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Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Even Kate's taking style tips from the royal tour! Duchess looks smart in a £600 Meghan-inspired checked blazer during outing in Essex with William (and she even gets to hug young fans too)

  • William and Kate, both 36, are visiting Royal Foundation's Coach Core programme in Essex
  • Duchess looked smart in checked blazer teamed with black skinny jeans and boots
  • Kate has been gradually returning to royal duties since last month, following her maternity leave
The Duchess of Cambridge looked impeccable this morning as she rocked the smart casual look in a smart checked blazer, teamed with black skinny jeans and ankle boots. 
Although she's fond of recycling old outfits, the £625 blazer from Canadian brand Smythe appeared to be a new addition to Kate's wardrobe.  
Her outfit certainly wouldn't look out of place on her sister-in-law Meghan who recently wore a similar ensemble on a visit to Dubbo during the royal tour of Australia. 
Kate, 36, joined her husband William in Essex to visit the Royal Foundation's Coach Core programme, an initiative using sport to empower those not in education or employment.
The royals had the opportunity to join in two different activities – indoor athletics and tennis.
While William tried his hand at javelin throwing using foam arrows, keen tennis fan Kate had the chance to show off her skills on the court.  
The Duchess of Cambridge looked smart in a checked blazer from Smythe as she arrive at Basildon Sporting Village to meet young sports coaching apprentices 

The Duchess of Cambridge looked smart in a checked blazer from Smythe as she arrive at Basildon Sporting Village to meet young sports coaching apprentices 
Hugs for Kate! The Duchess received a warm welcome from a young royal fan who couldn't resist throwing her arms around the Duchess as she chatted to wellwishers outside Basildon Sporting Centre
Hugs for Kate! The Duchess received a warm welcome from a young royal fan who couldn't resist throwing her arms around the Duchess as she chatted to wellwishers outside Basildon Sporting Centre
Smiling Kate went for the smart casual look, teaming her blazer with black skinny jeans and ankle boots for the occasion
Smiling Kate went for the smart casual look, teaming her blazer with black skinny jeans and ankle boots for the occasion. Kate was joined by her husband Prince William who also cut a casual figure in a blue zip up jumper and navy chinos 
The Duchess of Cambridge was no doubt delighted to get the chance to practice her tennis skills during a coaching session as she's a huge fan of the sport 
The Duchess of Cambridge was no doubt delighted to get the chance to practice her tennis skills during a coaching session as she's a huge fan of the sport 
Showing off his sporty side! The Duke of Cambridge, throws a foam arrow as he joins a session with a group during a visit the Coach Core Essex apprenticeship scheme at Basildon Sporting Village
Showing off his sporty side! The Duke of Cambridge, throws a foam arrow as he joins a session with a group during a visit the Coach Core Essex apprenticeship scheme at Basildon Sporting Village
Prince William chatted to youngsters who showed him how they've learned to perfect their javelin throwing skills during a group session at Coach Core Essex
Prince William chatted to youngsters who showed him how they've learned to perfect their javelin throwing skills during a group session at Coach Core Essex
Pleased to meet you! The Duchess of Cambridge was beaming with happiness as she chatted to youngsters outside Basildon Sporting Centre in Essex
Pleased to meet you! The Duchess of Cambridge was beaming with happiness as she chatted to youngsters outside Basildon Sporting Centre in Essex
Mother-of-three Kate looked particularly animated as she chatted to youngsters in Basildon on a visit to the Royal Foundation's Coach Core programme 
Mother-of-three Kate looked particularly animated as she chatted to youngsters in Basildon on a visit to the Royal Foundation's Coach Core programme 
How do you do! A little boy who managed to get to the front of the crowd took the opportunity to shake hands with the visiting royal who was all smiles as they chatted 
How do you do! A little boy who managed to get to the front of the crowd took the opportunity to shake hands with the visiting royal who was all smiles as they chatted 
The Duchess looked delighted as she met with a wellwisher who presented her with a bouquet of white roses at Basildon Sporting Village
The Duchess looked delighted as she met with a wellwisher who presented her with a bouquet of white roses at Basildon Sporting Village
Through training, the initiative aims to create the next generation of sports coaches who will themselves go on to inspire their communities. 
The royals will meet apprentices working with two partner organisations: Sport for Confidence and South Essex Gymnastics club, who have been involved with Coach Core Essex since it was set up three years ago. 
Kate and William previously attended a Coach Core graduation ceremony along with Prince Harry at West Ham's London Stadium in October 2017.
The Duchess has gradually been taking on more royal engagements since returning to work earlier this month after the birth of her third child, Prince Louis.
The Duchess accessorised with her favourite Kiki McDonough white topaz and diamond drop earringsKate kept her make up minimal, allowing her natural glow to shine through
The Duchess accessorised with her favourite Kiki McDonough morganite topaz and diamond drop earrings and kept her make up minimal, allowing her natural glow to shine through


Prince William looked animated as she chatted to members of the public who had gathered to greet the royal visitors at Coach Core Essex
Prince William looked animated as she chatted to members of the public who had gathered to greet the royal visitors at Coach Core Essex
Her ensemble was reminiscent of the look her pregnant sister-in-law Meghan wore on arrival at Dubbo Airport earlier this month during the royal tour of AustraliaTaking style notes? The Duchess stepped out in an on-trend checked blazer teamed with skinny jeans and ankle boots
Taking style notes? The Duchess stepped out in an on-trend checked blazer teamed with skinny jeans and ankle boots. Her ensemble was reminiscent of the look her pregnant sister-in-law Meghan wore on arrival at Dubbo Airport earlier this month during the royal tour of Australia 
William paused to chat with a participant during a meeting with new apprentices and graduates from the Coach Core Essex apprenticeship scheme
William paused to chat with a participant during a meeting with new apprentices and graduates from the Coach Core Essex apprenticeship scheme
She was seen at a handful of family events over the summer, including Prince Harry's wedding and Trooping The Colour but has been enjoying time away from official duties since Prince Louis' birth in April. 
Even though Kate was resumed royal duties, her 'primary focus' will be her children throughout the Autumn, according to palace aides. 
Meanwhile, her sister-in-law Meghan and Prince Harry have been the focus of attention in recent weeks as they complete their first major official overseas tour as a married couple.  

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