Duchess Kate looked gorgeous in grey as she stepped out in a bespoke Catherine Walker coat dress with the Queen at King’s College, London on Tuesday (March 19) for their first ever solo outing. The duo received a tour of the college, where the Queen is a patron.
Kate accessorized her chic look with a belt, black “Fairy Tale” fascinator by Sylvia Fletcher for Lock Hatters and a pair of black “Piper” pumps by Gianvito Rossi. She was seen the shoes on March 12, when she visited the Henry Fawcett Children's Centre in Lambeth, London, when she sported a pink pussybow blouse and black trousers. Kate also stepped out in black “Piper” heels for St. Patrick’s Day earlier this week with Prince William in London, though it's not known whether they're the same pair. As for the fascinator, it is also one of her favourite items in her wardrobe, since this is at least the seventh time the duchess has worn it.
Her Majesty looked just like the style maven she is, and wore a bright pink Stewart Parvin cashmere coat, a matching Rachel Trevor hat, a silk dress, black gloves and black flats. She chose a pearl necklace, her pink sapphire and diamond brooch for accessories, and carried a black handbag.
Kate and the Queen visited the Strand campus at King’s, which is located in Bush House, a building that was once the home of the BBC. The two were shown the school’s facilities, including demonstration of robotics surgery, and were also taken up to the building’s eighth floor, which reportedly has a beautiful view of the London skyline.
That wasn’t Kate’s only outing of the day. Later on March 19, the Duchess of Cambridge visted The Foundling Museum, where she learned “how they use art to make a positive contribution to society by engaging with vulnerable and marginalized young people,” according to Kensington Palace. Kate removed her fascinator for her trip to the museum, and appeared very touched by the greeting she received before going inside.
Kate accepted a bouquet from a greeter while arriving at The Foundling Museum. Photo: © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images
The Foundling Museum tells the story of the Foundling Hospital, which was the UK’s first home for children who were at risk of being abandoned. The museum also operates a children’s charity, Coram.
Of course, children’s advocacy and work with children’s mental health has been a big part of Duchess Kate’s patronages. She has long supported organizations dedicated to providing "solid psychological, social and emotional platforms for children in their earliest years of life in order to support their mental health and emotional resilience, and to provide them with the foundations to lead to healthy and fulfilling adulthoods," according to the Royal Family's website.
Kate has also worked to bring attention to issues such as "addiction, poverty, abuse, neglect, loss and illness of family members," and how these problems can have lasting effects on children’s mental health and wellbeing if they are not given the support they need, the website says.
It’s been a busy week for Kate, who, as previously mentioned, thrilled royal watchers when she visited the 1 st Batallion of the Irish Guards in Hounslow, London with William on Sunday. The duchess reunited with her old friend, Irish wolfhound Domhnall, and celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in the best way possible: with a Guinness!