Duke and Duchess of Cambridge accompanied Princess Charlotte to her first Day of School

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took Princess Charlotte to her first day of school
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took Princess Charlotte to her first day of school
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Today was the big day for our little Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. Charlotte started her formal education at Thomas’s Battersea, where Prince George is already a student since September 2017. The school is located just a few miles away from the family’s official residence in London Kensington Palace.

 

Both Duke and Duchess of Cambridge accompanied Princess Charlotte to her first day of the school. William was holding George’s hand and his school bag while Charlotte was on her Mother’s side looking anxious but excited. On last Thursday, Kensington Palace announced that

“Princess Charlotte, accompanied by the Duke and Duchss of Cambridge and Prince George, will attend her first day of school at Thomas’s Battersea on Thursday 5th September”.

Simon O’Malley, headteacher of the school remarked, “We are delighted that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have decided that Princess Charlotte will join her elder brother, Prince George, at Thomas’s Battersea. We greatly look forward to welcoming her and all of our new pupils to the school in September.”

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Express reported that Charlotte will start learning French, computing, art, music, drama and ballet at the school where George is already a student of Grade 2 and ready to learn literacy, numeracy, science, swimming and music.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took Princess Charlotte to her first day of school
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The choice of kids’ school was not unexpected but a bit far away from the school royal kids have attended in the past. William and Catherine, who are determined to give their children a normal life during the early years of their lives, said in March 2017 via Palace,

“Their Royal Highnesses are delighted to have found a school where they are confident George will have a happy and successful start to his education”.

The school’s website describes itself as, “Thomas’s Battersea is a busy, thriving, purposeful school, educating 560 boys and girls between the ages of four and 13. As you would expect of any Thomas’s school, the most important school rule is to ‘Be Kind’. We offer a rich and broad curriculum, with Art, Ballet, Drama, ICT, French, Music and PE all taught by specialist teachers from a child’s first day in school”.

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“The school is structured in three, three-year stages (the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools) within a framework of ‘Enjoyment, Learning and Achievement’, which informs a child’s journey through the school. Children join at the age of four and leave at 11 or 13”.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge accompanied Princess Charlotte to her first Day of School
Thomas’s Battersea

“Whilst we are proud of our record of the senior school entrance and scholarship successes, we place a greater emphasis on a set of core values, which include kindness, courtesy, confidence, humility and learning to be givers, not takers. We hope that our pupils will leave this school with a strong sense of social responsibility, set on a path to become net contributors to society and to flourish as conscientious and caring citizens of the world. In a rich language environment children are encouraged to speak and listen in a range of situations; they communicate as they investigate and problem solve; they develop confidence and skills in expressing themselves and extend their social skills. Teachers model rich language and encourage children to express their thoughts and ideas through conversation”.

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Charlotte is starting her reception year at the school. Both George and Charlotte are known as Cambridges with full name Geroge Cambridge and Charlotte Cambridge at school.

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We can see a sparkly £3 unicorn key ring hanging from Charlotte’s bag. Duchess told Head of the lower school, Helen Haslem, ” She (Charlotte) is very excited”. Charlotte was seen playing with her pony through the time in front of cameras. I guess that was her way of handling the pressure of the first day that was a very much public event.

Prince George Started School
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Catherine missed Prince George’s first day of school, as she was expecting her third child Prince Louis in September 2017 and was suffering from acute morning sickness. But Palace released this beautiful official portrait marking George’s first day. We can expect a similar picture today also.

Prince George Started School
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Catherine has been spotted many times on school run. She drops and picks George from school regularly. The close bond of family is shown when Carole Middleton was also spotted picking her eldest grandchild from school a few times.

Prince George with Princess Charlotte on charlotte's first day of school official portrait
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Updated: As expected Palace shared the cute picture marking Princess Charlotte’s first day of school.

 

The picture was taken at the steps of Kensington Palace before George and Charlotte left for school. Both siblings have protected and loving arms around each other. So far we do not know who took the picture.

