The packed day started with a visit to Luton’s iconic Bute Mills, to see local organisations working with young people, with a focus on mental health and emotional wellbeing. Following a £3.2 million renovation, the building re-opened in April as the new home for Luton-based, national charity Youthscape.
While touring the facility, William and Catherine joined a group of youth in the kitchen where they had been making brownies.
Catherine shared how, when she tries to cook with Prince George the ingredients for the sweet treat they are baking wind up everywhere and there is so much mess. (Can you imagine how cute an Anmer Hall Kitchen photoshoot could be?)
Catherine tucked into a brownie and said they were delicious
Next, the Duke and Duchess visited Keech Hospice Care, where they met with families and volunteers. Keech Hospice Care’s mission is to help children and adults to live pain and symptom free, to spend time with their family and friends, to understand what is happening to them, and to stay out of hospital.
William and Kate attended a reception before unveiling a plaque to mark 25 years of the adult hospice.
William did something while visiting the hospice that we don’t see him do often…he spoke of how much he misses his mother. William did this when speaking to a family who was receiving bereavement services after losing their mother.
“It’s OK to feel sad.” He added: “I know how you feel. I miss my mother everyday.” It was the stand out moment of the visit seeing William opening up on such a deeply painful subject to help a family going through the same terrible time he did. I know William has done this on one other visit before the birth of Prince George and my heart always breaks or him when it happens.
I really love it any time Catherine visits a children’s hospice facility. She is such a natural with children and you can tell that she really cares…here’s hoping for a special visit while in Canada too.
Finally, the Duke and Duchess visited Hayward Tyler Luton, to present them with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise (International Trade), and to open their newly built Centre of Excellence. Hayward Tyler provides submersible motors to all the Royal Naval submarine fleet.
It really was a packed day! Now let’s take a look at Catherine’s ensemble for the day…because what does one wear when Mental Health and Manufacturing programs are both on the agenda for the day?
The answer is that she turns to a group of repeat pieces from favorite store L.K. Bennett.
We first saw Catherine in this dress on her visit to Brisbane, Australia in 2014
She chose to accessorize today with a chutch and shoe duo that we have seen a lot recently.
and her Fern pumps.
and she finished off the outfit with Diana’s sapphire earrings