On the 29th of September 2020, Kensington Palace announced that Kate had taken on a new role with the Scouts. She’d been appointed Joint President alongside The Duke of Kent. It is a historic appointment, as Kate is the first woman to hold the post in the organisation’s 113-year history. HM The Queen remains Patron of the Scouts.
What the new role means for Kate:
Together with HRH The Duke of Kent she champions the power of Scouting and oversees the Council, the Scouts’ governing body.scouts.org.uk
The mark her new role, Kate visited the 12th Northolt Scout Group in West London. Kate arriving:
She thanked the Scouts and their volunteers for supporting the local community during lockdown. She also heard how the organisation has adapted their activities during the pandemic.
Speaking of activities, Kate took part in several. She joined Beaver and Cub Scouts in toasting marshmallows and crafting paper whirlybirds.
A little information about Kate’s involvement with The Scouts from their website:
Beginning her support for Scouts as a volunteer while living on Anglesey, The Duchess has been a great friend of the movement and a constant champion for young people. A great believer in the power of volunteering, she has a particular interest and expertise in early years’ education and talks frequently on the positive impact gaining life skills at an early age can have on a young person’s wellbeing and development. In 2019, she visited a pilot of early years Scouts for four and five year olds at Gilwell Park, our UK Headquarters.scouts.org.uk
The Duchess wore the perfect outdoorsy outfit for the engagement, a smart blue shirt tucked into brown satin trousers with a nubuck waistcoat over the top. She accessorised with gold-coloured jewellery and an official Scouts scarf. Here’s a breakdown of the exact pieces she’s wearing:
Her shirt is by Massimo Dutti. It’s the brand’s Plain Linen Shirt in Sky Blue. It’s made in Portugal and features a button-up front, buttoned cuffs, a Kent collar and side vents at the hem.
The shirt comes from Massimo Dutti’s JOIN LIFE capsule collection. The fibres used to make the shirt are sustainably grown in Europe and farmed using a natural irrigation system and no genetically modified seeds or defoliants. The process is water-friendly and environmentally friendly.
The shirt retailed for $69.90 (around £55 GBP) and is sold out now, sadly. The company do stock it in a number of other colours though.
Kate’s trousers are from the same brand, Massimo Dutti. They’re a high-waist skinny leg style made from chocolate brown satin. Unfortunately, the trousers are no longer available to buy.
You magazine calls Massimo Dutti the “sophisticated big sister brand that’s part of the same family as Zara, Bershka, Oysho, Pull and Bear, Stradivarius and Uterqüe.” Despite the Italian name, the company is Spanish.
“[F]or the woman who likes minimal classics with an expensive twist that she can turn to for years, Dutti should be your go-to”.Krissy Turner for Telegraph Fashion
It’s highly likely that Kate’s waistcoat is from British company, Really Wild.
However, there is one slight difference between Kate’s waistcoat and the one pictured on the Really Wild website: the buttons. Susan from What Kate Wore has scrutinised photos and spotted that the buttons aren’t quite the same. The buttons on the Really Wild website (the photo labelled 2020 below) have been branded with the company’s logo, whereas Kate’s buttons (top) are plain. I’ve included a photo of buttons from a stock photo published in 2016, but unfortunately, it’s not clear enough to be conclusive.
I do think Kate is wearing the Really Wild gilet and the difference will be due to a change in the manufacturing process. If you study the two waistcoat images (2016 and 2020) below, you can see the labels are different. So it stands to reason that the buttons might be different too. So my guess is that Kate purchased the vest from an older production run. We’d need Really Wild to confirm this, of course.
On to something we can 100% identify now! Kate’s brown suede ankle boots. They’re from See by Chloé. They feature a chunky tread sole, laces up the front, logo-embossed heel tabs and tonal leather trims.
Kate first debuted the boots in January 2019. They’re now sold out, sadly. They retailed at Net-A-Porter.com for $445 USD before going on sale for $267. See is Chloé’s diffusion line, often described as the luxury French fashion house’s “younger sister”.
Onto Kate’s accessories now. The Duchess wore a woven belt with a metallic buckle. Unfortunately, nothing is known about this piece.
Kate’s red, white and blue scarf is from the official Scout and Guide Shop. It features the Union Jack flag badge on the apex. It costs £8.50 GBP.
Let’s look at Kate’s jewellery next. The Duchess wore her Gold Disc Circle earrings by Irish brand, All The Falling Stars. There’s a little story behind how Kate acquired the earrings (and matching necklace), which you can read at People.com (link will open in a new tab).
The earrings comprise of 14 karat gold filled hoops with 9mm hammered disks.
All The Falling Stars specialise in pieces with a “delicate and minimalist aesthetic” that is “modern and simple.” The earrings cost €49 EUR. While sold out, the designer is accepting pre-orders with a wait time of up to six weeks for dispatch.
It looks like Kate is quite the fan of delicate and minimal when it comes to jewellery at the moment. The Duchess carried on the theme with this demi-fine necklace from a small business based in Wales called Spells of Love. The stunning piece has two 18 karat gold vermeil satellite chains layered upon one another.
Again, the piece has been very popular with Kate fans, leading it to sell out quickly. It’s currently available for pre-order only. RRP is £85 GBP at the time of writing.
Spells of Love is a one-women owned business operating from the heart of Wales. Designer Hayley Jones is eco-conscious, cares about the environment and uses 100% plastic-free and biodegradable packaging to ship her jewellery.