Photos: Kate Middleton Joins Prince Charles and Camilla For Rare Joint Outing In London

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Photos: Kate Middleton Joins Prince Charles and Camilla For Rare Joint Outing In London

The Duchess of Cambridge joined the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall for a rare joint outing in London on
Thursday. 

The trio visited The Prince’s Foundation’s Trinity Buoy Wharf, a
training site for arts and culture.

Kate was invited to join the visit by her father-in-law, Charles, in
recognition of their shared interest and longstanding support of the arts and
creative industries.

The Duchess of Cambridge is a patron of the National Portrait Gallery, the
V&A and the Royal Photographic Society.

It comes after Kate impressed royal fans with her rugby skills as she
joined a training session with the England squad at Twickenham on
Wednesday. 

Photos: Kate Middleton Joins Prince Charles and Camilla For Rare Joint Outing In London


Charles, Camilla and Kate toured the site before meeting students from
The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts, who are working on geometry
and mosaic projects. They were then introduced to photography and animation
students.

Photos: Kate Middleton Joins Prince Charles and Camilla For Rare Joint Outing In London


In the Future Textiles Studio and Pattern-cutting studio, which was once
the old Hemp Store where dock-workers made rope from hemp, home-school students
demonstrated their sewing-machine skills and invited the royals to
try their hand at sewing a straight seam. 

Photos: Kate Middleton Joins Prince Charles and Camilla For Rare Joint Outing In London


Charles and Kate were pictured deep in discussion as they viewed
students practising life-drawing. 

Photos: Kate Middleton Joins Prince Charles and Camilla For Rare Joint Outing In London

Kate and Camilla spoke to two homeschooled sisters who joined a scheme
with the Prince’s Foundation last year to learn fashion design, with a view to
gaining work experience in the textiles industry. 

Soukayna and Safiya Ouhammou from Woodford, showed the Duchesses their
designs for jumpers they are making as part of the course. Soukayna, 15, said
they started off by taking photographs on their phones of lily flowers on the
river behind the centre, before sketching out their ideas that would lead to
the design. 

She added: “We started by thinking about our inspiration from the
things around us, so I took some pictures when we went for a walk by the river
and the lily looked so beautiful on the water. It gave me the idea to make
a contrast of colours on the jumper which could be stitched together, one on
top of the other.”

Kate said: “It’s fascinating to see how the whole process
works, it’s a great idea.”

After being shown the sewing machines to stitch the materials together,
Camilla said: “You’re obviously very good at this. I did it so long
ago but I’m very bad at it now.”

Photos: Kate Middleton Joins Prince Charles and Camilla For Rare Joint Outing In London


The Duchesses also spoke with Nicole Christie, a graduate of
Charles’ The Modern Artisan programme. 

She has now set up her own luxury womenswear line – Ellipsis – making
exquisite dresses as well as hair accessories and bags from 100 per cent silk
off-cuts, sourced in the UK, that would normally be discarded as part of the
mass production process. 

The royal visitors were delighted when Nicole, 26, from East Kilbride,
Scotland, gave them a stunning cream silk pouch bag each – and a pretty pink
scrunchie for Princess Charlotte – while Kate admired a stunning beige silk
dress. 

The Modern Artisan initiative, which saw The Prince’s Foundation team up
with Net-a-Porter, to create a luxury sustainable fashion range, had a
“huge influence” on her life, Nicole said and inspired her to
set up Ellipsis 18 months ago. 

She said: “The Modern Artisan shaped my business, Ellipsis, to what
it is today. I didn’t know about sustainability, they taught me the importance
of keeping traditional skills alive. I showed the Duchesses my collection and I
gave them one of my bags each that are due to launch in March. Everything is
designed, patterned and hand-made by myself. I don’t know what Ellipsis would
have been if it hadn’t been for the Prince.”

She added: “The Prince came over and knew who I was. It’s been a
real honour to be part of this journey.”

Photos: Kate Middleton Joins Prince Charles and Camilla For Rare Joint Outing In London


Royal ladies Kate and Camilla shared a sweet moment upon arrival. The
pair were elegantly dressed in A-line ensembles, with the Duchess of Cambridge
wearing a repeat collared Catherine Walker dress. 

The Duchess of Cornwall opted for a bottle green jacket and skirt with a
cream silk shirt, all by Anna Valentine. 

Photos: Kate Middleton Joins Prince Charles and Camilla For Rare Joint Outing In London


Trinity Buoy Wharf is a creative quarter located on the banks of the
River Thames, opposite the O2 Arena, in the Tower Hamlets area of East
London. 

The Royal Drawing School previously used this site and this year is the
first year under The Prince’s Foundation.

The Foundation has established a base at Trinity Buoy Wharf, where it
runs courses for all ages in traditional building skills such as thatching, blacksmithing
and stonemasonry as well as associated skills such as geometry and
sculpting. 

 

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