It’s Dolce & Gabbana with Hard Hats and Henna for Duchess to Visit Sunderland with William

It’s Dolce & Gabbana with Hard Hats and Henna for Duchess to Visit Sunderland with William
It’s Dolce & Gabbana with Hard Hats and Henna for Duchess to Visit Sunderland with William
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Sunderland to see and experience the city’s vibrant arts scene and engineering talent. The Royal Couple was in the city to open the music and arts hub Fire Station of Sunderland before visiting the Northern Spire, an ambitious and striking new bridge over the River Wear.

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The city was dripping with excitement when William and Catherine reached. They were welcomed by the huge crowd holding flowers and gifts and waving Union Jack.

 

As per Keith Merrin, chief executive of Sunderland Culture, “The timing of the royal visit couldn’t have been better, with so much happening already in the city’s cultural sector and some exciting news to be announced in the coming months.”

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The Royal Couple began the day by officially opening The Fire Station.

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William and Catherine greeting the members of the local community waiting for them.

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Two adorable kids in Fire Station Uniform were waiting for them in the crowd.

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William and Catherine also greeted an important guest outside the Station – Jane, who is 101 years old, came there to see them.

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The Fire Station is the city’s new hub for theatre, music and dance. The Fire Station is one of Sunderland’s most iconic buildings and will now become a place to encourage people across the city to engage with the Arts.

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Upon arrival, William and Catherine were given a tour of the station to showcase and meet young people involved in arts and cultural activity in the city.

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The Fire Station houses a dance studio, drama studio and a heritage centre as well as popular bar and eatery ‘The Engine Room’.

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At Station, they participated in Live Tales story writing sessions with pupils from local Hudson Road Primary School.

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They were entertained by the exceptionally talented Dance Jam and regional dance agency’s impressive aerial show.

The couple watched a Bollywood dance performance.

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The Duke and Duchess met youngsters from Little Inventors Ingenious ideas a charity turning children’s inventions into reality.

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The royal couple watched a performance and met members of the community involved in the project.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge marked their visit by unveiling a plaque at the station.

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The next stop was the Engine Room. Here they met the staff and youngsters.

Catherine got a Henna flower tattoo on her hand and took a packet of Bindi for Charlotte.

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The Duchess talked to members of the Young Asian Voices Youth Project – an organisation that provides affordable education, health, welfare & recreation.

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Next, they visited the new Northern Spire Bridge, due to open later this year in the spring and will be the tallest structure in the North East of England.

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The 1,550-tonne pylon structure is twice as high as Nelson’s Column and taller than Big Ben’s clock tower. The Northern Spire Bridge will be an economic catalyst, providing new jobs and investment as well as helping link the city centre to the Port of Sunderland.

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Following the safety precaution, Duke and Duchess wore safety glasses and Hard Hats with visibility jackets.

The Duke tightens a bolt on the brand new bridge. The Northern Spire weighs the equivalent of 125 double-decker buses, and nothing of this scale has been raised in this way since the London Eye in 1999.

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The couple greeted the engineers and construction workers of the bridge.

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Then they were greeted by the local children.

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For the day away from London, Duchess chose an elegant and comfortable ensemble. She wore new green Dolce & Gabbana military-style coat with gold buttons today.

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The custom made piece that can be ordered on label’s boutique has striking similarities to the plum Dolce & Gabbana coat Catherine wore in Oslo earlier this month.

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Underneath the coat, Duchess wore her favourite maternity label Seraphine’s design.

Duchess of Cambridge Seraphine Phaedra Woven Maternity Dress
Seraphine Phaedra Woven Maternity Dress

Phaedra Woven Maternity dress is made of soft woven fabric and features a flattering A-line shape that drapes beautifully over the figure, while a curved empire waist highlights the slimmest point. Smart for the office and chic for special occasions, this dress is ideal for desk to dinner styling.

Duchess of Cambridge Tod’s Suede Pumps
Tod’s Suede Pumps

Duchess paired the dress with her trusty Tod’s block-heeled suede pumps and for the visit to the bridge changed into her Russell & Bromley HalfNHalf boots.

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Russell & Bromley HalfNHalf boots

She carried her Emmy suede clutch in green.

Duchess of Cambridge Emmy suede clutch
Emmy suede clutch

Her Mappin & Webb Empress earrings finished today’s look.

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Mappin & Webb Empress earrings

As the Duchess is believed to be in the 8th month of her pregnancy, I expect her to go on maternity leave soon. Till then we can enjoy these types of lovely outings before we see her with the new adorable member of the family.

