Jun 252011

Armed Forces Day mandates a solemn tone and that was very much the case today as Prince William and Kate spent time meeting privately with families of Irish Guardsmen killed in the line of duty.

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This was also the first time the Duchess was making any kind of official military appearance, clearly a function heavy with symbolism.

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Additionally this was William and Kate’s first visit to the regiment since he was made Colonel of the Guards, it was the deep red uniform of the Guards he wore on his wedding day. Below we see William presenting medals to members of the Guard.

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Kate accented with a navy fascinator.

The fitted navy coat was accented by shining gold buttons and epaulets on the shoulders.  Alexander McQueen confirmed via Twitter Kate was wearing the line: HRH the Duchess of Cambridge wore a navy Alexander McQueen PreAW11 dress in Windsor, England today.  We continue to wonder however if both garments (the coat and whatever is underneath) are by McQueen…?  NOTE: 6.26.11 McQueen has apparently confirmed this is their garment, good to know. :)

There is strong sentiment the piece was custom-made, blending many of the elements seen in the Pre-Fall (Autumn/Winter) collection referenced in the tweet.

Via Style.com

Here is a snippet from the review Women’s Wear Daily did (subscription required)on the collection:

“Sarah Burton showed a military-inspired pre-fall lineup, packing it with a feminine take on traditionally masculine fabrics and details. Like the men’s collection, it’s about uniformity and has a regimental feel with the richness of ceremonial dress, Burton said.”

Kate’s coat is not identical to any of the pieces shown in the collection.  It is almost a combination of the coat shown lower left and the dress lower right.

Via Shop Style & Matches Fashion

The always-on-top-of-things Leisa pointed out on Facebook that Kate carried another Anya Hindmarch bag, the Marano Clutch, she also wore her Kiki McDonough Citrine Drop earrings. We also saw the return of Kate’s navy Prada pumps.

Anya Hindmarch/Kiki McDonough

Our fab friends at Kate Middleton Style blog confirmed the fascinator is once again by Rachel Trevor-Morgan, she created the piece worn by Kate at the Order of the Garter.

The gold three-leaf shamrock brooch Kate wore has a storied history: it actually belongs to the regiment, they determine to whom it will be loaned. Previously it has been worn by the late Queen Mother, as well as the Princess Royal, Princess Anne.  (NOTE 6.26.11: With thanks to Jen for her helpful comment, this is corrected copy, amended to reflect the Guard’s ownership of the brooch.)

The Duchess definitely stood out in the sea of camouflage, her ensemble was effective, conveying honor and respect. Altogether another splendid outing for Kate.

  26 Responses to “Kate Mixes New McQueen and Old Favorites at Irish Guard Armed Forces Day Event”

  1. I pink puffy heart adore that McQueen coat. TDF.

    That being said, I agree with the commenters who note that the midsection could fit a bit better – I spy some pulling going on there – but I’ll forgive her since it’s all otherwise so gorgeous. That clutch is particularly delicious.

  2. I know that the dress under her coat is probably mcqueen as well. But I found this burberry number which could be similar


    what do you think

  3. I think more royal lady dress for the occasion, but I think we do remember Diana the most. Mayby that is why whe are thinking now that Catherine copies Diana.

    Diana was 5 years younger than me and I followed her true television and newspaper from the start of her engagement, I must say, I still miss her.
    Although I have nothing against Catherine, Diana was really a fairytale prinses, espacially in her first years as princess, her dresses and espacially her ballgowns where like how you imagion a princess looks like in fairytailbooks, Altough I like Catherine’s clothes verry much they are more like a modern bussineswomen.
    Diana was a shy lady and you had the feeling you want to give her a hug for comforting here.
    Catherine is a verry modern self-assured lady, she is now older than diana when she became a princess, but you can see from pictures from the beginning of her friendship with William that she was not even shy on a much younger age.
    Diana had the X-factor, Catherine looks nice, but is missing that X-factor.

    Catherine was always slim, but now she is really skinny, you can see sticking her bones out of her chest, the same as here sister.
    I hope this wil not trigger women in anorexia because they really want to look like Catherine.

    About here jewelry, well the engagement ring and the earring are enough for me ;) I find it a little bit difficult to see diana’s jewelery on someone else, even when it is her daughter-in-law.

