Tuesday, 25 February 2020

The Duchess In Bouclé Eponine London For 'Dear Evan Hansen' Performance

It was an evening on the West End for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge! The couple visited the Noël Coward Theatre for a special performance of 'Dear Evan Hansen', which was held in aid of The Royal Foundation.


The Cambridges spent last week with the children in Norfolk over George and Charlotte's half term break from Thomas's Battersea. In his role as patron of the Welsh Rugby Union, William travelled to Cardiff on Saturday to watch the team in a Six Nations match. Speaking to former player Rhian Roberts, he said the family had been lambing during the week. "We’ve been lambing with the children this week. Charlotte wasn’t sure at first but George was straight in there. Louis loves the tractors. They love seeing the lambs and feeding the lambs." We've heard Kate speak quite a bit about the importance of spending time outdoors with the children and her love of country life. During her conversation with Giovanna Fletcher she revealed she is happiest when "I’m with my family outside in the countryside and we’re all filthy dirty." Kate added she has found "a new enjoyment out of life" since becoming a mum. She's dedicated to giving her own children all the same experiences she had growing up in leafy Berkshire, which is why spending school holidays at Anmer is so important to them.


The Tony award-winning musical tells the story of a boy who is "struggling to connect in our hyperconnected world". "More from the official website: "A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. Both deeply personal and profoundly contemporary, Dear Evan Hansen is a new musical about life and the way we live it."


The cast performing a rendition of 'You Will Be Found', an inspiring song from the musical.


The Washington Post described it as "One of the most remarkable shows in musical theatre history". It's playing at the Noël Coward Theatre until late June.


Kensington Palace said: "The musical spans generations and has been credited with helping to start important conversations about mental health between parents and teenagers. The issue of mental health is a key priority for The Royal Foundation which works to tackle the stigma and encourage more people to talk openly about their mental health. Shout 85258, a free and confidential 24/7 UK text messaging helpline that supports people in crisis and was developed by The Royal Foundation, is one of four not-for-profit partners of the show which provide mental health resources to audiences and beyond." Cast member Marcus Harman is already acquainted with the Duke and Duchess - he
performed at Shout's crisis volunteer celebration last November.


More from the Palace:

'The Duke of Cambridge is currently spearheading Heads Up, a season-long campaign which uses the influence and popularity of football to show the nation that mental health is just as important as physical health. It follows on from the Heads Together campaign which convened eight charity partners with one voice, encouraged more people in Britain to talk openly about mental health than ever before, and led to more people accessing services as a result.
The Royal Foundation is also supporting efforts to provide children with the best possible start in life, recognising that with greater focus on the early years, we can better provide solid social and emotional platforms for children to make them healthier and more resilient later in life.
In January, the Duchess of Cambridge launched a nationwide survey on the early years – ‘5 big questions on the under 5s’. Conducted by Ipsos MORI, it aims to spark the biggest ever conversation on early childhood that will ultimately help bring about lasting change for generations to come. The survey follows eight years of work by the Duchess of Cambridge in which she has explored how experiences in early childhood often lie at the root of the hardest social challenges the country faces today.'

William and Kate met members of the cast backstage.


Hello! reports:

'In a programme note, William said: "Catherine and I are delighted to join you this evening for a special charity performance of Dear Evan Hansen at the Noel Coward Theatre. One of the issues that we care passionately about is mental health and we are pleased that Dear Evan Hansen is helping to start important conversations between parents and teenagers about this important subject. Through initiatives including Heads Together and Heads Up, the Royal Foundation is helping tackle the stigma and change the conversation around mental health.
"We are particularly proud that Shout, a mental health support service launched by the Royal Foundation, is one of four not-for-profit partners of Dear Evan Hansen providing mental health resources to audiences of the show. As we look to the future, we will continue to deliver ambitious change and genuine, sustainable solutions to some of the biggest challenges we face - including the environment and ensuring young people get the best possible start in life."

A group photo.


The Noël Coward Theatre, formerly known as the Albery Theatre, opened in 1903 as the New Theatre. The building was designed by architect W. G. R. Sprague with an exterior in the classical style and an interior in the Rococo style. Following extensive refurbishments, it reopened in 2006 as the Noël Coward Theatre. Below, in 1905 and 2009.


