Kate Middleton traded her formal wear to go more casual on a visit to a seaweed farm, on the one year anniversary of the Queen’s death.
The Duchess of Cambridge donned a formal outfit earlier in the day for the engagements to mark one year since Elizabeth II died. However, during a visit this afternoon to Câr-Y-Môr Seaweed Farm, the future Queen switched from her formal coat to a parka, white t-shirt and a pair of trousers.
She opted for a £350 Troy London parka, first seen on the couple’s tour of Canada six years ago, along with a £96 pair of G-star Cargo trousers, it was reported. Earlier in the day, she had worn a burgundy coloured coat from London-based designer Eponine.
Along with Prince William, she visited what was said to be the first regenerative farm in Wales. The couple met staff working there and volunteers at the farm to learn about their work and the impact it had on the ocean and environment – a cause close to the couple’s hearts.
They then hopped on a boat to head onto the farm to see the seaweed itself. Measuring around three hectares, the ocean farm was installed last year and is home to different flora and fauna. During the trip, William tried some of the seaweed, and commented that it was “salty”. The company works to support the local community through creating jobs, supplying seafood and helping restore and protect the environment.
The farm already had a royal link as well. One of the key investors in Câr-Y-Môr were company Notpla. They produce plastic-free packaging made from seaweed and plants and previously won best start-up at last year’s Earthshot Prize, in the ‘Build a Waste-Free World’ category. They also received a visit from the Prince of Wales as well, in May of this year.
After the tour of the farm, the Royal couple transferred from the barge onto the St David’s Lifeboat where they returned to shore to meet members of the lifeboat station crew. Before they left Kate was presented with a posy by four-year-old Isla Evans-Kohler, the daughter of deputy coxswain Judd Kohler and crew member Ellen Evans.
While William was given a jar of St David’s wild honey by her younger brother Albie Evans-Kohler, aged two, who was wearing a Welsh rugby shirt. Kate asked Isla: “Have you been on the lifeboat?”
The little girl shook her head and her mother explained she had been on the boat but not out on the water while Albie interjected and said: “Me.”
Kate asked the toddler: “Have you been on the boat? It goes very fast, and your daddy has got a very cool job.”
Albie then started mimicking the boat’s siren and the princess said: “I didn’t hear the siren, but it was a lovely day on the water. Thank you very much for coming to see us.”
William told Albie he “loved” his rugby shirt as the boy gave him the honey. “Do you like honey? It is very yummy. Do you like rugby too? First game on Sunday,” William said.