 

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For her daughter’s big day, Duchess bring back a stunning look.

Michael Michael Kors floral-print belted midi shirt dress
Michael Kors floral-print belted midi shirt dress

She was wearing Michael Kors Floral-print Dress that she first wore in May 2018 at the royal wedding rehearsal in Windsor.

Prada Suede Pointy-toe Pumps
Prada Suede Pointy-toe Pumps

Catherine paired the dress with Prada Suede Pointy-toe Pumps debuted in March 2016 when she visited EACH Hospice.

Asprey London Oak Leaf Small Hoop Earrings
Asprey London Oak Leaf Small Hoop Earrings

Duchess finished her look with Asprey London Oak Leaf Small Hoop Earrings debuted in July 2018 at Wimbledon Men’s Finale in July 2018.

Duchess of Cambride dropped Princess Charlotte at School1
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The highlight of Duchess’ look was her beautiful hair. The normally brunette locks were a shade or two lighter today with honey-toned highlights giving Duchess a stunning autumn look.

On Saturday evening, the Daily Mirror reported that William and Catherine took their kids to enjoy a peaceful outing before they start school.

 

 

 

 

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Joined Her Majesty for Church Service in Balmoral

Duchess of Cambridge at Balmoral Church Service

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Today, Prince William and Duchess Catherine joined Her Majesty the Queen and members of Royal Family for Sunday Church Service. It has become a sort of annual ritual for the Cambridge couple to join the Queen for this service.

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The church service is the only highlight when the royal fans are assured to have a glimpse of the Duchess in August when the family is on summer vacation. Although this year we saw Duke and Duchess competing against each other at the First Annual King’s Cup Sailing Regatta on August 09 after their summer vacation in Mustique.

 

On Thursday, William and Catherine were seen boarding a morning flight from Norwich International Airport to Aberdeen Airport to Scotland with kids and their Nany Maria. Visiting Balmoral is the last leg of Cambridge family’s summer break before they head back to London. A small video from DailyMail of the family boarding the flight.

 

It is being reported that family is staying at Prince Charles’ Scottish residence Tam-Na-Ghar on Castle grounds. On Friday, William and Catherine joined Queen, Prince Philip, Princess Anne and her husband along with Peter Phillips and his family for the lunch.

William and Duchess of Cambridge at Balmoral Castle
Balmoral

Balmoral Castle has been the Scottish home of the Royal Family since it was purchased for Queen Victoria by Prince Albert in 1852, having been first leased in 1848. Every year Queen retreats to the castle during summer from July to September.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Commonwealth Service
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Scotland has played a great role in William and Catherine’s relationship. They met at the St. Andrews University in 2001 that is in Scotland. During the student years, William and Catherine spend times away from public and media in the Balmoral and Charles’s residence.

Crathie Kirk Church in Balmoral
Crathie Kirk Church in Balmoral

Today, the couple attended service held at Crathie Kirk in Balmoral. Crathie Kirk is a small Church of Scotland parish church in the Scottish village of Crathie and has been the worship place of Royal Family since the reign of Queen Victoria.

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Both William and Catherine were in the car with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. They were joined by Prince Charles, Duchess of Cornwall and other members of the royal family.

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For the day, Duchess wore a Guinea London Navy Herringbone Velvet Cuff Trench Coat. The coat is a new addition to her wardrobe and the first element of her wardrobe from British Label Guinea London. Thanks to samsfashionfind and MiddletonMaven on Twitter for the id.

Duchess of Cambridge wore Guinea London Navy Herringbone Velvet Cuff Trench Coat to Balmoral Church Service
Guinea London Navy Herringbone Velvet Cuff Trench Coat

The £525 100% wool coat features military-style metal buttons at the front, velvet and button detail at the cuffs, velvet lining at the lapels and under the collar. The coat is described as, “The coat has complementary navy blue trims to the cuffs and back. The navy blue velvet lining on the lapels ensures that the coat looks amazing when worn open. Wear it however you want – buttoned up or open and flowing – you decide.”

