The folks at Lou Grey Cashmere were showcasing some of their fabulous pieces on Sunday when they spotted HRH walking past:
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As mentioned earlier, William and Harry played at the Audi International Polo Challenge Saturday and Sunday at Coworth Park in Berkshire, in support of their charities The Royal Marsden, Sentebale, Tusk and WellChild. If I'm not mistaken, it's the bones of a three-hour drive from Norfolk to Berkshire, so William must have made the journey to Coworth Park on both days. Below, we see the Prince doing a spot of warming up before the polo commenced.
William and Kate also attended the horse trials on Saturday, there's a photo spread available at the Mail Online showing Kate with George and Charlotte. You can view it here. The photos were taken by Helen Mathias from EyeContact Photography.
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'William and Kate are friends of Marquees Cholmondeley, who owns Houghton. "They looked very relaxed and were obviously enjoying themselves," said an onlooker.
The four-day event attracted hundreds of horses and riders, including top overseas competitors, and featured the only British leg of the FEI Nations Cup.'
Readers are of course familiar with the Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley; Rose made quite the impression at the state banquet last October in her Temperley London gown. It's also been reported Kate will host a glittering gala in aid of East Anglia's Children's Hospices on 22 June. I expect it very likely Kate and Rose have forged a friendship, as they are of a similar age and both have young children.
Indeed, the weekend was rife with social connections. We saw the Duchess photographed with James and Laura Meade. James and William have been close friends since they attended Eton together. He is the son of Olympic gold medallist equestrian Richard Meade. He has become a close friend of Kate's too, and accompanied her to the Badminton Horse Trials after her brief split from William in 2007 (as pictured below). He is also one of Princess Charlotte's godparents.
James's brother Harry Meade, also a friend of William and Harry's, was actually taking part in the trials, and undoubtedly they were all there to cheer him on. William and Kate attended Harry's wedding in October 2010, shortly before they announced their engagement.
It's been a hub of activity at Houghton Hall in recent days according to Lynn News: "As well as the main horse trials, with its cross country course set out across Houghton’s rolling parkland, other equestrian events included show jumping, dressage and Pony Club classes, with competitors from all over the country and a large number of more local riders."
A number of the riders showed off their skills on the cricket pitch during a match in aid of a favourite charity of Prince Harry's, Walking with the Wounded, on Saturday. I expect Kate may have been watching the cricket match in the photo above with George and James Meade.
Houghton Hall provides quite the backdrop for a summery drinks reception? Is anyone thinking Downton Abbey? :)
This year marked the event's tenth anniversary and organisers wanted to make it special for all the family. There were over seventy trade stands for onlookers to browse.
A look at Vintage Deli's stand.
The Duchess opted for casual looks for the horse trials. On Sunday, Kate wore a Barbour jacket she's had for years with skinny jeans and her hair in a bun.
On Saturday, Kate wore a breton stripe top. It was initially suggested it was one of her Me + Em pieces. Upon closer inspection Susan from What Kate Wore noted the stripes on Kate's shirt are different and suggested Kate may have worn her Ralph Lauren 'Tori' top; below we see Kate wearing it in 2013.
The Duchess teamed the top with a navy sweater tied around her shoulders, with grey skinny jeans and what appears to be a leopard/animal print hairband. Kate's exact hairband hasn't been identified yet, but if you'd like to Repli-Kate it, Claire's Accessories has a a very similar piece for £2 and are currently running a Buy 1 Get 1 Free promotion.
On both days, Kate wore her Le Chameau Vierzonord Wellington Boots.
With thanks to The Royals and I and What Would Kate Do for sharing their finds on Twitter.
The eagle-eyed What Kate's Kids Wore quickly noted Prince George wore his Joules Baby Milford Quilted Jacket and Converse Kids Chuck Taylors. The shoes are available at Zappos for $30.
In other news, Kate will attend SportsAid's 40th anniversary dinner at Kensington Palace on Thursday, 9 June. The Duchess, who has been patron of the organisation since 2013, will meet many of the charity's ambassadors and young athletes, including those hoping to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games later this summer.