Thursday, 7 November 2019

The Cambridges Attend National Emergencies Trust Launch

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stepped out this morning for the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-fields, London. 


The engagement was initially announced as a solo appearance for William. On Tuesday, Kensington Palace confirmed Kate would be joining her husband. Following their tour of Pakistan, the Cambridges spent half-term break at their country home Anmer Hall. During their time there, Kate was spotted at a nearby Sainsburys for a spot of Halloween shopping with George and Charlotte.


The scale of several dreadful tragedies in the UK in 2017 including the Grenfell fire and terrorist attacks in Manchester and London led the Charity Commission to convene a number of organisations, charitable bodies and leading figures on the ground to establish a means of responding to national emergencies as quickly and effectively as possible. The intensity of 2017 led to the stark realisation proper measures were not in place to co-ordinate the public response to domestic emergencies. The answer was to come together and create the National Emergencies Trust. It will operate independently of government.


The trust will work collaboratively with charities and other bodies to direct public donations to NET appeals, and to distribute funds fairly and efficiently at the time of a national emergency. The concept of a collaborative approach to public emergency response has been proven by the Disasters Emergency Committee, which has been responding to overseas disasters for more than 50 years, and will be applied by the NET to domestic emergencies.


The Telegraph reports:

'Last month, it was revealed that 16 fraudsters who posed as people affected by the inferno that killed 72 people falsely claimed a total of £775,000 from the Grenfell victims' fund, with police only recovering £24,000.
The trust said that multiple charitable appeals following a disaster could leave the public feeling overwhelmed.
General Lord Dannatt, the chairman of the new trust and a former Chief of the General Staff, said of the response in 2017: "The general public were very generous and most of the money that was raised went to the right causes and the right people, but not everything went as it should have done.
"The Charity Commission challenged charities in the voluntary and community sector to come up with a more efficient and collaborative way of working together in response to any future tragedy."

The Duke and Duchess met a group of people affected by the Grenfell Tower Fire and Westminster Bridge terror attacks. Shortly after the horrific fire, William joined the Queen to meet residents and later participated in a DIY SOS project to support those in the area. Those in the UK will know it's been a painful time for those who lost loved ones and their homes in the fire. Phase one findings of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry were shared just over a week ago. The report found "serious shortcomings" and "systematic failures" in response to the fire. While the findings praised the courage of the London Fire Brigade, it was highly critical of their response with a number of recommendations suggested moving forward. The report found the principal reason the fire spread was aluminium composite cladding filled with plastic used on the exterior of the building. It led to a barrage of media coverage and political commentary. As I watched it all unfold last week, I couldn't help but think of the families who are still coming to terms with the unimaginable horror they endured and how deeply impactful the inquiry is for them.


The Duke and Duchess met representatives from the emergency services, NGOs, and some of the NET’s charitable partners.


Kate was particularly taken by a dog trained to assist during emergencies.


During a speech Prince William said: "Catherine and I are very pleased to be here today at the launch of the National Emergencies Trust. The UK is one of the most generous countries in the world in helping those in need and giving to charity. We all know the important role that the Disasters Emergency Committee plays in channelling the British public’s extraordinary generosity to respond to disasters overseas. It is therefore only fitting that a new, national charity is able to fulfill the same function when tragedy strikes at home."


William's continued:

'Just now and on previous occasions, it has been humbling to speak to survivors of the London Bridge and Manchester attacks, the Cumbria floods, the Grenfell Tower fire and other disasters here in the UK.
Their stories are as heart-breaking as they are inspiring. Their resilience and strength are deeply humbling. In talking to survivors, I’ve always been inspired to hear about the help they were offered by people and organisations acting on their own initiative with immediate and heartfelt compassion. This empathy is both natural, and remarkable.
Whenever and wherever disaster strikes here in the UK, this country has a unique way of pulling together. From the people who donate their blood, to the children who empty their piggy banks, to the families that set aside a bedroom in their home. The way that local communities support those affected shows the very best of our values and human nature.
But in the wake of tragedy, managing and channelling the public’s desire to help can prove tricky. I saw this for myself on the ground in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire. I therefore fully support what you are doing here today.
I’m impressed about how willing the charity sector has been to learn the lessons from previous responses, and to ensure that the quickest and most appropriate support is offered to those affected.
I commend the Charity Commission for initiating this work, and all the charities in the voluntary and community sector for coming together so successfully. Your cooperation is admirable. The result is an organisation that you helped to design, that draws on all your strengths, and is warmly welcomed. 
I am very pleased that the National Emergencies Trust now stands ready to provide a structured, organised response to help people right across the UK in the event of a domestic disaster.
Many thanks to the whole team behind the Trust for all their hard work ahead of the launch. We all dread the day when you are needed. But I know that, like everyone here, I am glad that you now exist.'

