Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Kate Surprises The Scouts in East London!

The Duchess of Cambridge attended a Beaver Scout meeting in Bow, East London this evening.


The engagement was announced just yesterday and marks an unexpected public appearance for Kate following the Cambridges successful trip to New York last week which saw the couple undertake a variety of fundraising and charitable engagements whilst meeting with the political elite and stars Beyonce and Jay Z.


Kate's appearance was a surprise for the young scouts. When she arrived one child exclaimed "Oh my God, it's Princess Kate".

Scouts Twitter Feed

And their parents who were told the news when they dropped their kids off.

Reprobatemum Twitter Feed

Kate's visit to the newly formed 23rd Poplar Beaver Scout Colony (the Beavers are the youngest group of scouts), was in support of The Scout Association's "Better Prepared" campaign, which aims to support communities to deliver Scouting to two hundred locations across the UK where scouting can have the biggest impact.

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The aim is to ensure that even more children have the chance to experience fun and adventure through scouting,  while developing skills that will help change their lives. Scouting is present and sustainable in seventy of the hundred most deprived areas in the UK. Evidence of the positive impact of these groups on young people, often in very tough conditions, has increased The Scout Association’s determination to extend its reach.

UK Scouting

In order to achieve this, The Scout Association needs help, with funding, venues to host meetings and in particular to find more volunteers. For Better Prepared alone, UK Scouting needs at least another 1,000 adult volunteers. Across the country, Scouting needs 16,000 more adults to ensure the 40,000 young people on the waiting lists get a place, to aim for 500,000 youth members by 2018. If you wish to volunteer or donate please click here.

UK Scouting

The Duchess has become one of a growing number of flexible volunteers who help when they can rather than every season. Kate's plans to volunteer with the scouts were announced in January 2013, when she privately spent time with a local group in Anglelsey and hosted a BBQ on the beach for them.

Scouts

Since moving to London, Kate has continued to volunteer with different groups and  in terms of PR it has been wonderful for the organisation with nearly 3,000 adults signing up between 2012 and 2013. Below we see the Duchess at Great Tower Scout Camp last year.

UK Scouting

Simon Carter shared this adorable photo of the Beavers Kate met.

Simon Carter Twitter Feed

Kate chatted with the children.


And appeared to be thoroughly enjoying herself throughout the engagement.


Kate wore a boxing glove to handle a fork.


The Duchess met with the group's volunteer leader and helped the Beavers with activities including learning sign language as they worked towards their Disability Awareness Badge.

Scouts

Teaching a little girl how to use chopsticks.


Looking at these photos it's quite clear to see Kate excels and shines when working with children. It's a joy for all involved and the images show the Duchess in her element.


The eager beavers navigated through activities requiring co-ordination while blindfolded.

Scouts

Below we see the Duchess helping seven-year-old Fynley Gooch to ice a cake with her assistance.


No peeking :)


When Kate tried to eat a piece of chocolate with chopsticks she muttered "no pressure" as cameras zoomed in.

Scouts

More from Richard Palmer's story:

'After finishing Fynley's cake, Kate had a go at being blindfolded and he took his turn to guide her in decorating the cake.
 Fynley turned out to be not as patient as Kate, however, and at one stage walked off. Carlos, the Beavers' leader spotted him making a break for it. "It's OK, he's here," he said, returning Fynley to the Duchess. "Can you tell me please when he walks away," Kate said, giggling.'

Afterwards Her Royal Highness handed out badges to those who successfully completed the tasks.

Scouts

Then Kate joined all the Beavers in using sign language to say the Scout's Promise - "I promise to do my best, to be kind and helpful and to love my world" - before singing along to their farewell song "Goodnight Beavers".

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Kate was suitably attired in the black I. Scout zip print hoodie.


The £28 comfortable and easy wearing hoodie is perfect for volunteering with the scouts and a welcome extra layer in the colder months. We wouldn't have anticipated seeing the Duchess in a hoodie for a royal engagement but this was a perfect choice for the nature of the evening.


Scouts Online Shop

More from the product description:

  • Zip fastening
  • Fabric hood and drawcord.
  • Front pouch pockets.
  • Ribbed cuffs/hems and waistband.
  • Scouts logo on reverse under hood.

The Duchess continued the theme with her Scouts scarf and woggle.


Below, a closer look at the scarf on Kate's head.


Kate wore black jeans and her favourite Russell and Bromley Charge It boots.


