Jun 042013
 

Kate chose pale pink Jenny Packham for today’s Coronation Service at Westminster Abbey.

Sean Demspey/PA Wire

Sean Demspey/PA Wire

Here you see HM arriving with Prince Philip for the 11am service marking the 60th anniversary of her Coronation in 1953. She wore silk brocade by Angela Kelly.

Steve Finn/Splash News

Steve Finn/Splash News

There was some concern about Prince Philip, last night the Duke of Edinburgh missed an engagement with HM at St. James’s Palace. Poor health was given as the reason for his absence, the event was a gala celebration for the Royal National Institute of Blind People.

Below we see the Queen, Duke and Dean of Westminster Abbey, John Hall, as they prepare to enter the Abbey. The picture was shared by TimJMGray on Twitter, apparently Mr. Gray’s sister took the photo, she works in the Abbey bookshop.

Photo via TimJMGray Twitter

Photo via TimJMGray Twitter

More on the original Coronation from the Abbey website:

The Queen succeeded King George VI on 6th February 1952 when she was twenty-five years old, but it was not until nearly eighteen months later that the young Queen was crowned at Westminster Abbey on 2nd June 1953.

Westminster Abbey Facebook

Westminster Abbey Facebook

In 1953 the Queen wore a gown by Norman Hartnell; the designer also made her wedding dress. Below, St. Edward’s Crown being placed on the High Altar for the first time in 60 years.

Westminster Abbey Facebook

Westminster Abbey Facebook

This page from the Abbey offers wonderfully detailed facts, posts and other data on the 1953 Coronation. Queen Elizabeth II’s special Coronation Glove (seen lower right) was made by Dents, the glove worn by Queen Elizabeth I for her Coronation is seen lower left.

Dents Facebook

Dents Facebook

Dents own a sizable collection of historic gloves, the company’s blog offers amazing images, including this closeup of the beading done for the 1953 Coronation.

Dents Blog

Dents Blog

There really is a significant body of information available for those wishing to learn more about today’s event and the Coronation in 1953. The Diamond Jubilee website has an entire section dedicated to the Coronation.

Official Diamond Jubilee Website

Official Diamond Jubilee Website

This was the first time William and Kate have attended a public service at the Abbey since they were married at the historic site in 2011.

Matt Keeble/Splash News

Matt Keeble/Splash News

The Duchess wore a bespoke ensemble by Jenny Packham.

Matt Keeble/Splash News

Matt Keeble/Splash News

The pale pink coat featured three-quarter sleeves, top stitching, pockets and and open front. Below we see a somewhat similar piece from the designer’s a/w 2013 collection.

Jenny Packham

Jenny Packham

Here you see Kate chatting with Sophie before the service got underway.

Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

In this view we see Kate and William with Zara Philips after the service, Zara’s husband Mike Tindall can be seen on the left.

Weir Photos / Splash News

Weir Photos / Splash News

Kate’s lace dress had a jewel neckline, empire waist, and eyelash fringe trim.

Sean Demspey/PA Wire

Sean Demspey/PA Wire

Some may recall that Kate’s lacy McQueen dress for the Jubilee Service also featured this element.

Kate Eyelash Trim Closeup McQueen Lace Dress Diamond Jubilee Church Service

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These are now familiar silhouettes for Kate, due to give birth to her first child in July. The Tara Jarmon coat and Emilia Wickstead Dress worn to previous engagements have much the same lines. I imagine the dress worn today is probably close in design to the blue Wickstead.

Splash News

Splash News

They are silhouettes that Kate likes, they are also flattering at this stage of her pregnancy.

She accessorized with her gray Alexander McQueen clutch. (The clasp on Kate’s was modified.)

Sean Demspey-PAWire/Alexander McQueen

Sean Demspey-PA Wire/Alexander McQueen

We have seen the jewelry before, both the diamond bracelet and earrings have been worn on multiple occasions. Below we show the bracelet as worn in October of 2012 for the Olympic Athletes reception at Buckingham Palace, the photo on the right is from an In Kind Direct reception and dinner in October of 2011.

John Stillwell-PA Wire/Paul Burns-Clarence House via PA Wire

John Stillwell-PA Wire/Paul Burns-Clarence House via PA Wire

They are believed to be part of a wedding gift from Prince Charles. The earrings were first noted at the Canada Day concert in July of 2011.

PA Wire/Canadian Heritage/PA Wire

PA Wire/Canadian Heritage/PA Wire

The Duchess also wore a hat by Jane Taylor, many will recognize it as the piece worn to last year’s Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving (below right).

PA Wire

PA Wire

Jane Taylor describes it as “Nude beaded cocktail hat with silk tulle and organza discs. Finished with smoked quarts and veiling.”

