Another rainy day in London but the good news is there was another double dose of Kate and William. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a reception to mark the anniversary of the Scott-Amundsen race to the South Pole at Goldsmiths' Hall in London.
Kate and William met a group of servicemen who trekked, unaided, to the South Pole. The expedition, made up of two groups of soldiers, was in aid of the Royal British Legion, and was over 920 miles and has so far raised 93 per cent of the £150,000 traget. Kate showed her support wearing a large poppy enamel brooch. The Buckley brooch, according to London Evening Standard's Royal Correspondent, Ross Lydall, is 50 per cent larger than a normal paper poppy. I will post pictures when as soon as I get them and in the meantime do visit the Royal British Legion's Poppy Shop to buy your own poppy products or make a donation to the expedition via the Scott Amundsen Race website.
Image via The Poppy Shop
The group of soliders Kate and William met, had followed in the footsteps of Captain Scott and Ronald Amundsen, who, in 1911, raced to South Pole. Then, the Devon-born Captain Scott was beaten by the Norwegian Amudsen, who arrived five weeks ahead of the British party on December 14 1911. Captain Scott's expedition finally ended in tragedy with him and his team dying on the return journey. The Duke of Cambridge was patron of the modern day expedition and gave a speech before he and Kate met guests at a reception.
Image via Flickr
And after last night's glorious grey Matthew Williamson, Kate wore a blue skirt suit by New Zealand-born designer Rebecca Taylor. This blue appear slightly brighter than Kate's trusted navy, and as WKW wore pointed out on Twitter, the fabric was reminiscent of the blue Missoni coat Kate wore to Fortnum and Mason. The dark blue jacket had floral detail on the round neckline, a fringe trim and hook-and-eye front and cost $270.00/ £166. And Kate paired it with a matching skirt by the same designer. Thanks especially goes to @MrsRegalEyes and Susan @WhatKateWore for identifying the correct jacket.
Images via Nieman Marcus and What Kate Wore
Kate carried her beautiful Anya Hindmarch Marano blue clutch which we also saw at the Irish Guards ceremony here in June 2011. She also chose som rather fetching blue shoes, not sure if they're suede, but as fellow fashion follower @MrsRegalEyes pointed out on Twitter, perhaps Kate is taking some fashion tips from brother-in-law Harry. He wore some colourful shoes on his Diamond Jubilee trip to Jamaica.
Image via BBC
Harry was also mentioned during the reception after his weekend joke that William and Kate ought to do the London marathon next year. In an interview with the BBC, Harry said: He said: "I have been trying to get myself a place for years. I can't get myself a place. What do you have to do?What's fantastic is that my brother and his wife will be doing it next year, I think. He's going to have to now, isn't he?" Clarence House later said it was said in jest, but Kate said today that she and William may yet have the last laugh. She said: "I think William's going to have to think of something to get Harry back."
And finally, here's a video of what the groups went through in their money-raising efforts: