Jul 052015
 

After a rainy morning at Sandringham the sun came out in time for the royals to walk to church for Princess Charlotte’s christening.

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©Andrew Parsons / i-Images

Crowds started gathering early near St. Mary Magdalene Church, despite the rain. From the Sunday Express:

…a crowd of 3,500 were allowed into watch the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walk between Sandringham House and the church and back again with Charlotte and her big brother Prince George, making it the most public royal baptism in modern times.

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The day was filled with historic references, including Charlotte’s pram, dating back to the 1950s. More from a Daily Mirror story:

Kate pushed the Millson pram – once used for the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex – while William held George’s hand as the prince, who is nearly two, waved at the crowds.

There have been comments that Diana was also pushed to St. Mary Magdalene in this same pram, but I’ve not been able to substantiate that yet. With thanks to Jill, Samantha and others who have tweeted and emailed about the pram, it *is* true that Diana, Princess of Wales was seen in a similar pram. A better look at the pram via the Kensington Palace twitter feed.

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Kensington Palace Twitter (@KensingtonRoyal)

The Duchess leading the way to church this afternoon.

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Andrew Parsons/i-Images/Polaris

James and Pippa Middleton arriving, or possibly leaving (I’m having a tough time determining which it is). Pippa wore an Emilia Wickstead style.

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Andrew Parsons / i-Images / Polaris

Pippa was also wearing a Jane Taylor hat, more from The Daily Mail:

Jane Taylor trained with the Queen’s milliner Marie O’Reagan and has worked with several members of the royal family in the past, including Zara Phillips, Princess Eugenie and the Countess of Wessex. She said: ‘Pippa Middleton is the epitome of elegance and style and I could not be more honoured to see her wearing one of my designs.’

The Duchess of Cornwall and the Middletons.

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Matt Dunham/PA Wire

A better shot of Michael, Pippa and Carole Middleton.

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Chris Jackson/WPA Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

Here you see HM as she arrives at St. Mary Magdalene Church; she is wearing a soft pink Angela Kelly ensemble. (The Queen and Prince Philip did not walk to the church, they were driven and entered via a side entrance.)

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©Andrew Parsons / i-Images

Kate and Her Majesty sharing a lovely moment.

Royal family attends Princess Charlotte christening

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Prince George looked dashing in a smocked set from Rachel Riley.

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Those thinking George’s outfit somehow seemed familiar were wise in their reminiscing: it is very close in design to what Prince William wore when visiting his new baby brother, Prince Harry, at the Lindo Wing in 1984.

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MAURO CARRARO/REX Shutterstock

And here, a shot of the Princess.

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©SplashNews.com

Once everyone arrived at the church there was a spot of time for a chat. Some readers will recognize the traditional Norland College uniform worn by Nanny Maria Borrallo.

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Mirrorpix/Splash News

Here you see a group of Norland Nannies in uniform, via the College’s Facebook page.

Norland College Facebook Page

Norland College Facebook Page

While some Norland Nannies are always in uniform, clearly the Cambridges only want Ms. Barrallo in the College’s official look on isolated occasions.

Below, I believe that is the Reverend Canon Jonathan Rivers, the Rector for all Sandringham parishes, greeting the family. This offers a look at the back of Kate’s coat dress.

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Links to Diana, Princess of Wales, were evident throughout the day. More from Gordon Rayner’s story in The Telegraph:

The day belonged to Princess Charlotte, but the inspiration was pure Diana, Princess of Wales.

From the choice of godparents to the choice of music, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made sure the memory of Princess Charlotte’s late grandmother was centre stage.

Some of the many Princess Diana references:

  1. The infant’s name, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana
  2. The choice of church; St Mary Magdalene is where Diana was baptized
  3. One of the five godparents, Laura Fellowes, is Diana’s niece
  4. A music selection for today’s service, the ‘Prelude on Rhosymedre’ by Ralph Vaughn Williams, was also used at the wedding of Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles

One of our first looks at the Cambridges as a family of four.

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The names of Charlotte’s five godparents were announced this morning.

  • Tom van Straubenzee, William’s best friend at prep school
  • Adam Middleton, Kate’s cousin on her father’s side
  • the Honourable Laura Fellowes, Princess Diana’s niece
  • Sophie Carter, a friend of Kate’s
  • Another very close friend of Williams, James Meade

Below we see (l to r) Laura Fellowes, James Meade and Sophie Crater as they arrive for the service.

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All Photos by Chris Jackson/WPA Rota/Nunn Syndication/POLARIS Images

From Gordon Rayner’s story in the Telegraph:

On an occasion otherwise laden with tradition, the Duke and Duchess sprang something of a surprise with the announcement of their choice of godparents. No member of the Royal family made it onto a distinctly informal list of friends and relatives, which included several unexpected choices.

Mr. Van Straubenzee and Mr. Mead were the only two individuals asked to deliver remarks/make speeches at William and Kate’s wedding reception.

More about the actual service via The Telegraph’s coverage of today’s christening.

In his homily the Archbishop referred to one of Princess Charlotte’s ancestors, the Grand Duchess Elizabeth, who was sainted and is buried in the Holy Land after being murdered by the Bolsheviks in Russia in 1918. A grandmother of Queen Victoria, she had sold her jewellery and possessions to found a charity in Moscow and joined a convent.

The Archbishop spoke of Elizabeth’s “beauty of character”, an attribute which “begins with baptism”, and referred to the families of the 30 Britons murdered in Tunisia needing such “lives of beauty around them”.

As expected, Princess Charlotte wore the same christening gown that her brother wore for his 2013 baptism, the replica of the gown worn by Queen Victoria’s daughter in 1841. From British Vogue:

The white Spitalfields silk-satin gown, which has cap sleeves and a Honiton cotton lace overlay, was created to resemble the dress that Queen Victoria wore for her marriage to Prince Albert in 1840.

The replica was made by the Queen’s dressmaker and close aide, Angela Kelly. Below we see (from left to right) Charlotte in the gown today, her brother at his baptism in October of 2013 and the children’s father, Prince William, wearing the original gown at his baptism in 1982.

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On to more specifics about what Kate wore. The bespoke Alexander McQueen coat dress was a sleek, sophisticated design. Don’t let the frock’s clean lines fool you, this was an intricately engineered piece; the multiple gores and darting made for a complex tailoring job. It also featured a fitted bodice with wide, winged lapels.

Both Photo by Splash News

Both Photos by Splash News

Here you have a good look at the additional section of the panel that hits just below the waist.

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Nunn Syndication/POLARIS

And the style showcased Kate’s favorite silhouette, a fit and flare design.

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Here, a look at Kate’s updo and Jane Taylor hat.

