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Cub Kate Celebrates Cub Scout's 100th Birthday

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Last night the Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the Scout and Guide Hut in North Wootton for a Cub Scout Pack Meeting celebrating the Cub Scouts' 100th birthday. Kate has been involved with scouting for years and The Scouting Association is listed under her patronages and activities on the Royal Family's website.


It was a crisp night in Norfolk and as Kate arrived to flashing cameras, it was evident she chose a relaxed ensemble for her evening out, mixing some recycled pieces with a new top. You know how when people are in love (or, I guess when you just spend quite a bit of time together) they can pick up the same physical gestures? In this arrival video from Simon Perry of People, Kate kind of raises and drops her arms in a manner that screams
Prince William. Super adorable. 

The scout meeting closely resembled Kate's visit with the Beavers in 2014. The meeting included a range of activities geared toward the evening's theme. Here Kate played a parachute game which was meant to help build teamwork.


As usual, the princess was quick to participate in the activities with the kids. In a video shared by the Scouts, you can see Kate running underneath the parachute about halfway through the clip.
As I mentioned in the preview last week, Kate was due to decorate "cub cakes" and we weren't disappointed there. Kate has likely already clocked quite a few hours in the kitchen this Christmas season, but she took a turn decorating one of the sweet treats.


I thought the "cub cake" decorating would be the cutest activity of the night, but learning to tie a sling using a neckerchief quickly won Most Darling Kate Cub Scout Moment.


Royal reporter Emily Andrews captured the moment that Kate had to give a helping hand to navigate her elbow into the sling.


Here is another one with Kate doing the work:


At one point in the evening, Kate stood in a circle with the little scouts and they all renewed their scout pledge. 



Kate's ensemble was geared toward the activities and was a step up from the iScouting hoodie she wore in 2014. No offense to hoodies, of course. She wore her Zara khaki trousers recently debuted on tour in Canada and she dusted off her suede Really Wild boots. The choice to wear a stone/grey top was smart because she stood out among the greens and blues in the room. 


Speaking of her top, Kate chose a cosy and chic sweater top from Iris & Ink. Iris & Ink is the Outnet's own clothing line launched in 2012. Kate picked this Grace cashmere sweater top which features an oversized turtleneck, a relaxed fit, and notched sleeves. It retails for $210 in several colors. Kate wore it in this stone grey. 

The Outnet
She finished her ensemble with her citrine drop earrings from Kiki McDonough. Yet another wear for those very popular earrings. If you missed the Kiki McDonough round-up post, be sure to check it out here. My verdict on this ensemble is mixed. I love the oversized sweater top idea, but something about this ensemble does not meld for me. Perhaps it is the boots. They are quite heavy for the light, feminine sweater. Flats might have balanced it all better? The colors also didn't seem entirely on point--brown boots, khaki/olive trousers, and a grey top... As I say, it was a step forward. I didn't love the hoodie/jeans combo from her Beaver outing and I thought this top was a great pick, but I think the khaki trousers are limiting and the boots may have been a bit too much all things considered. Any thoughts from all of you? I withhold judgement, and let's just settle with the fact it was a sweet outing. Kate is always cute with kids! 

UK Scouting Association 

Many apologies for this very late post. I moved this week and half my worldly possessions are heading to storage in another state and the other half are stuffed into a UHaul trailer hitched to the back of my car. It has been very hectic. Thank you for your patience and for the notes of concern. I hope I won't be driven to repeat this tardiness, but if it is ever unavoidable  I will be sure to post a little preview to let you know all is well here! xo, Jane 

29 comments:

  1. I think what is off for me in this outing is her hair. It looks rather flat. I miss the big curls of the early years!

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  2. Good luck with your move, Jane! I wanted to love this outfit as it's something I wear a lot. Instead it made me feel that if it didn't look great on our fab duchess it surely doesn't look so great on me. Will try harder. Must say though that harsh lighting doesn't do worn boots and jeans any favors. Whatever she looks happy and the kids sure do too!

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  3. I thought Kate looked happy and comfortable at the event. Her outfit was only ok IMO. The tunic sweater was interesting as a change of pace. I am not a fan of skintight jeggings for work or in Kate's case for official events, but obviously Kate isn't willing to wear anything else. I think they might look better with ankle booties though. But I'm also not a fan of grey with brown so it was all a little off to me... I assume Kate was trying to wear "scout" earth tones though. 

    Her hair looks nice but a ponytail might have been more flattering with the turtleneck (and more hygienic for the cupcake decorating. )

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  4. Oh man, good luck with the move. I've moved across the country (US) every year for the last 4 years and it is tiring! But soon you'll be unpacked and settled. I loved her sweater - I thought it looked cozy and I enjoyed the little wrist details. I didn't love the jeans and boots and the combo. Not a favorite look but not a big miss either.

