Kate was in a favorite coat today for church services near the Queen’s Scottish estate, Balmoral.
The couple has been in Scotland for several days. More from Camilla Tominey’s story in The Express:
The Cambridge family were spotted disembarking the aircraft at Aberdeen airport last Tuesday on the eve of a celebratory dinner at Balmoral to mark the Queen becoming Britain’s longest reigning monarch on September 9.
She also was in the piece on Christmas Day in 2012, for church services with the Middletons.
Kate brought the coat back for a visit to Grimsby in March of 2013.
The Earl and Countess of Strathearn, as William and Kate are titled in Scotland, were among members of the royal family attending services at Crathie Kirk.
The wool crepe coat is from the Hobbs fall 2011 collection. It is “adorned with leather stud fastening cuff straps and a matching belt” and originally sold for £369 (about $575).
Initially I thought Kate might be wearing the same turtleneck (aka ‘polo neck’) dress seen at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool on February 14, 2012. Anna of My Small Obsessions notes the fabric in today’s pictures looks finer and thinner than that of the Oasis dress from 2012.
Others suggested it might also be the Seraphine Vanessa, worn for the Duke and Duchess’s arrival in New York last December. The fabric is different from the Vanessa as well, the turtleneck on that frock is substantial enough it almost stands on its own. Today’s has a slinkier feel, it looks like it could be a blend with rayon and/or spandex.
The photos are not detailed enough to state unequivocally what earrings Kate is wearing, although Anna of MSO suggests they might be her Kiki McDonough citrine drops. Kate elected not to wear a hat this morning, or at least not while in the car. Below you see her on the way to Crathie Kirk in September of 2013.
The coat is a good look on the Duchess.
I expect we will see the Celeste at some point in the future; I hope so, it is too nice a piece not to wear again.
Many have noted Kate’s bangs, or fringe as they are know in Europe. Below left we see the Duchess sporting the style at the Natural History Museum in November of 2012, and on the right, at her prep school, also in November 2012.
From The Daily Mail’s story:
The royal mother-of-two showed off a flattering fringe and shorter style as she sat in the passenger seat of the Range Rover driven by Prince William.
And from The Mirror:
The Duchess of Cambridge was with her husband Prince William in Scotland, where she sported a new hairdo.
Looking smiley and relaxed as the Duke of Cambridge drove their Range Rover, Kate showed off her new parted fringe in a roll-neck top.
I don’t recall seeing Kate wearing bangs with a centered part, which is how the Duchess has styled her hair today.
A reminder that we will see Kate this Thursday when she visits the Anna Freud Centre, a children’s mental health charity.