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Helicopter Whisks Duchess of Cambridge To Pottery Factory and Children's Centre

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Kate has been on a crafting streak, and today she continued it with a visit to a pottery factory where she painted a bit, and learned more about the process that brings about Emma Bridgewater crockery. The Princess flew from London in the Queen's helicopter to visit the Stoke-on-Trent factory today.


Kate was promoting the collection she helped facilitate and, apparently, even collaborated on, although the extent of her involvement is not entirely defined. We already saw the pottery last month when Kate inspected it at EACH Capital Appeal launch in Norfolk. 


Today appropriately marks the day you may pre-order your own piece of the collection (here). This Ladybug Line will benefit EACH's Nook Appeal, a project near and dear to Kate's heart.

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Kate tried her hand at painting Ladybirds on pottery. I believe that Ladybirds are one and the same as Lady Bugs. (Many thanks to all of you who IDed her representation of the America's Cup last week, by the way. ;))




Kate appeared to leave with plenty of gifts, doubtless things for herself, and...George.

David Wilkinson
Kate's Range Rover whisked her back to her trusty helicopter, in which she then flew to Smethwick for her next event at Action for Children's Cape Hill centre, of which the Queen has been Patron for over 50 years. Kate removed her coat at Cape Hill and inspected art projects the children had made, participated in sing-alongs, and chatted with families:

Sophie Jamieson @SophieJam







The coat was on the only new piece today, but it gave the fashion community quite the run-around. The Palace announced the piece was Max Mara, but until a reader at Kate Middleton Style chimed in, we were stumped. Apparently, this coat is from SportsMax, an "urban" line under the luxury label's umbrella. Max Mara, yes. SportsMax...does that remind anyone of Sports Authority or OfficeMax? It just goes to show what a responsibility it is to name a company. We digress. This coat is gorgeous! 



Kate recycled her Séraphine Florrie dress, which was great since it is so very flattering and we didn't get a fair shake the first time.



She accessorized with her L.K. Bennett Frome clutch and Georgia Jimmy Choos we just saw on the 12th in Portsmouth. Of course, with such a lovely symphony of blues, she completed the ensemble with her sapphire and diamond drops. 



Verdict: An obvious win. Kate looks beautiful in blue.  According to the Duchess, it isn't her favorite color--that would be white---but, it has certainly been documented as her most frequently worn hue. Today she put together a blue ensemble that was quite literally picture perfect. I love this muted blue. Blue with a little grey blended in... And her hair. Could it be shinier or bouncier? The half&half style on Kate is so often just what she needs. It allows us to see all those tumblings, curling waves, but it keeps it off her face. Likely, it also hides her roots a little better, too, so it is a win, win. 



Kate currently has nothing else on her calendar, and I wonder if we will be waiting until March to see her again? I suspect that Kate will not undertake engagements while William is in Asia so as not to battle for press coverage with him. That puts us in the second week of March before she might make another appearance, which is really pushing up against her maternity leave, for lack of a better word. As strange as it seems, I suspect we only have a few more engagements left before Baby Cambridge #2 makes his or her arrival. 

picture update coming... 

49 comments:

  1. I must sadly - and strongly - disagree. This is a total miss for me. A nice color does not make up for a baggy oversized and shapeless fit. The sleeves look about three sizes too big!!

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    1. You are right, that is because it is not a maternity coat, but a regular coat in a larger size.

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  2. I was so excited for today! I picked up some Emma Bridgewater on my last trip to London and I love it. I'd love to get more one day. I think their pieces are such a great blend of fun and traditional!

    The look was alright. While I wish the coat was better tailored, it is once again Kate's pregnancy style to hide beneath large sizes. Glad she wore a maternity dress underneath, though! It was a nice one to recycle.

    I'm starting to wonder if it is a British thing to wear looser styles while pregnant? Keira Knightley seems to be enjoying loose styles, same with Benedict's wife Sophie. Whereas I'm so used to Hollywood showing off their pregnancy curves.

