We're back with updates to Kate's October calendar. Kensington Palace announced the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will join children from charities they support at a creative-industries themed Charities Forum event on Monday 26 October, hosted by BAFTA and Aardman. During the visit, they will see the premiere of upcoming children's movie Shaun the Sheep.
More from the press release:
'Their Royal Highnesses will visit BAFTA's in-house theatre where Aardman will screen the premiere of their next animated special Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer's Llamas. Their Royal Highnesses will then join children involved in a Shaun the Sheep themed model making workshop and craft activities session.
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 activity also offers an insight into BAFTA’s ongoing ‘BAFTA Kids’ programme that shares expertise and creative excellence with children.'
The event will conclude with an informal meeting of the Charities Forum, a collection of charities of which William, Kate and Harry are patrons. William and Harry founded the Forum in 2006 as a way to bring their individual charitable interests together and to explore how they could best lend their support to them all in an effective and efficient way. Today, there are over 30 organisations involved in the group including Kate's charities. You may recall, in April 2013, the Charities Forum meeting coincided with a visit to Warner Bros studios and the meeting was held in the Harry Potter-themed Great Hall.
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The group meets biannually with the meetings offering an opportunity to charities to update Their Royal Highnesses and provides a platform for collaborative activities and projects. With the Cambridges taking on an interest in mental health, I thought moving forward it would be excellent to see them take on a couple of charities in the area as patronages, thus meaning they could benefit from the connections and opportunities the Forum offers.
Of course, that evening the royal trio will attend the premiere of the latest Bond movie Spectre.
The following day, Tuesday, 27 October is also a two-engagement day. Kate will meet children and mentors from Chance UK's early intervention programme at an event hosted by the charity at Islington Town Hall.
The organisation works to change the challenging behaviour of primary school-aged children through intensive individual mentoring and family support. It seeks to improve children's lives by introducing greater stability and support, and engendering a sense of self-worth. The programme works with children aged five to 11 who are at risk of developing anti-social or criminal behaviour, providing weekly one-to-one mentoring with a trained adult volunteer.
Back to the press release:
'During this engagement, The Duchess will gain an overview of the charity's work by meeting a selection of children enrolled on the Chance UK scheme, along with their parents and mentors. Her Royal Highness will then attend a reception celebrating the work of the charity and meet some of Chance UK's staff and supporters.
This engagement reflects The Duchess of Cambridge's particular interest in early intervention programmes, which provide specialist support to children and families at the earliest opportunity, to prevent the development of more serious problems in the future.'
That evening, Kate, patron of the 100 Women in Hedge Funds' Philanthropic Initiatives, will attend a reception and gala dinner in aid of her patronage The Art Room at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Below we see Kate in a Jenny Packham gown at the event at 2013 which was held at Kensington Palace in aid of another of her patronages, Action on Addiction. A total of £675,000 was raised that night, and no doubt a similar sum will be raised for The Art Room on the night.
That's four engagements over 26 and 27 October and two evening gown appearances for Kate. Many of you have been asking about details regarding the state banquet next Tuesday (it's only a week away now) and as of writing there is no official confirmation from the Palace. It is, however, seen as a given William and Kate will be there. We should hear details surrounding the visit and possibly confirmation of the Cambridges' attendance closer to the date.
Next, we're looking at restocked and updated items worn by the Duchess at L.K. Bennett. Kate's £250 Cayla dress in cardinal red is back in stock in all sizes on the UK website. The dress also comes in a new sloane blue colourway too.
The ever-popular Lasana dress is available in pink and white, and pink and black print in limited sizing for £195 - reduced from £250.
The Silvana Shearling Coat appears to be a new season update of Kate's Darwin Jacket. The garment is available in brown, black and cherry on the UK website, and just cherry on the US/Canada website for now.
Kate's Sledge pumps remain a staple in the fall/winter footwear collection. Below we them in Kate's favourite taupe and black retailing for $345 on the US/Canada website, and £195 on the UK website.
The brand is offering Free UK Delivery with the code HEELS.
We also have a quick update on Kate's Ralph Lauren Silk Austin Shirtdress. The garment is back in all sizes at Neiman Marcus and available in sizes 2-14 on the Ralph Lauren website.
We're also taking a look at Beulah London's Autumn/Winter 2015 Collection looking at possible styles we might see the Duchess wear. The Chrysalis Collection continues the label's love of beautiful prints and elegant styles.
A central piece from the collection: the Aura evening dress.
The Georgia Fluttering Wings Print Dress is a silk midi-length garment with a flattering silhouette and cinched in waist. Whilst the v-neck Serena dress is a 70's take on Kate's Sabitri Dress which now comes in navy.
A selection of separates in the collection including the evergreen Senna Jacket, the Sia Blouse and navy Veil Skirt, the Tabitha Coat and the v-neck silk dupion Stella Dress.
Glancing through the Lookbook there's an abundance of styles perfect for the Duchess for an array of events, engagements and receptions. A look at the Eria Dress, the Mulberry Dress, the Ada Dress and the Scarlett Dress.
The Vanessa Scarf in fluttering wings evergreen print and blue.
We expect to see William and Kate at the Wales v South Africa Rugby World Cup match on Saturday afternoon. We hope to see you before then with a special on state banquets! :)