More than 1,000 people braved the cold for the highly anticipated visit of The Duchess of Cambridge despite the fact she arrived 70 minutes late. Kate opted to fly to Grimsby by helicopter rather than taking the train. A thick fog prevented her leaving London on time.
Simon Perry, People magazine
Kate stepped out of her car to chants of “We want Kate”. She was greeted by a line-up of dignitaries including MP Austin Mitchell and his wife Linda.
The Duchess visited the National Fishing Heritage Centre. Inside the museum, Kate was shown several life-sized models bringing to life different aspects of the fishing industry including the inside of a trawler and a recreated local pub called the Freeman’s Arms.
After the National Fishing Heritage Centre The Duchess of Cambridge moved on to Peaks Lane Fire Station, where 200 people lined the streets to greet her.
During the visit to Peaks Lane Fire Station, Kate met young people enrolled on a scheme run by The Prince’s Trust to help unemployed youngsters build up their confidence and develop their job-finding skills.
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Her final engagement of the day was to officially open Havelock Academy, established in 2007 by The David Ross Foundation, which serves more than 1,000 pupils aged between 11 and 18 in one of the most deprived areas in the country.
Kate looked radiant in her previously worn (on a visit to Liverpool last February) chestnut-brown ‘Celeste’ coat (£369) by Hobbs. The coat finishes just below the knee and is adorned with leather stud fastening cuff straps and a matching belt at the waist.
Under her Hobbs coat, she wore a red ‘Cezanne’ paintbox dress (£48 and sold out) by Great Plains.
‘This crepe painterly printed dress brings out your creative side
Features a boat neck and short sleeves
Matching skinny belt and simple back zip closure
Composition: 100% polyester
Care: machine wash
J1BA8 WINTER PINK / 1023915′
The Duchess of Cambridge completed her look with nude tights, on-trend black Episode ‘Angel’ suede court shoes, a matching, still UFO black suede clutch and her Annoushka pearl drops with Kiki McDonough diamond hoops.
Kate’s hair was styled into her signature blow dry look.
There may be a possible ID for Kate’s ring on her right hand (thanks to a follower on ‘My Small Obsessions’). If it is not exactly the same, it’s very close. It was listed on Ebay as a victorian 15ct rose gold garnet and pearl ring.
Additional details from the Ebay listing:
‘A fine offering of a glossy rose gold fully hallmarked Victorian ring set with three faceted
garnets and two seed pearls, with some subtle detailing to the shoulders.
Fully hallmarked for .625 15ct gold at the Birmingham office in the year 1876.’