And Kate brought back her LK Bennett Sledge pumps.

LK Bennett/Splash News

LK Bennett/Splash News

The now iconic pumps remain available at LK Bennett, as well as Nordstrom and other retailers. Kate wore her hair in a partial updo.

Matt Keeble/Splash News

Matt Keeble/Splash News

It didn’t take long before workers started disassembling things, the Dean of Westminster Abbey shared this photo on Twitter, the caption read “The nave – not as it was earlier”.

John Hall, Dean of Westminster Abbey Twitter Feed

John Hall, Dean of Westminster Abbey Twitter Feed

This was a splendid look for the Duchess, elegant and understated. The coat and dress by Jenny Packham were appropriate to the gravity of the occasion, while the diamond jewelry Kate lent a more formal tone to the ensemble.

A reminder that Kate’s next appearance is on Thursday of next week. She will christen a new cruise ship from Princess Cruise Lines, the “Royal Princess.”

Fincantieri

Fincantieri

The vessel was built by Italian shipbuilders Fincantieri, it was delivered to its new owners last week and will be christened in Southampton.

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  47 Responses to “It’s Jenny Packham for Queen’s 60th Anniversary Coronation Service”

  1. The duchess looks radiant. Her look cannot be faulted.

  2. Love Kate’s hairstyle.

    She really suits a half up do. I thought the way it was twisted looked elegant.

  3. I have decided I am brave enough to try to sew a suit. While I was looking at patterns online, I happened upon this pattern from Vogue, Vintage patterns. This dress and coat are similar to Kate’s; I’m sure the length can be modified. If any of you want to attempt the project, here is the link. Vogue notes that the level of difficulty is “average.”

    http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v8687-products-13211.php?page_id=850

    • good for you, I really like the pattern! I have an enormous batch of vintage patterns, yet haven’t sewn a stitch yet. I hope you’ll keep us posted! :)

    • Wow, that coat looks more difficult to sew than the Duchess’s — I wouldn’t have the confidence to attempt it. What fabric are you going to use?

      That’s a wonderful early 50′s New Look-style design. I LOVE slim sheath dresses like that. You must post a picture when you finish.

  4. Does anyone know what designer Zara Phillips was wearing? I love that dress and want to see if I can find a similar one. Hopefully not at a crazy price!

    • Zara’s dress was by Christopher Kane, she most likely bought it at Selfridges because that’s where I saw it. Just search “Christopher Kane yellow dress” on Google and click on Images. It’s no longer on Selfridges’ website.

  5. She looked perfect and so beautiful! I thought her ensemble was very classy and understated just enough as to not take too much attention away from the Queen. I love the silhouette’s she’s been wearing and can’t believe she’s due to give birth in 6 weeks or less!! The information about the Queen’s coronation and the information on her gloves is so neat. So many details that I’d never think about. A great post and can’t wait for her next appearance (Catherine that is lol)!

  6. Thank you for posting such gorgeous photos. I hadn’t realized until this post that her hat has some sparkle to it!

  7. The Queen looked great, as did Kate. Especially love the fringe trim on the dress. Does anyone know how to get that hairstyle? It looks so simple but I can’t figure it out.

  8. Poised and elegant – the Duchess looks wonderful in this shade of colour and the clean lines of the generous A-line coat are so flattering. I love the seaming detail on the coat edgings, the three-quarter length sleeves, and the length is a good one on her too.

    I love too the subtle contrast of texture in the lacy dress fabric and the lace edging at the hem neatly complements the intricacy of the diamond bracelet, her accessories are spot on for this outing. The hat is perfect and worn brilliantly, and I love the hair-do, especially with the hair away from her face.

    As your post says, everything is exactly right for the occasion. Well, almost. I still find wearing such a worn pair of shoes with a classy bespoke outfit plain weird!

    • I respectfully disagree about the shoes—-if we didnt all follow her so closely, we wouldn’t know how many times she has worn them. They are not scoffed or stained, and it is obvious that she takes excellent care of her clothing. Also, we have no idea how many pairs she actually owns.

      I suspect that the Duchess finds these shoes to be very comfortable, and given the advanced stage of her pregnancy, I am sure this was a big factor.

      I do hope that some of the more tech-savvy followers out there will find a way to post the specific how-to’s on how to do the wrapping at the back of the hairstyle—it is beautiful.

  9. Kate’s outfit a big improvement over others worn during the pregnancy but could still use extra inches. Oh, those knobby knees! Doesn’t she ever look in the mirror? There’s one picture out there of her getting out of the car that is particularly unflattering to her legs. Do like the link in hat and colour to the dress worn last year to the service. And not an outfit to upstage the queen.

