The Duchess of Cambridge visited Dundee in a familiar Black Watch Tartan

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Dundee Sctoland
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Dundee Scotland
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Catherine, were in Dundee Scotland to officially open Victoria & Albert Museum and to meet the employees and their families from Micheline Tyre. The couple, known as Earl and Countess of Strathearn in Scotland, last visited the city in October 2015.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Dundee Scotland
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The coastal city of highlands is a short drive from St. Andrew’s University, where William and Catherine met in 2001 and fell in love, and the night before their first official visit in 2015, they stayed at the University.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Dundee Sctoland to open V&A Dundee Museum
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Duchess of Cambridge,  who became the patron of Victoria & Albert Museum in 2018, along with her husband Prince William officially opened Scotland’s first Design Museum V&A Dundee. V&A Dundee explores Scotland’s design heritage – its past, present and future.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Dundee Scotland to open V&A Museum
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About the visit the Palace said, “The visit will build on Catherine’s keen interest in promoting the visual arts, and highlighting the value that public institutions like V&A Dundee can offer local communities, particularly in the terms of increased accessibility to world-class art and design”.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Dundee Sctoland to open V&A Dundee Museum
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The establishment of the museum was made possible because of the unique collaboration between V&A, University of Dundee, Abertay University, Dundee City Council, UK and Scottish Governments, the National Lottery and Scottish Enterprises.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Dundee Sctoland to open V&A Dundee Museum
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Welcoming the royal couple’s visit, the Director of V&A Dundee Philip Long said, “This official opening marks the beginning of a very exciting year for V&A Dundee, with upcoming exhibitions on videogames, robots and the future of design. Through an eclectic programme, we aim to inspire people and provoke discussion about the role of design in everyone’s lives.”

The museum, a major cultural hub at the heart of the £1 billion waterfront regeneration plan, is already bringing significant economic and social benefits to the local area, helping to reshape the city’s future as a hub for creative industries. Opened for public in September 2018, the museum already had attracted 380,000 visitors since then.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Dundee Scotland to open V&A Museum
V&A Dundee

Designed by renowned award-winning Japanese architects Kengo Kuma & Associates following an international competition, the first ever dedicated design museum in Scotland and the only other V&A museum anywhere in the world outside London, V&A Dundee’s extraordinary three-storey building is itself a testament to great design and provides a place of inspiration, discovery and learning through its mission to enrich lives through design.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Dundee Scotland to open V&A Museum
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Kuma’s vision for V&A Dundee is that it will be a welcoming space for everyone to visit, enjoy and socialise in – a ‘living room for the city’ – and a way of reconnecting the city to its historic River Tay waterfront. Along with V&A Dundee, Kuma is involved in a number of large, ongoing projects, including arts centres in Besançon and Granada.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Dundee Sctoland to open V&A Dundee Museum
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During the visit, William and Catherine met Kengo Kuma.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Dundee Sctoland to open V&A Dundee Museum
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Curving concrete walls (there are no straight external walls) hold 2,500 pre-cast rough stone panels, weighing up to 3000 kg each and spanning up to 4m wide, to create the appearance of a Scottish cliff face. There are 21 separate wall sections. V&A Dundee is an impressive 8,000 meter square building, with 1,650 meter square of gallery space. Beyond its curved walls, V&A Dundee is reconnecting the city with its beautiful and historic riverside.Construction of the building is being led by Dundee City Council, with project management from Turner & Townsend. The total cost of design, construction and fit-out is £80.11m. Learn more about the museum here.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Dundee Sctoland to open V&A Dundee Museum
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Catherine, who herself is a graduate of History of Arts, fell in love with the museum immediately and told the attendees that she had never seen a museum like this .
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At the museum, William and Catherine met with the representatives from the Young Peoples Collective, who design programmes, and lead activities and tours of the Museum.
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Dundee Sctoland to open V&A Dundee Museum
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Duchess was presented with flowers by the students of nearby Rosebank Primary School. As the patron of the museum, the Duchess of Cambridge gave a short speech celebrating the addition of this major new cultural center for Scotland and the UK.

 

William and I are so pleased to be back here in Dundee to celebrate the opening of this wonderful museum today. Thank you so much for inviting us.

Last February, I was delighted to become Patron of The V&Ain London. Now, nearly a year later, I’m thrilled to be standing in a brand new V&A: one which has been built for the city of Dundee and for Scotland, and which is already picking up international awards. In its first four months alone, it welcomed over three-hundred and sixty-thousand visitors – a truly remarkable feat.

