Wednesday, 14 November 2018

William and Kate Serve Lunch in South Yorkshire!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited South Yorkshire this morning for several engagements in the area.


The couple's first stop was McLaren Automotive’s new Composites Technology Centre in Rotherham.


The new McLaren Composites Technology Centre will be used to innovate the process of designing and constructing lightweight carbon fibre ‘tubs’, which form the internal shell of all McLaren cars. Rotherham Biz reports: "A £50m investment has been made in developing and manufacturing the future of lightweighting technology with the soon to-open facility on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham. It is the supercar manufacturer's second only production facility and the first outside its native Woking. McLaren recently took the keys for the new 75,000 sq ft facility that will enable the development and manufacture of the Monocell and Monocage carbon fibre chassis used in future McLaren models."


A McLaren 570s on display.


William and Kate were shown the prototype manufacturing line that includes industrial processes for cutting and fitting carbon fibre.


The carbon fibre car chassis produced here will then be assembled at McLaren’s site in Woking, which William visited last year.


The couple were joined by HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Bahrain.


They met those working in the factory and heard about plans for the centre’s expansion that will provide 200 new jobs for the local area.


Some of McLaren’s STEM Ambassadors were present at the event and spoke to the Duke and Duchess about their work encouraging children to get involved in science-based learning and careers.


A video from the McLaren visit.


The Duke and Duchess' next port of call was in Barnsley where they visited one of Centrepoint’s services, which supports over 60 homeless young people from the local area every day. Last year 7,000 young people in Yorkshire and the Humber approached their local authority because they were homeless or at risk.


Centrepoint is the UK's leading charity for homeless young people. Together with their partners, they support 10,000 young people every year. They help 16 to 25-year-olds into a safe place to live, give them a health assessment and plan support for their individual mental and physical health needs. From there, the focus is on assisting them in gaining independence and employment.


William has been patron of Centrepoint since 2005. The charity holds a special place in his heart; as children William and Harry paid private visits with their mother who was patron from 1992 until her death. To highlight the issue of homelessness the Prince spent a night on the streets in 2009. To mark 40 years of the charity, William made a speech at a celebratory event in 2008. He recalled the days he visited with the late Princess of Wales: "That example of selfless service that Centrepoint represents has stayed with me, and that is why it was the first charity that I wanted to be associated with.’ He also said he had witnessed, first hand, ‘the extraordinary courage of so many of Centrepoint’s young people in rising to meet such seemingly insurmountable challenges in their lives."


In Barnsley, Centrepoint is working to provide these young people with accommodation and support to get them back into education, training and employment.


William and Kate helped prepare lunch in the kitchen before sitting down with residents to talk about their experiences.


Whilst cutting the bread, Kate joked: "Don't look at how evenly I cut it!"


Simon Perry reports:

'At the charity’s hostel — which serves 60 young people from the area — William and Kate helped prepare lunch by stirring Omero’s Red Pepper and Chorizo soup and cutting bread.
The soup was the winning recipe in the “Big Broth” project, which raises money for Centrepoint through grocery sales. William then took a tray and gingerly walked into a second kitchen to sit down with two young people who’ve been helped by Centrepoint and two staffers for a bite to eat.
“I’m doing my balancing-the-soup act,” the royal dad joked as he moved down the right corridor. “Sorry to keep you waiting for your lunch — we’ve been talking too much as usual.”
As they sat down, William tried to put his neighbors at ease by noting, “This is not your usual lunch.” Added Kate: “I think I cut some rather big slices.” “Don’t be put off by the size of Catherine’s  bread,” William countered. “They’re enough to wedge the door.”

Lunch is served.


After lunch, the Duke and Duchess visited Centrepoint’s new Andy Norman Learning Hub. The hub has been built to provide a dedicated space and resources for young people at risk of homelessness in Barnsley, which will enable them to improve their skills and move towards independence.


Before departing, they unveiled a plaque.


The Duchess wore her blue belted Eponine London dress today. Kate debuted the dress for a visit to the Anna Freud Centre in 2017. From the 2016 Autumn/Winter collection, it's a classic silhouette from a brand that specialises in bespoke womenswear inspired by the silhouettes of the fifties and sixties.


The double wool garment features a collar with notch cut outs, three-quarter length sleeves and a full skirt.


The Duchess teamed the piece with her navy Rupert Sanderson Malory pumps.

Kate's new clutch is the £450 Smythson Panama Purse (with thanks to Perth Fashion). The clutch can be personalised and comes in multiple colours on the Smythson website.


