Saturday, 10 October 2015

Kate in Reiss Delaney for Wales V Australia Rugby Match

For their second outing of the day, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge travelled to Twickenham to watch Wales take on Australia in the Rugby World Cup.

Earlier today, William and Kate marked World Mental Health Day at an event hosted by mental health charity Mind at London's Harrow College. The couple had the opportunity to meet volunteers and young people who William described as "heroes". Our post on the engagement is here.

The Duke and Duchess took their seats and sang the Welsh national anthem.

There was plenty of anticipation ahead of the game among rugby fans. A look at recent statistics for Wales and Australia matches from the Telegraph.

'Good afternoon and welcome to our live coverage of Wales’ clash with the Wallabies at Twickenham, a meeting in south west London between the two unbeaten sides in Pool A and a match which will determine who tops the group and who has a decidedly easier, albeit theoretical, route to the final.
 It’s the 39th Test between the Principality and Australia and the head-to-head record does not make for encouraging reading from a Wales perspective. They’ve won a modest 10 of the previous meetings between the two countries while they lasted tasted victory over the Wallabies back in 2008 when they won 21-18 in Cardiff thanks to tries from Shane Williams and Lee Byrne.'

As vice-patron of the Welsh Rugby Union and an avid fan Prince William has been supporting the team at matches and other engagements, whilst Kate has joined him to cheer the Welsh team on.

The game produced some memorable shots.

Such as this.

And this.

A tense moment during the match.

Evidently, it proved a challenging evening for Wales.

Wales were defeated with a final score of 15-6. Next Saturday Wales will compete against South Africa in the quarter-finals, and it's a likely possibility William and Kate will be in attendance.

Rugby World Cup

No doubt the Duke and Duchess were disappointed to see Wales lose.

The Duchess selected several pieces we've seen her wear before for the event, beginning with the love it or hate it REISS Delaney fit and flare coat Kate wore for a visit to Shooting Star Hospice in December 2013.

Shooting Star

The grey jacket is from the brand's AW13 Collection and retailed for $520 before selling out.  It's a collarless, wool-rich coat with seam detail to the front, back and sleeves, with slit pockets to the front, and fastens with a single conceal button.


It appears the Duchess wore her trusty Aquatalia Rhumba Boots for the event. The ever-popular boots have been widely available over the past couple of years, however, over the summer it was announced Aquatalia decided not to include the Rhumba in their fall collection. The Rhumba is still available in brown suede in very limited sizing at Lord and Taylor and Neiman Marcus Last Call.


Fans of the boots will be pleased to see the introduction of Aquatalia's Damara Boots this season (essentially the Rhumba with a few minor design tweaks). The weatherproof almond toe boots are almost identical. Below we see the Damara at Nordstrom for $725.


Kate carried her Tod's D-Styling bag - a piece she's had in her closet for years. There are a number of similar bags by the brand available at My Theresa.


And the Duchess accessorised with her new Kiki Lauren Yellow Gold Pave Diamond Leaf Earrings. The £2,200 earrings are described as "Beautiful and elegantly small these 18ct yellow gold and pave diamond leaf motif drop earrings are from our new Lauren Collection inspired by the British ballerina Lauren Cuthbertson."

Kiki McDonough

Kate also wore black jeans, a black turtleneck sweater and a dark red scarf.

We'll be updating the post and adding higher quality images as they become available. Unfortunately, it can take some time for high-resolution images to emerge from the rugby games but we should see something over the next few hours (we hope!).

In case you're just joining us today, a reminder readers can vote for their favourite state banquet look for the Duchess. The submissions are amazing and I'm sure it's been a difficult choice for those of you who have voted thus far. Click here to view the post and submit your vote!

I hope you're all having an excellent weekend. I imagine we'll certainly hear something in the way of engagement announcements during the coming week.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Support World Mental Health Day

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shone a spotlight on World Mental Health Day at an event hosted by mental health charity Mind at London's Harrow College.

Raising awareness in mental health is understood to be something both William and Kate feel passionate about tackling and the couple plan to undertake a number of engagements in this area, including a day of events in Scotland later this month, which will have a mental health theme. A royal source told People's Simon Perry: "There will be plenty more from both of them through the autumn over this issue. The couple feel there is a real momentum building and people are ready to talk about it. They are feeling energized about it."