    Amanda, Canada

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    1. Sorry, Amanda, it probably said your comment was held for moderation. I was updating with a new photo, so I didn't see it at first. I don't know if it is Brit/US thing, but I do think it is in style among more private celebrities. All the stars you mentioned while British are also private in character, although, THAT may be a more British trait in itself. :)

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    2. Thanks, Jane! It also may have been my phone acting weird. True, probably a combo of both. A bit cultural, and a bit personality. Cheers
      Amanda

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  3. I think she looks gorgeous. Her hair in the sunlight in the second-to-last picture is amazing. I can't believe she is in her third trimester! Wow! I looked up the mugs to consider ordering one but unfortunately the shipping costs to the US are prohibitive on my budget..oh well.

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    1. Hmm, that's too bad. I haven't looked into buying any, but I know someone else mentioned the shipping costs. :( Lucky locals!

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    2. They are running a special right now, 30 dollars for all shipping to the U.S. They also run other specials, sometimes the shipping is as low as 10 dollars and 20% off your total order. I have also bought through their outlet and their "seconds" line, I have never found anything wrong with their outlet or seconds line. You could also combine an order with a friend to cut the shipping cost. Some places in the US sell them, but I have found the cost is always better directly from EB.

      Really wonderful pottery and products.

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    3. Thank you for the tip!

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  4. Jane, did my comment get submitted? I got a weird message after submitting it. If it didn't, I'll repeat :-)

    I was so excited for today! I have some Emma Bridgewater that I purchased in London, and I'd love to acquire some more one day. I think it is a perfect mix of fun and traditional!

    I didn't love the look, but I can't complain either. I wish the coat was more tailored, but alas, that is Kate while pregnant. I'm glad she recycled a maternity dress. It was appropriate, and nice to see, given as she has had very few engagements during her pregnancy. Colors were nice.

    I'm wondering if looser maternity styles are more of a (modest?) English preference, and not just Kate? Keira Knightley has been wearing looser dresses, as has Benedict's wife Sophie. I'm used to Hollywood dressing in fitted clothing, while pregnant, that accentuates and flaunts their bumps. I'm starting to wonder how much of it is cultural vs. Kate's personal preferences/insecurities.

    Amanda, Canada

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    1. I think you are right about a more "modest" style. Catherine is not a celebrity - she is the wife of a future Head of State. Job for life, not out there trying to keep her name in press in case someone forgets who she is.

      Not insecurities ( where did that come from?) - it's a combo of her natural style, being royal and British (but that's just my opinion).

      Like what she wore today. Sun was out but still cold by UK standards so the coat was needed. Lovely to see her interaction with the children.

      She grows in confidence all the time.

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    2. Maybe insecure is the wrong word, but I do not believe she is totally comfortable with her pregnant figure. Or at least not publicly. I don't think that is a bad thing, and I didn't mean it as such.

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    3. We're talking about Kate Middleton not Kim Kardashian.

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  5. Love this website and always look forward to your post. Thinking of how little we see our fair Catherine in actual maternity wear, I wonder if the couple are positive that they only want two children, and so this could be a reason for not purchasing any more maternity wear and instead trying to make regular clothes work that she could then wear when not pregnant. I have not seen this

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  6. Idea put forth in my readings about her fashion choices and it just occurred to me today. Interested to hear all your thoughts. Thank you.

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    1. Kate has always been reported as wanting a large family, I would think she would like at the very least three--since she is one of three--and I wouldn't be surprised if she wanted four, or more, as Princess Mary has and the Queen had. I think only age or her terrible HG would stop her from having more. Since she is still plenty young, it would seem only the HG. Given the HG lasts a few months and your child is forever, I think the HG won't put her off.

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  7. Hate the pattern dress. Love the earrings, I think those are the ones that match her engagement ring that she had reworked. Diana had them more like studs, not hanging. Either way, beautiful.

