After her action-filled day at Twickenham Stadium yesterday, today, The Duchess of Cambridge joined The Prince of Wales, Charles, and The Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, for a rare joint engagement for the Prince’s Trust. The Royal trio met the students from Prince’s Foundation school of traditional arts, photography, and art students and graduates and entrepreneurs from The Modern Artisan project.
This was Catherine’s first joint engagement with Charles and Camilla in 2022, the last time we saw them together at the Remembrance Sunday Service and James Bond Movie Premiere. The Prince’s Foundation is an educational charity established in 1986 by Charles, Prince of Wales to teach and demonstrate in practice those principles of traditional urban design and architecture which put people and the communities of which they are part at the center of the design process.
About Prince’s Foundation, “For more than 40 years His Royal Highness has been at the forefront of championing sustainability. During the last decade, the impact of natural resource depletion, climate change, and rapid urbanization has become evident and widely understood. The work of The Prince’s Foundation is inspired by the belief that only by taking a holistic view can we create a sustainable future to meet the needs of our world. The Prince’s Foundation was created through the merger, in 2018, of The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, The Great Steward of Scotland’s Dumfries House Trust, and The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts”.
Upon arrival, The Royals posed for photographs with the London skyline as the backdrop and in front of O2.
The Duchess of Cambridge was invited by Prince Charles to visit a center run by the Prince’s Foundation in Trinity Buoy Wharf in east London for arts and culture because of their “shared interest and longstanding support of the arts and creative industries.” The Duchess is the patron of the Victoria & Albert Museum, National Portrait Gallery, and Royal Photographic Society. They also met a life-drawing group and visited the Future Textiles and pattern cutting room. Then they saw sewing machine skills demonstration and they even tried their hands at sewing a straight seam themselves.
Graduates and entrepreneurs from the Modern Artisan project, a collaboration between the Prince’s Foundation and the YOOX Net-a-Porter Group, talked about the techniques behind traditional kilt production and silk smocking. The royals toured the Future Textiles Studio and Pattern-cutting Studio that served as the Hemp Store where dock-workers made rope from hemp in past.
From Daily Mirror’s report,
And these rare joint engagements could become more and more common in the future, according to royal sources. At the time, they told the Mirror that the outing of Charles, Camilla, William, and Kate could herald a “new era” of collaboration and solidarity between the future king and his eldest son and their wives.
They were really interested in observing those skills and making sure that there is quality education like this out there for students to access,” said Daniel McAulifee, education director at The Prince’s Foundation. “The Duchess of Cambridge was very impressed with the quality of drawing and she really loved the textiles,” he added.
The trio stopped to chat with Nicole Christie, who founded luxury womenswear brand Ellipsis after studying on the Modern Artisan course run by the Prince’s Foundation and Yoox Net-a-Porter. After showing them her clothes and accessories, Nicole gave Camilla a pale green bag and Kate a cream one. She also gifted Princess Charlotte a pink scrunchie. “I just thought I couldn’t leave her out,” Nicole said. “It’s been such an honor for them to take time to talk to me about something I started in my front room. They were asking about my inspiration behind the collection. They wanted to know about my journey.”
The Prince’s Foundation Diploma is a skills-based course with a focus on the links between traditional skills, innovation, and creativity.
From People’s report,
‘In the sculpture class, students were creating head shapes with wax. “Kate talked about how hard it was to work the wax. I told her that it doesn’t help when you’ve got really cold hands,” Cara MacKay, 18, says. Florence Harrison, 19, was another student on the foundation course between school and university. “They were really lovely and really friendly,” she said of the royals. “I spoke to Kate about the concept of translating a life drawing at school from 2D to this 3D shape. I was pleasantly surprised at how friendly they were.”
The Duchess paired the outfit with her Gianvito Rossi Piper 85 suede pumps.
She was wearing her Sapphire and Diamond Earrings that once belonged to Lady Diana.
The Duchess of Cambridge was carrying Mulberry Small Amberley Crossbody Black Soft Printed Croc.