Today, Kate was right in her own backyard, both in terms of the location and the charity! The Duchess was in Holt, Norfolk, just a hop, skip and a jump from her Anmer Hall home-base and she was appearing for one of her very first charities, EACH.
On the off chance you are rummaging crazily about in your memory to recall the significance of Holt, let me ease the struggle. Holt is very close to Anmer and we have seen Kate shopping there on more than one occasion. It's sort of her local village and while she was there in an official capacity today, I imagine she is a bit of a regular to the locals. You might recall the afternoon she was spotted in 2014:
Or the early days as the couple scoped out their new digs and started the whole furnishing process. Below is Kate antiquing in 2013. So, it is a town with which you are somewhat familiar.
Kate was opening a charity store today. It is something of a consignment situation, where they accept donations from the public which they then sell to aid the charity. In fact, if you live in the area, you are encouraged to consider donating! Kate shopped around a bit herself, inspecting the merchandise and even trying on a hat that coordinated well with her blue ensemble.
Ultimately, Kate bought a Fireman Sam book. Perhaps she is trying to lure George away from the siren call of helicopters and back to a dream that keeps his feet on the ground.
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Appropriately, Kate recycled an oldie, but a goodie. She wore the M Missoni jacket she first wore to the St. David's Day event with the Queen and Camilla at Fortnum's. Underneath, she recycled the cornflower Zara dress that she publicly debuted on the green lawns of Buckingham Palace the morning after her marriage. She also wore it under her beautiful Jane Troughton coat at Prince Philip's 90th birthday service in 2011.
This coat has been worn for both public and private events, so it has taken on a certain familiarity and was a very comfortable recycle. Because of this, I felt it seemed to match the tone of the event today. Kate, in a favorite coat, in her "home village," appearing for a long-standing charity. Plus, Mr. Security was on duty. How much better could this get?
If we have said it once, we have said it a million times, Kate is wonderful with children. Seeing her care and attention for them today was heart melting.
Kids are usually excited to see Kate, but the crowd today might have displayed the highest energy I have seen in Kate's five years as a royal. They were so, so charming, and she matched their enthusiasm.
I have loved this coat from the first. I love the texture and the especially the lovely blue. The structure is very flattering on Kate, showing off her beautiful legs, but maintaining the "work-appropriate" line.
I think its finest wear remains its debut, because grey with this cornflower blue is just drop dead gorgeous. But, the navy certainly doesn't clash and looks polished and pulled together. Since the day she wore it with a daffodil, I have not been really fully satisfied seeing it without that pop of springtime yellow, which is why I was absolutely delighted that among the many poesies the princess received, someone had the good sense to present her with some daffodils. My day was made!
Speaking of wishes being granted, Kate was wearing her sapphire and diamond drops and carrying her suede Muse clutch in navy, but she was wearing new Prada shoes. They are "Prada Pointy Toes" and available at Nordstrom for $650...if the spirit moves you. I hope that all y'all who have been dying for new shoes for several years now are feeling the comparable joy I am at the sight of the daffodils!
Happy weekend, kids! I have a bit of a surprise post coming tomorrow. Some of you may know what it is, but either way, come back and chat on the morrow...after a restful sleep and with a steaming mug of coffee! [New Saturday post now live here]