Kate began her work year today with two engagements, the first at the Anna Freud Centre and the second a dual engagement with Prince William at The Child Bereavement UK Centre.
Her $2,000 Eponine coat dress is in that shade of Smurfy cobalt blue Kate seems to favor.
This is the fourth year in a row Kate has started off a new year of royal engagements in blue.
In addition to the brand new $2,000 coat which looks like the same old same old, Kate did go for a surprising new accessory. For some reason she wore tiny orchid spike clips in her hair.
Despite being so small, the clips in Kate’s hair inspired quite a few comments like this one from a Daily Mail article.
Once again, there weren’t a whole lot of people around hoping to catch a glimpse of Kate’s arrival.
I took a screen grab from the video posted on Twitter by Simon Perry of People Magazine and circled the barricade which looks more like one of those screens that people use to keep small breed dogs from going into the dining room.
Supposedly the Anna Freud Centre event lasted an hour and forty-five minutes which is quite long for Kate, her official engagements usually tend to fall between twenty minutes and an hour. The press was even able to get a quote:
“Parenting is tough. And with the history and all the things and the experiences you’ve all witnessed, to do that on top of your own anxieties, and the lack of support you also received as mothers…I find it extraordinary how you’ve managed actually. So really well done.”
Of course, with a nanny, household staff, assistants and access to duchy millions, Kate’s observation that parenting is tough carries less weight than someone without Cambridge comforts.
At the second event at the Child Bereavement UK Centre, Kate once again took a back seat to her husband. Prince William’s quotes printed in the Daily Mail piece are pretty touching. But once again, it is one of those frustrating flickers that reminds you that Prince William does have the capacity to do good work, but ultimately lacks focus and follow-through and any sense of noblesse oblige.
The Cambridges may have their moments, but they are few and far between. Two days ago on Twitter, Jennifer@ pointed out that I paragraph I wrote about Kate two years ago is as applicable now as when I originally wrote it.
The paragraph in question is:
“A new year always brings new hope as the calendar resets. Let’s hope for Kate 2015 holds an invigorated approach to her role because Kate’s nearly four years of duchessing have been repeat performances of very little substance, leaving little to comment on other than her appearance. With the same hair and same make-up, Kate is like a paper doll, with clothing that might change from time to time but still remaining a two dimensional figure that holds little interest.”
After almost six years, there’s little to suggest Kate will ever take her duties seriously or Prince William will overcome his own Prince Williamness and be the future king the UK deserves.