Kate Middleton made a stylish appearance in smart-casual separates in Derby on Wednesday (8th Feb 2023). The Princess of Wales wore a cream blazer from Zara with navy trousers and her Veja Esplar sneakers as she visited Landau Forte College with ‘Polar Preet’—the first woman of colour to complete a solo expedition to the South Pole and the world record holder for the furthest unsupported solo polar ski expedition in history.
The pair were at the school celebrating Preet’s return from the gruelling solo expedition across Antarctica— where she travelled 922 miles in 70 days and 16 hours. The Princess was patron of the expedition.
The two embraced with a warm hug upon meeting (about 00.13 in the video below).
During the visit, Captain Chandi delivered a speech, while Kate presented an award to a student who’d designed a logo for Preet’s national school logo competition.
The pair also joined students in taking part in activities designed to bring the expedition to life and show how Preet prepared herself.
The Princess, ever the good sport, attempted one of Preet’s strength training exercises.
The visit concluded with a discussion with students on the topic building resilience and mental well-being—topics Kate has routinely and regularly discussed over the last decade.
We know the Princess has long been an advocate of the huge impact the outdoors can have on our wellbeing and the life skills it nurtures, such as confidence and resilience. She is committed to promoting this to young people, including through her work with organisations such as the Scouts, of which she is joint President.
Let’s move on to look at her smart-casual outfit now.
Kate Middleton’s outfit in Derby:
- Zara Double Breasted Textured Weave Blazer in Ecru (Found by myself!)
- Kiltane Scotland Cashmere Crew Neck Jumper in Off White (ID by Middleton Maven)
- Trousers: Unsure right now
- Veja Esplar Sneakers in White & Platine
- Pearl and Disc Hoop earrings from Accessorize (Found by a few people, including Kristin, Christine and Middleton Maven)
- Belt – TBC.
I’ll have a full update on the clothing and accessories ASAP
An outfit I can put together from my closet. I have a pale beige Reiss blazer, a crew neck casmere from Line in ivory, Superga leather trainers, j brand jeans and I will not look like this…not even close to looking this casually elegant. Oh, at least I like to try and find Kate a wonderful fashion inspiration.
The Princess of Wales is such a good sport. I love to root for these sporty impressive women.
My husband puts up with my Kate fashion watching. Even he is impressed with how great she can look at times.
Carly W says
Haha, join the club. Try as I might, I am just not tall nor slender enough to pull off Kate’s looks with the same elegance. I do, however, use her as a reference when shopping/dressing day to do—as do you by the sounds of it 🙂
Yes, Preet is very impressive, a truly mind blowing achievement.