Kate Middleton visited the Foundling Museum yesterday, November 28, and while walking into the museum, stopped to make a comment to reporters about the engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
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The Foundling Museum explores the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity and first public art gallery. The Foundling Hospital, which continues today as the children’s charity Coram, was established in 1739 by the philanthropist Thomas Coram to care for babies at risk of abandonment. Instrumental in helping Coram realise his vision were the artist William Hogarth and the composer George Frideric Handel. The Foundling Museum is a history and art museum, which through a dynamic program of exhibitions and events, celebrates the ways in which artists of all disciplines have helped improve children’s lives for over 275 years.
Kate arrived at the museum where she was shown around an exhibition about the history of the museum. From 1741, when the first babies were admitted, to 1954, when the last pupil was placed in foster care, the Foundling Hospital cared for and educated around 25,000 children. Kate viewed tokens left by mothers with their babies at The Foundling Hospital so they could identify them.
Kate met children in various art therapy and art workshops, including children from The Thomas Coram nursery (which is next to the Foundling Museum) and Argyle Primary School. Kate viewed lanterns that the kids made, and sat in with the kids for an arts and crafts session.
Kate commented on Harry and Meghan’s engagement announcement, saying:
“William and I are absolutely thrilled. It’s such exciting news. It’s really happy time for any couple, and we wish them all the best. I hope they enjoy this happy moment.”
Rebecca English confirmed on Twitter that this statement is “what we call a pre-arranged ‘doorstep’.” As in, Kate stopping to be asked about this by reporters was planned.
Personally, I have no problem with Kate pre-planning a statement to say to reporters here. I wish Kate would do this for all of her engagments, or at least all of her solo engagements. I wish Kate would give a quote, even one sentence, to reporters about the engagement at each engagement. That would be amazing. Sadly, that won’t happen, but I wish it would.
At the @FoundlingMuseum today The Duchess of Cambridge said both her and The Duke are "thrilled" for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. pic.twitter.com/a1CFpoEkaJ
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) November 28, 2017
Kate wore a new Kate Spade dress with a diamond pattern print from the Resort 2018 Collection. The hem on Kate’s dress is higher in the front than in the back because the dress is not a maternity dress and Kate’s midsection is pulled the front of the dress up.
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Kate accessorized the dress, which has a burgundy striped as part of the waist band, with her burgundy Gianvito Rossi pumps and burgundy Mulberry Bayswater clutch. Kate did not go for burgundy jewelry, though, opting instead for her Sapphire and Diamond earrings.
As a programming note: Since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced their engagement, I will officially be moving any coverage of Harry over to Meghan Markle Review. That blog is where I will cover Meghan and Harry.
As another note: I want to remind everyone to please be polite to each other and to the royals, including Kate. People have differing opinions, and that’s great, but we don’t need to be hostile to each other when discussing them. And we don’t need to be hostile to Kate either. Yes, Kate doesn’t read this blog, but WE have to read these comments, and when the tone is incredibly negative it makes it not fun. Both this and Meghan Markle Review are supposed to be fun. Yes, we comment negatively about certain things we dislike or are disappointed in, but we don’t have to be hateful when commenting about the royals and we don’t have to be hateful to each other when our opinions differ. Thank you.