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  5. Cute sweater, reminds me of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's.

    Think we have a pregnancy announcement coming soon though! Never seen her in such a loose sweater + she's been wearing dresses that are very loose below the waist. Yay for another little Cambridge.

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    1. If she is pregnant again maybe they have figured out how to get the MG under control because she hasn't disappeared like she did when first pregnant with G&C.

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    2. Why is Kate's biggest/most interesting job having babies? How many should she have before people leave this alone? I'm hoping they stick with two kids because of the sickness and her charity work demands. I'm so sick of this; everytime she wears anything "baggy" she's pregnant. It's annoying and feels, *to me* degrading on some level - cute that you're doing things, please breed again! I'm likely in the minority here, and this isn't a personal attack as much as a vague rant.
      I liked the outfit but not the boots; maybe pairing a different pant with them out having a darker pant with black boots would've worked better.
      Good luck with the move, Jane!

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    3. Haha! "Vague rant." I like that. May I use it? I think I know exactly what you mean....:+)

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    4. Comment vaporised..in summary, Kate is their neighbor-she shops, takes her kids to school and the playground amongst them. They've probably seen her messier.
      Kate can dress regally when the occasion is regal. She wasn't playing Lady Bountiful here. ....:+)

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    5. My 12:15 comment was in response to the anon Dec. 16,@ 10:10 comment below. :+)

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    6. Oh Anonymous, you clearly don't have children.

      Do I think it's her most interesting job? I don't know. Maybe? To be honest, I think it's probably her most important one. Raising the next generation of humans is a pretty big deal and can have vast, lasting effects on our environment and our history. (Also, I'm all for SAHMs, women who work, women who don't want children, women who only want 54k cats, and whatever else people are into. You do you.)

      But you know what it is for me? I'm a mom too. With a new-ish baby who I can't get enough of because BABIES ARE FREAKIN' CUTE. So I'm excited for more little babies belonging to a great set of parents.

      Sue me.

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    7. Wouldn't that just be lovely for them (and us)!? I know they've spoken about wanting a big family, so I often wonder if/when baby number 3 will arrive. If she is in fact pregnant, it would make recent decisions a bit more clear, like the choice to have a quiet Christmas with the Middletons instead of the rigor of Sandringham.
      I don't really buy the notion that they're choosing to be in Bucklebury because of Pippa - it's not like she's disappearing forever out of the family fold as soon as she becomes a Matthews....I think that line of explanation is a bit stretched (and many will argue the pregnancy one even more so). ;-)

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    8. Wouldn't that just be lovely for them (and us)!? I know they've spoken about wanting a big family, so I often wonder if/when baby number 3 will arrive. If she is in fact pregnant, it would make recent decisions a bit more clear, like the choice to have a quiet Christmas with the Middletons instead of the rigor of Sandringham.
      I don't really buy the notion that they're choosing to be in Bucklebury because of Pippa - it's not like she's disappearing forever out of the family fold as soon as she becomes a Matthews....I think that line of explanation is a bit stretched (and many will argue the pregnancy one even more so). ;-)

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    9. I agree Anon Dec 16 10:12. And I'm not buying that anyone who isn't constantly watching Kate's tummy for a bulge must be childless, Am Dec 16. (Nor do I buy that anyone who thinks Kate's hair sometimes really needs a trim must have always had short hair. Or that anyone who has expressed concern about apparent fluctuations in Kate's weight must be fat.) It also seems you *may* be implying, Am, that the number of children produced IS a valid way to measure a woman's worth. If so, that idea is far from universally accepted IMO.

      So far as the Kate pregnancy watch goes... First, while W&K supposedly said early on they wanted a big family many factors including HG could have changed that. (It was also reported they said early on they were NOT going to hire a nanny. Times change and by the time Charlotte was born they also had a night baby nurse in addition to the nanny.) Kate also supposedly said she wanted to have two girls as close or closer in age as she and Pippa. Obviously that's NOT going to happen with Charlotte. (Of course Kate could quickly give birth to the much-talked about female twins, one or both of whom will be named Diana per the tabs :)  Second, it seems to me Will continues to signal he finds parenthood quite difficult. He said so directly not long ago in the Vietnam interview. Since the day George was born he has been quoted on a fairly regular basis saying George is loud and very active (although to Will's credit recently he did add that George is really a "sweet boy.") All of that plus things we don't know could have changed Will and/or Kate's mind about going beyond the obligatory "heir and a spare."  Third, even if they want a third, as she is a few weeks away from 35,  Kate might not get pregnant easily this time or could miscarry. I don't think (as some here apparently do) that criticizing **on a fashion blog** an outfit Kate wore is "being mean" to Kate. But it kind of seems family planning ought to be a bit more private. If it's not, we have a few years of tummy watching and possible false alarms due to fashion choices/"belly bloat"/odd posture to look forward to. If I were Kate, that would bother me more than whether everyone liked my designer dress, latest hairdo, or newest pair of nude courts.

