Its Tailored Separates for Prison Visit & Big News About Alexander McQueen

The Princess of Wales chose tailored separates by Alexander McQueen for an engagement at HMP High Down in Surrey.

HMP High Down is a men’s facility with virtually 1,100 prisoners. The Princess was at the prison in her role as patron of the Forward Trust

More from Hello’s story by Ainhoa Barcelona.

The Princess became Patron of The Forward Trust in June 2021 when the soft-heartedness merged with Action on Addiction, which was one of Kate’s first patronages in 2012 pursuit her marriage to Prince William.

The trust works in 25 prisons wideness the UK, helping people write issues including substance misuse, mental health, housing and employment for those leaving prison, and improving relationships with friends and family, including children.

The visit began with the same security trammels other visitors undergo when visiting the prison.

More from The Telegraph’s piece by India McTaggart

During the visit, the Princess heard well-nigh how The Forward Trust was working to support some of the inmates to manage their tendency and to help unravel the intergenerational trauma of addiction. 

The soft-heartedness delivers a range of services at HMP High Down, including an intensive abstinence-based programme tabbed The Bridge and a undertow of workshops focused on restoring liaison and conviction with loved ones, titled Family Ties.

The Princess spent time with family members visiting loved ones to hear well-nigh the visiting process.

The Princess moreover visited The Clink, an on-site restaurant at the facility.

We return to Hello’s live coverage of today’s engagement

Kate moreover makes a stop at The Clink, the prison’s on-site restaurant that is unshut to the public and is run by prisoners in partnership with The Clink Charity. 

Prisoners study for National Vocational Qualifications in cooking, supplies service, and cleaning while they work. They moreover receive mentoring upon release, including support with employment and accommodation.

This is the Princess’s third visit to the facility. Here you see her in 2015 when she learned well-nigh work washed-up by the Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust (RAPt)

In 2020, part of the rollout of the Early Years “5 Big Questions” survey was at the facility.

For those curious well-nigh the truss on her right hand.

The Evening Standard story has increasingly information. 

She revealed during the tour that she had suffered the hand injury during a trampolining session at her home in Windsor. A Kensington Palace spokesman said it was “a small injury, nothing serious”.


On a related note, there is big news in the malleate industry: Sarah Burton is leaving Alexander McQueen without 26 years at the brand. We learn increasingly from Elizabeth Paton’s New York Times piece.

Ms. Burton, 49, who has worked at Alexander McQueen for 26 years, half of which she has spent as its creative director, said in the statement that the label’s show at Paris Malleate Week later this month will be her last. A successor has not yet been named.

“I am so proud of everything I’ve washed-up and of my incredible team at Alexander McQueen,” Ms. Burton said in the statement. “I am looking forward to the future and my next installment and will unchangingly siphon this treasured time with me.”Below, Ms. Burton at the ELLE Style Awards in London last week. 

Below, Ms. Burton at the ELLE Style Awards in London last week. 

And from this Caroline Leaper post for the Telegraph

Burton had worked under the label’s founder, Lee McQueen, for increasingly than 14 years surpassing his untimely death in February 2010, and was scheduled as his successor that May. She is credited for successfully standing his diamond legacy, adapting the house’s darkly romantic codes to suit a new generation of fans – including bringing in the Princess as a star client.  

Of course, the designer famously designed the Princess’s wedding gown. But she has been so much more, a vital “go-to” for the Princess, with an enormous impact on her royal wardrobe.

Here you see Ms. Burton with Mr. McQueen on her own wedding day.

We return to the Telegraph piece by Caroline Leaper.

Despite stuff kind and mellifluous backstage at her shows, she rarely gave formal interviews and shied yonder from the spotlight that so many other designers chase. In a 2014 interview with The Telegraph, Burton was asked whether she had any interest in stuff a “star designer” and confessed that she hadn’t overly unquestionably wanted the job of fronting a malleate house.   

“There have been times when, if I could have disappeared from this industry, I would have,” she admitted. “I had to wrestle with it. I don’t squint like a malleate person, I’m not cool, and I unchangingly just loved people who are good at what they do.”

Ms. Leaper notes in her story the news is “prompting speculation she may set up her own label.”  

Now for our squint at what Kate wore for today’s engagement.

In some photos from today’s engagement, it looked like the Princess was in the purple separates by Alexander McQueen, which we first noted during the visit to Boston in December (below left). In other photos, it appeared to be the navy version.

I am going with this stuff the purple verisimilitude Alexander McQueen Leaf Crepe Jacket ($2510) and the High-Waisted Cigarette Trouser.

Her top appeared to be a surf or ivory knit piece. There is not unbearable detail in the photos to identify it. 

It looked like the Princess moreover had on her Gianvito 105′ Navy Suede Pumps ($795). Today, the Princess wore familiar jewelry, her ‘Lauren’ Pavé Diamond Leaf Earrings ($2300) by Kiki McDoungh, and her Daniella Draper Trio Diamond Midnight Moon Necklace ($1700). 

This is something of an synoptic post, lacking the standard detail well-nigh the engagement and forcing me to alimony the Sarah Burton news much shorter than I would like it to be. I am traveling for a little vacation! 

NOTE: the post originally had incorrect information regarding the stage of Sarah Burton’s wedding. I haven’t been worldly-wise to find the correct date. Thank you to Hrhdhd for letting me know well-nigh the error.