Kate Mixes Old & new for final Engagements before Maternity Leave

Kate mixed old favorites with new pieces for today’s engagements with Prince William.

Kensington Palace announced this morning these would be the last engagements for the Duchess before she starts maternity leave. Below, Kate satisfying students who welcomed the couple to the Copper Box Arena at London’s Olympic Park.

Today’s events are designed to celebrate the Commonwealth as part of the ramp-up to the April Commonwealth Heads of government Meeting (CHOGM) in London. The very first engagement was with SportsAid.

Prince William played some wheelchair basketball with athletes hoping to contend at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

More from the Newham Recorder:

The royals watched a wheelchair basketball session before satisfying the players, including television presenter Ade Adepitan, who won a Paralympic bronze at Athens in 2004.

Prince William then had a go at the sport himself, taking three attempts to web a basketball from a wheelchair as his spouse Kate, who is due to provide birth to the couple’s third kid in the next few weeks, watched on.

Perhaps the Duchess is offering a few tips….?

Kate as well as William likewise spent time speaking with the athletes.

Back to the Recorder story:

Annually, SportsAid supports a lot more than 1,000 athletes, generally teenagers, with money towards training as well as competing costs.

The charity likewise helps establish other crucial skills for expert athletes by providing media training, nutritional recommendations as well as performance way of life guidance.

There was a quiz this morning testing everyone’s understanding of the Commonwealth.

The second stop was at St. Luke’s Trust, a neighborhood center located in Clerkenwell, London. Simon Perry of people posted this video of the couple arriving as well as being provided a posy by 4-year-old Rhea Richards.

Kate as well as William spent time with those who utilize the center.

Kate seemed to be enjoying herself at both engagements today; this video from Rebecca English shows her wrapping up a conversation with visitors at the center.

Kensington Palace reports the center “provides services as well as activities for locals, including a fully-equipped cookery school, which runs neighborhood classes on healthy, house cooking & avoiding great waste.” The Duke as well as Duchess helped prepare a Commonwealth huge Lunch while at the center.

Overseen by The Eden Project, huge Lunches are community events normally taking place between Commonwealth Day as well as the begin of the Commonwealth Heads of government Meeting.

The Eden job posted a video of the royals at work in the kitchen.

This was vintage Kate: relaxed, laughing, enjoying herself.  

The everyday Mail’s Rebecca English posted a video of Kate chatting with Yolanda from Bolivia; the Duchess spoke about exactly how much Prince George as well as Princess Charlotte love making pizza dough as well as getting their hands messy.

Now to what Kate wore at today’s engagements.

Many instantly recognized the Goat Redgrave coat. The collarless style has an A-line silhouette as well as is made of heavy crepe wool; there are concealed buttons on the front closure.The Duchess was in a new piece from a preferred retailer, Hobbs London. The style is called the Rosie, as well as it is available at Hobbs online ($165), as well as selling quickly, as one would expect.

A look at Kate in the top, this picture is likewise by means of Rebecca English.

Made from 100% rayon, the Rosie features a little floral print, squared boat neckline, as well as three-quarter sleeves with a notch at the cuff.  Our thanks to Annabelle Gonzalez for her speedy ID of the top.

The Rosie is still available in restricted sizes as well as at vastly different prices at the complying with retailers:

The top is offered at Bloomingdale’s for $165

The piece is just $70 on the John Lewis US site

On the next site the piece is £79; the retailer is taking orders for UK sizes 10 as well as 12 with shipment in “2 to 3 weeks”

At Debenhams the Rosie is £44.10, about $63

The print is likewise offered in the Dana Silk Scarf (£35, about $50); we show the piece at Debenhams.

The print was likewise utilized for the Rosie Dress; we show it at Bloomingdale’s, where it is $270. The frock is also offered at Debenhams, where it is £71, approximately $100. 

Kate’s jeans are not yet IDed. It’s possible she is wearing the jeans very firstseen at a Brooklyn Nets game in 2014. 

This view shows Kate’s jeans in 2014 (L as well as R) as well as those worn today (C).

I’m still looking for extra photos that may assist us much better figure out if the Duchess was in the exact same trousers worn when visiting new York, or if it is a pair we’ve not previously seen.  

UPDATE MAR 30: A WKW Facebook buddy suggests the jeans are by Topshop, saying they are either the label’s Jamie or Joni style. 

Kate carried her trusty Bayswater Wallet Clutch by Mulberry.

We saw the return of the Stuart Weitzman ‘Power’ pumps in black suede.

The Duchess wore her Annoushka Pearl Drops as well as Kiki McDonough hoops.

Kate wore her hair down.

As with the Duchess’s previous maternity leaves, we will continue with blog posts. I’m excited that we’ll have time to cover some of the topics suggested right here as well as likewise on the Facebook page.   


The everyday Mail’s story is here; the evening basic protection is here

PopSugar’s gallery is here; the Fug Girls slideshow is here


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