The Princess of Wales wore Holland Cooper for today’s engagements in Cardiff.
The engagements in Wales celebrate the start of Black History Month and the 75th anniversary of the arrival in Britain of the HMT Empire Windrush. Below, another view as the couple arrived.
We learn more about the Windrush from the Royal Museums Greenwich.
The arrival of the Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks in Essex in June 1948 is widely known as the beginning of the mass migration of Caribbean immigrants to the UK.
Between 1948 and 1971, people from countries such as Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados were invited to move to the UK to help rebuild the country after World War II, and to fill shortages in the labour market. Known as ‘the Windrush generation’, they played a significant role in shaping modern British society and culture.
Today, the couple’s first stop in Cardiff was Grange Pavilion Community Centre, where the couple was greeted by cheering schoolchildren. The Community Centre was created “to provide residents with their own indoor and outdoor space to support community-led projects that have blossomed in Grangetown.”
The woman you see below left is Lord-Lieutenant Morfudd Meredith.
More from this People article.
Gracie, 11, from Howardian Primary School, said Kate asked her what subjects she enjoyed. “I said I like maths and like our teachers teaching us. And she said I could teach [Prince] George some maths!”
They also spoke about whether she was “enjoying to learn about the Windrush,” Gracie adds. “I was excited to be here and represent my school.”
More from Robert Jobson’s Evening Standard story.
William and Catherine were at the Grange Pavilion community centre in Cardiff to meet members of Windrush Cymru Elders and other groups to hear about the contribution the generation has had on the community.
The couple received a boisterous welcome from their host, Professor Uzo Iwobi, founder of the African Community Centre Wales and Race Council Cymru, and their invited guests who included members from Windrush Cymru Elders and Black History Cymru 365.
A video posted by the Professor referenced in the Evening Standard story.
👑🏴 The warm welcome given to the Prince and Princess of Wales as they arrived to meet the Windrush generation in Cardiff was truly heartwarming! 💙 #RoyalVisit #WindrushGeneration #Windrush75 @WindrushCymru @BHWales @BHCymru365 https://t.co/BoNeZhumPN
— Race Council Cymru (@rcccymru) October 3, 2023
We learn more about the Professor’s role in today’s visit from this Economic Times piece.
Earlier this year, Professor Uzo Iwobi, founder and chief executive of Race Council Cymru, asked the heir to the throne to travel to Wales and pay tribute to the men and women who arrived in Britain on the HMT Empire Windrush 75 years ago.
Prof Iwobi revealed that she secured William’s commitment during the investiture ceremony when she received her CBE at Windsor Castle for her contributions to race relations.
Below, the Princess greeting Windrush Cymru Elders.
The Elders organization was founded in 2017 and is “a proactive group of 50+ elders who promote understanding of ethnic minority elders concerns, needs whilst celebrating key milestones and marking the contributions of people of African descent,” per the Elders website.
The couple also went on to meet with local people from the Somali community, which forms a large proportion of Grangetown.
They also played table tennis with two Somali girls, one of whom said: “They were quite good – surprisingly good.”
The royals joined others in posing for a group photo.
There was also a lighthearted moment when posing for the group shots. The BBC has more.
Later, when the guests posed for a group photograph, the couple moved to a back row and ushered the Windrush veterans forward, but the room erupted when Prince William joked: “Who’s pinching my bottom?”
The Prince and Princess were presented with flowers by 6-year-olds Akachi and Humzah, Ayla-May, who is 7, and Mazin, age 8, as they left the center.
In this story, the BBC has Professor Iwobi’s reaction to the visit.
Prof. Iwobi received a hug from William for her efforts organising the day.
She said: “Today he saw me and said ‘I promised you, and I keep my word. “It was just so heart-meltingly beautiful for our elders to hold the hand of the future King.”
The Professor posted about today’s visit on social media.
Kensington Palace also posted. The next stop on the agenda was Fitzalan High School.
Another view of the duo as they arrived at the recently-opened school.
More from this Wales Online story.
Fitzalan High School serves one of the most diverse and disadvantaged communities in Wales and last month they opened a new school building with a range of state-of-the-art facilities to help pupils achieve their highest potential.
They met teachers and pupils working on a variety of projects.
They spoke with sixth-form students.
The royals heard from pupils preparing for their A-level exams. Matt Wilkinson of The Sun reports the Princess spoke about upcoming tests for Prince George.
Listen to the Princess of Wales with 6th form pupils in Cardiff speaking about Prince George’s maths revision, she said “George is just at the beginning of being tested. He says: ‘Mummy, I keep getting tested all the time.’ But when it gets to A-levels you feel like you’re on it” pic.twitter.com/oSzhEaCPCE
— Matt Wilkinson (@MattSunRoyal) October 3, 2023
The Palace has confirmed that the Princess will not attend the Earthshot Awards in Singapore so she can be on hand as Prince George faces important tests during the same time frame as the awards—more from this Hello article.
The coming months are very important to King Charles’ eldest granchild, as at the age of 10 he must take entry exams that will decide his future education and which senior school he will attend when he is 13. The process takes part in three steps, and George will sit two of these next month.
The Prince and Princess also met students working on the school’s gardening project while there.
That endeavor teaches students about growing plants and food from scratch. In this photo, I *think* the Princess is handing bulbs to a student.
Kensington Palace social media accounts posted after the engagement:
We now turn to our look at what Kate wore for today’s engagements.
The Holland Cooper suit is technically a repeat. It was seen in a photo released on Friday by Apple CEO Tim Cook, taken during a meeting with the Prince and Princess.
The couple met with Mr. Cook at Windsor Castle last Thursday.
In today’s images, and the lone photo from Thursday showing the Princess, she is seen wearing Holland Cooper’s Navy Chalk PinStripe Suit, which includes the Double-Breasted Blazer (£549, about $670 at today’s exchange rates) and the High-Waisted Straight Trouser (£299, roughly $364). Thank you to @GabiK and Found by Bojana for their IDs of the suit.
The Double Breasted blazer is made in the UK of 100% wool in a longline silhouette, with notched lapels, slightly padded shoulders, flap pockets at the hip, and lots of Holland Cooper’s signature gold buttons.
The High-Waisted Straight Trouser is made from wool woven in the UK, with a wide waistband, belt loops, slanted pockets with rivets, and buttons.
Beneath the blazer, the Princess wore her Holland Cooper Bodysuit.
We saw the return of the Gianvito 105 Navy Suede Pumps ($795).
And the Shyla ‘Rosalia’ Earrings (£68) worn last week.
One more image from today.