Coward was one of Britian's greatest playwrights and actors. Many of his works remain hugely popular in theatre repertoire. Below, Coward and Gertrude Lawrence in the 1931 production of Private Lives on Broadway.


In 1983, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton took on the roles of Amanda and Elyot in Private Lives. In recent times, a revival at the Vaudeville Theatre in London starred Matthew McFayden and Kim Cattrall. Coward is also known for Hay Fever, Design For Living and Blithe Spirit. The classic 1945 romantic drama Brief Encounter was based on the playwright's 1936 one-act play Still Life.


A wave from the Duchess as she was leaving.


A wrap up video from the night.

The Duchess was elegant in a black bouclé dress with a pointed collar and pleated skirt from Eponine London's Autumn/Winter 2018 Collection.


Kate's piece is a bespoke version with different buttons and collar detail.


The womenswear brand is inspired by the timeless lines of the fifties and sixties. Founded by designer Jet Shenkman, Eponine was born from her passion for clothes with a unique, relaxed silhouette. Jet’s years of styling experience have equipped her with an expert eye for precision and an innate understanding of the female form. Every garment is designed and made in London for women who seek out individuality and who desire to be both chic and contemporary. Kate's worn their designs on several occasions. 


The Duchess teamed the dress with her fabulous Jimmy Choo Romy silver glitter pumps.


Kate accessorised with the Jimmy Choo Ellipse clutch.


And completed the look with the Queen's chandelier diamond earrings. We've seen Kate wearing them on multiple occasions over the years.


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In other news, the Duke and Duchess will undertake their first official visit to Ireland next week. We may not see the full itinerary until much closer to the visit (or potentially on the day they arrive). Yesterday, KP revealed the couple will spend the three-day trip in Dublin, Meath, Kildare and Galway.

'The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will undertake an official visit to Ireland between Tuesday 3rd March and Thursday 5th March, at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
The visit, which will see Their Royal Highnesses spend time in Dublin, County Meath, County Kildare and Galway, will highlight the many strong links between the UK and Ireland.
From its thriving cities to rural communities, the programme will take in Ireland’s rich culture, its impactful community initiatives and spectacular scenery. Following Her Majesty The Queen’s historic visit in 2011, the visit will also focus on the relationship between the two countries, and build on the theme of remembrance and reconciliation.
During the three-day tour, The Duke and Duchess will learn about local organisations working to support and empower young people and projects which provide opportunities to help them develop important life skills. Their Royal Highnesses will also hear more about Ireland’s conservation initiatives and efforts to protect its environment, with a particular focus on sustainable farming and marine conservation.
2020 will see Galway host the European Capital of Culture on behalf of Ireland – a showcase of events highlighting the richness and diversity of Irish culture, art and sport. During their time in Galway, The Duke and Duchess will have the opportunity to experience a taste of modern and traditional Irish culture for themselves.
Throughout the visit, Their Royal Highness will meet a broad range of people, including the President, the Taoiseach and senior political leaders, children and young people, and those working in the creative arts, business and charity sectors.
The UK’s links with Ireland are extensive, and The Duke and Duchess are looking forward to building a lasting friendship with the Irish people.'

I'm very much looking forward to seeing the itinerary, it should be a very interesting visit. Before that, we'll see Kate tomorrow for a a SportsAid event dedicated to celebrating the role that parents and guardians play in their child’s sporting success.

44 comments:

  1. Oh, her makeup is fantastic (love the shade of lipstick and the eyeliner). The hint of sparkle in the suit glams it up for an evening event, but the shoes (and clutch) are a bit too glitzy for this look. IMHO.

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    1. I agree with you! I would love to see an update discussion about her makeup- haven’t seen a list of what she is using since her wedding

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  2. It's different but i like it! The whole look is very attractive.

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  3. Kate looks great! The dress is elegant, bouclé suits her. Looking forward to more pictures! Thank you, Charlotte!

