Duchess Kate makes a solo trip to Liverpool, visits non-alcoholic bar

Here are some photos of Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, doing her second solo event. And by “solo” I mean “without William but with extensive staff surrounding her.” William is still in the Falklands, so poor, depressed Kate has no choice but to do some charity work. Last week, Kate went to a preview event of a Lucian Freud exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery, where she is a patroness. Today she made an appearance in Liverpool at The Brink Bar, “Liverpool’s first non-alcoholic bar.” The bar is run by Action on Addiction, another one of Kate’s new charities.

As for the fashion, it seems like Kate is wearing all-black underneath a rich, chocolate coat. Black turtleneck, black skirt, black tights and black shoes, all underneath a discounted wool crepe brown belted coat from Hobbs. The coat originally retailed for something like $550, but it’s believed that Kate bought it half-off. Because she’s always shopping, and she likes a good deal. Here’s more about the Liverpool events:

With William thousands of miles away in the Falkland Islands, Kate would have been forgiven for spending this Valentine’s Day cuddled up at home with her new cocker spaniel for company. Instead, the glamorous Duchess of Cambridge donned a £369 belted coat from high street store Hobbs and proved her mettle as a working royal with a solo tour of a host of Liverpool’s charities.

Crowds lining the streets cheered and waved flags, while eight-year-old Jaqson Johnston-Lynch practised the speech he plans to give to Kate when he hands her a Valentine’s Day cupcake and flowers later today.

Her first stop was The Brink, an alcohol-free bar set up for recovering addicts that is run by Action on Addiction charity, for which Kate is a patron. The organisation helps addicts recover from drink and drug dependency. Looking relaxed, Kate shook hands with staff and met community leaders as the bar’s resident choir – made up of recovering addicts called the Raucous Caucus Recovery Chorus – serenaded her with a traditional native American Indian song titled Wings Of A Dove.

Michael Edwards, 32, from Kensington, Liverpool, and a member of the choir, said: ‘It’s a song about hope and happiness.

‘I got involved in the choir because I’m in recovery from drugs and alcohol. Doing this, it’s built my confidence, it’s risen up. I didn’t have any before. It’s a bit scary with a royal audience but this is what the choir has done for me, to give me the confidence to sing in front of people. Everybody has been excited here for weeks because of the royal visit, that something this good is happening here.’

During the visit, Kate was given a Valentine’s Day gift by eight-year-old Jaqson Johnston-Lynch, who presented the Duchess with a bouquet of red roses, a cupcake and a Valentine’s Day card. Speaking shortly before Kate’s arrival, he said: ‘I have wrote in the card ‘Dear Kate, Happy Valentine’s Day, I love you, from Jaqson’. I’m also giving her some flowers, red roses, and little cupcake.’

Jaqson, who attends St Vincent de Paul School in Liverpool, said he had a little speech prepared.

‘I’m going to say ‘Happy Valentine’s Day, your Royal Highness. I’m sorry Prince William can’t be here’.’

Later today, her Valentine’s Day visit will take her to the Alder Hey Children’s hospital where she is set to meet the six-year-old victim of a rare heart condition. The hospital is the busiest children’s hospital in the UK, providing care for more than 200,000 children each year.

[From The Mail]

That Mail article has a lot more information about various people that Kate will be meeting on her Liverpool trip. I don’t know if this is a multi-day trip, or if Kate is simply packing a ton of activities into one day, and then going home to London tonight.

Kate also told little Jaqson that William sent her a card and flowers for Valentine’s Day. What, no jewelry?!?! Isn’t that the whole reason to marry a prince – to get the jewelry?

PS… the eyeliner is still a big problem, right? If anything, I think she’s wearing MORE makeup than usual.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Zelda says:

    Non-alcoholic bar?

    Things just got very Kafkaesque in here.

  2. Bite me says:

    Hmmm did she gained some weight? Her waist doesn’t seem so small

  3. daisydoodle says:

    I still don’t know what your problem is with Kate…admit it, we would all want her life! I could cut a few ribbons, make small talk and dress beautifully, not a bad gig if you can snare it.

    • T.C. says:

      Would never want that life, way too boring and lazy. I would slit my wrist. But I give her credit for choosing an anti-addiction charity. In light of Whitney Houston and others passing, addiction is something we should talk more about in the media. I like the idea of a non-alcoholic bar for addicts to hang out and have fun without the temptation.

      • daisydoodle says:

        I guess you’re all better than me! I’ve worked for a living, not all it’s crakced up to be…

      • T.C. says:

        Well my parents worked really hard to pay for my college. I worked hard to get good grades and a good job. I like accomplishing things in life. I like being in control of my own destiny, earning my own money. I wouldn’t want my biggest role in life to be looking good, dieting and waving at people. That just sounds hollow and superficial but that’s just me. I find Kate no different than a reality t.v. star. She lives out her life to entertain others.

    • MAREHOOP says:

      Yep!!!! I’ll take her life and make it the most…HELL YEAH!!!!

      And her sisters too!!!

    • Day says:

      Of course, they want her life. People would kill for her life. All the bitchiness about Kate stems from jealous hatred. The comments in the Kate threads are getting more and more rabid and ridiculous. Does she kill puppies in her spare time? Did she screw your man? Has she killed someone? No, so I don’t(and never will) get the intense hatred for this woman. Who the hell cares if she is lazy? Most people are lazy. We get college degrees and work because we have to in order to live a decent life where we aren’t living pay check to pay check. Nobody would trade up having millions of dollars to live like an average joe. Get real.

  4. Asli says:

    That little boy was soooooo cute! I like the idea of a non-alcoholic bar and the Action for Addiction foundation seem like a good one.