    I had heard that Will only wanted two kids, thought he said it in their engagement interview. But Kate clearly enjoys children and a larger family would be lovely.

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    1. Yes, William has said more than once in his past he thought two would be nice, so there is a disparity in their expectations...not entirely uncommon between men and women, in my experience. I hope Kate wins out. :) Although, I can't imagine William would have much objection. They can afford it and look how cute George is!

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    2. Excellent post! I agree today is an absolute win. You made me laugh, Jane, in asking to think about marketing the name SportsMax! Do you think the white coat from earlier this week is from SportsMax division as well? Today, the beautiful color, superb stitching, and length was just the best. Thanks, Jane! Katherine USA

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    3. MaxMara is Italian, and in Italy SportsMax doesn't ring any bell.
      It would be hard to know every cultural reference in every country-language you sell your products :)

      Camilla

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    4. They may want more children but it might become difficult to find them roles in the monarchy. Especially 25-30 years hence. They might have to keep that in mind

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    5. Wondering if your wealthy and connected children will be able to find work seems a very shallow excuse to limit your family.

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  8. I love this look on Kate. I don't think the cut looks large. Wearing close fitting clothes while pregnant would not be royal at all and I just can't picture Kate going that route. This coat is beautifully tailored, it hangs well, the color is wonderful, and she looks comfortable in it. If you look at the videos, it moves really well. Love it.

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  9. Brooke in South CarolinaFebruary 18, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    I really like this look on Kate. I love the dress and think the coat complements it well. Glad she chose a half-up hairstyle for the day. Great overall look in my opinion.

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  10. Absolute win indeed! I love everything about this look. :))

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  11. I love today's look! This coat is a non-maternity piece that she can get away with! I like it much better than the white Max Mara. The large lapels remind me of the black Alexander McQueen she wore on Remembrance Day. Thanks for a great blog, Jane! I love how you include your assessment of her look.

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  12. Kate look fantastic! I agree that blue suits her so well. Pregnancy,after the 1st trimester, really agrees with Kate!

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  13. Faith from MassachusettsFebruary 18, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Unlike the white MaxMara, this one fits her well. I wonder if she bought her correct size and had it altered to fit her pregnancy. She does have a panel of material on the sides. I can't tell from the company website if the coat originally has that detail. Pretty coat in a pretty color. I like the
    oversized lapels a lot. Her hair is gorgeous, especially in the sun. I like it more stylized like this.

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  14. I am with the majority here....loved this dress the first go around, still love it. Loved the jacket...like the wide lapels. And most of all she looks happy and like she is truly enjoying herself.

    But I think this coat has been altered from the off the rack version. No way the one in the pictures would close so neatly like this. I think ...as she has often done....had a bespoke piece made of an off the rack version. But just IMHO.

    Thanks again Jane for a great post!

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  15. Someone mentioned on another blog that if you sign-up for the Emma Bridgewater mailing list, you receive 15% off your first order.

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  16. Dear Jane,
    As I can't still see the message I wrote yesterday, I start to wonder if there was any technical problems going on...anyway I give it another try. I think the combo - greyish blue coat and Florrie dress- looked picture perfect. So did Kate in the first place of course! Her hair was perfect and she looks so happy... I liked that the colour chosen by Kate / her advisor? echoed so well the colours in the factory itself, like this blue paint on the steel bits. I' m pretty sure it is nothing left to mere coïncidence. Anyway I'd love your opinion on the Florrie dress print. Do you think it looks a bit old? I love this dress but I.m pretty sure I would get lousy comments at work... Such as... It looks like curtains... An old grandma... :-( Sorry for not posting these days, I do trully enjoy reading all your articles. Kindest regards, Sophie.

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    1. Dear Sophie:

      I am so sorry that your last message got lost. Recently, more than one person has mentioned their posts were lost and I am so disappointed to have not gotten your first missive, AND apologize for the inconvenience you were put to as you and to rewrite it! Thanks for your perseverance!

