It’s blue elegance for Duchess of Cambridge in South Yorkshire

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Yorkshire
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today visited Rotherham and Barnsley in South Yorkshire. The visit was scheduled ahead of Prince Charles’ 70th birthday dinner in London tonight.

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Upon arrival, the royal couple was welcomed by the Mayor of the Sheffield City Region Dan Jarvis and administration of McLaren Automotive.

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In Rotherham William and Catherine officially opened McLaren Automotive’s 50M£ Composites technology centre at Catcliffe.

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As per the Rotherham Biz,  “A £50m investment has been made in developing and manufacturing the future of lightweight technology with the soon-to-open facility on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham. It is the supercar manufacturer’s second only production facility and the first outside its native Woking. McLaren recently took the keys for the new 75,000 sq ft facility that will enable the development and manufacture of the Monocell and Monocage carbon fibre chassis used in future McLaren models.”

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The McLaren Composites Technology Centre (MCTC) aims to be a world-leader in innovating lightweight carbon fibre and composites that will work together with future powertrain development to save weight and produce greater energy efficiencies. The new Center will be used to innovate the process of designing and constructing lightweight carbon fibre tubes which form the internal shell of McLaren’s cars.

They were joined by HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Bahrain.
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The royal couple was shown the prototype manufacturing line that includes industrial processes for cutting and fitting carbon fibre. The carbon fibre car chassis produced here will be assembled at McLaren’s site in working, that Prince William visited last year.

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William and Catherine met with the factory employees and heard about the plans for the centre’s expansion that will be providing 200 new jobs for the local area when it will be fully operational by 2020.

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Duke and Duchess also met with some of the McLaren’s STEM Ambassadors and talked about their work encouraging children to get involved in science-based learning and careers.

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Prince William said he “looked forward to seeing more of them on the road” as he and Catherine departed from the McLaren factory in Rotherham after officially opening the site.

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They were joined by HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

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The next stop of the day was Barnsley where they visit Centrepoint Services. Centrepoint provides housing and support for young people in London, Manchester, Yorkshire and the North East and through partnerships all over the UK. As per its research report, 1,03,000 people in the UK are homeless or at risk.

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Centrepoint

It supports 10,000 young people every year with the age group of 16-25-year-olds into a safe place to live, give them a health assessment and plan support for their individual mental and physical health needs and give them a start to a path of more independence and a job. The service centre in Barnsley supports over 60 young people from the area every day. Last year 7000 people in the Yorkshire and Humber approached the authorities to help.

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The charity holds a special place in Prince William’s heart. It was his mother Late Princess of Wales Diana’s patronage from 1992 to until her death in 1997. Both William and Harry would visit Centrepoint hostels when they were a child with their mother and, when it was his turn to take over some of her patronages, Centrepoint was the first one he chose. He became its patron in 2005.

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To deepen his understanding of the challenges homeless people face and highlight the issue of homelessness, in December 2009, Prince William joined Centrepoint’s CEO, Seyi Obakin, to spend a night sleeping out on the streets of London in temperatures as low as minus 4C.

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During a celebratory event in 2008, William remarked, “That example of selfless service that Centrepoint represents has stayed with me, and that is why it was the first charity that I wanted to be associated with. I had witnessed, first hand, the extraordinary courage of so many of Centrepoint’s young people is rising to meet such seemingly insurmountable challenges in their lives.”

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William and Catherine helped to prepare lunch in the kitchen. These are some of the activities I love seeing William and Catherine participating.

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At the Kitchen, William stirred Omero’s Red Pepper and Chorizo soup while Catherine sliced some bread. While cutting the bread, Duchess joked,” Don’t look at how evenly I cut it!” William also had a bite while talking to the youngsters. The soup the couple served is part of the ‘Big Broth’ project which raises money for Centrepoint and is now on sale at Waitrose and the Ocado online grocer.

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They met with residents and talked about their experiences and learn how the Centrepoint Service helped them.

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After lunch, William and Catherine visited the Centre’s new  Andy Norman Learning Hub. The hub has been built to provide a dedicated space and resources to young people at risk of homelessness in Barnsley. The hub helps them to improve their skills and move towards an independent life. The couple met with the young people who are being helped by the hub.

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The couple officially opened the hub today.

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Now moving to what Duchess wore. As always Duchess of Cambridge was the epitome of elegance. She wore her Eponine AW 16 sapphire blue coat dress

Eponine AW 16 sapphire blue coat dress
Eponine AW 16 sapphire blue coat dress

She first wore Sapphire Blue Eponine Coat Dress to visit Anna Freud Centre in January 2017. The double wool crepe piece is from label’s 2017 Autumn-Winter Collection and features three quarter length sleeves, a collar with notch cut-outs, a slender matching belt and wide pleats in the back.

