The Duchess of Cambridge, who is Royal Patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) visited the Emma Bridgewater pottery factory in Stoke-on-Trent.
The Duchess fostered a partnership between EACH and the British potter who has designed two exclusive mugs to raise funds for the EACH Nook Appeal. Kate launched the appeal in November last year which needs to raise £10 million to build and equip a new children's hospice for Norfolk.
Emma teamed up with EACH last year to create two exclusive 1/2 Pint Mugs 'Insects & Flowers' and 'Ladybirds' as well as a 'Ladybirds Baby Mug'. For every mug sold, £5 is donated to EACH. The mugs are now available for pre-order:
Today, Kate debuted another Max Mara coat. Just last week she premiered the Max Mara ivory 'Villar' coat. This petrol blue Max Mara coat is from the Sport Max collection (confirmed by Sport Max via Twitter).
Kate's coat has a wide notched lapel collar with a concealed side closure, side besom pockets and princess seams.
UPDATE (20 Feb 2015):
Sport Max has confirmed that the style is the 'Gerbera' coat.
I found this image online showing the side detailing of the Gerbera coat. Here we can clearly see the besom pockets. However, I believe Kate had her coat modified to include a concealed side button closure rather than wearing a belt.
Under the coat, Kate wore her Seraphine Florrie Floral Print Dress.
Kate recycled the accessories she wore to last week's engagement at Portsmouth. The pieces included her navy suede LK Bennett 'Frome' clutch, Jimmy Choo 'Georgie' pumps, sapphire and diamond earrings and Cartier Ballon Bleu watch.
Kate styled her hair in a beautiful half up-do.
Today's visit to the factory was an opportunity for the Duchess to see the design and manufacture of the mugs and meet the staff producing it.
The Duchess of Cambridge even had a go at painting ladybirds on a pottery mug!
Finally, the Duchess unveiled a plaque to commemorate the visit in front of assembled staff in the factory courtyard.
Later in the day, the Duchess of Cambridge visited the s at Cape Hill Children’s Centre in Smethwick as part of Children’s Mental Health Week. The centre is operated by Action for Children, and the Duchess learnt about the charity’s work in supporting vulnerable children and families and developing child emotional wellbeing.
As yet, Kensington Palace has not announced any upcoming engagements on Kate’s calendar. The Duchess usually attends the traditional St Patrick’s Day parade so I'm fairly certain she will make a few more official appearances prior to her expected delivery date in April.
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The Duchess of Cambridge has recorded a special video message in support of Children's Mental Health Week. The online video for her patronage Place2Be was released at midnight (GMT) by the Palace. The touching message was recorded during Kate's private visit to Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School last week.
In the video, Kate wore the Jaeger Aquifer Silk Tile Print Shirt Dress (£250). The collared shirt dress is patterned with a tile print inspired by the architecture in Florence and Porto. It is cut from fluid silk and comes with an optional belt. It's also available at John Lewis.
Kate also wore her Kiki Classic Green Amethyst and Diamond Oval Drop Earrings and Cartier Ballon Bleu de Cartier Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch.
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Today, the Duchess of Cambridge attended her first public engagement since returning from Mustique. She was in Portsmouth to see the progress on the new headquarters of Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) and the 1851 Trust. The Duchess who is 6 months pregnant glowed in a new ivory coat from Max Mara Studio.
The wool coat is the 'Villar' model featuring a belted waist. It is currently on sale for £345, down from £580.
Under her coat she wore a nautical themed dress featuring printed sail boats. @livelovelaugh was quick to identify it as the Somerset by Alice Temperley Boat Print Dress, Black (£99.00).
This is the first time we have seen the Duchess wear a dress from Alice Temperley's diffusion line Somerset, which is exclusive to John Lewis. Alice Temperley has long been one of Kate's favourite designers and the Duchess also likes to frequent John Lewis stores, so it comes as no surprise that she would buy a piece from the Somerset collection. Kate most likely purchased this on her recent visit to John Lewis in mid January.
The dress has now sold out but their are a number of pieces designed with the boat print motif including, a blazer, pants and scarf:
Kate combined the outfit with navy suede accessories including her LK Bennett 'Frome' clutch and Jimmy Choo 'Georgie' pumps.
She finished the look with her sapphire and diamond drop earrings and Ballon Bleu de Cartier Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch.
The colour combination of today's outfit is similar to the one she wore eight months ago, when she joined Sir Ben Ainslie tolaunch Britain's bid to win the 35th Americas Cup.
Following the launch, the Duchess became Royal Patron of the 1851 Trust, an organization which is the charitable arm of Ben Ainslie's bid to win the America's Cup, and it works with youngsters to build skills and confidence through sailing and maritime projects.
Kate took on the role in October last year, saying: "I feel very fortunate to have enjoyed sailing from a young age and I know it is a great way of providing young people with the opportunity to develop skills and confidence.
Today, Kate met with children from six local schools who helped create a mural at the site of the new BAR headquarters. It was a community art project, created in collaboration with local street artists James Waterfield and My Dog Sighs. During her visit, Kate added her own artwork to the mural.
Later in the afternoon, Kate headed over to the Spinnaker Tower in Gunwharf Quays to get a bird’s eye view of the BAR headquarters. Here she met Portsmouth community members involved the BAR project also viewed exhibits destined for the Visitor Centre for the Trust which will opening in July 2015.
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The New York Daily News has published photos of the Cambridge's and the Middleton's enjoying their annual vacation on the private Caribbean island of Mustique.
In the photos, Kate is seen walking past the popular beachwear store, the Lotty B Mustique Pink House.
Coincidentally, Kate is wearing Lotty B's Shirt Dress (Shell Repeat Blue). It is describes as:
"Featuring a bold pattern of seashell –skeletons”, the beautifully tailored, above the knee shirtdress provides easy, but elegant fashion with a button-up front, a v-neck opening, mandarin collar and 3/4 length slim-fit sleeves with a narrow cuff."
It is made from 100% Crepe-de-Chine Silk. It originally retailed for £302.00 before being reduced to £108.00.
She is also seen carrying her Anya Hindmarch "I'm not a plastic bag" tote. It's no longer available but you can find a handful on eBay >
It looks like the family are enjoying the sun, surf and sand. For their sake, I do hope these are the only photos that will emerge from their private vacation.
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