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Saturday, 12 April 2014

The Cambridges (appropriately) Visit Cambridge

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent Day 6 of the royal tour in the Waikato region of the North Island.

The couple were greeted upon landing.


William and Kate split up for different engagements this morning in the town of Hamilton; Prince William spent time at Pacific Aerospace visiting the company's factory whilst the Duchess visited Rainbow Place, a children's hospice.


As you all know, the Duchess is patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices and has taken an especially keen interest in palliative care for children and young people. In her royal role, the Duchess has paid a number of public and private visits to hospices learning more about their work. During the royal tour of South-East Asia in 2012, Kate made a speech at Hospis Malaysia and toured the facility; it's nice to see her incorporating a cause so close to her heart on this tour, too.

Kate met children and their families engaged in art therapy and play therapy. She also talked to volunteers and staff about their roles.

Kate's visit coincided with a children's party, which the Duchess spent some time at. It was hosted in a marquee outside Rainbow Place.

Governor-General of New Zealand

Rainbow Place shared a photo from the Alice in Wonderland themed event in anticipation of the event.

Rainbow Place

Rainbow Place's purpose is to celebrate life in all its colour (I thought it a beautiful description upon reading). They achieve this by helping children and young people facing tough times live life to the best of their abilities. The hospice provides specialist care, therapeutic support and counselling for children and young people affected by serious illnesses. Staff and volunteers carry out their work both in, and outside of, the facility, meaning they're out and about helping children in schools, hospitals and other community settings.

Rainbow Place

I've always felt supporting and highlighting the work of hospices was an excellent choice for the Duchess. People with life-limiting conditions and their families need not only medical support but emotional care, too. Demand for grief and loss services is growing strongly, with the hospice supporting over 512 individuals including 14 sick children and 246 grieving children and young people; of those referred, 65 children were affected by the sudden death of a loved one. One of the key aspects of Rainbow Place is the level of therapeutic support they provide families with through counselling and workshops.

Rainbow Place

Those interested in finding out more about Rainbow Place or making a donation to their cause can find all relevant information on the Rainbow Place website.

Governor-General of New Zealand

Concurrently, Prince William visited Pacific Aerospace at Hamilton airport. The company is another of New Zealand's manufacturing success stories. William toured the factory and viewed the P-750 aircraft, which is capable of extra-short take-offs and landings.

William met a very excited little girl.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were then whisked to the appropriately named town of Cambridge in the heart of Waikato's agricultural community.

The first stop was Cambridge war memorial where they paid their respects, before travelling through the city centre.

The residents of Cambridge came out in their thousands to see Their Royal Highnesses. The town's population is 18,000 - police estimate 15,000 turned out today.

Celina Edmonds Twitter Feed

During the walkabout William and Kate split up to cover both sides. The crowds chanted "We want Kate" and "William, William".

William and Kate met dignitaries and enjoyed a 15 minute lunch in the town hall with locals.

Afterwards, they travelled to New Zealand's brand new velodrome, called the Avantidrome, which Their Royal Highnesses formally opened. The couple will met a number of New Zealand's Olympic medallists, started races and viewed a BMX display.

The Duke and Duchess received a bike for Prince George.

The couple also received a cycling shirt for George.

William and Kate exchanging smiles.

They have a very natural chemistry, it's very much evident on this tour.

Kate told a member of the crowd she liked her coat but William thought it was "a bit bright". What do you think of Kate's look today?

The Duchess looked lovely in the vivid green Erdem Allie Coat (with thanks to What Kate Wore for the swift ID). The flawlessly cut bright grass-green, knee-length coat features a tab-detailed waist, and true to form the designer uses his love of floral prints - this time on the silk lining. The garment originally retailed for €1,824.

The coat is from Erdem's Pre-Fall 2013 Collection, but it is sold out everywhere, unfortunately.


Underneath, Kate wore the Budding Heart Silk Tea Dress by Suzannah (with thanks to Perth Fashion) The £475 frock is based on the brand's best selling 1930s inspired tea dress style. It's described as "a fabulous day dress" with a matt silk crepe skirt part lined in 100% habotai. The smocking detailing at the shoulder and under the bust add a wonderful vintage charm.


The British brand is a favourite of Kate's sister Pippa Middleton (which makes me think the sisters coordinated on outfit possibilities; Tory Burch is also a favourite of Pippa's which we saw Kate wearing a few days ago). Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie have also worn Suzannah's designs.

We can just about see the dress in this photo.


Kate wore her black suede Episode 'Angel' pumps.

Kate accessorised with her UFO emerald earrings.

The Duchess completed the look with her Mulberry Bayswater clutch in and her Cartier Watch.

Mulberry/Saks Fifth Avenue

When William and Kate left Cambridge, the Duchess was photographed carrying her Longchamp Le Pliage Bag. It's currently on sale in a variety of colours at Nordstrom, reduced from €112 to €89.


3 News has excellent videos and coverage as always. There's also a good one Here and a one minute roundup of Kate's visit to Rainbow Place on YouTube.

