Kate was in her blue lace Séraphine Maternity dress for today’s Place2Be engagement.

Rebecca English of The everyday Mail posted a video of Kate’s arrival.

The event was the official opening of the new Place2Be headquarters in London.

The Duchess has been patron of the charity since 2013.

Below, she is seen speaking with mental health and wellness professionals who have completed a Place2Be program in counseling children.

Kate likewise met students from Albion main School.

The institution is located near Place2Be’s new building; the children, as well as institution staff, were in the replica Place2Be space that is part of the new headquarters.

Kate delivered remarks at the opening.

“We understand that schools have a vital function to play in creating an emotionally healthy culture for children.”

“Schools, however, cannot as well as should not have to handle all this alone. institution leaders as well as teachers requirement professional guidance as well as training to establish their own approaches to supporting children’s mental wellbeing.”

A quick video of Kate revealing the plaque commemorating the day’s events.

I’m not sure what transpired when opening the curtain on the plaque, however it looks like it was immensely entertaining!  

For today’s engagement, the Duchess wore the ‘Marlene’ gown by Séraphine Maternity.   

The gown is part of Séraphine’s Luxe collection of more formal dresses as well as evening wear. The gown showcases a floral lace bodice atop a layer of stretch jersey, lace sleeves with a ruffle at the cuff, a full knit skirt as well as black velvet detailing at the bodice as well as cuffs. 

We very first saw the Duchess wearing this piece during the tour of Norway in February.

Kate accessorized with her ‘Power’ pumps by Stuart Weitzman.

The shoe offers a traditional point-toe style in black suede with a lower heel than Kate commonly wears, 3″ – 3.5″ depending on which version you buy. (The heel on this nude pair is 3.5″.)


She carried her black suede Bayswater clutch by Mulberry.


Kate likewise wore her sapphire as well as diamond earrings.

The Duchess extremely much seemed to enjoy herself at today’s engagement.   


In this video from Place2Be, you hear Kate’s speech as well as likewise get a look at the day’s activities.

With thanks to graphic whiz Susan Courter of What Meghan Wore, right here is her look showcasing what Kate wore today.  


Also today, we are just delighted to welcome back Madderson London as a WKW sponsor. Most readers will recall Kate’s chic Naomi dress by the brand, worn when she was expecting Charlotte. 

Close friends Sara Madderson as well as Helen Hughes stay at the helm of the company, still wearing many hats, including those of owners, designers, as well as managers. The business continues to specialize in classic, timeless styles that celebrate its British heritage.

Helen as well as Sara stay focused on patronizing little ateliers as well as mills to utilize the highest high quality materials as well as skills available. They likewise are focused on producing locally whenever possible; 75% of the company’s garments is made in London, no simple feat in this day as well as age.

On to the sensational styles from the Madderson London spring collection. We’ll begin with the spring version of the iconic Naomi dress. 

The updated Naomi is crafted in the soft, comfortable ponte knit that makes the gown so comfortable, one of the reasons it is such a hit with customers. Made in London, the gown is trimmed in a striking tweed from the historic Linton Mill near the Scottish border; operating since 1912, the mill has been a supplier for luxury fashion houses since William Linton was introduced to Coco Chanel in 1924.    

The color palette for the new collection is outstanding: a mix of navy, white as well as red that is fresh as well as crisp. You see those hues in the Miranda dress, a contemporary take on the traditional shirtdress with stylish accents.

Available in ivory as well as likewise in a nice, sharp navy, the Miranda’s pleated grosgrain trim lends a layer of sophistication to the design. It is a versatile piece that can take you from a day at the office to an evening out on the town.

I love the distinctive pattern of the Zoe Skirt as well as Victoria Jacket. The pieces are done in that exact same striking tweed from the Linton Mill that you see utilized on the Naomi. The zip-front jacket is a statement piece perfect for altering seasons, while the skirt showcases inverted pleats that provide an elegant swing when the skirt is in motion.     

Above you see the Victoria jacket paired with the Clara trousers. The twill trousers are a stellar basic, created just for Madderson by an all-female cooperative in Portugal. They function a tailored silhouette with gathered ruffled trim on the side seams, a front zipper as well as on-seam pockets.  

The Kara gown is always a prominent style, as well as for spring it is offered in a silk chevron print. The gown features a shirttail hem, button-through placket as well as self-belt. The most fantastic style aspect to me: Sara as well as Helen had the pattern printed on the matte side of the material so the soft, silky feel of the fabric is next to your skin. A face you may acknowledge in the dress: Rebecca Priestley, Kate’s former personal secretary, wearing the Kara at Wimbledon in July 2017. 

