Apr 212013
 

It was a bright and sunlit day at Windsor Castle for the annual Scouting Parade. The day began with a morning matins service for adults at St. George’s Chapel. Then it was time for the annual Parade, below we see some of the Scouts gathering in the Castle’s quadrangle as shared in this photo by Karl Cooper on Twitter.

Karl Cooper Twitter Feed (@MrKarlCooper)

Karl Cooper Twitter Feed (@MrKarlCooper)

More on the event from the UK Scouting website:

It’s also a day of celebration, which brings together different groups from all over (plus their guests) to share in the special event.

The day will recognise Queen’s Scouts, who have worked hard to achieve the highest youth award within Scouting, and Gallantry award holders will be acknowledged for their bravery and heroism.

Kate was joined by survivalist Bear Grylls, the two were greeted by younger Scouts and Kate was presented with a bouquet.

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail & Mail ONline (@RE_DailyMail)

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail & Mail Online (@RE_DailyMail)

Mr. Grylls is UK Scouting’s Chief Scout, below the pair chat with those taking part in today’s ceremonies.

Karl Cooper Twitter (@MrKarlCooper)

Karl Cooper Twitter (@MrKarlCooper)

With thanks to Simon Carter of UK Scouting, below we see the Duchess speaking with Cub Scout Hafsa Gachi as Bear Grylls looks on.

Simon Carter, UK Scouting Twitter (@SimonSCarter)

Simon Carter, UK Scouting Twitter (@SimonSCarter)

And we also see Kate asking Beaver Scout Joel Empson what he likes about being a Scout. According to UK Scouting she received quite the lengthy response!

UK Scouting Twitter (@UKScouting)

UK Scouting Twitter (@UKScouting)

Kate spent time meeting award recipients, many of them Queen’s Scouts Award winners.

Via Matt Mills Twitter (@MattScouts)

Via Matt Mills Twitter (@MattScouts)

Those paying close attention noted that Kate even shook hands with her left hand, the Scout way.  (If unfamiliar as to precisely why this is the practice, pop over to the WKW Facebook page and read Heather’s explainer on the custom.)

With thanks to Victoria Murphy of the Mirror for this photo, we see Mr. Grylls and the Duchess as they head to St. George’s Chapel for the Prayer Service.

Victoria Murphy/The Mirror (@QueenVicMirror)

Victoria Murphy/The Mirror (@QueenVicMirror)

The next two photos offer a better look at the coat’s front, you can also see the slits at the side and the back. Our thanks to the Windsor Slough Express for the photo on the left, and Simon Carter of UK Scouting for the picture on the right.

Windsor Slough Express/Simon Carter, UK Scouting

Windsor Slough Express/Simon Carter, UK Scouting

Kate appeared happy and relaxed.

The Times /PA Wire

The Times /PA Wire

She chose Mulberry’s Frayed Coat in mint cotton tweed for today’s events.

Mulberry

Mulberry

The coat is a heavy cotton. It features oversized front pockets, with frayed seam detailing on the collar edges, at the bodice and elbows of the sleeves.

Mulberry

Mulberry

The piece also has large buttons shaped like flowers, a rounded collar, and slits at the side. It was priced at $3000/£1,750, but already appears to be sold out, at least on the Mulberry US site. Below we see the piece as it appeared in the Mulberry runway show at London Fashion Week.

Mulberry Runway Show via Lyst

Mulberry Runway Show via Lyst

Net-a-Porter does have other Mulberry pieces in the same fabric. Below, the Oversized Biker Jacket. We also show a closeup of the coat’s fabric to better see the detail of the weave and color.

Net-a-Porter

Net-a-Porter

Back to what Kate wore, here is a better look at the dress fabric peeking out from underneath the coat. It turns out the material is broderie anglaise, a textile we know the Duchess likes. You can see how the dress and coat textiles differ.

/PA Wire

/PA Wire

There were some reports that Kate’s dress was also by Mulberry. We’ve not yet been able to locate any pieces that look like this material, be they by Mulberry or other designers. If we do find out more about the frock we will update the post.

The Duchess accessorized with familiar pieces.

/The Times/PA Wire

/The Times/PA Wire

That is the Whiteley Cappuccino beret (officially Whiteley style #434/318 in Cappuccino Parisisal with curled Parisisal trim) and the green diamond/green amethyst earrings that Kiki McDonough sells, we have seen both on multiple occasions.

Kate Whiteley Cappuccino Fascinator Green Citrine Drop Kiki  Earrings

Whiteley/Al Coro Jewelry for Kiki McDonough

We saw Kate carrying a new handbag, although it is from a familiar brand, LK Bennett. The Avona Long Roll Clutch in light taupe patent leather ($295/£195) is new this spring. It was paired with those trusty Sledge pumps, also in the brand’s light taupe color ($345/£195).

LK Bennett Avona Clutch/Sledge Poumps

LK Bennett Avona Clutch/LK Bennett Sledge Pumps

While not quite yet a signature look, clearly Kate likes frayed and fringed seams. Below we show her in the M Missoni coat first worn in March of 2012, today’s Mulberry coat and the Rebecca Taylor separates worn in April of last year.