The Duchess wore her Cartier Ballon Bleu watch.


And her sapphire and diamond earrings.


William and Kate headed back to London ahead of Charles' 70th birthday bash at Buckingham Palace tonight.

64 comments:

  1. I’m glad she is re-wearing this Eponine today :)

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  2. oh my charlotte your too fast i love the duchess cambridge outfit

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  3. JustCallMeMrsDarcy14 November 2018 at 12:13

    Love that coat! New earrings,

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  4. A nice repeat - one I've always liked. Her hair looks quite natural - perhaps in anticipation of styling it for tonight. At the moment they're with the McLarens - William looks happy to see cars - a bit like the men in my family would be.

    Nice family photos yesterday. I hope we get some good ones from tonight too. It's rare enough we get British and European royals together.

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  5. Seeing these pictures of the previous wear and today make me realize that I like Kate with darker hair. She still has lovely hair, but I think I like it darker as it sets off her complexion better. The coat dress was never a favorite but she looks pretty.

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    1. Jessica in Los Angeles14 November 2018 at 14:15

      I agree about the darker hair. She seems to like it lighter right now, but I’ve always thought the warm dark brown looks best on her. But I understand it’s always fun for a woman to mix it up once in a while :)

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    2. She's going grey. That super dark hair is very difficult to keep up when you're greying - I know from experience as a natural chestnut brunette who started to go grey in my late 30's. I coloured steadily lighter and lighter until I was an ash blonde. Finally embraced the grey and it was a pretty easy transition from blonde to grey. Obviously Catherine Cambridge has access to great hair stylists, but maybe she doesn't want too have to keep colouring with that deep brown?

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    3. It is much harder with very dark hair. She could color it her natural shade, a darker brown to cover the grey she would need to get into the salon regularly before the roots start showing. I go in every 3 weeks to get my roots done before the grey shows. It is harder with the darker hair, but maybe on top of getting her roots done she could do a variety of shades in her hair to help cover the roots without going overall so much lighter. She may like it lighter, who knows.

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    4. Kiki in Vancouver15 November 2018 at 05:05

      I agree I too prefer the darker hair colour though I like the current length better than the long ringlet look.

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    5. I, too, like Kate with darker hair. Her rich brunette locks were gorgeous. That said, I think her hair has been looking better since she came back from her last maternity leave. She went through an unfortunate period where her hairstyles made her look rather uptight and older than she really is. To me, she looks younger and more vibrant now than she did a couple of years ago, and I think the longer and looser hairstyle has a lot to do with it. I like this outfit so much better the second time around.

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  6. Love the dress. Great vibrant color, good fit, great choice for a rewear. Classic style that will almost always work in her work wardrobe. I am really loving her hair! The lighter color looks more natural and less like a uniform all over color job.

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  7. Royal 👑 Watcher14 November 2018 at 13:25

    Lovely! I hope they have time to get ready for tonight! And that they won’t be too tired. I would have needed a nap 😴 hehe 😉 but I probably would not make a very good royal!

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    1. Maybe take a sitdown micronap when getting the hair styled? :)

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  8. The Duchess of Cambridge is beautiful, her hair, makeup, and skin just glow! Her "look" is always polished and perfect! Parthenia

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  9. Kate looks beautiful as always. I always prefer her hair in this straighter style. I think it is more youthful than the curls which sometimes look too 'done' .

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  10. Love her, but this is a miss for me. She's really been rocking great outfits and confidence lately and this coat for me is a step back. However, very excited to see photos tonight!!!

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  11. Beautiful shot of Kate, one of few where she seems to be looking directly at the camera. I sense a new confident demeanor in Kate, and it's lovely to see!

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  12. What I am amazed at (in a bravo kind of way) is that she can be up in Yorkshire today and be going to a formal, "crowned heads of Europe" dinner tonight. If they drove or took the train, it will take about 3 hours to get back to London. Wonder what time the dinner is at tonight? Regardless, I think she is pretty cool and confident--I'd be at the spa all afternoon :)

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    1. Might be that they could take the helicopter to shorten that time maybe? :)

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    2. I am guessing the royal helicopter will lend a hand in getting them back in time for the party tonight.

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    3. Royal 👑 Watcher14 November 2018 at 15:10

      I’m definitely thinking the helicopter!!!

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    4. Me too Royal Watcher. If they had lunch at Centrepoint, it would really have been cutting it fine given the vagaries of British trains and London traffic. I wonder where they landed and took off from.

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    5. Let's hope on the helicopter ride that they both get to take their shoes off and have a snooze.