Walking around this world-class space, it’s easy to see how Scotland’s first dedicated design museum is already inspiring the next generation, by providing a new learning space for discovery. I have been captivated by the breath-taking architecture, and the sheer range of design on display.

But most of all I’ve been moved by the passion of the people who work here, and the dedication of all those who have helped make this important project to succeed. I believe we should celebrate all our leading galleries, museums, and cultural centres playing a greater role in communities, not just in London, but up and down the countrytoo. The cultural riches of the UK belong to all people of the UK.

This is what V&A Dundee has achieved. The partners involved in this project from the local area, Scotland, and the UK more broadly all deserve enormous credit for the way you have collaborated to make this happen. I hope that this Museum will serve as an inspiration to others, by showing how great things can be achieved when different communities all pull together. With this thought in mind, I am pleased to declare V&A Dundee ‘officially’ open.

I wish you all every success for the future.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Dundee Sctoland to open V&A Dundee Museum
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Before departing from the museum, the royal couple met and greeted the members of public at the waterfront.

During the walkabout Duchess told a lady that Louis is a fast crawler. She also said that she hope to bring her children to this museum one day.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Dundee Sctoland to open V&A Dundee Museum
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The mother in Duchess could not help this beautiful moment.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Dundee Sctoland to open V&A Dundee Museum
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It seems just like all of us this cute little girl also loves Catherine’s hair.


A video of the cute moment.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Dundee Sctoland to open V&A Dundee Museum
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Lovely Danielle Marr on Twitter shared this beautiful shot of Duchess that she clicked her self during the walkabout.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Dundee Sctoland to open V&A Dundee Museum
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Next stop of the day was the Crescent Community Centre, where the couple met Dundee Michelin Factory’s employees and their families. The tyre factory is set to close down in the mid of 2020 with the loss of 845 jobs. William and Catherine heard first-hand how the factory’s planned closure is affecting them.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Dundee Sctoland to open V&A Dundee Museum
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Established in 1971, the company announced its closure in November last year because of the serious difficulties it is facing due to the changes in the market for car tyres and competition from low-cost, entry-level products from Asia. This part of the royal itinerary was received incredibly well by the media and public. It is really important that members of the Royal Family are taking initiative to learn and promote the British Economy through this sort of visits.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Dundee Sctoland to open V&A Dundee Museum
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As per Lizzie Robinson, during the meeting William said, “The factory has been a huge part of Dundee’s very fabric. It has been a key employer for generations, and has helped sustain the local economy for nearly 50 years. For everyone affected, the hope is that all of you sat in this room can find a positive way forward”.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Dundee Sctoland to open V&A Dundee Museum
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Next the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Michelin Action Group, which is aiming to find and take forward solutions for re-purposing the plant and providing a sustainable future for its skilled workforce. The action group meets regularly and includes representatives from the local council, the Scottish and UK Governments, Union officials, Scottish Enterprise and Michelin.

From Chris Ship’s report about the visit,

Kensington Palace wants to do this sort of visit more often, particularly as William and Kate, along with Harry and Meghan, have campaigned for better understanding of the variety of causes of mental health problems. There is much to commend Dundee to visitors but whatever steps forward this city took with the opening of V&A Dundee and the regeneration of its waterfront, the prospect of losing so many good jobs will set this place back.

That two senior royals should want to hear about tough times facing a group of workers – as well as celebrate British success – is a welcome step. Lessons from history show us that the better the Royals connect with all citizens, in all walks of life, facing good times and bad – the better they will understand the people of the UK, on whose support the institution of Monarchy ultimately relies.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Dundee Sctoland to open V&A Dundee Museum
V&A Dundee

Coming to the day’s fashion and style choices, as expected Duchess of Cambridge chose to pay a sartorial tribute to the Scotland. She brought back her custom made Alexander McQueen Black Watch Tartan Coat, that she first wore in October 2012 during the visit to her old school St. Andrews, just before announcing her first pregnancy.

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Duchess again wore the coat during 2013 Christmas Church Service. Yours truly tweeted few hours before the visit wishing that Catherine will bring back this coat dress and the wish was granted. The coat features many similar elements of label’s Fall/Winter 2012  $7220 Black Watch Coat that is still available on Net-a-Porter.

Tod’s Suede Pumps
Tod’s Suede Pumps

Catherine paired the coat with a black sheath dress and her trusty Tod’s black suede block heel pumps.