  4. Is it just me…or does poor Prince William look like he is being pushed into the background in the first two photos? I’m sure he’s just being a gentleman and letting the Duchess walk in front of him; but, my gosh…in the second photo doesn’t it look like he had to twist his body to avoid running into the wall? Nonetheless…Catherine looks amazing. Love the entire look. I actually had to go buy some citrine earrings after seeing how great they look on “Kate.” I can’t wait to see what the Canadian trip will bring!!

    • I noticed that too Lin. Of course, we don’t know what the situation was.. I’m trying to find a video of that ‘moment’ (if there were any!) so we don’t jump to conclusions based on photos. Hopefully Kate will be more aware of her poor hubby next time! ;)

  5. anyone know anything about the c charm bracelet? i’d love to know who made it.

  6. love her coat! and so perfectly fitted to her body! great length. really like her hat.

    charm bracelet: i remember charles gave diana a charm bracelet with charm signifying the special moments of her life. i think wills is continuing the tradition, and the first charm is her coroneted logo signifying the start of her royal life – so sweet and sentimental!

    on a side note: i think she’s gained back a little of her weight. she seems to have gotten back some of the apple in her cheeks that she had lost with her pre-wedding weight loss. i thought she had gotten a little gaunt, and she looks much better now!
    (unless i’m imagining it or have just gotten used to her skinnier look, in which case ignore this last paragraph)

  7. The coat is absolutely fabulous and the colour is very flattering for the duchess but I think she still has some work to do with her hair, especially when she opts for a hat. The photograph beneath the line of the origin of the fascinator for example reminded me of the elfs in Lord of the Rings. Loose long hair and a hat is in my opinion seldom a good choice.

  8. I loved the outfit. I can understand the concern that it was ‘too costumey’ especially next to Prince William’s uniform, but I liked the fact that they sort of matched.

  9. Does anyone know where to purchase Catherine’s gold C charm and bracelet? They look very classic.

  10. this just make my day!! seeing my name tickled me to death!! thank you!!!

  11. She looks beautiful. I love the thought that went into the outfit. I don’t think she looks too skinny at all. She looks healthy and happy and her legs are to die for.

  12. According to the press association the brooch was worn by the Queen Mothet and Princess Anne but is actually owned by the regiment and was loaned to Catherine by them to wear…..

  13. The actual clutch is listed on Net-a-Porter, but it is in black snakeskin as opposed to HRH’s blue. If you search on NaP under A.M. clutches, you’ll see where it was. It’s a cute little clutch. It’s $560, I believe. She looked fab, and I guessed McQueen straightaway. I’d love to see the dress underneath.

  14. While Catherine is definitely beautiful, elegant, intelligent, etc…….and has great fashion sense usually, there is a fine line between great style and costume. IMO, this outfit is too ‘costumey’…. I know, I know, Diana did the military look for her events, and it worked for her. This doesn’t work as well for Catherine……maybe it’s too soon, maybe I remember Diana’s style too much,,,,maybe I’m wrong. Also, epaulettes are best left to military personnel, no?

  15. Oh, I love her in that coat. It’s the perfect look for this occasion.

  16. Princess Catherine looks STUNNING!!! The outfit is perfections.

  17. Kate looks lovely but increasingly skinny ever since her engagement. Hopefully she’s not too stressed by the change in her life.

  18. Are you sure the clutch is the same one that is linked on the website? The one Kate is carrying looks to be a more exotic leather pattern than the one on AH’s website. Regardless, the whole ensemble is beautiful.

  19. I like the outfit – it was very appropriate. I think that she is too thin. She looked better in clothes when she had the extra weight on especially in the midsection.

  20. I really love the style of this coat but wonder if it’s slightly too tight on Kate or perhaps it’s just been designed to fall that way? She looks gorgeous though, and it’s very sweet that she’s incorporating pieces of jewelery into her outfits that have been in the Royal family for such a long time and have a significance to William’s family.

    • I completely agree, the ensemble is too tight – she is very skinny as it is, but to have something costume made – top notch designer or no – should result in a piece that suits well. This does not look flattering – but rather a size too small. Also, I feel going “military” is an odd choice for her – no more “demure” consort who doesn’t want to upstage the Prince, then?

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