This afternoon (18th October 2017), Kate joined William and Harry for an event at the London Stadium in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The royal trio attended the graduation of 150 coaching apprentices from Coach Core, an apprenticeship scheme that gives young people aged between 16-14 the chance to become the next generation of inspirational sports coaches.
Coach Core is part of The Royal Foundation, a philanthropic organisation founded by William and Harry, which Kate joined in 2011.
During the visit, William, Kate and Harry met with met with the charity’s coaches, partners and supporters. The trio got to witness the apprentices receive a masterclass from some of the top coaches in gymnastics, tennis, football and rugby.
The Royal Foundation formed Coach Core in 2012. It is a powerful legacy of The London 2012 Olympic Games.
Kate spoke with Judy Murray, who is, of course, a tennis coach and mother of professional tennis players Jamie and Andy Murray.
You may recall that Kate attended one of Judy Murray’s tennis workshops in Edinburgh last year:
Back to the coaching event. The Royals celebrated with the new graduates from the programme.
It was Kate’s second surprise appearance of the week after the joined a children’s event at Paddington Station on Monday.
Usually, Kensington Palace announces Kate’s appearances in advance. This appears to have been put on hold for the time being. As you may recall, Kate continues to battle with Hyperemesis Gravidarum, a condition that causes severe vomiting during pregnancy. I’d theorise that Kate doesn’t have any solo engagements planned for the foreseeable, but will join William on any Heads Together or Royal Foundation engagements if she feels well enough.
For today’s surprise event, Kate opted for a double-breasted blazer in a steel blue colour. It’s by Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini.
The blue wool-mix jacket features peak lapels, patch side pockets and brass-tone buttons.
If you read our blog earlier this year, Kate’s jacket will look familiar. She wore the red version to an engagement with the Air Cadets on Valentine’s Day, in February.
The double-breasted blazer is from the designer’s resort 2017 collection. It retailed for £720 (around $949 USD). Sadly, it’s no longer available for purchase.
However, FarFetch.com sells an almost identical jacket by the same brand in black if you’re looking to copy Kate’s style.
To my eye, the jacket looks identical aside from two small differences: velvet trim on the collar and a lack of buttons on the jacket’s cuffs.
Kate paired the jacket with a black turtleneck sweater and a pair of black jeans.
We’re unable to offer any specific information about these pieces, sadly. Kate does appear to wear the turtleneck on a regular basis though. Here’s Kate wearing the sweater during a visit to Paris earlier this year.
Now on to Kate’s boots. Regular readers will have noticed they’re new (to us, we’ve not seen Kate wear them before). Russell and Bromley confirm Kate’s wearing their Fallon Dry style (£295), as first suggested by multiple people on Twitter.
Finally on to Kate’s earrings. She chose her Kiki McDonough Lauren Leaf style for the sporting event. According to the designer, the 18ct yellow gold and pave diamond earrings were inspired by British ballerina Lauren Cuthbertson. They retailed for £2,200 on Kiki McDonough’s website (which is around $2,900 USD at today’s rates), though they’re currently out of stock.