The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry began a busy day with an event for their Charities Forum at BAFTA, London.The Duchess was all smiles upon arrival following last week's engagements, which saw her join Prince William in their first formal role in a state visit, and a day trip to Dundee, Scotland where they carried out five engagements. On Thursday, Kate was also spotted out and about with Prince George at the Natural History Museum, the location where his first birthday portraits were taken.
William, Kate and Harry were joined by children from their patronages and the charities they support at the creative industries-themed Charities Forum.
The royals received a warm welcome upon arrival.
Their Royal Highnesses visited BAFTA's in-house theatre where they enjoyed the premiere of their next animated special Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer's Llamas.
One expects, as the parents of a toddler, William and Kate are already quite familiar with popular children's character Shaun the Sheep. The animated show has proven a family hit, hence the natural expansion into movies. The Farmer's Llamas is a thirty-minute special chronicling another of Shaun's adventures, and is set to air on BBC One over the Christmas period.
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The royals then joined children involved in a Shaun the Sheep-themed model-making workshop and craft activities session.
William and Harry participated in the activity.
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Art therapists from a number of the organisations involved in the Forum have also been invited to join the Aardman workshops to network and share best practice. The day’s activities also offered an insight into BAFTA’s ongoing ‘BAFTA Kids’ programme that shares expertise and creative excellence with children.
Kate participated in a very special animation. Heckler William shouted "make Catherine do a funny walk". Kate is always such a good sport. You can watch a brief video here.
As always, Kate was a natural with the children.
It was wonderful to see the royals interacting and having fun.
It was clear they all had a terrific time.
Kensington Palace shared this photo of the children having a splendid time via their Twitter Feed:
Groups of children from William, Kate and Harry's charities including Place2Be, Tusk Trust and The Royal Marsden enjoy a creative model making session.
Treats came in the form of Sheep cakes.
The royals tried a spot of 'welly wanging'. Basically they had to try and hit this with a welly.
Prince Harry was rather disappointed when he missed..
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William and Harry founded the Forum back in 2006 in the hopes of bringing their charitable interests together and it has grown considerably since. Opportunities to support one another are explored at meetings, relationships are developed and bilateral work is initiated, often between charities and organisations that would not ordinarily have been linked through the course of their own work.
One aspect of the Forum meetings I particularly like is the fun locations chosen in order to involve children. In 2013, Warner Brothers hosted the Charities Forum event at the Harry Potter Studios, which saw William, Kate and Harry showing off wand techniques to rival Harry, Ron and Hermione.
More from the Cambridges' official website:
'In July 2012 Mountain Rescue England and Wales, of which The Duke of Cambridge is Patron, hosted families and young people from the Child Bereavement Charity and Centrepoint (two of The Duke’s other charities) and Prince Harry’s charity WellChild for a day of outdoor activities. The children learnt how to abseil and how Mountain Rescue teams conduct rescues and evacuations. It was an enjoyable day for all the children and families involved, and was made possible thanks to the links the organisations were able to make through the Charities Forum.
Members of the Charities Forum are also allocated spaces to take part in the London Marathon each year. In 2015, Prince Harry joined a training session for runners at Twickenham, hosted by The Rugby Injured Players Foundation.'
Moving onto what Kate wore today.
Kate selected the Tabitha Webb Meg - Space dress for the event. The £375 garment features 3/4 length sleeves, a fitted top and an A line skirt that falls below the knee with large pockets. The side panels on the silk dress are described as "ideal for slimming the waist and adding a touch of edge to a classic design".
A closer look at the print.
Tabitha Webb is very much a favoured designer of Kate's sister Pippa Middleton. Their excellent working relationship saw Pippa collaborate with the label to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation's London to Brighton Bike Race recently. Profits from the £295 BHF Dress as seen on Pippa below go to the foundation.
You may recall this isn't the first time Kate has chosen to wear a printed dress by the designer. Back in 2012, Kate wore the Project D (a fashion label co-designed by Tabitha Webb and Dannii Minogue). Penelope dress in Brisbane.
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Kate sported her Jimmy Choo Aimee Pumps.
The Duchess carried her black suede Mulberry Bayswater Clutch.
And accessorised with her sapphire and diamond earrings.
Kate completed the look with her Cartier Ballon Bleu watch.
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It was a delightful event for all involved. The expressions in the photo below show just how much fun was had. Check out the final edit starring Kate here :)
We'll see you tonight for the premiere of the latest James Bond movie, Spectre. Hello! are offering a live feed from the red carpet here beginning at 5 p.m. I expect the royals will arrive sometime around 6 p.m. I'm looking forward to seeing Kate's choice of gown, and of course, 007 himself on the red carpet. :)