This morning, the Duchess of Cambridge (or the Countess of Strathearn as she’s styled in Scotland) visited Edinburgh for a series of engagements.
First on the agenda: a visit to St Catherine’s primary school in the Scottish capital city. Here, Kate met with staff and students from the school’s Place2Be programme. Pictured below, Kate is presented with a flower posy by Suranne and Rodney from St Catherine’s Primary School.
As you may recall, the charity appointed the Duchess as Royal Patron back in 2013. A quick reminder of what the charity does:
“Place2Be provides emotional and therapeutic services in primary and secondary schools, building children’s resilience through talking, creative work and play.”
Upon arrival, the school’s pupils welcomed Kate with a special assembly. Pictured below, Kate is sat with Lady Elizabeth Drummond, a Place2Be Trustee.
The schoolchildren sang a ‘song of welcome’ for Kate, which she joined in with.
Kate joins in a song at St Catherine's primary, Edinburgh pic.twitter.com/0aP0D1ADGO
— Lucy Christie (@LucyChristiePA) February 24, 2016
She sang along with the songs, laughing and gesturing along with the children (pictured below).
After the assembly, two pupils named Nicola and Luke presented Kate with a “quaich”.
A quaich is a traditional Scottish gift, dating back centuries:
The quaich, Scotland’s cup of friendship, has been used through the centuries to offer a welcoming drink at Clan Gatherings, and other family occasions, and to friends and visitors. “Quaich” is a Scots rendering of the Gaelic word “cuach”, meaning cup. The two-handed design of this drinking vessel incorporates trust, on the part of both giver and receiver.
Next, the Duchess spoke with local headteachers to discuss the challenges around mental health in their schools.
After spending around an hour at the school, Kate waved goodbye to the schoolchildren.
Next, she headed over to the Wester Hailes Education Centre. Here, Kate visted another one of her patronages in action, The Art Room.
The Art Room is a charity that helps children experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties. The charity helps children increase self-esteem, self-confidence and independence through art therapy. There are currently eight Art Rooms stationed in schools in Oxfordshire, London and Edinburgh.
Duing her visit to the school, Kate took part in a round table discussion. She learned how The Art Room works in close partnership with local support agencies to maximise the impact of its work within the wider Wester Hailes community.
Finally, Kate headed over to Craigmount High School. Here, she took part in a tennis workshop with Judy Murray and the “Tennis on the Road” organisation.
Judy Murray is the mother of Wimbledon champions Jamie and Andy Murray. She’s also a former tennis player herself (she holds 64 titles in Scotland!)
Judy founded the Tennis on the Road organisation to give parents, coaches and teachers the the tools needed to get kids active. The organisation travels around Scotland, aiming to inspire a whole new generation of children. Tennis on the Road want to kick-start and develop tennis in the country. (You can read more about Judy Murray and the organisation by clicking here.)
Kate took part in the workshop, even changing into her gym gear before the lesson (see below for specific information about what Kate’s wearing). She joined in with some of the organisation’s fun games, including “beanbag tennis” and “balloon tennis”. Of course, she got to practise her tennis skills with a real ball too.
If you follow the Duchess, you may know that she’s a keen tennis fan. She regularly attends Wimbledon.
Kate first debuted the coat (in public) on Christmas Day 2015. The coat is from Sportsmax’s autumn/winter 2015 collection. It’s no longer available for purchase online.
Kate donned a houndstooth pleated skirt from Le Kilt, a London-based company with Scottish heritage.
Samantha McCoach founded the company in 2014.
“Samantha’s grandmother has been a traditional kilt maker in Scotland for over 40 years and through Samantha’s teenage years she would observe her grandmother expertly tailoring Kilts, trousers and other traditional staples from fine Scottish tartan. Samantha has continued the tradition and re-appropriated the style into her modern wardrobe.”
“This timeless Le Kilt is hand crafted in Scotland, from 100% British wool. The classic pleated A-line skirt features a flat fronted apron fastened with black leather side buckles. Finished with a traditional Kilt pin.”
The kilt costs £470 (which is approximately $644 USD) and can be purchased from the company’s website. Le Kilt confirm that it’ll soon be available to buy from HarveyNichols.com too.
Kate wore a black polo neck sweater with the skirt, underneath her coat. Although Kate has worn the sweater a couple of times before, we do not know any further details about the piece (e.g. designer). It remains a mystery!
Kate wore her Stuart Weitzman Power pumps in black suede.
Stuart Weitzman no longer stock the Power pumps in black suede, but the following colours and styles are available if you’re looking for something similar:
She carried her coordinating Mulberry Bayswater clutch, also in black suede (pictured below in black leather) –
Mulberry no longer stock the suede version, but they do sell the iconic clutch bag in a number of colours and styles today:
Kate’s Kiki McDonough “Lauren” earrings made a comeback:
As we mentioned above, Kate changed into her sporting gear for the tennis workshop. She wore a Nike top:
Specifically, Nike’s Baseline Half Zip tennis top. Its costs $70 USD / £40 GBP.
The company claim the top has sweat-wicking properties, and it offers superior comfort thanks to its contoured seams, plus enhanced range of motion. It appears to be popular on the Nike site too, scoring 5/5 stars and boasting reviews such as, “best tennis top for winter” and “super comfy and stylish”.
For those in the UK, the top is on sale for £27.99 in pink and black (XS only) –
Kate’s wearing the brand’s “Side Panel Track Pants”.
If you’d like to copy Kate’s sporty style, you’re in luck. You can still grab the track pants at Saks Fifth Avenue, where they’re on sale. However, only the extra small size remains. They cost $146 (was £365) or £111.51 (was £278.77).
You can also buy the track pants at Yoox.com in red, (small and extra small only) for $409.
You can buy the same track pants in white at Boutique1.com on sale for $148 (was $371). Most sizes remain in stock at the time of writing.
Finally, Kate debuted a new pair of Asics tennis shoes. She wore the Women’s GEL-Solution Speed 3 Tennis shoes in white and blue steel.
The sneakers apparently offer “superior comfort and support for competitive players on the tennis court”. These sneakers are from Asics’ current season and at the time of publishing, can be purchased from the Asics website for $130 in the USA. They cost £125 GBP in the UK. However, if you’re looking for a deal, head on over to one of the follow sites to make a saving:
- TennisExpress.com have the tennis shoes for $119.95 in many sizes
- Amazon.com have them for $119.95 too, again many sizes are available.
- Amazon.co.uk have them on sale too. From £89.84. A number of sizes available.
- SweatBand.com sell them for £87.94
- eBay has a pair listed (new in box) for £59.99 in UK3.5 / EU36