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Kate is Queen of the Highstreet for engagements in Grimsby today

After spending a long weekend in the Swiss Alps for a friend’s wedding, Kate is now back to the UK, and she spent today carrying out a string of engagements in the seaport town of Grimsby, located in the north east of England.

Kate Middleton visits Grimsby

Kate arrived at her first engagement at the Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre shortly before 1pm.  The Fishing Heritage Centre promises a look into the town’s fishing and maritime history with a range of interactive displays – complete with authentic sights, sounds and smells!   After a tour of the museum, Kate met former trawlermen and discussed environmental issues.  According to, prior to the event Kate requested that she’d like to talk with somebody about sustainable fishing, so the centre made sure their resident expert was on hand to chat about this topic.

John Vincent, her guide around the award-winning museum spoke highly of Kate:

“She was very knowledgeable and asked some very good questions. We had a bit of a laugh going round too.”

After touring the centre, Kate did a walkabout outside, chatting with the crowds of gathered well-wishers.  Many were keen to discuss her pregnancy.  Bobbie Brown (yes, like the make up!) from Grimsby asked if Kate could feel the baby moving or kicking.  She replied “Yes, it is, very much so.”

Below, a snap of Kate whose baby bump is visibly showing now at 21 weeks:

Kate Middleton's Baby Bump

Next, Kate made her way over to Peaks Lane Fire Station. Before heading inside, Kate made an unplanned stop to meet 10 adults and children who are patients at the nearby St Andrew’s Hospice ,who were waiting outside wrapped in blankets.  86-year old Claire Moss-Smith made Kate laugh by saying “I’m waiting for you to be Queen.”  Kate replied, “You might be waiting a long time.”

Kate’s visit to the station marks her first official public engagement with the Prince’s Trust Charity.  Of course, The Prince’s Trust is Prince Charles’ charity, set up to help young people change their lives. You might remember Kate went to a Princes Trust charity concert with the in-laws back in December 2011 (pictured below) –

Kate Middleton and Gary Barlow at The Princes Trust Gig

The fire station is part of Humberside Fire and Rescue Service who are working with The Princes Trust to help unemployed 16 to 25-year-olds to build the confidence and skills needed to find employment.  After meeting those who have benefitted from the programme and the crews who worked at the station, Kate was given a tour of the engines.

After seeing the fireman’s pole, Kate couldn’t help but remark:  “That reminds me of the scene in the Bridget Jones film.”

Later, Kate visited Havelock Academy and officially opened their £18 million new building.  During her visit of the academy, Kate met A-Level photography students, viewed sport’s facilities and watched an expressive arts display.

Speaking ahead of the visit, new Principal Nigel Whittle said he was excited to have the Duchess visit his school.  He has been trying to make his students believe they DO matter – and thinks that Kate’s visit “proves it” to those children.  He is happy that he can tell students “the Duchess of Cambridge came here to see you and your talents.”

Kate’s Outfit:

Kate Middleton's Outfit in Grimsby

Kate recycled her Hobbs Celeste coat for a third time (during public engagements).   You may remember Kate first wore the coat to an engagement in Liverpool on St. Valentine’s Day back in 2012, and then again more recently on Christmas Day to the church service she attended with her family?

Kate Middleton's Hobbs London Celeste coat

Under the coat, Kate wore a new dress we haven’t seen before, the “Cezanne Paintbox Pleated Dress” from Great Plains in Winter Pink.  The dark pink/red dress features a boat neck, short sleeves, pleated skirt and matching black belt.  At the time of publishing this post, the dress was on sale at Great Plains for £48.

Kate Middleton's Cezanne dress in winter pink

Update 2016:  Great Plains have reissued the dress in a new blue/black colour.  Shop it here!

Kate also wore her black suede Episode Angel shoes (pictured on another occasion) –

Kate Middleton's Angel Episode Black Suede Heels

She also wore her Annoushka pearl earrings on Kiki McDonough hooks.

annoushka pearl drops

Kate’s black suede clutch bag features a thin grosgrain bow.  It’s by Mascaro.

Kate's outfit for Grimsby Visit 2013

Kate Middleton's three Great Plains Cezanne dresses: ebony & blue, pine needle green and winter pink

Great Plains Cezanne Dress

Knee-length pleated dress

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Annoushka Baroque Pearl Drop Earrings

Annoushka Baroque Pearl Drop Earrings

Freshwater pearl drop earrings

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Hobbs Celeste Coat in Chestnut Brown

Hobbs Celeste Coat

Chestnut brown wool coat


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  1. As an avid reader, I have to say that “facelift” sounds absolutely amazing!

  2. Great post as usual Carly! I LOL’ed at your comment, “helpful!” about the dresses. Can’t wait to see all the new changes coming! 🙂

  3. melissa says:

    she looks lovely. I love the affordable dress. great post Carly!

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