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Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge recycles a green MaxMara coat in Edinburgh

  • Kate – known as the Countess of Strathearn in Scotland – is spending the day focusing on causes close to her heart
  • The 34-year-old recycled a dark green Max Mara coat and a skirt by Le Kilt for her busy day of engagements  
  • Continuing her work in support of the mental health of children with visits to two charities of which she is patron
  • Final engagement will take her to a school where Judy Murray will host a Tennis on the Road coaching clinic

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The Duchess of Cambridge showed off her playful side today as she giggled along with school children during morning assembly. 

Kate laughed as she joined in an enthusiastic sing-song of Welcome Everybody – with accompanying hand actions – at St Catherine’s primary in Edinburgh. She also waved at excited youngsters in the audience throughout the performance.

Sitting amongst the pupils, the 34-year-old looked her usual stylish self in a recycled a dark green Max Mara coat she had previously worn on Christmas Day while attending church in Sandringham.

The tailored £940 outerwear, from the label’s diffusion line Sportmax, featured a thin black belt that nipped in at Kate’s slender waist and side pockets. 

The Duchess teamed the sophisticated garment with a checked skirt by Le Kilt, a black polo neck knit, a pair of classic suede court heels and her favourite Mulberry clutch bag.

Her iconic engagement ring and a pair of Kiki McDonough diamond-encrusted droplet earrings completed the elegant day-time look. 

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Proving she's a good sport, the Duchess of Cambridge took part in a song during the school's assembly

Proving she’s a good sport, the Duchess of Cambridge took part in a song during the school’s assembly

Kate joined in with the sign action, laughing and waving at the children who were extremely excited to meet her 

Kate joined in with the sign action, laughing and waving at the children who were extremely excited to meet her 

Kate donned a green MaxMara coat and a skirt by new label Le Kilt for her busy day of engagements, which will see her visit three school-based charity projects in Edinburgh linked to causes close to her heart

Kate donned a green MaxMara coat and a skirt by new label Le Kilt for her busy day of engagements, which will see her visit three school-based charity projects in Edinburgh linked to causes close to her heart

Looking her usual stylish self, Kate donned a tailored dark green coat by Max Mara she was previously spotted in over Christmas
Looking her usual stylish self, Kate donned a tailored dark green coat by Max Mara she was previously spotted in over Christmas

Looking her usual stylish self, Kate donned a tailored dark green coat by Max Mara she was previously spotted in over Christmas 

Make them green with envy in a Sportmax coat like Kate’s

The Duchess of Cambridge has done it again.

It must always be in the back of her mind when deciding what to wear that the world is watching, but somehow she manages to make it look so effortless. Today she’s in Edinburgh and of course she was perfectly dressed for the occasion.

Kate recycled a Sportmax green coat, which she last wore at Christmas. When teamed with a skirt by Le Kilt, a polo neck knit, some classic pumps and her favorite Mulberry clutch bag, it’s another winning look.

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The Duchess sat amongst the school children and joined in with a song during the morning assembly 

The Duchess sat amongst the school children and joined in with a song during the morning assembly 

Mother-of-two Kate showed off her playful side during the skit and clearly didn't mind looking a bit silly 

Mother-of-two Kate showed off her playful side during the skit and clearly didn’t mind looking a bit silly 

After joining in with the enthusiastic singing, Kate was invited to speak to the school assembly by head master Paul Hunter

After joining in with the enthusiastic singing, Kate was invited to speak to the school assembly by head master Paul Hunter

The Duchess later removed her coat to reveal a chic black polo neck knit and a checked skirt by British label Le Kilt 
The Duchess listens to teachers discuss the mental health challenges their pupils face during her visit to St Catherine's primary 

The Duchess later removed her coat to reveal a chic black polo neck knit and a checked skirt by British label Le Kilt 

The Duchess of Cambridge joins headteachers from schools in Edinburgh for a discussion about the mental health challenges of their school communities

The Duchess of Cambridge joins headteachers from schools in Edinburgh for a discussion about the mental health challenges of their school communities

Upon her arrival at the school, Kate was greeted by Suranne Jeffrey, eight, and 10-year-old Rodney Oduro.

