Kate and William’s last day in Australia began with the ANZAC Day dawn service at the Australian War Memorial.
People magazine’s Simon Perry reports “William and Kate arrived at the ANZAC day dawn service at around 5am and listened to readings before the full ceremony began.”
Images are projected onto the Memorial’s walls of those who died in service to their country.
The Duke and Duchess were the first royals to attend an Anzac Day service in Canberra since the Queen and Prince Philip attended in 1970. Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Prime Minister Tony Abbott were also at the dawn service.
Mid-morning William and Kate attended the National Service at the War Memorial.
The medals seen on Prince William’s jacket are his gold and diamond jubilee medals given for service to his Grandmother. An explanation why sprigs of rosemary are worn comes from the Australian War Memorial:
Since ancient times this aromatic herb has been believed to have properties to improve the memory. Perhaps because of this, rosemary became an emblem of both fidelity and remembrance in literature and folklore. Traditionally, sprigs of rosemary are worn on Anzac Day and sometimes on Remembrance Day, and are usually handed out by Legacy and the RSL. Rosemary has particular significance for Australians, as it is found growing wild on the Gallipoli peninsula.
Kate was wearing a
poppy anemone pin that was a gift.
People StyleWatch has details on the pin:
Pinned just below Kate’s lapel was a poppy brooch given to her by the wife of soldier Ben Roberts-Smith, recipient of the Victoria Cross, Australia’s highest honor.
UPDATED April 28, 2014: The always-brilliant Ayvee of Diana’s Jewels shared news that this isn’t a poppy, it is actually an anemone. The design is a reproduction of a Carl Faberge piece, the brooch is sold out, but a variety of other items are, including a cuff and earrings.
Ayvee’s post on the piece can be seen here.
The view looking out at the crowd, shared by Sky TV’s Julian Morrison.
The Duke and Duchess place a poppy on the Roll of Honour.
It is a striking sight, looking at the number of names and poppies.
The flyby by F/A-18 Hornet fighters. Camilla Tominey and Richard Palmer of the Express were talking about the fact these are the same fighters William and Kate saw at the Amberley RAAF base on Saturday (the 19th), Kate climbed into the cockpit of one of these wearing her LK Bennett Lasa Poppy dress. .
The card accompanying the wreath William and Kate placed on the Tomb reads “Never forgetting those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.”
Kate was in a coat by Michael Kors, from the designer’s s/s 2014 collection.
The garment is single-breasted with flap pockets on the front, a full skirt, It is described as being an “indigo twill jacquard swing coat” by Hello! magazine, who also reports the piece retailed at £1870, that is roughly $3150.
The Duchess isn’t the only celebrity to wear indigo twill items from the Michael Kors spring collection; below we show of-the-moment actress Lupita Nyong’o in a Michael Kors blazer.
Along with this look, all worn to a pre-Oscars Women in Film party.
It turns out Kate’s hat is by an Australian milliner, Jonathan Howard.
The Courier-Mail had the story:
Mr Howard was contacted by Kensington Palace in January and asked if he would like to create a piece or pieces for the Royal Tour of Australia.
Naturally excited by the opportunity, Mr Howard agreed and the consulting design process began.
Mr Howard’s Hatmaker website shows a broad mix of his pieces.
Kate’s is the Boutton style, available in a number of colors. It sells for $540. It is very similar to the Minoo style, the most obvious distinction between the two is the length of the fabric extensions.
Both styles are from Mr. Howard’s spring racing collection. We learn more about the process of dealing with the Palace by returning to the Courier-Mail story:
“More than 30 emails were exchanged, finished samples sent to the Palace for consideration and approval, along with colour swatches too,’’ Mr Howard says.
“The colour palette changed several times, with the final colour to be a dark navy blue as seen today.’’
The chosen modern headpiece known as Boutton (and in a appropriately named ‘Duchess Blue’ hue) is on website www.hatmaker.com.au.
The Courier-Mail story says Kate purchased more than one hat from Mr. Howard, something to look for in the future.
Kate’s other accessories: her suede Alexander McQueen pumps and ‘Muse’ clutch by Stuart Weitzman for Russell & Bromley.
- Learn more about the Australian War Memorial at this website, by visiting the official Facebook page for the Memorial, its Flickr photo page is here
- Read about today’s service in the Canberra Times by clicking here
- Robert Jobson’s story in the Evening Standard is here, the Daily Mail’s story and videos can be seen here
- Richard Palmer’s story in The Express, “William, Kate and baby George bid farewell to Australia after solemn service for war dead” may be read here