Kate Visits Stoke-On-Trent and Smethwick

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On Wednesday, February 18, the Duchess of Cambridge began her day with a visit to the Emma Bridgewater factory in Stoke-on-Trent.

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She toured the factory and saw how the earthenware products were made and decorated by hand using traditional techniques.

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The factory will be in production of a range of mugs in support of the Nook Appeal for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, of which Kate is patron. All proceeds going to help terminally ill children and their families.

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After the tour, the Duchess chatted with production staff and then joined families from the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice in a ceramic painting workshop.

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Before she left, Kate unveiled a plaque to commemorate the visit in front of assembled staff in the factory courtyard.

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As her visit came to an end, the Duchess was driven to Stanley Park where she got back into the royal helicopter for the short journey to her next engagement in nearby Smethwick in the West Midlands.
 
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Kate’s second engagement of the day was a visit to one of Action for Children’s facility – the Cape Hill Children’s Center.
 
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She got an introduction to the charity and its work in providing early support for vulnerable families across the UK from staff and volunteers.
 
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The Duchess of Cambridge then attended a private roundtable discussion with families who have accessed Action for Children services including the organization’s Sandwell Family Partners program, which is based at the children’s center.
 
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Lastly, she watched and took part in a play session with children and parents who use Cape Hill Children’s Center.
 
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Do you want your own EACH Ladybird 1/2 Pint Mug? They are currently available for pre-order on the Emma Bridgewater website. The mug is priced at £19.95 and for every one sold, £5 will be donated to the Nook appeal.
 
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Kate looked elegant in a dusky blue ‘Gerbera’ wool coat by SportMax (product code: 20170149). The coat was originally priced at $2,490 and is not longer available (from the designers autumn/winter 2014 collection). The knee-length double-faced wool coat features an oversized collar and hidden front closure.
 
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Underneath her luxe SportMax coat, Kate is wearing the ‘Florrie’ floral printed crepe de Chine dress by Séraphine (from the designers Spring/Summer 2015 collection).  The knee-length frock features stylish cropped sleeves, a curved empire line and a full skirt (£99).
 
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Completing her ensemble, 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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For this visit, Kate changed up her hair. She secured the tresses in a loose knot at the crown of her head with curled ends. There were also some streaks of grey visible, and as she did during her pregnancy with Prince George, the Duchess seems to be avoiding dying her hair.
 
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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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Dress Shape: Shift 
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 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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‘A sparkling and versatile diamond pendant from the Mappin & Webb Empress collection set with 0.40 carats of round brilliant-cut diamonds in 18 carat white gold on a 46cm (18 inch) chain adjustable to 40.5cm (16 inches).
 The motif measures 15mm (0.59 inches) in diameter.
Diamond Carat: 0.4 Carat’
 
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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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William & Kate Travel to Belgium to Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of WWI

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William and Kate joined world leaders in the east Belgium city of Liege to mark 100 years since Britain entered the First World War.

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Britain plunged into war with Germany at 11pm on August 4, 1914 and an estimated 17 million soldiers and civilians were killed during the bloody conflict.

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The Cambridge’s first stop was at the L’Abbaye Saint-Laurent where they were greeted by King Philippe and Queen Mathilde.

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Representing the Queen, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a morning ceremony of commemoration at the Cointe Inter-allied Memorial. They were joined by dignitaries from countries across Europe, including France, Belgium and Germany along with families of the fallen.

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Upon commencement of the ceremony, a luncheon was held at Belgium’s Prince-Bishops’ Palace.

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After lunch, William and Kate (and also where the couple were joined by Prince Harry) headed to the events in Mons — the scene of a do-or-die rearguard action by British troops later in August 1914, and also the place where the last British soldier was killed on November 11, 1918.

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The Mons ceremony focused on the small military cemetery of St Symphorien, where 229 Commonwealth and 284 German solders were buried together.

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As the sun went down, the trio attended the third and last commemorative event of the day. It was an hour-long twilight service at the Saint Symphorien Military Cemetery in Mons.

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The event was organized by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and included music and poetry.

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The Duchess couldn’t have chosen a more appropriate ensemble and looked stunning in a bespoke, cream coat dress by Alexander McQueen. It featured a full pleated skirt, long sleeves, dropped waist and an adorable Peter Pan collar.

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Thanks for the tip from ‘Kate’s Closet on FB, who shared a similar Alexander McQueen coat dress currently on sale for $2,883.45 (originally $4,276.35). The black wool blend coat features a turnover collar, a fitted waist, long sleeves, a flared and pleated lower section and a pleated storm flap to the rear.

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Kate topped off the look with a matching ‘Fleur – Ruffle’ beret adorned with dusty pink peonies by Jane Taylor. The summery blooms perched atop her hat seemed to echo the fresh flowers laid on the war memorial at St Symphorien cemetery in Mons by Prince William.

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Classic straw beret with intricate tonal hand dyed ruffle detail
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Completing her outfit, the Duchess wore her favorite pair of nude LK Bennett Sledge heels, her bespoke Alexander McQueen clutch and kept her signature tousled tresses pinned back to reveal her Kiki McDonough diamond and pearl drop earrings.



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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Thanks to ‘My Small Obsessions’ on FB, Kate’s clutch has been officially ID’ed! It is the Frome Suede Clutch Bag in navy from L.K. Bennett (originally £185, currently on sale for £110).
 
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Crafted in soft suede.
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The clutch is also available in ‘pink – ray’ (currently sold out).
 

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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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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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Thea is a fitted dress with front pockets and flared angle sleeve.
It is fully lined with concealed centre back zip.
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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. 

The Cambridge’s Undertake a Full Day of Engagements in Canberra

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William and Kate started the day by planting an English oak tree at the National Arboretum amid lush terraced hills and forests overlooking Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin.

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They were helped with the planting by young twins, Sebastian Lye, who has Down Syndrome, and his brother Oliver.

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After the planting, Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory, Katy Gallagher, showed the couple around the arboretum.

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The second engagement of the day for the young royal couple was a reception at Australia Parliament House in Canberra.

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They were met by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his wife, Margie Abbott and presented to senior politicians including Speaker Bronwyn Bishop, Senate President John Hogg and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

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Other attendees included members of Australia’s House of Representatives and Senate, diplomats, and members of the armed forces, as well as prominent Australians, including Lord Of The Rings actor David Wenham and former cricketer Glenn McGrath.

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Before leaving Parliament House, the Duke and Duchess signed the parliamentary guestbook and then headed to the National Portrait Gallery, for their final public appearance of the day.

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After Kate received flowers from three year-old Wilameena, the royal couple were met by National Portrait Gallery of Australia Chairman Dr. Helen Nugent AO and gallery director Angus Trumble. They then toured the gallery and met artists who have produced some of the gallery’s most celebrated works.

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The Duchess of Cambridge looked elegant in a bespoke emerald green dress coat by Catherine Walker. Her knee-length dress coat features a high neck with a zip at the front, a broad belted waist and a full A-line skirt.

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If you’re looking for a similar, ready to wear frock, you might consider Catherine Walker’s ‘Evelyn’ dress. Price is by request.

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You may recall that Kate wore Catherine Walker at the start of her tour, when she touched down in New Zealand. She wore a red dress with military buttons down the front.

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The Duchess teamed her coat dress with her trusty ‘Sledge’ nude shoes by L.K. Bennett, her emerald and diamond earrings (still UFO) and her sapphire and diamond engagement ring. She let her hair loose in soft curls.

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