Kate Spends her Day in Margate, Kent

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On Wednesday, the Duchess of Cambridge showed no signs of slowing down as she arrived for two engagements in the windy seaside resort of Margate, Kent.

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Hundreds of people turned out to greet her as she made her first stop at the Turner Contemporary gallery, an affiliate of London’s National Portrait Gallery, which opened in 2011.

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The royal – who is patron of the National Portrait Gallery – visited the “Self: Image and Identity” exhibition, which includes the last self-portrait by Sir Anthony Van Dyck, recently acquired for the nation by the National Portrait Gallery through a public appeal with The Art Fund.

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Upon her arrival, Kate met trustees, dignitaries and Evelyn Stern, wife of renowned architect Sir David Chipperfield who designed the gallery, before being led to the entrance of the Turner.

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Once inside, the Duchess was given a tour of the gallery. As she toured, she met artists whose works are in the exhibition. One artist she met was a photographer from Dublin, Trish Morrissey. Her photo was shot on Kingsgate Bay, showing the artist with a family sitting on the beach in summer.

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Other works on display included a sculpture called “Scarecrow” by local artist John Davies, a striking life-size cast of a prone man sprawled on the floor called “Self portrait as a drowned man” by Jeremy Millar, and Sir Anthony van Dyck’s self-portrait.

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Next, it was off to meet Year 5 children from Ramgate’s Holy Trinity and St John’s Church of England Primary School to see how Turner Contemporary engages with the local community in the Clore Learning Studio.

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The second engagement of the day was a visit Resort Studios in Cliftonville, Margate.

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Kate toured the studios, including a print studio, project space and more general workspaces. She also viewed an exhibition featuring photomontages of local personalities and met artists in residence to hear about their work with communities within Cliftonville.

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The Duchess of Cambridge sported an eye-catching black and ivory Dalmatian print coat (£169) by British label Hobbs (sold out). The collarless coat was cut just above the knee, featured two front pockets, and showcased her blossoming baby bump.

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She last wore the coat to launch the Royal Princess cruise ship, her last official visit before giving birth to Prince George.

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Completing her ensemble, Kate wore her black, suede Stuart Weitzman ‘Power’ pumps ($355), held her black, suede Mulberry ‘Bayswater’ clutch, and her gold Annoushka diamond and pearl drop earrings.

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Rather than wearing her glossy brunette locks in loose waves, Kate pulled her hair back into a slick ponytail.

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It’s Business as Usual for Kate

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On Monday, Kate was the guest of honor at a luncheon to mark the 105th birthday of The Goring Hotel. She was there to officially reopen the London hotel in the company of celebrities and loyal guests.

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The Duchess’ visit was not part of her official duties, and according to Kensington Palace she was attending in a private capacity after receiving a personal invite from the hotel.

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Prince William was not in attendance as he was on an official tour of China.

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Kate showed off her impeccable style and growing baby bump in a pink and purple floral print dress by Erdem. The figure-hugging frock, titled the ‘Darla’ has a steep £995 price tag, and is not new season – it is from the label’s Resort 2013 collection.

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Silk-chiffon dress.
Button and zip fastenings at back.
Round neck, printed, three-quarter length sleeves, buttoned cuffs, cut-out back, flared hem, partially lined.
100% silk; lining 100% cupro.
Dry clean
 

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Completing her outfit, Kate held her navy suede Stuart Weitzman for Russel & Bromley ‘Muse’ clutch (£245), wore her matching bespoke Alexander McQueen navy suede pumps, and her aquamarine and diamond drop earrings (still UFO).

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The hotel holds a special place in Kate’s heart — it’s where she famously spent her last night before marrying Prince William in 2011. Her parents and siblings Pippa and James also stayed there.

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The hotel’s Royal Suite, which runs the entire length of the top floor, with French windows in each room that open on to a balcony overlooking the hotel’s private garden, is reputedly where the Duchess set up her HQ for the big day.

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Kate was photographed adding some detail to a painting during her visit to The Goring Hotel on Monday. I believe this was a painting in one of their refurbished rooms.

It’s Three Engagements in Kensington for Kate

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Yesterday, Kate undertook a day of engagements in Kensington, London. She made three separate appearances in the borough.

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Her first engagement was to attend a coffee morning at Family Friends Kensington.  This is a voluntary organization providing befriending and mentoring services to families in deprived areas of the borough.

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She got an overview of the charity’s work before joining families at the coffee morning and meeting some of the trained volunteers who work for the organization.

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The Duchesses second engagement was to formally open the Kensington Aldridge Academy. It is a new school for pupils aged 11 to 18.

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She met with governors, staff and students before touring the new building and watching part of a lesson. Kate then watched a dance performance in the school’s theatre and unveiled a plaque before visiting the school’s Creates Hub for young entrepreneurs.

