This morning the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended Easter Sunday services at St. Andrews Cathedral in Sydney.
Quite a crowd gathered at the Cathedral hoping to get a glimpse of Kate and William.
After the service ended William and Kate signed the First Fleet Bible. The Bible dates back to 1788 when it was brought to Australia by the First Fleet Chaplain, it is considered to be the Bible used in Australia’s first Christian service. They also signed the 1788 First Fleet Book of Common Prayer.
Their signatures are in the upper left corner.
The history for the books is remarkable.
Royal photographer Mark Stewart posted this photo showing other regal signatures, including Charles & Diana’s, as well as those of the Duke and Duchess of York.
Kate was elegant in a dove grey ensemble from Alexander McQueen.
The coat and dress seen on the Duchess are custom pieces, but you can see the genesis of Kate’s is this garment.
That is a past-season piece, described this way:
Nude pink tailored coat from Alexander McQueen featuring a funnel neck, a concealed front fastening, structured shoulders, cropped sleeves, inset pockets to the sides, a rear vent and a straight hem.
The piece was made of a rayon/acetate blend; it originally sold for $2844, but was discounted to $1564.
Many will note the garment’s similarity to Kate’s Christmas 2011 coat.
That coat was said to be made by “an independent dressmaker, ” whose identity was never revealed.
The Duchess wore her hair partially up, better seen in this picture posted by Rebecca English.
I share the image showing how Kate’s hair is styled because that directly impacts how her hat sits. The chapeau is also bespoke, created by Jane Taylor Millinery.
Neither Kate’s clutch or shoes are custom. First, the bag, it is a McQueen clutch we have seen previously. (Before ever being seen in public the skull clasp was replaced by something more…sedate.)
This was another elegant look for the Duchess. Judging from online feedback many had hopes Kate would be in something brighter, more Easter-ish (my word) and less reserved. My gut instinct is that she went with a less exuberant color in an effort to make a quieter style statement. It could well be a flawed thought on my part, but it was my visceral reaction.
Kate, William and hopefully George are due at the Taronga Zoo shortly. We’ll be back with another post shortly.