Kate paired a previously worn coat with new accessories for church services at Sandringham today.
The best news about the morning’s events: HM was well enough to attend the service at St. Mary Magdalene.
From Sky News:
The 90-year-old monarch had missed the traditional church services over the festive period and the New Year as she battled a heavy cold, prompting concerns for her health.
A small crowd of people greeted the Queen as she was driven the short distance to the church in a burgundy Bentley, with Prince Philip, who was also ill before Christmas.
More from the Sky News story:
There was applause from well-wishers as the Queen left the church after the service.
Colin Bunn, 70, of Snettisham, Norfolk, said: “We live locally so we come to Sandringham quite frequently and were here on Christmas Day. “She looked beautiful and came down the steps unaided.”
His wife Pam, 67, said: “She looked good. She had a lovely outfit on and looked well.”
Kate’s family also attended today’s service.
Richard Palmer of The Express reports Kate’s family has spent the weekend at the Cambridge’s country estate, Anmer Hall.
Pippa Middleton looking chic alongside fiancée James Matthews.
Kate’s parents after the service, Carole Middleton looked elegant today as well. To the right in the burgundy coat, one of Charlotte’s godparents, Sophie Carter.
Below, Sophie Carter and another of Charlotte’s godparents, James Meade, at the January 10th service last year.
Back to this morning’s activities, to Ms. Carter’s right you see David Cholmondeley, and in front of him beneath the black hat, his wife, Rose.
The Marquess and Marchioness hosted this summer’s EACH gala at Houghton Hall, the Cholmondeley’s Norfolk estate located just a few miles from Anmer Hall.
I believe another of Charlotte’s godparents, Thomas van Straubenzee, was also at St. Mary Magdalene this morning.
Now to what Kate wore today; many will recognize the SportMax Long Belted Coat.
The piece was first seen when Kate wore it to Christmas Day services at St. Mary Magdalene in 2015.
Made of forest green wool, the coat is from the Sportmax a/w 2015 season; it is was also called the Fedora Coat. In our 2015 post, we described the garment as having “oversized lapels, multiple gores, a fitted bodice with a full skirt, and an asymmetrical front closure.” Below left, the coat as shown without a belt at French retailer L’Inde Le Palais, and on the right, belted, as seen at online retailer Farfetch.
Sportmax is one of the 30+ brands under the MaxMara umbrella. It targets a younger customer with a hipper, edgier design philosophy; it also offers a lower price point than many of the other Max Mara brands. The company describes its designs as “contemporary and at the same time consistent with our tradition.”
Kate’s cossack style hat has not yet been identified. See update below.
UPDATE Monday 9 Jan: Lacorine verifies the Duchess was wearing their hat, the brand’s Sumac style (£225) in the silver grey color. This brand makes a lot of sense for Kate: the company uses ethically sourced materials, in this case, derived from natural herd loss, and the hats are constructed by hand using Fair Trade principles. Kate’s hat is described as “Divinely soft, fluffy and warm, with a generous brim, our luxury alpaca hat is a knock-out – perfect for a winter wedding or the races.”
More about the hat from Claudia Joeseph’s story in The Daily Mail:
Kate, who is 35 today, bought the £320 hat from milliners Lock & Co.
We have seen Pippa Middleton in one of Lacorine’s hats, and according to the company’s media page, Kate owns three.
Back to Claudia Joseph’s story:
The Lacorine hat was first discovered by the Middleton sisters five years ago when they were shopping at William Evans & Co, which has a shop in St James’.
Kate bought the Quori hat in black, chocolate brown and champagne, while Pippa wore a brown one to the Cheltenham races in 2013.
BTW, Brenda comments that Kate’s hat style is “…a feminized version of a Russian hat called a ushanka (the full ushanka has ear flaps that can be worn down or pinned up).”
It looked like Kate also had on her diamond and sapphire earrings, but there have been comments suggesting perhaps she wore her green amethysts by Kiki McDonough, the pair worn with this coat in 2015. I have not seen a good enough picture to judge and am still leaning to the sapphire and diamond pair but will keep an eye out for a better photo.
We’ll leave you with a reminder of Kate’s two engagements on Wednesday and this video of the Queen’s arrival.
Queen makes first public appearance of 2017 pic.twitter.com/tntgEPKgg8
— Press Association (@PA) January 8, 2017