Tomorrow is a packed day for the Duke and Duchess with a number of appearances scheduled:

  • William and Kate will travel to Dunedin, where they will be welcomed by representatives of the Niga Tahu, the primary tribe of the South Island.
  • Attend Palm Services at the Cathedral Church of St Paul.
  • A public drive to Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin's rugby arena. They will watch rugby, each coach a team and face off against each other.
  • At 2 p.m. The Duke and Duchess will arrive in Queenstown, where they will visit the Amisfield Vinyard.
  • Afterwards they will experience a whitewater rafting trip for aboard a Shotover Jet. They will travel down the river joined by people employed in the tourism industry.
  • They will spend the night at a Queenstown Hotel, George will remain in Wellington with his nanny.

Did you enjoy today's events? :)

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

William and Kate Visit Cambridge, Kate Discusses New Hairstyle, William Given Babygro

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first visit to Cambridge today. The city's name was conferred by the Queen on the day of the royal wedding when Prince William became HRH The Duke of Cambridge and Kate became HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.

William and Kate travelled via train from Kings Cross Station to Cambridge this morning. It is Kate's first ever visit to Cambridge, the Duchess has never been there before.

CNN's David Wilkinson kindly shared a beautiful photo from Cambridge before William and Kate arrived.

CNN David Wilkinson Twitter

Crowds lined the streets in the hopes of meeting the couple.

CNN's David Wilkinson Twitter

The couple began a busy day of engagements with a visit to the Guildhall where huge crowds cheered as they appeared on the balcony. The church bells rang out to herald the royal visit and the rain stopped just in time.

A lovely shot of William and Kate.

Kate enjoying the view of Cambridge from the balcony.

William and Kate went on a walkabout much to the delight of the crowds. William was presented with a present of a babygro by a member of the public with a picture of a chopper and caption 'Daddy's little co-pilot' (you can watch a video of that moment here).

The couple were met by Lord Sainsbury of Turville, the Chancellor of the University, and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Leszek Borysiewicz at the senate house and were given a private introduction to the University and the Senate House.

William and Kate attended a marquee reception in the Senate House Yard where they met staff and students from all the Cambridge colleges and Kate met her father's first cousin Dr Penny Barton, a graduate tutor at Cambridge University who was among the reception guests. Dr Barton said the whole family are 'proud' of Kate.

Cambridge Flickr

Prince William made a speech at the reception and said: "This is a day Catherine and I have looked forward to for a very long time: eighteen months in fact, ever since my grandmother, the Queen, on the morning of our wedding bestowed upon us the name of this great city. We both feel enormous pride at being associated with Cambridge, a place renowned the world over for its dynamism, beauty and learning."

Cambridge University

The primary topic of conversation about Kate this week has been her new hairstyle. Many of you love her youthful fringe while others prefer her usual style. But what does Kate think of it? The Duchess revealed this morning she is unsure about her new style. Spectator Joanne Baldwin spoke to Kate during the walkabout: "I told her I loved her new hair style." She said: "I'm not sure about it. It's a bit windy today."

Rebecca English Twitter

Kate also discussed controlling "troublesome scouts" this morning when she met Jordan Wood, 17, who is the mayor of Cambridge's cadet:

'I love the position I have with the Scouts - I'm volunteering at the moment. There are lots of troublesome Cubs running around and things'.

The next stop was Jimmy's, an organisation which offers safety, security and support to the homeless. Jimmy's provides food, single en suite rooms and each year accommodates more than 300 people and provides 7,500 bedspaces. Jimmy's is named after Jim who spent much of his life homeless and spent much of his life sleeping beneath a bridge. When he died a group vowed that a permanent night shelter would be established in his name.

Following the visit to Jimmy's, William and Kate visited a local secondary school, The Manor School and their final engagement of the day was a visit to Peterborough Hospital.

Kate wrapped up in the MaxMara Studio Belli Belted Wool Coat (with thanks to British Royals) The £980 pale pink coat is a virgin wool and cashmere mix coat. It is single breasted with a funnel neck and comes with a gorgeous bow belt. A great choice, stylish and perfect for the chilly weather.

House of Fraser

Quite a few of you commented on the fact that Kate wore the belt upside down. It may have been unintentional. In a close up look at the belt we can see it's very pretty.

 Kate wore a print dress underneath.

The Duchess wore her Aquatalia by Marvin K 'Royal' Weatherproof Booties (also known as the 'Rouge'). Silvertone hardware details on the side of a weatherproof bootie fashioned with an elastic inset at the side for an easier fit. The slip-resistant rubber sole offers excellent wet-weather traction. The €326 boots are available in sizes 5 to 12.


Kate carried her brown suede clutch.

Kate kept her jewellery simple, opting to wear her understated Kiki McDonough White Topaz and Diamond Grace Stud Earrings. They are available for £695.

Kiki McDonough

William and Kate finished the day with a pub lunch at the Fort St George in Midsummer Common and enjoyed mini burgers, chips and sandwiches. They enjoyed the private lunch so much they had seconds.

Chris Havergal ICN Twitter

It has been an immensely interesting engagement and a wonderful day for the people of Cambridge who have waited over eighteen months for a visit from William and Kate. I liked the choice of engagements and I always love a royal balcony appearance :) What did you think of the visit?

You can watch a video from the walkabout at the Telegraph.

There is also a video of Kate's speech at the Natural History Museum at ITN Source.

Kate will visit her old prep school, St Andrew's in Berkshire on Friday :)

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