Kate accessorised with her Kiki McDonough 'Grace' white topaz stud earrings earrings. They are available at Neiman Marcus for $1190.


Kiki McDonough

Anna correctly noted Kate also wore her Mappin and Webb Fortune Pendant in white gold and diamonds. The £3,950 piece is described as a "contemporary classic; a celebration of good luck and fortune".

Mappin and Webb

We expect to see William and Kate at The Queen's pre-Christmas lunch later this week.

86 comments:

  1. THIS is what she does best. She is so good and natural with kids, especially in these kind of informal settings. I think she really will focus more and more on different activities for kids. I love it. This makes me so happy!

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    1. I agree, she is a complete natural with the kids,,, This was a sweet surprise engagement for the kids and Im sure it was a delightful evening for all of them :) Thank You Charlotte!!!xoxo

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  2. It's always amazing to see the duchess interact with children. No wonder that Prince George is such a happy and well-balanced little boy! By the way, they are not afraid of calling her "Princess Kate", which I find very nice. They might be the only ones - apart from her family - who really know and appreciate her for what she really is.

    Merry Christmas to all and thank you so much Charlotte!

    Monica, France

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    1. I think these kids haven't met her before. It was a surprise that she would be coming, so one kid that spotted her yelled out "Princess Kate" :P

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  3. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)16 December 2014 at 20:32

    How cute!!!!!!!
    Shantel
    Minnesota, USA

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  4. I'm in a bit of a pickle here. On the one hand, I can't praise HRH enough for this type of engagement with so amazing an organization as the scouts–and it's clear that HRH being a mother now has changed her demeanor toward the children she meets–warmer, more relaxed, more affectionate, more committed. It's palpable even through pictures (these are, btw, great).

    That said, I still cannot, and won't ever understand, why the heck she doesn't speak. I truly don't. I know it's not her forte–but that's NO excuse. Even a few minutes to make a scripted public call–stating the general mission of the organization and then VOICING her power to rally others to volunteer, for instance (I mean, there's a CONCRETE GOAL to get 1,000 volunteers). I'm sure her saying something publicly would bolster her contributions, and the goal of the organization, a thousandfold.

    I like HRH and am an avid reader and commenter on this blog. RARELY do I level a critique but this is one occasion where my one ongoing criticism (which I rarely voice) is at the top of my sentiments while reading about this otherwise wonderful experience. HRH needs to SAY a FEW WORDS. I mean, really. Silvia


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    1. I actually agree w you. It has been way too long since she made a public speech! She can never get better if she doesn't practice!

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    2. She speaks. With the kids, with the volunteers. She helps and supports them. Speaking in front of (in her case, a world full of) people is a really hard thing for many. And since she has a lot of things during these years to get used to I think it is really important that they don't throw her in to that role. Her being there is enough. I don't think that a clip of her saying a few words would make any difference in the amount of volunteers in this case.

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    3. Who would she address in this instance? No parents in attendance, only volunteers present and young children who would become fidgety with a speech. Royals only speak when the organizations ask them to do so and obviously the forum of tonight's activities did not warrant a speech.

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    4. Rebecca please, in the last 3 years she gave what 3-4 speeches, that one per year. Throw is a bit funny word here.
      I agree she has a nice voice, lets hear her more:)
      She is truly fond of children, thats for sure. Bless her for that.;)

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    5. I agree with Rebecca. Making a speech to a bunch of 7 year olds doesn't even make sense. Talk about "walking away", they'd probably run. This isn't an appropriate venue for speeches. This was a play date!

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    6. No one is suggesting she give a speech to children. I can't believe some of you even brought that up :/. First off, she is not ALONE in there with the children (can't believe I actually have to say this). Second, there's such a thing as TV, radio, internet, etc. which I assume most of you are familiar with, right? :) Follow up with a prerecorded message (also takes tension off for HRH) on the eve before or after the visit. TV, clarence house twitter feed, etc. etc. Silvia

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    7. One picture is worth a thousand words. Think how many words these pictures are worth! I expect Kate does some of these things without the camera, as she should, but when it's there it is powerful.

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    8. Remember that the Queen Mum always remained mum. Refused interviews and the like. It was her trademark. Diana didn't speak much either, and, as anon points out, this isn't really the best forum for a speech. Nor does she need practice. She's done fine on any speech she has given. We don't need to be bored with her "practice" speeches, thank you.

