Kate & William are in Copenhagen today to help UNICEF with their aid for East Africa, where a famine is putting millions of lives at risk. The UNICEF emergency supply centre is in Copenhagen so it was only natural that Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark join them for this humanitarian visit.
As we know, William and Kate became engaged in Africa a little over a year ago, and when they heard of the worsening crisis both from the news and from their friends in Africa, they wanted to do something to help. Hopefully their visit will help inspire many others to do the same.
This visit has been fit into William’s tight work schedule with the RAF and comes when there have been some whispers brewing that Kate hasn’t been doing enough lately….so all round it was great timing for a truly important cause.
Kate and William spoke to the media about their feelings on the crisis. Yes – Kate too! This is the first time since the wedding vows that we have seen Kate speak publicly, and it was the first time since the November 16th engagement interview that she answered a question on film. This is all very intentional and part of a strategy to gradually introduce her to public life while managing her public persona. Notably, the Duke and Duchess’ official website quotes only the Duchess in their post on today’s visit. That is definitely be design. Check it out here.
The BBC reports that the Duke of Cambridge said, “I think what has touched me the most is probably the fact there’s an incredible amount being done. Unicef are leading the way and they’re doing a fantastic job. Sadly there’s still a lot more to do and that’s why we’re here today, to try our best to put Unicef ahead of the system again and get as many people as possible realising the truly horrendous situation going on in East Africa.”
The Duchess hoped their trip would help reignite attention towards the crisis. She said, “I think it was initially a very big story. A lot of people did hear about it, but I think because it has been going on, people have perhaps lost track of this terrible situation. So I think this, hopefully, will put the light back on this crisis.”
Check out their interview here. Kate has a bit of the same wobble in her voice that she had during the engagement interview. No doubt we will keep seeing her confidence grow:
To learn more about UNICEF’s work with this crisis and to donate, please click here.
William and Kate flew into the Danish capital this morning and will return to England later today. According to the Duke and Duchess’ official website, their first stop on the visit was a private visit to the Crown Prince and Princess of Denmark’s residence at he Frederik VIII Palace. That would have been a nice ‘warm up’ for the day since it is believed that this was the first time that Kate had met the couple. We wonder if Kate felt at all overdressed when she saw what Mary had picked out. Or perhaps Mary felt underdressed? (Side note – this reminds us of the time that Jackie O went to a beach bbq in flats and clam digger pants while many of the other attendees, excited at the prospect of Jackie attending, got dolled up and dressed to the nines. Since Jackie was a noted fashion icon at the time, fashion critics noted that Jackie thus set the tone and was the one who was properly dressed and the other guests were therefore overdressed….So, who set’s the tone here?)
Kate and William have quite a bit in common with the Crown Prince and Princess (after all, both Princes married commoners who will one day be Queens). Prince Frederik met the former Mary Donaldson during the Sydney Olympics in Mary’s native Australia. We talk more about that here, in Part One of our post on “Chance Royal Meetings, Olympic Edition.”
Now, we don’t want to take away from the very good cause that the royals were working to highlight, but we must have a few thoughts on the clothes. Kate pulled out another High Street showstopper that is already sold out (kudos to Leila over on the What Kate Wore facebook page for the super fast idenitification!). For this trip, Kate purchased the Ami coat from L.K. Bennet in what the company calls “Red-Burgundy.” The coat originally sold for 345 pounds but is currently listed for 276 pounds, though it is ‘out of stock’. What a shame for L.K. Bennett!
Kate added her own belt to the coat which added a lot of visual interest and individuality to the coat (wonder if Pippa had a hand in that?). Kate has been wearing red lately, which is nice to see. It’s a lovely colour for her complexion, is seasonally appropriate, and makes her stand out in a crowd. We got a few glimpses of the dress she was wearing under the coat. Check it out below:
Could it be the red Catherine Walker dress she wore under another red coat in Canada?See below:
It’s very hard to tell, but what do you think? Is it the same dress? If not, could very well be the dress that Kate was wearing underneath her coat when she and William went to sign the condolence book for the victims of the New Zealand earthquake.
We are also happy to see both William and Kate wearing poppies in recognition of Remembrance Day.
The flowers that the Duchess of Princess Mary are carrying here were presented by two ten year old girls, the daughters of UNICEF employees. This shot was taken right before the royals headed into start packing boxes.
Crown Princess Mary of Denmark showed up in pants, and we knew that Kate wouldn’t; she rarely ever does wear ‘trousers’. As you can seen in the picture below, it looks like Kate is wearing a long red skirt that just about exactly matches the jacket. Her tall suede boots are keeping her warm.
Crown Princess Mary is a very stylish royal but she didn’t quite knock it out of the park on this one. Check out her stylish ensemble when visiting America in 2010 (she had a ‘Royal Whoops’ moment but sure looked swish in the midst of it).
Kate also has a trusty clutch with her as usual, while the Crown Princess is without one. It does seem like it would be easier for Kate if she had someone carry whatever she needs in their for her; especially since she’ll have to keep track of it while packing boxes and whatnot.
If you look closely at her wrist in the picture above, it look like Kate also pulled out her special “C” charm bracelet which we guess is from Prince Charles. It has been reported the bracelet was a gift from Camilla to Kate, but…since that has never been officially confirmed, we like to think that Charles gave it to the two “C” ladies in his family.
Kate’s gold plated leaf earrings are by Vinnie Day. Check out their website and the earrings by clicking here. They are currently priced at 100 pounds. Kate has worn these earrings many times before, most recently (we believe) when Kate toured her wedding dress exhibit with the Queen. These earrings also showed up on the Canada tour during the Ottawa leg, below:
Here’s a snapshot of the couple packing boxes:
Kate is getting right into it:
And with the Danish Royals:
According to The Telegraph, Kate helped Unicef worker Isaac Maina to pack boxes of aid supplies ready to be shipped to Nairobi. Mr Maina, 40, who is from Kenya, said: “The Duchess told me they are going back to Kenya soon.” Well that’s wonderful news!
William also tested some of the high energy peanut butter that is being sent to Africa. At first we were a bit disappointed in Kate for not giving it a go and trying it as well but perhaps she didn’t feel it was very ladylike to be sucking paste off of her finger in front of all those photographers. We’re germaphobes ourselves..
The Royals also donned hard hats and it’s the first time we’ve seen Kate in one! You know you’re starting to really earn your royal stripes when the hard hats come out…