Duchess Kate repeats a Catherine Walker coat for the train stop in Edinburgh

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Here are some photos from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s arrival in Edinburgh, Scotland. They left England late last night, after a little train station concert, and the Royal Train chugged along all night into Scotland, making Edinburgh the first real stop of the Keen Pandemic Train Tour. Kate has so many blue coats in her closet, I didn’t actually remember this one, but it IS a repeat – this is a tailored Catherine Walker coat with no visible buttons, SHOCK. I saw some complaints about how “Kate only has one mask” but she has more than one mask. She wore a new one last night at the train station, and this one in Scotland looks new too, and it matches her coat in a surprisingly pleasing way. Kate has been wearing leather gloves too, which I’m sure will get painted as “Kate’s just like the Queen,” but I think it’s mostly for warmth. William looks like he’s freezing without gloves.

Anyway, Will and Kate’s stop in Edinburgh wasn’t just for vague keenness and pandemic photo-ops. As they stepped out in Edinburgh, it was announced that they’ve become the Joint Royal Patrons of the NHS Charities, which is basically just a fund to support everything around the UK’s National Health Service. They also met with staffers and paramedics from the Scottish Ambulance Service. All of whom have better things to do than make small talk with the Keens.

Also: People Magazine shadily noted this: “After a first night — in separate beds — on the Royal Train, the couple disembarked to the sounds of bagpipes…” I mean, the separate beds are because beds on trains are so narrow. But I doubt Kate and William were upset with the separate beds.

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Photos courtesy of Kensington Palace social media, Getty.

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  1. Digital Unicorn says:

    At least this mask fits her properly and she’s wearing it the right way up.

    Their ‘serious and keen’ faces even with masks gets me every time.

    • Nancy says:

      It’s so funny you say that bc to me it looks like it’s digging into her face!

      • Korra says:

        Yeah, I agree with you. I feel like the peach colored mask is fitted correctly to her face, but this blue one is too small. Whereas everyone on the other post is harping on her for that mask being too small, lol.

    • Becks1 says:

      We’ve seen her wear this mask before – I think we’ve only seen her in the two masks (this one and the one she wore yesterday) which I don’t get because you would think she would really lean into the idea of matching a mask to every outfit. The fit on this one looks awkward to me too but I cant place my finger on why.

      And yes, I laugh at their “serious and keen” faces too. They definitely have very specific expressions for when they want to come across as serious.

    • Sarah says:

      With bonus “serious and keen” head tilt.

    • Tessa says:

      well rehearsed “concerned looks.”

  2. Ginger says:

    The separate beds thing doesn’t surprise me. I would be more shocked if they shared a bed at all.

    This tour is so awkward.

  3. I pet goat 2 says:

    That coat is fantastic but on Kate it looks lame
    That’s because Kate is lame

    • Dee says:

      I can’t help but think of this tour as a chance for Keen Kate to air out her coat collection.

      • Eleonor says:

        I love her coats!
        This one is amazing.
        I wear gloves too, for healthy reasons: you don’t everything with bare hands, especially in public transports.

    • Becks1 says:

      It’s definitely one of her better coats, mostly due to the lack of buttons. and I definitely feel like this trip was about Kate wanting to air out her wardrobe, I expect we see her in a few new pieces before this trip is over.

    • LadyMTL says:

      I actually like her whole outfit, right down to the gloves and boots (though my slightly fussy self probably would have gone with suede gloves to match the suede boots, but whatever.)
      I kinda sorta want to try and find a teal wool coat now, just to jazz up my winter wardrobe a bit. Heck, even a nice dark blue would be cool…let me go and hide my credit card hahaha.

    • Chrissy says:

      SHE IS SO LAME!!!

  4. Royalwatcher says:

    It’s so bizarre that they wore masks for their departure and for this meeting but not for another meeting. (There are additional photos of them standing/chatting with several other people and none are wearing masks.) Why masks on but then off when they’re meeting other people?! Makes no sense whatsoever.

    I also saw that KP stated the “tour” is 48 hours. Wasn’t it previously announced as 3 days? How long can they possibly be spending in each place over the course of 48 hours. The “tour” is really just a train vacation.

    • JemimaLeopard says:

      3 days including retraced time ? Also wish they would stop saying this is a tour of the UK as it isn’t – Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England make up the United Kingdom. Without NI it’s Great Britain. Pernickety I know but this is their Kingdom, subjects etc etc. 🙄

    • Nic919 says:

      They tried to sell it as 3 days until it was shown that they didn’t even get to the train yesterday until 10:30 pm. Once again trying to exaggerate just how much they do.

