Duchess of Cambridge in Artistic Purple to Learn about Costumes at the Royal Opera House

Duchess of Cambridge at Royal Opera House

Duchess of Cambridge at Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House on Twitter

After yesterday’s outdoor engagement, today the Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine, had an artistic engagement and visited the Royal Opera House in London to learn about stage costumes. Upon arrival, Duchess was given a tour of the historic building in London’s Covent Garden before heading to the costume department.

Duchess of Cambridge at Royal Opera House
Kensington Palace

The Royal Opera, patronage of Prince Charles of Wales and based in central London at the Royal Opera House, is one of the two principal opera companies in London. Founded in 1946 as the Covent Garden Opera Company, it was known by that title until 1968. Learn more about Royal Opera here.

Duchess of Cambridge visited The Royal Opera House
Royal Opera House

The magnificent Royal Opera House, with its grand classical portico fronting Bow Street, is actually the third theatre built on the Covent Garden site. Both the previous theatres were destroyed by fire, a serious hazard in the era before electricity. In 1843, the Theatres Act ended the patent theatres’ monopoly of drama and the competition for audiences intensified. Three years later, Covent Garden scored a notable coup when the gifted composer and conductor Michael Costa joined the theatre from Her Majesty’s in the Haymarket, bringing most of his company of singers with him. Following the remodelling of the auditorium, the theatre reopened as the Royal Italian Opera in April 1847 with a performance of Rossini’s Semiramide. On 5 March 1856 disaster struck again: for the second time the theatre was completely destroyed by fire. Work on the third and present theatre eventually started in 1857 to designs by E.M. Barry and the new building opened in May 1858 with a performance of Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots. Barry also designed the striking glass and iron Floral Hall, intended as a flower market but also hosting the occasional ball. In 1892, with the repertoire broadening, the theatre was renamed the Royal Opera House. Learn more about the Royal Opera House here.

Duchess of Cambridge enjoued The Nutcraker performance at The Royal Ballet
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Today the Opera House is home to both The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet – a Her Majesty’s patronage that I believe will be passed to the Duchess of Cambridge in the near future.  The Royal Ballet is an internationally renowned classical ballet company, was founded in 1931 by Dame Ninette de Valois, it became the resident ballet company of the Royal Opera House in 1946 and was granted a royal charter in 1956 on its 25th anniversary, becoming recognised as Britain’s flagship ballet company. The Royal Ballet was one of the foremost ballet companies of the 20th century and continues to be one of the world’s most famous ballet companies to this day, generally noted for its artistic and creative values. The company employs approximately 100 dancers and has purpose-built facilities within the Royal Opera House. Learn more about the Royal Ballet here.

Duchess of Cambridge enjoued The Nutcraker performance at The Royal Ballet
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It is not Duchess’s first visit to Opera House, she has privately dropped in few times before to enjoy an opera or two. In December 2017 Catherine enjoyed the Nutcracker at Royal Opera House in London away from the limelight after Queen’s Pre-Christmas Lunch.

Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed Royal Opera House performance
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It was revealed last month that Duchess also took her three-year-old daughter Princess Charlotte to the Royal Ballet performance of The Nutcracker in November 2018. They watch the pre-rehearsal performance by the Royal Ballet.

Duchess of Cambridge at Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House on Twitter

During today’s visit, Duchess learned about their use of textiles, commissioning of fabrics and supply chain. Catherine visited the pattern room where she saw the process of working and creating costumes for a new production with designers, including sourcing fabrics and samples.

Duchess of Cambridge at Royal Opera House
Kensington Palace

Duchess visited the dye shop where staff showcased different techniques including dyeing, hand-painting, staining garments and digital printing which allows the team to reproduce historic fabrics no longer available. She also met costumiers in the Work Room working on multiple new shows.

Duchess of Cambridge at Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House on Twitter

The textile and manufacturing industry is an area of interest to The Duchess. Catherine’s great-great-grandfather, Francis Martineau Lupton, was a mill owner who ran the family’s successful textile manufacturing business, William Lupton & Company, with his three brothers.

Duchess of Cambridge enjoued The Nutcraker performance at The Royal Ballet
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The Royal Opera House Costume Department creates, refurbishes and conserves thousands of opera and ballet costumes per season, with up to 600 costumes per production which are specially designed to allow dancers to move freely. Up to 10,000 costumes are used each year by artists from The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera House.