MICHAEL KORS Women's Midi Shirt Dress - Joule Green
MICHAEL KORS Women’s Midi Shirt Dress – Joule Green

Underneath the coat, Catherine wore Michael Kors Women’s Midi Shirt Dress in Joule Green that she debuted in March during a visit to Blackpool.

Lock&Co Black hat
Lock&Co Black hat

Duchess paired her outfit with black Lock & Co hat that she debuted at the 75th Anniversary of RAF Cadet and also wore to the same service last year.

Asprey London Oak Leaf Small Hoop Earrings
Asprey London Oak Leaf Small Hoop Earrings

Catherine finished her look with Asprey London Oak Leaf Small Hoop Earrings debuted at Wimbledon Men’s Finale in July 2018.

Prince Louis made his debut appearance at Trooping the Colour with Duke and duchess of cambridge
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I believe William and Catherine will be returning to London soon, as both Prince George and Princess Charlotte will be starting their school term on September 05. We can expect a picture or two as Charlotte will be joining her brother at Thomas’s Battersea in London.

 

In other news, the details of William and Catherine’s upcoming autumn tour to Pakistan are expected to be released shortly.

 

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A Fun-filled Family Sailing day for Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Cowes

Duchess of Cambridge in Sandro knitted top and LK Bennett trouser for king's cup sailing regatta

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Today, the ever-competitive sports lovers, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge faced each other head to head in the inaugural regatta The King’s Cup in Cowes, the Isle of Wight. After a 1 and half decade of Polo games, now we are moving towards another interesting event in the royal calendar. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge launched another era of royal games this year in May with the King’s Cup.

Duchess of Cambridge in Sandro knitted top and LK Bennett trouser for king's cup sailing regatta
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Whenever Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have joint engagement they are guaranteed to be fun. And if they are sports-related we surely are in for a very competitive yet romantic treat. This Cup is taking those moments to a new level of fun and adventure while promoting some serious causes that need attention and funding.

Due to adverse weather conditions forecasted for Friday in Cowes, The King’s Cup hosted by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will now take place on Thursday 8th August

The sailing regatta was actually scheduled for August 09 at 10 AM but had to prepone due to the adverse weather forecast. The event is the first public appearance of the Cambridge couple after their summer vacation in Mustique.
Duchess of Cambridge in Sandro knitted top and LK Bennett trouser for king's cup sailing regatta
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William and Catherine went head to head against each other and 6 others in an eight boat regatta race as the skippers of individual sailing boats in state of the art Fast-40 boats. The regatta includes a number of races and began at 2 PM. The regatta was hosted ahead of the inaugural Cowes SailGP and Cowes Week.

The King’s Cup supported and presented by the Land Rover have eight boats, each representing one of the charities that are being supported by William and Catherine. These include Child Bereavement UK, Centrepoint, the London Air Ambulance Charity 30th Anniversary Campaign, and Tusk – four causes of which The Duke is Patron. The Duchess is supporting four of her patronages; Action on Addiction, Place2Be, the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, and The Royal Foundation in connection with her work on Early Years.

Duchess of Cambridge's charity Action on Addiction is part of the King's Cup Sailing Regatta
The King’s Cup

Action on Addiction, one of the first four charities Catherine accepted,  is the only UK addictions charity that works across all the areas of treatment, research, family support and professional education. Speaking at Action on Addiction’s gala dinner on 12 June 2019, in celebration of Addiction Awareness Week 2019, Duchess who became the patron of the charity on January 05, 2012 remarked,

Action on Addiction was one of my very first patronages, and as such, it is very close to my heart. I’m hugely passionate about the support it provides, especially for parents, children and families who suffer from, or through, addiction, and in some ways, it was the catalyst for my interest in early childhood development too. What is remarkable about Action on Addiction is that it goes beyond helping those who are suffering on the courageous journey into recovery – it also lends direct support to the children and families affected by addiction – for as long as it takes.

