Kate has made 5 appearances in the last week (ish). She made 2 appearances on the 10th, Trooping the Color on the 14th, Order of the Garter on the 16th, and now Bletchley Park on the 18th. PLUS she watched William play polo on the 15th. So really that’s 6 appearances with 6 outfit changes all in the span of 9 days. Geez. Get the girl to a beach, stat. Seriously, though, Kate is going to take a vacation. She has nothing on her schedule until July 5, when she attends the start of the Tour de France. That’s just over two whole weeks. Unless they throw something in last minute, then she’s totally taking a two week vacation. I’m really sick of their “throw a bunch of appearances out all at once and then disappear for a few weeks” method of planning public engagements. I’d much rather they were consistent with their number and spread of appearances.
Anyway, onto the news at hand. Kate paid a visit to Bletchley Park yesterday (June 18), where coincidentally her paternal grandmother used to work. Her name was Valerie Glassborow, later Middleton after she married Peter (Michael Middleton’s father). She was reportedly a duty officer at Britain’s Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park during World War II. Below is a photo of Valerie circa… WWII? Clarence House (who released the photo) didn’t say, but it’s obviously from when she was a young woman.
Kate was officially at Bletchley Park to rededicate it following a year-long £8 million restoration program to restore the Park to its original WWII look. Kate toured the site, played with a Morse Code machine, and planted a tree. I don’t know why they plant so many trees, but the royals seem to plant trees a lot. Of course, they don’t actually “plant” them, they just throw some dirt onto an already planted tree. But sure, call it “planting”.
Kate also met a woman who worked with Valerie, Lady Marion Body, 90. Kate said (minus some ums, buts, honestlys, and actuallys), “What an incredible story that you shared your time here with my grandmother. It’s so moving for me, and to be here as well. I was aware of it when I was a young girl and I often asked granny about it but she was very quiet and never said anything.” Go here for a great video of Kate speaking. They won’t let me embed the video or else I would.
For the trip to Bletchley Park, Kate repeated an outfit from 2011. It’s the navy skirt with gold buttons and slits, and Sgt. Pepper white and navy blouse (with buttons) from Alexander McQueen. I guess it has a military-ish feel, which is kind of a literal sartorial interpretation since she was visiting a war-time building, but I’m not a huge fan of this outfit. I didn’t like it the first time either. She has another McQueen coat that has a military feel that she could have worn, which I would have much preferred. I friggin love this coat.
Kate accessorized with her Stuart Weitzman navy suede clutch, navy suede heels, and sapphire and diamond earrings.
Photos: Clarence House Twitter/Middleton Family via Clarence House Twitter/Amy Woodfield Twitter/Clarence House Instagram
PS. Everyone should go Google “Bletchley Park”. Something really cool happens when you do.
I’m tagging this bit of news onto my post. I was just finishing up my post when this stuff was released.
Kate has made a statement in support of Children’s Hospice Week, as Paton of EACH.
“Around the clock support is crucial for children receiving palliative care. They and their families often need help every hour of every day, both in hospices and at home. As Patron of EACH, I have seen first-hand this remarkable and varied work and just how vital the support of staff and volunteers can be to the families of children with life limiting conditions. It has been wonderful to see the fantastic public support for Children’s Hospice Week over the last few days. Please continue supporting your local children’s hospice in whatever way you can.”
Kate seems to have made a private visit to the hospital. Kate wore a Diane von Furstenberg pink patterned warp dress she’s had since at least 2002 when she wore it to a party at St. Andrew’s.
The Duchess: “Around the clock support is crucial for children receiving palliative care” #childrenshospiceweek pic.twitter.com/5obCduyurF
— EACH (@EACH_hospices) June 19, 2014
The Duchess: "I have seen first-hand how vital the support of staff and volunteers can be" #childrenshospiceweek pic.twitter.com/PkVLz6vUb2
— EACH (@EACH_hospices) June 19, 2014