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    1. Agree, Kate looks great!! Absolutely love the boucle dress and Kate's hair and makeup are en pointe. While I love the shoes and the bag, not really a fan of it with this dress. Interested to read more about the performance, seems it is relevant and fitting play for the Foundation to support. cc

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    2. Her hair and makeup did look beautiful -- she looked even lovelier than usual.

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    3. Totally agree; her hair and makeup were on point! 👍🏻

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    4. She is always on point! Class act!

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  4. I love boucle and the look of texture. Although I like Kate's shoes and bag I do not think they are best worn with this particular fashion statement. Glitz and glamour are not words I would associate with boucle and that is the look of her accessories. I more often then not see boucle in suits, dresses and jackets worn during day events or office engagements. Unfortunately Kates curls are a step back and a big miss for me. The overall combo of fabric, accessories and hair is not a fashion statement given much thought in my opinion.

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    1. This is our future Queen, and she looks exquisite!

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    2. Caroline in Montana26 February 2020 at 17:19

      I agree, the clutch could have been used and gone better with different shoes. the sparkly accessories do not seem to go with this dress. love her makeup!

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  5. I like the whole look. The shoes are unexpected and look great.

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  6. I have seen Evan Hansen when it first came to Broadway. I am sure it was selected for Kate to see based on the theme of a young man who has social anxiety and the lengths he goes to be accepted. It is a wonderful production and I am curious to read if Kate comments on it and relates it to the work she is trying to put her name to. Interesting enough all the young kids who have seen it have the same comment that it was just not believable or relevant in the school systems they attend. All agreed that a student like Evan would have quickly been discovered and help and a sense of security offered. I found their thoughts to be very interesting and the fact that they were not taken in as total truth being portrayed on stage when they compared it to their reality very interesting and telling in the world they live in today on a daily basis. It is wonderful that young children are so much smarter then we often given them credit for regardless of their background.

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  7. Hmm I like the look of this suit. I notice Kate is favoring a very long, straight silhouette with
    a drop waist recently as opposed to the A-lines she wore for so many years. I thought the A-line was more flattering but this straight silhouette is in fashion so ...

    i'm really glad she's going to Dear Evan Hansen. It's a great musical that deals with a lot of difficult childhood/parenting issues so it goes well with Kate's childhood initiative. It's also just a good musical.

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  8. I like all the individual pieces she's wearing but I don't think they go together. However she looks radiant and it's lovely to see her.

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  9. I like the dress and her hair.

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  10. She looks fantastic!! Glowy and fabulous. I have no complaints. Love love Kate.

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  11. Oh dear. The combination of this dress with these shoes and clutch. The shape of the dress, or lack thereof. I'm on the struggle bus with this look.....

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    1. Caroline in Montana26 February 2020 at 17:22

      I am with you Rita. there is just something slightly off about the dress. I do like it but its almost shapelessness combined with the over glammy clutch and shoes are keeping me on the fence on this one. Id like to see the dress again but with different accessories. I think the clutch was ok but the shoes should have been different. love her hair and makeup! and just love seeing them together anytime:)

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  12. Oooh she looks so pretty!

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  13. Love all the individual pieces. If i saw the fabric in person might like the shoes and bag with it, not sure, the suit does have the sparkly buttons. What does not work for me are the earrings. The are very pretty but too light and frilly for the fabric of the suit, at least from the photos it looks a bit off. But she and William look lovely and all those pieces would be great to wear so I would be tempted also:).

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  14. Thanks, Charlotte. Look forward to the full post.

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  15. I would want to see a better picture of the boucle before negatively commenting. It appears a silver threading runs through it. With the buttons, earrings, and clutch, the shoes look awesome. The hair is loosely curled and attractive and the makeup well done! Love her in anything!

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    1. Agree Shella, are to tell when you can not see the fabric in person.

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  16. Beautiful as usual, and the silver accessories are a great choice. They both look rested and happy after their vacation with their children, much deserved break. Thanks Charlotte for this quick post. I always enjoy the pictures and comments.

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  17. You can never be too overdressed
    After all,she is our Future Kings wife,so she can wear what she pleases👌

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  18. Hurray for glittering shoes and glorious hair! She looks beautiful and happy.

