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Kate chooses blush pink dress for Cornwall visit

Today (1st September 2016, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent a full day visiting businesses, charities, projects and organisations in the county of Cornwall.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Truro, Cornwall, UK

For those who are from outside of the UK, Cornwall is a large county in the southwest of England. It’s a beautiful area that even has it’s own language!

The day began in Truro, Cornwall’s only city. The couple paid a visit to the Cathedral to meet with civic dignitaries and cathedral representatives.  First, they said hello to the crowds waiting outside.

BBC Radio Cornwall on Twitter

After a quick walk around, the couple went inside to “sign a slate” in support of the Truro Cathedral Roof Appeal.  The cathedral roof is in urgent need of repair and estimated to cost around £3.2 million.

William and Kate "Sign a Slate" at Truro Cathedral

For a donation, you can add your own signature on a tile alongside Kate’s! There are different tiers starting from £5 (roughly $7 USD).  Here’s a look at Kate’s tile:

Catherine / Kate's signature on the "Sign a Slate" appeal at Truro Cathedral

Next, William and Kate visited Zebs, run by Young People Cornwall.  The drop-in youth club provides a space for children to try new activities, chat with different people and get support.

William and Kate visiting Zebs, run by Young People Cornwall

While inside, William and Kate listened to children explain how important it is to support each other with their mental wellbeing.

William and Kate visiting Zebs, run by Young People Cornwall

Next, the couple headed to the award-winning Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm near Newquay. The farm grows apples and turns them into Cornish Cyder, juices, preserves, wines and spirits. Healy’s is a thriving local business and one of Cornwall’s top tourist attractions.

William and Kate tour the Cyder Farm

William and Kate received a private tour of the Cyder Farm.  Of course, they both sampled a number of beverages during their visit.  Emily Andrews from the Sun reports that while trying apple juice, William joked “where’s the alcoholic stuff?”

William & Kate sampling cyder in Cornwall

The “alcoholic stuff” came next.  Kate poured a pint of the company’s famous Rattler cyder.  She handed it to William who joked “I’ll fall over if I drink that”.  

Kate Middleton visiting Healy's Cyder Farm and pulling a pint of Rattler

The couple unveiled a ceremonial plaque before leaving the Cyder Farm.  A little side note:  they’re lifting the Cornish flag off the plaque.

William and Kate unveiling a plaque at the Cyder Farm

After, the couple visited two development projects supported by the Duchy of Cornwall.

The couple visit developments supported by the Duchy of Cornwall

The Duchy of Cornwall is an estate held by the Prince of Wales, currently Prince Charles.  William will take over the Duchy when Charles is King.

The couple visit developments supported by the Duchy of Cornwall

First, the couple visited Nansledan, 218-hectare site that will provide space for business and housing for the area.   After, they visited Tregunnel Hill, a neighbourhood development project.

The couple visit developments supported by the Duchy of Cornwall

During the visit, the couple met with a number of local people.  I just had to share this picture of Kate saying hello to a baby.  But check out William giving the dog a little stroke on the ear.  CUTE.

The couple visit developments supported by the Duchy of Cornwall

The couple’s final engagement of the day took place on Towan Beach.  They met with children and mentors from The Wave Project.

William and Kate meeting with The Wave Project

This organisation uses surfing as a tool to reduce anxiety in children and improve their mental wellbeing.

William and Kate posing with children from the Wave Project

Kate’s outfit:

Kate chose a blush pink dress by American designer Lela Rose.  It’s the Double Faced Twill Elbow Sleeve style.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Truro, Cornwall, UK

The fit and flare dress has elbow length sleeves, a soft pleated knee length skirt, a thick waistband and seam detailing along the sleeves and upper portion of the skirt. It’s made in the USA from Italian polyamide, wool and elastane fabric.

Lela Rose Dress in Blush Pink

The dress originally retailed for $1,295 before going on sale at $777.   At the time of writing, it can be purchased in limited sizes from Lela Rose and there’s a preorder option for the sold out sizes.   Also, Orchard Mile have a few dresses in stock, on sale for the same price.

Lela Rose Dress from the Side

Here’s a look at the zip and seam detailing on the back of the dress:

Lela Rose Dress

Also worth noting, there is a skirt from the same collection available at The Outnet and it is on sale.  It costs $301.30 USD but only limited sizes remain.  It’s only available on the company’s Americas site, which serves the US, Canada and Latin America.

Lela Rose Blush Pink Skirt

It is the same blush pink colour as Kate’s dress and features similar seam detailing.  Shop it here.  Thanks to Susan from What Kate Wore for sharing this link.

Lela Rose Blush Pink Skirt

If “Lela Rose” sounds familiar, it’s because Kate chose a dress from the designer back in 2014 during the Royal Tour of Australia and New Zealand.  She chose the Circle Lace Trim Dress from Lela Rose’s spring/summer 2012 collection.

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Kate accessorised today’s Lela Rose dress with her favourite L.K. Bennett Natalie straw clutch.

L.K. Bennett Natalie clutch in Raffia "Sand" colour.

A staple in her closet, this clutch has made a number of appearances since 2011. Read more about it by clicking here.

Kate Middleton with the L.K. Bennett Natalie clutch bag

Kate paired the dress with her Monsoon Fleur wedges.

Kate Middleton wears the Monsoon Fleur wedge in taupe suede

You may remember them from the India tour earlier this year (April 2016)?  The Duchess first debuted them in Mumbai.  Sadly, the company no longer stock the taupe coloured espadrilles.

William and Kate at the Water Tank

Kate wore her Kiki McDonough cushion drop earrings in pink morganite. She owns them in three different colours! Read more about them by clicking here.

Kiki McDonough Pink Classic cushion drop earrings

It was pretty sunny in Cornwall today and at one point, Kate put on a pair of sunglasses to combat the glare –

Of course, they’re her Ray-Ban sunglasses.  I can’t be certain which pair (I’ll update later once I find out) but she often wears her folding Wayfarers during public engagements.

Ray Ban Wayfarer Folding Classic Sunglasses

And finally, Kate wore with her 33mm Cartier Ballon Bleu watch:

Cartier Ballon Bleu watch

Kate's outfit for Cornwall 2016

Ray Ban Wayfarer Folding Classic Sunglasses

Ray-Ban Wayfarer Folding Classic Sunglasses

Sunglasses in ‘tortoise’ brown

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  1. As far as I know, Cornwall is located in the southwestern part of England.

  2. Don’t loathe this dress, just find it a bit boring. Was so excited to see some pattern in her outfit the next day!

  3. The sunglasses appear to be the
    NEW WAYFARER FOLDING LITEFORCE from ray-ban (with the silver/metal detailing on the side)

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