If you would like to donate to the National Emergencies Trust please click here.


A video from the engagement.


Afterwards, the Duchess undertook a private engagement as she visited the BBC Children's and Education Team ahead of Anti-Bullying Week. It is understood she met with the BBC's Director General, The Lord Hall of Birkenhead. Reporter Russell Myers noted something "very interesting" is in the pipeline and we'll hear more about it next year. I expect it's possibly a Royal Foundation initiative that may be tied to her early years and mental health work. Speaking of early years, we can expect to hear more about Kate's project in the coming weeks.


Does Kate's dress look familiar? The Duchess wore the Emilia Wickstead 'Kate' dress in navy.


Kate owns the piece in lavender and debuted it during an official visit to Germany. She brought it back last autumn for the Global Ministerial Health Summit.


It became so popular, the designer released it in three colours, aptly named 'Kate'. The £1,420 piece is described as "Emilia Wickstead's wool-crepe Kate dress is an elegantly versatile choice for the social season. It's tailored in the UK with a flattering boat neckline and long darts throughout the front and back of the bodice, then lined with black crepe to ensure a smooth fit." Kate added a belt by the designer to complete her look today.


Kate carried her limited edition ‘Blue Heart’ clutch in black croc. It is described as "a beautiful collaboration between Aspinal of London and Beulah using Beulah’s iconic blue heart print on the interior lining. The Blue Heart clutch is a grown up classic with a timelessly elegant silhouette that works effortlessly and includes Aspinal of London’s distinctive signature shield lock clasp. The intricate metal chain is in a gold finish and adds to the functionality allowing the clutch to be held in the hand or elegantly draped over the shoulder.

The Duchess debuted a fabulous pair of Jimmy Choo Romy 85 Patent Leather pumps. They are available in multiple colours for $850 at Net-A-Porter.


And accessorised with her sapphire and diamond earrings.


Coincidentally, a reader messaged me earlier this week to suggest the Women of the First World War brooch from the poppy collection as an ideal choice for Kate to wear this week. The Duchess obviously had the same thought and chose the special £30 piece today. It is still in stock at the Poppy Shop.


The Duchess has several engagements coming up including two events for Remembrance week.

9 November - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will join members of the royal family for the annual Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall.
10 November - Remembrance Sunday
15 November - The Duchess of Cambridge, Royal Patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, will visit the charity’s new hospice ‘The Nook’ on Friday 15th November to meet children and families being supported by EACH, tour the hospice, and unveil a plaque to officially open the building.
18 November - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend the Royal Variety Performance at the Palladium Theatre, London, held in aid of the Royal Variety Charity.

I'll see you Saturday evening for the Festival of Remembrance. It begins at 7 pm. It's always a beautifully organised and moving night.

53 comments:

  1. Ooh it’s my favorite color on her! I love it!

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  2. Oh wow! Her hair looks amazing. Love the color on her.

    Sharyn—USA

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  3. Very happy to see Kate join William at this event. Kate's look today is giving me Mary Tyler Moore and Jackie Kennedy vibes, simple, classic, and elegant. A great work look and very appropriate for the occasion. Her poppy pin is a favorite of mine and a nice addition. She and William compliment each other very well today. Her hair is absolutely beautiful!! cc

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    1. Zora from Prague7 November 2019 at 19:46

      Ditto CeCe! Happy to see them both.

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    2. CeCe I totally agree and love the Mary Tyler Moore and Jackie Kennedy thought. So true! You’re right, her hair is absolutely beautiful!! I love the color and the style. To me she is getting more beautiful as she ages. Classy and stunning.

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    3. Zora from Prague8 November 2019 at 19:46

      Joanne, I also think that Kate is getting more beautiful with age. When I compare her look 10 years ago and now, I think now she is prettier and more elegant. Her features have become gentler and more attractive. I think she is really one of those women who look better at 40 than at 25. William is lucky! 😉

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    4. Zora, I think you’re right. When comparing looks from 10 years back to now, I too think she is prettier and more elegant. I really love her hair color and style now. When I look at the older pic of her in the lavender dress, hair darker and parted in the middle...I just don’t think it’s as flattering as what she’s doing now. I like it lighter and on the side. It softens her face and I think makes her glow! Yes, William is lucky! 😉

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    5. Zora, I think she was gorgeous from 20 on and one of those lucky people who age wonderfully. She just has great features and a vey expressive face that tends to look lovely no matter the age. Plus lets be real the money to spend on great hair, facial and clothing, not to mention exercise, which actually she has always been athletic which helps everyone in the aging department.