Place2Be works in schools providing early intervention mental health support, without stigmatising children, young people or families and at a point where they need it most. Duchess’ patronage was announced on April 19, 2013. The Charity currently supports over 200 schools nationwide by providing schools with trained counsellors and therapist to work with children, parents, teacher and other school staff.

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An interesting fact is Duchess has organized events to raise funds for Place2Be even before marrying into the royal family. One of them was the 80s themed charity roller disco in 2008 at a London nightclub where she famously wore a green and yellow sparkling dress.

Duchess of Cambridge visited Place2Be School Leaders Forum
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At Charity’s School Leaders forum in 2017, The Duchess said: “Getting support to children at the very earliest stage helps improve their outcomes in later life.” She discussed her experience as a mother and said getting used to leaving my own child at the school gates, it’s clear to me that it takes a whole community to help raise a child. Whether we are school leaders, teachers, support staff or parents – we’re all in this together.

 

The Anne Freud Centre is a UK children’s mental health charity. The Centre offers a wide range of services i.e. therapy, support, training to children, families and schools. They provide training for mental health professionals and carry out research. Anna Freud Centre’s mission is to transform the experience of children, young people and their families with mental health issues by carrying out research, developing and offering services, teaching and training. Duchess is a patron of Anna Freud Centre since February 17, 2016.

The Duchess of Cambride is working passionately in the field of mental health with focus on early year intervention
The Royal Foundation

The Duchess of Cambridge’s Early Years programme at The Royal Foundation aims to ensure that every child has the best possible start in life. For several years Catherine has been working with experts and organisations that are championing the importance of early intervention to provide solid social and emotional platforms for children to make them healthier and more resilient later in life, and provide them with the foundations to lead to healthy adulthood.

The Duchess of Cambride is working passionately in the field of mental health with focus on early year intervention
The Royal Foundation

Stemming originally from her work on issues like addiction and family breakdown, The Duchess has observed that so many of society’s greatest social and health challenges, and the intergenerational cycle of disadvantage, could be mitigated or entirely avoided by providing the right support for children in the early years. Coordinated by the Royal Foundation, she established a steering group, which over the past year has explored a range of potential solutions to questions surrounding the support provided to children, parents and teachers, from the earliest years.

Duchess of Cambridge looked radiant in Mint Green for a Symposium
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Speaking at the symposium on early intervention on the 21st March 2018, Duchess said,

We all know how important childhood is; and how the early years shape us for life. We also know how negative the downstream impact can be, if problems emerging at the youngest age are overlooked, or ignored. It is therefore vital that we nurture children through this critical, early period.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Launched The Inaugural Regatta The King’s Cup
The King’s Cup

The palace said,

“The Duke and Duchess are strong advocates for sport, and have undertaken work both in the UK and overseas to highlight the positive impact that sport can have on the individual and within local communities. The Duchess in particular champions how the benefits of sport, nature and the outdoors can impact childhood development, and lead to improved physical and mental wellbeing for all. Their Royal Highnesses hope that The King’s Cup will become an annual event, bringing greater awareness to the wider benefits of sport, whilst also raising support and funds for the causes that The Duke and Duchess support.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Launched The Inaugural Regatta The King’s Cup
The King’s Cup

The winning team will be awarded The King’s Cup, a historic trophy first presented by King George V at Cowes’ Royal Yacht Squadron in 1920.