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Kate’s hair from another angle.

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The Duchess wore her white gold and diamond ‘Empress’ necklace from jewelers Mappin and Webb, adding the previously unseen matching drop earrings for today’s ceremony.

Mappin & Webb

Mappin & Webb

The Duchess eschewed her oft-worn platform pumps, opting instead for the pointed toe ‘Fifth Avenue’ heels by Russell and Bromley. Several of us are having a debate about precisely which shoe Kate is wearing, because these really don’t look like the R&B Fifth Avenue. I’m headed off to bed, we will get it sorted out in the morning.  As always, your input is *greatly* appreciated!

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We first noted these when Kate wore them in June of 2014 for a Buckingham Palace Garden Party.

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John Stillwell/WPA Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

UPDATED JULY 7: Russell & Bromley verify Kate is wearing their Fifth Avenue court shoes. Below, a screen grab of a Russell & Bromley Pinterest post today.  

UPDATE #2 July 8:

This afternoon on Twitter Russell and Bromley shared that they were mistaken in sating the Duchess wore their Fifth Avenue for Charlotte’s christening.

Russell and Bromley Twitter

Russell and Bromley Twitter

Our thanks to Natalie for suggesting that Kate, in fact, might well have been wearing the ‘Pointy’ style you see referenced above.

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Natalie’s link led to this image: a Russell and Bromley Facebook post from April 20, 2012. .

Russell & Bromley Facebook Post April 2012

Russell & Bromley Facebook Post April 2012

That most definitely looks like Kate’s shoe from Sunday in a different color. The heels are described in the Facebook post as “….a hot heel for Friday night drinks?? We’re loving Pointy in coral patent….”. It seems the mystery is solved, with the help of Natalie, as well as Kate’s Closet, Irish Sara and A Petite Princess for their tenacity in continuing to question the shoe ID. And our appreciation to Russell and Bromley as well.

Kate’s style today and the Alexander McQueen look worn for George’s christening in 2013.

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Other notes and thoughts:

  • The similarity between Pippa and Kate’s styles today is something the sisters would have discussed beforehand, something they were comfortable with. There wouldn’t be any fashion surprises from guests at an event like today’s.
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Both Photos: Andrew Parsons/i-Images/Polaris

  • At this point I don’t believe the Duchess had a separate dress on beneath the coat. I agree with Lili and others who have suggested the bit of fabric we have seen in some photos is a slip, that makes the most sense from what I can see in photos.
  • Prince George looked darling and I liked the historical nod to William’s 1984 Lindo Wing ensemble.
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  • Kate’s Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen design was ideal for the occasion, understated elegance at its best.
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  • It was a delight to see the Cambridges as a family of four for the first time.
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We will update further tonight. Our epic post about George and Charlotte’s ensembles is up at our sister site, What Kate’s Kids Wore.

NOTE: The post has been corrected to fix the following errors:

  • I originally misidentified the Reverend Canon Jonathan Rivers in the photo with William, Kate & George, saying it was Archbishop Justin Welby
  • An incorrect reference to one of the five godparents has also been corrected; I listed the fifth as Hugh Van Cutsem when it is actually James Meade
  • The post has been corrected to reflect the fact that Kate’s 5th Avenue pumps were first seen at a Buckingham Palace garden party (it was the Russell & Bromley Park Avenue we saw Kate wear in Singapore)

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  • And finally, ITN’s piece about George charming the crowd is here

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  141 Responses to “Duchess in Alexander McQueen & Jane Taylor for Princess Charlotte’s Christening (Shoe Identified)”

  1. Can anyone give me some information about Carole Middleton’s outfit worn for Charlotte’s christening?It is so smart for an older woman.

  2. “Those thinking George’s outfit somehow seemed familiar were wise in their reminiscing: it is very close in design to what Prince William wore when visiting his new baby brother, Prince Harry, at the Lindo Wing in 1982.”

    This was in 1984.

  3. I think I found the shoes – it’s from Russell and Bromley ( 2012 ) , but not the 5th Ave – https://www.facebook.com/russellandbromley/photos/a.269081136511501.66374.159259544160328/284560818296866/?type=1&theater

  4. I LOVE everything about this look but particularly, Kate’s updo. As much as I adore her perfect blow outs, the updo reflects a more mature, elegant style for a mother and Duchess. It makes her look older but not in a bad way. Just more “grown” into the role, as the post suggested. I hope we see more of this look in the future!

    I know it has been suggested around here before, but I really would like to see Kate experiment with her makeup a bit more. She always does very classic, minimalist makeup – and perhaps this wasn’t the right event to start messing with that – but I would looove to see a nice red lip or just something to change from the norm. Now that we are seeing a change in her hair, maybe her makeup will follow?

    • I completely agree on the makeup front. I’ve always thought Kate had too heavy a hand — if you look at the photos from the wedding, her makeup was way overdone. And when you’re tired, the rimmed liner look just makes you look more tired.

      A bold red lip with her coloring would look gorgeous. I have a sense it’s not something royals do, but she could definitely pull it off. There are some photos of Princess Margaret from the 1950s with red lipstick, and she was stunning.

  5. Any idea who made Pippa’s heels? I love them.

  6. Fabulous post, thank-you! The best photo of all is the one of George, on tip toe, looking into the pram at his sister. Love it!

