William & Kate Have a Busy Day of Engagements in South London

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On Friday, William and Kate began their busy day with a visit to the Stephen Lawrence Center, a youth charity in Deptford, south-east London. This was the Duchess’ last official engagement before the birth of her second child.

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The center was founded by Baroness Lawrence in memory of her son, Stephen Lawrence, who was stabbed to death at the age of 18 by a group of white youths near a bus stop in 1993.

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He aspired to become an architect and the charity was set up by his mother in 1998 to provide support, training and bursaries to budding architects from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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Upon their arrival, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were greeted by Baroness Doreen Lawrence of Clarendon and given a tour of the facility.

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First on the agenda, was a stop at the Harris Academy law workshop in the Center’s lecture room where the royal couple observed students taking part in a law workshop with lawyers from Stephenson Harwood. The purpose was to raise career ambitions through lectures and mentoring.

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Next, William and Kate were shown a display of some of Stephen Lawrence’s own architectural drawings.

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Lastly, they met with SLIK (Stephen Lawrence Instils Knowledge) Magazine editors in the PC room. The students were working on a digital journalism project called The Write Way that encourages young people to develop their literacy and IT skills.

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Before leaving, the royals signed the visitors’ book, and Baroness Lawrence presented William with a framed photograph of Prince Charles giving the first Stephen Lawrence Memorial Lecture at the Trust’s launch in 2000.

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Outside, Kate was presented with a bouquet of flowers by Stephen Lawrence’s 10-year-old niece Mia.

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The Cambridge’s second engagement of the day was a visit XLP urban Christian charity in Gypsy Hill.

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XLP stands for “The eXceL Project” and describes itself as a Christian urban youth charity operating in seven London boroughs that helps young people from deprived inner city estates to realize their potential. Many of the people it seeks to help are coping with family breakdown, unemployment, gang life and educational failure.

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Upon their arrival, they met Patrick Regan, OBE, CEO of XLP and Hannah Bourazza, XLP Mentoring Manager for Lewisham.

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Inside the church William and Kate watched an Arts Showcase presentation by young performers who have been through XLP’s Arts Program.

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Before they left, they were presented with XLP shirts bearing the logo, “I refuse to believe this is a lost generation.”

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The third and final engagement of the day for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was a visit to an XLP community bus and the XLP mobile recording studio on the Hazel Grove Estate in Sydenham, London.

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XLP’s two specially modified double decker buses travel, every week, to 17 of the 24 inner-London estates where XLP work, targeting areas where there are little or no youth work facilities available. At risk youth have access to computers, games consoles, a music studio, chill out space, and arts and crafts areas. The buses also provide accessible drop-in sessions, which include 1-2-1 mentoring, cooking lessons and small group activities.

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William and Kate toured and sat inside the XL-R8 Community Bus where they also met a group of young people from across the London boroughs who have engaged with XLP projects over a number of years.

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Afterwards the Cambridge’s visited the X-Mobile Recording Studio, which is parked alongside.

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The Duchess shopped her closet and wore her bright pink Mulberry double-breasted coat with black horn buttons (autumn/winter 2014 collection). It retails for £1,500.

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She previously wore this coat on a visit to the National September 11th Memorial and Museum during her royal tour to New York in December.

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Completing her ensemble, the Duchess wore her black, suede Stuart Weitzman ‘Power’ pumps ($355), and held her black, suede Mulberry ‘Bayswater’ clutch.

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As for her jewelry, Kate wore her Kiki Classic Morganite and Diamond Cushion Drop Earrings (£3,400 and currently sold out), paired with her Kiki Classic 18ct White Gold and Diamond Hoops.

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