    The queen looked marvelous although a bit creased, almost unheard of for her. Loved the unusual detailing of the coat’s hem.

  10. The whole outfit looks great on the Duchess. The length of the dress is perfect and one can see what a difference a couple of inches does to the entire look of the outfit. I like her hairstyle too. This is an outfit that will not date.

  11. I am in love with this look. It’s a color that always looks well on the Duchess, and the lines are so flattering (if the gathering is a little distracting). Love the eyelash hem detail and the coordinating jacket. The hat and half updo are also perfection for me, one of my favorite of her hats!

    And I’d be remiss in not noting that the Queen looked radiant today! The whole ensemble was so fitting and she was clearly the star of the show. Also thought Beatrice looked lovely today (haven’t seen a great picture of Eugenie yet!). While I loved Camilla’s jacket at the garden party, I’m so disappointed to see her in another fringe-y hat today. So boring!

  12. The Duchess looks beautiful! I toured Westminster Abbey three weeks ago, and the verger voiced doubts that Duchess Catherine would be in attendance at this event, because of her pregnancy. I am glad he was proved wrong! I’m not ecstatic with the seaming under the bust, specifically the way it is bunched in places instead of lying smooth, which of course is quite similar to the Emilia Wickstead piece. Is this particular seam common in maternity clothes? Or perhaps the Duchess is just partial to it during her pregnancy? That the jewelry was a present from Prince Charles adds a sentimental touch to the earrings, but personally I prefer her Kiki McDonough pieces ;)

    (On an unrelated note, notice how the fingers of Elizabeth I’s gloves extend far beyond the usual length of fingers? This was an intentional design element of gloves in the early modern period, as it served to underscore that the wearer didn’t need to do any physical labor. The Fashion Museum at Bath currently has an excellent display of gloves on show, where I learned that interesting tidbit.)

    • Thanks for the historical footnote on gloves — I thought they didn’t look like any that could be used for gardening…I hadn’t appreciated that the pedigree of dear old Dent’s went back quite so far either. I’ve used theirs for years although a couple of years ago I couldn’t source ordinary silk-lined leather gloves for love nor money, eventually ending up at Aspreys of all places. Now it seems the planet is awash with them once more.

      It was just lovely to see the Duchess out again, although I’m glad she’s getting proper rest before the ordeal ahead!

      • Er, oops, looks like admin is updating the reference to Dents being some four centuries old. Seems they are mere newbies at around a mere 200 years. They still make great gloves though.

  13. I like her hair style (but would still cut several inches off) and the outfit’s color. BUT – you can often tell w/ Jenny Packham outfits that she is known for her bridal attire and to my mind this is too mother-of-the bride. I always wish Kate would wear more jewelry in the evening, especially a diamond bracelet to catch the eye, but for daytime I would have left it off. As always, I would have preferred the skirt at knee length.
    As an American, I don’t understand her fascination with fascinators. A regular hat framing her face would be so much more attractive and a welcome change from her usual style.

    • I like fascinators, because there is much more scope for unusual and creative design than with more conventionally shaped hats.

      I must also point out, however, that at weddings and church services, you need to be concerned about blocking the view of the people seated behind you. Small fascinators prevent problems. I am a hat lover, but here in the States, where it’s rare for people to wear them, I’ve found that a fascinator is unlikely to provoke the complaints that my hats sometimes have.

  14. Kate looks lovely, as usual, as does HM.

    Here’s what really caught my eye when looking at the numerous photos that appeared on The Daily Mail website, and what I really want your feedback on: Sophie Wessex wore strappy, open-toed sandals to the service. That is a big NO-NO, right? She was wearing the requisite pantyhose/tights, but with sandals. What could possibly explain this slip in royal protocol? (Fwiw, I think the shoes – protocol aside – are too casual to go with her dress.)

    • Are open-toed sandals a faux pas? I was not aware… As long as her pantyhose are the toe-less variety, I don’t see why this would be a problem, other than the fact that England is rarely warm enough for exposed toes.

      • Royal protocol dictates that women wear hosiery and closed-toed shoes. The only time you’ll see Kate in open-toed shoes is at an unofficial event. The rule doesn’t apply at, say, a charity-related function that she and William attend as private people (example: the polo match during their stop in LA). But if it’s an official royal event, whether representing the Queen, or in her presence, the shoes must be closed-toe. (Personally, I think it’s a bit stuffy, but that’s the rule.)

        • Actually there is no royal protocol on this subject. The Queen and Princess Margaret wore open-toe shoes all the time when they were young women, and the Queen wore a pair of satin sandals to her own wedding. I’d say that the wedding of the heir to the throne was an official royal event.