The Kara is likewise made by the women’s co-op in Portugal; we discover more about the organization from the Kara product description: 

They work together on their own terms as well as they set the prices for what they produce. We feel privileged to have gain access to to these extremely skilled seamstresses. Their silk garments are beautifully finished, featuring touches such as French seams. These details add to the labour as well as material usage however our production manager Josephine believes they are non-negotiable (and I never suggest with Josephine …).

Kara’s silk is woven in China however printed in Cheshire, in the North West of England by Biddle Sawyer Silks.

As with every collection, there are some extremely versatile separates that will work to stretch your wardrobe investments.  

Above you see the increased jacket as well as Clementine Skater Skirt. The jacket features faux pocket flaps trimmed in navy grosgrain, applied gold trim at the waist as well as gold buttons. right here is a better look.

You can pair the Clementine skirt with any type of number of items; it has a fitted yoke, flared hem and that elegant navy trim accenting the hem.

The Clementine skirt is so prominent it led to the development of an completely new garment, the Ida Skater-Skirt Dress. Made in London of the brand’s signature ponte jersey, the skirt on the gown is much like the Clementine, down to the grosgrain trim. more from the product description: “We love our Clementine skater skirt so much that we jumped at the possibility to turn her into a dress! Like the Clementine, Ida is sooo flattering on the waistline (I swear my waist looks a dress-size smaller in my Ida than even in my suck-it-all-in jeans). She is polished as well as sleek however her flounce as well as red trims make her a great deal more fun than your typical work dress.”

An fascinating side note: the red sandal worn in a number of of the Madderson photos (seen above) is the Aquazzura Casablanca style, the exact same style worn by Meghan Markle at last week’s Royal foundation Forum. It reminds me of last year’s spring collection photos; the Kate Spade Tassel Earrings were utilized to accessorize different looks as well as Kate was seen wearing them not long after!    

You may have noticed the wonderful blouse seen in many shots; that is the Leonie Long Sleeved Blouse. The Leonie is made of soft silk crépe de chine, showcasing a ruffled bib on the front, a touch that sets it apart from more common blouses.  It is offered for preordering as well as it will ship on or before the 21st of this month.     

This may well be my preferred of all the Madderson London Collections I have seen as well as written about. The cut as well as colors of the pieces are elegant, however they all offer a little something that is different, be it a whimsical flounce at the hem, or the distinctive tweed sourced from the Linton Mill. There is a great deal to love this spring.  

Sara as well as Helen continue their focus on sustainability as well as accountable business practices. It is a topic they address on the ecommerce site, blog as well as on social media; this graphic comes from the brand’s Facebook page. 

They are championing the #30Wears campaign, a brainchild of Livia Firth, creator of Eco-Age, a consulting firm with a focus on sustainability. You may keep in mind Ms. Firth was at the Commonwealth fashion Exchange event at Buckingham Palace in February; Eco-Age created as well as is managing that project. The #30Wears campaign just asks us to think about a concern before we purchase an product of clothing: will I wear this at least 30 times?   

The concept is to get us away from ‘disposable fashion,’ as well as believing of garments as well as accessories as items we will have as well as utilize for many years, as opposed to many weeks. That is one of the reasons Madderson is so committed to using only high quality materials aswell as producing processes; their products will stand the test of time. 

Helen as well as Sara have likewise launched their Books for Schools program; for every product sold at Madderson, they will donate a book to a British main school. In composing about the project, Sara notes that “Helen as well as I believe extremely strongly that books are the most magical of gifts, with the power to elevate as well as transport the visitor into new realms of potential.” In November Sara made a book shipment to Columbia main institution in Tower Hamlets.   

From Sara’s publish about the event: “I arrived at the institution to the delightfully chaotic noise of tens of children shrieking with delight as they unpacked the boxes. hectic in the method that kids love to be, they quickly organised themselves into groups of mini-librarians, stamping the books as well as sticking in book-plates. Every book that we donate has the very first name as well as city of the client who donated the book with his or her order. This way, the children understand that people around the world care about their future.”

The books are being utilized for the school’s breakfast book Club, which encourages reading for pleasure. The business is working with provide a book to handle the project. 

If you are believing about adding some spring styles to your closet, now is an suitable time: Madderson London is offering 10% off all orders with promo code WHATKATEWORE10. For those in or near London, the business will be showcasing its new spring as well as summertime collection at a pop-up shop March 12th – March 20th at The idea Store on Kings road in Chelsea. You can view the lookbook for the new collection by clicking here. 




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