This year's World Mental Health Day theme in the UK is 'Dignity in Mental Health', and in the US the focus is on removing the stigma: 'I am Stigma Free'.

At Mind, they work to provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. On their website they describe their goal perfectly: "We won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect".


The work of the charity has received support from celebrities and public figures, with actor Stephen Fry becoming Mind's president in September 2011. He has been very open about his own experience of bipolar disorder and as president promotes causes and advocates on the organisation's behalf. You can read his personal take on his website. Ambassadors of Mind include Tony Blair's former director of communications Alistair Campbell, comedian Ruby Wax, and popstar Frankie Bridge.

Mind Facebook Page

Speaking ahead of the royal visit, Paul Farmer, CEO of Mind, said:

'Their support will shine a spotlight on mental health and we hope it will spark conversations in households across the country, amplifying the vital message that it’s time to talk about mental health. We hope it will encourage people to think about the little things we can all do to make a difference to anyone experiencing a mental health problem'

A student who was delighted to meet the Duchess said "amazing to meet you". Kate commented the work she's doing is "amazing".

Speaking to a young teenager Kate said:

'Did you find it hard to tell your mother about it, not wanting to worry your mother. I always find you never want to worry your family about anything.'

In order to further their understanding of mental health issues the Cambridges met young people who have battled their own problems.

They chatted with volunteers from Mind and the anti-stigma campaign Time to Change, which works to raise awareness about mental health with other young people. There is sadly still a fear of seeking help amongst many people and destigimatisation is very much the next step - something experts believe the involvement of high profile people such as the royals can help have an impact on.

The couple saw workshops in action and met volunteers for the charity's Mindkit programme which is being delivered across London and educating young people about emotional health and resilience.

Prince William described the volunteers as "heroes". More from People's story:

'Claudia Denington, a volunteer for MIND, told PEOPLE that the royal couple were "really down-to-earth. "Before they walked in it was really nerve wracking but as soon as they were sitting down it felt completely normal," she said. "I kept doing a double take! But they really put everyone at ease. They genuinely wanted to hear about our personal experiences." 
When someone thanked the couple for shining a light on mental health issues, Denington added: "Will said, 'Actually you guys are the real heroes and it's you that we want to hear from, it's not about us.' " 
"They were so down to-earth and just normal people, like any other couple. They were really genuine and I was shocked at Will in particular at how much empathy he had. You could just tell in his face that he had been impacted, that he really felt for people."

The Duke and Duchess laugh as Kate offers William the bouquet she was presented with.

A lovely photo of the couple.

If you wish to donate to Mind please click here or alternatively for those in the UK text SUPPORT to 70660 to give £3.


The Duchess wore her Tory Burch 'Paulina' dress - a garment she selected for a playdate with Prince George in New Zealand during the 2014 tour. I thought there was a very strong possibility Kate would opt to re-wear a piece that had been publicly seen before for today's event to ensure her sartorial choices didn't detract from the engagement.

The Paulina Open-Knit Dress is from the designer's Resort 2014 Collection. The €435 black and white print dress features a pleated skirt, a concealed zip fastening and delicate fringing. It is completely sold out and not expected to become available again.


For those interested in emulating the look, the talented Kate's Closet shared an excellent Repli-Kate of the dress a few days ago. The Max Studio High Contrast Fit and Flare Dress is made from the same fabric as Kate's dress and it's currently reduced from $118 to $35 at Saks Off 5th.

Saks off 5th

The Duchess wore her black suede Stuart Weitzman Power Pumps.

Stuart Weitzman

And carried her black suede Mulberry clutch.

There was some confusion regarding Kate's gorgeous new earrings. Kiki McDonough tweeted Kate wore the Lauren Leaf earrings today.

Kiki McDonough

However, on closer inspection the wonderful Susan from What Kate Wore discovered they are in fact the very similar Lauren Yellow Gold Pave Diamond Leaf Earrings. The £2,200 earrings are described as "Beautiful and elegantly small these 18ct yellow gold and pave diamond leaf motif drop earrings are from our new Lauren Collection inspired by the British ballerina Lauren Cuthbertson."

Kiki McDonough

You can view a video from the event here.

In case you missed it, we're asking readers to vote for their favourite state banquet look for the Duchess; please click here to submit your vote. Also, this evening, Wales will take on Australia at Twickenham Stadium in the Rugby World Cup. I think there's a good chance William and Kate may attend, and if so we'll see you later :)