On what was Kate's last official engagement before maternity leave, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were out today in London supporting charities that focus on youth development. The couple began the morning by visiting the Stephen Lawrence Centre in Deptford, South London.
Mr. Secuirty was on the job again, as was PA reporter Alex Diaz, producing his Vine videos. Here Kate signs the visitor's book at the Stephen Lawrence Centre after viewing a number of the initiatives the centre supports.
The couple had a a relatively busy schedule, leaving their first stop to visit two projects funded by charity XLP that works to empower young people to make positive life decisions:
Their day included more than one performance. The royals were greeted at the first stop by the choir from St.-Martin-in-the-Fields high school, and here at XLP's performance arts project.
Thanks to the bright "cerise" hue of her coat, it was immediately apparent that Kate chose to recycle her double-breasted pink Mulberry from New York City. Although this coat caused some controversy when it first debuted, I think on sartorial merits alone, we were all of one mind: success. I was very excited to see it again, and it was nice to get a little pop of color, too. Kate accessorized with her light pink morganite drops from Kiki McDonough, and black Mulberry Bayswater and Power pumps. The obvious difference between this wear, and the first was her hair style. Today's tumbling locks were lovely. She has a lot of body and bounce, which I like, but I think if we could have only seen this coat with one hairstyle, I would choose the pony she sported the first go-round.
Kate was wearing a black dress under her coat, but it is impossible to ID with so little visible. You can see it here, in another Vine from Alex Diaz, as she is presented with flowers outside the Stephen Lawrence Centre:
Royal photographer James Whatling snapped this cute sign inviting Prince George to craft time. Everyone knows Georgeie loves to paint and play in the sand! Buuuut, what do you bet he'd take the crafts away from the other kids if he came? :) I can't wait for William's stories of home-life a year from now...
In other news...Yesterday, William, Kate and Harry all attended a memorial service for Richard Meade at Bath Abbey. Kate recycled her ensemble from the Afghanistan Service, but appeared to debut a new hat that no one has been able to ID as of yet. With thanks to Kristina Schuler, who shared the photo, and @LiveloveLaughvr who found it and passed it along!
Richard Meade was an exceptionally successful equestrian competitor and Olympic Gold Medalist, but he was also the father of Harry Meade, who is a good friend of the young royals. In fact, it was Harry and Rosie Meade's wedding at which Kate and William were photographed shortly before they announced their engagement.
We also have a possible mystery to solve. On the same day she appeared at Bath Abbey, the below photo was shared, (found by @livelaughlovevr). It is supposedly Kate walking with George in the park. There is disagreement on whether the woman and child are in fact the Duchess and Prince George, but I personally believe they are. When the photo was taken is not as clear to me, although the young man who posted it says it was just yesterday morning.
I think the addendums (addenda?) are longer than the post, but I promise this is the last one. Following on our discussion of Prince Charles and the controversy about whether he has enough time with George...in a recently released video message from HRH, a conspicuously placed photo shows Charles holding his grandson. It is a sweet photo, and a not very subtle PR move, as well. I like it; it is tastefully done.
Well, while no rule states that Kate cannot come out unexpectedly, this was technically her last public appearance until the Lindo Wing steps. Wave goodbye, it could be a good month before we see HRH the Duchess of Cambridge!