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Jan 152014
 

We are back with our annual dress poll, as well as the results of our 2013 coat poll. But first, news that a jewelry set Kate has worn several times has been identified.

The set is seen on more formal occasions has been seen just once, in December 2011 when the Duchess attended the Sun Military Awards with William and Harry. (The black velvet frock is by Alexander McQueen.)

Polaris Images/Splash News/Splash News

Polaris Images/Splash News/Splash News

A closer look at the necklace.

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Jan 072014
 

We are back with two topics to share, the first involving information on bargains from brands that we see Kate wearing.

At Nordstrom a number of Kate brands have significant discounts.  There are several Aquatalia styles on sale, the Opulence is 50% off ($297). There is also a boot style from LK Bennett that is only available online, the Denise (originally $545, now $327).

Nordstrom

Nordstrom

Some of the more popular items from our Pinterest CopyKate Clothing board are on sale, including the Via Spiga Faux Fur Belted coat. Originally selling at $400, it is now $189.99 at Macy’s. (One FYI: 2 women who bought this coat left comments on Pinterest saying they are very pleased with the purchase.)

Kind Permission/Temperley/Macys

Kind Permission WKW Facebook Friend Sandra/Temperley London/Macy’s

The $225 Flared Trench at Banana Republic is 30% off with promo code BRDRESSED, and the Everglade Quilted Jacket, a Barbour repliKate at Joules, is discounted from $154 to $120.

Banana Republic/Joules USA

Banana Republic/Joules USA

Nordstrom has just a few Barbour pieces on sale, they are primarily men’s coats. Aaron’s of Eastham has quite a few Barbour styles discounted, as do as a number of UK retailers, although I did not notice any of the styles we’ve seen Kate wearing.

Jimmy Choo’s sale section offers an awful lot of choices. The Cosmic is discounted to $348 (that’s 50% off) in both black and gold glitter, but Kate’s black suede style remains priced at $695.

Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo

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Dec 242013
 

For today’s Christmas church services Kate brought back two coats we have seen before, including her very popular Black Watch tartan.

Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Joe Giddens/PA Wire

William and Kate were among many royals worshiping today at St. Mary Magdalene. Prince Harry, just back from a South Pole trek, is still sporting the beard grown while he was away. (The Prince took part in a daunting trip that was a fundraising effort for Walking with the Wounded.)

Nunn Syndication/Polaris Images

Nunn Syndication/Polaris Images

St. Mary Magdalene is on the grounds of Sandringham, the royal estate, where four generations are celebrating the holidays this year.

Splash News and Pictures

Splash News and Pictures

More from the BBC:

Among the thousands of people waiting in the winter sunshine there was one question; will Prince George be here?

They were – perhaps unsurprisingly – disappointed. But there was applause for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who – in a break with royal tradition – walked hand in hand to church.

Among the crowds was a young boy who comes to Sandringham every year. His persistence was rewarded – several members of the family spoke to him, including the Queen. “She said good gracious are you here again!” he told me.

We saw the Duchess in a new hat by Gina Foster, described by the milliner as being a hard shell beret with a large bow.

Splash News and Pictures

Splash News and Pictures

The coat was first seen in November of 2012 when Kate wore it for a visit to her old prep school.

PA Wire/Aquatalia Courtesy Photo by Getty Images

PA Wire/Aquatalia Courtesy Photo by Getty Images

The garment is from the McQ by Alexander McQueen diffusion line, modeled after the label’s Black Watch coat. There are two essential distinctions between the two pieces: Kate’s print is much smaller in scale, and her coat doesn’t have lapels.

Prince George was not at church this morning. ITV reports that he seemed to enjoy the wrapping paper more than his gifts:

Cicely Howard, 75, from Great Yarmouth, met Kate and asked about the baby.

She said: “She told me he was having a lovely day but was more interested in the wrapping paper than the presents.”

For the morning’s earlier service the Duchess was in another coat we have seen previously.

Splash News & Pictures

Splash News & Pictures

This is the UFO coat initially noted when worn in March of this year for the wedding of close friends in Switzerland.

Splash News

Splash News

The shawl or scarf is new; a reader at HRH Duchess Kate suggests it is the Tartan Wrap by Really Wild Clothing Company.

