I’ve started my last two or three posts with, “Sigh”, and well… Sigh. Because instead of wearing a bright color to a children’s center and black to a memorial site, Duchess Kate chose to wear black to a children’s center and bright pink to the September 11 Memorial. I feel like this is my fault; I asked for color and I got it (finally), but how odd that she decided on color for this event and not the others. Anyway, Kate Middleton and Prince William visited the September 11 Memorial where Kate laid flowers with a handwritten note from the couple. They then toured the museum. They didn’t get there until after 10 AM, which didn’t give them much time to tour Ground Zero and visit The Door before the afternoon GREAT receptions.
I know many of us had predicted the requisite “Kate is moved at Ground Zero” headlines… well, guess what, you guys, Kate was totally moved at Ground Zero. Allison Blais, the museum’s chief of staff, said: “[Kate] talked about how in awe she was of the enormity of the space. It was something she did not anticipate. She also talked about how moving the memorial was, and being able to touch the names of the victims outside on the pools.” While touring the In Memoriam room (pictured above and below), where photographs of nearly all of the victims line the walls, Joe Daniels, the museums’s chief executive and president, said of the couple: “Just looking at the faces – of the old, the young, every race, every color – [William and Kate] were struck by the breadth and the scale of the loss we suffered that day.”
I remember September 11, 2001 very well; I know exactly where I was when I heard the news. I was in 7th grade, it was break time and the class was outside. One of our teachers came out crying, saying the World Trade Center had been attacked, so the entire class went inside and watched the news footage on TV. We were watching live when the second plane crashed into the second tower; and when the two towers fell. I can still picture in my head the little black dots falling out of the towers before they fell, not realizing at the time that they were people jumping from the buildings. I get emotional just typing that out. I will never forget that day.
I know I was a bit joke-y about Kate being moved by the museum, but I hope to god they were truly moved. I know I would be.
The note reads: “In sorrowful memory of those who died on 11th September, and in admiration of the courage shown to rebuild.”
The quote is by Virgil from The Aeneid it reads: “No day shall erase you from the memory of time.”
Following their visit to the Memorial, William and Kate visited The Door and met young people and watched a performance from CityKids Foundation, which supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. You know, I’m happy Kate finally wore a bright color to a cheery children’s visit, but she could have worn a black coat to the Memorial, then switched coats in the car and worn the pink to The Door. Easy enough switch. Darn you, Tash!
As I mentioned earlier, Kate wore a bright pink coat. She wore the Mulberry Cerise Wool Silk Double Crepe Coat (£1,500). She carried her black Mulberry clutch – natch – and wore her Kiki McDonough green amethyst cushion drop earrings.
Link: Daily Mail.
Photos: Getty/Clarence House Twitter/UK in New York Instagram/Sept 11 Memorial Twitter/UK in New York Twitter/Mulberry/Kiki McDonough