  7. Queen Victoria’s maternal grandparents were the same as the paternal grandparents of her husband, Prince Albert. They were Duke Franz & Duchess Augusta (nee Reuss) of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld and first-cousins. Interestingly, it is mentioned above that Queen Victoria’s daughter Princess Alice also had a daughter Victoria, who was the mother of Princess Alice of Greece, Prince Phillip’s mother. To go back to Queen Victoria’s children, her eldest son became King Edward, our present Queen’s great-grandfather, making the Queen & Prince Phillip cousins too.
    Not a fashion post but there were a few offerings on the subject & I do love history…
    Not much to say about the fashion really, Kate looked elegant in her bun with that dress but I didn’t like the extra tier at the waist. I would have liked to know the material/finish of it too. I didn’t like Pippa’s bobbly dress & people don’t care these days about so-called ‘upstaging’ but I did like the longer length-I recently watched a tv re-run of old quiz shows – all the ladies had feminine longer dresses with plenty of material; I’m fed up of seeing tight clothes & thighs & knees, bring back modesty! and let’s face it, MOST people look better with a longer length. Carol’s coat looked like it didn’t quite fit, sad as it was very nice.
    I’ve noticed posts about ‘coat dresses’ before, I’ve not sure if Americans mean ‘ button-through’? when an opening goes all the way down? I’ve never seen dresses sold with that name. anyway, Kate has a white garment under her outer one, somebody thought it may be a slip but custom-made clothes are made lined or with enough material that a slip is not needed (see the Queen’s or Diana’s clothes). In any case, there is no difference between a spaghetti-strap dress, slip or nightie. Everybody did look hot, it was one of the hottest days on record, but at least the ladies were in silk!
    I can tell you that George’s outfit is definitely NOT customary British wear, nor was it in the 80′s, I know as I had small children then; his haircut isn’t either. it was the kind of ‘best’ outfit mums put their boys in for a studio portrait or church weddings & christenings in the 50s to mid 60s-they wore sailor suits when. Boys don’t wear short trousers either – casual shorts, yes, but not trousers-they are worn long on formal occasions & smocking left for girls dresses/blouses. It isn’t a ‘classic’ look – it’s an aristocratic look coming from when boys & girls were dressed alike – including his haircut, it screams ‘upper-class’.
    The pram was a nice touch, I remember those big wheels on our pram in the early 60s with a big compartment inside for baby’s stuff – when some district nurses dressed like those Norland nannies in bowlers.
    Can I just mention that one post thought the uniform at church classist? The girls who become Norland nannies are not ‘ordinary’ people – it costs a years wages to train for it & they are mainly drawn from the upper classes or close to it. They read Tatler & are interested in the same things as the other toffs & often been to the same schools, though I can understand Ginger’s point of view.
    Can I also point out (to Suzy Q) that the pram is not what I call heavy even with a baby in it & Kate is young enough to be able to push a pram up a hill – I had to with heavy shopping in it & cook/clean/launder/look after the baby at the other end, no live-in day/night nannies, no maternity nurse, no night nurse, no chef or laundress —does that make me a Superwoman? I just wish we could keep some realism on things, much as I admire the way Kate has carried out her new role, a lot better than I could, she is just another human being whose parents became well-off & who has married into wealth and so has most done for her. I’m just niggled when people treat an everyday occurrence as if it is a monumental feat or wonder how she looks so good – it’s just having money for good clothing, make-up, hairdressers etc & the good fortune of being thin so anything looks good on.
    On a lighter note, does anyone else think that now Pippa has got older, she looks like photos of Wallis Simpson?

    • The Silver Cross pram weighs 86 pounds on it’s own and she was wearing 4 inch heels while pushing it up a hill. Impressive to me……. You certainly don’t have to agree. It doesn’t sound like you got my humor about her being superwoman. It’s just not that serious…. To each his own.
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    • And I have no clue how Pippa looks anything like Wallis Simpson. But, it doesn’t offend me… Everyone has their own opinion. I just don’t see it…..

    • Just asked my Mother about the Pippa vs. Wallis comparison.. She says she sees a resemblance. Maybe I need to look at pics of Wallis…

      • The resemblance is in their build. Wallis Simpson had a very slim build with just a little bit of a tush (look at her wedding dress to the Duke). Pippa is shaped the same way.

        • Philippa Middleton is actually rather more voluptuously built. I think people who see a resemblance are talking about their faces, not their bodies. However, while there’s a very superficial resemblance, Miss Middleton has a much more youthful and feminine look.

        • Wallis had a booty like Pippa? Now I have to go look at pics….. My impression of Wallis has always been a sort of tight, pinched face, thin lips with dark red lipstick, fair skin and severe hairstyle.

  8. I really love the idea of the mother of a child wearing cream/white to the Christening. Kate’s McQueen coatdress is nice, but it doesn’t look like it lays flat at the waist. It’s quite unusual for one of Kate’s McQueen dresses to not be perfect. The suit/dress she wore to George’s christening was exactly the same ivory color as the gown, whereas this coatdress was white. Pippa’s dress was much closer in color to the christening gown, and it was very similar in style to the kind of dresses Kate had worn when she was expecting Charlotte. Plus, its a better fit for the 1960′s/vintage theme the christening had going.

    When Kate wore the blue polka dot dress after George was born, there were reports that a pink version had also been made. I wonder if multiple dresses are commissioned for other events. Perhaps Kate commissioned the Emilia Wickstead for the Christening (either Charlotte’s or George’s), realized it wasn’t practical to wear because she couldn’t nurse, and then passed it along to Pippa. Perhaps that’s completely crazy, but I wonder if that kind of thing could/does happen?

  9. Little Prince George stole the whole show…in my eyes. He’s so vivid and adorable. :)

    • He is adorable but looks active and stubborn and I suspect his parents are well served to be able to afford a really really good Nanny. My impression of George is that he was a colicky or at least a very fussy baby for at least six months, and is a very determined spirited child,the help of an experienced Mom or Grandmother or Nanny really is a blessing.

      • I’m so glad he feels secure and comfortable with his mom and dad to express himself, good or bad. It shows he has a close, bonded relationship with them. Can’t see Prince Charles at George’s age running to Phillip to hold him because he is tired and probably needs a nap. Prince Charles even said years ago his father never even hugged him as a child. George is a normal, active BABY! He’s not even two yet. Let’s cut that precious little one some slack. People will have the rest of his life in the public eye to find fault with anything and everything he does. I’m just so happy the dysfunctional cycle seems to have stopped with Prince William. He married a woman who is close with her family, which some find weird (suggesting Carole is dominate). I understand because I have a mom like Carole. Smart, ambitious and most of all my best friend! We talk every single day and when I have kids, I hope she will come stay with me for a few weeks, like Carole did with Kate. It seems by all accounts William loves having the Middleton’s for family. He finally has that stable, family life he always wished for. He even calls them Mom and Dad! George has an amazing support system and will be a fine young man one day!

  10. someone please find a new handbag for Camilla…

    • You made me laugh and I so agree. Camilla’s bag looks like the one I use to carry my small gardening tools. :-)

  11. I’m still most impressed by Kate pushing that huge pram up that steep little hill, in heels, with such little effort!!! She just is so unbelievably graceful and elegant!! She really is superwoman….. :)

  12. This is a rarity for me, but I actually preferred Pippa’s look on this occasion. The texture of the dress (coat dress?) made it that much more interesting.

  13. I just wanted to point out that Kate, Pippa AND Carole coordinated their outfit color choice. It looks great although I would have put the longest length on Kate since it is the most formal looking and it is obviously her daughter’s occasion.
    Regarding the “frumpy” godparents as someone pointed out…If you saw them in person you would of thought they looked appropriate. When you aren’t in the public eye, you can’t know all the details that make something “photo-ready”, it takes outside help and practice to learn that. I am sure if I tried my best I could never look like I’m on Kate’s level.

