Yesterday, February 18, Kate Middleton undertook two engagements, in Stoke-on-Trent and Smethwick. Kate visited the Emma Bridgewater factory and Action for Children.
Kate visited the Emma Bridgewater factory in Stoke-on-Trent in support of the collaboration between Emma Bridgewater and East Anglia Children’s Hospices (Kate’s patronage). Emma Bridgewater designed two mugs (“Insects & Flowers” and “Ladybirds”, which a royal aide insists Kate helped with, saying: “It was the Duchess’s idea to approach Emma, whom she didn’t know previously, and she helped in the design process.”), $5 of each sale will go toward EACH’s Nook appeal (which Kate launched back in November 2014). Kate toured the factory and saw how the pottery is made and decorated by hand – and even participated in making a plate and decorating pottery.
There was a ceramics painting workshop with children from a local children’s hospice.
Kate unveiled a plaque to commemorate the visit – she didn’t say anything before unveiling the plaque, sadly.
The Emma Bridgewater crew made a really cute arch to welcome Kate to their factory.
Kate ended up going home with a bag of goodies.
The EACH mugs (available for pre-order here):
After viewing the factory, Kate took a helicopter ride to Smethwick to visit Action for Children’s Cape Hill Children’s Centre to learn about Action for Children’s work supporting vulnerable children and families. Kate toured the facility before doing the requisite meet and greet with the kids and parents, this time under the guise of an “arts and crafts” session. Then Kate participated in a sing-a-long where she mentioned Prince George AGAIN, saying “I should have brought George. He would have loved this… I can’t imagine George would have been so good.” We get it, Kate, George is a handful. Enough already.
The Express has a story about how Kate was “moved to tears” when listening to one mother’s story at Action for Children:
- Michelle Griffiths, 33, from Smethwick, told Kate how she has “died” six times and then been brought back from the dead after suffering heart attacks. Her daughter, Chloe, 13, is her main carer and her son, Alfie, 4, has had to be taught to call 999 if she suffers a heart attack.
- “I was telling her that sometimes I feel like I have stolen my daughter’s childhood but she doesn’t see it like that,” Michelle said.
- “You’ve brought a tear to my eye,” said Kate.
- “She got choked up and I had to give her a tissue,” said Michelle.
Did anyone else get intensely pissed off at this? A 13 year old should NOT be forced to be a carer for their parent, let alone the MAIN carer. Yes, Michelle Griffiths, you HAVE stolen your daughter’s childhood, and you continue to steal it every day you force your child to be your caregiver. Parents should care for their underage children, not the other way around. Hire a nurse, girl, and let your children be children. Okay, rant over… let’s go to the fashion.
Kate went with Max Mara again for today’s visit, this time choosing a blue coat supposedly from Max Mara Sportmax FW14 collection, the Gerbera. Sportmax confirmed on Twitter that Kate was wearing one of their coats, but Kate’s coat and the photo on their website seem different. The color is different and the lapels seem different to me. Maybe Kate’s was a bespoke version or something. Price unknown, but WhatKateWore is reporting the original price was $2,490. If Kate’s was bespoke, it would have cost even more than that.
Kate recycled her Seraphine Maternity “Florrie Floral Print Dress”, Jimmy Choo “Georgia” navy pumps, LK Bennett “Frome” navy clutch, Cartier watch, and “Diana” earrings. Kate wore her hair in a half updo, which I thought looked good on her.
Not going to lie, I really like this coat. But I wish she’d have gone with the darker color the product is shown in on the website. I’m bored of this color blue she constantly chooses. She looks much better in darker, royal blues. But overall, this was a fashion win for Kate. Nice coat, maternity dress, hair out of her face. Good job, Kate.
Here’s a look at what the photographers do when Kate is sitting at a table and chatting to people. It must be awful to be one of the people the photographers push out of the way so they can get a photo of Kate.
Why does Kate touch her butt like this? I’ve noticed she’s done it at a number of engagements. It’s like she’s doing a sweep of her butt to check for… something. This photo is obviously mid-motion. Has anyone else noticed that she does this?
Oh, Kate’s coat blew up a bit in the back. Sigh. At least we didn’t see anything.
Here’s a video:
Photos: Kensington Palace Instagram/Kensington Palace Twitter/Action for Children Twitter (@actnforchildren)/Sophie Jamieson Twitter (@sophiejam)/Getty