Manu Atelier Green Micro Bold Leather Shoulder Bag
Manu Atelier Green Micro Bold Leather Shoulder Bag

The new element of today’s look was the hand bag. Duchess was carrying green suede/leather combination Manu Atelier Green Micro Bold Shoulder Bag. Huge thanks to UFO No More on Twitter for quick id. The £435 bag is already out of stock.

Manu Atelier Green Micro Bold Leather Shoulder Bag
Manu Atelier Green Micro Bold Leather Shoulder Bag

The bag is described as, ” This green Manu Atelier Micro Bold leather shoulder bag has been handcrafted with vegetable tanned leather, features a suede body, textured lining and interior zipped pocket. This one will be handy for our work trip in business class, as Winston Churchill once said, “Keep calm and carry on.” More tranquilising than Valium, this green Manu Atelier Micro Bold leather shoulder bag will send us to our happy place”. Bag is available in pure leather.

Cornelia James Imogen gloves
Cornelia James Imogen gloves

Duchess kept the harsh winter away with her Cornelia James Imogen Gloves and a green stole that is an older piece from Catherine’s pre-wedding Wardrobe. Middleton Maven suggested that it could be Pickett London’s Pashmina Stole in Emerald.  The £135 stole is now available for £95.

Pickett London's Pashmina Stole
Pickett London’s Pashmina Stole

The silk and pashmina blend stole features hand-twisted silk tassels and is available in wider range of hues.  It is described as, “Handmade in Nepal, this classic range of pashminas are 70% *cashmere blended with 30% silk, culminating in hand twisted silk tassels at each end. Available in the stole size in a beautiful myriad of colours from our timeless classics to new limited edition colours introduced each season. Classically luxurious and timeless, they make the perfect gift or a wonderfully indulgent treat for yourself. Pashmina cashmere comes from the Capra Hircus goat that lives in the foothills of the Himalayas. It is a very soft but durable cashmere, which is often blended with silk in order to form the distinctive silk tassels at each end.”

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Duchess finished her look of the day with Diana’s Sapphire and Diamond Oval earrings and Cartier Ballon Bleu Watch.

Cartier Ballon Bleu watch
Cartier Ballon Bleu watch

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Duchess of Cambridge in Regal Green to Launch a Family Line at Family Action

Duchess of Cambridge at Family Action

 

Duchess of Cambridge at Family Action
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Today, the Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine, was back to royal duties. She visited Family Action in Lewisham in London to launch FamilyLine, a free national confidential helpline that is designed to support parents and carers. Through this helpline, users will be able to speak with a charity volunteer, who will listen to their problems, answer particular parenting questions or help with guidance around more complex issues. About the visit palace said,

 “The campaign highlights the hidden ‘monsters’ that many families face, such as debt, addiction, lack of time together, relationship issues and mental health issues. very family faces pressures from time to time, and Family Action is drawing attention to the fact that if we don’t acknowledge them and talk about them, these family monsters can get bigger and become overwhelming.”

Duchess of Cambridge at Family Action
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The Duchess’ visit furthered her work in supporting children from their earliest years. Catherine is currently driving a research project to establish what more can be done in across the UK to give children their best possible start in life.

Duchess of Cambridge in Green beulah London to visit Family Action
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In March 2018, The Duchess announced during a symposium at the Royal Society for Medicine that she has convened a steering group to look at what can be done to make a positive difference to the lives of children, by focusing on their earliest stage of life, from pre-birth to  5 years of age.  The steering group’s recommendations, on behalf of The Duchess, will form the basis of The Royal Foundation’s strategy for developing her work in this area in years to come. The Chief Executive of Family Action, David Holmes, CBE, is also a member of the steering group on early years convened by the Duchess of Cambridge. David Holmes was the host of today’s visit.

Duchess of Cambridge in Green beulah London to visit Family Action
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Family Action is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. The charity works directly with vulnerable children and families through 150 local and national services, as well as supporting professionals and organisations through training and consultancy.

Talking about everyday family pressures is the focus of our 150th anniversary campaign –the Family Monsters Project. Family Action is launching the Family Monsters Project, to start a national conversation about the pressures on every family and how they can face them together. The object of the project is to encourage people to get involved, join the conversation and share their own family monsters. A short film has been made by Family Action  to help others talk about and deal with the challenges all families face. Learn more about the project Here on Family Action.