  14. Wanted to mention Catherine’s hat. It looks beautiful. The cream on cream flowers and ribbon look gorgeous in the close ups and from a distance. Does anyone know if the hat would have been made for Catherine as a one of a kind or would you find this same style in the makers hat shop? Also find it interesting that it appears only the Queen (and Maria) wore gloves. I believe I always see the queen in gloves but maybe never worn by those of Catherine’s generation. Really like all the dresses. Thought Pippas was gorgeous. ali

    • I think it’s optional…. I remember reading that Diana never liked wearing them because she preferred being able to feel a persons hand when shaking it. The former Duchess of York, on the other hand, always wore gloves because she said her hands would bruise from shaking so many hands. To each his own. I think the white gloves are going to be a thing of the past very soon.

  15. Well, although I could have wished that the Duchess had not chosen another cream ensemble, one intended to work with the christening dress, I presume, I think this was quite a successful look. I much preferred it to the outfit worn for Prince George’s christening.

    I have to say, though, that I spent some time staring uncertainly at this coatdress, wondering whether it suggested a traditional nurses’s uniform just a bit too much. I ultimately concluded that it didn’t, but I’m still left with the tiniest niggle of doubt. There is just something about that hint of the hospital that my brain isn’t letting go.

    My other quibble involves the collar design. I think a rolled collar effect would have worked a bit better.

    However, the look in general was indeed very sleek and sophisticated, and I truly appreciated that. Overall, the Duchess looked terrific, and I loved her updo and, of course, the splendid hat, which I am coveting madly. I also was delighted NOT to see her in the somewhat clunky-looking Sledge platforms but rather these much more sleekly-designed nude pumps.

    It’s been interesting to observe the development of the Duchess’s look over the past several years, its evolution towards the “mature and confident royal matron” image. By the word “matron” I do not mean to imply a stuffy “matronly” effect (quite a different thing), but rather the look of a princess who represents a nation and a monarchy with significantly increased assurance and who is also, now, a wife and mother, not a recent bride. I’ve enjoyed watching the way her clothes have reflected this transformation. The difference between her two christening ensembles is an excellent illustration of what I mean.

    I have to add, by the way, that I was knocked flat by Philippa Middleton’s killingly elegant Emilia Wickstead dress. I’d love to see the Duchess experiment with that length. I think you need height to wear it best, though Miss Middleton certainly made a nice job of it. Well done.

    • I love your comments on Kate’s maturing style and heartily agree with you about the regal presence she is gaining. That is some journey she is on and has travelled far in a few short years.

      Happily the sleek pumps you mention look to have shown those ageing Sledges the door. And right with you too on Pippa’s Wickstead outfit, one of her best — she carried it off superbly. I’m not a great fan of the lower hemlines and think they could almost do with a small platform shoe to add weight, but Pippa managed fine with her own nude pumps. The Middleton women seemed to favour sticking together with a creamy theme there.

    • I, too, was practically in raptures over Pippa’s exquisite Emilia Wickstead. An exceptional design executed in luxurious fabric. I’ve followed Emilia Wickstead over the past few years, and it seems that her streamlined designs work best for the Duchess when they aren’t changed too dramatically by the patron (i.e. adding that Peter Pan collar to Kate’s butter yellow coat from a few years ago–awful!).

      You mentioned elsewhere that the Middleton women’s pale ensembles might point towards a special, three-generation portrait by Mario Testino. It’s a wonderfully suggestive idea and I agree with you!

  16. I simply love that coat — Kate looks fantastic! I can’t get over the simplicity of the neckline and the utter cunning required to achieve it. It’s no more than a simple single revere but unusual enough in style to add flair to the monochrome. It somehow echoes a tightly buttoned up jacket in a size too small and then transforms the shapes into flattering couture.

    Thanks so much for close ups of the seaming details, I find them fascinating. I found shoes, hat, hair and jewellery all fabulous even if I was a bit surprised this was no less casual an outfit than last time. But then that might not have been fair on Charlotte! The new earrings are to die for and an updo with formal outfits is much better.

    • I think I understand better now what I find so unusual about the neckline — it’s that the neat reveres are coming off a plain neckline whereas the norm is to have a collar run round the back and into the top reveres. I think it adds a clever touch of mean-and-lean and gives a very McQueen undertow to such a smooth-looking bodice. I’m still in awe of the tailoring needed to carry off the two apparently simple triangles of turned back fabric.

      I’m also fascinated by the criss-crossing of angles between competing straight lines. I apologise for sounding completely nuts here. But somehow the lines of Kate’s throat muscles and across her collar bone somehow reflect and interact with those neat triangles creating a subtle energy.

      Ok, so I’m off my head. But I also love how that simple set of matching jewellery seems equally tailor-made to suit the coat-dress.

      • I totally share your enthusiasm for the tailoring of this piece, ElizaMo. Careful, adept tailoring cannot be faked and, in my opinion, is the defining factor that really sets a high quality garment apart from those that are mass produced. When done right, it is breathtaking, and this coat dress is a true work of art. The collar originally gave me pause, as I thought it might be unflattering to the back of the Duchess’s neck (it can give the impression that she has a lump from certain angles) but at the end of the day I just find the whole piece so gosh darn unique, original, and classic at the same time that it has thoroughly won me over.

  17. Gosh, that Norland uniform… I’ve no issue with Maria wearing a uniform on these big occasions, and obviously it’s one that carries quite a cachet, but there’s really no need for utilitarian clothes to be so tremendously unflattering. Both the colour and the style are unattractive, and as for the hat… Time for a redesign, methinks.

    Kate looks wonderful; I hadn’t noticed the extra panel in the coat-dress until you pointed it out (in so many of the pictures her waist is obscured by the pram). It looks a little strange, but the overall line is wonderful. I’m in a minority, I think, in not being a fan of Pippa’s outfit today – I just can’t get on board with that mid-calf length, I don’t think it suits anyone. People occasionally look well in spite of it, but never because of it. Camilla and Carole look very well as usual.

    Someone was wondering if George’s clothes are typical of UK toddlers – I would say not, but this is a formal occasion, and not representative of what he wears day to day, I’m sure. The smocking on a boy’s shirt is definitely very retro. Cute, though!

    • I looked into the uniform a bit more and that is the updated version! “In 2013, and for the first time in 70 years, a new uniform was unveiled. Designed locally by Somerset-based Lauren Cope, and produced by British manufacturers, the uniform was updated whilst still reflecting Norland’s distinguished heritage.” Thankfully, they also have a practical uniform – trousers and a jumper – that is blue.

      http://www.norland.co.uk/college/about/norland_college_history

      • Thanks for the info, BrendaJM! I’ve seen a picture of the blue uniform, and while obviously completely different in style, it’s almost as unflattering as this one. I would guess it’s a hangover from the days – hopefully now largely gone! – when dressing in a stylish manner was not seen as being consistent with being taken seriously as a respectable, professional woman. Such a pity, as it’s perfectly possible to have practical, comfortable clothes that are also chic.