      I thought about your comment on the pattern of the dress and I agree that it is moving toward dangerous territory. I feel like two elements save it. 1, the blue of the flowers is bright, and that really gives the pattern a little pizazz. Were the flowers a little darker, they would blend in more and it might start to look like your grandmother's curtains. :) But, the pattern is saved by those lovely blue flowers. 2, the style is very chic (if I may steal a French word and use it lightly improperly. :)) This dress is very streamlined, no frills add to the already busy pattern. It so form flattering, I think it gives the dress a modern and confident vibe. So, if I were pregnant, I would wear this. I think it pulls the pattern off well. Hope that helps!
      Hope you are well!
      xoxo, Jane

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    3. Dear Jane,
      Thank you so much for this lovely and caring answer, not to mention the very clever analysis of the Florrie dress which only makes me love and want it even morre now ;-) lol! As you said... If you were prégnant you'd wear it... Ans I'm NOT as well ( sigh) so maybe it is a ridiculous craving as far as I'm concerned? Would you say the Temperley number is a safer option although completely different ?
      Thanks again for the time and attention...
      Hope the Duchess feels well enough to book some new outings on her calendar.
      Take care!
      Bye for now,
      Xxx

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    4. Jane, I agree with your analysis of this dress. You nailed it. :) Generally, I am not a fan of floral prints, but I do like this one. Very much so. You explained it perfectly; it's a combination of the brighter blue and the streamlined design. I think it's very feminine and flattering.

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    5. Well, the Temperley dress is almost trickier, because it isn't as universally flattering. It is very boxy, so it will look better on some women than on others. I personally would wear it with a thin black belt to give myself some definition.

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  17. Is she wearing a bracelet on her left hand or am I seeing things o.O and I wish she would wear other colors like peach, orange and green.

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  18. Does anyone wonder other than me where are her dresses from previous pregnancy? It seems each day of this pregnancy she is wearing new coat and these even cannot be used after pregnancy. And why don't she recycle these coats as she does for her non-pregnancy coats?

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    1. The final three months of her last pregnancy were in the summer--much too cold at the moment for her to wear the
      clothes she was wearing then.

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    2. I know many think that Kate recycles her clothes, but I really don't. Is wearing something twice really recycling? We know she has many, many clothes in her closet that we have never seen. I think she purposefully wears items of clothing more than once in public so she appears "thrifty", but IMO that is more for PR than reality. Meaning, if she wanted to, she would never have to repeat any clothing options. She chooses to simply to create the impression that she isn't all about clothes. I think it is disingenuous.

      I think people want to see her in beautiful clothes, that's really expected in her role.

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    3. Maggie, we agree on this one. I was going to say different stages/different times of the year.

      And I'm not sure how someone can be "disingenuous" about recycling. It's something you do or don't do. We've seen Kate repeat outfits many times, including pieces she owned before she was married. As far as what is "expected" of her, well, I think it means dressing appropriately; not entertaining us with her choices.

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  19. Dislike this coat, just as I disliked her very recent cream Max Mara. Think maybe this is a designer Kate should ditch.

    I hope, for her own sake, that Kate has no more than two kids. HG is no fun, William never seems to be around for long after Kate gives birth--and this year looks no different, as he is scheduled to head to Cambridge in the spring, leaving, I suspect, Kate and George and baby (and maybe nanny Maris Teresa, if Charles hasn't let her go as a cost-saving measure) in London as Mom and baby will need to remain close to their doctors initially.Maybe Carole will step up to the plate, yet again. For sure, no one in the RF will.

    JC

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    1. Maggie - MinneapolisFebruary 20, 2015 at 7:15 PM

      I cannot imagine Charles would let the nanny go. He grew up with nannies, and had multiple nannies for his children. It's a way of life for the royals. And worst case, William and Kate can afford the nanny with William's inheritance.

      Also, many/most women in the world manage to raise multiple children without any help from their husbands, mothers, or nannies. And Kate is a stay at home mother. So I find it difficult to find the (very slim) possibility of them losing their nanny to be concerning.