  5. brin says:

    She looks great….love the coat!

  6. Jackie says:

    her hair is ridiculously beautiful.

  7. Alaina says:

    Say what you like about her but this project would not be getting the (international) attention it’s now getting if she wasn’t patron. She’s also visited AoA’s HQ in Wiltshire and the treatment centre there and she will no doubt be hugely beneficial to the organisation for future fundraising and cause awareness.

  8. Noa says:

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  9. Cathy says:

    I think she looks good, love the coat. Also it looks like she figured out what food is. The weight looks good on her.

  10. Anne says:

    What’s the point of a non-alcoholic bar? If you want to abstain from alcohol, go to a cafe or something.

    • Elizabeth says:

      They also employ people that suffered from addiction and it provides a meeting place for those who suffered to meet like minded people. I think it is a great cause.

    • Leen says:

      In the UK, it’s different. The pub culture is a huge thing and cafes are not that common and usually close around 5 pm. I like the idea of a non-alcoholic pub. It’s a great place to preserve the whole pub culture without the temptations for recovering alcoholics. Going to the pub is more than going for a drink, it’s where people socialize, watch football, chillout, eat a pub lunch, brunch, etc.

      It’s different than in the US.

  11. Elizabeth says:

    What’s with the handbag? Its not like she needs to get a taxi home. Leave it in the car! xxxx

  12. TheOriginalVictoria says:

    I would totally want her life. I’m not gonna fucking act like I wouldn’t. But I would definitely put myself to “work” with charities and in a very hands on way. I think she’s starting to get in a groove. Hopefully we’ll see more hands on work from her in the coming year.

    • OriginalTiffany says:

      I wouldn’t mind some of the benefits of her life. I’d do charity work and ride and train horses all day. Rescued ones like my current two.
      Sounds about right. Would I want the fame and being part of the Firm?
      Nope, I guess I’d rather have my life than that.

  13. DemoCat827 says:

    What a waste of a good cupcake. :(

  14. chloew says:

    yuck it looks like she’s doing her own hair color

    that’s horrible
    dry and straw like
    and a dull funky color

    • Lissa says:


      Are we looking at the same pics? Say what you want about her, but her hair is really pretty.

      And…She’s OBVIOUSLY not doing her own hair, there was just a big pointless thread last week about her getting her hair done at the salon & whether or not it took too long.

  15. JulieM says:

    Poor girl must be exhausted. I think she needs to go on holiday to recover.

    And no, we don’t all want to have her lazy life.

    • Lissa says:

      Sounds like you had a big ol’ swig of haterade!

      Ha ha, but seriously, I don’t think I believe you! Next, you’re going to say that you’d never want to win the lottery either or eat another delicious cupcake in your life!!!! Suuuuuuuure you doooonn’t…..

      • HoustonGrl says:

        Say what you will, but I’m pretty sure JulieM knows what she does or doesn’t want. I also wouldn’t want Kate’s life. For one thing, luxury is meaningless if you lead an empty life. Why do you think so many celebs are overdosing? Material success does not equate to happiness. Self-worth, meaning/purpose, and love go much further.

        And secondly, saying “everyone wants Kate’s life” actually undermines what she might be going through. While I don’t think she suffers too much, I still think it’s tough to be in the public eye. It involves a certain loss of freedom. Imagine how many letters she must get from total weirdos? And her sister, with no security? I know many many people for whom privacy and independence are their most valued possessions.

        At least one thing’s for sure, Kate got the life Kate wants.

  16. Alti says:

    Nice to see: a simple brown coat. Not too much (Kate has learnt!), it´s a really good choice!
    Bad make-up, hair, smile etc.: no more words :-)

    But whats “wrong” with this photos? Am i the only one who thinks her skin looks a little bit too orange? Is this because of the photographer or is this only the result of the mustique sun?

  17. SallyJay says:

    She is lovely. Lainey has some really great photos of her with the crowd (the kids’ reactions!)


  18. rogue says:

    Day : Get over yourself , she is a lazy ass that spend her twenties on her back to marry a guy.There is nothing to be jealous about her.I find her a terrible role model for young women.

    • Lissa says:

      She finished university and spent most of her last few years being a trust fund baby & traveling with her future husband partying all over the world. Sounds fun to me. I know plenty of young rich people who live that way and they’re not celebrities or royals.

      To say she spent it on her back trying to “get him” is actually quite nasty of you, are you saying that no one ever had sex with their partner before marriage except for her? Do you think Prince William married her just cause she let him “put her on her back”? A man in his position could get plenty of beautiful women to sleep with him but he chose her, who rode with him loyally for several years. That may mean a lot more to him. Sure, she may be ditzy (who really knows) but maybe she’s a nice girl who loves him and didn’t mind him not wanting to rush into marriage, look at what a marriage means to a person in his position=fun is over. Not everyone wants to get married ASAP. Sounds like they took their time enjoying their youth.

      You must be living an exemplary life to be able to sit back and tell others on here to “get over themselves” because YOU decided that the Duchess of Cambridge is not a good role model. Hilarious. What do you do?

  19. stephanie says:

    ok, not a role model, but I wouldn’t mind being her.

    I still think the fuller figure is attributable to preparations (if not actual ) gut full of windsor. :p

  20. HoustonGrl says:

    It’s great that she can do something useful with her time, like making all these children happy. Hopefully she will feel the rewards of this event and continue to do this type of work. And by continue, I mean more than once or twice a month.

  21. Cleo says:

    She looks like she either waxed or plucked her eyebrows, and I agree, she’s clearly packed on tje makeup.