Kate Pays Solo Visit to Shooting Star House Children’s Hospice


On Friday, Kate brought early Christmas cheer and comfort to gravely sick children and their parents at a hospice in Hampton, Middlesex.

Daily Mail/Bradley Page
Daily Mail/Bradley Page

The Duchess spent an hour and 20 minutes touring the Shooting Star House Children’s Hospice, which has beds for 10 children and daycare facilities for more at any one time. She also watched a music therapy session, met volunteers and had tea with children and their families.

Daily Mail/Bradley Page
Daily Mail

She spent a great deal her time asking parents about their children and their experiences. During her tour, Kate tried her hand at art, drawing a dog with floppy ears and also entertained children with a little frog puppet.

Daily Mail/James Whatling/Splash News

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a gray Reiss ‘Delaney Seam Detail Fit & Flare’ coat (£275 and sold out). It has no collar, seam detailing, a flared fit, slit pockets, and fastens with a single concealed button.

Huffington Post/Getty

Finishing off her outfit, Kate wore skinny navy, cords, New-Dry Fur Trim Wedge Ankle Boots by Russell & Bromley, her Kiki McDonough diamond and green amethyst earrings and a new twisted silver pendant.

All the details:
Shooting Star Children’s Hospice


Kate’s cords have, not yet been ID’ed.

Russell & Bromley

Russell & Bromley New-Dry Fur Trim Wedge Ankle Boots
• Black weather resistant suede
• Faux fur lining
• Man-made sole
• Wedge measures approximately 9cm
• Platform measures approximately 1.5cm
• Buckle trim
• Gunmetal hardware
• Padded foot bed
• Full inside zip
• £225.00

Kiki McDonough diamond and green amethyst earrings

Daily Mail/Bradley Page
Twisted silver pendant
Kate’s pendant is the ‘Fortune Drop Necklace’ by Mappin & Webb in white gold and diamonds (thanks to ‘My Small Obsessions’ on FB).
‘My Small Obsessions’ on FB
Additional Pictures
Daily Mail/Bradley Page
Daily Mail/Bradley Page
Update 12/16/2013
A follower on WKW has possibly ID’ed the blouse Kate is wearing under her jacket. It could be the ‘Diffused flower silk top’ by Jigsaw (£98).
Description from the Jigsaw website:
Flattering flower-print top in finest silk.
Round neck, long-line hem and relaxed fit through the body.

Where does Kate Middleton Shop?

Although Kate lives with her fiancée in a rented farmhouse in North Wales, she spends a lot of time in London — mostly in the swish neighborhoods of South Kensington, Chelsea, Knightsbridge and Mayfair.

Kate has been called “the high street princess,” and by high street, we are referring to mainstream chain stores you’d find in the mall. There are lots of high streets in London, but Kate’s shopping strip of choice is King’s Road, is a who’s who of contemporary British fashion boutiques, beginning at the Sloane Square end with Duke of York Square, and heading west all the way to the Bluebird Cafe.

Starting with Whistles, where she bought the scalloped-edge ivory blouse she wore in some of the engagement photos, which is located in the outdoor mall at Duke of York Square, fronting King’s Road. The brand is a bit like Madewell, not sexy but sweet. For spring, that means a smart-looking fluorescent pink knife-pleat skirt ($154), a black tie-shoulder jumpsuit ($406) and a lucky horse print blouse ($138).

Next door is L.K. Bennett, is where Kate goes for her sensible kitten heels and signature boots. The round-toe, 21/2 -inch Sabira heels resemble Christian Louboutin’s Simple pumps but at a fraction of the price, just $147. L.K. Bennett is reminiscent of Ann Taylor pre-makeover — lots of office-appropriate pencil skirts and feminine polka dot blouses (both $203), along with conservative silk jersey dresses ($300) and diamante clutch purses ($276).

Jigsaw London, at the west end of Duke of York Square, is where Middleton worked as an accessories buyer in 2007. It has the prettiness of J. Crew and the bohemian appeal of Anthropologie. For spring, that means $57 Breton stripe shirts, $80 T-shirts with silk rose appliqués, along with fluttery metallic floral dresses ($317) and some very cool-looking Hunter wellies with a distressed finish.

Across the street is Reiss, where Kate scored the sleek cream dress she wore in her engagement photos. Reiss is similar to Club Monaco, with super-chic, modern clothes in the style of Celine and Jil Sander such as a fuchsia silk top with a fluid sleeve ($185), an A-line suede skirt ($365), royal blue silk trousers ($195) and asymmetrical cutout wedge sandals ($295).

Back down King’s Road at Sloane Square, Peter Jones is the Middleton family’s go-to department store. The store, which feels like a Macy’s or Bloomingdale’s equivalent, features some of the same brands found on the high street, along with selected designers, including British accessories brand Mulberry.

The hat department at Peter Jones, which stocks feathered and flowered styles by one of Middleton’s favorite milliners, Whiteley Fischer (about $290) is a big attraction.

Another source for Middleton’s extensive hat wardrobe is Philip Treacy. His salon is east of Sloane Square on Elizabeth Street, along a stretch of retail that could cater to a princess bride’s every need — Jenny Packham for dresses, Peggy Porschen for cakes, and Allegra Hicks for honeymoon beach cover-ups. At Treacy’s shop, floral headbands go from $487 to $1,300 and couture creations, such as the silver starburst hat in the window that was made for Grace Jones, can run well into the thousands.


A short walk north on Sloane Street toward Knightsbridge, and you’ll pass stationery and leather goods store Smythson, the source of Middleton’s leather-bound wedding diary, and upscale department store Harvey Nichols, where she has picked up those famously smoking-hot silk jersey plunge-front gowns by BCBG and Issa.
Beauchamp Place, a swanky street that’s just a few blocks down Brompton Road past Harrods, was one of Princess Diana‘s stamping grounds and is a Kate Middleton hangout as well.

Kate loves a bargain, and on Kensington High Street just a few blocks away from Kensington Palace is TK Maxx, the British version of TJ Maxx. She reportedly enjoys riffling through the racks of last season’s mirrored Lanvin sandals ($291 down from $991), Valentino tops ($242 from $731) and Alexander McQueen dresses ($761 from $2,567).