The pair, who had been busy practising their curtsy and bow, presented her with a posy while fellow youngsters cheered and waved flags. 

After joining in with the enthusiastic singing, Kate was invited to speak to the school assembly by head master Paul Hunter.

She said: ‘Good morning everyone. Everyone should start the day like that!

‘Hope you all have a great day and I look forward to meeting some of you later.’ 

Luke Alexander, 12, presented her with a Quaich cup – a special Scottish two-handled drinking bowl – to signify friendship.

The Duchess – known as the Countess of Strathearn north of the border – then joined head teachers from schools across Edinburgh to discuss mental health challenges.

Her visit to St Catherine’s Primary in south Edinburgh, was to highlight the work of Place2Be of which she is patron. 

The charity helps kids by encouraging them to talk about their feelings and problems, such as bullying. 

They particularly try and target those from difficult backgrounds where poverty, addiction and violence can be the start of life-long problems.

The Duchess launched children’s mental health week, earlier this month, with a video message meeting some London schoolchildren who had all benefited from the charity.

Appearing in high spirits, Kate waved at well-wishers outside of the school who had queued up to catch a glimpse of her 

Appearing in high spirits, Kate waved at well-wishers outside of the school who had queued up to catch a glimpse of her 

The Duchess was seen laughing merrily as she made her way into the school while clutching a pretty bouquet of flowers
The Duchess was seen laughing merrily as she made her way into the school while clutching a pretty bouquet of flowers

The Duchess was seen laughing merrily as she made her way into the school while clutching a pretty bouquet of flowers 

The sun was out to greet Kate as she stepped out of her chauffeur-driven car and made her way into the school 

The sun was out to greet Kate as she stepped out of her chauffeur-driven car and made her way into the school 

Kate joined headteachers from schools in Edinburgh for a discussion about the mental health challenges of their school communities during a visit to the Place2Be charity

Kate joined headteachers from schools in Edinburgh for a discussion about the mental health challenges of their school communities during a visit to the Place2Be charity

The Duchess opted for her go-to make-up look with dark smoky eye shadow, pink blusher and clear lip gloss 

The Duchess opted for her go-to make-up look with dark smoky eye shadow, pink blusher and clear lip gloss 

Kate was spotted brushing one of her glossy brunette curls away from her face as she smiled at well-wishers
Kate was spotted brushing one of her glossy brunette curls away from her face as she smiled at well-wishers

Kate was spotted brushing one of her glossy brunette curls away from her face as she smiled at well-wishers 

The Duchess of Cambridge waved at the hoards of people who had waited outside of the school gates to greet her
The Duchess of Cambridge waved at the hoards of people who had waited outside of the school gates to greet her

The Duchess of Cambridge waved at the hoards of people who had waited outside of the school gates to greet her 

Kate, wearing a Max Mara coat, was greeted at St Catherine's primary by Suranne Jeffrey, eight, and Rodney Oduro, ten

Kate, wearing a Max Mara coat, was greeted at St Catherine’s primary by Suranne Jeffrey, eight, and Rodney Oduro, ten

Cloudless skies in sunny Scotland greeted Kate as she arrived at St Catherine's primary school in Edinburgh this morning
Cloudless skies in sunny Scotland greeted Kate as she arrived at St Catherine's primary school in Edinburgh this morning

Cloudless skies in sunny Scotland greeted Kate as she arrived at St Catherine’s primary school in Edinburgh this morning 

Place2Be has been working in Scotland for 15 years. The charity now works in 28 schools in some of the most disadvantaged areas of Edinburgh and Glasgow, reaching a school population of 8,000 children. 

The UK’s leading children’s mental health charity provides in-school support and expert training to improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers and school staff. 

The Duchess has been the Royal Patron of Place2Be since 2013, reflecting her personal interest in and commitment to improving the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children in Great Britain. 

