The Broody Duchess of Cambridge chose Double Blue in Northern Ireland


Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Day 2 of Northern Ireland visit
Northern Ireland Office

The Baron and Baroness of Carrickfergus are in Northern Ireland for 2 days visit. After a fun-filled day that ended with a sparkling reception at Music Hall, William and Catherine will be spending the second leg of the visit in Ballymena.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Day 2 of Northern Ireland visit
Northern Ireland Office

Today’s itinerary has a focus on organizations that are working to create a bright future for the next generation.  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent the day in Ballymena, meeting with organisations that are working to create a bright future for the next generation.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Day 2 of Northern Ireland visit
Northern Ireland Office

They began the day by meeting privately with officers and staff from the Police Service in Northern Ireland to hear about the unique challenges they face before heading to Ballymena. As per the Mirror report, “William and Kate requested to meet the police officers and the staff at the PSNI to discuss the work being done to provide mental support for those in the service. William has spoken candidly about how he was supported during his time as an air ambulance pilot and he was very interested in the concept of sharing of ideas and experiences between all of the emergency services and armed forces so that the best results can be achieved. The Duke and Duchess had some great ideas about how that can work across the country and it’s something they are both passionate about”.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Day 2 of Northern Ireland visit
Northern Ireland Office

They met with the Chief Constable of Police, police officers & staff at Hillsborough Castle where they discussed the challenging roles they undertake. Following the meeting with the royal couple, the Chief of the police said, “Police officers appreciated the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge taking time out today to listen to the challenges they face“.

A video of the meeting shared by the NI Office.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Day 2 of Northern Ireland visit
Northern Ireland Visit

The next stop of the day was Ballymena. The couple was received by hundreds of well-wishers who were eager to see the royal couple in the streets of the Co Antrim town.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Day 2 of Northern Ireland visit
Northern Ireland Office

Duchess was presented with lots of flowers during the walkabout.

 

An interesting moment during the walkabout. Are we heading towards Cambridge Baby number 4!!!!!

 

This little girl Hannah was able to score an interview with Duchess. When Duchess came to know that Hannah was writing a biography of Catherine in school, she knelt down and asked if she wanted to ask her any questions. Hannah asked Catherine what she likes about being a Princess.

A video of the walkabout.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Day 2 of Northern Ireland visit
Northern Ireland

The royal couple was at the Braids Arts Centre to visit the charity Cinemagic, who have used film, television and digital technologies to engage with over 500,000 young people, at Braid Arts Centre.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Day 2 of Northern Ireland visit
Northern Ireland

Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People is an award-winning charity that has been educating, inspiring and motivating young people across the world for the last three decades. The charity uses visual arts to increase opportunities and develop skills for young people from all backgrounds.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Day 2 of Northern Ireland visit
Northern Ireland

Since it was established Cinemagic has engaged with over 500,000 young people, screened over 3,000 films, and hosted over 500 masterclasses, industry workshops, Q&As and special events. Its film production projects have received international acclaim for their ambition, quality and reach.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Day 2 of Northern Ireland visit
Northern Ireland

During their visit, William and Catherine got to chat with young people about how they use film, television and digital technologies as a means to educate, motivate and inspire them & how Cinemagic gives the invaluable opportunity to work across disciplines.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Day 2 of Northern Ireland visit
Northern Ireland

The Duke and Duchess took part in some of Cinemagic’s workshops to see the full range of training they provide. The Duke of Cambridge joins a storyboard masterclass demonstration with children from Malvern Primary School.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Day 2 of Northern Ireland visit
Kensington palace

The couple chatting backstage with performers from Cinemagic’s Musical Theatre and ‘A Stone’s Throw’ Projects – ahead of watching a performance.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Day 2 of Northern Ireland visit
Northern Ireland

William and Catherine watching kid’s performance at Cinemagic.

A video of their visit to Cinemagic.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Day 2 of Northern Ireland visit
Northern Ireland

William and Catherine ended the day at Sure Start and Action for Children, a programme that supports parents with children aged under four years old living in disadvantaged areas in Northern Ireland. They saw some of the different programmes that Sure Start provides to understand how the organisation supports parents and provides best practice for early years work.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Day 2 of Northern Ireland visit
Northern Ireland Office

William and Catherine met with the Staff, Parents and participated in Hatching Dinosaur eggs which children and their parents work together to open and hatch, supporting children’s physical and cognitive skill development.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Day 2 of Northern Ireland visit
Northern Ireland Office

Catherine received a little bunch of daffodils from a small little kid. Daffodils represent St David’s Day that is going to be observed in Wales tomorrow.

A video from the last engagement of the day.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Day 2 of Northern Ireland visit
Kensington Palace

For the day Catherine wore a new blue outfit. She was wearing Ashleigh Coat In Lavender Blue Double Wool from Mulberry. It is from label’s Fall 2018 Ready-to-wear Collection. Thanks to on Twitter.

Mulberry Ashleigh Coat In Lavender Blue Double Wool
Mulberry Ashleigh Coat In Lavender Blue Double Wool

The $2430 coat has a small cape on the shoulder and front button closure and belted waistline with a flared skirt. The silhouette of the coat is pretty similar to Catherine’s Alexander McQueen Coat we first saw in Australia in 2013. The difference is the cape on the new coat.

Mulberry Ashleigh Coat In Lavender Blue Double Wool
Mulberry Ashleigh Coat In Lavender Blue Double Wool

A closer look at the cape.

Jenny Packham Blue Sheath Dress
Jenny Packham Blue Sheath Dress/ Northern Ireland Office

Underneath the coat, she wore a blue Jenny Packham dress. Initially, I thought it is the same dress she has worn during the Canada tour 2016 and for the visit to the Imperial War Museum in 2018. But Katie on twitter noticed the different sleeves.

Jenny Packham Blue Shift Dress
Jenny Packham Blue Shift Dress

The dress has the same silhouette as the old Jenny Packham Blue Shift Dress i.e. sheath. It has wrist length sleeves with self-belt on the waistline.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Day 2 of Northern Ireland visit
Northern Ireland Office

Catherine paired the dress with her Sapphire and Diamond Diana Earrings.

Jimmy Choo Celeste Clutch (Blue)
Jimmy Choo Celeste Clutch

Duchess was carrying her Jimmy Choo Celeste Clutch and wore Rupert Sanderson Malory Pumps.

Rupert Sanderson 'Malory' Navy Suede Pumps
Rupert Sanderson ‘Malory’ Navy Suede Pumps

Next, we will see the couple on Tuesday when they will be attending a reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth to mark the 50th anniversary of Prince Charles’ investiture as Prince of Wales.


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