Remember when Kate and William were on tour in Australia and we thought they were going to go abseiling? But, they didn't? That happened today, and apparently, it was Kate's very first time! We will get to that in a bit, but let's start in order. William and Kate were in North Wales today for an "Away Day."
As Cambridge fans, we are kind of newbies with this whole concept of Away Days, but basically they are baby-tours of a various region. Not all are created equal. William and Kate have done an Away Day in Wales before, and it was really just two engagements. Today was a little more involved. The two arrived this morning, and with the Welsh flag waving, they undertook a walkabout near Caernarfon Castle:
In Caernarfon, the couple's first stop was GISDA. They saw the work the charity does for teens and young people in the area. This project is very much in William's roundhouse. Just last night, the Duke of Cambridge was the guest of honor at Centrepoint's inaugural gala. He has always had particular interest in working with disadvantaged young people.
Next, they were off to Mind. William and Kate just highlighted Mind on World Mental Health Day. Today they visited a project where Mind uses the creative arts to allow people to express themselves and the issues they face.
I know you are holding out for the abseiling, and we have arrived. The Duke & Duchess were whisked off to a centre runs by Mountain Rescue England and Wales, of which William is Patron. They shed their more formal coats and climbed into gear to repel down the side of a wall, aka, abseiling. I think people have mentioned that Kate and William did this before when they visited the rainforest on tour in South East Asia. I am no expert, but it is my understanding the two captivities are different. In that instance, they were all up in a passive manner, here, it's, well, different. Don't ask me about physical activities beyond Pilates.
Kensington Palace posted a short video of the Duchess:
The Duchess tries her hand at abseiling @mountainrescueuk in Snowdonia https://t.co/5qKuOGnVBP— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) November 20, 2015
When William and Kate participate in these kinds of events, the cute always comes out in full force. Kate teased William when she was holding his rope, saying "William, how much do you love me?"
I think the answer was, "A lot!"
The couple closed the day with a visit to Men's Shed, an organization that creates men's groups where men can have "a place . . . to escape the stress and strains of life; a safe haven to gain much needed sanity; to be surrounded by his own useful things; a place to think; to make things; to mend things; to invent…..and men the world over have done this largely on their own." This sounds so awesome. I think we live in an overly digitized world, (I say as I write a post for my virtual blog world) and we do need to unplug and reconnect. Using our senses, sight, smell, touch, to encounter actual reality is so healthy for the brain and the spirit.
Oh, and they met Money Bags Merv. ;) Caption William's face:
So, it was a good day! Kate recycled her Reiss "Angel" fit & fare, wore her trusty Rumba boots (which I love, despite relegating myself to the minority in doing so), and paired it with her citrine drops. It is certainly rare to see Kate pair one of her more formal coats with skinnies, and her Aquatalias, but she made the ensemble work for the whole day. I thought she looked gorgeous! I love this coat--it is one of my favorites--and she looks so good all bundled up in olive and back. I even think I might be coming around on turtlenecks. Maybe just the tiniest bit.