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  13. A nice classic royal workday with a nice classic Kate work look. All is as it should in the world and that's very comforting, actually! I really like Eponine as a brand so am always happy when Kate wears anything from them and this is a great repeat!

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    1. You are right Rebecca, this is a great repeat of a workday look for Kate. IMO her workday style always has a polished ease look to it. Also, while I am sure that they will make it back to the party and Kate will be her usual classically done self, I am very pleased that she and William are completing these engagements to support such a wonderful charity in what will be a very busy day. Love them working in the kitchen together and their little exchanges, they both seem to have a great sense of humor. cc

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    2. When I saw the photos of Kate today I thought: a nice classic work look for her - Rebecca's words! :)
      I really love this shade of blue on her. She looks great and I'm hoping for some pictures tonight. Hope they'll enjoy it, although it can't be completely easy to meet so many foreign royals and dignitaries on your father-in-law's birthday celebration! 😉

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  14. I love the cut and flow of the coat, but not too sure about the sleeves. It feels like it needs some long gloves to make up for the distance between elbow and wrist. Apart from that, Catherine looks lovely. Always a joy seeing them both out and about on a joint 'away day'.
    Got fingers and toes crossed, we get to see some photos of tonight's dinner.

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  15. I like the coat dress although I find the collar overly fussy with the double flaps. Also the neckline is a bit too high for my tastes. I also like her hair darker although I know women who get lots of silvers often go for lighter highlights to hide silver strands.

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  16. I love this dress. Gosh, I wish I had Kate's teeth!

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    1. Totally agree, wonderful teeth!
      Federica

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  17. Prediction: I think that Catherine will wear her black velvet Alexander McQueen gown for Charles' 70th birthday party!

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    1. Hope you are right / I would love to see that again :)

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  18. SierrafromMontana14 November 2018 at 15:35

    I like the color of the coat and the fit, but I'm just blah about this entire outfit. We've seen it before. It's definitely her go-to work outfit. However, her hair - beautiful. I like how she is letting it grow longer. I feel the length really looks good on her.

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  19. I think the dress was appropriate for the first event, but I personally think both her and William were overdressed for the event at Centrepoint. I understand that if they didn't have time to change, but if they did, I think they should have gone more casual.

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  20. I love when they rib each other and they are surprisingly self deprecating. Lovely visit and a wonderful charity. She has been recycling a lot lately. Which is great, she has had many years to build up a wardrobe and she can fit in clothes from 3 babies ago!!! Also a nice touch since there will be a new gown I am guessing tonight.

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  21. The dress is okay. The only quibble I have is that when you are preparing food, you should tie your hair back (not a problem if you have short hair) but Kate's is long enough that it warrants the need for it to be tied. Just a hygiene thing really.

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  22. She looks great. Very pretty dress, I love the color and fit on her.

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  23. This is such a perfect fit and color for Kate. I love her in these approachable and beautifully designed work dresses. Looking forward to seeing her gown tonight. She’s on a retro and recycle schedule and it’s great.

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  24. Kate's dress today is very work appropriate and relatable for most corporate level working ladies in major metropolitan cities. I do not however find the wearing of precious stones such as large sapphire and diamond earrings as beautiful as they are appropriate for the work environment regardless of who you are. Spectacular jewelry is better left to black tie events and evening occasions.

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    1. I suppose it depends on your real work environment. Hers is a royal visiting multiple places, wearing her personal jewelry. The earrings are iconic, with fake copies worn in offices all over the UK by women who work. They are certainly not a tiara or giant diamond brooches, such as the Queen wears to work. She doesn’t need a designer dress to cut bread or expensive shoes to look professional either, but she looks wonderful, healthy and happy to be meeting people, balancing royal and “real people” characteristics. Well done, Kate!

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    2. So interesting, I do not think her earrings are very large or out of place for her at these events.

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    3. I don't agree. The earrings are tasteful, modestly sized and a family heirloom.

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    4. Sorry USA Granny, but disagree. Anonymous 17:50 is spot on and I would add that people want to see "Princess Kate" and the girls would especially be thrilled to see this set on here. We're you thinking of the disparity of wealth?

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    5. Anglophile in Ohio14 November 2018 at 21:52

      I don't think those particular earrings are "large." They are definitely office appropriate in size and appearance, albeit mine would probably not be diamonds and sapphires.

      I think Kate looked wonderful today.