      How often does Camilla, or Anne or Sophie or any other female royal speak? Generally, I've noted that it's the top three direct heirs (before George, that is) who lend their voices to causes. The ladies, not so much. Maybe the palace likes it that was so as not to dilute the impact of what is said when someone does speak to a cause.Nor is it likely that Catherine was asked to speak in this instance.

      Sadly, for some, whatever the Duchess does is not enough--choice of jewels, wardrobe, colour, and charming one-on-one interaction doesn't cut it. Sadly when the criticism is anonymous one can't simply skip reading certain posters as one can with consistent balloon-prickers stabbing away at the Duchess. When you have a name to go by you only have yourself to blame for choosing to read it.

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    9. Yes, this specific engagement wasn't designed for a speech. However, I agree with Silvia. I would like to hear more for the Duchess. I do not enjoy public speaking and cannot begin to imagine the amount of pressure Kate has to be "perfect" - look at all the coverage she got when she stumbled over the last lines of her speech at the National Portrait Gallery, but I think prerecorded messages would be a great way for Kate to support her charity work. I would love for Kate and William to do a joint interview at some point.

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    10. I'm not saying they are throwing her in. That was exactly my point. I agree that a speech at this event would be counter productive. The kids had already listened to a paratriathlon (I think was the word) talk about losing his leg etc. No kid would sit through more.

      A pre recorded message could make sense though as a way to have her practice speaking without all her energy at an event being put into being nervous about speaking.

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    11. Okay, which is better; having one-on-one time with the kids; or standing at a dais giving a speech to them in an atmosphere where speech or not generally given. It seems to me that this is a place were children are taught skills; where they learn by doing; not by someone talking at them. There are other venues where speeches are appropriate, but not this one.

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    12. I get the impression she does not speak often because that's not her job - it's something Prince Charles wants left to his sons. There has been a very calculated game at keeping Kate's profile to the lower end and having her speak frequently would give her a voice that is not desired of her role at this point. She steal the show enough just by her presence and that lesson was learned well by Charles with Diana. They won't make the mistake twice in the family - and Kate seems to understand her job/role and obliges.

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    13. Just bc I feel she should speak more at her events. Or even publish more videos about her causes doesn't mean I am criticizing everything thing about her.
      This event may not warrant a speech but other events could.
      And if I recall, the few times she does speak in public she constantly looks at her notes, touches her hair, and is timid. The more she speaks in public the better she will get.

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    14. I'm with beachgal. I think it is intentional that she does not speak. She became royal by marriage and she can lose that status with divorce. Elizabeth, Charles, William, and Harry are the royal family reps. Kate follows the Philip and Camilla model of supporting the spouse and being seen, but rarely speaking. How many Prince Philip speeches have you seen? Camilla doesn't give them often either - you can only find a handful on YouTube.

      I think Kate's public program is carefully orchestrated - this event is her 12th charity event of the year - which is close to last year's support (13 in 2013, 12 in 2012, 0 in 2011). The palace announced 2 engagements that she didn't make due to illness - Art Room and Sailing Meeting. Based on this pattern - we should see 15 charity engagements in 2015! :-) The numbers reflect her charity patronages and not the ones she may attend as William's spouse (for example St. Andrews Fund of which William is Patron).

      I'm curious to see if her program increases or decreases with more children to look after.

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    15. Philly, there is a name ofat the end of each of Anon's post: Silvia.

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    16. anon from Leominster17 December 2014 at 08:07

      It seems to me that Anne and Sophie do speak fairly often, although they don't get a lot of attention when they do. European royal ladies often give quite important speeches and in the end, that's the model for a 21st century princess. I think Kate will do more in time but it's not her strong point -- same with Camilla -- why I think she doesn't do much public speaking. Don't know how much speaking Philip does but just listened to one of his speeches -- he is an excellent and relaxed speaker but of course he has had a few years of experience!

      There was quite a lot of criticism of Kate for her light schedule at the beginning of this year -- not just on this blog but in the press overall. I think there may be an attempt to be increasing her role before the new baby arrives -- what happens after that - who knows.

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    17. Whereas it does make sense that in a supporting role one might not need to make public speeches but as Leo pointed out this is the 21st century. I also am of the opinion that Kate is not that comfortable and may never be with public speaking ("not her strong point"), but she does have other strong points to fine tune and promote. One area Kate does seem to excel in is her ability to interact with young children.