PA Wire/PA Wire/Splash News

PA Wire/PA Wire/Splash News

This was a nice look for the Duchess. Some found the fabric and/or cut and/or color (pastel) of the coat to be aging. I didn’t have that reaction at all, the color feels fresh and springy hue; the floral buttons and oversized pockets give the coat a kicky feel. The piece will have a different fit entirely once it is tailored for post-pregnancy wear.

As noted on tomorrow’s front page of The Scotsman, Kate was glowing.

The Scotsman via Andrew J. Thorp, UK Scouting

The Scotsman via Andrew J. Thorp, UK Scouting

Today is also the Queen’s 87th birthday today, we send her our very best sentiments, HM is said to be celebrating quietly.

We also want to extend greetings to Richard Palmer of the Express, it is his birthday today as well.  You may know him as RoyalReporter on Twitter, he is one of the good guys.

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As many readers know, today was also the running of the London Marathon. Prince Harry was on hand to award medals after the race. Harry’s wit was at the ready, as shared by royal photographer Mark Stewart:

Mark Stewart Twitter (@RegalEyes)

Mark Stewart Twitter (@RegalEyes)

Here you see Mr. Stewart’s photo of Harry with volunteers before the race.

Mark Stewart Twitter Feed (@RegalEyes)

Mark Stewart Twitter Feed (@RegalEyes)

LINKAGE:

As frequent readers know, we generally sign off posts with our ‘Linkage’ section and a reminder about Kate’s next engagement.  Today we close with something a little different.

BCF

Yes, it’s a bit of a tease. More will be revealed in coming days. :)

  29 Responses to “Kate in Mulberry for National Scouts Parade (UPDATED)”

  1. Lovely colour but old fashioned coat

  2. Absolutely lovely outfit. So classy. Perfect.

  3. I like the styling of the coat, including all the seaming, the buttons and the 3/4 sleeves. I’m not a big fan of the color, it just looks a little mumsy to me. I’ve never really cared for that hat, either. But ensemble quibbles aside, she’s glowing. And those are some of my favorite earrings!

  4. I like this look on the Duchess, but that picture of her on the cover of the Scotsman is so obviously photoshopped to enlarge her bump that it’s ridiculous! Especially with so many accurate pictures in this post, it’s far too easy to compare and see that it’s completely fabricated.

  5. The DoC took a page from HM 2012 – same color, shoot, even the flowers look similar…..another brava! Impressive for HM to allow the “reign for a day” to be Kate’s in a venue where Kate would be most comfortable – well done all around.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2312481/Kate-Middleton-pregnant-Duchess-Cambridge-proudly-shows-baby-bump-Windsor-Castle-Scouts-ceremony.html

  6. The dress under the coat … the fabric is very reminiscent of the yellow bespoke dress by an unknown designer from their tour last yer.

  7. Great to see Kate looking good! And Happy! She happens to look great in the coat, although I am not a fan of the style (matronly), buttons (juvenile), the 3/4 sleeve length (for a coat), the hat (never liked it, looks foolish in my opinion), and the overall matchy matchy of the dress underneath together with the coat. I do love the earrings. Not sure why i am so critical since i do love her look generally but hey, this is a fashion blog, i can critique!
    As much as i dont this overall look, she still looks nice. i do hope she puts that weird hat in the back of her closet though…
    And her face looks soooo full! its cute :)

  8. Eh, I don’t like the 3/4 sleeves or the hat. Alone, everything is fine but it doesn’t look right together. I can’t quite put my finger on it but somehow the coat looks too casual for the hat and the colors don’t look nice together. Nice smile, though! :)

  9. I think the Duchess looks lovely; very “springy” and pretty. I don’t think the coat looks old at all. Don’t understand why people are saying that but then, to each their own. Kate does seem to be wearing more pastel but that’s the style these days. Poor girl gets criticized for nothing.

  10. I think that this is a lovely color, and very nice for Spring, although I do agree that with her coloring the Duchess looks better in jewel tones than pastels. I totally get the 3/4 sleeves—they stay out of your way when shaking hands and carrying flowers and etc. While I understand the posters who say this outfit is perhaps a bit more mature than we are used to seeing on the Duchess, I wonder if that was intentional? She was standing in for the queen (who had the day off for her birthday) and I suspect she wanted her outfit to be respectful of the fact that she was asked to fill in for HM. Also, it is so hard with maternity wear, as much of it looks juvenile (peter pan collars) or matronly.
    Overall, the Duchess looks happy, healthy and fit. I think the accessories are lovely and work so well with the outfit. Her hair also looks great.

  11. I agree with the newspaper headline; Kate is glowing! It is wonderful to see her out and about in signature high heels too. She has quite the coat collection, doesn’t she?

    I love this site. Thank you.

  12. I would love to know how she manages to walk gracefully on all those grassy surfaces with those heels. My experience is that I either have to basically walk on my toes (surely not that comfortable when you’re pregnant) or I am constantly sinking into the lawn.

