By Rachel Hagan
With official engagements back in full swing for the Royals, albeit with some obvious adjustments in place, Kate Middleton and Prince William visited East London where there has been lots of hard work happening during the pandemic.
The Duchess and the future King did a whistle-stop tour ofLondon Bridge and Whitechapel visiting communities, businesses and individuals who have gone above and beyond over the last few months and to hear about the challenges they have faced.
At The London Muslim Centre, volunteers have been cooking and delivering warm meals as well as medication to those vulnerable in the area. The Duke and Duchess spoke to the volunteers who have been pivotal in running the centre.
Their Royal Highnesses also visited Brick Lane and its famous bagel shop where they were greeted by cheering fans. They got their hands dirty and helped to make the bagel dough, in response to a compliment from the baker Kate remarked, “its beginner’s luck!” The establishment has also been helping the community by providing food deliveries.
During the visit, Catherine wore a Beulah London floral print silk dress, the brand helps to fight slavery as well as being beautiful. But it’s the face mask which has grabbed everyone’s attention, as it was - unsurprisingly - very stylish as well. Now a part of our daily outfits, forgetting a mask would be like forgetting to wear shoes, so you may as well match it to your outfit and have fun with it.
Kate’s pink ditsy floral print mask was first seen back in August when she visited a care home in Wales. Thanks to it being reusable she wore it in East London too to complement her floral dress. The mask is fromAmaia London, an independent brand which usually sticks to childrenswear but turned to mask making during the pandemic too. Apparently it’s one of the Duchesses favourite brands for her children, the young Royals.
The adult’s reusable cotton face mask in pink pepper is now sold out, due to the ‘Kate effect’, but due to popularity, you can join a waitlist to pre-order. According to a report byLyst,following her initial appearance in the mask, “searches for the style surged 185% in less than 24hrs in the UK.”We suggest you try another of Amaia’ssimilarly pretty designs, which can be seen here, to beat the wait.
Rachel is a freelance contributor to woman&home, covering news as well as books, lifestyle and travel. Her byline has also appeared in The Independent, The Financial Times, ELLE Magazine, VICE, Glamour Magazine and others. She loves nothing more than talking with people to share their stories. When she is not writing you will definitely find her nose in a book or magazine, or perhaps training for the next half marathon, practicing yoga or eating in London's best restaurants.
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