          The Countess of Wessex has been a member of the royal family long enough that she knows much better than non-members what is and what is not acceptable.

          There is some argument in the fashion world about whether it’s acceptable to wear hose with sandals. My view is that as long as they are sandalfoot hose, it’s fine, but I know that some people vehemently disagree.

          • Re: open-toed shoes, I’m just repeating what I’ve read here (I think) and at many other sites. During the Canada/LA tour, one of the ladies from Go Fug Yourself made a joke about ‘free Kate’s toes!’ because she would wear closed shoes in the hot weather. Finally at the polo match, she wore sandals.

            Not sure where the attitude is coming from. :/

          • The Duchess wore sandals occasionally on her official trips to North America and the Asia-Pacific region. She has also worn her Jimmy Choo sandals to various official evening engagements.

  15. Am I the only one who’s disappointed that no tiara’s came out for the jubilee of the coronation? :) St. Edward’s crown set on the alter is hardly satisfying.

  16. I’ve always liked the combination of pale gray and pale peach/pink, so the colors here appeal to me. The Duchess looks quite nice, very elegant, but of course clothes made to accommodate a pregnancy tend to be much of a sameness. There is nothing about the designs here that strikes me as remarkable.

    I do wish we could get a look at the dress sans coat. I felt that the lines were probably very much like those of the pale-blue Emilia Wickstead, but Packham works beautifully with luxury and embellished fabrics, so I’d like a better sense of what she’s done here.

    Glad to see the hat again. It’s unusual, and I had wondered what else the Duchess might do with it. I almost have the sense that she commissioned the new outfit to go with the hat. And I wonder how many pairs of LK Bennett Sledge pumps in nude she now owns?

    Finally, I might note that the hem lengths she’s wearing here look far better than those on some of her other recent ensembles.

    Her hair has been looking particularly healthy lately. Pregnancy obviously suits it.

    • Do you really think she has more than one pair of those Sledge pumps? The buckling of the leather down the sides of the shoe suggest to me that it could be the same pair each time.There have been several close-ups of the soles of various of her shoe styles showing them blackened and well worn.

      I’d mind less if she did at least have spares of the same style, otherwise tired shoes seem a poor compliment to pay to one’s tailor!

      • I find it a bit mean to criticize the footwear choices of a woman who is eight months pregnant and has to spend half the event on her feet. She should be allowed to choose whatever shoe she finds most comfortable and be left alone about it. And the beauty of a nude pump is that the attention is not focused on the shoe but the outfit.

        • The Sledges create quite the amount of division on our blog here! I’m firmly in the “adore them” category… I have a pair that looks almost identical, but are from a more affordable brand. I love them; they go with everything! Then again, I find I’m often in the minority when it comes to opinions about shoes on the forum. I tend to be quite partial to shoes with very high platform heels, which most commenters find dated now… Eh, what can I say? The heart wants what the heart wants, and this heart wants nude platform heels! And at least I’m in good company ;)

  17. I was SO glad to see that she wore her “real” jewelry today. Its a big occasion, wear the nice stuff. That’s why you have it. Loved everything about her look. The round collar she’s been favoring lately is extremely flattering. Hair was spot on.

  18. Kate looks stunning and I adore this outfit! One of her best choices. The other royal women (zara, countess of wessex and princess eugenie and beatrice)look lovely in their outfits as well. God save the Queen and render prince Philip back to full health.

  19. I am so impressed with the Duchess for wearing such high heels this late in her pregnancy, especially to Westminster Abbey. The Abbey’s floor is uneven in places due to memorials and so on, so it’s harder to walk on, and probably even more so when your center of gravity is off!

    • Just curious to know why you’re impressed? Genuinely would like to know :)

      I’d love to see her wear some dressy flats, I think with her height and slender legs she would look amazing in some elegant flat dress shoes. In my opinion I also think given a possibility of a uneven floor she sold be wiser to opt for lower heels this stage in the pregnancy. However, I genuinely believe the flats would also look nicer (and be a welcome change from these nude coloured heels she always wears!).

  20. I like this look. The color of the dress is a bit drab, but she looks elegant and doesn’t upstage the Queen.

  21. I must admit that, while HRH looks beautiful & most appropriate, HM undoubtedly steals the show– I LOVE her hat and how it ties in with the aquamarine brooch. Beautiful!

    I always love seeing the family gathered around and mingling (or, in the photo above, reaching around to speak with each other). It’s nice to remember that they are, after all, a family (in addition to a Firm)!

  22. Kate looks beautiful and tasteful, and I love her hairdo. Are there any closer pictures of her jewelry? I would like to see Sophie’s full outfit- I think she is so lovely.

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