Tuesday, 15th January 2019—The Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton) visited King Henry’s Walk Garden in Mildmay, Islington, London. The Duchess looked casual-yet-chic in a tweed coat, jeans and boots for the visit (more about her outfit further down this page).
King Henry’s Walk Garden is a beautiful community garden run by volunteers with support from Islington Council. The project brings local residents together through gardening and food growing, as well as providing a space to sit and relax. There’s also a pond and a small woodland area.
The garden contains growing plots for cultivation by local residents, where the use of organic gardening methods helps to promote a diversity of plants and wildlife, and a full programme of education and events engages the whole community.khwgarden.org.uk
The visit coincided with an announcement—Kate would co-create a garden for the 2019 Chelsea Flower Show!
The Royal Horticultural Society, who run the Chelsea Flower Show, organised the community garden visit.
Above: Kate at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2016 and 2017.
At King Henry’s Walk, Kate met with local residents and volunteer gardeners to hear their experiences. She also took part in activities with local schoolchildren as part of an outdoor learning session organised by The Garden Classroom charity.
Kate and the youngsters rolled dough and cooked up a feast in the garden’s outdoor pizza oven. The pizzas included herbs harvested from the garden.
The Duchess also turned her hand to bird box building. Some of these were later used in the garden Kate built for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Two gifts were presented to the Duchess during her visit. A jar of honey from the community garden’s beehive and a charming book about lost words.
Kate kept warm in the January weather by wearing a tweed coat by Dubarry.
It’s the Irish company’s Bracken Tweed Sports Jacket, in the colour ‘Heath’ I believe. The company describe the jacket as one of their “most enduring signature styles”.
The pure wool jacket is coated with Teflon, features branded cast metal buttons, gathered patch pockets, and the company’s signature lining in a contrasting colour. The jacket retailed at dubarry.com for $599 USD.
Under, Kate wore a dark red sweater with ribbed cuffs. It looks like the J.Crew Mockneck Sweater in Mahogany. The wool-mix sweater features a funnel neck and long ribbed sleeves.
The piece was known as the Isabel Mockneck Jumper at johnlewis.com, where it retailed for £89. The company described it as follows:
This cozy and flattering mockneck sweater feels as good as it looks, thanks to a crazy-soft blend of yarns. This is the one you’ll want to wear every single day (we speak from experience).
Kate brought back her khaki-coloured jeans, thought to be from Zara. She’s been wearing them to public engagements for a few years now.
She debuted a new pair of combat boots during the visit. They’re from the French brand See By Chloé. The dark brown suede leather-trimmed boots have a chunky tread sole and logo-embossed heel tabs.
Sadly now sold out, the boots originally retailed for $445 at Net-A-Porter.com.
Finally, the Duchess accessorised with her Kiki McDonough Lauren Leaf earrings. The 18ct gold and pavé diamond leaf-shaped earrings cost £2,300 on the designer’s website. They’re also sold at Neiman Marcus for $3,435.