It was a sunny but blustery day in Oxford, where Kate turned out at both Rose Hill Primary School and Oxford Spires Academy to support The Art Room, one of her new patronages. We’re going to talk more about Kate and her trouble with the wind in an upcoming post, but today we thought we’d highlight some of the key parts of the visit.
The Charity Itself
The Art Room provides therapy through art to young people struggling with such issues as low self esteem, shyness, and anxiety. It’s a good fit for Kate on many levels, especially since she has a background in Art History. This video from The Telegraph has footage of students telling the Duchess why the Art Room has been important for them.
Ok, so we figured this is how it would come out. Last week when Kate visited, she told the new cocker spaniel puppy’s name to one kid but made him promise not to tell. He held on to his word! This week, she told a whole class so there’s no more secrecy. An aid confirmed the dog’s name is Lupo. Cute.
For the art session, Kate was given an apron embroidered with “Miss Catherine.”
Kate brought out another jacket for today, this time it was a playful bird print coatdress from Irish designer Orla Kiely which was appropriate for a day spent with kids. It’s high waisted with pleats which makes for a flattering silhouette. Wouldn’t mind some more colour, though!
Kate also wore brown tights and the same Aquatalia booties that she wore on her first ever engagement last year in Anglesey, Wales. Here’s a really close up look:
We’ve also seen her white topaz and diamond stud earrings many times before. They are Kiki McDonough “Grace” earrings and are currently on sale for 695 pounds.
This was taken today:
So, royal aides have said that Kate will visit each of her patronages while William is away. Kate has already been out to support The National Portrait Gallery, Action on Addiction, and now The Art Room which leaves the Scouts and East Anglia Children’s Hospice EACH, which we don’t believe are directly associated with her visits to Ronald McDonald House and Alder Hay hospitals which she visited last week. She’ll also be out with the Queen and Camilla on March 1st for a visit to Fortnum & Mason and then the following week on March 8th Kate will join Prince Philip and the Queen in Leicester to kick of the first of the Diamond Jubilee visits.
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