The Duchess of Cambridge was in Essex today to officially open a new, community-based treatment centre in her role as Patron of Action on Addiction.
The center provides nine-week treatment programs for those dealing with addiction. The Duchess was also there to promote the charity's new initiative called Clouds in the Community which aims to offer an effective alternative to residential treatment and an opportunity to provide services in more than one place.
Kate donned her favorite hue today, wearing the Goat 'Ellory' bow detail coat in Marine blue.
The piece is a new addition to her closet and features a high collar with a decorative bow at the neckline. Made in the UK from 100% wool, the $880 coat is designed with a concealed front fastenings on the front placket, and finished with diagonal front pockets.
Kate contrasted the vibrant blue with a black mini dress and black accessories. She carried her crocodile embossed Aspinal of London 'Blue Heart' clutch, and on her feet she wore her trusty Stuart Weitzman Power suede pumps.
Kate left her her down and tucked one side of her bouncy locks behind her ear to reveal the G. Collins Tanzanite earrings.
The final engagement of William and Kate's Nordic tour took place in the beautiful setting of Holmenkollen, the snowy hills that overlook the city of Oslo.
The Duke and Duchess, accompanied by Prince Haakon and Princess Mette-Marit, joined some of Norway's top ski jumpers at the top of the Holmenkollen Ski Jump - one of Oslo's most iconic landmarks.
The royal couple also got a better understanding how Norwegians embrace the outdoors in the coldest of temperatures, and champion the importance of exercise and wellbeing.
Kate stood out against the snow white backdrop in a 'spicy orange' ski jacket by Kjus. The specialist sportswear brand was founded by Lasse Kjus, a former World Cup alpine ski racer from Norway.
She wore the label's 'Duana' two-tone quilted shell down jacket (US$900) designed with a figure-hugging silhouette made from shell that's filled with warm down. This piece has a neck gaiter for extra coverage, and a detachable hood.
We saw the return of her black John Lewis Faux Fur Trim Suede Gloves and the Sorel 'Torino' boots. Kate first wore both pieces for the opening event of the tour in Stockholm.
Kate topped off her look with a winter white Barts 'Jasmin' beanie. The hand-knitted beanie combines a soft acrylic wool shell with a warm fleece lining to create a chunky knit feel, and it is finished with a pom-pom detail on top. It is currently available at Barts (€29.99), Blacks (£25.00), Ultimate Outdoors (£25.00), Amazon UK (£25.00), and Cotswold Outdoor (US$34.00),
Royal Tour Day 4, Norway: Kate teams plum Dolce & Gabbana coat with floral byTiMo frock on final day of royal visit
The final day of William and Kate's royal visit to Norway began at the Hartvig Nissen School, which was the location for the hugely successful Norwegian television programme Skam.
The Duke and Duchess, accompanied by The Crown Prince and Princess of Norway, meet the stars of Skam to hear more about the making of the drama series which highlights the many challenges teenagers can experience growing up. They also joined students and mental health support staff to chat about the impact of Skam, and the effect it had on bringing important issues out into the open.
Following the school visit, William and Kate enjoyed a private lunch with Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and their labradoodle Muffins Kråkebolle at Skagum, their official residence.
The Duchess opted for a new plum coat from the Italian luxury fashion house of Dolce & Gabbana.
We've been unable to locate it in the plum colour so below we show it in black from FarFetch. Crafted of luxurious virgin wool, the design is characterised by its two line button fastening, classic collar, piqued shoulders and slim long sleeves, drawing in at the waist with darts and falling with a gentle flare to the knee. The coat is complete with two flap pockets, and a rear central vent. Originally retailing for US$2,675, the coat has now been marked down by 30% at FarFetch.
The only significant difference in the design between Kate's coat and the off-the-rack piece above are the buttons. Kate's are metallic compared with horn or plastic on the ready-to-wear version.
Beneath Kate's coat we got a glimpse of a floral pattered dress.
ID wizzard @HeavenQRF was quick to let us know that it was by Norwegian brand, byTiMo - a favorite of Crown Princess Mette-Marit. The Duchess wore the label's Lace Trimmed Shift Dress (US$295). It's a classic shift dress with an A-line shape, a high neck and elbow length sleeves.
