Saturday, March 24, 2012

Kate Wears Orla Kiely For Oxford Visit

Duchess Kate spent today in Oxford visiting two schools in aid of one of her patronages The Art Room. Working with the charity involves art and working with children. An ideal choice for Kate. Whilst waiting for Kate's arrival the children sang 'She'll be coming in a big limo when she comes'.

The colourful Art Room at Rose Hill primary school.

The Art Room offers are therapy to children and young people between the ages of 5 and 16. Art therapy has been proven to raise self esteem and independence. The charity has demonstrated that in a caring and creative environment the most challenging children can learn and achieve through art. If you wish to donate please Click here. You can also purchase items from the online shop.

Julie Beatie who founded the charity ten years ago described her feelings about Kate's involvement.

"It is overwhelming. We are one of the smallest charities in the country and the difference she has already made is incalculable. She is a young, independent, intelligent woman who really wants to make a difference."

Kate was handed a cuddly dog toy and said she wanted to name it after her dog at home 'Lupo'. The name is Latin for wolf. A pupil also handed Kate treats for the cocker spaniel pup. Adorable. During the art class Kate donned an apron with 'Miss Catherine' written on it.

 You can watch The Telegraph Video Here.

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Kate joined eight children who are working on 'The Owl and the Pussycat' by Edward Lear. The Art Room regularly uses the poem to discuss travel, relationships and generally getting children to share their thoughts. Click Here to read the poem.


The Duchess then visited the Oxford Spires Academy where Duchess Kate was invited to take part in a training session and round table discussion about what art therapy is. Kate was given a piece of art containing flowers by the students. It was reported via Twitter that Prince William takes his mind off missing Kate by going penguin watching in the Falklands. It's quite a long separation for them.

Kate wore the Birdie Wool Jacquard Shirt Dress by Irish designer Orla Kiely. I'm delighted to see Kate choosing a different designer. The dove print dress is currently on sale marked down from £325 to £162.50. As always the dress was snapped up immediately. It is described as

"Wool long sleeve shirt dress in Birdie jacquard fabric. Button through at centre front. Deep pleats in skirt and pockets in side seams. Button fastening at cuff. Available in walnut and slate."

Royal photographer Mark Stewart noted Orla Kiely is known as the 'Queen of Prints', an ideal choice for a visit to the art room. Kiely has also designed yoga mats in aid of Kate's patronage 
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Orla Kiely is a truly multi talented designer. Her collections include clothing, handbags, accessories, fragrances and stationary. To find out more take a look at the website.

Kate teamed her dress with brown tights and the aptly named Aquatalia Royal Bootie's. We first saw Kate wearing the boots during an engagement in Anglesey last year. The weatherproof boots are available in espresso nappa suede and black nappa suede for €321. They are described as

"Silvertone hardware details the side of a weatherproof suede bootie fashioned with an elastic inset at the side for an easier fit. The slip resistant rubber sole offers excellent wet weather traction while the soft microfiber lining keeps feet dry. Approx heel height 3 and a half "."

Kate kept it simple in the jewellery department choosing her Kiki McDonough Grace earrings.

Another wonderful solo engagement for Kate. Looking forward to seeing Kate with the Queen next week.


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