Duchess of Cambridge at Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House on Twitter

A  team of 160 is spread across three floors of the Royal Opera House. The Dye Shop work three to six months in advance, covering eight productions at any one time.

Duchess of Cambridge at Royal Opera House
Kensington palace

Their work includes dying, hand-painting and staining garments. The dye team work closely with the Costume Workroom, preparing and painting fabrics as the Workroom team cuts, tacks, sews and fits. Learn more about the Costume designing at Royal Opera here.

Duchess of Cambridge visited Costume department of Royal Opera House
ROH Flickr

The department has built up a historic costume collection of more than 5,000 items, including some dating back to 1861. Many of the costumes are used time and time again thanks to good maintenance and repair done by the Costume department.

Duchess of Cambridge at Royal Opera House
Kensington palace

It takes the entire revival workroom around 1,500 hours to refurbish the costumes.

Duchess of Cambridge at Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House on Twitter

Duchess learned how to make a tutu during the visit from the Stock room supervisor Morag Beaton.

Duchess of Cambridge at Royal Opera House
Richard Palmer on Twitter

During the visit, Duchess met with Fay Fullerton MBE, head of costume design at the Royal Opera House and had a briefing about the costumes from Swan Lake after showing great interest in the costumes.

Duchess of Cambridge at Royal Opera House
Kensington palace

Palace announced that Over the coming months, The Duchess will be exploring her interest in the use and manufacture of textiles through learning opportunities, visits to places like the Roya Opera House and meetings with industry experts.

Duchess of Cambridge at Royal Opera House
Kensington palace

Next Duchess met with Royal Ballet Principal Dancers Lauren Cuthbertson, Laura Morera and Vadim Muntagirov who explained how various factors such as lighting, interaction and movement influence the designs of their costumes.

Before leaving Catherine watched the dancers rehearsing the romantic Ballet The Two Pigeons. Ballet also has a more sentimental value for Duchess. Both Prince George and Princess Charlotte are taking Ballet lessons. Speaking to English National Ballet director Tamara Rojo, during a visit to the Princess Diana garden at Kensington Palace in summer 2017, Duchess  said, ” Charlotte absolutely loves dancing.”

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For the artistic visit, Duchess chose to bring back another piece from her impressive wardrobe. She was wearing a pink Oscar de la Renta Skirt suit. The ensemble consists of a peplum jacket and wool Skirt.    mentioned that Duchess first wore the ensemble on Queen’s pre-Christmas lunch in December 2016. 

Duchess was first seen wearing the two-piece ensemble publicly in February 2017 during the Guild of Health Writers Conference.

Oscar De La Renta Wool Skirt Suit
Oscar De La Renta Wool Skirt Suit

The jacket features a pointed collar, button-up front and a pleating flared hem and retailed for $2190. The designer described the colour as ‘ultraviolet’. The skirt features a full shape with box pleating. The flared skirt retailed for US$1,290. The skirt suit was from the label’s ready-to-wear Fall/Winter 2015 Collection.

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Catherine paired the outfit with a new pair of shoes. She wore Rupert Sanderson Nada patent leather pumps with a gold pebble. Thanks to and for quick id. on Twitter got the confirmation from the label that the design is exclusive to the label’s London Store.

Rupert Sanderson Nada O Pebble embellished patent-leather pumps
Rupert Sanderson Nada O Pebble embellished patent-leather pumps

Here the Nada Pumps are shown in different style sold out on Net-a-Porter. The €565 pumps were described as, “Expertly crafted in Italy from glossy patent-leather, this pair features the label’s signature hollow gold pebble at the pointed toe”.

Aspinal of London Midi Mayfair Bag in deep shine black croc
Aspinal of London Midi Mayfair Bag in deep shine black croc

Duchess was carrying her Aspinal of London Midi Mayfair Bag in Deep Shine black croc. She first carried the $725 bag in November 2018 during Leicester visit.

Aspinal of London Midi Mayfair Bag
Aspinal of London Midi Mayfair Bag

The bag is available in Black, Ivory, Lilac, Amethyst, Amazon Brown and Bordeaux Patent.

