On the 8th of November 2014, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Valero Pembroke Refinery in West Wales.
The Pembrokeshire oil refinery employs 1,200 people from the local area and was opened by the Queen Mother in 1964. This year, the refinery is celebrating it’s 50th birthday. It’s reported that the refinery contributes £1.5 million to the Welsh economy each week.
During their visit, the Duke and Duchess met with workers and apprentices from the refinery, before creating their own petrol blend. Apparently, Prince William was told the blend would take 15 hours to finish, to which he quipped “we will do the night shift!”
During the visit, Kate and William met with a number of local members of community organisations supported by the refinery. Amongst them were members from Pembrokeshire College and an organisation called Pembrokeshire Action to Combat Hardship (PATCH).
Before leaving the refinery, the royal duo unveiled a plaque and a painting by a local artist. You can watch the plaque being unveiled over on Instagram, in this short video.
Here’s a picture from Clarence Houses’s Instagram feed, the royal couple received a toy truck as a gift for Prince George.
That afternoon, the William and Kate travelled to the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. They watched a Rugby Union match between Wales and Australia – you may recall Prince William is the Vice Patron of Welsh Rugby Union and Patron of the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust.
Kate wore a baby blue coat by British designer Matthew Williamson. The coat is from Williamson’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection, and retails for £1,195 ($1,902) on the designer’s website.
Here’s how Matthew Williamson describes the piece on his site:
This double-breasted wool coat fastens with two exposed silver buttons at the front, as well as a concealed button in the interior. It is fully lined in a printed silk – tiny blue star constellations on a black silk background. There is a vent at the bottom of the centre back for a comfortable fit. Double pockets feature in each side.
A picture of the coat from the designer’s campaign:
Under, Kate wore a brown animal print shirt dress by British high street brand Hobbs, it’s made from 100% silk.
The dress is still available in the website’s outlet section here. It retails for £118 ($187) reduced down from £169 (approx $269).
Hobbs describe the dress as follows:
The classic shirt-dress has been updated with this animal-print embossed silk jacquard. This elegant piece features a covered placket and coordinating belt for a sleek look. Wear to work with a glossy court shoe, or slip into suede ankle boots for a cool weekend spin.
Kate wore her Kiki McDonough “Classic” green amethyst and diamond cushion drop earrings:
Kate also wore a gold necklace, thought to be her Woodland Charms necklace from Asprey London:
Finally, to the Rugby match, Kate wore a pair of wool gloves from Cornelia James.