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Lastly, Kate formally opened the £29.4 million Kensington Leisure Centre. She toured the facilities and watched groups of children from nearby primary schools playing various sports in the Main Sports Hall.

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Her visit concluded with a reception in the dance studio with speeches and the unveiling of a plaque.

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The Duchess of Cambridge looked elegant in a baby blue cashmere coat by the high street maternity label Séraphine. It’s a brand she’s worn before, both before and after the birth of Prince George.

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The pale blue coat, made in a luxurious cashmere blend, perfectly accents her bump thanks to the clean lines and a sleek straight cut. The collarless style is accented with faux-pockets and iridescent mother of pearl buttons. It is from the designers SS15 collection.

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The Natasha Pale Blue coat (£195) sold out within minutes on the Séraphine website. However, it also comes in Navy (£149) and is available from www.seraphine.com

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‘Luxurious cashmere blend
Mother of pearl buttons
Stylish faux pockets
Made in a luxurious cashmere blend with clean lines and a sleek straight cut,
The understated collarless style is finished with smart faux-pockets and iridescent mother of pearl buttons.
10% CASHMERE, 70% WOOL, 20% POLYAMIDE
Specialist dry clean only’

 
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Underneath her luxe Séraphine coat, Kate is wearing the ‘Florrie’ floral print dress (Spring Summer 2015 collection) also from the award-winning label. It is available to preorder on February 1 for £99.

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‘This dress is part of the SS15 LUXE Collection
Digitally printed crepe de Chine
Curved empire line
Stylish cropped sleeves
Seraphine’s Florrie floral print dress offers a new approach to florals this season, in stunning marine ocean shades.
This elegant maternity dress drapes beautifully to finish just above the knee, allowing plenty of movement and a flexible fit for before, during and after pregnancy.
Featuring a feminine curved empire line to define your waist, the Seraphine Florrie dress is a trans-seasonal style’
 
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On the accessories front, the Duchess wore her bespoke blue suede Alexander McQueen heels, carried her matching blue suede ‘Muse’ clutch from Stuart Weitzman for Russell and Bromley, and wore her Green Amethyst Cushion Cut Diamond Drop earrings from Kiki McDonough (£1,300 and currently out of stock).

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Kate Attends Fostering Network Reception in Recycled Hobbs London Dress

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Yesterday, Kate travelled to Islington Council offices in north London where the organization The Fostering Network hosted a reception to celebrate the work of their caregivers.

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The Fostering Network is the UK’s leading foster care charity and helps highlight the amazing volunteers who offer up their home. The Duchess’ visit was meant to help promote the organization and inspire people to get involved.

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Although not patron of the charity, it does sit well with the Kate’s own interests, most of which concern the wellbeing of children.

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Just after her arrival, the Duchess joined a round table discussion with foster caregivers, young adults who have been fostered, and senior staff from The Fostering Network.

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After the discussion, she sat down to a mid morning snack of cupcakes and chocolate brownies with energetic group of younger children and their foster caregivers, while being told more about their work.

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Before she left, Kate was given a memory box filled with stories and poems written by current and former foster children.

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For this engagement the Duchess returned to one of her favorite high street brands. She looked elegant in a previously worn ‘Animal Shirt Dress’ by Hobbs London ($95 and sold out). The brown silk frock has been updated with animal-print embossed silk jacquard. Kate cinched it with a coordinating belt, which she tied in a bow above her baby bump.

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Completing her ensemble, the Duchess wore black, opaque tights, her black, suede Stuart Weitzman ‘Power’ pumps ($355), and her black, suede Mulberry ‘Bayswater’ clutch.

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Kate wore a new pair of gold ‘Lolita’ earrings by Mirabelle. They were gifted to her Felt London.

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‘Gold plated brass earrings, consisting of three entwined hoops with hammered finish sides.
They are 6cm long, including the hook.
£25
Note: the earrings are available in either a silver finish or a gold finish’
 
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They’re Here! William & Kate Arrive in New York

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William and Kate have arrived in New York!

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Yesterday, the Royal Couple touched down at JFK airport on a first class British Airways scheduled flight from London’s Heathrow. They were met by US Chief of Protocol Peter Selfridge, the Queen’s ambassador to the US Sir Peter Westmacott, his wife Susie, and Consul General Danny Lopez.

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From the airport, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were whisked into the city where they were greeted by cheering crowds at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan’s affluent Upper East Side.

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Fans waited in freezing temperatures to catch a glimpse and welcome the couple for their three day whirlwind royal tour.

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Even the City of New York paid the Duke and Duchess the ultimate compliment by lighting the Empire State Building red, white and blue to greet them.