  5. HeatherC says:

    Imagine if, as patrons of NHS Charities, they had donated the estimated cost of this trip including staff, security and wardrobe to the NHS.

  6. Harper says:

    Laughing at the artfully placed and then blurred dispenser of hand sanitizer in the foreground of that one shot in the ambulance garage. Shows how staged and inauthentic this all is.

  7. Osty says:

    The pandemic Express isn’t getting them the needed ego boost and I love it . Pple are rightly criticising them and as usual they had to make up some lies about the Sussex to take the spotlight of them .
    And if this PR move was to lift people’s spirit then they failed miserable like everything they do .
    They could have just helped at a soup kitchen, cooked some food with some chefs on tv and donated all over London and would have gotten massive amounts of praises, but the duke and duchess of awesomeness couldn’t come up with that
    I lol hard when they both left the same message at the train station board and keen couldn’t memorize the simple message n had to copy from a cue card

    • Ginger says:

      How sad that she needed a cue card to write that basic message. No passion whatsoever.

    • Nic919 says:

      You would swear English isn’t her first and only language with that level of stupidity. Someone who went to uni should be able to come up with a brief thank you message off the top of her head. She remains as dim as ever.

    • VS says:

      A cue card for a support message? from a past discussion here we were saying that she isn’t dumb; she only lacks curiosity……..I have to correct that; she is not a bright woman; I might be going too far but she might be quite dim actually

      • kelleybelle says:

        Well according to Camilla, she actually is. I believe it.

      • VS says:

        @kelleybelle — despite all, I have some empathy for W in this regard; he really couldn’t find better? so he looked across the entire UK and couldn’t find a Meghan-like wife? wow!!!!

  8. Sofia says:

    I do like this coat and I think it’s one of her better ones. Plus she looks nice in the colour. As for the NHS charities, yes it’s nice people are donating and the Cambridges are patrons but how many people will continue to support the NHS after the pandemic is over? Will the government actually increase support/funding?

    They’ve needed support long before the pandemic but I hope support for it stays.

    • Sarah says:

      Don’t get me started on needing charity donations to support the NHS. This is literally what I pay my taxes for. The government has no shame and it makes me so angry.

  9. DS9 says:

    I would pay real money to see her wear a mask that’s large enough for her face.

  10. Cryptkeeper says:

    I must be in the minority because I feel this train tour is a lovely idea. I mean, if they wear masks and follow other pandemic protocol, then I see nothing wrong in this.
    Plus, given the time of year, frontline workers are extra deserving of praise and thanks. It’s also got a polar express feel to the tour which is heartwarming.
    Thank you essential workers everywhere.

    • Hyacinth Bucket says:

      Honestly, they would prefer a pay raise to this, I bet.

    • Becks1 says:

      I feel like first and foremost, frontline workers probably want people to stay the eff home so the pandemic doesn’t keep getting worse. And after that they probably want a pay raise or time off.

      But sure, seeing Kate in an expensive coat probably helps too.

    • Nic919 says:

      Right now most Britons aren’t allowed to travel and see their own family so it’s unlikely that they care about these two trotting around in a train. They would rather see mum and dad than will and Kate.

    • Sarah says:

      Official advice is to avoid travel and not travel between areas in different tiers. This is what the government is telling us all to do.

      If they are so ‘normal’ surely the rules apply to them? If they not normal and instead focussing on being are FFK&Q surely they should be leading by example?

    • DS9 says:

      Just traveling and meeting people is against pandemic protocol in many places in the UK and Kate refuses to wear an appropriate mask and doesn’t wear them consistently.

  11. starryfish29 says:

    I can’t get over how antiquated and ill-conceived this ‘tour’ is. It perfectly encapsulates everything that this family/institution fails to understand about the realities of people’s lives in 2020. Waving from a fancy train to cheer up the people, they’re trying to live out a period drama in the 21st century.

  12. Tiffany says:

    I am in envy of the bagpipers gams. I Need to find a workout program to get on that.

  13. tee says:

    I actually began to look forward to this trip because Meghan has been so quiet and I’ve been kinda starving for escapism content. The pics so far have been so underwhelming tho, and I have no idea why I expected otherwise.

    Kate looks good. She almost always look good and well put together.. that’s all I got.

  14. Lizzie says:

    Shining a spotlight on first responders backside while Bill and Cathys faces are in the center of every pic.

  15. Margaret says:

    This tour is so tone deaf and embarassing, a simple PR pics opportunity.