    • I know this is a big deal for the entire nation but I still think Mary wearing that uniform was a bit too much, IMHO.

    • I wonder if there isn’t also a desire to desexualize the image of the nannies. On a practical level, these women are essentially part of the family–at least in terms of time spent around them–and it does seem that part of the distancing that some people might prefer could come from a uniform that has a lot of social cache, but very little inherent femininity or emphasis on individual expression. It could be a way to keep some boundaries in place, which I could see the preference of in some situations

      • Mary, your point is really good. This would have been such a strong point when the owner of the Nanny business was setting things up. I suspect you are right on.

        • Thank you, Ali. I don’t know the specific background of Norland, but my gut feeling is that it was also a way for the women to be shown respect in their positions. If it was me in a household role at the turn of the century, I probably wouldn’t want to be catching the eye of the men of the house anyway. I would think most of the nannies were single women in their own.

      • Do forgive me, but as someone who interprets images professionally, I really think this is wild OVER-interpretation.

        • How exactly does one “interpret images professionally?” I think Mary has an excellent point and hit the nail on the head. Nobody wants to have to worry about their husband being attracted to the nanny. Sexist and sad, but true IMO.

          • I’m an art historian. It’s our job to interpret images, ancient and modern, professionally. We earn PhDs to do it.

          • I stand corrected! I just think Mary made a valid point and we all have a right to our opinions no matter what we may do professionally.

          • Indeed, Sheila, which of course means that I have a right to mine. I might point out that disagreeing with an opinion does not imply that the holder had no right to express it. I certainly did not imply that about Mary’s opinion, I simply disagreed with it.

            We engage in disagreement, sometimes of the fairly vigorous variety, on a regular basis here. That is one of the pleasures of the site.

          • I agree that one of the best things about this community is that everyone stays civil even when disagreeing. I’ve seen awful name-calling on other sites so coming here is refreshing!

        • Ironically, my degrees are also in art history, which just goes to show that there are myriad possible interpretations, even given similar parameters.

      • My feeling is that the whole point of uniforms generally is to de-emphasize the individual and emphasize the role/profession. And I agree, Sheila, that it could potentially be a gray area in having another woman in the home with that amount of continuous interaction with your husband. I’m not an inherently suspicious woman, but I can understand the desire for some emotional distance, which uniforms can create.

        • Since I started the whole thread about the uniform, i want to add, it is a daughter’s christening. Mom seems like a throwback, the uniform is a throwback and the carriage is a throwback. Let’s remember, this is child might be Queen in her own right, yet she is not surrounded with modern women. The Queen is the only one, and Zara Phillips.

          I would have thought that the Cambridges would have wanted to project a modern image and a refreshing just like us image, but as I said earlier, having the nanny look like the Nanny, just makes them look archaic. And you can bet, if they didn’t want to project that image, the nanny would have worn what was suggested.

      • Have you ever seen an insanely attractive nanny? I sure haven’t.. Sounds terrible to admit, but on some deeper level I’m sure no wife in her right mind wants to hire some gorgeous, young, buxom girl to help raise her children…. Haha..:)

      • I agree this is part of the rationale behind such a functional, dowdy uniform; I can’t agree that it’s at all a good thing, though. It’s an inherently sexist attitude which holds women responsible for how men behave around them. Similar to the current trend of banning girls from wearing skirts to school as it’s ‘distracting’ to their male classmates…

        With the Norland uniform, I think there’s a somewhat unpleasant class aspect as well in which the upper classes have the power to dress the help in whatever they desire and choose something as unflattering and depersonalising as this. (That’s not a dig at the Royal Family, by the way, who didn’t design the uniform!) Anyway, Maria looks very happy and comfortable in her role, and I’m sure is treated with both respect and friendliness by William and Kate.

  18. Great post. Thank you. Nothing to fault here. Everyone – starting from Kate – look great.

  19. The one with the pram roof down and the one with the Nanny are AFTER the service. Sincerely, Imke

  20. Thank you for a wonderful post as always. I think Kate looked wonderful – elegant and stylish even pushing a pram. How does she do it! It looked a happy day for all attending. The Middleton’s always dress beautifully in my opinion and I thought both Carole and Pippa looked lovely.

  21. The first time we saw Kare wearing the “Empress” necklaces was at the Tower of London’s Poppy exhibit, if I’m not mistaken. I also believe that was when Kate found out she was pregnant again, which was why they were late arriving to the exhibit (she was already suffering morning sickness.) If that’s true, this is a lovely touch to wear it for the second time at her daughter’s christening and with the matching earrings. Kate does love symbolism in the small touches.

  22. Those thinking George’s outfit somehow seemed familiar were wise in their reminiscing: it is very close in design to what Prince William wore when visiting his new baby brother, Prince Harry, at the Lindo Wing in 1982.

    Prince Harry was born in 1984.

  23. I seem to remember that George was held up a bit at his christening so that we got a much better look at him. It’s hard to get a good look at a baby lying in a pram, and Kate didn’t seem to be interested in letting Charlotte be photographed once out of the pram. Hopefully there will be portraits which give us a better view. I feel like she looks a lot like George did at that age, but with much darker hair.

    George seems to have a very affectionate connection with his daddy.

    • Wonder why we didn’t get to see Charlotte better? Maybe she is fussy….. She did start crying as soon as Kate picked her up to carry her into the church. Perhaps she is more content in the pram and they didn’t want pics of her crying.
      On a side note, Prince William was very fussy at his Christening. Diana commented on the event, years later, that the time of day chosen for the service was horrible for William. He was hungry, cranky and nobody consulted her on what was best time of day for baby William. Diana figured out a genius way to keep William calmed down by putting her pinky in his mouth. He seemed content then…. It was really sweet……. Wish she could’ve been there to see her beautiful grandchildren today….

      • Charlotte is a month younger than George was at his christening, and it’s understandable that she might be fussier than he was.

        Also, George’s christening was held in London, in a more-protected location, and there was a pool camera, rather than individual live feeds (which apparently didn’t work that well). It’s very tough to shoot and coordinate events with the outdoor elements of this chapel.

        In any case, this is a baby. We didn’t see more of her because she is a baby. I was surprised we got the close up shots of her that the cameras were able to get. Kate did not have to hold her up at all.

        • No, she didn’t have to hold her up, but it would’ve been great if they did so we could get a better look at her. It seems you think it’s wrong for someone to voice their disappointment about not getting a better look at Charlotte out of the pram. Kate and William invited the public to see her and George. I feel it’s totally acceptable for anyone to wish for a better look at Charlotte.

