Kate’s Highly Anticipated Visit to Grimsby is a Great Success


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.

Photo credit: @GeorginaITV on Twitter
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.
Description of the dress from the Brand Alley website www.brandalley.co.uk/ :
This crepe painterly printed dress brings out your creative side
Features a boat neck and short sleeves
Pleated skirt
Matching skinny belt and simple back zip closure
Colour: red
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.
Additional Pictures

 Update 3/9/2012

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.’


HRH Catherine Chooses a High Street Favorite for Official Opening of St George’s Park


This morning, William and Kate travelled by helicopter to St George’s Park, the England football team’s new Staffordshire training base in Burton-Upon-Trent, Staffordshire. Specifically, they were to officially open the new £100m FA centre.

They were given a tour of the main facilities before meeting England manager Roy Hodgson and his squad as they trained for their World Cup qualifier on Friday.


The Duchess of Cambridge wore a steel grey winter coat by one of her high street favorites, Reiss. It is the ‘Angel Fit and Flare’ coat (£227) in military grey from their AW10 collection.

Photo credit: Duchess Kate Blogspot
Photo credit: Duchess Kate Blogspot
The coat was accessorised with a grey Reiss Betony belt (£69) from their SS09 line, black suede Aquatalia ‘Rumba’ boots over thick black tights and a black suede clutch (another favorite but not yet ID’ed).
Completing her look, Kate wore her Kiki McDonough 18ct gold, green amethyst and diamond earrings
Additional Information on Kate’s coat
Knee length, fit and flare style wool coat with a large wrap around collar and smart multi stitch detailing. Sleek, with clean lines and a block colour palette. 80% Wool, 20% Polyamide.
This may also have been the unidentified coat we saw Kate wearing at Sandringham, Christmas 2011.
Reiss also confirmed that while shopping in their Bichester village (end of October 2011), Kate

purchased the ‘Angel fit and flare’ coat in fawn. So keep an eye out for this too.

More Pictures from Today’s Visit




Update 3/28/2013


The dress that Kate wore under her Reiss coat has been ID’ed! Thanks to a follower on WKW and a seller on Ebay (Copykate). It is the Cezzane Print dress in Pine Needle from Great Plains (currently on sale for £48).

Copykate on Ebay
Copykate on Ebay