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    6. :-) Do you recall the smaller KiKi earrings she was so fond of? They were/are beautiful, but they did not show up in most photos. In MY opinion, she shouldn't wear anything smaller than this for a daytime engagement. I don't think these earrings are over the top at all, certainly not for a Duchess and future Queen.

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  25. Silvia from Tuscany14 November 2018 at 17:23

    Nice work-repeat for Kate. She looks appropriate as usual. I like the dress and her wonderful hair. Waiting for tonight gown...

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  26. Warning: Random Royal Etiquette Question Ahead! :) I'm not sure I've ever seen a photo of the royals eating in any setting. Does anyone have insight into the protocols around the royal family eating in public, or perhaps the restriction around media taking pictures of the royals eating?

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  27. I like the color and the style is right in Kate's wheelhouse. I always appreciate when Kate recycles clothing and wears English brands. Looking forward to seeing what glamour she brings out tonight.

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  28. Caroline in Montana14 November 2018 at 17:38

    I like the coat, its very flattering on her. I think this repeat is better than the first wear, I like her hair better lighter and its shorter/styled differently to show off more of the coat detail, which I like. I'm thinking I'm starting to like this length on her outfits, its not to long but any shorter and it takes away from the formal work look and makes her too sexy:)

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  29. Perfect outfit for a workday . I LOVE that she is recycling clothes. It seems very appropriate to NOT buy a new outfit for every outing. I also like her hair darker. It feels a bit too light for her right now especially heading into winter. Her natural color is so beautiful.

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  30. Really liked seeing this repeat. Color was perfect as it really popped against all the dark suits at the McLaren event. Her teeth are amazing! I always wonder what work has been done on their teeth since I rarely see photos of royals with braces.

    Warms my heart to see William carrying on with charities his mother worked with. Also, I really like these joint events as we tend to get verbal gems from them.

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  31. Great engagements today. Truth be told the Maclaren one seemed dull to me as I am completely uninterested in cars but it is incredibly important to the local area which has suffered economically for years. The positive injection this will bring to the economy is to be praised. Always happy to see William supporting Centrepoint and carrying on the legacy. The homelessness situation in the UK seems to be worse than ever recently and organisations like Centrepoint are invaluable.

    On to the fashion:
    Lovely rewear choice. Nothing too exciting but it is a very nice and flattering dress and such a great colour on Kate. Incredibly happy to see her shoes are not the brown socks (tm Ivy Lin). This is exactly the type of look that would have been brought down by her wearing the dreaded praline pumps IMO but the blue Rupert Sanderson's compliment the look beautifully.

    I love the darker blue of shoes and clutch rather than going totally matchy and I'm very happy to see her using a Smythson clutch. It's a quintessentially British brand and great quality. I've really liked all her clutches recently. It seems she has finally retired the Mulberry suede clutches which I'm glad to see as I was never fond of them. I always felt they looked a bit too plain and shabby but I'm not a big fan of suede accessories in general. Her recent clutches are appropriate but much nicer designs and materials and an economical way to change up the outfits from when they were last worn.

    Her hair looks lovely today and I'm glad she is growing it out longer again but seeing the earlier pictures makes me miss the darker locks.

    I know it's a private event but I hope we will see pics from tonight

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    1. Sunny, I would love one of her "plain" Mulberry clutches and a big bag to put in! They are $$$!

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    2. @Mel in SoCal: I know they are £££ and Mulberry makes some very nice pieces but I don't think the suede Bayswater clutch is worth the money in my opinion.

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  32. Oh does she look good in this shade of blue.
    They called it Royal Blue for a reason..PERFECT.

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  33. I would love to own that dress! People have said Catherine likes the vintage look, I would say her tastes are classic. The visit to Centrepoint looked fun and I'm glad they are highlighting child homelessness. It's epidemic in Los Angeles!

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    1. I would love to own it too, so beautiful!
      Federica

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  34. The Duchess of Cambridge looked lovely and appropriately dressed. Nice car. Wow! Princes William and Harry would probably enjoy a ride in that car. I’m glad Prince William continues to be Patron of Centrepoint. He always seemed to genuinely care about the challenges of these young people and wants to help. Thanks, Charlotte for the post and I enjoyed the videos.

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  35. she looks beautiful in blue! love those earrings and everything about this look! thanks Charlotte

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  36. Charlotte, I posted comments on both blogs. I’m not sure what happened but the comments aren’t showing. Thank you.

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    1. Marcia, my apologies. I've been terribly slow moderating as I was travelling for a meeting today.

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  37. Charlotte, no problem at all. Don’t mean to be a bother either bcuz I know you have other concerns/meetings. Thank you for responding.

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