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

She finished her look with Asprey London Oak Leaf Small Hoop Earrings that she first wore at the Wimbledon Finale in July 2018.

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Country Chic Duchess of Cambridge Started 2019 With a visit to the King Henry’s Community Garden

Duchess of Cambridge at KHWCG

Duchess of Cambridge at King Henry's Walk Community Garden
Kensington palace

The Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine, today undertook her first official engagement of 2019. She visited King Henry’s Walk Community Garden in Islington. King Henry’s Walk Garden, opened at the end of 2007, is an award-winning green space in the Mildmay ward of Islington, created by the local community, for the local community.

Duchess of Cambridge at King Henry's Walk Community Garden
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After spending the Christmas break at their country residence Anmer Hall and first Sunday Church Service at Sandringham Estate with the Queen, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge returned to London last week just before Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s school opening and Catherine’s Birthday.

Duchess of Cambridge at King Henry's Walk Community Garden
Kensington palace

Duchess’ today’s visit was to highlight the great benefits of urban green spaces and services such as those provided by The Garden Classroom in terms of improving mental health and well being of young children. Ahead of the visit TGC welcomed the Duchess and tweeted:

Duchess of Cambridge visited King Henry's Walk Commnity Garden

The Garden Classroom is a charity and non-profit organisation that provide urban children and adults with transformative outdoor experiences devised to encourage active lifestyles, promote self-discovery, inspire growth and stimulate respect for nature.  TGC  started small, designing nature-learning sessions at King Henry’s Walk Garden in Islington for one local primary school. Learn more about The Garden Classroom here.

Duchess of Cambridge visited King Henry's Walk Commnity Garden
The Garden Classroom

What’s unique about The Garden Classroom is that they pop up in parks and gardens all over the borough, close to schools and offer high-quality interactive half or full-day sessions linked to the literacy, maths and science curriculum. Last year they provided more than 200 learning sessions for 30 schools and more than 6000 children and now operate in ten venues in Islington and Kent.

Duchess of Cambridge at King Henry's Walk Community Garden
Kensington palace

Duchess who turned 37 on last Wednesday, met the volunteers at King Henry’s Walk Community Garden to hear how the project brings people together through gardening and food growing. Catherine also met local residences to chat about their experiences of the garden. The project is one of the many other projects that will inspire her upcoming garden.

Duchess of Cambridge visited King Henry's Walk Commnity Garden
KHWGarden

This once derelict site has been transformed by volunteers into a beautiful organic garden, providing an opportunity for local residents to grow their own vegetables and flowers, or just to come and relax in a peaceful oasis. Run by volunteers, with support from Islington Council, the garden contains growing plots for cultivation by local residents, where the use of organic gardening methods helps to promote a diversity of plants and wildlife, and a full programme of education and events engages the whole community.   Learn more about the Garden Here.

Duchess of Cambridge at King Henry's Walk Community Garden
The RHS

Ahead of the visit, it was announced that the Duchess has co-designed a garden for the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show that will be open from May 21 to 25 May this year. Catherine has designed ‘the RHS Back to Nature Garden‘ with award-winning Landscape Architects Andree Davies and Adam White, of Davies White Landscape Architects. The Garden is a woodland setting for families and communities, and encourages all generations, from all backgrounds, to connect with nature and enjoy growing plants for their health and wellbeing. Something core to the Society’s charitable work.

Duchess of Cambridge in gorgeous green Rochas Dress at the Chelsea Flower Show
KensingtonRoyal / Duchess at Chelsea Flower Show in 2017

The RHS said, “Duchess’ garden will be inspired by childhood memories that are triggered by the natural world, as well as special moments that will be created and treasured by families now and in the future”. A full announcement of the garden design by the Palace:

To highlight the benefits of the great outdoors and inspire children, families and communities to get back to nature, The Duchess of Cambridge, the Royal Horticultural Society and landscape architects Davies White have today announced that they will design and build the 2019 RHS Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.

The garden will build on Her Royal Highness’s passion for the outdoors and the proven benefits that nature has on physical and mental health. The Duchess is a strong advocate for the positive impact that nature and the environment can have on childhood development, demonstrated by her longstanding support for organisations including the Scouts and Farms for City Children, as well as at more recent engagements to Sayers Croft Forest School and Wildlife Garden, the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, and her visit today [15th January] to Islington Community Garden.