Jonathan Wood, National Manager for Place2Be in Scotland, said: ‘It’s so important to have the Duchess as our patron. 

‘She’s helped raise the profile on this issue.

‘Mental health is a taboo subject in general and the idea that very young children may suffer that distress may be hard for some people to believe.

‘It’s invaluable for a service like ours and she’s really helped put children’s mental health on the map.

‘She wanted to come and see our work in a school, and we’ve worked with St Catherine’s for some time. 

The Duchess bends down to greet the smiling children who awaited her arrival in the playground of St. Catherine's primary school

The Duchess bends down to greet the smiling children who awaited her arrival in the playground of St. Catherine’s primary school

Kate showcased her pearly white teeth as she laughed while greeting hundreds of well wishers at the school today

Kate showcased her pearly white teeth as she laughed while greeting hundreds of well wishers at the school today

Children lined the gates to greet Kate, waving flags bearing the Scottish flag and Place2Be charity logo
Children lined the gates to greet Kate, waving flags bearing the Scottish flag and Place2Be charity logo

Children lined the gates to greet Kate, waving flags bearing the Scottish flag and Place2Be charity logo

The Duchess was spotted waving at the youngsters and smelling her gorgeous bouquet of colourful flowers
The Duchess was spotted waving at the youngsters and smelling her gorgeous bouquet of colourful flowers

The Duchess was spotted waving at the youngsters and smelling her gorgeous bouquet of colourful flowers 

The sun shined down on the Duchess as she left her engagement at St Catherine's primary school 

The sun shined down on the Duchess as she left her engagement at St Catherine’s primary school 

Kate was caught in a gust of wind as she exited the school and her glossy brunette locks were seen flowing behind her

Kate was caught in a gust of wind as she exited the school and her glossy brunette locks were seen flowing behind her 

The Duchess demonstrated her signature wave as she clutched her spring posy outside the primary school

The Duchess demonstrated her signature wave as she clutched her spring posy outside the primary school

Kate opted to wear her hair down for her day of engagement and styled it into chic glossy curls 

Kate opted to wear her hair down for her day of engagement and styled it into chic glossy curls 

The Duchess' glossy brunette hair was styled into chic loose waves and left to hang stylishly around her shoulders 

The Duchess’ glossy brunette hair was styled into chic loose waves and left to hang stylishly around her shoulders 

‘WELCOME EVERYBODY’ LYRICS 

Here we are together, now we can begin 

The youngest and the oldest, the only child, the twin 

Some who’re feeling left out and some who’re feeling in 

Gathering in this place 

Welcome everybody, it’s good to see you here 

Welcome everybody, it’s good to see you here 

Welcome everybody, it’s good to see you here 

Gathering in this place 

Here we are together, joining in this song 

Even those who feel that their singing’s not that strong 

And as we sing may every person know that they belong 

Gathering in this place 

Welcome everybody, it’s good to see you here…

Here we are together, with our hopes and fears 

Bringing many feelings, our laughter and our tears 

And now it’s time for everyone to tell the world, ‘WE’RE HERE!’

Gathering in this place

Welcome everybody, it’s good to see you here…

‘There’s two ways Place2Be helps: a drop-in service where any child can attend for problems like bullying or falling out with their friends in the playground.

‘The second is an intensive one-to-one for kids with higher needs.

‘Those who have difficult home lives, there are drugs and alcohol, neglect at home or simply just not fitting in at school.

‘At St Catherine’s there are two rooms here; one set up for play therapy to encourage the kids to talk and show through play.

‘We also work with the parents and school staff so the work isn’t undone at home.’ 

Later today she will join Andy Murray’s mother Judy at a tennis workshop as she continues her series of engagements in the Scottish capital. 

She will visit Craigmount High School, in the west of the city, where Judy Murray, 56, will host a Tennis on the Road coaching clinic.

Judy founded the project in 2014 with the idea of increasing coaching capacity and growing the game at a grassroots level.

