On the 19th November 2017, Kate visited the Robin Hood Primary School in Kingston Vale, London. The school takes part in the Royal Horticultural Society’s Campaign for School Gardening, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year.
The Campaign for School Gardening inspires and supports schools to provide children with gardening opportunities to enhance their skills and boost their development.
Some of the benefits of the initiative include the improvement of physical and mental well-being, the building of confidence, teamwork and communication skills, plus it teaches children about environment and sustainability.
During the visit, Kate received a briefing on the Campaign for School Gardening and learnt about its benefits both within Robin Hood Primary School and across the rest of the country.
Robin Hood Primary is just one of 34,000 schools and groups now taking part in gardening through the campaign.
It was very cold today, so I’m sure the cup of tea was welcomed by the Duchess:
Next, Kate spent some time in the school’s outdoor learning area and sensory garden. She helped the children plant bulbs, ready to flower next spring.
Her Royal Highness got straight to work with some of the school’s 5-11 year-old pupils by helping to plant spring-flowering bulbs, including daffodils and snake’s head fritillaries. – rhs.org.uk
She also joined pupils who were learning how to whittle.
Once complete, the whittling will help form part of ‘Bug-ingham Palace’, a home for garden bugs.
Kate was rather amused by the ‘palace’.
After taking part in gardening activities, Kate helped to celebrate the campaign’s 10th birthday.
She cut into a rather delicious looking birthday cake:
Kate also said a few words to the children and staff at Robin Hood Primary School.
She said she’s passing on her fond childhood memories of being outdoors and gardening to her children, George and Charlotte.
For the school visit, Kate wore a number of casual pieces that we’ve already seen before, including her olive green wax jacket by Barbour. It’s known as the Women’s Defence Jacket.
Country Attire described the jacket as a versatile field jacket with a flattering and easy fit, which is perfect for outdoor adventures. It retailed on their website for £199.95 ($268 USD at today’s rates).
Kate’s wearing the Temperley London Honeycomb Tunic, which she’s had in her wardrobe since around 2013. It has an oversized polo neck and elongated cuffs with large honeycomb knit detailing. Kate owns it in two colours: black and almond.
Sadly, the tunic is no longer available to buy. Net-A-Porter.com sold the piece in a range of colours. They described it as “a cozy knit which is perfect for a weekend getaway. A classic Temperley style which you wear time and again”.
Kate’s wearing the Long Tassell Boots by Penelope Chilvers. The Spanish leather boots are cut close to the ankle, which gives them an elegant silhouette. They cost £425 (around $570), but must be worth it – Kate’s had hers for over 10 years.
Kate finished the look with a little bling from Kiki McDonough. She’s wearing the designer’s Lauren Leaf earrings. They’re made from 18ct gold and feature pavé diamonds. The earrings cost £2,200 from Kiki McDonough’s website (which is around $2,950 USD at today’s rates).