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William and Kate were welcomed to the Carlyle Hotel by the Carlyle Managing Director Giovanni Beretta. They briefly posed for photographers before being taken to their room – a suite with stunning views of Central Park.

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The building’s official Twitter account posted: “We welcome Their #Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge by sparkling in red, white @ blue #royalvisitusa.”

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The hotel will be the couple’s base until they fly back to the UK immediately after their last engagement on Tuesday night.

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The Duchess of Cambridge wrapped up in a glamorous, bespoke maroon coat from British maternity brand Seraphine. The custom boucle ‘Marina’ coat features a flattering empire line. This is the first time she has been seen wearing a high street pregnancy label during her second pregnancy.

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Completing her outfit, Kate wore opaque black tights, a pair of black suede booties (not yet ID’ed), her black suede Stuart Weitzman ‘Muse’ clutch, her black Cornelia James wool gloves with side bow and her gorgeous diamond drop earrings.

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William and Kate have added their names to The Carlyle Hotel’s prestigious visitor book as they have made it their home away from home for the next three days.
 
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The plush 1930’s New York hotel has been welcoming the world’s power players for decades, including John.F. Kennedy, his wife Jackie, reams of kings and queens from Denmark, Greece, Spain and Sweden and even William’s late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
 
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The 35-storey building was named in honor of British essayist Thomas Carlyle, and has been a landmark for decades. It features 188 rooms and suites with sweeping views of Central Park and New York.
 
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Rates range from $675 (£431) per night for two people in a modest Superior Room with 400sq. ft. of space to $15,000 (£9,580) per night for a stay in the Empire Suite, a spacious three-bedroom duplex with 2,600 sq. ft. of living space and a private art collection.
 
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Seraphine Maternity has posted some additional details and pictures of their Marina Maternity Coat (£275.00).
 
 
It looks as though the coat was available for purchase at their stores and online. It was not custom as once thought. It is listed as sold out.
 
Description:
Wool tweed bouclé with a touch of sparkle.
Long-line cut Frayed trim & black velvet ribbon detailing
Defined empire line
 
Designed in Séraphine’s London based studio, the MARINA maternity coat is made in a luxurious wool tweed bouclé.
Subtle silver threads add a touch of sparkle to the rich purple hue.
The long-line silhouette is accented with a delicate frayed trim and finished with black velvet ribbon. By maternity clothes label Séraphine, this collarless style finishes above the knee and features a flattering defined empire waistline.
55% Wool 30% Polyester 10% Rayon 3% Nylon 2% Poly Metal’
 
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There may be a possible ID on Kate’s booties (thanks to a follower on WKW). They could possibly be the ‘Namora D – BLACK’ Plain Platform Shoe Boot by Dune London. These booties originally retailed for $195 but went on sale for $62. They are currently sold out and there is no word if they will be restocked.
 
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Suede with low visible platform and slim heel.
Code: 0091220
Brand: DUNE LADIES
Lining Material: fabric
Sole Material: synthetic

Heel Height: 4.33″
Heel Shape: stiletto
Boot Height: ankle

 
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Kate Launches a New Appeal for ‘EACH’

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Yesterday, Kate carried out an official engagement on behalf of East Anglia Children’s Hospices (EACH).

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EACH provides care and support to families with young children who have life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk.

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The Duchess who is a royal patron of the charity, championed its ambitious £10million fundraising appeal to build and equip a new hospice, The Nook, on a five acre plot in Framingham Earl, in Norfolk. It will replace the current one in Quidenham.

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Upon her arrival at the Norfolk Showground, Kate was greeted by children from nearby Queen’s Hill Primary School and then went on to meet staff, volunteers and families who are being supported by the charity.

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Before going inside, the Duchess was presented with a bouquet of flowers by two schoolchildren Cerys Emeerith-Burley, whose brother is a patient with EACH, and her classmate Caitlyn Cheshire-Brazier.

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Once inside, Kate listened to presentations from families who are helped by EACH, alongside 700 other guests, and met young patients including Jack Cottis and his family.

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She was also shown a range of pottery that had been especially designed for the charity by Emma Bridgewater.

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The Duchess wore a bright red custom Katherine Hooker sheath dress (£495). The knee-length ‘Ascot’ dress features three-quarter sleeves and a high neck. The frock is available for purchase online in navy dupion or black wool crepe (£380). For custom orders, contact the designer.

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Kate accessorized with her black, suede Jimmy Choo ‘Aimee’ pumps and her black, suede Stuart Weitzman ‘Muse’ clutch.

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Completing her ensemble, the Duchess wore her green amethyst and diamond cushion drop earrings by Kiki McDonough and her Mappin & Webb Fortune Pendant.

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Her hair was pulled back into an unfussy, bumped up pony tail.

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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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