The programme has already delivered 17 separate roadshows, visiting different locations across Scotland each month.

Kate will join Judy and her coaching team for a demonstration workshop alongside parents, teachers and volunteers. A group of children will then join in for some activities to test the skills they have learned.

The meeting between Kate – a keen tennis player and fan – and Judy comes less than three weeks after Judy became a grandmother.

Andy’s wife Kim gave birth to their daughter, Sophia Olivia, on February 7.

The Duchess is said to have been looking forward to her day of engagements in Edinburgh.

The royal household said the focus of the day is on the local partnerships between charities, communities and schools which deliver programmes and sporting activities for children and young people.

Kate will also visit The Art Room, which put down roots north of the border in 2014. 

The charity works with children to increase their self-esteem, self-confidence and independence through art. 

With an emphasis on teaching life skills while encouraging children and young people to both relate and engage with each other, The Art Room at Wester Hailes is working closely with the community as part of a broader movement to transform the futures of children in the area. 

The Duchess beams as she shakes the hand of a smiling well-wisher during her visit this morning 

The Duchess beams as she shakes the hand of a smiling well-wisher during her visit this morning 

Kate spent time chatting to representatives outside of the school as she began her busy day of engagements in Scotland 

Kate spent time chatting to representatives outside of the school as she began her busy day of engagements in Scotland 

The Duchess teamed the sophisticated garment with a checked skirt by Le Kilt, a black polo neck knit, a pair of classic suede court heels and her favourite Mulberry clutch bag

The Duchess teamed the sophisticated garment with a checked skirt by Le Kilt, a black polo neck knit, a pair of classic suede court heels and her favourite Mulberry clutch bag

The Duchess was the cause of much excitement as she arrived at St Catherine's Primary School for her busy day of engagements
The Duchess was the cause of much excitement as she arrived at St Catherine's Primary School for her busy day of engagements

The Duchess was the cause of much excitement as she arrived at St Catherine’s Primary School for her busy day of engagements 

Kate will begin the day by continuing her work in support of the mental health of children with visits to two charities of which she is patron. Place2Be and The Art Room both have a presence in Edinburgh

Kate will begin the day by continuing her work in support of the mental health of children with visits to two charities of which she is patron. Place2Be and The Art Room both have a presence in Edinburgh

The Duchess - known as the Countess of Strathearn in Scotland - is said to be looking forward to her day of engagements in Edinburgh
The Duchess - known as the Countess of Strathearn in Scotland - is said to be looking forward to her day of engagements in Edinburgh

The Duchess – known as the Countess of Strathearn in Scotland – is said to be looking forward to her day of engagements in Edinburgh

The Duchess has been the Royal Patron of Place2Be since 2013, reflecting her personal interest in and commitment to improving the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children in Great Britain

The Duchess has been the Royal Patron of Place2Be since 2013, reflecting her personal interest in and commitment to improving the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children in Great Britain

The Duchess has been Royal Patron of The Art Room since January 2012, reflecting her interest in the arts and her particular interest in using the creativity of art to enrich the lives of young people. 

Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cornwall returned to her old school today and joked how she had not reached the heights of ‘head girl, or even a prefect’ but left with a love of reading.

Camilla reminisced as she toured her former classrooms in central London and opened the refurbished science laboratories of Queen’s Gate School which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year.

The institution’s main building occupies three adjoining South Kensington mansions and is a warren of stairways, corridors and large rooms that still retain their 19th century grandeur.

The Duchess was a pupil at the independent girls’ school from 1958-63, which today charges fees of £18,500 a year, and her younger sister was a few years below her.

Her contemporaries included the actress Lynn Redgrave and the 1960s singer Lynn Ripley whose stage name was Twinkle, while other famous Queen’s Gate girls include the actress Tilda Swinton, the singer Lily Allen and designer Lulu Guinness.

After unveiling a plaque to mark her visit, Camilla told a school assembly: ‘I cannot believe that Queen’s Gate has been going for 125 years; I feel like it’s 125 years since I was here.