  13. RE the dress – it is the same/similar material to the pale lemon dress worn on the last o/seas tour – the one that she apparently had a hand in designing.

    Perhaps its the same with this – she has had it made to match the colour of the coat?

  14. Kate looks radiant – so pleasing to see her looking well!

    I agree with other posts that I find the coat rather dowdy. Never mind something the Queen would wear (does she wear three-quarter sleeves ever?), it’s not a million miles from what the Queen Mother used to wear.

    Am I the only one to have a real down on three-quarter sleeves? I think they look unfinished, as if there isn’t enough material to go round, or as if the garment belongs to someone smaller.

    Kate certainly stands out in this colour and it’s very suitable for our late spring.

    Has she done something softer with her eye makeup?

    • I like three-quarter length sleeves very much and, in fact, recently had a frustrating time searching for a dress that had them. I saw one in a photo of a well-known person, but the dress is unavailable, and I couldn’t find anything similar.

      When I wear long-sleeved dresses, blouses, and sweaters, I have a tendency to push or roll the sleeves up because I like the look.

      However, in a coat, the three-quarter length can appear a little skimpy. It really depends on the type of coat and the weather in which it is intended to be worn. I think that sleeve length looks just fine in a light spring coat.

  15. I’ve looked on eonline for the pictures of Kate shopping with Carol but can’t seem to find them! Could you post a full link please?
    Thankyou!

  16. For the first time I think the duchess looks a little dowdy. The mint is a pretty color but the coat just looks like it was designed for a grandmother. I could see the queen wearing it.

  17. The coat is nice, but I agree it’s a bit old-fashioned looking for my taste. Mint green is definitely not her best color.

  18. Another gorgeous coat for the Duchess’s collection- this looks lovely on her. It’s such a relief to see a choice which properly accommodates the bump rather than some of her earlier makeshift efforts, I was so glad her recent shopping outfit was in maternity style

    The soft shade of green in the coat is very flattering and for once those interminable nude accessories really suit the outfit. I love that hat, and the Duchess wears it so expertly.

    I’m also glad to see an outfit with a fraction more length – much better suited to the fuller figure!

  19. P.S.2. LOL, sorry to write too much but could you post information on Pippa’s outfits when there isn’t any new news on Kate? I love Kate’s outfits for the office but I love Pippa’s street style and cocktail dresses for non-office attire. Thank you ;)

    • There’s at least one site dedicated to Pippa Middleton and may be more. See below and just google her name plus “style”. I think we should just stick to the Duchess here. The Admin has enough to do.

      http://pippa-middleton.co.uk/

      The Daily Mail also makes a habit of covering Pippa and her clothes.

      • That Pippa site isn’t always current. Daily Mail is great for up-to-the-minute photos on Kate and the Middletons but the blogs (like this one) give us the names of the designers. That’s what I want to know if I want to buy something before it’s sold out. I was only suggesting using Pippa for filler since Kate seems to only make an appearance once a month. I didn’t mean to overwork the admin. Sorry :(

  20. P.S. The Mulberry tweed coat looks very Tory Burch or Milly NY. If I see something Kate wore and I love it but I can’t afford the British item because of the conversion of pounds to dollars, shipping and customs charges then I look for a similar, less expensive option by an American designer. It’s easier to buy the exact item if Kate wears something from Zara or Topshop because they have stores in the U.S. But the item goes quick and then it’s sold X3 to X5 as much as the original price plus shipping on eBay.

  21. The Duchess looks nice in this coat, and the mint-green shade is pretty, but frankly, I find it a little “elderly”. It very much suggests the Queen’s standard coats in design and fabric. The hat and shoes do work well with it, but it’s not something I’d choose to wear, except possibly with trousers/jeans and interesting shoes. You’d need a bit of an edge in the rest of your outfit to avoid looking like you were wearing a senior citizen’s Easter coat.

    The length is an improvement.

  22. Love the Mulberry mint dress and tweed coat (those gold flower buttons are adorable!) but mint works better on a blonde than a brunette. Kate use to wear a lot of black when she was a single, urban girl and now she is wearing more pastel since joining the royal family. Pastel is very princess-y but rich, dark hair goes best with chocolate and jewel tones. That’s why she looks so amazing in ruby red, emerald green and sapphire blue. I love rich colors but they wash out the fair. If I had Kate’s coloring I would rock them! :)

  23. The duchess looked great. Very classy, elegant and appropriate. Glad to see her purchasing pieces that she can, conceivably, recycle after the baby arrives. The $3,000 Mulberry coat can easily be worn later. Sorry, but it’s tough to gush about fashion when there are so many people suffering here in the U.S., in Boston, in West, Texas, and in Midwest states impacted by historic flooding.

  24. Whatever the change to the format please go back. Now it does not show the full post in Google reader and the like. Just a few sentences and then …. please fix!

    • I think there was a problem with some part of the internet yesterday, and the day before. I couldn’t access it either. But this morning all is well. Hurrah!

      It was so frustrating knowing there was another interesting post. I could read the words but no photos.

      It was definitely not this site because my computer was having problems with other sites too – I couldn’t access my blog at all.

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