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    18. Maggie - Minneapolis19 December 2014 at 00:22

      To everyone saying that we should prefer one-on-one interaction - Kate doesn't regularly volunteer. She spent an hour with the Scouts at this event. If she regularly volunteered, then yes, one-on-one interaction is great. But her job is to bring attention to the organization. One one-hour event in almost two years is not really as effective as coming out with a video message in support of the scouts, perhaps combined with actually working with them. I'm not trying to knock on her efforts here - it's great she came out to this meeting. But in the long-run, I think she would help the organization more if she spoke about it, rather than just occasionally showing up for an hour to talk to some kids.

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  5. It's never enough. God bless the children!

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    1. Amen! Every time I swear I will not read the comments and there I go again. It is so sad that we, as women (mostly), can't be supportive of each other and someone trying to do good.

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    2. Just because someone posts a comment that doesn't praise everything about the Duchess doesn't mean they don't support her wonderful work and are "attacking" her. I enjoy reading the comments section because I like hearing most people's opinions (if they are made in a constructive, respectful way). One poster says she would like to see Kate speak more. Someone else offers a possible explanation. I myself didn't realize the Queen Mum rarely spoke publicly. If everyone loved everything about Kate all the time, the comments section would be boring.

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    3. I think some here would benefit from reading some awful disgusting things about Kate on other forums around the internet, to appreciate the simple criticisms here.

      Without naming some foul places I have unfortunately found myself upon, I'm talking things like accusing her of having a surrogate because she is too lazy to carry, her and Will had Jacintha killed because she found out the truth. That Will can't stand her and he always has a clenched jaw and shoves her ahead when doing walkabouts. That she is a "Crotch-Presser" with her clutches. That she looks like a hooker in her 4-inch heels and short skirts. There was discussion of her having a head injury, or a personality disorder. That she looks uncomfortable around George and that both Will and Kate look like they never spend much time with him and dump him on Maria, because they apparently look so stiff and cold with him. That Kate manipulatively stalked Will since after high school, with the guidance of Carole.

      I mean, seriously, it is awful. I love researching the RF, so I like to browse websites and forums sometimes and sadly I have come across garbage like that.

      I am only posting this (and it's pretty extreme so I would understand if Charlotte chose not to post this but I'd like to try) because I think... people honestly think this place is getting too harsh?

      Most people here just want Kate to work enough to justify her extravagant lifestyle and show passion and personality when doing so. That's it.

      I personally think she has done extremely well that last few engagements. I'm happy for her.

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    4. I didn't say people were "attacking" her. I agree healthy debate is good in the comments but there is a lot that is just purely negative. And to your point, I'm expressing my view that I wish we could focus on the positive more than always picking out what we would have done differently if we were in her shoes/boots/wedges.

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    5. Jennifer from Wisconsin17 December 2014 at 19:40

      Anon- Lol. This sounds exactly like what I have written before. Thank you for saying it.
      Silvia- Good to hear from you. Hope all is well :) I would love to hear Kate be more vocal too but I am thinking that there's got to be a reason. :)
      Moxie and Beachgal up above- Agreed.

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    6. Omg Stephanie I know the exact forum you're talking about where I have read the exact same things that you have just listed off and it's absolutely propitious. I just roll my eyes at some of the conspiracy theories that they come up with on there.
      There's one on there that even seems to think that Kate has her eyeliner permanently tattooed on so she won't ever be photographed without it.

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  6. Kate does so well in two settings - on her own, without William, and with children.
    I'd love to see her take up some more really strong causes involving children and young people, get more involved with the anti-bullying cause or get involved with groups that advocate healthy eating/cooking skills and nutrition. Since her weight is such an issue in the media and she surely deals with that, how about getting involved with causes that promote positive body image in young women, healthy eating and exercise?
    I don't think she necessarily has to speak publicly, Diana was always best at one-on-one interaction and rarely gave public speeches and managed to have a tremendous impact with the causes she championed.
    Most occasions, such as this one, don't call for any type of speech or public speaking. I think they'd rather have Kate dressed down and interacting with the kids than dressed in a $5,000 haute couture dress and giving some lifeless speech.
    I, for one, would just like to see MORE from the duchess, more causes that involve a wider swath of the UK (and maybe even global) population. I don't think that will be the case, as I said in an earlier post on a different day, but she certainly has some potential to do some real good.
    Nice to see her and William out and about at a wedding.
    Coincidentally (or not), there was a bit in the Mail about Kate not appearing with William at a number of major private social events, including the weddings of his close friends, so I'm wondering if that stung a bit and the public wedding appearance was to quell those stories.
    No surprises with tonight's outfit, I would have thought sneakers (trainers to those of you on the east side of the Pond), would have been a more comfortable and/or appropriate footwear choice but whatever. Also wondering about the pendant. It seems a more dressy piece to put with a hoodie and jeans. She doesn't wear it all the time so why wear it to this gig?
    Just curious about one thing - with the amusement park visit - did they shut the entire park down so Kate and George and their entourage could visit privately?
    On first read of that story, it didn't sound like it but it did later on.
    If they did, I can't help but compare that to the very public amusement park visits Diana made with William and Harry and their boys, to get the boys accustomed to being around and interacting with normal people.