Really Wild Clothing Company

Really Wild Clothing Company

The dimensions seem to match (roughly 6.5 feet by 2.5 feet) and the colors look the same from what we can see. Perhaps more importantly, the fringed ends look the same. The piece is 95% wool and 5% cashmere, it sold for £135 (approximately $220 at today’s exchange rates) and is a fall/winter 2013 item.

In both instances today Kate wore her trusty Aquatalia Rhumba boots.

Rhumba by Aquatalia

Rhumba by Aquatalia

It looks like Nordstrom once again has the boots available in all sizes, retailing at $698.

Kate also wore the diamond and green amethyst (more properly known as prasiolite or quartz) earrings sold by Kiki McDonough for both church services.

Mirrorpix/Splash News

Mirrorpix/Splash News

Many will recall that Kate’s different ensembles from Christmas Day 2011. Below left she is seen in the ‘Angel’ Fit & Flare coat by Reiss, on the right Kate wears an aubergine coat made by an ‘independent dressmaker’.

Splash News

Splash News

Last year William and Kate did not go to Sandringham, opting instead to attend Christmas services with the Middletons. The Duchess wore her Hobbs ‘Celeste’ coat.

Jesal Parshotam

Kind Courtesy of Jesal Parshotam

In her Christmas message this year the Queen spoke about Prince George, more from a Telegraph story:

The Queen spoke about her great-grandson Prince George in her Christmas message to the nation, reflecting that the birth of a baby allows people to think about the future with renewed “happiness and hope”.

“After the christening, we gathered for the traditional photograph. It was a happy occasion, bringing together four generations.”

Her words were accompanied by behind-the-scenes footage of the baby prince sitting for his first official photograph under the direction of celebrity portrait photographer Jason Bell.

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

To see the Telegraph‘s video in its entirety click here.

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Also today, an update on plans for Kate and William’s tour of Australia and New Zealand. Following is what we know officially, as released by Kensington Palace:

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit New Zealand and Australia in April 2014. Their Royal Highnesses have been invited by the New Zealand and Australian governments. Further details on the exact dates and itinerary will be issued in due course.’

As Richard Palmer reports in the Express, this will not be a short trip:

The royal couple will spend between a week and 10 days on official engagements in both countries, beginning in New Zealand. But with rest days and travel, the entire trip will take the best part of a month.

Much discussion has centered on whether or not the couple will take Prince George with them, back to Richard Palmer’s story: .

William and Kate, both 31, have said they intend to take George but will wait to make a final decision nearer the time, depending on his health and what they think is best for him. Aides, however, think it highly unlikely that they will leave their child at home, unlike previous generations of royals who were often absent for months.

George is unlikely to accompany them on most of their public duties but aides anticipate that there will be occasions in both countries when George will appear before the cameras.

They will make a final decision on whether to take him nearer the time but a senior aide said: “It is anticipated and planned for that he will go.”

The young Prince will be just about the same age William was when taken along for his parents’ tour of New Zealand and Australia.

There is at least one engagement we can pencil in on the calendar: Australia’s Daily Telegraph reports the Duke & Duchess will be guests of honor at Royal Randwick Races.

THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be guests of honour at Royal Randwick’s $18 million festival of racing when they visit Australia in April.  The young royal family are expected to arrive in NSW three days before race day on April 19th, where monarchists will be keen to set eyes on Prince George for the first time.

And there will be no question which horse William and Kate will be backing on the day with the Queen’s Gai Waterhouse-trained Carlton House set to race in the Stakes.

The Queen Elizabeth Stakes are part of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival; in 2014 they will be held on April 19th.

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Finally today, we wanted to alert you to a one-day opportunity to save at Beulah London. The label is having a flash sale underway now.

Beulah London

Beulah London

Pieces in the sale include Kate’s Sabitri dress in her powder blue color, as well as the silver and navy rose print.

Beulah London 'Sabitri' Dress

Beulah London ‘Sabitri’ Dress

All of the sale items may be found here.

EDITOR’S NOTE: I have deleted the erroneous information saying the coat could still be purchased by special order from Net-a-Porter; it’s no longer available. Thanks to Jordan Fallon for sharing the information on the Facebook page.

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