Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, made a return visit to the Anna Freud Centre yesterday, December 15. Kate previously visited the Centre in September, so she’s visited a charity that she is not patron of twice this year – for reference, she has not even visited several of her actual patronages that much (she hasn’t visited SportsAid at all this year). I’m being nitpicky, though, this was a solid appearance for Kate.
Kate was visiting the AFC to join in on their end of term Christmas Party where she took part in a 15-minute long music therapy class where the group sat around in a circle playing drums. Because she was wearing a dress, Kate couldn’t hold the drum between her legs like the rest of the class.
Student Capone Duggan-Samuels who sat to her left said: “Unfortunately, it wasn’t easy for her to hold the drum properly because she was in a dress. She was holding it by her side. But she was making the right sounds.”
And the music teacher, Jude Winwood, said: “She had such good rhythm. She was thrown in at the deep end but I gave her a few clues, hand signals. She knew what was required of her.”
Kate talked about football (soccer) and which team is her favorite which is a shock to me since I didn’t know she cared at all about football let alone had a favorite team.
From the Express:
“When she visited the same pupils in September, some of the pupils came away with the impression she followed the same team as her husband, Prince William: Aston Villa. But when Rjay Bryan, 8, chatted with her today about William’s support for Villa, the Premier League’s basement team, he then asked which team Kate favoured.
“‘We high fived because she supports Chelsea and I support Chelsea. I love people who support Chelsea,’ he said.”
Part of the day’s activities included making paper hands which were put together in a collage on the wall in the shape of a Christmas tree.
As we learned from her previous visit in September, the Anna Freud Centre brings knowledge from neuroscience and social science research to help children, young people, and families find solutions to their difficulties by putting the child and their family at the center of their own care. The Centre also teaches and trains a new generation of researchers and clinicians in the latest skills and tools to improve mental health globally.
Here is a video of Kate’s visit. She is still so awkward when hugging people (how hard is it to hug someone?). But at the end of the video she actually said a nice little thank you to the crowd.
At about 1:30 in the video, Kate says: “Thank you everyone. It’s been so fantastic to see you all again doing amazing things, so keep it up and have a really happy Christmas and thank you again for having me.”
I mean, it’s not a speech but it is “a few words” which is something I’ve been asking for for a long time. Improvement?
Kate repeated another dress from her 2012 closet, this time opting for her red, bespoke Alexander McQueen dress with flaps she first wore in June 2012 to the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant and wore a second time to the RADA reception in February 2014. I’ve never been a huge fan of the flaps, but I do like the color on her.
Kate switched up her accessories this time opting for her Stuart Weitzman Power Pumps and Mulberry Bayswater Clutch, and her Kiki McDonough “Lauren Yellow Gold Pave Diamond Leaf Earrings” (£2,200.00).
Are you guys coming around to Kate’s haircut? Because I’m really liking it. Especially when looking at the comparison photos from 2012 and 2014. I like the shorter hair on her.
In the photos below: Kate in 2012 on the left, in 2014 in the middle, and in 2015 on the right. I think I prefer the look in 2012 because she had better accessories – a nice brooch/badge and the red clutch and hat; plus I like the addition of the scarf.
By the way, Kate has not worn her nude LK Bennett Sledges in public since August 2014 at the WWI commemorations. They’ve been replaced by the Stuart Weitzman Power Pumps which Kate has worn about a dozen times this year. I don’t know what happened. Did she get tired of everyone going, “Ugh”, whenever she wore them, or did one of you steal them? Be honest.
I’m going to give Kate a solid C+ for this visit. It’s not super great, but there was nothing super bad – she seemed to enjoy herself, she wore a nice bright color for an event with kids, and saying a few words was a nice touch. A solid C+.
Here is another video of the group playing “We Will Rock You” on the drums.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) December 15, 2015
By the way, while Kate was visiting this center, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (who has been out of action for a while) was decorating her Christmas tree with sick kids. I’ll have that article tomorrow.