Sigh… I really don’t understand why Kate insists on wearing repeats for her meager public works when we KNOW she’s been shopping like crazy for the past few months, and we know she’s got a closet full of clothes we’ve never seen. These are photos of Kate today in Grimsby, England, where she was making several appearances on behalf of several different projects and stuff. Kate repeated this 2011 Hobbs coat, which we saw her in last year (and I think one other time besides that too). The coat is burgundy-brown, and that little belt is part of the coat, although Kate seems to have raised the belt to accommodate her tiny little baby bump. The coat was purchased by Kate last year, on sale for £182.
People are already talking about how she’s barely put on any pregnancy weight. If anything, she looks smaller to me here than she did during her one charitable appearance in February. Maybe the coat is just super-flattering, I guess. Also: Look at her un-sausage curled hair!!! Is that because of the fog and general dampness, or is Kate experimenting with a new look that doesn’t involve giant sausage curls hanging down in her face? Incidentally, fog was the excuse used when Kate showed up an hour and a half late.
Kate finally arrived in Grimsby an hour and a half late – looking tanned from her recent holidays in Mustique and Switzerland – and wearing a Hobbs coat and a Great Plains dress. She has worn the russet-coloured coat several times before including on a working trip to Liverpool and for Christmas with the Queen at Sandringham.
The Duchess’s first port of call was the National Fishing Heritage Centre, which depicts the 1950s heyday of Grimsby’s distant water fishing fleet. Her baby bump was barely visible under her Hobbs coat and Great Plains dress as she was greeted by jubilant, flag-waving crowds chanting: ‘We want Kate.’
She arrived at the town’s National Fishing Heritage Centre at 12.45pm for her first of three engagements today.
A Palace official said her helicopter, which took off at around 11am from Kensington Palace, landed at Humberside Airport an hour and a half later than expected due to fog but Kate will complete her visit as planned. Kate is on what the palace call a ‘royal away day’ in north east Lincolnshire – a chance to cram in as many engagements in possible in a particular area of the country.
Asked why Grimsby, a St James’s Palace spokesman said: ‘Why not? The town has been keen for the Duchess to come for some time. She is delighted.’
Built in 1991 by the borough council, the museum is an extraordinarily realistic recreation of the time when Grimsby could lay claim to being the largest fishing port in the world. The centrepiece of the exhibition is Perseverance, one of the town’s oldest shrimp boats which has been restored to her original colours. There are also several life-sized models bringing to life different aspects of the fishing industry including the inside of a trawler and even a local pub called the Freeman’s Arms which Kate briefly walked through.
The real Freeman’s Arms was a favourite haunt of trawlermen returning to shore but became notorious for brawling and prostitution. Many of the themed areas have a distinctive smell piped into them – the stench of a working dock and the more mouth-watering scent of freshly-frying fish and chips.
The Duchess was given a guided tour of the exhibitions and sat down at the skipper’s table next to a rather eerie life-sized model figure of a 1950′s ship’s mate to chat to trawlerman John Vincent, a guide at the centre.
The Duchess will learn more about Grimsby’s maritime and fishing heritage and have the opportunity to discuss issues around the environmental sustainability of fishing in the North Sea – one of her father-in-law, Prince Charles’s, pet projects.
Sure. I don’t have any problems with this. This is what she should have been doing more of for the past two years. Although I think it’s funny that reporters were like, “Uh, why are you sending Kate to this tiny little fishing town? Is she being punished?” And St. James Palace was like, “Royals go to these little towns all the time, STFU!”
Also: one of Kate’s admirers asked her if the baby had been moving or kicking, and she replied, “Yes, it is. Very much so.”
Photos courtesy of WENN.