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Thursday, 1 September 2016

It's Lela Rose for the Cambridges Visit to Cornwall

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge began their two-day 'mini-tour' of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly this morning. Over the visit, William and Kate are focusing on mental health, a range of local charities, local businesses, and there will be a number of engagements with Duchy of Cornwall projects.

The highly-anticipated trip is William and Kate's first official visit to the scenic part of South West England since their wedding. Speaking about the purpose of the visit, a spokesman for Kensington Palace said "they will learn more about the industries that operate in the isles, particularly the tourism industry and the Scilly flower trade, and hear from local people about their life and culture".

Kensington Palace shared this beautiful photo from Cornwall with the caption: "Lovely day in Cornwall to mark the start of a two-day visit by the Duke and Duchess."

The Cambridges spent today in Cornwall, kicking off their visit in Truro, Cornwall's only city. The couple visited Truro Cathedral where they met civic dignitaries and cathedral represntatives.

The Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Truro was built between 1880 and 1910 to a Gothic Revival design by John Loughborough Pearson on the site of the parish church of St Mary. It is one of only three cathedrals in the United Kingdom with three spires. Pearson's design combines the Early English style with certain French characteristics, chiefly spires and rose windows. The Royal Maundy Service was held in the cathedral in 1994 when the Queen presented 134 Cornish people with the traditional Maundy money.

Whilst there, William and Kate signed a slate in support of the cathedral's roof appeal.

Last year, Truro Cathedral's roof appeal launched. Sign-A-Slate offers those making a donation to the appeal the chance to sign or write a message on the back of one of the 60,000 new slates being used to re-slate the cathedral roof – one that will be in place, complete with those messages, for generations to come. There are three levels at which you can participate. For a donation of £5 you have the opportunity to sign or write on one-sixth of a shared slate. For a £25 donation an entire slate becomes your canvas, upon which you can write and draw. Lastly, for a £250 donation, you can enjoy an extra special VIP signing experience as you and up to three of your family and friends write on your slate at an invitation-only drinks reception.

Truro Roof Appeal

William and Kate chatted to locals who had gathered to meet them.

More from People:

Prince William gave royal fan Linda Moore, 62, a sweet surprise on Thursday in Cornwall. "I asked him, 'Can I have a kiss?' " Moore told reporters outside the historic Truro Cathedral. "He said, 'You can give me a peck on the cheek.' " When she asked if she could have a hug too, William replied: "Oh, go then," and posed for a picture before joking to Kate, "Watch that woman, she's collecting kisses!'
Moore, a retired teaching assistant from Camborne, Cornwall, told William she had met his late mother Princess Diana about 25 years ago in nearby Redruth. "I said to him, 'You look like your mum,' and he said, 'I think my mum was better looking. "He's lovely. I've just got to meet Harry now. Then I've met all of them. I met the Queen in Camborne." 

The next two engagements of the day were embargoed for security reasons. The first of which saw the Cambridges visit Zebs, a Truro-based youth centre operated by Young People Cornwall.

Young People Cornwall have been successfully working with 11 to 25-year-olds for almost 40 years, encouraging thousands of young people to reach their potential. Set up in 1974 to help youth groups across the county, they've grown in size and scope since they started, but their ambition and drive stays the same. Describing their ethos: "We’re all about making waves. Giving young people a voice, building their confidence, boosting their creativity and opening doors to a brighter future – all in a way that works for them."

Zebs credits its success to "giving young people the freedom to do what they want, when they want to. A safe, encouraging space to hang out with opportunities to explore and discover, young people feel comfortable and confident to grow and develop, ready to seek support and advice when they need it". From creating music in the recording studio, to learning how to take better photos, these activities focus is on boosting creative opportunities for young people and inspiring them to see where they can take it. There are also regular information and support groups covering all the issues that affect young people, from open sessions to single-gender groups, to one-on-one advice and support.

They also had the opportunity to meet young people who avail of the centre's services.

William and Kate discussed taking time to work out the right career path. More from the Mail Online:

'And while chatting to youngsters, Prince William opened up about how it took him  an 'awfully long time' to know what he wanted to do in life. After they heard about a programme which helps young people build their CVs and encourages them in career opportunities, Kate asked: 'Do any of you know what you would love to be? Do you have some aspirations?' William, also 34, cut in: 'It is totally cool not to have that by the way. It took me an awfully long time to work out what I wanted to be.' Kate agreed: 'It's so difficult because there's so much out there. It is hard, isn't it, to pinpoint one thing. William is right. I found it difficult as well.'

William and Kate toured the centre's facilities including the youth café and recording studios before unveiling a plaque.

The Duchess was presented with flowers as a thank you for visiting Zebs.

Before leaving, the Duke and Duchess posed for a photo.

From there, William and Kate visited a successful local business - Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm.

The business is very much a family one. Kay and David launched Healeys Cyder Farm in 1986 after previously running an off-licence in Mevagissey (where they learnt how popular Cornish cyder is) and a small-holding near St Austell. There was no water or electricity when they moved in with Sam and Joe, their two very young sons, and the 150-year-old property was in a dreadful state. Undeterred, they set about planting orchards, renovating buildings and creating a visitor attraction that has since provided huge entertainment for millions of people in almost three decades. They’ve also turned their fruit into world-beating drinks, jams and juices, built Cornwall’s first distillery in 300 years and produce England’s oldest whiskey.

William and Kate toured the facility and met staff who work on the site. Whilst trying apple juice, William joked: "Where's the alcoholic stuff?"

Kate pulled a pint of cider and handed it to William, who said: "I'll fall over if I drink that."

To celebrate Healey's 30th anniversary the royals unveiled a plaque.

The Duchess put paid to rumours she's allergic to horses by stroking a shire horse named 'Duchess'.

William and Kate travelled to Newquay to visit two Duchy of Cornwall projects, the first of which is Nansledan, a 218-hectare site that will provide future business and housing for the local area.

They then visited the recently finished Tregunnel Hill project, a new neighbourhood development on Duchy of Cornwall-owned land that was completed in 2015.

Finally, the Duke and Duchess were given an introduction to the work of the Wave Project on Newquay's Towan Beach, an organisation that uses surfing as a tool to reduce anxiety in children and improve their mental wellbeing.

The Wave Project has developed an award-winning intervention that uses local surfers to help young people reduce anxiety and improve their emotional health. New projects have been set up all over the UK, including in Wales, Scotland, and even inner-city London. All of these projects use the same methods employed on the original pilot scheme in Cornwall – getting local surfers to work with clients and teach them to surf. The sessions are delivered by a mix of paid staff and volunteer surf-mentors who work in partnership with established surf schools. Some of the surf mentors started out as clients themselves.

A lovely photo of William and Kate.

The Duchess chats with a little boy.

Prince William met a group of excited children.

The royals asked children about how the project has helped them.

Can you spot the royals in the crowd? :)

Posing for photos with staff and children involved with the Wave Project.

The Duke and Duchess received a fantastic welcome and by all accounts appeared to have an excellent day.

The Duchess debuted a new dress by American designer Lela Rose (with thanks to Kate's Closet).

The Double Faced Twill Elbow Sleeve Dress features body contouring seams with band at waist, a fit-and-flare silhouette with soft pleated skirt and a back zip. The blush dress is from the Resort 2016 Collection and originally retailed for $1,295 - it is currently on sale for $777 on Lela Rose's website. It's also available in limited sizing at Orchard Mile.

Lela Rose

The half-sleeve, fit-and-flare silhouette is popular across Lela Rose's collections. Below we see a similar dress available at Neiman Marcus reduced from $1,095 to $481.

Lela Rose

We first saw Kate wearing Lela Rose for a reception in Canberra during the 2014 tour. The Duchess selected the brand's Circle Lace Trim Dress for the evening.

The Duchess teamed the dress with her Monsoon Fleur wedges.


Kate accessorised with her trusty L.K. Bennett Natalie Clutch.

L.K. Bennett

And her very pretty Kiki McDonough Morganite Cushion Drops. The £3,400 earrings are described as "a subtle and very pretty pale pink morganite cushion drop on an elegant 18ct white gold and diamond tapered hoop".

Kiki McDonough

Kate completed the look with her favourite Cartier Ballon Bleu watch.


You can view videos from the day here and here.

William and Kate will spend the night at a manner house tonight. Richard Palmer reports "They marked their first official tour of the 53,000 hectare royal property empire that William will one day inherit from his father as Prince of Wales by booking into Restormel Manor, a 500-year-old nine-bedroom historic house in Lostwithiel, Cornwall, owned by the Duchy. The house, which costs up to £6,250 per week for tourists to rent at this time of year and sleeps 18, stands at the head of the Fowey Valley in beautiful countryside overlooked by Restormel Castle. William and Kate will check in with an entourage of six after a day of engagements in Truro and Newquay." It looks like a very relaxing place - it's very apt known as a 'perfect retreat'.

Duchy of Cornwall

The royal couple have a busy day ahead with several engagements on the Isles of Scilly. We'll see you tomorrow! :)

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