For today’s Order of the Garter events Kate was in a coatdress by Scottish designer Christopher Kane.
This is what they were waiting for, the Knights walking to St. George’s Chapel. You can see Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh in a photo posted on Twitter by the Dutch Ambassador to the UK, Laetitia van den Assum.
Bowed heads and curtsies as Her Majesty passes.
A brief refresher on the Most Noble Order of the Garter:
- It is the oldest of all British Orders of Chivalry
- It was founded by Edward III in 1348
- Membership is limited to only the sovereign, the Prince of Wales, and not more than twenty-four other members
Kate and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, leaving after the procession and service.
Just a bit more background, from a previous Garter Day post:
The honor is determined solely by the Queen, input from Ministers and others is not required. It is HM who decided in 1987 that women should also be included in the Knighthood, Lady Margaret Thatcher is one of those so honored.
Simon Perry of People magazine posted this photo on Eye.Em showing (left to right): Prince Andrew, Prince William, Prince Edward, and Prince Charles. Behind Andrew you can see just a teeny bit of HM.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge riding with the Prince of Wales after the service, our thanks to Victoria Murphy for sharing another photo from today’s events.
The coat was first worn to the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Games, as well as a Palace Reception immediately preceding that Ceremony.
Described by the designer as a coatdress, the fitted style has multiple gores front and back, four panels per side. The silk satin piece also has a covered placket down the front, slanted pockets, self-belt, and peak lapels. The long sleeves have an invisible zipper on the seam.
Kate’s hat today is from John Lock and Co., the Sweet Delight style.
Our thanks to Anna of My Small Obsessions for her identification.
Many readers will recognize Kate’s handbag, the ‘Natalie’ from LK Bennett. (Above we noted the presence of zippers on the sleeves of the coat dress, you can just see the pulls in the photo below.)
The Duchess also appeared to be in a new pair of heels. The intrepid Ashley Marie believes they are another pair by Jimmy Choo, the label’s ‘Gilbert’ heels in nude kid leather. Below we show them at Jimmy Choo ($595).
The shoes have a pointed toe (also described as an ‘almond toe’), the heel is lower than many pair Kate wears, it measures about 3.5″. The Gilbert is also available at Net-a-Porter ($575), where there is a very good selection of sizes. You can also find the Gilbert at Saks ($595) as well as Neiman Marcus ($595)
With apologies for the tiny photo, we wanted to at least try and show Kate’s earrings, the diamond and topaz/aquamarine/other stone earrings.
This was Kate’s third time attending the Order of the Garter as a senior member of the Royal Family. Below you see her wearing Katherine Hooker in 2011 and Alexander McQueen in 2012. (In 2013 she did not take part as she was so close to expecting Prince George.)
The Duchess of Cornwall wasn’t able to take part this year, she is reported to have a dreadful cold.
The Roamer pieces are also colorful.
And the company also offers a significant number of pieces in broderie anglaise. Below, Zimmermann’s Vivid Broderie Anglaise Cotton Beach Dress at Net-a-Porter. (Actually, it is quite a bargain, originally priced at $440, the dress is now just $220.)
Where were you when you were first told that Kate Middleton was seen wearing your dress?
I was in the Blue Mountains for the weekend and my phone reception kept dropping in and out. Then suddenly I had all these messages and texts and found out. It was an amazing thing for us and we felt really lucky
You can read the entire story on the Vogue Australia website. The story notes the dress will start selling online and in-store tomorrow, Tuesday, June 17. Below we show the dress at Austique, the boutique has been taking pre-orders for some time.
Austique has the dress priced at £410 (about $700 USD, $740 Australian). From the Vogue story:
“The Zimmermann Roamer day dress retails for $495. It is part of the Summer Swim collection, and drops in stores and online globally from Tuesday 17th June.
Zimmermann clearly offers a more appealing price.
UPDATED MONDAY NIGHT (June16):
From the product description:
Roamer Day Dress, from our Summer Swim 14 collection, in white cotton broderie. Fitted waistband and fitted, elbow-length sleeve. Natural cotton cross insert trim at waist, through bodice, sleeve and hem. Dress falls to the knee. Centre back invisible zip closure. This dress is unlined and we recommend it to be worn with a slip. 100% cotton, cold gentle hand wash.
A look at the bodice, again enhanced digitally to show detail.
The frock is priced at $520 on the US site (I am unable to ‘see’ the International site), as opposed to the $495 AUD mentioned above; I imagine that price point is specific only to the Australian market, but can’t definitively say that is the case. Some of our WKW Facebook friends page report purchasing the dress, one at the brand’s Soho store. Corrie V., who bought the dress this afternoon, reminds us the garment is unlined; she believes a nude bra and half slip should do the trick, but promises to report back tomorrow.
* information and/or quotes are from the St George’s Chapel website
- our 2012 Garter post can be seen here, the 2011 post is here
- the British Monarchy posted a quick vine video, for a 2-minute video from the Palace, click here
- learn more about the Order of the Garter here, visit the St. George’s Chapel Garter page for this year’s information here, enjoy a 360° tour of the Chapel by clicking here
- the Windsor Castle website can be seen here
- Pop Sugar’s photo gallery can be viewed here,
- Simon Perry’s story in People may be read here, Victoria Murphy’s story for the Daily Mirror is here (including photo gallery)