The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, were in Wales yesterday, November 8. They visited the Valero Pembroke Oil Refinery and attended the Wales v. Australia rugby match. Kate wore a new coat and dress and showed off her barely existent baby protuberance.
William and Kate visited the Refinery to mark it’s 50th anniversary year. The refinery was opened in 1964 by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. The Refinery was acquired by Valero in 2011 and is one of the largest, most complex refineries in Western Europe, producing 270,000 barrels per day and employing about 1,000 employees and contractors. Go here for more info.
Will and Kate arrived and met with leading members of the community before doing a walkabout and meeting well wishers who came out to see the Cambridges.
William and Kate toured the main control room of the Refinery where they were invited to create a gasoline blend by using a computer to press a button (or something). Kate said to William, “Shall I do one and you can do the other one?” And William quipped, “Apparently they don’t even let the boss do this.” Kate pressed the button before William which I feel is a sign she’s more confident (hopefully); even though she asked him before doing anything, she at least asked to go first, you know.
While at the refinery, Will and Kate met representatives from local charities. One rep Kate met was from Pembrokeshire Hospice at Home, Cate Thornton said of Kate, “She was really well-informed. She had been briefed well – and obviously listened. She didn’t say anything general.” LOL! I feel like that was said directly to us. I mean, we’re always saying that Kate only ever says general things in her speeches and when she talks to people, like she doesn’t care enough to read the briefing packet that Rebecca Deacon probably puts together ahead of each visit, so this rep said this purposefully as an FU to us.
Will and Kate met firefighters from the Valero Fire and Rescue Station during their visit.
Will and Kate were presented with a replica oil truck with a licence plate reading, 4GEORGE. William smiled and said, “I’m going to keep it in my office.” George has received so many gifts from people. I wonder if he actually plays with any of them or if they’re just placed into storage or something.
Will and Kate unveiled a plaque marking the 50th anniversary, and unveiled a painting by a local painter. There was also a performance by the Young Actors Studio to end the visit.
After their visit to the Refinery, Will and Kate traveled to Cardiff where, as Vice Royal Patron of the Welsh Rugby Union, William (accompanied by Kate) attended the Wales v. Australia rugby match at Millennium Stadium. There was a Remembrance ceremony before the match and during half-time they met injured servicemen.
After the match, Kate left the stadium while William, as Patron of the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust, attended a reception for former players and their families. While there, William received a calender featuring female players in nude poses from former player Fran Bateman. William “studied the front cover with a dutifully pensive expression” before opening it and laughing, holding it up to show another guest. Then he said, “Very good shots… I can recommend this!” Fran said of William later, “He thought it was outrageously funny. He was having a really good laugh.” Does anyone but me think this is a bit inappropriate? Like, if a man were to give Kate a calendar of nude male athletes, people would probably freak out about “her blushes” and whatnot. But I guess since William is a man he doesn’t have blushes or something. Whatever.
Before I get to fashion, I want to mention the New York trip. The Mail is now confirming the trip, saying Will, Kate, and George will be travelling to New York City next month to meet with conservationists and officials from international wildlife charities, including World Wildlife Fund. Sources said Kate has been cleared to travel after having to cancel Malta and is “really excited” for travelling to New York since she’s never been. Seeing as the trip is for William’s United for Wildlife campaign, I’m not sure why Kate even needs to go, but I guess it’s like her visit to LA, she’s never been and just wants to go so she’s asked people to make up an excuse for her to go. Anyway, fashion!
It seems like Kate spent her time shopping as well as vomiting during her hyperemesis gravidarum sick days, because she’s debuted new clothing for every appearance she’s had since returning to her duties. Kate debuted a new coat in Wales, a Matthew Williamson “Wool Double Breasted Coat” in Pacific Opal blue (£1,195.00) – it’s pretty much the same color as her blue Jenny Packham “mullet” dress. She also debuted a new dress, a Hobbs “Animal Shirt Dress” in brown ($355.00).
And yes, Kate’s coat blew up a bit when she was walking, which is how we got a glimpse of her dress.
I actually really love this coat and dress. I love the color of the coat and think the dress is really cute – even if it is a bit short on Kate. I would probably buy this dress if it weren’t so expensive. I’m going to say this is a fashion win for Kate (even though I don’t like the shoes and wish she’d just worn a nice pump).
Her accessories were her usual stuff: Kiki McDonough green amethyst cushion drop earrings, Aquatalia Rhumba boots, Stuart Weitzman Muse clutch, Cornelia James gloves. She’s also wearing what looks like navy tights.
Of course Kate wore her hair down and since it was windy, her hair blew everywhere. You know what would fix the image below? A hair tie.
I’m sort of obsessed with Kate’s clutches, or more accurately, what she keeps in her clutches. She usually has one and she never looks at them, so what does she keep in there? Well… KATE CHECKED HER PURSE! OMG what was she looking for!?
Kate totally pressed her hands to her crotch to highlight her “bump”. And the fact that her jacket isn’t tight to her back makes her look way more “bumpy” than she really is.
Shoutout to Rebecca Deacon!