 

The trophy was awarded at a public prize-giving ceremony in the early afternoon, held at the SailGP Race Village along Cowes seafront towards Egypt Point.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge competed in the sailing race the king's cup
The Isle of Wight

The venue of the sailing competition is the beautiful city of Cowes in the Isle of Wight. Home to the oldest and biggest sailing regatta in the world, Cowes is the number one destination for sailors during the summer months.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge competed in the King's Cup Regetta Sailing Boats
The King’s Cup

Earlier last week, the skipper for each boat was announced with Duke leading Child Bereavement UK and Duchess skipping the boat of The Royal Foundation in connection with her work on Early Years. The skippers of the other 6 boats are prominent names from different fields including Fara Williams representing Centrepoint; Dan Snow competing on behalf of London’s Air Ambulance Charity; and Bear Grylls will represent Tusk.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge competed in the King's Cup Regetta Sailing Boats

Dan Snow tweeted a quite motivated tweet last week setting the mood for the day of competition. Duchess is joined by John Bishop for Action on Addiction, Katie Thistleton for Place2Be, and Helen Glover for the Anna Freud Centre. From Victoria Murphy’s report,

CEO of Action on Addiction Graham Beech told T&C that the event was a “fantastic opportunity” raise awareness, adding, “We are so proud and so pleased that we are one of the charities that have been selected.” He also said that “the work that we do is about helping people and treating people but it’s also about raising awareness of the impact of addiction and how people can move into recovery.”

Supporting the Centrepoint boat were young people who have been helped by the U.K.’s leading homeless charity. Andy Ali, 21, who was homeless at 17, told T&C that being at the race was “something very different to what I would usually do.” He has previously met Prince William and spoken to him about the race. “I feel like he really cared about taking part,” Ali says of his conversation with the royal. “He asked me personal questions which I wouldn’t expect him to ask.”

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This is not the first time we are seeing William and Catherine on opposite teams of sailing races. The first time they led opposite sailing teams was during Canada tour in 2011, shortly after their marriage. Then during the New Zealand tour in April 2014, the couple again went head to head. By the time they competed third time in Germany during 2017 tour the score was 2-1 with William leading. This year again we saw them competing during Northern Ireland visit.

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Guess who came to cheer up Mummy and Daddy, our little Prince Geroge and Princess Charlotte. They were joined by Grandpa Michael Middleton and Grandma Carole Middleton on the sea.

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George looked cute in his captain’s hat and proudly showed his missing front tooth. Emily Nash reported on Twitter,”kids enjoyed a fun morning on the foreshore in Cowes, taking part in family activities including a tug-of-war with “Pirate Pete” bubbles, and a magician ahead of the afternoon’s racing”.

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Victoria Murphy on Twitter reported that the whole Cambridge family was in Cowes today for the event. It looks like Louis was somewhere else with his nanny Maria. It’s lovely to see William and Catherine bringing Geroge and Charlotte to an official engagement. I am sure kids enjoyed the time at sea with grandparents. It was a treat to all the royal watchers as none of us was expecting to see the kids there though some were wishing.

 

A cheeky moment from Charlotte. Duchess of Cambridge asked her daughter to wave at the crowd gathered outside and Charlotte greeted them in her own style. Leaving big laughter behind.

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There were two races during the sailing competition. In the first race team, William’s boat ended in the third place, while the Duchess’ boat was on seventh with Tusk boat leading on the first position.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge participated in King's Cup sailing regatta that was won by the Tusk Boat
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The race finished with the Tusk boat winning both the races. Adventurer Bear Grylls was sailing the Tusk boat. London Air Ambulance was in the second position. William’s boat finished in fifth place in the second race and overall third place.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge participated in King's Cup sailing regatta that was won by the Tusk Boat
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Unfortunately, the Duchess’ boat was disqualified from the cup during the second race for starting too early.

Duchess was presented with an enormous wooden spoon at the trophy-presenting ceremony. The gracious loser Catherine accepted it with a huge smile on her face. Richard Palmer shared this really funny video on his twitter page.

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Duchess posing happily with her wooden spoon.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge participated in King's Cup sailing regatta that was won by the Tusk Boat
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Tusk Conservation team led by Bear Grylls took the King’s Cup home. Grylls also teasted that Prince George had eaten his “first ant” today. While picking up his trophy he said, “And also Prince George, your first ant you ate today. And that is a great moment. Well done you.”