  16. Rapunzel says:

    And of course the DailyFail is already praising “thrifty Kate” for rewearing her coats and scarf. *eye roll*

  17. Belli says:

    Scotland’s covid restrictions are stricter than England’s and I think they’re actually in breach by being there. I wonder whether they’ll get pulled up on it.

    • Nic919 says:

      I have seen a lot of angry comments from Scots on Twitter and other social media. I believe Scottish independence just got a big boost today.

      • Jane says:

        I live in a part of Scotland that’s in tier 4, so basically full lockdown. I can’t see my family or friends but I can see this pair? Wonderful.

  18. Amelie says:

    Very beautiful well-tailored coat though I don’t remember this one so to me it’s new. Nice mask that seems to fit her properly. Hope they’re enjoying their Royal Train vacation away from home.

  19. candy says:

    Apparently Nicola Sturgeon is none too pleased. Besides being awkward, this tour is just so contrary to government recommendations, and will obviously encourage people to come out (same type of people who refuse to wear masks). All of this pretending we can go on as though COVID doesn’t really exist and isn’t really that bad is the reason we are where we are today. I am just so sick of all the reasonable people making efforts for nothing when these idiots ruin any chances of abating the spread! And the fact that they are using “their own train” is just so tone deaf when obviously they have an entourage. If you want to honor frontline workers, stop making things worse!

  20. MJM says:

    Kate is appropriately dressed but I get a too casual vibe from William and they are out of sync as a couple. In addition, if they are going to do stuffy and antiquated train tours around the country they both should dress more formally, not just Kate.

  21. ABritGuest says:

    Love the blue jacket. A NHS charity shouldn’t exist& is result of failure of government. Brits pay taxes to support it but the government are deliberately underfunding etc to get ready for privatising it.

  22. Quincytoo says:

    I read about the separate beds and wondered if a rose was laid on Wills bed

  23. Liz version 700 says:

    I love that shade of blue. I want to use it on the cabinets in my kitchen. This tour is a terrible idea and I love the name you gave it Kaiser.

  24. Mignionette says:

    Reading reports that the estimated costs of this tour is in excess of £190,000.

    A few weeks ago MP’s were refusing to feed hungry children.

    Imagine if this money were used to subsidise holiday meals for hungry children this Christmas….

    • GuestwithCat says:

      Really?! Good grief how are they not getting bad press for this? If it were H&M…

    • Elizabeth says:

      The expenses of the royal family compared to their own country’s children going hungry is genuinely shocking. It’s so beyond selfish to hoard resources when there are literally starving children.

    • Keen Kate says:

      A simple royal train trip costs around £22,000.

      An ITV quote from a few years ago, suggested that the cost of maintaining the royal train costs around £114 per mile. This trip was projected at around 1250 miles, so it’ll be over £140K!

    • Tessa says:

      THe two will get gourmet dinners all stored in the train, they will dine in luxury, like a modern day King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

  25. Cynthia says:

    I love the coat and the shade of blue, which is the colour of the NHS as well (which is in line with them being the new patrons of the NHS charity). Having said that, with the current restrictions in Scotland, I don’t think the tour was the best idea and, as mentioned before, they could’ve honoured the frontline workers/helped the ones in need in a more effective way.

    However, one thing I want to point out is that once again Kate is wearing something that was previously worn by Meghan: a Strathberry purse!! I remember Meghan wearing many bags, in different colours, of the Scottish brand, which helped popularize it a lot. Now, we see Kate wearing it as well (for the first time!).

    • Keen Kate says:

      The Strathberry bag is black mock croc – she already has two black croc bags by Aspinal, one of them looks just like this!

      I suppose she doesn’t care as she doesn’t pay for anything. Her parents used to take care of everything and now she relies on her husband, father in law and the taxpayers.

  26. Zaya says:

    Patron for an NHS charity? That’s ironic since their defenders told me yesterday that the NHS has plenty of money when I suggested that they should have just stayed home and donated the money to the NHS or the hungry children.

  27. Julia K says:

    So glad she is rewearing some clothes for this tour. Buying another new tour wardrobe would be a slap in the face to all those out of work and in need. Wonder who advised her to do this?

  28. Khia says:

    This tour is definitely the idea of a tory. Just give your citizens some damn money!

  29. Tessa says:

    It is so ridiculous, the sight of these two is supposed to “reward” front line workers.

  30. Tessa says:

    Maybe they will stage a photo op of their greeting the children after they leave the train when they get home. I would not up it past them.