Duchess of Cambridge in Green beulah London to visit Family Action
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FamilyLine has been set up for any family member who is struggling with any aspect of family life, such as parenting challenges, family conflict, relationship difficulties or mental health and well being. The service aims to provide both immediate and long-term support, practical information and guidance, or help with accessing relevant services.

Duchess of Cambridge in Green beulah London to visit Family Action
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Research Family Action commissioned found one in three people (32%) want to talk to someone about money, health, or relationships issues. However, things get in the way of asking for help, such as being unsure who to ask (14%), thinking their family should be able to overcome pressures without external support (13%), or feeling other people need more support than them (12%).

Duchess of Cambridge in Green beulah London to visit Family Action
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FamilyLine – a free helpline, is open weekday evenings and weekend mornings, and is all accessible via telephone, text message or email. Calls, text messages or emails, are answered quickly and in confidence, by a team of trained volunteers under the supervision of Family Action’s experts.

Duchess of Cambridge in Green beulah London to visit Family Action
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During the visit, Catherine met with some of the FamilyLine team, as well as some families and young carers who’ve been supported by Family Action’s young carers services. She discussed their experiences. How with the right support, Young Carers can have the opportunity to think about & focus on their own wellbeing, childhood & future as well as the members of their family they help care for.

Duchess of Cambridge in Green beulah London to visit Family Action
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She also met the volunteers who are supporting the Family Line Service and view the Family Monsters Campaign Film produced to mark Family Action’s 150th anniversary. She listened to an expert coaching session for the new FamilyLine, which was focused on perinatal mental health and asked volunteers about their training.

Duchess of Cambridge in Green beulah London to visit Family Action
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Before leaving, Duchess received a posy from 13-year-old Helena, who is a young carer for her mother.

A video of the day from Royal Family Channel.

Duchess of Cambridge at Family Action
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For the day, Duchess of Cambridge was looking regal in a bottle green dress from British Label Beulah London. Beulah London is an ethical fashion label which supports sex trafficking victims in India and Bangladesh.

Beulah London Yahvi Tailored Midi Dress
Beulah London Yahvi Tailored Midi Dress

Catherine was wearing green version of label’s Yahvi Midi dress. Huge Thanks to HRHDuchesskate for getting the confirmation from the label. Crafted from 100% wool crepe, the dress is described by the label as, “This tailored crepe below-the-knee dress has a slim fitting sleeve adorned with covered buttons, with a fluted frill cuff detail. Fitted at the waist with a full midi length skirt, this dark green dress has covered button detailing to the side with a split opening that falls just above the knee”.

Behlah London Yahvi Dress
Behlah London Yahvi Dress

The dress was originally from label’s 2018 Autumn Winter Collection and features a round neckline with pleated detailing, fluted sleeves and a floaty skirt with slit on side along with buttons. Duchess has the sleeves and slit at the skirt modified. The green version is available for pre-order on the website.

Behlah London Yahvi Dress
Behlah London Yahvi Dress

The £550.00 dress is also available in pink, Navy and Floral hues.

Duchess of Cambridge at Family Action
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Catherine topped the dress with a leather croc-embossed belt we first saw in 2014 at St. Patrick’s Day Parade that is still unidentified.

Gianvito Rossi Suede Gianvito 85 Pumps
Gianvito Rossi Suede Gianvito 85 Pumps

Duchess paired her dress with Gianvito Rossi Suede Gianvito 85 Pumps in Darke Olive that she first wore during her visit to Cyprus in December 2018.

LK Bennett Dora Clutch
LK Bennett Dora Clutch

She carried LK Bennett Dora clutch also premiered during Cyprus visit in 2018.

Duchess of Cambridge Kiki Classic Green Amethyst Cushion Drop & Diamond Hoop Earrings
Kiki Classic Green Amethyst Cushion Drop & Diamond Hoop Earrings

Kiki McDonough Amethyst Cushion & Diamond Earrings finished her look of the day.

 

 

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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
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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
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The Royal Opera, a 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 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 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
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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
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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
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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 especially 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
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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
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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
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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
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It takes the entire revival workroom around 1,500 hours to refurbish the costumes.

Duchess of Cambridge at Royal Opera House
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Duchess learned how to make a tutu during the visit from the Stock room supervisor Morag Beaton.

Duchess of Cambridge at Royal Opera House
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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
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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 lOpera House and meetings with industry experts.

Duchess of Cambridge at Royal Opera House
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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 pink Oscar de la Renta Skirt suit. The ensemble consists of 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 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 gold pebble. Thanks to and for quick id. on Twitter got the confirmation from 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 Bordeux 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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