The Duchess wore Alexander McQueen for today’s garden party at Buckingham Palace.
This is the first time Kate and William have attended one of the parties together.
It is also William’s first garden party at Buckingham Palace. The Prince has attended others, including at least one at Holyrood House in Scotland, but none at Buckingham Palace until today.
The royals at attention for “God Save the Queen.”
To the sounds of show tunes played by a military band, the Queen and members of the royal family circulate among the guests through different manned ‘lanes’, stopping randomly to speak to members of the public invited to the event.
They slowly make their way to the royal tea tent where they mingle with a small, hand-picked group of guests and dignitaries.
There is a dress code – although nowadays it isn’t strictly enforced – which requires men to wear morning dress or a lounge suit and women a day dress with a hat or fascinator.
Also attending today’s party, Getty photographer Chris Jackson, on Kate’s immediate left; you have seen his work on this site and in newspapers/magazines/online publications around the world. On Kate’s right in pale pink you see personal assistant and stylist Natasha Archer; hair stylist Amanda Cook Tucker is in the blue ensemble with an ivory or eggshell color hat.
I *believe* the woman on the far right in the dark teal is Sophie Agnew, an assistant to Rebecca Deacon. That suggestion comes via Sara on Twitter, I think she is correct. CORRECTION: The woman on the far right is not Sophie Agnew, but Katie Tucker of InStyle magazine.
Below you see Amanda Cook Tucker (left) and Natasha Archer (right) with Sophie Agnew (center), during the hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Bhutan.
This offers another look at the back of Kate’s outfit; I believe we also see Rebecca Deacon, Kate’s private secretary, in the navy blue on the left.
Another view from today.
Here is how the McQueen ensemble appeared for George’s christening in October of 2013.
Kate’s jacket is a bespoke version of the pieces shown below; on the left, the actual RTW (ready to wear) piece that was sold for Spring 2012; Kate’s version worn for the christening; the style as it looked on the runway.
Kate accessorized with the same hat worn at George’s christening, the ‘Georgie’ style by Jane Taylor.
Ms. Taylor described the piece as a “sophisticated sinamay beret with delicate silk organza rose and classic veiling trim”. This photo offers a better look at the beret portion of the hat.
Another possibility is the Gianvito Rossi in ‘praline,’ below we show it at MyTheresa.
UPDATE JUNE 15: The official color name is Praline; although different retailers may call it by a different name, like ‘antique rose.’ Our thanks to thanks to Tiffany C from the Facebook page, she shared some information she received from Gianvito Rossi that helped clarify things.
Many felt the most interesting element of the party was the insider knowledge on the medical team for Charlotte’s birth. That information is in almost all of the articles about the party I link to below; The Telegraph and Daily Mail pieces have extensive quotes and information. Three other tidbits to quickly share:
- In a post last week we spoke about the latest version of the Cezanne dress by River Island. It turns out Kate owns the dress and has been seen wearing it. There are photos (not great images, but you can discern what Kate is wearing) in this Daily Mail article.
- In addition to attending the Chelsea Flower Show yesterday Kate also had a meeting about mental health issues for women in prison. More from The Express: “Also on Monday the Duchess of Cambridge held a behind-the-scenes meeting to learn about the support offered to women in prison. Kate met representatives from non-governmental organisations to hear about the addiction and mental health programmes helping female prisoners in the UK.”
- Also today, a better look at the new photo of Kate accompanying her letter to those attending the International Children’s Palliative Care Conference in Buenos Aires. It comes via E Hospice News.
In the letter Kate thanks the Children’s Palliative Care Network membership “for being the global advocate for children needing palliative care, and working to ensure that children and families across the world have a chance at accessing this vital lifeline.” In the UK it is Children’s Hospice Week, Kate’s letter supporting those efforts may be seen here. We leave you with a quick video from today’s party.
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) May 24, 2016
- Gordon Rayner’s story for The Telegraph is here; The Daily Mail’s photo-laden story is here; The Express story is here; The Mirror’s story is here;