I honestly don’t think we’re going to see Kate Middleton in a bright color again until she steps out of that hospital with Baby Cambridge 2 – she’ll wearing red of course. Kate stuck to her mourning palate wearing a brown repeated Hobbs dress for a Fostering Network visit in Islington, London today, January 16. Kate stayed for a little over an hour.
Kate put on her best “I’m really caring right now” face to join a round table discussion with carers, young adults, and senior staff from the Fostering Network where she actually said something the papers are willing to quote (unlike yesterday). Kate said: “I’ve heard a huge amount about fostering. It’s really great for me to have an opportunity to speak to you.” Do you think this visit is a set up for a patronage of the Fostering Network? I’m getting that vibe.
The Fostering Network works with over 400 fostering services and 52,500 foster families from across the UK caring for more than 63,000 children who are unable to live at home. These children often experience neglect and abuse, and/or witness domestic violence or substance abuse before being taken from their homes and placed with foster families. There are always more children than there are foster families, and right now there is a need for at least 8,600 new foster families across the UK – particularly for teenagers, disabled children, and groups of brothers and sisters.
After Kate looked super concerned while listening to staff, Kate joined foster children and their carers for a tea party – where I’m sure she didn’t eat or drink anything (even though the food looked yummy and I’m totally craving a brownie now).
Kate then received a “Memory Box”. The Fostering Network encourages children to keep photos and keepsakes in a box to help them remember their positive experiences. A couple members of the Fostering Network staff gave short speeches thanking Kate for coming and shining a light on fostering. Too bad Kate didn’t give a speech or say even a few words to the crowd. Would have been a great opportunity to. Sigh.
As I mentioned, Kate wore a repeated brown Hobbs dress. The Hobbs “Animal Shirt Dress” previously worn in November 2014 in Wales to be specific. The dress was originally $355 (£169), but it was on sale for $95 (£50) before selling out. Kate bought the dress at the original price, though.
Kate wore her Stuart Weitzman black seude Power Pumps and carried her Mulberry Bayswater Clutch again. Kate wore a new pair of gold dangle earrings by Mirabelle, the Lolita Gold Plated Loop Earrings (£30.00). According to their Facebook page, the earrings were a gift from the company Felt, who sells the earrings. According to the rules of gift giving on the Palace’s website, royals are supposed to refuse gifts from companies. Bad Kate, very bad Kate.
I know this video screen is black and looks like it’s been removed or something, but it does play.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) January 16, 2015
I know we’re always complaining that Kate doesn’t bend all the way down when talking to kids, and apparently she heard us because she actually did when leaving the event today.
Photos: Kensington Palace Twitter/Kensington Palace Instagram/Fostering Network Twitter/Getty
Link: Daily Mail.