Kate Meets the First Lady of New York City and Attends a Luncheon at the British Consul’s Private Residence

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Yesterday, the Duchess of Cambridge began her day with a solo trip to Harlem whilst the Duke took a trip to the White House to meet Barack Obama. Kate paid a visit to the Northside Center for Child Development to meet disadvantaged young people.

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The center provides high-quality educational and mental health services to about 3,300 vulnerable children and families each year, focusing on the early intervention that the Duchess has supported in Britain through her patronage of the charity Place2Be.

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Kate arrived in a police convoy and was greeted by New York City’s First Lady Chirlane McCray. The two shook hands before stepping inside.

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The Duchess of Cambridge met staff, joined three and four-year-olds to wrap Christmas presents, and took part in a craft session.

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Next, Kate headed off for an intimate lunch at the British Consul General’s official residence.  She chatted to guests including British actor Matthew Rhys and nine other successful expats.
 
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A lunch of poached salmon followed by a traditional British dessert of apple and rhubarb crumble was served.
 
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After lunch, the Duchess headed back to The Carlyle Hotel to rest before reuniting with William for the evenings engagements.
 
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Wrapping up for the freezing weather, Kate wore a mod black, collarless Goat “Washington” swing coat with contrasting nude tabs on the cuffs, back and neckline. Upon closer examination, it appears that she customized the wool crepe coat, by having an extra panel of fabric sewn on to cover her five-month baby bump.
 
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The coat retails for a lux £680 but it currently sold out on the Goat Fashion website. It will, however be restocked at a later date.
 
Additional Details:
‘It has a classic swing coat shape and contrast nude tabs on the cuffs and back.
Decorative contrast enamel buttons.
Made from heavy wool crepe.
100% wool.
Dry clean only.
Made in Britain.’
 
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Completing her monochromatic look, the Duchess wore her towering Episode ‘Angel’ pumps, thick tights, held her suede Mulberry ‘Bayswater’ clutch, her Cornelia James Imogen merino wool gloves with side bow, and her gold Annoushka diamond and pearl drop earrings.
 
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Kate’s hair was, sensibly, swept back in a half up, half down do.
 
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Kate Goes Solo at an Up-and-Coming Athletes SportsAid Workshop

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This morning, Kate showed her support for young, aspiring athletes by attending a SportsAid workshop at the GSK Human Performance Lab in Brentford, West London

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Kate has been patron of SportsAid since 2013, reflecting her personal and professional interest in young people and sport.
 
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SportsAid offers financial and practical assistance to young British athletes and, since it was established in 1976, has helped many of the UK’s best-known sportsmen and women. The GSK lab, set up by the pharmaceuticals firm GlaxoSmithKline, offers the athletes an unrivalled chance to experience world class training facilities that are usually only available to elite athletes.

 
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Around two thirds of the British team the at London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and more than 450 athletes who competed at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow over the summer were recipients of SportsAid support.

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The visit today lasted two hours, allowing the Duchess to meet dozens of young athletes aged between 12 and 18, tipped as potential Tokyo 2020 Olympic stars.

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Among those greeting Kate and helping to show her around were swimmer Keri-Anne Payne and wheelchair athlete David Weir CBE.

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The Duchess watched as the young athletes took part in a number of advanced performance tests, the data for which was supplied to their coaches to help improve their training and competition programs. Tests included strength and power assessments, cognitive testing, body composition assessments and tests in an environmental chamber set to match the heat and humidity of Tokyo.  

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At one of the stations, Kate tried out some cognitive testing equipment, which tests hand-eye co-ordination. She joked that it was one thing she could do when pregnant.

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Once again, the Duchess of Cambridge flew the flag for British fashion, and wore a plum ‘Vreeland’ shirt dress by Goat (£450). The fit and flare frock featured a buckled belt that drew attention to the Duchess’ tiny baby bump.