Based on a woodland, the garden seeks to recapture for adults the sense of wonder and magic that they enjoyed as children, in addition to kindling excitement and a passion for nature in future generations. Wild planting and natural materials will be used to recreate a woodland wilderness where children and adults alike can feel closer to the great outdoors.

Her Royal Highness has worked in collaboration with the RHS and Davies White over the past three months and will continue to finalise the design ahead of the show in May. For over 200 years the RHS, which is the UK’s gardening charity, has been championing the power of gardening and growing plants for the environment, and for the health and wellbeing of people of all ages and backgrounds.

Duchess of Cambridge at King Henry's Walk Community Garden
The RHS

The design of the RHS Back to Nature Garden will be revealed in a press conference on February 11th. Continuing the collaboration and to engage even wider audiences, The Duchess of Cambridge and Davies White will be co-designing two further RHS Gardens, maintaining many of elements from the Garden at Chelsea, at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival that will open from 2-7 July 2019 and RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey, which will open in the autumn later this year.

Duchess of Cambridge at King Henry's Walk Community Garden
Kensington palace

King Henry’s Walk Community Garden is part of the RHS’s Britain in Bloom campaign, ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood group’.  During today’s Catherine was shown some of the allotment plots at the Garden to see the impact that can be achieved in small scale plots.

Duchess of Cambridge at King Henry's Walk Community Garden
The RHS

She took part in a winter planting workshop, bird box building with the children from St Jude and St Paul’s CE Primary School, in the garden’s kitchen area. One of these bird boxes will be used in The Duchess’s upcoming Chelsea Garden.

Duchess of Cambridge at King Henry's Walk Community Garden
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Duchess looking at the bee house.

Duchess of Cambridge at King Henry's Walk Community Garden
Kensington palace

Duchess, the mother of three, enjoyed a great time with children while making pizzas in Garden’s own outdoor pizza oven, using ingredients harvested from the garden including oregano, marjoram and rosemary. During pizza-making, Catherine told children that “George and Charlotte would love to be learning outside of the classroom. It’s still fun inside but it’s much better outside”.

Duchess of Cambridge at King Henry's Walk Community Garden
Rebecca English on Twitter

She said, “They would love to come and do this with you. They will be very sad that I’ve been out with you and they haven’t been here. They’re in school – George is learning about space. I think it’s one of the best things to make, pizza, it’s such fun.” One school girl asked whether the Queen had ever had pizza Duchess replied, “That’s such a good question I don’t know. Maybe next time I see her I’ll ask.”

Duchess of Cambridge at King Henry's Walk Community Garden
Kensington palace

Before leaving Duchess was presented with the jar of honey made from Garden’s bees.

Duchess of Cambridge at King Henry's Walk Community Garden
The Garden Classroom

Kyrah, a primary school student presented The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane to the Duchess of Cambridge for her children. Its the book The Garden Classroom gave all Islington primary schools to celebrate it’s10th anniversary.

A fun video of the day by the Royal Family Channel.

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For the day, Duchess chose a country girl look. She was wearing Dubarry Bracken Tweed Jacket. Huge thanks to @PerthsFashion for the quick id. Catherine was seen wearing the jacket for the first time in December 2018 during a Christmas shopping spree.

Dubarry Bracken Tweed Jacket
Dubarry Bracken Tweed Jacket

The Dubarry Bracken Jacket, with its utility style design and tailored fit, offers a sleek and sophisticated look with a contemporary edge. The stand-up collar is on-trend and practical for days in the field, while the large pockets to the hips are a convenient place to keep your everyday essentials close at hand. Crafted from 100% wool with Teflon coating the jacket features funnel neck, zip detail at the cuff, loop and button front fastening. An Alcantara provides comfort and warmth around the neckline and a beautiful design feature on the cuff.

Dubarry Bracken Tweed Jacket
Dubarry Bracken Tweed Jacket

A closer look at the fabric and detailing.  The £399 jacket is now available for £279.30 at Outdoor and Country, Country Ways, Dubarry Official store, and William Powell.

Dubarry Bracken Tweed Jacket
Dubarry Bracken Tweed Jacket

Duchess paired the tweed jacket with her Zara Skinny Mid-Rose Trousers that we last saw in 2016 during Canada Tour.