Rupert Sanderson Malory Pumps
Rupert Sanderson Malory Pumps

Catherine paired the outfit with Rupert Sanderson Malory Pumps. Premiered in January 2016, featuring Sanderson’s signature silhouette Malory Pumps have 100mm heel height and classic pointed toe.

Smythson Panama cross-grained leather purse with strap
Smythson Panama cross-grained leather purse with strap

Duchess debuted a new navy handbag today. She carried Smythson Panama cross-grained leather purse with a strap. The $785 bag features foldover front with magnetic button closure, removable adjustable crossbody strap, back zipper pocket, internal zipped coin section, ten card slots, one slip note pocket, foiled metallic branding, tonal stitching, painted edges, smooth leather lining. Crafted from Panama cross-grained leather, the bag is available on Selfridges in navyNile blue, pink, Gold and Cobalt.

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Catherine wore her Sapphire and Diamond Diana Earrings and Cartier Ballon Bleu watch.

Cartier Ballon Bleu watch
Cartier Ballon Bleu watch

Tonight Queen Elizabeth is hosting a dinner at Buckingham Palace in the honour of Prince Charles’s 70th birthday. Many Foreign Royals are attending. I hope the Extended British Royal Family will be there, so we can expect Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to be there. I hope we will get one or two portraits from the night.

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New Family Portraits to mark Prince Charles’ 70th birthday

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Prince Charles birthday Portrait
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Today Prince Charles of Wales is turning 70. Ahead of his 70th birthday, Palace released two beautiful portraits of Wales Family.

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Captured by Cambridge favourite Chris Jackson, who is married to Catherine’s stylist Natasha Archer, in the gardens of Clarence House in September this year, the pictures show a relaxed family atmosphere.

Prince Charles birthday Portrait
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In the pictures, Prince George is sitting in his grandfather Prince Charles’ lap, while Charlotte is sitting with Duchess of Cornwall smiling at the cameras.

Prince Charles birthday Portrait
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The pictures gave us the first clear look at our cute little baby Prince Louise, since his christening in July.

Duchess of Cambridge with Prince Charles and Prince Louisjust a few days ago we saw another portrait of Catherine holding her son Louis who is giggling at his Grandpa Wales.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge issuedOfficial portrait of Prince Louis's christening
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I have always believed that Louis is a blessing for William and Catherine. Since they announced their third pregnancy last year, the couple radiates the happiness and contentment.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince Louis
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The moment they stepped out of Lindo WIng holding their third baby, there was a change in Catherine’s body language.

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Since returning from her maternity leave we have seen a new surge of confidence and regalness in Catherine. She is glowing and her stance shows the happiness she is having back at her home.

Duke and Duhcess of Cambridge relasedPrince Louis Official Christening Protraits
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And that’s why she has a special bond with her third child who even looks like her. While George has a resemblance to his maternal grandfather Michael Middleton and Charlotte gives the glimpses of Young Queen Elizabeth, its Louis who looks like kiddo Kate.

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To mark the milestone of his life, Prince Charles allowed unprecedented access to Google’s Street View as he opened his homes – Clarence House and Highgrove. Viewers can take a ‘virtual tour’ of several rooms at the residences, having a detailed look at art, furnishings and interiors. Click here to take a tour of Clarence House.

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It also gives a clear look at another portrait of Charles holding Prince George. This picture was taken at the christening of Prince George on October 23, 2013. I wish a very happy birthday to Prince Charles.

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Today William and Catherine will visit South Yorkshire. In Rotherham, they will officially open McLaren Automotive’s new Composites Technology Centre before travelling to Barnsley’s local Centrepoint hostel. After lunch, the Duke and Duchess will visit Centrepoint’s new Andy Norman Learning Hub. In the evening, Queen Elizabeth will host a dinner for Prince Charles’ birthday at Buckingham Palace that will be attended by many European Royal Families.

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Duchess of Cambridge in familiar Catherine Walker Coat for Special Armistice Service

Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of Armistice Day

Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of Armistice Day

After the moving annual Remembrance Day Service at Cenotaph, tonight Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined the Queen and members of the royal family for a special service held at Westminster Abbey to mark the Centenary of Armistice Day.

Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of Armistice Day
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The Armistice, that ended the First World War, was signed on this day 100 years ago in 1918. This week various events have been organized throughout the UK to mark the big historical day.

Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of Armistice Day
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As in most of the special services, today’s service was also held at Westminster Abbey. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby led the service today.

