her first day back at work, Kate debuted a new dress from Madderson London, a British label which is also new to Kate's closet. The premier of this brand caused the Madderson website to crash thanks to the "Kate Effect"!
The Duchess wore the £450 'Naomi' shift dress which takes inspiration from the style of 1960's. The dress is rendered in navy wool and trimmed with pink patterned French tweed.
Madderson has many other pieces on sale in the French tweed fabric used in Kate's trim.
Kate accessorized the new frock with familiar pieces. On her feet were the black suede Episode 'Angel' pumps which coordinated perfectly with her Mulberry 'Bayswater' clutch bag.
We also see the return of her Ballon Bleu de Cartier Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch.
She finished the look with her sapphire and diamond oval drop earrings.
Tomorrow, Kate will attend an event hosted by The Fostering Network to celebrate the work of foster carers in providing support to vulnerable young people.
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EOnline and PopSugar published candid photos of Kate shopping at one of her favourite department stores, John Lewis. Three days after Kate celebrated her 33rd birthday, the pregnant duchess headed to Chelsea to indulge in some retail therapy. According to the E!News article, "They shopped for at least an hour. "She was with two security guards but Kate carried all of her own bags and they did not look light."
Kate wore a previously unseen dusty pink wool blend coat from Zara. Unfortunately the coat has sold out but was on sale for 49.99 GBP, down from 79.99 GBP. The single-breasted coat has a concealed snap button placket and front patch pockets.
In addition to carrying her own shopping bags, Kate carried her beloved Tod's grey D-Styling bag, a bag she has owned since 2009.
Kate wore her comfy Russell & Bromley 'Charge it' black suede boots, a style she loves wearing on most of her shopping trips.
Kate has a busy week ahead with two back-to-back engagements. I wonder if she headed to John Lewis' maternity wear department to picked up new outfits for these upcoming events!? Stay tuned!
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Wed, Feb 21:
Kate and William will visit Sunderland, in northeast England. They will officially open the Fire House, a new music and arts hub, where they will see music and dance performances from groups using the new facility. The Duke and Duchess will also visit the Northern Spire bridge over the River Wear, slated to open in the spring.
Tue, Feb 27:
Kate will visit St. Thomas’ Hospital to launch the Nursing Now campaign, created to raise the profile of nursing worldwide. She will visit a specialist ward, take part in a roundtable discussion and deliver a speech to mark the launch of the Nursing Now campaign. Later, Kate will visit the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to learn more about the ways to reduce newborn and maternal mortality rates around the world.
Wed, Feb 28:
In her role as Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, Kate will view the exhibition ‘Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography.‘
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