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‘The light crepe fit and flare Vreeland dress is classic and ultra-demure.
The collar and buttons on the top combined with the belted waist and skirt create an uncomplicated yet complimentary shape.
The dress has buttoned cuffs, a self belt with color matched buckle, and concealed side zip closure. 100% wool.
Dry clean only.
Made in Britain.
Color: Iris’


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She kept warm with opaque black tights and a pair of new black suede knee-high elasticated boots by Russell & Bromley. The boots are the ‘Half N Half Stretch Rider’ and retail for £395.

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‘These beautiful block heeled boots by Stuart Weitzman offer a knee-high alternative to the iconic 50-50. In black suede with a low 4cm block heel these boots are detailed with trademark stretch panel at the back for a clean fit and elongated silhouette.
Extra height keeps things on trend and knee-high length allows these boots to work with dresses for day-to-night comfort and style.
•  Leather lining
•  Black elastic feature panel at back for flexible leg fitting
•  Heel measures approximately 4cm
•  Boot length 43cm
•  Rubber sole
•  Pull on style
•  Made in Spain
• 371984’

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Completing her ensemble, Kate accessorized with her black suede Stuart Weitzman ‘Muse’ clutch and her sapphire and diamond earrings.

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The Duchess kept her make-up natural, applying just a hint of blush to match her wintery look. She had her brunette hair styled into loose curls that fell across her shoulders.

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Kate Visits Blessed Sacrament School with Comedian John Bishop

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Yesterday, Kate visited the Blessed Sacrament School in Islington, North London

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She was greeted by excited school children who waved St George’s Cross flags and lined up to catch a glimpse of her. The Duchess knelt down and chatted to the pupils, asking them about their favorite subjects and what they like most about school. Then she made her way inside to meet those helped by the project.

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Kate was joined by comedian John Bishop, to see first-hand the work that has been done regarding the M-PACT Plus she launched to help families affected by addiction.

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The pair launched the M-PACT (Moving Parents and Children Together) Plus project on a visit to Willows Primary School in Wythenshawe, Manchester, last year.

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The initiative, which is funded by The Royal Foundation and Comic Relief, and delivered by charities Place2Be and Action on Addiction, aims to provide early support for schoolchildren affected by a parent’s drug or alcohol misuse.

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Once inside the school, Kate met with project coordinators and school head teachers before joining a private counseling session, all before listening to speeches.

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The Duchess wore a geranium ‘Scarlett pleat front dress’ by Goat  (originally $710, reduced to $497) that highlighted her slender frame. It sold out in a matter of minutes. The frock features a pencil skirt with a back-hem slit, a pleated waist, and a circle-clasp belt.

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As of this writing, the wool-crepe dress is still available in charcoal-teal at Matches for $680.

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Kate teamed the knee-length dress with a pair of nude Jimmy Choo Gilbert heels and her LK Bennett ‘Natalie’ box clutch.

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Jewelry and make-up were kept to a minimum as she wore her Effervescence Bubble Stiletto earrings by Links of London and her Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch.
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She wore her brunette hair in a half-up style, with tightly wound glossy curls draped over either shoulder

 

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Kate Looks Riveting in Red on a Visit to Scotland

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This morning, William and Kate touched down in Crieff, Perthshire where they began their day of engagements with a visit to Strathearn Community Campus. The campus houses a school, community library and indoor and outdoor sporting facilities

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They spent about an hour on the campus where the Duchess spent most of her time speaking to young members of the Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts and watched a demonstration by members of the Muthill scouts as they made Scottish pancakes.

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William met with representatives of Scottish Air Ambulance and looked at one of their helicopters.

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The couple (known as the Earl and Countess of Strathearn when in Scotland) rounded off their first visit by opening a reconstruction of a timber circle, known as the Pittentian Timber Circle, which was excavated in 2011 during the construction of the Beauly to Denny power line. Few of these sires have been excavated, thus making it an important archaeological find.

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Next on the agenda was a visit the newly restored MacRosty Park where they unveiled a plaque to mark the dedication of the park as a Field in Trust.