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Duchess of Cambridge and Countess of Wessex Sophie hosted reception to celebrate Commonwealth Fashion Exchange

Duchess of Cambridge and Countess of Wessex Sophie hosted reception to celebrate Commonwealth Fashion Exchange
Duchess of Cambridge and Countess of Wessex Sophie hosted reception to celebrate Commonwealth Fashion Exchange
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Tonight The Duchess of Cambridge and The Countess of Wessex hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace on behalf of The Queen to showcase the work of the Commonwealth Fashion exchange. The initiative uses fashion as a common language and platform to help people understand the modern Commonwealth in a different way.

Launched on February 1st, by the Commonwealth Secretary-General, The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange aims to create partnerships between established and emerging talent from across the 52 member countries, in the lead up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London this April. It will celebrate creativity, sustainable production and manufacturing, trade links and ethical supply chains across the fashion industry, from business and design to textile and fabric design and manufacturing, to craft and artisan skills.

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Over the last six months, major fashion designers such as Stella McCartney (UK), Karen Walker (New Zealand) and Bibi Russell (Bangladesh) have partnered with artisan producers in small nations who exemplify traditional handcraft techniques and trades, with a view to creating a ‘skills exchange’.

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The reception at Buckingham Palace will showcase the best of Commonwealth contemporary fashion and creativity with an exhibition of some of the bespoke fashion ‘looks’ which are the result of these exchanges. The Reception will bring together people from across the fashion industry, including designers, manufacturers, textile producers, and craftspeople.

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A global audience will also have access to view the designs through an online exhibition to be created on the Google Arts and Culture website. This platform will create a new community and network, which includes an evolving directory of artisans and designers from across the Commonwealth countries.

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Designers from around the Commonwealth, who represent the best in contemporary fashion and creativity, have been partnered with communities representing traditional hand-crafts and artisanal skills.

Duchess of Cambridge and Countess of Wessex Sophie hosted reception to celebrate Commonwealth Fashion Exchange
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These designers have created looks which have been created and are to be showcased in Buckingham Palace tonight, before moving to the Australia House in London to be showcased to the public.

Duchess of Cambridge and Countess of Wessex Sophie hosted reception to celebrate Commonwealth Fashion Exchange
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The headdresses displayed on each of the mannequins in the State Rooms were created using 6,000 pieces of reclaimed paper from the film Fast & Furious 6.

Duchess of Cambridge Catherine and Countess of Wessex Sophie arriving at the reception where the guest list included Princess Beatrice, Dame Anna Wintour, Caroline Rush, Stella McCartney ad Naomi Campbell.

Duchess of Cambridge and Countess of Wessex Sophie hosted reception to celebrate Commonwealth Fashion Exchange
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The guests mingling around the White Drawing Room of Buckingham Palace during Commonwealth Fashion Exchange.

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Duchess and Countess discussing the designs being showcased at the Fashion Exchange. The Countess of Wessex is patron of London College of Fashion. Both ladies are avid supporters and champions of British Fashion industry.

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The Duchess of Cambridge met artisans from around the Commonwealth and heard stories such as this about a partnership between Karen Walker and a cooperative of women from the Cook Islands, who are expert in the craft of ‘tivaivai’.

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Princess Beatrice also met the guests and talked to the designers and artisans from around the Commonwealth who had a chance to meet together at Buckingham Palace to showcase their work as part of the Exchange.

After greeting the guests and taking a tour of the White Drawing Room Duchess and Countess moved to the Music room of the Palace to see more creations.

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Catherine and Sophie admiring a design during the Fashion Exchange.

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The Duchess of Cambridge talking to a guest.

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For the night celebrating the Fashion talent of Commonwealth, Duchess of Cambridge chose a Floral Guipure Lace black and white Erdem dress while Countess Sophie was wearing a black Burberry dress.

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Erdem Suzi Guipure Lace Dress

 

Suzi Guipure Lace Dress is described as,

“Pretty floral lace takes on an unexpectedly graphic edge in striking black and white. The ultra-flattering fit and flare Suzi Dress hits just above the knee, and is finished with scallop edging around the ¾ length sleeves, neck and hem and soft gently frilled detailing at the waist. A deep V-neck finishes the flirty design. Nude crepe de chine lining.”

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Erdem Suzi Guipure Lace Dress

A closer look at the floral print of the lace dress that is available for £2,150.00.

Duchess of Cambridge Anita Dongre Kundan Pearl Drop Earrings
Anita Dongre Kundan Pearl Drop Earrings

Duchess paired the dress with Anita Dongre Kundan Pearl Drop Earrings she first wore during her UK-India year of Culture reception in 2017. The gold-tone earrings feature a bezel-set pale yellow stone with a round pearl drop.

