Kate said words. Much amaze. Such wow. No, seriously, Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, actually said a few words before handing out awards at the 2015 Fostering Excellence Awards this evening in London. **Updated with link to video of her words**
Kate said (transcribed from the video): “Good evening. I’d just like to say how delighted I am to be here with you all. It is wonderful to meet so many remarkable and inspiring people involved in the incredibly important world of fostering. And now, it gives me enormous pleasure to present the Fostering Achievement Award to Adam, Emily, and Sian. Congratulations to you all.”
Though Jason tried to convince us that Kate would be giving more speeches, I wouldn’t call two sentences a speech. This was politely saying a few words thanking her hosts, which is something she should be doing at almost every event she attends. But I will give her credit for actually saying a few words. We have been on her for a very long time to at least say a few words at her appearances and she finally did. So good job, Kate.
I have not seen a video of Kate’s words, but our (former?) friend Richard Palmer said Kate “looked more confident than in previous public speaking” and that her “confident public speaking style struck [him]” (link, link). So maybe she has finally gotten a speaking coach. But if Jason wants his promises not to ring false then Kate needs to give a full speech by the end of the week. I am honestly happy that Kate finally said a few words, and I know public speaking can be terrifying, but it’s been 4 1/2 years (!) it’s time for Kate to give full speeches.
UPDATE: Here is a link to a video of Kate’s words (she speaks from 4:40-5:08). Hm… I want to say it is a tad bit better than last time she spoke, but it’s still not great. I do think she seems more confident than she has previously, so I understand what Palmer was saying. But I still think Kate needs a lot of work. The head bob is still present and annoying, and she still pauses at odd places in sentences./UPDATE
Kate (Rebecca Deacon) also wrote a foreword to the awards program: “It is fantastic that we are all gathered this evening to celebrate fostering and the truly transformational care that is a lifeline to so many. The people we will hear about tonight are truly extraordinary and show how good foster care changes children and young people’s lives.”
The Fostering Excellence Awards are presented by The Fostering Network to celebrate the role of the fostering community in providing support to children and young people. Kate handed out the Fostering Achievement Award to three teenagers: Emily Bowyer, 19 (once an elective mute who is now trying to become a paramedic); Adam Howlett, 17 (who suffers from autism); and Sian Connolly, 19 (who overcame disruptive and anti-social behaviour). For more on all of the award winners, go here.
The Fostering Network works with fostering services and foster families from across the UK caring for children who are unable to live at home – often experiencing neglect and abuse, and/or witnessing domestic violence or substance abuse before being taken from their homes and placed with foster families.
This is the second time this year that Kate has visited The Fostering Network – she first visited back in January – which is more than I can say for some of her patronages (she hasn’t visited SportsAid once this year). I’m wondering if she will become patron of The Fostering Network in the near future.
Upon her arrival, Kate received quilts for Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The charity gives out similar quilts to all foster children. The note attached reads: “These quilts are often a fostered child’s most treasured possession.”
Part of the event was a tea party where Kate met with the award’s winners and their families, as well as other children, and staff and volunteers from The Fostering Network.
Kate wore another new dress for this event. Having just announced a tour of India next year, Kate went with an Indian designer for the first time. I’m guessing this dress will make a return appearance during the tour next year.
While Kate went with a new-to-her designer, she went with an old-and-very-boring-to-her color: blue.
Kate went with Saloni‘s “Martine crinkle-effect dress” in cobalt from the Pre-AW15 collection ($789 at matchesfashion). She added an Alexander McQueen belt we’ve seen from her a few times, her favorite clutch of 2015 the black Mulberry Bayswater, her Catherine Zoraida “Fern Hoop Earrings” (£150.00) she debuted in September, and another new pair of black suede pumps (how many does she need?) this time from Gianvito Rossi (€ 510 at mytheresa).
The dress reminds me of both the Tabitha Webb dress Kate wore to the Charities Forum and the LK Bennett dress Kate wore to Wimbledon. All three dresses have a similar shape and sleeve length.
Kate wore her hair back in a braided knot with her bangs hanging loose. The rest of her hair was tightly curled into ringlets.
TV presenter Holly Willoughby hosted the awards, and like Kate, she chose a blue and black theme for her outfit. I wonder if this was a planned color-coordination or if this was a coincidence. If planned, that’s cute. If not planned, I wonder if Kate was upset.
Now, in the past whenever there is a comparison between Kate and another women the instant reaction (not just here but on other non-pro-Kate blogs) is that the other woman looks way better than Kate, pulls off the outfit better than Kate, accessorized better than Kate, etc. Well, I want to say before any of that happens that I actually like Kate’s dress way better than Holly’s, even with the ugly belt. Though I prefer Holly’s hair – less bangs trauma.
There was some wind.
Oh, BTW, Kate didn’t bother to turn to the cameras when she entered the building, and that upset some of the photographers. KP may have curtailed the press with their meet-and-greet, but the photographers are still pissy about things.
Prince William and Duchess Kate visited the French Embassy in London this morning to sign the book of condolence for the victims of the Paris attacks last Friday. If you can’t read his handwriting, William wrote: “To all those who have died and were injured in the heartless attacks in Paris, and to all the people in France: Nos plus sincères condoléances.”
PS. William, as President of the FA, attended the England and France football (soccer) match at Wembley Stadium this evening. William laid a wreath on the field in tribute to Paris. He was not scheduled to attend this match, but did so because of the attacks.
Photos: Kensington Palace @KensingtonRoyal / Getty