Again we see Kate make very low key sartorial selections in deference to the star of the day, Zara Phillips, as Ms. Phillips married her longtime love, rugby player Mike Tindall.
Kate brought out several old favorites, beginning with a pale gold brocade coat seen at the 2006 wedding of Laura Parker Bowles and Harry Lopes.
She also wore the piece to last May’s wedding of Mel Nicholson and Oli Baker at St. Andrews. We thank @RegalEyes (Mrs. S actually) for the reminder of the 2010 wedding, we had completely forgotten about it.
The coat is by DAY Birger et Mikkelsen, we thank both Patricia McDonald (@PatsMc on Twitter) for alerting us to the brand and @DuchessofCali for telling us about an eBay auction for an identical coat.
The piece was snapped up in less than 24 hours of being listed, sold for its “Buy It Now” price of £600. From the seller’s description:
“I have had this coat for about five years, I bought it for around £300. Unfortunately I have never worn it, at the moment it hangs in my wardrobe and I don’t think I will ever have an occasion to wear it, I am sure someone would get a lot of wear and pleasure out of it.It is a beautiful dress coat, made from a stunning brocade fabric with a subtle gold paisley trimmed with champagne colour net. It is long sleeved with a single breasted, off-centre, three button fastening. It also has two flap pockets.The lining is a soft grey colour and would be the perfect occassion coat for any wedding. Worn with a skirt or trousers it would make the perfect cocktail coat”
The dress Kate wore today has also been seen previously, it is the same one worn to the 2006 Parker Bowles wedding (above left), as well as a 2007 book signing for Simon Sebag Montefiore’s ‘Young Stalin’. The book launch took place at Asprey on Bond Street, Kate and sister Pippa were on hand for the function.
With the help of comments from both Kelly and Josephine, we are comfortable saying it is a Collette Dinnegan dress.
UPDATE 8.1.2011: Collette Dinnigan has confirmed to us the dress is theirs. While the runway dress is clearly different from Kate’s there are enough similarities to at least allow a visual comparison.
It seems Kate gave herself a bit of a treat, wearing a new hat for the occasion. UPDATED 8.1.2011: Kate’s hat is by Gina Foster Millinery, the ‘Launceston Place’ from the spring/summer 2011 collection.
The hat is shown as selling for £410.
Kate also wore the diamond drop earrings we have seen before. Some may remember these debuted on the North American tour, Kate wore them with her purple Issa dress for the Canada Day concert, click here for more.