Duchess of Cambridge Prada wavy cutout heels
Prada wavy cutout heels

and her Prada wavy cutout heels in black suede once again.

Duchess of Cambridge and Countess of Wessex Sophie held reception at Buckingham Palace to celebrate Commonwealth Fashion Exchange
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Catherine, who is in her 3rd trimester, has a very busy diary before she goes on a maternity break in April. Next, we will see Duchess and William on 21st when they will be visiting Sunderland.

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The Duchess of Cambridge Catherine shines at star-studded 2018 BAFTA

The Duchess of Cambridge Catherine shines at star-studded 2018 BAFTA
The Duchess of Cambridge Catherine shines at star-studded 2018 BAFTA
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Tonight, the radiant looking Duchess of Cambridge accompanied Prince William to the star-studded 71st British Academy Film Awards, more commonly known as the BAFTAs at Royal Albert Hall in London. The Duke of Cambridge William is President of BAFTA since February 2010.

The Duchess of Cambridge Catherine shines at star-studded 2018 BAFTA
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Presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), the accolades are handed out for the best feature-length film and documentaries of any nationality screened at British cinemas in 2017. You can learn more about the royal involvement and Prince William’s tenure with BAFTA here.

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BAFTA plays an active role in Charities Forum, a group of Charities under the Patronages of Prince William, Duchess Catherine and Prince Harry. The royals have also supported BAFTA’s charitable activities by attending events across the charity’s learning programmes, including Young Game Designers and BAFTA Kids events.

The Duchess of Cambridge Catherine shines at star-studded 2018 BAFTA
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About today’s engagement, Kensington Palace said,

“While BAFTA is well known for celebrating excellence and championing creativity through its awards, it is a charity committed to identifying talented individuals, and making sure they receive the encouragement, professional support and advice that will enable them to succeed, regardless of their background or other circumstances. In addition to its awards ceremonies, BAFTA has a year-round learning and new talent programme, including a campaign to support young people from all backgrounds entering the film, games and television industries, which the Duke helped relaunch in 2013, and a scholarships programme, which features the Prince William Scholarships in Film, Games and Television.”

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving at the Royal Albert Hall.

The Duchess of Cambridge Catherine shines at star-studded 2018 BAFTA
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The royal couple was welcomed by the representatives of the BAFTA before taking their seats in the hall.

Prince William presented the Fellowship award – the ceremony’s highest accolade bestowed by the Academy to an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games- to actor Sir Ridley Scott.

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As expected, all eyes were on Catherine’s outfit as she graces the red carpet to enjoy a night celebrating the best in the world of film and television.

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Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the event wearing one of her favourite label Jenny Packham. She was wearing muted green flowing silk gown featuring a black ribbon on the waist.

The Duchess of Cambridge Catherine shines at star-studded 2018 BAFTA
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The gown has a similar bodice as of the midnight blue gown Duchess wore during her USA visit in 2014 also designed by Jenny Packham. It seems the design of the gown is inspired by various collections of Jenny Packham. Thanks to Laura on Twitter for the id.

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Update: Catherine’s gown was the bespoke version of Lucerne Belted Chiffon Gown. Lucrene was part of Label’s Spring/Summer 2019 collection and retailed for £2240 at Harrods. The stunning flowing gown featured vee-neckline, cap sleeves, velvet belt at waistline with bow detailing at back, zip closure and a stunning full pleated skirt.

Jenny Packham Lucerne Belted Chiffon Gown
Jenny Packham Lucerne Belted Chiffon Gown

Duchess paired the elegant gown with the same statement jewellery she wore during her tour to the United States in 2014. The set contains a pair of Diamond and Emerald earrings, a necklace and a bracelet. Tonight instead of wearing the long sparkling diamond earrings Catherine just wore the bottom part of the earring as a stud.

The Duchess of Cambridge Diamond Emerald eaarings and necklace
Diamond Emerald earrings and necklace

The glowing Duchess chose her Prada wavy cutout heels in black suede for tonight.

The Duchess of Cambridge Prada wavy cutout heels
Prada wavy cutout heels

Duchess carried her Black Mascaro Clutch.

Black Mascaro Clutch
Black Mascaro Clutch

Here have a glimpse of the looks Duchess worn to BAFTA in past.

 

The Duchess of Cambridge at Bafta
The Duchess of Cambridge at Bafta

So what do you think is her best look for BAFTA!!

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