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    1. I think it was lovely of Kate to wear beautiful jewelry to the Scouting event. Children love sparkle!

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    2. I love the black boots with the jeans and hoodie. Perfect attire for the visit to the Scouts! I wonder if those are the new J. Crew jeans.

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    3. I agree that she would do great being more involved with children. But not weight. Even if she's healthy it will look like she's promoting thin and not healthy. It's to risky a subject combined with her as a patron.

      No, the park was not closed. She had a baseball cap and went for a ride in the teacups. So they sneaked around there.

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    4. No they didnt shut the amusement park down and if you go back to the mail article you will see that most of those "missed" events were just prior or post the birth of George.

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  7. An action-packed month so far. My favorite kind of engagement -- hooray for scouting! Well done, Duchess!

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  8. Does anyone know who gave kate the really pricey necklace?

    sarah usa

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  9. The Duchess was in her element! So happy to see her out and about, which means she is feeling great! Thanks Charlotte for the update.

    I am all for freedom of the press; however; it is because they are free to print almost anything they want that we should have a very healthy skepticism of what we read. Of course, I am referring to the tabloids--they are masters of spin, and they do it in order to feed their bottom line -- readers, should always keep this in mind.

    Thanks Charlotte for another great post--I hope journalism is in your future because you are very good at. Best Wishes!

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    1. You'd be surprised how many people believe what they see in the tabloids even after the headlines are proven wrong. I saw several tabloids in 2011 that said Kate was pregnant right after or even before the wedding. Then, when her pregnancy with George was announced, the tabloids insisted Kate was having a girl and going to name her Diana (another popular headline right now). It would be interesting to do a post looking at all the crazy gossip that's been published over the years.

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  10. Maggie - Minneapolis16 December 2014 at 22:14

    Blahh more all black? I get that the hoodie is a Scouts hoodie, but what's wrong with wearing it with some blue jeans and sneakers?
    Anyways, Kate looks great whenever she's with children. I wonder if part of it is because they're less pressure - they don't judge you if you accidentally say something a little silly. This isn't meant as criticism - I'd probably be the same way if I were here.

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    1. I agree with you. I am so tired of black, black, and more black. What happened to those awesome tangerine and bright blue jeans she wore a while back. I don't mind her dressing them up with jewelry and boots, but please add some color!

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    2. I agree way too much black!! I feel like she is trying to hide her bump. Which btw, is hardly there...

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    3. She's pregnant, she's getting big... understand her if she doesn't want to dress in tangerine or any bright colour :)

      Camilla

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    4. I liked the black for this engagement (love that she wore a piece of Scout gear), but I hope we see more color from Kate soon. She wore a lot of color and print during her pregnancy with George. Maybe she'll bring some of those pieces back. I'd love to see the Emilia Wickstead yellow coat or the Mulberry mint coat again. Maybe Kate will bring back the Green Emilia Wickstead coat dress she wore for St Patricks Day in 2012 and 2013 for Christmas next week?

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  11. Wonderful story tonight. It's looks like much fun. I was wondering if there was a video, it would be delightful to see all of the fun in action? Thank you as always for all of your work, Charlotte!

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  12. I too think the boots looked a bit too dressy for the hoodie and jeans, her mint velvet plimsolls would have looked very cute with this look.
    Also to me it looks like she's wearing the same jeans she wore to the NBA game, the black J Crew ones.

