The Duchess of Cambridge joined Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall for an engagement at Trinity Buoy Wharf today.
The center is located on the Thames in East London.
The trio visited The Prince’s Foundation training site at the center and met students “…learning traditional industries including textiles, stone crafting and wax sculpting…” per this Daily Mail story.
More from The Evening Standard’s coverage:
Graduates and entrepreneurs from the Modern Artisan project, a collaboration between the Prince’s Foundation and the YOOX Net-a-Porter Group, talked to Charles, Camilla and Kate about the techniques behind traditional kilt production and silk smocking.
Charles invited his daughter-in-law to join him and Camilla on the engagement because of her interest in and longstanding support for the arts and creative industries.
The royals spent time in the Future Textiles and Pattern-Cutting Studio.
Here you see the Duchesses with Nicole Christie of Ellipsis Fashion. The label’s site explains, “All garments & accessories are designed and handmade strengthening artisanal skills that have been lost in a mass-produced industry.”
On the brand’s Facebook page, Ms. Christie wrote: “It was the most surreal and incredible experience and humbled I was able to gift both the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge with a handmade Silk Ellipsis bag along with a Silk hair accessory for Princess Charlotte.” Below, a photo shared by Rebecca English of The Daily Mail showing the gifts.
Ms. English noted on Twitter that the Duchess of Cambridge had her eye on one of the dresses being displayed at the venue.
Below, the Duchess speaks with a life drawing student.
More from The Daily Mail’s story:
The royals joined a life drawing class with the latest intake of students at the Foundation from September, although any potential blushes were spared as the model was fully clothed.
Speaking to Hildy Biernoff, 20, from London, said: ‘Kate told me she was amazed by all the different styles everyone has. She said when you step back and look at everyone’s drawings it shows a different aspect of their perception of what we are all seeing.’
The Duchesses seemed to thoroughly enjoy today’s engagement.
The trio speaking with another artisan.
The Duchess chatting with students.
As they left the engagement, the royals were met by students.
The Duchess speaking with one of the pupils from Faraday Prep School.
A wave from the royals.
And a wave for students inside the building.
Now for our look at what Kate wore for today’s engagement, beginning with the Catherine Walker design seen on two previous occasions. The dress features a fitted bodice with a full, pleated skirt, a favorite silhouette for the Duchess. There is a also a self-belt, velvet collar, and velvet-covered buttons at the pleated and flared cuffs.
The frock was most recently seen in January 2020 for Holocaust Memorial Day engagements (below left). Previously it was worn in March 2019 for an engagement at King’s College London with HM (c), and later that day for another engagement at the Foundling Museum (r).
The Duchess carried a new (to us) Mulberry bag. With thanks to Bojanana, it looks like the small Amberley Crossbody style, now sold out.
She also brought back her Gianvito Rossi Piper 85 pumps ($695).
The point-toe pumps are suede with a 3.5″ block heel. They are available in limited sizes at Net-a-Porter.
The Duchess wore her hair partially up, and she had on her diamond/sapphire earrings.
I’ll leave you with one more photo from today.