      • Someone speculated on another site that the Princess may spit up a fair bit (as babies commonly do at that age) and the Duchess was trying to minimize getting “urp” on the baptismal gown, not to mention her own outfit (though with the color scheme it probably wouldn’t have been to noticeable). Just an idea…

        Anyone have any idea when we’ll get to see the “official” portraits? I feel so eager to see them!

  24. A rare miss for Camilla, Carole Middleton’s outfit (which I assume is C.Walker) is just too heavy in both weight and feel for a summer afternoon and the female godparents/godparent spouses are incredibly frumpy. Laura Fellowes in particular. But the DoC looks very fresh and elegant and HM looks great.

    • Rare miss? Camilla misses constantly. She badly needs the help of a stylist and some good foundation garments. I suspect Camilla is most comfortable in country clothes, which is why her public clothes are generally pretty awful.

  25. For me, Pippa’s dress is the home run. The way it moves and sways with her is just beautiful…it’s so feminine. The high neckline, the material, the length…it’s all interesting and I love it.

    This is about the dumbest question that’s ever been asked but here goes…does Prince George’s wardrobe reflect contemporary styles in England? (from Ohio here) :) He is adorable but his clothes usually seem intentionally old-fashioned to me. I know that the Duchess sort of eschews trendy fashion and I like that about her. It seems like she wants him to look classic but to me he doesn’t really look contemporary (those shorts for example…you could have told me Prince Charles himself wore them and I would believe you!). So I’m curious if this is what British toddlers dress like. ?? :)

    • George was just dressed very classic. I am happy to find out it was a bespoke outfit. ( I was confused thinking she bought off the rack for such an important occasion) The style of his outfit is not exclusive to the UK. I live in the southern US and that style is very popular. The smocked clothing, for little girls especially. JFK junior was dressed by Jackie in a very similar manner. If you go to Bergdorf Goodman (NYC) childrens department (top floor) you will find this type of look readily available for a child Georges age. It’s just a classic, timeless look and I love that Kate pulls it off so well.

      • I would not say “very popular” as I have never seen a child dressed like this for any occasion, and I live in the American South. Maybe it’s popular amongst a small 1%, but if a little boy came into church wearing that outfit, we would wonder why he was in costume.

        • This look is very common (for church, formal pictures or paintings or any other important occasion) amongst my friends, family and social circle. Not everyone gets it, or understands it.

        • I dressed my three boys in a similar fashion when they were young. They always looked nice at formal occasions (church, special outings, etc.). I even have a few such outfits saved though most got a good use. The advantage of such outfits are that shirt stays tucked and one can change the bottom or top as necessary when accidents occur. I would think they are comfortable as well.

          Personally, I am a big fan in having children dress as children, rather than as small adults. George looked very nice and comfortable and perfectly suited for the occasion.

        • I live in the southeastern US as well, and I would say the style is popular for little boys and girls. I’m 30 and my son had a smocked outfit as he left the hospital, and a we received several as gifts. I just visited a friend this weekend who had her son dressed in a smocked 4th of July outfit. I think it’s classic and lets little ones look like little ones, and not just miniature adults. That being said my husband is from California and is not as big a fan of it as I am- ha!
          As far as Kate goes, I love that neckline on her and I always like her hair in an updo. She looked so elegant and happy.

          • Agree 100%… I’m also of the mindset of children looking like children and not adults!
            I was born and raised in the deep South. Totally understand about your husband not fully understanding the look. Mine is from NYC and Jewish. He and I are opposites on just about everything, including fashion. But, on the things that really matter, we are golden.
            It’s a funny story, I knew he was “the one” when he set two alarms in order to make sure I didn’t miss a single minute of Will and Kate’s wedding, then took off work (while in surgical fellowship no less) to watch the coverage with me all morning! He’s very supportive of my fondness for the royal family even though he doesn’t understand it. :)

      • I think the smocking detail is more a girlie thing and I’m a bit surprised to see a 21st century boy being subjected to it. I think I prefer more contemporary on children, there’s so much that’s fun and practical as well as suitable for formal. I’d assumed that the older styling was in keeping with a general retro theme. Of course, if it wasn’t in fashion before, it sure will be now! Though I hope not too many rush out to try wielding a huge great pram around busy city centres again :-/

      • I think George is dressed in this classic style for very formal occasions. For my son’s baptism, he wore a white bubble suit with smocking, with white knee socks and white lace-up baby shoes. As soon as we got home, I changed him into an everyday outfit. I do know some women favor this look for their young sons all the time, and I live in Texas.

        • Yes, you understand….. I certainly wouldn’t have my own baby dressed like this all the time, mainly because I wouldn’t want a beautiful smocked bubble suit getting dirty. But, in certain circles there are many moms that choose this look for everyday. I don’t think it’s weird for a toddler like George to wear a smocked top with button on shorts in 2015. It’s very classy, in my opinion and a far better choice than dressing like, for example, that poor North West or any of Brad and Angelina’s kids….. Besides, George’s play clothes are, by all accounts, much like what most young children wear. I think Kate strikes a great balance between a modern and classic take on fashion perfectly!

      • I live in the northeast US and have seen smocked rompers on young boys at weddings and christenings as well as holiday parties frequently.

      • I live in Arkansas and the smocking is very popular with the wealthier people. My son, 3, wears stocking outfits for Easter, Christmas, etc. The shocking is very popular for little girls where I live. I love it.

        • Thank you… Totally agree..:)

          • Me, too. And I love the nod to Diana and the clothing she chose for her young sons. It’s very sweet. I have to add that, when I was in high school, I remember a baby baptized at my church that wore a gown dating back to the Civil War. It had been passed down through the generations, made from someone’s wedding dress, and it was important to the family. Obviously, the U.S. isn’t as old as England, but some families do really like sticking with traditions.

            As far as smocking outfits on young children, I think they are just a classic style that some mothers prefer. I have two boys who are 5 and 6, and there’s no way they would let me dress them like that now, so I enjoyed it when they were little. :)

    • Not sure you would find many other British toddlers wearing smocking on their clothes today. Kate seems to want him to look traditional and not trendy. Assume she wants to turn back the clock a little and mirror the times of her own childhood for these more formal occasions.

    • Thanks for the comments…it’s very interesting! I did not expect so many folks to say that they dress their children in this style for formal/special occasions. I guess it’s not as “unusual” as I thought, and I don’t mean that in a bad way at all. I have moved around a lot but have only lived in Chicago and central OH since having kids. I don’t think I have ever seen a child dressed in this style. Yes, I know smocking on girl dresses is common – but the overall style of Prince George’s outfit (beyond the smocking) is more of what I mean. I have thought this about many of his other outfits as well.

