Kate Middleton made a surprise appearance yesterday, October 16, when she joined Prince William and Prince Harry for a meet-and-greet with kids at Paddington Station.
The royal trio were there meeting children from their various charities, who were chosen by the Royal’s Charity Forum, as they took a train through the countryside in vintage carriages. There were 130 children associated with charities such as Place2Be, East Anglia Children’s Hospice, Anna Freud Centre, WellChild, and Child Bereavement UK on board the Belmond British Pullman Train, as well as guests who suffered in the Grenfell Tower fire.
The royals also met people from the new film Paddington 2, including actor Hugh Bonneville and producer David Heyman. Also in attendance was a giant Paddington Bear, whom Kate danced with on the platform. Afterwards the actor inside the costume said: “She’s a right good mover, and I think she could win Strictly Come Dancing if she was in it.”
So… Is Kate not sick anymore since she’s well enough to dance with a bear? While speaking to a woman from Child Bereavement UK, William said Kate “is feeling much better”. But an aide said: “The Duchess is feeling much better but she has still not fully recovered.” This vagueness could mean anything, and is the perfect ‘get out of work free’ card.
The royals split up to speak to guests in the carriages. Kate spoke to Esther Windsor and her daughter Lilly, 10, from the Anna Freud Centre, discussing Kate’s and Lilly’s shared love of art.
“The Duchess said: ‘So you’re creative. It’s great fun, isn’t it?’ The two also discussed seeing the first Paddington movie and their plans to see the second, which opens on November 10. ‘Have you ever been on a train like this? No, I haven’t either. I was just saying how big and comfy the seats are.’
“After their chat, Lilly’s mother, Esther, said: ‘We really like the train and it’s very nice to meet Kate. She seemed very well.'”
Kate also spoke to two girls who are helped by Place2Be, Amelia Kubas, 7, and Mahira Gazi, 10. Mahira, who described the royal encounter as “mind-blowing”, said: “I asked her what’s it like to be a princess, because I’d like to be one, and she said her favourite thing was meeting special people like us.”
Hasn’t Kate said something like that before? I could have sworn I remember that being an answer before, but I don’t remember when so I don’t know where to begin to look that up. Does anyone remember?
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William had a chat with a young boy about Prince George and his love of The Lion King. You can hear the whole conversation in the video below, but in answer to the question ‘What’s your son’s favorite show?’, William said:
“Oh, his favorite show. Um, he quite likes the Lion King. He’s watched that a few times. What else does he like? He’s watched Octonauts. Have you seen that? … Trying to keep him off television is hard work. Not too much TV. Only a little bit.”
I actually have seen Octonauts. It was on at 6 in the morning when I was going to the gym, and there was nothing else on so I watched that. It’s actually a cute show.
So, what did Kate throw on for this surprise appearance she was only just well enough to attend? A new dress and heels, of course.
Kate wore a new pink and black dress from Orla Kiely. The $185 Raised Flower Fitted Dress is from the 2013 season, so Kate has had this dress is her closet for years and is just now debuting it. I wonder how many clothes Kate has laying around in her closet that we’ve never seen before.
Kate wore new black suede heels, this time from Tod’s. Kate’s branching out slightly, though, because these £335 black suede pumps have a block heel. The rest of Kate’s accessories are repeats: Mulberry Bayswater clutch in black, Cartier watch, and Kiki McDonough Morganite earrings.