Queen at Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of Armistice Day
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Queen arriving at Westminster Abbey for tonight’s service. Usually, royal women wore dark colours to commemorate the remembrance events. Tonight they wore bright colours representing hope and joy people felt at the end of the WWI.

Queen at Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of Armistice Day
Westminster Abbey

The ceremony began with the Queen and the President of Germany placing fresh flowers at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior.

Queen at Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of Armistice Day
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The flowers are brightly coloured to symbolise celebration and include heather, gerbera, lilies, roses and chrysanthemums.

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Members of the Royal Family took their seats in Abbey.

Queen at Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of Armistice Day
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Actor Sophie Okonedo OBE read from the diary of socialist Beatrice Webb, 11th November 1918: ‘Peace! London to-day is a pandemonium of noise and revelry, soldiers and flappers being most in evidence. The ashes of socialists and writers Sidney and Beatrice Webb lie in the north aisle of the nave of Westminster Abbey.

Sidney and Beatrice Webb graves
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Beatrice was born in January 1858 in Gloucestershire, a daughter of a wealthy businessman. She was an early pioneer of socialism and aided the poor, founded co-operative societies and trade unions and with husband, Sidney started the London School of Economics and advanced ideas for social security.

Special service at Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of Armistice Day
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Actor John Simm read from John Jackson, Private 12768: Memoir of a Tommy: ‘…on the stroke of the eleventh hour the sounds of war ceased abruptly…after years of noise, the calm and quietness of that cold, November, day was bewildering.’

Special service at Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of Armistice Day
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Nine young people placed flowers at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior. The nine have been involved in commemorative events over the past four years, researching the lives of members of the Armed Forces who served during WWI.

Special service at Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of Armistice Day
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British Prime Minister Theresa May read Isaiah 58: 6-12.

 

Then the Choir of Westminster Abbey performed the True Light by Judith Weir CBE, Master of the Queen’s Music. It was commissioned for this service by UK Government Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Special service at Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of Armistice Day
Westminster Abbey

Actor Simon Russell Beale CBE reads from The Unfinished Task by Winston Churchill: ‘The penalty of defeat is ruin. The reward of victory is responsibility. It is an awful recompense…’

Special service at Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of Armistice Day
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German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier reads 1 St John 4: 7-11 in German.

Special service at Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of Armistice Day
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German President and his wife were the guests at the Remembrance Event this weekend. They were the first German guests to attend the Remembrance Event since its origin in 1919.

Special service at Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of Armistice Day
Westminster Abbey

Here’s an English translation from the Order of Service.

Special service at Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of Armistice Day
Westminster Abbey

The ceremony ended after the reading from Charles, Prince of Wales. He read St John 15: 9-15, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends”.

The Westminster bells rang to mark the end of the special Armistice Day Service after the National Anthem.

Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of Armistice Day
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For the special service, Catherine wore green Catherine Walker Coat that she first wore in at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 2017 and then Duchess left for her first official Paris Visit wearing the same coat.

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The coat features a Gold Button Detailing at the front and contrast black Velvet collars, cuffs and pockets lapels. The knee-length Coat dress has fitted silhouette with a slightly flared skirt.

Jane Taylor Velvet Headband
Jane Taylor Velvet Headband

Catherine paired the coat with a handmade a crescent moon shaped black velvet Jane Taylor Headband. The £890 headband (ided by @HRHWessexBlog) is made from sumptuous velvets and is available in many different colours. A customised order can also be placed at the website in a colour that is not available already.

Jane Taylor Velvet Headband
Jane Taylor Velvet Headband

Recently we have seen Duchess wearing similar headbands. Many people don’t like the style but in my opinion, Catherine looks great in these headbands. We saw Catherine wearing a similar style at the christening of Prince Louis and then at the wedding of Sophie Carter.

Cassandra Goad Cavolfiore Pearl Studs
Cassandra Goad Cavolfiore Pearl Studs

Duchess wore the same  Cassandra Goad Cavolfiore Pearl Studs that she wore earlier in the day and we first saw at the christening of Prince Louis in July this year. And a single poppy.

Jimmy Choo Celeste Velvet Clutch
Jimmy Choo Celeste Velvet Clutch

Catherine carried  Jimmy Choo Celeste Velvet Clutch premiered last night at the Festival of Remembrance. She has the same model in three different colour i.e. nudeblue and red.

Gianvito Rossi’s ‘Gianvito 105’ Black pumps
Gianvito Rossi’s ‘Gianvito 105’ Black pumps

Duchess was wearing Gianvito Rossi’s ‘Gianvito 105’ Black pumps. she owns the pumps in 4 colours i.e. nude, black, red, burgundy.

Next, we will see Catherine on Wednesday, November 14, When she will visit South Yorkshire with Prince William.

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