On the 19th of January 2015, The Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton) conducted a number of engagements in the Kensington area, nearby to her London home at Kensington Palace.
Kate began her day with a visit to the volunteers at Family Friends, a charity that supports disadvantaged families though its network of trained volunteers.
At the event, The Duchess attended a coffee morning and met some of the trained volunteers who provide befriending and mentoring services, together with some of the families themselves.
Kate spoke with volunteers, learning how they got involved with Family Friends. She also learned about the benefits of the service from families who attended the event.
It seems a toddler was overcome with shyness when meeting Kate today, despite practising all weekend. From The Mirror –
“When two-year-old Ryan Dixon came face to face with Kate at a Kensington coffee morning he had a sudden attack of shyness.
The normally boisterous toddler took one look at the Duchess, said “no no, Mummy, no no Mummy,” and did his best to run away.
She laughed off the rare snub, telling Ryan: “I would be shy as well.”
Ryan’s mum, Tracy Samuels, sheepishly presented the Kate with the bouquet of white lilacs and nistercians as her son buried his face in the folds of her clothes.
Miss Samuels said afterwards: “We practised all weekend. He was going to say ‘these are for you, nice flowers, lovely flowers’ and he was fine doing it at home.
“I don’t know what made him so shy, normally he is really outgoing and he’s never been shy like this when there’s been a big occasion.”
Next, Kate headed over to Kensington Aldridge Academy for an official opening ceremony. The new school opened its doors for the first time in September 2014.
The new academy is a local school serving the North Kensington community and all of its students live less than a mile away.
At the academy, Students will receive a first-class education in a modern building, with facilities such as the sports hall and dance studio available to the community outside of school hours.
At the other end of the site, the Kensington Leisure Centre is under redevelopment and is set to open to the general public in March this year. Kate walked over to the site to see progress and meet with local community groups using the leisure centre’s new facilities.
Both The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry had swimming lessons at the old Kensington Leisure Centre whilst they were pupils at Wetherby School.
A video from The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s official YouTube channel:
Six-month pregnant Kate looked radiant in a baby blue coat and coordinating dress by maternity brand Seraphine.
Kate stepped out in Seraphine’s ‘Natasha Cashmere Blend Coat’ in soft mist blue. The coat is made from a cashmere blend, features mother of pearl buttons and retails for £195 ($295).
Updated September 2017: The company continually restock this coat, click here to view/buy.
Under the coat, Kate wore Seraphine’s ‘Florrie Floral Print Dress’ in “marine ocean” blue shades.
The design is digitally printed onto crepe de Chine fabric. The dress was part of Seraphine’s spring/summer 2015 LUXE collection. Updated September 2017: The dress is still available in limited sizing. Click here to view/buy.
The Duchess returned to a number of familiar accessories for today’s visit – if you follow Kate regularly you’ll probably know these pieces. First up, her earrings. They are Kiki McDonough Cushion Drop earrings with a green amethyst stone.
Kate carried her Stuart Weitzman “Raz” handbag, which is known as the “Muse” in the UK.
Kate’s shoes are by Alexander McQueen and date back to at least 2011. The Duchess has worn them on a number of occasions, including during the Canada tour.
Finally, Kate finished off her outfit with her Cartier “Ballon Bleu” watch (33cm).