    • I have a little boy who is a bit younger than George. Smocked and traditional clothing like the jonjon, shortall and bubbles are quite in fashion for little ones. My son has worn a few such outfits for special occasions. I think traditional styles have gained some popularity recently including smocking which I wore in my1980s dresses as a child. The bobby suit style George wore for the christening is probably the most traditional look but an American company, Feltman Brothers, has been making this style for decades.

      I don’t find it stodgy at all! It’s classic. I agree with the others who noted– I like children to be dressed like children! That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy the contemporary look at times too with the slouchy beanies and skinny jeans –that’s fun too.

  26. Loved, loved, loved the entire look and “feel” of the event. I thought Kate looked effortlessly elegant (I am sure alot of effort went it to it though!). I prefer her hair up. William looked dashing and George was a throw back of a time gone by. All in all a lovely family.

    I loved Camilla’s hat, she can pull off the large hats quite well. The polka dots on her dress didn’t do much for me.

    The Queen looked excellent. I loved the soft colour and the fact that her floral dress was visible under the coat.

    Thank you for the wonderful post!

  27. Flawless family. Beautiful to look at. Loved the Silver Cross addition. That pram was pushed up that path with a fierce elegance! Not mad about Prince George’s replication of dad’s childhood outfits. He is his own unique little self. Perhaps the throwback photos that inevitably follow showing Princess Diana also is the desired outcome. A way to keep her memory alive methinks. Also as beautiful as she was Pippa was too similar to Kate. I would have asked her to wear it in peach or mandarin or whatever fruity shade she wished. Kate’s outfit was one you’d never tire looking at from the supremely elegant collar and shoulders to the perfectly toned heel. She should ditch the platforms. This style of heel suits her best. White and cream are sensational on her.

    • I’m with you on being less than keen on the duplicate outfits for George, I’d have said the point had been made and I’d like as you say to see his own unique little self. Still, it’s all very understandable to keep precious memory alive.

    • I’m certain that the Middleton women discussed what they were going to wear. Given that Philippa was in cream and Carole Middleton in a very pale shade as well, along with the fact that the little honoree is a girl, I have a strong suspicion that the Duchess arranged for photographer Mario Testino to take a picture of the three women with the baby in her ivory christening gown: a special three-generation photo. The effect would certainly have been enhanced by having all three women dress in cream/white/ivory.

    • I agree. I suppose the Cambridges, in dressing little George up as a mini edition of his father at the same age want to point to continuity but, at the risk of seeming harsh, it seems rather egotistical to me. He is his own person growing up in a different generation. I am surprised people really think this harping back to the eighties is what Diana (who was all about modernity and self-expression) would want or applaud.

      • Diana wasn’t as much of a modernist as people imagine. She was VERY proud of being a member of an aristocratic and titled British family. That mattered to her, as did certain traditions. She and her siblings were raised in the sorts of clothes she put her own children in, and she would have seen them as suitable for her grandchildren.

        Various people have mentioned that these little smocked shirts and rompers are popular among southerners and northeasterners, especially the affluent, in the US. That’s true. I wore smocked dresses as a child, and my mother is a southerner. I also saw such clothes not infrequently when I lived in Boston and other areas of the northeastern Atlantic seaboard. I think it’s fair to say, though, that they are preferred precisely because they project a sort of British upper-class image. That’s certainly true for many northeasterners.

        • I don’t like them because they portrait british upper class. I like the style because it’s gorgeous! My mother was dressed in this same look as a baby and young girl and she is in her 70′s. I’m in my 30′s and was dressed in the same fashion. My children will also wear the same style whether it’s a boy or girl. The alternative look (modern fashion for kids like the style North West wears) no thanks!greed
          I do agree about Diana. I’m sure she would have loved what George wore yesterday. She was raised in that style
          clothing, her boys both wore it and now her beautiful grandchildren. :)

      • Smocked clothing for little boys and girls goes back at least a hundred years. The hand embroidered outfits were considered extra special and usually used for dress up occasions. It became more common when sewing machines were able to do similar designs. Even today a hand smocked outfit is an heirloom beloved by any one lucky enough to receive one.

        • Thank you….. Agree 100%… :)

        • I also agree 100%. The smocking is beautiful! It’s classic and not from the 80s but much more traditional than that. There are some great etsy shops devoted to hand smocked baby and toddler clothing for special occasions. I live in Pennsylvania and certainly am not from an affluent family.

      • This style of clothing is not from the 80′s, at least not 1980′s… Perhaps 1880′s….. It’s not about continuity, or doing what Diana did. It just a classic, timeless look. That’s why the style has been around so long. Sort of like the Grace Kelly look, but for babies..:) No more, no less…. Think people are over thinking it. There may be a little bit of sentimental value in some of Kate’s outfit choices for George, but overall, it’s just how royal
        children (and a bunch of southern children I know)
        are dressed.

        • Oh, this made me chuckle! I agree – it looks more like the 1880′s. But it’s still adorable, so why not!

  28. Beautiful family, beautiful day! I liked all of the clothing. Kate looks very elegant. I did think the sleeves of her coat dress could have fit better. I like the new jewelry very much.

    This may be a cultural or a climate difference but everyone looked hot in those clothes – except George! And the Duchess of Cornwall, whose pretty blue outfit was perfect for a summer day.

    This was a lovely and memorable occasion!

  29. Lovely coverage, as always! What a beautiful and happy family – clearly hands on with George, despite the crowd.

    Kate looks just gorgeous – great hair, hat and jewelry! Fantastic color on her, too. I’m still on the fence about the dress – part of me thinks it’s a very sophisticated look (especially with the hat and up do) but the other part of me thinks it looks a bit like a fancy robe with the relaxed lapels… I’m also not crazy about the shoes. As always, though, I am in awe of her natural poise and grace – the shoes and dress can’t disguise that!

  30. I’m curious…when did she wear those shoes in Singapore? A quick google search hasn’t revealed much.

    • I agree, I don’t think these were worn in SE Asia. This is the first time i really ever remember her wearing pointed toes.

      • She wore them to a garden party last year…I thought that was the first time they’d been worn/seen? Happy to be proven wrong though!

        • Oh I just saw you’d made the change! PS I was just talking with other obsessives this week about how I hoped she’d wear those shoes again! I like them much better than the rounded toe & platform she favours.

    • I agree as well. I could be wrong, but didn’t she wear her LK Bennett shoes in SE Asia?

  31. Such a great, thorough post, as always! This is probably a silly question, but do you know if Kate and Pippa wore dresses under their coats? It seems like such a hot outfit to wear during summer, even if the weather is mild. The Queen, Camilla, and Kate’s mother seem to have dresses on under their coats. I would be roasting.

