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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