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  19. Though Kate looks lovely as always, I, too associate boucle with more of a day look. It was a tricky event to dress for as it is in the evening, but everyone else was dressed so casual. Kate tried to lift the dress into evening wear with the accessories and the buttons. I think understanding that makes it the choices more understandable.

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    1. The very casually dressed people are the actors in the production! Other guests are more formally dressed.

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    2. Thanks IntriguedByRoyals, I thought I was the only one, but I totally agree. I think the shoes & clutch bring out the sparkle in both the buttons & the subtle sparkle threading in the boucle. This look is pitch perfect for me! :)

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    3. +1, IntriguedByRoyals and Anon 15:51!

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  20. Wow, just listened to the song "You Will Be Found"....very inspiring and heart warming to hear the words, the voices, the message, and the interaction of this group singing. Quite touching. cc

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  21. Not my favorite at all, but since it is Kate I can be very forgiving.

    It’s refreshing to know that no matter what Kate gives it her best and I admire her for that.

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  22. I like the textures of the boucle and the glittery shoes and clutch. I think it works to make this an evening look. The style of this dress is one of my favorite classics.

    This play sounds wonderful and of course anything that supports the cause is great to hear about.

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  23. So many great points about the material and combination with the earrings, shoes and clutch.
    I will admit, I am surprisingly fond of the ensemble even though I tend to agree with the other opinions. While I experience serious hair envy with Kate I do also agree that she has her hair down too often. It sometimes drowns the look. Today it balances out the heavy material in my opinion.
    A-line skirts have been, not out of fashion, but out of the trend for some time now. I like them but I notice that I tend to see them a pretty girly. Interesting how the mainstream shapes ones perception sometimes. If you think of the reception for the Africa summit- Sophie looks lovely but not as sophisticated/serious as the other woman. An A-line is not the silhouette that stands for business or professional day wear at the moment.
    I do hope she will continue to repeat her a-line skirts and coats but my guess is we will see lots of new straight line clothing.
    C.

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  24. I agree that the accessories are not in tune with the dress, which looks more like office wear. I also find her make up off - she looks better with a bit more contrast, as low contrast can be aging. And I really hope she goes back to darker, and longer, hair.. not a fan of the waves too. I have the impression Kate was a bit, I don't know, off, maybe feeling a little unwell? She also seems stiff in some pictures. Anyway, lovely initiative and very fitting for William's and her work!

    Camilla

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  25. Wow Kate looks fabulous I like the whole look The shoes and bag for me just add that extra glitz to the outfit Making it chic xx

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  26. Thanks for the lovely post, Charlotte. It’s great to see William & Kate hitting their stride; both personally & professionally. They look so happy & seem really passionate about reducing the stigma of mental health & encouraging people to talk. I like their fresh, modern approach in tackling this massive problem in our society.

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  27. As someone who suffers with depression and anxiety, I am so grateful for all the work that Kate & William (and Harry) put in to address mental health issues and bring them into the open. I’d love to see this play. I am loving the increased Kate appearances and I also love the suit and the sparkly shoes ..... just not together! Annie, UK

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  28. I actually really like this look. I was sure at first. But with the silver thread in the dress and the sparkly buttons, I think the accessories match perfectly. And who doesn't love glitter?! I also don't understand the criticism of her hair. It's always lovely.

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  29. the duchess looks fab and the duke of cambridge totally notch out suporting the play i really applaud the duke and duchess cambridge and harry in taking a stride in mental health issue ..

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  30. MizBev in Colorado26 February 2020 at 16:18

    I love this dress. It is really beautiful and very feminine. I also thought her makeup was great as well. Me being my boring old self would have worn black accessories, but that is just me. The sparkle does take the whole outfit up a notch. You go girl.

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  31. At first I agreed with everyone that the shoes & purse were to much with the boucle dress but in looking at the fabric close-up & with the buttons I think if we saw this in person it would look great, coordinated & kind of artsy! Oh but she does look lovely! Like Azaluckyj said who doesn't like to sparkle!

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  32. I'm not a fan of this matronly look but I am so proud of the work they are doing. I wish Harry still worked with them together to combat mental health stigma. Thanks Charlotte

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