 

 

 

 

 

A video from the Royal family Channel capturing all the moments of the day.

Duchess of Cambridge in nautical look for Kings cup sailing regatta
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For the day, Duchess first chose a beautiful Sandro Paris knitted top. Thanks to Caroline Parr on Twitter for the quick id.

Duchess of Cambridge in Sandro knitted top and LK Bennett trouser for king's cup sailing regatta
Sandro Knit Top

Crafted from 100% cotton, the $190 top features short sleeves, ruffles on the sleeve ends and hemline. The top has stripes on it in multicolour i.e. white, red, blue and mustard.

Duchess of Cambridge in Sandro knitted top and LK Bennett trouser for king's cup sailing regatta
Sandro Paris Knitted Top

The top is currently on sale for $90 and is available on Sandro, Orchard Mile, Selfridges.

Duchess of Cambridge in Sandro knitted top and LK Bennett trouser for king's cup sailing regatta
Sandro Paris Knitted Top

A closer look at the pattern.

LK Bennett Navy Parker Trouser

Duchess paired the top with her LK Bennett Navy Parker Trouser that she debuted in May 2019 to launch the King’s Cup.

Superga Cotu sneakers
Superga Cotu sneakers

And wore her Superga Cotu Sneakers.

Duchess of Cambridge in Sandro knitted top and LK Bennett trouser for king's cup sailing regatta
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Before the race, Catherine changed into a white t-shirt having King’s Cup logo on it and blue shorts.

Duchess of Cambridge in Sandro knitted top and LK Bennett trouser and New Balance Women's 611v1 Cross Trainers for king's cup sailing regatta
New Balance Women’s 611v1 Cross Trainers

Duchess was wearing New Balance Women’s 611v1 Cross Trainer. Thanks to LadyParky79 on Twitter for the id. The $110 trainers have a synthetic sole, cushioned midsole. Described as, “Featuring a cush+ midsole with integrated spin spot technology, the women’s 611 training shoe from New Balance is designed to help you move naturally through spins, turns, and lateral movements with ultra-plush comfort. Meanwhile, the breathable synthetic upper offers lightweight support and versatility from boot camp to dance class. ” they are currently available on Amazon in different sizes and colours.

 

Duchess of Cambridge Kiki 'Lauren' Yellow Gold Pave Diamond Leaf Earrings
Kiki ‘Lauren’ Yellow Gold Pave Diamond Leaf Earrings

Catherine finished the look with Kiki Lauren Yellow Gold Pavé Diamond Leaf Earrings. During the race, Kate topped her outfit with Silver Gray Gill Marine Women’s Team Softshell Jacket. Thanks to MiddletonMaven for the id.

Duchess of Cambridge wore Gill Marine Women's Team Softshell Jacket at Kings Cup
Gill Marine Women’s Team Softshell Jacket

The $155 jacket is described as, “Simple and elegant, this Women’s Team Softshell Jacket delivers a clean-cut look that works for every day, as well as performance fabrics that can stand up to the difficult weather conditions of the sea. Its breathable construction and fleece-lined interior are lightweight yet warm, allowing for wear throughout the changing seasons while a water repellent finish keeps moisture out. Finished with zipped pockets and adjustable cuffs and hem”. It is also available in black.

William and Kate wore Gill Marine Race cap at Kings cup sailing regatta
Gill Marine Race cap

Katie on Twitter noted that both William and Catherine might be wearing a customised version of Gill Marine Race Cap. It features Retainer cord with new corrosion-proof clip, Dark under-brim absorbs reflected UV rays and reduces glare from the water and Wicking inner headband. The $25.95 cap is described as, “When the weather’s against you and the elements make everything unpredictable, one mistake can cost the race. But, in the right kit, anything is possible. Put the competition in the shade with the Gill Race Cap featuring solar and water repellent protection. “

 

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