‘I wish I could say I was a head girl, or even a prefect or captain of games – I was none of those, I might have been in the swimming team. 

The Duchess of Cambridge first wore the dark green Max Mara coat while attending church in Sandringham on Christmas Day
The Duchess of Cambridge first wore the dark green Max Mara coat while attending church in Sandringham on Christmas Day

The Duchess of Cambridge first wore the dark green Max Mara coat while attending church in Sandringham on Christmas Day 

Kate added interest to the sophisticated outerwear on Christmas Day with a matching hat and an ornate leaf-shaped brooch 

Kate added interest to the sophisticated outerwear on Christmas Day with a matching hat and an ornate leaf-shaped brooch 

Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cornwall returned to her old school today and joked how she had not reached the heights of 'head girl, or even a prefect' but left with a love of reading

Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cornwall returned to her old school today and joked how she had not reached the heights of ‘head girl, or even a prefect’ but left with a love of reading

Camilla reminisced as she toured her former classrooms in central London and opened the refurbished science laboratories of Queen's Gate School which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year
Camilla reminisced as she toured her former classrooms in central London and opened the refurbished science laboratories of Queen's Gate School which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year

Camilla reminisced as she toured her former classrooms in central London and opened the refurbished science laboratories of Queen’s Gate School which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year

Camilla said her time at Queen's Gate gave her a 'foundation' and a love of reading, 'and for some unknown reason they made me chancellor of Aberdeen University so Queen's Gate must have taught me something'

Camilla said her time at Queen’s Gate gave her a ‘foundation’ and a love of reading, ‘and for some unknown reason they made me chancellor of Aberdeen University so Queen’s Gate must have taught me something’

After unveiling a plaque to mark her visit, Camilla told a school assembly: 'I cannot believe that Queen's Gate has been going for 125 years; I feel like it's 125 years since I was here'
After unveiling a plaque to mark her visit, Camilla told a school assembly: 'I cannot believe that Queen's Gate has been going for 125 years; I feel like it's 125 years since I was here'

After unveiling a plaque to mark her visit, Camilla told a school assembly: ‘I cannot believe that Queen’s Gate has been going for 125 years; I feel like it’s 125 years since I was here’

‘But I do remember I was a boarder here, which I hear now is abolished. I was a weekly boarder and lived right at the top of the school, quite cold, I think we were always made to have the windows open – fresh air.

‘I did leave when I was 16, I didn’t go on to the sixth form. I think in those days we weren’t encouraged to go to university. I think the very, very clever girls went on but nobody seemed to give us much inspiration to go on.

She said her time at Queen’s Gate gave her a ‘foundation’ and a love of reading, ‘and for some unknown reason they made me chancellor of Aberdeen University so Queen’s Gate must have taught me something.’ 

Camilla was given an extensive tour of her old school from its black dining room – so-called because of its black walls – where the Duchess would have eaten her meals prepared by a chef – to the newly refurbished labs in the basement.

Wearing a white coat she walked into the science department and looked at the rows of students at work at new benches, which until last year were the 1960s’ wooden work surfaces she would have remembered.

The Duchess turned to principal Ros Kamaryc and said: ‘It looks a lot smarter, in my day we had nothing but Bunsen burners.’

In another room she watched the towering figure of chemistry and biology teacher Alex Selkirk perform an experiment and when he asked her if she wanted to help made the pupils laugh by insisting: ‘I’ll watch.’

In another part of the school the Duchess watched two students fencing and said about the fast moving sport, which she also played at Queen’s Gate, ‘it keeps you on your toes’ and added: ‘I do remember being strapped into one of those suits.’ 

The Duchess of Cornwall sits in on a 'Baby Bounce' session during a visit to Islington Central Library

The Duchess of Cornwall sits in on a ‘Baby Bounce’ session during a visit to Islington Central Library

Camilla sits with children drawing their own cartoon type story books during a visit to Islington Central Library

Camilla sits with children drawing their own cartoon type story books during a visit to Islington Central Library

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