Zara Skinny Mid-Rose Trousers
Zara Skinny Mid-Rose Trousers

on Twitter suggested that Catherine might be wearing J. Crew Mockneck sweater in supersoft yarn. The Marino wool sweater with a mock neck and fitted silhouette is available on an official online store for $79.50 in 12 different shades.

J. Crew Mockneck sweater in supersoft yarn
J. Crew Mockneck sweater in supersoft yarn

Another look at the sweater. The Sweater is described as, “This cosy and flattering mock neck sweater feels as good as it looks, thanks to a crazy-soft blend of yarns. This is the one you’ll want to wear every single day “.

J. Crew Mockneck sweater in supersoft yarn
J. Crew Mockneck sweater in supersoft yarn

The new piece of today’s look was See by Chloe Leather-trimmed suede ankle boots. The shoes are described as, “See By Chloé’s combat-style ankle boots are perfect for balancing the prettiness of floral dresses and floaty skirts. Made from dark-brown suede, they have tonal leather trims and logo-embossed heel tabs, and are set on a chunky tread sole.”

See by Chloe Leather Trimmed Suede Ankle Boots
See by Chloe Leather-Trimmed Suede Ankle Boots

The dark brown suede and leather boots feature 1.5-inch heel with lace-up front. They were originally sold for $445 and now on 40% OFF and available for $267.

Duchess of Cambridge Kiki Lauren Yellow Gold Pavé Diamond Leaf Earrings
Kiki Lauren Yellow Gold Pavé Diamond Leaf Earrings

Catherine finished her look with Kiki Lauren Yellow Gold Pavé Diamond Leaf Earrings.

Tomorrow the Duchess of Cambridge will visit the Costume Department of the Royal Opera House.

 

 

 

 


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Queen Letizia brought back Fan Favorite at National Sports Awards

Queen Letizia at National Sports Awards

Queen Letizia at National Sports Awards
CasaReal

Today Queen Letizia of Spain joined her husband King Felipe VI along with King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia for the annual National Sports Awards at the Royal Palace of El Pardo in Madrid.

Queen Letizia at National Sports Awards
CasaReal

Royal Family arriving at the Palace.

Queen Letizia at National Sports Awards
CasaReal

Rafael Nadal Parera, Sandra Sánchez Jaime, Jon Rahm Rodríguez, Juan Manuel Mata García, María Vicente García, Fundación A La Par , Keylor Antonio Navas Gamboa, Male and Female Spanish National Team of Hockey Skates, Trinidad Alfonso Foundation, Autonomous City of Melilla, IES Ortega y Gasset, Javier Fesser and David Marqués, and Juan de Dios Román were among the recipients.

Queen Letizia at National Sports Awards
CasaReal

Presented Awards included King Felipe Award, Queen Letizia Award, Rey Juan Carlos Award, Reina Sofía Award, Princess Leonor Award, Infanta Sofía Award, bero-American Community Trophy, Copa Barón de Güell, Stadium Cup, Superior Sports Council Award, Joaquín Blume Trophy, National Award for Arts and Sciences Applied to Sport, National Award Francisco Fernández Ochoa.

Queen Letizia at National Sports Awards
CasaReal

Royal Family with a jury of the Award Committee.

Queen Letizia at National Sports Awards
CasaReal

After the awards, Royals talked with the award winners.

Queen Letizia at National Sports Awards
CasaReal

For the annual event, Queen Letizia brought back fan favourite Carolina Herrera Dress.

Queen Letizia red Carolina Herrera Peplum Dress
CasaReal

The red peplum dress features a fitted silhouette with french sleeves and a round neckline. Letizia premiered this dress in October 2015 during Milan visit. She again wore it in April 2016.

Magrit Liza Suede Pumps
CasaReal/Magrit Liza Suede Pumps

Letizia paired the dress with red Liza Magrit pumps. She has the same model in blue also that she wore in Military Easter on last Saturday.

Queen Letizia Carolina Herrera 'Maysa' clutch
Carolina Herrera ‘Maysa’ clutch

Queen was carrying red Carolina Herrera Maysa Clutch.

TOUS Gold Shell Earrings
CasaReal/TOUS Gold Shell Earrings

Her golden shell TOUS earrings finished the look.

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