Although, it was not announced until the last minute, the Duchess did join William on their final engagement in Anglesey before they move away from the island that has been their sanctuary these past two years. Kate chose to stay low key in skinnies, her Pied-a-Terre wedges, a loose fitting blouse, and if not one of her favorite jackets, then certainly mine, from American label Ralph Lauren. The two were kicking off the three-day Ring O' Fire Ultra Marathon.
The couple chatted with well-wishers and of course many asked after Baby George. Kate told one woman that George was home sleeping. But who was looking after the tiny Prince? His Grandmother Carole. Not just any babysitter for George!
Kate was very relaxed, most strikingly displayed in her seemingly un styled hair. It gave the whole engagement an air of informality, which was lovely. We have seen all her pieces before, starting with the gorgeous blazer. My favorite picture of this jacket is from 2011 as Kate planned the wedding. She was spotted in London getting details sorted, I think she had been to a rehearsal of the choir when this was taken. Who wouldn't fall in love with this coat!
Kate debuted the blouse in Switzerland on a walk in the snow while William and others went skiing. She was beginning to show then, but the loose cut of this blouse gave no sign, and I suspect she wore it today for a similar purpose.
Of course we have seen the jeans and wedges many times...
Several people have been wondering how Kate has snapped back so quickly after giving birth. Obviously, she stayed active while pregnant, but she surely has been watching what she eats, which even without exercise can go a long way, and you know that Carole Middleton and Antonella Fresolone were whipping up healthy and nutritious options for Kate. With all her time in the country, she had many opportunities to walk, and we know she likes to run around with the dogs at her parents' home. Don't forget that the Middletons have a pool, so she could have gotten a lot of gentle exercise that way. She isn't back to her post baby weight, as anyone can see, that will take more time and real workouts, but she looks wonderful and healthy and is well on her way to whatever her goal might be. She looks terrific, I have to say I have been in a little bit of a lazy slump and when I saw her I was electrified. Time to get back to the gym!
In many ways, I felt that Anglesey was one of the stars of today's engagement. As the camera panned over William and Kate, the cliffs and grey ocean were visible in the background, and it was so, so beautiful! There was a lot of speculation as to why Kate made an appearance, but I don't think it was any more complicated than that it was the appropriate and gracious thing to come and say goodbye to the people and to the island. That felt like the story Kate was telling with her very relaxed appearance--it was an intimate engagement. William and Kate made their first stop on the tour of the UK here on this island they meant to call home, and they have now come together for their last before leaving. There is some very lovely symmetry in that.
As is usual, the Daily Mail has lots of great photos, see them here.