    • Timing is everything! I say that because I *just* looked at another photo in an effort to determine if it is a coat dress, or merely a coat atop another garment. I can’t tell, but will add a photo to the post shortly. :)

    • It looks as if Kate is wearing a dress underneath. If you look in pic 17 (where William is crouching down talking to George) – there is evidence of a dress at the hem of Kate’s coat opening.

      • I suspect it’s just a slip. These are worn so rarely these days that people are surprised to see them.

    • While it might have been hot outside (it’s been averaging 20-21 where I am in England – about 150 miles south of Sandringham) remember that the church may have been distinctly cool inside. So coats may very well have been necessary!

    • Raw video footage clearly shows a hem underneath the coat. This was especially noticible when the DofC pushed the pram up the ramp to the church.

  32. The Duchess looked perfect. That McQueen coat is an ode to tailoring. I loved George’s red and white outfit. Not only is it a nod to William, the colors matched the Archbishop’s vestments.

    Pippa and Carole both wore cream. It’s too bad they didn’t dial in the Duchess of Cornwall, who looks great in cream, but looked kind of dowdy in her blue. The Queen looked exactly right, as always.

    One point, Susan: Prince Andrew was born in 1960 and Prince Andrew in 1964. The pram could pre-date them, but they are ’60s babies.

    • Other sites describe Carol Middleton’s outfit as pale lilac. I agree it looks cream along with Kate’s and Pippa’s cream, but supposedly it does have a colour tint to it.

      Pram: I had the same for my children, the first was born in 1973. It is a classic style of British pram and hasn’t changed over the years.

  33. I have seen a couple of sources say the pram is one used by HM for her 2 younger sons.

  34. I love that Kate and Pippa coordinated. They did the same for George’s christening- Pippa was in cream as well that day, too. :)

    • A lot of people seem to love the coordination. I find that it looks as if they are trying to upstage Kate, like guests wearing white to a wedding.

  35. I loved everything about everyone’s outfits until I saw poor Nanny Maria. We never saw Tiggy Legg-Bourke in a uniform like that. It seemed demeaning and classist.

    She could have worn a simple black dress, but this was offensive. I am shocked that it was allowed. It just did more to show how they are above everyone else.

    • I read somewhere that the Nanny’s from that school and take great pride in wearing the traditional uniform. It may have been her preference to wear it. I thought the entire look was a throwback the 60′s so the Nanny in uniform didn’t bother me.

      • I agree that it added to the “throwback” feel of the day. It quite surprised me when I first saw it. I think it is a really ugly outfit, though. Somewhere else someone said that it could use an update and I agree! Such terrible colors!

        Back to Ginger’s original comment, I actually felt like she was honored by being photographed right there with Prince George and the Queen. To me it gave the impression of her being a valued part of their family.

      • Yes, it’s true. Usually they break out the brown uniform for special occasions. There is another casual pants and sweater uniform for everyday wear. I like it when professionals wear their uniforms. I used to work in a medical school bookstore and all the nursing grads would buy a uniform even though they wore scrubs at work. They were very proud that they had achieved the right to wear the uniform just as a soldier or athlete would be.

    • No, not at all. That is an iconic uniform in nannydom. I was surprised but delighted to see her wear it. She’s the most famous representative of her school. It was perfectly appropriate and probably thrilled all her classmates.

      • I agree — that uniform is a badge of honour and worn with pride after the exhaustive Norland training!

    • Tiggy Legge-Bourke wasn’t really a nanny. William and Harry were too old for one by her day. She was hired as an assistant to Prince Charles, and her duties included acting as a companion to the princes when they were with their father.

      And as I said on an earlier post, the Norland uniform is a proud advertisement for the world’s most famous and exclusive nanny training school. The graduates are probably most likely to choose to wear it on a special occasion like this. I doubt that the Cambridges asked Nanny Maria to wear it. Rather, it would have been her decision.

      • The Norland site says it’s the employer’s decision if the nanny is to wear the uniform.

        • I think they mean, if the nanny is to wear a uniform full-time. Some people like their household staff to wear uniforms; others do not care.

  36. Everything was perfect! I don’t have a single criticism. All looked amazing. The setting was lovely, and the way in which the day unfolded was very unique and personal. Kate’s AM coat and JT hat were beautiful. Admired the construction of both.

  37. Fantastic post. You’ve really captured the spirit of the event! And I love all the fashion choices.

    This is outside your purview, but the Telegraph has a fact wrong: the Grand Duchess Elizabeth could not have been Queen Victoria’s grandmother. Queen Victoria was dead of old age by 1918, when Elizabeth was killed. Elizabeth was actually a granddaughter of Victoria, and (I didn’t realize this before) a great aunt of the Duke of Edinburgh.

    • Hi Amy, thanks for the kind words. I will go back and eliminate the Telegraph quote later tonight as soon as I finish the WKKW post. You’re fabulous to take the time to comment so I know about the error. Silly question, did you let the Telegraph know? They’ve always been good (in my experience) with correcting errors, and I bet there are *very* few people with your expertise to set them straight. Thank you again! :)

      • Gosh, it never occurred to me to tell the Telegraph! Shows what a nice community you’ve built here. I’ll pass the word on to them.
        Again, thank you for such a great post – as always!

    • Ah they’ve got it wrong – Grand Duchess Elizabeth was Queen Victoria’s Granddaughter – her mother was Princess Alice.

    • Yes, the Grand Duchess Elizabeth was a sister of the equally ill-fated Empress Alexandra of Russia, who with her siblings was a child of Queen Victoria’s daughter Princess Alice. Their sister Victoria was the mother of Prince Philip’s mother, known as Princess Alice of Greece (sometimes called Princess Andrew of Greece).

    • Queen Victoria’s paternal grandmother was Queen Charlotte – the wife of George III. I will have to check on her maternal grandmother – if I remember correctly it might have been one of the Augustas – that was a pretty common name among German royalty of the time.

  38. Fabulous coverage, as always. :) Thank you!

  39. Beautiful day, and thank you for great coverage. James Meade was a god-parent; I don’t think Hugh Van Cutsem was. Loved the dress, hat and jewelry!

    • Oops, sorry. I see someone else caught it. Don’t be to be a nag! It’s a lot to keep track of.

      • Oh heavens, never apologize on something like this, the more the better IMO. I’m grateful people take the time to let me know about the errors, omissions, etc.:)

  40. *Hugh VanCutsem….auto correct….Sorry!!

  41. From what I’ve seen on the news sites, I think the 5th godparent is James Meade, not Huge VanCustom?

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