In the words of Joey Essex, the Duchess of Cambridge looked #REEM today in Berkshire, England. She arrived at St. Andrew’s School, her old stomping grounds, to the delight of students and staff. Today marks St. Andrew’s Day, a bank holiday in Scotland, and a day observed by the primary school with festivities and “progressive games” played by both students and teachers.
The children – ranging in age from 2 to 6 – were dressed in their school uniforms, which Catherine smartly matched in her black watch tartan McQ coat. My gals What Kate Wore and My Small Obsessions confirmed that Catherine also wore her trusty Aquatalia boots, Diana’s blue sapphire earrings and a black clutch she’s had since 2008.
Speaking to the students, Catherine asked if they kept pets at school, which she and sister, Pippa did many years ago; Catherine attended St. Andrews from 1986 until 1995.
“There was one called Pip and one called Squeak, because my sister was called Pippa and I was Squeak,” the Duchess told them.
Catherine opened a new astroturf playing field by unveiling a plaque and playing a game of field hockey. In her heels. Didn’t break a sweat.
During her speech on the turf, the Duchess told the crowd how much she loved attending St. Andrews:
“I enjoyed it so much that when I had to leave, I told my mother that I was going to come back to be a teacher. While that didn’t quite happen, I was thrilled to have been asked back today on St. Andrew’s Day.
It was while I was here at school that I realised my love of sport. Sport has been a huge part of my life, and I feel incredibly grateful for the opportunities I had to get outside and play in such wonderful open spaces – though sadly there was nothing quite as glamorous as this in my time!
I hope that you all enjoy playing sport here as much as I used to, and make the most of these incredible facilities.
When Catherine entered a classroom, she was greeted with “Good afternoon, Your Royal Highness.” She then watched a short performance by a few youngsters.
By the way, the staff and students’ curtsies were divine. They teach them well over there in Pangbourne.