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    6. Joanne and Zora I completely agree!! Kate is getting more beautiful with age. Her features are gentler and there is a timeless grace to her beauty. She is very beautiful inside and out, and it shows. William is indeed lucky! cc

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  4. The best colour on Kate, she always looks especially beautiful in these rich blue shades.

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  5. Very typical work uniform for her. I like that she's wearing patent leather pumps -- I was getting a little tired of suede.

    I don't like the big blowout hair with the frosted blonde highlights however. It just looks a little too 80's Dynasty to me.

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    1. That's just one picture with her hair blowing as she walks. Other pics dont look so big.

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  6. Charlotte-- I am sure you already know this, but might it be possible that Kate's clutch is the Aspinal x Beulah Blue Heart Black Croc Clutch?

    I am excited to see more of the event!!

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    1. Hell Elise,

      I meant to get back to you yesterday, you were spot on about the clutch, thank you!

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  7. very happy that she join her husband on trip she always beautiful in thag blue shades she definelly doing looks simply but elegant look ..

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  8. Interesting both Meghan and Kate both wore blue today happens so often makes me wonder if it’s intentional

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    1. Can I say I never bought into they coordinate outfits, but I think WOW, too much of a coincidence. I love blue and black on them....Also the name of a movie that happens to be out right now starring Naomie Harris who happens to be British (o.k., that was too much-I know:))

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    2. Any other colors, one could argue it to be intentional...but Kate wears blue so often that it could very easily be a coincidence.

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    3. Blue is by far the colour we see them the most in. And (sadly) the black blue combination is not unusual. I do believe they coordinate outfits whenever there is more than one royal lady at an engagemnt together but especially in this case there weren't many options available. Black would be seen as too somber and darker shades of blue are serious enough but feel more relaxed. Harry and Wiliam wear blue suits all the time and I don't think Kate has ever eorn black when Wiliam wore blue or the other way round.
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  9. Wow Kate looks fabulous And William As handsome as ever Great see both of them supporting a good cause And as usual so regal and professional Love these 2 Love the colour of Kates outfit It really suits her

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  10. Very pretty color -- I suppose she had tons of blue dresses already but this one is a beautiful shade! I'm sure we'll see it in the future, perhaps under a coat. The Trust sounds like a very good project! Unfortunately, it is needed.

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  11. A very pretty dress. I love the way the skirt flows. And a gorgeous shade of blue! The style reminds me very much of the Emilia Wickstead lavender dress that Kate wore on the last day of the Poland/Germany tour in 2017. I like the patent leather pumps, too. Has Kate ever worn patent leather before? I agree with Ivy Lin: I'm not a big fan of the lighter highlights in her hair. I wish Kate would go back to the rich brunette shades she was known for.

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  12. Perfect choice for a day of work that we can all relate to. Her hair is fabulous. Hopefully, she will keep her hands off her hair not to flatten the puff. I'm beginning to think it is a nervous habit that she does without thought.

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  13. So beautiful! Reminds me of the dress she wore for their engagement announcement.

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    1. I was thinking this too! Especially withe the black accessories.

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  14. From that one picture, I can only comment "perfect in every way!"
    She is always so put together.

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  15. Like Kate's hair today. Love her black patent pumps. I find that they are a great staple, and I always have a pair in my own closet. In my mother's day, they were popular in the summer, but now they are all season! The Queen certainly wears hers a lot!

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  16. The third picture of Kate is one of the best. Gorgeous dress and in her favourite tone of blue. Can’t wait to see more this weekend!

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  17. She looks wonderful. Love the dress on her and the addition of the belt. Her hair looks very pretty and the shoes are gorgeous. Overall a perfect look for the day.

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  18. She looks amazing. This color really works for her. Love it.

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  19. Kate and William both look so beautiful/handsome for this important occasion. I was so pleased to see that she would be joining him today. Your information about this dress being the same as the lavender one is so interesting. I would never have realized it without you pointing that out. Thanks for the great post, Charlotte. AnneHH

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  20. I am not surprised that Kate bought the same dress in blue color. It 's her hue and also that kind of dress fits her perfectly. New belt changes a bit of apperance of the dress.
    Opening emergency center in this time seems to be the most appropiate.

