Kate Pays a Visit to the Ben Ainslie Racing Headquarters

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On Thursday, the Duchess of Cambridge joined Sir Ben Ainslie in Portsmouth on a visit to the site of Ben Ainslie Racing and the 1851 Trust headquarters.

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Kate went to see the progress of the racing headquarters and as Royal Patron of the 1851 Trust, she aimed to inspire and engage young people to take up sailing and work in the marine industry.

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The Duchess also wanted to support Sir Ben bid to win the America’s Cup – something Britain has so far never achieved.

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First on the agenda, Kate made a private visit to the racing team’s current offices in Whiteley, Fareham, Hampshire, to learn about secret technological developments planned for the racing yachts.

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Then, she showed off her creative skills by contributing to the 1851 Mural, an art project on the construction site for Olympic hero Sir Ben Ainslie’s new America’s Cup yacht racing headquarters at the Camber Dock in Old Portsmouth.

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It was created by local street artists James Waterfield, My Dog Sighs and students from six nearby schools. The mural depicts the skyline from Portsmouth to Ryde, Isle of Wight. Artistic Kate added her own detail to the work. She painted five crewmen, including Sir Ben, on to a racing yacht, concentrating on depicting their bottoms hanging out over the side of the boat.

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Next, Kate stopped to take a quick look at the construction site for the new racing headquarters, which is expected to employ up to 100 people. She chatted to construction workers who are working round the clock to get the new center finished in time for Ben to make it his base in May.

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Construction workers at the site presented her with three yellow high visibility vests for herself, 18-month-old Prince George, and the family cocker spaniel Lupo. They were emblazoned with their own individual titles: The Boss, The Future Boss and The Boss’s Best Friend.

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After their morning at the Trust, the Duchess and Sir Ben headed to a reception at the Spinnaker Tower where they met community leaders and local ambassadors. Invitees included teachers and students from City College in Southampton, who are building the two specialist ‘Docking Rib’ boats to help with docking the America’s Cup boats in Portsmouth.

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Kate then saw a display of activities and exhibits on the tower’s viewing platform, which will eventually go on display in the 1851 Trust Visitor Centre and will open in July.

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The Spinnaker Tower is the iconic 170 meter viewing tower overlooking Portsmouth Harbor. It has swiftly become the South coast’s most prominent landmark, with its striking sail design representing the city’s proud naval heritage. It also offers visitors spectacular 350° panoramic views and a different perspective on one of the most fascinating seascapes on earth.

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The Duchess looked flawless in a cream colored Max Mara Studio ‘Villar’ belted wool coat (went on sale for £345, originally £580 and currently sold out). The double-breasted coat features a notched lapel, fitted bodice, full skirt and leather belt.

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Underneath her coat, Kate wore a black loose-fitting boat-print frock from Somerset by Alice Temperley (£99 and available in limited sizes) which showcased the her growing baby bump.

 
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Her nautical-inspired shift dress was patterned with white sailed, red yachts and features a round neckline, elbow length sleeves and a subtly tapered bodice.
 
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Length Information: Mini 
Material: 100% Viscose 
Washing Instructions: Dry clean
 
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Completing her look, the Duchess wore her Jimmy Choo ‘Georgia’ navy suede round toe pumps, carried her Frome Suede Clutch in navy from L.K. Bennett, wore her sapphire and diamond earrings, her Ballon Bleu de Cartier wrist watch and her sapphire and diamond engagement ring.
 
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Princess Eugenie first wore the belted, fit-and-flare coat at Christmas with a fuchsia fascinator, black leather gloves and matching platform pumps, a different (but nonetheless stylish) take from the duchess.


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The Duchess Undertakes her first official visit of 2015 at Barlby Primary School

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This morning, Kate, travelled to Barlby Primary School in Ladbroke Grove to name an art room. She was unable to attend the opening in October because of her severe morning sickness.

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Today’s naming is The Art Room’s ninth project, and will be called The Clore Art Room. It is named after the Clore Duffield Foundation which has been making donations to The Art Room since 2005.  It is one of a series of 10 major grants to organizations across the UK to celebrate the Foundation’s 50th birthday.

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The Duchess is royal patron of The Art Room charity, which maintains a dedicated art room in a number of schools in Oxfordshire and in London. Each week up to 85 children, aged between 5 and 11, receive art sessions designed to provide them with self-confidence, self-esteem and independence through creativity and self-expression. 

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Kate was joined for the event by Turner Prize-winning artist and cross-dressing potter Grayson Perry who is also a patron.

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During the visit, the Duchess met Barlby staff and students, toured the new art room, and then took part in a roundtable discussion which included Dame Vivien Duffield who is Chair of the Clore Duffield Foundation.

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Before she left, Kate was given some art of her own to take home. The students presented her with a pint-sized chair decorated with stamps donated by the Royal Household, presumably made with Prince George in mind.

