Kate Makes a Surprise Visit to Paddington Station, Dances with Bear

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Well, this is certainly one way to start a week. The Duchess of Cambridge was a surprise addition to an engagement on the books for the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry at Paddington Station. The three stopped by for a visit of the Belmond British Pullman which was carrying 130 children for a trek through the countryside with the cast of Paddington 2 from 30 organizations supported by the royal charities forum.

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They spent 45 minutes moving through the train cars to visit with the children. Kate met with a group of kids sponsored by the Anna Freud Centre, one of her patronages. The highlight of the engagement, however, was a quick dance that Kate did with Paddington Bear.

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All in all, I’m getting a real Harry Potter/Hogwarts vibe from these pictures, particularly from the images of the kids all set up on the train cars.

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Actor Hugh Bonneville was also there, most famous for his role in Downton Abbey, of which Kate was a big fan. During her second pregnancy, she famously made a visit to the set of the television show as it was filming its final season.

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Kate wore a pink Orla Kiely raised flower fitted dress, featuring a floral pattern and black velvet trim. Her clutch is by Mulberry and block heels by Tod’s. Orla Kiely, an Irish designer, is a brand Kate has turned to repeatedly over the years, however this particular dress is new to us.

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Personally, I’m not a big fan of it. Orla Kiely has always been a bit hit or miss for me and this just doesn’t quite hit the mark in my books, unfortunately.

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Some of that might stem from the fact that I’m not quite sure what exactly is going on with Kate’s hair today. She appears to have gotten a trim since last Tuesday’s Buckingham Palace reception, which I’m on board with since I loved her summer length. Where she loses me, however, is this curl going on at the ends while it remains flat and center-parted on top. Hard pass.

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But, of course, any Kate sighting is better than no Kate sighting and I’m glad to see she’s starting to feel better and getting back out there. Fingers crossed this is a good sign that she’ll be well enough to make the Scandinavia tour next month.

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