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  13. The Hello article re: Catherine and George's visit to the amusement park mentioned them "mingling with onlookers" so it looks like the hour long visit was with the public. :o)

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  14. She is such a sweetheart! what a thrill it must have been for the kids

    have a wonderful day

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  15. Looks like a fun night. Thanks Charlotte for the background on the Scouts Better Prepared initiative. The aims sound very aligned to those of the 1851 Trust so it'll be interesting to see if she brings the two organisations together in some activities. Don't know about the UK but the sea scout movement is very active in sailing in Australia.

    The scouts might find they've got a fashion hit with that hoodie :))

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  16. I can't lie. I feel a little better having seen a photo of her in not-very-good lighting, showing that she, too, has imperfect skin. Still beautiful, and skilled with makeup - but human ;)

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    1. Totally agree ;) Thank you for adding this!

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    2. I appreciate the non-airbrushed photos too:)

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  17. I enjoyed seeing Kate with the girl scouts ~ she seemed relaxed and was having fun. It is nice to see her in the last few weeks and posts looking and feeling better. Thank you for a wonderful blog ~ one of my absolute favorites!!

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  18. She is in her element and it great to see how well she interacts with the children, and they with her.

    On a far less important note, I'm not crazy about the boots with this jacket. Even casual boots would look better with a blazer or a different type of jacket. This jacket calls for sneakers IMO.

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    1. I completely agree. BUT I think she was trying to avoid criticism of being too casual by dressing up in black jeans and flat boots. I think the Rhumba boot- Wedges with the fur at the ankle would have been cute but probably flats for the kids? Imagine the up roar if she wore her faded J brands and SW wedges (even though it's the wrong season for those). I love that she is wearing their hoodie to support them with a more visual impact, but I'm on the fence. I kind of wish she had an official volunteer Polo or something more professional but casual professional, like a day on the golf course.

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    2. Jessica, I think you're correct. She was aiming for middle ground for the reasons you stated.

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    3. She could have worn those new flat boots that she wore a few weeks ago. I cannot remember the brand, but she wore them with the purple dress to a sports aide event. They were suede in front with a stretch material in back. I think those would have been perfect for tonight!

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  19. She looks really cozy tonight. Seemed super fun with the kids. Would love to see more of this from her. This is the most relaxed she has looked in ages. Was lovely to see her at another engagement.

    Thank you Charlotte!

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  20. Charlotte! Another superb post! Thank you for all the wonderful photos and your usual great background/history information. I can't tell you how much your blog brightens my day!

    It's lovely to see Catherine so relaxed and engaged with the children. It feels like it's a little glimpse of how she is with George. :o) And I'm so glad she's feeling better!

    I can't say enough how glad I am that our Duchess is being given time to raise her child(ren), get settled into their two homes, and have fewer responsibilities in the "Firm". The entire process of becoming a royal has to be SO daunting! I know some people are thinking, "She knew what she was getting into - she & William were together for years!" but I have to disagree. I think that becoming a member of the royal family would be somewhat like becoming a parent: one never knows everything that's involved until one IS a parent. You may think you're prepared - and you've watched others do it - but you really have no idea of the commitment and intensity of what's coming.

    Thanks again, Charlotte! Happy Christmas to everyone!
    Julie

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    1. Tammy from California17 December 2014 at 02:40

      Great post Dougies girl, I agree. It's like bootcamp preparing you for war, two different animals!

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  21. I like the outfit with boots myself. I would have perhaps broken up the black with some regular blue jeans. Boots are warmer than sneakers anyway :)

    I don't read through the comments often, so please be kind if this has been asked a million times before. At this event she introduced herself as Catherine to a child. Is Kate just a media nickname for her, or do friends and family actually use it too? In public William always calls her Catherine, which I understand is more formal, but it's not if he referred to her as Kate no one would know who he's talking about. Can anyone remember an instance when he called her Kate?

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    1. He called her Kate throughout the engagement interview, as did the interviewer.

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    2. He does call her Kate in the engagement interview but I feel like I read somewhere the RF wanted her referred to as her real name. So I've noticed for public appearances he uses Catherine and sometimes in casual conversation greeting onlookers he'll use Kate. She signs Catherine also. But when shopping and asked what to be called she said "Kate" this is the first time I've heard her refer to herself as Catherine. I also remember that Kate is her college name and her family calls her Catherine. Anyone else recall the Kate vs. Catherine name being used?

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    3. She went by Kate up until the wedding. Then it was announced she would go by Catherine. I am guessing because it sounds more posh and sophisticated, which is how the Royals want to appear. I believe her friends and family still call her Kate, but to the public she is Catherine. Jessica you are right, this is the first time I have heard her call herself Catherine. Maybe it took her awhile not to refer to herself as 'Kate' like when she is shopping.

