Kate’s recent adventures: fashion and speeches

Kate’s recent adventures: fashion and speeches

Me: I’m going to focus on Kate now. Also me: Posts about Beatrice, George, and the Swedes first. Anyway, let’s take a look at some of the Duchess of Cambridge‘s events from September and October. I’m only going to cover a handful in this article, but all of Kate’s events are listed on the Appearance Totals 2019 page – where I list all of Kate’s events posted in the Court Circular.

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I’m starting with the most recent event first, and moving backward. Yesterday, October 9, Kate visited her patronage, the Natural History Museum. She attended a meeting with the Chief Executive for the Natural History Museum before visiting the Angela Marmot Centre for Biodiversity.

The Angela Marmot Centre provides a host of resources for individuals and groups to develop wildlife recording skills, as well as identify specimens, and provides use of advanced equipment. Kate visited the center to learn about what they do, and see specimens and DNA sequencing in action.

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Kate wore a really great outfit, too. According to What Kate Wore, Kate wore the “Relaxed Gathered Waist Culotte” from Jigsaw (£130) and “Pointelle High Neck Jumper” from Warehouse (£39). Kate accessorized with her Chanel bag, Tod’s pumps which I’ve been envious of since 2016 (I actually bought a pair of burgundy pumps last year because of these shoes), and Asprey Oak Leaves earrings.

I love this look, to be honest. It’s one of my favorite looks from her – at least recently. I love the color combination, the trousers; if I could recreate this look, I would (I’m legitimately bummed that these pieces are sold out).

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Last week, October 2, Kate and Prince William visited the Aga Khan Centre ahead of their tour to Pakistan, which begins on October 14. They met with The Aga Khan, as well as the High Commissioner of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and attended a reception showcasing modern Pakistani culture.

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I like Kate’s outfit here, too. Kate’s really gotten me with the fashion for these last two events. The others are a pass from me, but these two are great. For this event, Kate wore a teal dress from ARoss Girl x Soler, the “Amanda silk-georgette maxi dress” ($556), paired with her green Emmy London pumps and clutch. Kate’s earrings are from Pakistan-based brand Zeen. These IDs were also from What Kate Wore.

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I’m going to skip over a couple events and move back in time to Kate’s Back to Nature Festival speech, but I have to include the above photo of Kate christening the RRS Sir David Attenborough before doing that because this photo makes me chuckle.

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On September 10, Kate attended the Back to Nature Festival at Royal Horticultural Society Garden Wisley, which featured her Back to Nature garden she co-designed for the Chelsea Flower Show. She officially opened the garden with a speech, saying:

The Back to Nature Festival is a fitting finale to a project I have been thrilled to be part of. As many of you know, I was invited by the RHS to co-design a garden for families and children for this year’s Chelsea Flower Show and Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival. It’s been the most amazing experience and I can’t thank the RHS enough for giving me this wonderful opportunity. I am delighted that many of those features that first appeared in those gardens, have found a permanent home here at Wisley in the new children’s play garden. I hope it will enable thousands of children to discover and explore the natural world around them.

I am not as green fingered as many of you here, but I was passionate about creating a garden that inspired children and adults alike to get back to nature and reap the positive mental and physical health benefits that it can bring. The gardens were, I suppose, a manifestation of some of the work I have been focusing on around how best we can support our children in the earliest years.

The physical benefits of being outdoors and in nature are well documented. More recently, however, I have learnt that these often safe and supportive environments can also bring significant benefits to the cognitive, social and emotional development of our children too. The experiences we gain during our earliest years influence who we become as people. They influence how we interact in school, in work and in society and, ultimately how we bring up our own children.

Whether it is planting, exploring, digging, creating, or playing; quality time spent outside provides children with the perfect environment to form those positive relationships with the people in their lives and the world around them. As a parent, I have learnt just how important it is to foster our children’s development, in all areas, not just physical, as soon as they are born. We build the blocks, the foundations, for future success and happiness later in their lives.

These relationships, however, stretch far beyond the crucial one that a parent or carer has with its child. Like in the animal kingdom, whether a pod, a pack, or a pride, the interactions we have with the broader community – be it with our grandparent, teachers or neighbours – play a crucial role in the growth and learning of our young. There is a well-known proverb – that it takes a village to raise a child – everyone here represents an integral part of that very village. By coming together, having fun, learning and experiencing new things, we can all impart life-long benefits on our children.

That is why I wanted to invite you here today – many of whom I have met in my pursuit to learn more about the early years – to celebrate the work that you are doing, thank you personally and to continue working with you to inspire even more people to follow your lead. I hope you all have a wonderful day.


I think this is a nice speech for opening a garden; it does what it’s meant to do: champion being outdoors. I would love to see Kate get more into the reasons behind why people/children don’t or can’t be outdoors more (socio-economic reasons, safety), but the opening of this garden is not the time or place for that.

While at RHS Wisley, Kate joined CBBC’s Blue Peter to announce the winner of the Royal Garden Competition, which Kate took part in as one of the judges.


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