It has an oval-heckled lace detailing on the collar, on the shoulders and on the waistline which you can see in more detail below. The dress has sold out on the byTiMo website but is still available in limited sizes from Tuckernuck.
Kate finished the look with the following familiar accessories:
Royal Tour Day 3, Norway: Kate dazzles in floaty Alexander McQueen gown for Black Tie Dinner in Oslo
This evening the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a black-tie dinner in their honour hosted by The King and Queen of Norway at the Royal Palace, Oslo.
Kate looked every inch the princess in a floor-length gown by her go-to designer, Alexander McQueen.
The blush pink number is a custom piece based on this ready-to-wear silhouette from the British fashion house. Crafted in Italy from light-as-air silk, this floaty style comes with a romantic cape-like tulle layer and falls to an elegant floor length.
Kate had the neckline embellished with a crystal diamante embroidery.
The Duchess carried a new Jimmy Choo clutch in a tonal hue. The design is identical to the one she used for the Embassy dinner in Stockholm a couple of nights ago. It is the 'Celeste' style in Ballet Pink suede. It is defined by an embellished frame and faceted clasp. Ut retails for US$1,495.
On her feet she wore her Cinderella-inspired Oscar de la Renta Platinum Lamé Cabrina Pumps.
Kate complemented her dazzling look with the Queen's diamond orbital teardrop earrings and the 'Wedding Gift Bracelet' also on loan from Her Majesty. As the name implies the bracelet was a wedding gift to HM from Prince Philip. The hefty piece is set with diamonds from a tiara once belonging to his mother, Princess Andrew of Greece. The Duchess has worn both pieces of jewellery on previous occasions.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge bade farewell to Sweden this morning, and boarded a private jet bound for Oslo to begin the Norwegian leg of the royal tour. On arrival they were greeted by Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit.
Kate was back in Catherine Walker for the third consecutive day. This time she wore a teal number featuring a funnel neck.
Kate teamed the coat with her trusty combination of black Mulberry 'Bayswater' Suede Clutch and Tod's Suede Block Heel Pumps.
She accessorized with her Sapphire & Diamond Oval Drop Earrings and Cornelia James 'Beatrice' black wool gloves.
William and Kate's first stop was the Royal Palace in central Oslo for a luncheon with the Norwegian Royal Family. They were welcomed by King Harald V of Norway and his wife Queen Sonja.
The Duchess removed her coat to reveal the Seraphine 'Marlene' maternity cocktail dress (£169). The frock has a lace bodice lined in comfortable stretch jersey, while the elegant long sleeves are made in stylish peek-a-boo lace, with subtle bell detailing at the cuffs. The fitted lace top is contrasted with a soft woven skirt, and velvet ribbon detailing at the empire waist, cuffs and collar complete the look.
After lunch, the Duke and Duchess headed outside to visit the Princess Ingrid Alexandra Sculpture Park within the Palace Gardens. The sculptures, of which there are now four, are designed by and for children, through cartoon competitions in schools across the country.
Kate rugged up for the walkabout and wore her chocolate brown Lacorine ‘Sumac’ hat and Cornelia James ‘Clementine’ gloves also in chocolate brown. We first saw these pieces when Kate attended church services at Sandringham in January.
She coordinated the accessories with her Stuart Weitzman 'Muse' clutch in a matching chocolate hue.
Kate also changed her footwear and wore a new pair of brown Stuart Weitzman 'HalfNHalf' boots (£455) - a style she also owns in black. These knee-high boots are a collaboration between Stuart Weitzman and Russell & Bromley. Rendered in luxurious brown suede with a low block heel these boots are detailed with trademark stretch panel at the back for a clean fit and elongated silhouette.
This evening, The Duke and Duchess will attend an official dinner in their honour at the Royal Palace.
Unfortunately I will not be able to cover the remaining events of the royal tour as I will be on vacation starting tomorrow. It's now midnight in my part of the world and I still haven't packed! I will do catch up posts when I return in mid February.
- Elizabeth xo
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