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  21. Kate looks lovely today, love the dress. I am excited to see what projects may be launching next year.

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  22. Gorgeous as always!! Such a dapper couple! She is always so elegant and the color of that blue looks magnificent on her. ❤️

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  23. Great cause! Loved the blue outfit and jewels! An amazing couple! XOXOXOX

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  24. I think this outfit illustrates the importance of shoes. This is a nice but very typical Kate outfit. But the addition of black patent leather just gave the outfit a bit of pizazz that wouldn't have been there had she worn her typical suede pumps, especially the brown socks. I know Kate isn't a shoe person but shoes do add so much to the outfit!

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  25. The Duchess looks beautiful. Colour of dress is gorgeous. The length and flow of the dress is perfect. Love the accessories, shoes and handbag. Sapphire and diamond earrings are the perfect finishing touch.

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  26. Kate is really coming into her own style-wise. She looks elegant and poised and comfortable! I think this outfit checks all the boxes!

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  27. Tammy from California8 November 2019 at 04:15

    A:Hair: AMAZING
    B: Love the royal blue color of her dress
    C: LOVED seeing all the different colored fall leaves in the wet street in the first picture :)

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  28. kate's dress is chic! however she looks tired. i mean she is entitled to im not criticizing her i'd look exhausted with her schedule
    thanks charlotte for another great post

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  29. Class acts! The two of them are amazing.

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  30. Renee from South Africa8 November 2019 at 06:36

    Luv her hair!!! And I agree that she always looks so elegant and poised. Is it just me, or is her eyes looking tired today?

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  31. Patent shoes made me think about Royalfan. Those who have been here remember her, she hasn't posted for a while. She was always wishing for patent shoes on Kate, it took 9 years to see her wish fulfilled. I hope she enjoys it, and hope also that she is well.

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  32. Sadly, I really really don't like the look. I didn't think the lavender dress (colour and cut) was flattering and the blue one isn't better either. This would have been a great possibility too repeat one of her many blue dresses/coats/coat dresses. People excused her many similar additions to her wardrobe with "building up a wardrobe" but in the last year I really start to wonder when she stops adding and finally brings her wardrobe to good use. There are undoubtedly engagemnts where new clothes are a must, and some of them won't be repeated and that is fine. Part of the job. And obviously it's nice to see something new from time to time, but engagemnts like this are a great way to repeat (the public loves repeats).
    I also have to say that I find her highlights pretty unflattering. The cut/blowout and the colour age her. The clour clashes with this shade of blue (the highlights look very yellow against it).
    But I love how she seems to enjoy her engagemnts again. She had lost her spark for some time in my opinion but she is back and looks more involved and relaxed than ever.
    C.

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    1. I agree C. I loved her hair a bit darker with the caramel highlights - as in the Global Ministerial Health Summit photo above right. That color was perfection. There was more contrast, looked more rich and honestly natural.

      I always enjoy the interaction between William and Kate on these engagements. They seem to have such a strong friendship, respect, and bond. They are a joy to watch.

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    2. I love her hair style the color is hard...I am not as dark as her natural but to work with the grey is really hard. If anyone asked me, I would say stop pretending its your natural color and go her true dark shade with blond high lights to help with the grey, but...I know for a fact that means way more salon visits, the look she has chosen is much easier to maintain.

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  33. Style-wise, a stunning and becoming colour - a perfect fit, but a tad ... safe, or even boring.

    It's like a one-way street - nothing is thrown at her style-wise, or challenges her, and so she spends a fortune on pretty, but similar looking dresses and coats, and a hairdo that's an up-market version of her uni years.

    Nothing important - just an observation.

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    1. I think it is a smart way to go for her work.

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  34. Caroline in Montana8 November 2019 at 17:07

    I think she looks beautiful. love the cut of this dress and the hem moves in such a lovely way. think the belt was a nice addition, love the neckline. I too like the patent leather shoes. her hair is really growing on me actually, looking at the older photos and it looks really dark. This new trust is exciting and hopefully can help so many people. Nice to see them together. Really looking forward to the weekend! Thanks Charlotte.

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  35. Beautiful and graceful. She looks fantastic and sophisticated. I feel proud of her and William, that's kind of silly, I know, but also I think maybe a lot of us feel that on behalf of Diana.

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  36. The Duchess looks lovely. It is good to see these two together. Lovely couple. Thanks Charlotte. I enjoyed reading the info about the new Trust.

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  37. She looks lovely - I just wish she’d pull her hair back so we could see the poppy properly.

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