The Duchess of Cambridge Catherine today officially ended her maternity leave by visiting Sayers Croft Forest School and Wildlife Garden at Paddington Recreation Ground.
Upon arrival Duchess was welcomed by very excited group of children from St Augustine’s Primary who gave her hug. Emily Andrews on Twitter reported, “Duchess asked them what their favourite thing about forest school. “Eating!” says one & Kate giggles.”
Duchess’s visit to Sayers Croft Forest School and Wildlife Garden aimed to see first-hand the positive impact that the Forest School has on children’s emotional and physical wellbeing as she was shown the wildlife garden and will meet children involved in exploratory and investigative outdoor activities.’
Welcoming Duchess, Westminster Council today tweeted, “Sayers Croft forest school and wildlife garden is one of Westminster’s great places for learning and play, and a centre of excellence in improving children’s emotional and physical wellbeing. We were proud to welcome HRH The Duchess of Cambridge today.”
Sayers Croft is a residential activity centre based in Surrey, which is owned by Westminster City Council. It aims to involve children and the local community in the environment, providing outdoor facilities for those who may otherwise be unable to access them. In London they have worked with Westminster City Council and Ruth Willmott Associates to create a Wildlife Garden, with an edible garden area and a Forest Garden.
Catherine visited both of Westminster City Council and Ruth Willmott Associates and joined Forest School sessions in each location. She met instructors and teachers and heard about the beneficial effect of being outdoor have on children.
While talking to Parents, Duchess met a 7 months old Romy in Paddington Recreation Ground, “He’s very chatty, he’s almost the same age as my little boy” she said.
Catherine along with students from Schools that are part of Sayers Croft planted the seeds at Paddington Recreation Centre.
Then Duchess participated in a mini beast hunt with school pupils and helped them in making leaf crown.
The Duchess saw an example of the positive impact Sayers Croft Trust’s activities have on children’s emotional and physical wellbeing.
Duchess, who is a mother of three children, clearly enjoyed her time today with children participating in outdoor activities. She joined children to listen to the story of Monkey Queen over a drink.
It was not just Duchess who enjoyed her day, the children from the Trust School were equally happy to have Duchess with them.
Duchess spent over an hour with children, staff and parents learning about the centre and its facilities, how they are impacting the children’s life. Children bid their Princess farewell with hugs.
Catherine took a stroll in the park and talked to the members of the public gathered there to have a glimpse of Duchess. Among the lucky ones were @the5cambridges.
Coming to today’s sartorial details that were something old and something new. Duchess brought back few of her favourite elements of wardrobe together with some new.
She was wearing Fjallraven ‘Stina’ jacket in Green colour (Found by Christin Zi). The Comfortable, practical everyday jacket in durable G-1000 and G-1000 Lite has a fixed hood with elastic, two side pockets. The jacket is currently retailing for $200. The Jacket is available at Fjallraven and Amazon.
Underneath the jacket, Catherine was wearing a green Övik Re-Wool Sweater W from Fjallraven (Thanks to Christin Zi for the id) . The Classic knitted sweater made from recycled wool is made from post-industrial waste from the Prato region in Italy, using century-old craftsmanship. A light, warm everyday favourite with the exceptional insulating properties of fine wool having Plain knit with two-tone twisted yarn that creates a melange effect. The sweater features raglan sleeves and round neckline. The $150 sweaters is available on Fjallraven and Amazon
She was wearing Joseph Rainer Bud Print Blouse. The $595 blouse (Id by @Solidmoonlight) coming from label’s Pre-AW18 collection has a notable uniform-wear inspiration. Printed with dark-green flower buds, the relaxed-fit piece features utilitarian epaulettes, chest pockets and working button cuffs. Tuck it into leather trousers for a slick weekday outfit. Currently available at MatchesFashion.
Duchess brought back her from Zara that she wore during India tour in 2016.
She paired the outfit with her trusty Penelope Chilvers Long Tassel Boots that I somehow was expecting for the day. The long boots are part of Duchess’ wardrobe for more than one and half-decade.
Duchess was supporting a new haircut with lighter hair colour and seemed to have a new tanned. So I am assuming She has spent some time away on Sun recently.