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    4. Thank you for the replies. It's been so long since I've watched that engagement video I ought to re-watch it soon. Ah memories!

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    5. I think the only reason she's referred to as Catherine now, is that she will one day be Queen Catherine which sounds and looks better for official use than Queen Kate (although, I'm sure the tabloids will still keep calling her Queen Kate because it fits into headlines better!).

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  22. Tammy from California17 December 2014 at 02:39

    I feel like Kate hasn't looked very happy in awhile. If you compare last year's pictures of her camping compared to this year's (granted, she IS pregnant and God knows how comfortable THAT is :) she just doesn't look her "typical" happy self unless someone makes her laugh.

    I hope I am wrong.

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    1. We must not be looking at the same pictures. She looks perfectly happy to me.

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    2. She always looks happy! I think she is happy and every reason to feel that way. She has husband and family who loves her deeply and supports her in every way, she has child and expecting another one, she does not have to worry about anything. I can see it on her face - happiness. :):)

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  23. yes she natural with kids like her mother in law lady diana well the casual look was so nice there and i think everyone is not expecting her to come and one girl shouted to the i love her casual look catherine is formal i think the media called her kate instead catherine

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  24. Woah! I can't believe for a casual, simple engagement like this we are getting so analytical. Too much black? Maybe, but not an event that requires any kind of fashion statement and she appropriately chose a Scouts-brand piece. Not enough speaking? She is more hands-on and I'm sure someone will condemn her for that too. If she spoke more often people would say she's not hands-on enough.

    I am ALL for discussion and critique, but let's dial down the Diana comparisons; and when she is in a hoodie and jeans I'm guessing she intended not to have the attention on her wardrobe.

    Most of the time I love reading everyone's comments and considering different opinions, but I feel these comment threads are very intense for this type of engagement.

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    1. Please, can we leave behind this "no attention on her wardrobe", in the light of wearing pink at the memorial, seems funny. Thanks.

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    2. Agree :) Ali

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    3. What I said, if you read my full comment, is that when wearing a hoodie and jeans she does not intend to have attention on her wardrobe.

      Not sure what this has to do with her wearing pink at the Memorial blue27.

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  25. I agree with Robin in Ontario. Joy - Australia

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  26. I seem to remember an appearance in which her outfit was quite casual, and the children were disappointed because they were expecting a "princess" -certainly don't see any disappointed faces here, but I wonder if any of the children this time had similar thoughts?

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  27. She looks lovely. :)

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  28. anon from Leominster17 December 2014 at 07:39

    Kate looks like she's having a wonderful time with the children. It's lovely seeing her bringing attention to the scouts -- getting so many more to join and more to volunteer. It seemed right to me that she dresses casually -- she gets stuck in right away-- it's not a formal visit, she's truly involved.

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  29. I have just read the book "Prince William, born to be king." Upon finishing it, my strongest feeling was that never again will I dare to 'demand' a specific behavior, action, works, look etcetera from the royals according to my own opinion of what should suit a royal. Rather than showing this unrightfully arrogance, I should be mindful that these people's biggest struggle is to have a personal and meaningful life themselves amidst the impossibility to have a normal life at all, such as you and I are free to enjoy. I should be mindful that my following of these people's lives, purely for my own selfish enjoyment, contributes in a way to the difficulties they have to face each day. More reason to either keep my quiet or voice my support.

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  30. My comment last night appears to have disappeared into the ether.
    Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves whilst learning valuable lessons.
    She looks great in the outfit---suitably dressed for what she was doing, but quite honestly I have to ask how anyone can spend much time analyzing her outfit for such an engagement.
    Suggesting she should have made a speech to children of that age is just laughable.

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  31. Is it just me or does Kate look a little bit like Katie Holmes. I think the 2nd picture posted of her looks so much like her. It's unbelievable!

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  32. Wow! Amazing to see her interact so naturally with the children and enjoying herself! She looks very tired but still gives it her all. How can anyone call her lazy?

    Oh, and since we are allowed to comment on the clothes here as well: i don't like the threepeat blackness of this outfit. Ok for sweater and boots, but the pants needed colour. Even more since she is a brunette.


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  33. Oh, thank heavens! She wore something without high heels with her skinny jeans. So. much. better.

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  34. See, she does know how to dress casually when it's appropriate :)

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