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Kate looked glamorous and showed a hint of baby bump beneath her navy ‘Naomi’ shift dress by Madderson London (originally £450, on sale for £225, and currently sold out). The A-line frock features a bold but feminine pink, cream and navy tweed hem, with matching pocket and cuff detailing. The gold buttons add a dash of glamour.

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This is the first time the Duchess has worn an outfit by Madderson, an upscale British women’s and maternity wear label, on an official engagement. However, she is not the first royal to have worn the brand while expecting  – Zara Phillips, also favored it when pregnant with her daughter, Mia.

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If anyone had any doubt about the Kate effect being alive and well, today it was confirmed! The Madderson website struggled to cope as thousands of fans rushed to see details and ultimately crashed.

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The Duchess paired her dress with black opaque tights, her black suede Mulberry Bayswater clutch, and her black suede Episode Angel pumps.

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She kept her jewelry to a minimum and wore her Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch, her sapphire and diamond earrings and her sapphire and diamond engagement ring. Kate wore her long hair in trademark waves.

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The Young Royals Pay Tribute to British Lives Lost in WW1

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On Tuesday, William and Kate, along with Prince Harry travelled to the Tower of London to, officially, unveil Paul Cummins’ Blood Swept Lands And Seas Of Red.

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This “spectacular” art installation of ceramic red poppies marked the centenary of the First World War.

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When the last poppy is planted on November 11, Armistice Day, there will be a total of 888,246 poppies around the tower – one for each British and Colonial fatality during the war. It will also, symbolically, mark the end of the First World War in 1918.

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The tower was where more than 1,600 men swore an oath to the crown in August 1914 after enlisting for the war.

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The trio climbed the Middle Tower to view the artwork from above, before walking through the field of poppies, accompanied by General Lord Dannatt, Constable of the Tower of London and his wife, Lady Dannatt. They then, each planted their own red poppy in tribute to the war dead to join the huge red sea of poppies.

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Then they walked around the moat to see more of the artwork, where they were cheered by crowds who had lined the banks.

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So far 120,000 ceramic flowers have been planted but by the time its finished there will be 888,246. Each one is hand made (and unique) by a team 35 people and each takes around three days to create.

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All flowers are to be sold off – raising millions to be split between six charities with links to Armed Forces.

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Kate looked vibrant and recycled her snorkel blue, L.K. Bennett Detroit Dress (£225). The structured frock features a unique notch collar detail, cinched waist, and ladylike knee-­length hem with a centered back split.

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The Duchess of Cambridge is wearing a new pair of navy suede round toe pumps by Jimmy Choo (thanks to ‘My Small Obsessions’ on FB for the ID).

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In her hand, Kate held her matching suede Stuart Weitzman for Russell & Bromley ‘Muse’ clutch.
 
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The Duchess wore a new Empress Mini White Gold and Diamond Pendant (and again thanks to ‘My Small Obsessions’ on FB for the ID) by Mappin & Webb (£1,850).
 
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Completing her ensemble, Kate wore her sapphire and diamond earrings, her Ballon Bleu de Cartier wrist watch and her sapphire and diamond engagement ring.

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Day Six of the Commonwealth Games is Chock-Full of Engagements

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The Duchess began her day at Home Nation House where she attended a reception hosted by SportsAid. She is a patron of the charity, which funds the budding stars of British sport. Their past successes have included Daley Thompson, Tanni Grey-Thompson and Linford Christie.

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At the event, Kate visited mentoring sessions led by tennis player Laura Robson, former world champion open-water swimmer Keri-Anne Payne, Glasgow 2014 Team Wales captain Aled Davies and 2002 Commonwealth Games silver medalist Steve Parry.

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Meanwhile, Princes Harry and William visited Coach Core, a Royal Foundation they head which helps teenagers get qualifications in coaching and leadership.

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The royal trio reunited with a stop-off at Glasgow’s Hampden Park. The young royals were snapped enjoying the athletics alongside Lord Sebastian Coe, which included watching English triple-jumper Greg Rutherford, Scottish hurdler Eilidh Child and Kenyan runner David Rudisha compete.

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The last engagement of the day was a visit to the Athletes’ Village where they met with some of the host nation’s medal winners, including Usain Bolt and Sir Chris Hoy.

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Olympian Sir Chris Hoy and chieftain of the village, gave the royals a tour of the site and were then encouraged to take part in a few traditional games.

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The Duchess recycled her vibrant blue ‘Ridley Stretch Cady Dress’ ($695/£515) by Stella McCartney for the fourth time. It features a round neck, short sleeves, a fitted waist, an A-line skirt, inverted pleat details and a concealed rear zip closure.

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Kate wore the dress twice in summer 2012, once with a Cartier statement necklace to a private viewing at the National Portrait Gala, and once underneath her navy Smythe blazer with gold buttons to watch Andy Murray in an Olympic tennis game at Wimbledon.

