Kate Middleton made her last public appearance ahead of the birth of her second child today, March 27. She and Prince William were in South London for three engagements.
Before I get to the Kate part of the post, I want to highlight something I think is hilarious. As you probably know, a few weeks ago a “source” close to Prince Charles leaked to the press that Charles complains that William and Kate never let Charles see Prince George. Then there seemed to be some sort of weird press war between Charles, Carole Middleton, Will, and Kate. Well there’s been a new turn of events. In his new video message for the WWF Earth Hour UK, there is a never before seen photo of Charles holding George sitting on the table next to Charles. If this isn’t a blatant message to the press of “No, like, seriously you guys, I see George all the time”, I don’t know what is.
PS. How old do you think George is in this photo? Like, did Charles pop over and say “Hey I need the kid for a photo op” and take a pic with him recently, or did Charles’ team pull out the most recent pic of Charles and George, but it’s from months ago because Will and Kate refused to let Charles take a pic with George recently?
UPDATE: The Telegraph says the photo was taken last summer. They also imply the photo was a message to the Middletons, rather than the press as I implied. Clarence House insiders “denied that the picture in the background of the video was put their deliberately”, pointing out “there are ‘lots’ of pictures of the Prince with his grandson dotted around the residence.”
Back to Kate. The first stop of the day was the Stephen Lawrence Centre in Deptford. Stephen Lawrence was murdered in 1993 in a racially motivated attack. His family set up the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust to help “young people realise their ambitions to become architects by supporting them with bursaries and mentoring support”. The Centre was opened in 2008. Will and Kate were greeted by Stephen’s mother, Doreen Lawrence, and toured the facility.
While at the Stephen Lawrence Centre, William talked to two students who wanted to be lawyers, and in response William said, “It would be fun to sue people.” Sigh. Yes, William, we all know how much you love suing people.
While touring the SLIK Magazine offices at the center, Kate asked: “Do you all read each other’s writing before it goes up? Is there a big editing process? There is a huge amount of work that goes into it.” Sigh. Maybe it’s because I write a blog, or because I wrote many research papers in college, or because I’ve seen TV shows set (at least partially) in newspaper offices, but… of course there is a big editing process! I feel like that’s a no brainer kind of thing, but maybe I’m overestimating people’s knowledge of the writing process. Or I’m getting worked up over nothing because Kate doesn’t bothering thinking too hard about what she says, so why should I bother thinking too hard about what she says?
When leaving the center, Kate was presented with flowers and the little girl told her her favorite dish was Shepherd’s Pie, to which Kate responded, “That’s our favourite too.” I don’t know how much of a grain of salt we should take that comment, seeing as Kate was probably just humoring the little girl.
The next stop of the day was Christ Church in Gipsy Hill where they visited XLP, a charity about “creating positive futures for young people growing up on deprived inner city estates, struggling daily with issues such as family breakdown, poverty, unemployment and educational failure, and living in areas that experience high levels of anti-social behaviour, criminality and gang activity.” Will and Kate watched an arts showcase presentation by performers who had been through XLP’s arts program.
The final stop of the day was Hazel Grove Estate in Sydenham where the couple visited the XLP community bus and the XLP mobile recording studio.
At some point in the day, William was overheard saying, “Not long now”, when referring to the impending birth of Baby Cambridge 2. Claudia French, during a brief walkabout, said of her interaction with William: “We were talking about him becoming a father again and he said ‘The first time is a learning experience, the second time is a game-changer’.” I don’t see why, considering it’s not like Will and Kate have to take care of two babies all on their own, but whatevs.
Will and Kate stayed for about an hour at each event.
There were some interesting and totally non-sugared responses to Will and Kate’s visits. This is why kids/teens rock, because they give no you knows about telling it how it is:
Rare criticism of Will & Kate 2day from young person:"They are just keeping up appearances. They wanted to make it look like they related."
— Victoria Murphy (@QueenVicMirror) March 27, 2015
Not the usual response after meeting W&K but quite refreshing. One teen: "We are paying our taxes–we pay for them to live where they live.”
— Victoria Murphy (@QueenVicMirror) March 27, 2015
Kate repeated her bright pink Mulberry Cerise Wool Silk Double Crepe Coat she previously wore to the September 11 Memorial in December 2014. I know that the coat was super loose on Kate when she wore it in December, but she’s now eight months pregnant and the coat still seems so loose on her – like, it doesn’t look like her body underneath the coat has changed at all, that’s how loose the coat is. I’m still not a fan of this coat; it’s way too baggy and the collar is way too high and constricting.
Kate in December 2014 v Kate today:
Kate wore a black dress underneath her coat. She carried her Mulberry Bayswater clutch and wore her Stuart Weitzman Power pumps again. She also wore her latest favorite earrings, the Kiki McDonough Morganite and Diamond Cushion Drop Earrings. Her hair was back to the super fluffy curls she so loves.
Some catch-up news:
Yesterday, March 26, Kate, William, and Prince Harry were in Bath to attend a memorial service for Richard Meade – an Olympic equestrian – at Bath Abbey. His sons are friends with the royals.
Kate wore her Beulah London Chiara Wool Navy Trapeze Overcoat (that she previously wore to the Service of Commemoration), Alexander McQueen navy suede heels, most likely carried her Stuart Weitzman navy Muse clutch (though it’s a bit hard to tell), wore her Annoushka Pearl Drop earrings, and what looks like a new navy hat. Kate wore her hair down and straight.
As you can tell from the look he’s giving her, William hates the girl who took the photo and totally wants her dead.
This is a bit old now, but I’m posting it anyway. Kate was spotted shopping last week. According to Us Weekly, Kate went shopping in Trotters on Kings Road in London on Thursday, March 19.
Us Weekly also says Kate was shopping at Zara on Saturday, March 21, and there is blurry photo evidence of this trip. Going off the pics, Kate wore her Zara straight cut coat (that she wore while shopping in January) and Russell & Bromley Charge It boots, and her hair in a ponytail.
— Kate & Pippa Style (@livelovelaughvr) March 22, 2015