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Their third stop was at the country’s oldest working whisky distillery, the Famous Grouse Distillery dating back to 1775.

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The couple officially opened the recently renovated Famous Grouse Experience visitor attraction before sampling various whiskeys at the bar in what the Duke noted turned out to be “a very liquid lunch”.

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Then they enjoyed a private tour of the distillery, complete with a nosing and tasting of The Famous Grouse range, before becoming the first people to “Bottle your own” Glenturret whisky.

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Finally William and Kate attended a fete in the tiny village of Forteviot where they were given a tour by John Dewan, Lord Fonteviot, the scion of the Dewan whisky dynasty.

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The Duchess dressed for blustery weather in a knee-length coral and red striped coat by Scottish designer Jonathan Saunders over a matching dress by Goat.

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The “Athena Wool Jacquard Coat In Red Stripe” is from the designers autumn/winter 2014 collection and retailed for $2555.

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‘This stripe wool jacquard coat features a notched collar, single breast pocket, full-length sleeves, flap front pockets, and a single vent at back.
Single breasted button fastenings
86% wool, 11% mohair, 3% polyamide
Fully lined
Made in UK’
 
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As for the Goat dress that Kate is wearing beneath her coat, Goat Fashion has responded that it could possibly be their ‘Thea’ dress (£420) in geranium.
 
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‘This ultra feminine pencil dress is beautifully cut to fit and flatter giving you a demure yet modern silhouette.
Thea is a fitted dress with front pockets and flared angle sleeve.
It is fully lined with concealed centre back zip.
100% wool. Dry clean only.’
 
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Playing it safe with the rest of her ensemble, the Duchess wore her trusty nude LK Bennett ‘Sledge’ court shoes, her LK Bennett Avona clutch, and her 18ct yellow gold, citrine drop earrings by Kiki McDonough.

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Completing her outfit, Kate accessorized with a delicate silver brooch in the shape of a Celtic knot which was given to her as a private wedding gift. 

It’s Goat & TopShop for Kate on a Charity Visit to Child Bereavement UK

 

This afternoon, William and Kate visited the headquarters of Child Bereavement UK in Saunderton, Buckinghamshire where they met with staff and learned about the organization’s work. The Duke of Cambridge has been patron of the charity since 2009.

 
 
 
Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.
 
 
 
 
 

Upon their arrival, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chatted to crowds gathered outside the centre before heading inside.

 
 
 

During their two-hour visit, the royal couple went on separate tours of the charity’s offices and then took time to talk to teenagers, children and parents going through the grieving process. William and Kate also met the Great British Bake Off star and cookbook writer, Mary Berry.

 
 
 

The Duchess of Cambridge wrapped up in a cream, single-breasted ‘Redgrave’ wool coat (£560) by British label Goat. www.goatfashion.com

Description from the Goat website:
‘Timeless A lined shape in heavy weight wool crepe with fly front and button closure.
Coat is collarless and fully lined with pockets on front.
100% Wool.
Dry clean only
 
The collar of her dress folded neatly over the neckline of her coat which perfectly complimented the detail of the dress.
 
 
 
 
Under her coat, Kate stood true to her high street roots with a short-sleeved ‘Contrast Collar Shift Dress’ from Topshop. The black shift dress had a contrast Peter Pan collar (£45 and sold out).
 
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Add some schoolgirl-chic to your wardrobe with a prim black shift styled with a white Peter Pan collar.
Approx. length from shoulder: 34 1/2″.
Back zip closure.
Unlined.
Polyester/elastane; machine wash.


The Duchess teamed her cream, black and white ensemble with black accessories. These included black opaque tights, black gloves with side bow detail by Cornelia James, her black UFO bow clutch and black suede Episode ‘Angel’ heels.

 
 
Completing her outfit, Kate wore her Annoushka pearl drops with Kiki McDonough diamond hoops.
 
 


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