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The last time we saw the Duchess in her Stella McCartney knee-length shift dress was when she touched down in Canberra on the 2014 New Zealand/Australia Tour.

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This time, Kate wore the frock with her navy Smythe blazer, her navy Stuart Weitzman ‘Corkswoon’ wedges and a matching suede navy clutch (it could possibly be a bespoke Emmy clutch with thanks to followers on WKW).
 
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Completing her outfit, the Duchess wore her gold Kiki McDonough Citrine Drop earrings, her Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch, and her gold Asprey necklace featuring charms from the Woodland Collection.
 
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The clutch is also available in ‘pink – ray’ (currently sold out).
 

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Wills, Kate & Harry Head to Glasgow to Watch the Commonwealth Games

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On day five of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, William, Kate and Harry headed to Glasgow, Scotland to show their support.

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The trio took their seats in the Games family section and joined thousands of spectators to watch the artistic gymnastics at the Hydro stadium. They arrived shortly before 3pm as gymnasts from across the Commonwealth competed in the men’s and women’s team finals, and individual qualifying rounds.

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After spending about half an hour at the gymnastics the royal trio walked to the SECC to watch some boxing action. They arrived just in time to catch the men’s welter (69kg) bout between Azumah Mohammed of Ghana and England’s Scott Fitzgerald.

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After the boxing, they headed to Glasgow Green to watch as Scotland’s women hockey team took on Wales.

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The last event of the day was at the Tollcross Swimming Centre where the couple watched Jazz Carlin win the 800m freestyle gold medal.

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The Duchess looked stylish and stuck to her tried and tested sporting event ensemble of J Brand 811 skinny jeans, her navy, double-breasted Zara blazer (£79.99) with gold buttons, and her favorite Stuart Weitzman navy ‘Corkswoon’ wedges (£245).

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Kate added a new, sleeveless white and blue pin stripe blouse to her ensemble. It has not, yet been ID’ed.

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Finishing off her look, she held her navy Russell and Bromley ‘Muse’ clutch (£255).

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The Duchess kept her jewelry to a minimum and wore her Kiki McDonough Citrine Drop earrings, her Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch, and her gold Asprey necklace featuring charms from the Woodland Collection.

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She wore her trademark brunette locks loose and slightly wavy.

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In the past, we have seen Kate wear similar ensembles. An example was on the Australia/New Zealand 2014 Tour. She wore blue skinny jeans, and an ME + EM striped Breton-style top with her navy Zara jacket.

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A Day Out at Wimbledon for the Cambridge’s

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Today, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the All England Club for the second time this week. On Wednesday, they watched Grigor Dimitrov upset last year’s champion Andy Murray.

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William and Kate were gripped with Wimbledon fever this afternoon as they watched Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer in the men’s final.

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The couple sat in the Royal Box with David and Victoria Beckham, as well as a host of Hollywood stars including Bradley Cooper, Samuel L Jackson, Hugh Jackman and Orlando Bloom.

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The Duchess recycled her ‘Evelyn’ check-print dress (£840) by Scottish-born designer, Jonathan Saunders.

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She last wore this on her Jubilee Tour in 2012 when she arrived in the Solomon Islands.

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Completing her outfit, Kate held her nude LK Bennett ‘Avona’ clutch and a cream pashmina (UFO).

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Other accessories included her Kiki McDonough green amethyst earrings, Givenchy sunglasses and her Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch.

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The Royals Kick Off The Tour de France

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More than one million cycling fans lined the streets of Yorkshire this morning as Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry officially launched the first leg of this year’s Tour de France.

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The trio are keen sports fans and helped to cheer on Team GB’s Olympic cyclists in 2012.

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Cyclists made their way to 18th century Harewood House for the ceremonial start, where they were greeted by William, Kate and Harry, and with a rendition of the French and British national anthems performed by the Band of the Corps of the Royal Engineers.

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All 198 cyclists lined up behind the Duchess as she cut the ribbon to officially start the race.

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The Duke, Duchess and Prince Harry watched from just next to the start line as the teams sped down the hill and out of the park.

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Once they were gone, the trio waved to crowds as they left the Grand Depart at Harewood House by helicopter, making their way to meet athletes at the Stage 1 finish in Harrogate.

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German rider Marcel Kittel won the first leg of the race and Kate presented him with a yellow jersey at the finish line.

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The Duchess of Cambridge shopped her closet and wore her demure, barely-above the knee emerald green ‘Allie’ wool-crepe coat (pre-autumn/winter 2013 collection) by Erdem over her green and white ‘Budding Heart’ silk tea dress by Suzannah.

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You may also recall that this is the same green Erdem coat she wore to open the National Velodrome in New Zealand.

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Completing her outfit, Kate wore her nude LK Bennett ‘Sledge’pumps, carried her matching nude LK Bennett Avona clutch, and accessorized with her diamond and emerald earrings (still UFO) and her Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch.

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