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  20. Riddhi- I believe it could be a bracelet one of the children made for her. It was gracious of her to immediately
    wear it.

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    1. Yes on both points, mkleinfeldt! Sorry, Riddhi, that I took so long to respond.

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  21. I love that the Kate repeats her outfits, intentional or not. If you love it, and it looks well and is comfortable why not? It doesn't matter who you are. I agree with "royalfan": It's about looking well,(she always does.), representing the BRF with the integrity and grace the office deserves, not entertaining all of us with fashion.(even though we love fashion, and it's great fun.) I love this blog, and love seeing pictures and hearing about all BRF. Keep up the wonderful blog Jane!

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  22. Love the dress and her hair at this event. I've thought of this before but have never pointed it out... In the video clip where she is visiting with the children and singing, her ankles are crossed. I've seen her sit like this very, very often and I understand why she sits this way. Have you ever thought how difficult this must have been or is for her to train herself to do this? I know it's minor, but how many of us automatically cross our legs without thinking about it? I know she has a privileged life and has married her prince, but how many of us could be "on" all the time, have the world watch every move and critique what you say, how you dress, how you stand, how you etc., etc. I really like her and how she handles herself. I'm sure her "job" is much harder than it seems. Just wanted to give Kate a little kudos. Also, Jane...I asked about your planned surprise for all of us on January 9th that was not possible because you were not well at that time. You told us that it was still in the works, which is great news as you always do a wonderful job. I am wondering, since we are getting so close to maternity leave, could you save your surprise for the time when she will be out of the public and we'll need a "Kate fix"? Just a thought. Thanks for this blog. It's really a lot of fun. - Joan M. Ohio (It's so cold here!)

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  23. @Maggie. You have greater faith in Charles than do I--take a closer look at his sons official wardrobe; shameful, really, given that Charles earns, care of the Duchy of Cornwall, approx. 20 million GBP annually. (He is solely responsible for providing the official wardrobes for William, his wife, Harry, his wife, and any children they have when they appear in public.)

    However, my main concern is Kate, and her health. HG is akin to a curse; before WW1, western women died of it on a regular basis. (The one good thing about wars is that they tend to advance medical science.) Nevertheless, when a woman spends weeks, or months, vomiting profusely, it drains her. The last thing she needs is an absentee husband in the aftermath of birth. She would both need and deserve help. Yes, there are single moms galore out there, but many have Mums who step up to the plate, as Carole did in 2013, when William was off to Wales, many have friends, and most have not suffered from HG, nor do most have to face the prospect of being widely photographed within 36 hours of giving birth. (JMO, but barbaric.)

    I am afraid that we may have to agree to disagree. I have zero faith in Charles, as father and grandfather, and not a whole lot more in William, who seems to have been thoroughly, and deliberately, Windsorized after the death of his mother. ( I am thinking of the many weekends when the Queen demanded/commanded his presence at Windsor Castle, when William was a student, and a very unhappy and vulnerable one, at Eton. Major opportunity for brainwashing, after the death of Diana.)

    Written with no intent to offend.

    JC

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    1. JC, we agree on Charles and I do believe there was an attempt to "Windsorize" William after Diana's death, however, I'm not so sure it was a total success. Many of the decisions he has made seem to suggest that he did so with his mother's experiences and hopes in mind. For example, I never thought William was dragging his feet when it came to getting engaged. I believe the subject was discussed and it was a matter of when, and not if. By not rushing into marriage, it allowed Kate more time to enjoy being a private citizen, the sort of freedom she will never be able to relive in her lifetime. And I give William kudos for seeing to it that the Middleton's are included in their lives. I truly believe that these and other key decisions have been made based on a conscious desire to not repeat the issues that troubled his mother. Call me sappy, but when I see W&K together, I see a man who is tactile and supportive of his wife, and the chemistry is undeniable.

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