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  6. She looks like a regular mum enjoying the cub scout activity. No princess on display here. This looks like she did the school run and the after school chauffeuring. Serviceable but not like the tiara outing last week. I can't wait for the Christmas walk to church- do we think we'll see a cream or red coat? I'm taking bets now. I think she'll recycle the Catherine Walker coat that she wore for her departure from Canada. New hat from Jane Corbett with a felt poinsettia. Just sayin...

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    1. I think the coat from the day they departed is too thin for Christmas time. My vote goes to the good old red LK Bennett coat she wore in Denmark years ago.

      Royal fan in Northern Ontario

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    2. I thought about that one too, but I ruled it out since she wore it earlier this year with the brown beret at a military reception. Jane just blogged that we will be disappointed this year as the Cambridges will probably go to Bucklebury instead this year.

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  7. Loved this sweater and would buy one for myself, however, I don't enjoy the boots. I agree with you Jane that flats would have made this outfit flow a little better. Perhaps she quickly freshened up after dinner with the kids and popped out the door to this casual event. Anyone else notice the little hand print on her pants in the photo of her arriving? Or maybe I am just seeing things haha.

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  8. I really like the outfit, but maybe the boots didn´t match 100% but still I really liked it!
    Best of luck in your move! Take your time and be safe and careful

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  9. The very first thought that ran through my mind when I saw the pictures of this outing was...when dressed casually and when doing casual things Kate looks 10 years younger! I thought everything about the outfit, hair, make-up, and earrings screamed "simply Kate". I'm a fan.

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  10. Love the sweater.
    Catherine looks positively radiant.
    There are reports that the Cambridges will be in Bucklebury for Christmas--possibly because it is Pippa's last as a single woman.

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  11. I love the sweater, don't mind the brown pants, but the brown boots absolutely not. An ankle boot would have looked so much better, and they are very much in style right now.

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  12. I was contemplating life without FBTB and it is boring and not as interesting. Ha!
    Moving ranks right up there with raging flu in valid reasons.

    Soccer Mum. She obviously came dressed for hands on activity, not a lady of the manor
    appearance.

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  13. Not to be the Grinch at Christmas, but this look is a total fail for me and here's why. It is much too "straggly" from the hair to the boots. Honestly she looks a little unkempt. I understand it's an informal event, but you can do informal without looking like this. Her hair needs a few inches cut off, maybe should have been pulled back for such a casual event, and whilst I like the jumper it does not go with the jeans and yes, the heavy boots. She looks like she stopped in quick between errands.
    With respect, she is not a "normal mum", she is a very senior royal. This is still an OFFICIAL visit. People are excited because a PRINCESS is coming, you can do a more regal, but still informal look. Think smart casual.
    I have no problem with William and Kate having a lighter workload right now, since William is still one removed from monarch or heir. This family time is precious and fleeting. But when they DO work, they need to put a complete 100% into it, and that includes everything from your body language to your look to your attitude. William and Kate can be a little lazy in those regards and I think this look is an example of that.

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  14. Moving is such an upheaval, emotionally and physically. Hope you are settled soon Jane. I thought she looked very young and fresh, plus the kids loved her and she them. A terrific outing.

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  15. When I first saw this sweater I thought it was an oatmeal color and she looks fabulous. Knowing it's grey makes me like it a little less but, overall and sweater color aside, I think she was dressed perfectly for the event. I know many people don't like the boots with it but sometimes warmth wins out over fashion - says the person who found herself wearing purple fuzzy earmuffs in NYC one day because it was 14º outside and someone had an extra pair and that was the choice! I don't leave home without my own anymore when traveling to colder places.

    Good luck with the move, Jane! Are you changing schools or doing an internship? Hope the bad weather hasn't slowed your progress!

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    1. Thank you, Robin. I am switching schools, which is adding to the stress of the move, but hopefully, come January, I will be settled and back to my books. :)

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    2. I hope you enjoy your long holiday off! Moving is never any fun but you seem to be a very well organized person so you've probably already got your pictures hanging on the walls!

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  16. I like this sweater. I'd love one for myself (but I think it's a bit out of my price range). I don't care for the jeans or the boots, but I do love Kate's hair. It seems to be a darker shade, which I think is more flattering on her. And it's so shiny! Kate seems so happy and relaxed. She really comes alive when she's around children.

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