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Jul 212017
 

The Duchess selected a style from Emilia Wickstead for the final day of the royal tour.

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The day’s events were in Hamburg, Germany’s second-largest city. The first stop was the city’s Maritime Museum.

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©Morris Mac Matzen / Reuters / Splash

From The Daily Express:

Kate mania continued as Hamburg, gripped by the 35-year-old’s charm, turned out in force to welcome the royal.

Hamburg Senate

Hamburg Senate

Kate during a quick walkabout.

The Duke and Duchess listening to a presentation.

International Maritime Museum (Click photo to go to IMM site)

International Maritime Museum (Click photo to go to IMM site)

Being welcomed to the museum.

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Hamburg Senate @Senat_Hamburg

The Museum visit was meant to focus attention on the UK-German Year of Science; an initiative focused on the world’s oceans.

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It has a terrific model of the Queen Mary II made entirely of Legos.

Duke Duchess Cambridge Kate Middleton Maritime Museum Purple Lavender Emilia Wickstead dress

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The next stop was at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, one of the largest concert halls in the world.  

Elbphilharmonie

Elbphilharmonie

The couple heard a special performance for children by the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra.

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Elbphilharmonie Twitter @elbphilharmonie (Click photo to visit Twitter feed)

From The Daily Mail’s coverage:

The Duchess of Cambridge tried her hand at conducting a prestigious symphony orchestra today when she and Prince William visited Hamburg’s new concert hall.

On the last day of their royal tour of Germany, Kate, who comes from a musical family and played flute throughout her school days, took a conductor’s baton and directed the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra for a few brief seconds as they played the first four notes of Beethoven’s fifth symphony – ‘da, da, da, daaa’.

UK in Germany

UK in Germany

To me, the photo perfectly illustrates the pre-planning that goes into a tour wardrobe. Those doing the reconnaissance would know that a lighter color would really pop against the stage backgrounds as well as the orchestra.

This is a wonderful photo of William on the couple’s way to their final engagement.

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Hamburg Senate @Senat_Hamburg

The crowds remained large throughout the afternoon; people gathered to see William and Kate.

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Hamburg Senate @Senat_Hamburg

Kate and William at their final stop of the day before they depart for home, the Airbus Hamburg Campus.

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

On their way to see the final assembly of an A320 aircraft.

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

After the Airbus tour Kate and William met Charlotte and George for a special treat:

More from The Evening Standard 

…the family took to the tarmac where the choppers, worth an estimated £12million combined, were waiting at the Airbus site in Hamburg.

Prince William, who flies the H145 for the air ambulance, proudly gave demonstrations to his family.

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©Stephen Lock/i-Images/Polaris

Charlotte and Kate.

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©Zak Hussein

George seemed utterly delighted.

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©Zak Hussein

Then it was time to head for home.

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©Zak Hussein

Back to The Evening Standard:

George bravely bounded up the steps – ready to start his birthday celebrations.

Charlotte was helped up the steps by her doting dad while Kate said a final goodbye to the ambassador and mayor.

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©Stephen Lock / i-Images

For all of the details on what George and Charlotte wore and many more photos, visit sister site What Kate’s Kids Wore.

Now for a look at Kate’s final tour ensemble. As noted above, the Duchess wore a bespoke dress by New Zealand-born and British-based designer Emilia Wickstead.

©Splash / Polaris

©Splash / Polaris

The frock features the fitted bodice seen on many of Kate’s Wickstead pieces, with a full skirt that looks like it draped beautifully. The fabric appears to be the same used in the Fall 2015 collection. Below, two dresses in the material. While long since sold out, visit Moda Operandi if you want to read more about pieces from that collection.

Moda Operandi

Moda Operandi

Kate carried an Anya Hindmarch clutch. The bag looks like it is made of snakeskin; it has goldtone hardware and measures about 10″ x 6″.

Duchess Cambridge Kate Middleton Hamburg Tour Germany Red Anya Hindmarch Handbag July 21 2017

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The clutch was discovered by Giulia on Twitter; a big thank you to her for the ID.

We saw the Duchess in her go-to Gianvito Rossi pumps in the praline colorway.

Kate Middleton suede Gianvito Rossi heels praline

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The style is available at Net-a-Porter in a shrinking range of sizes. They are also offered at My Theresa, but the sizes are limited. The shoe is $675 at both retailers.

Kate wore the Kiki McDonough Lavender Amethyst Pear and Oval Drop Earrings we first saw in Bhutan.

James Whatling/Kiki McDonough

James Whatling/Kiki McDonough

This evening Kensington Palace released a new photo commemorating Prince George’s 4th birthday.

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©Chris Jackson/PA Images

The picture was taken at Kensington Palace at the end of June. From a news release:

The Duke and Duchess are delighted to share a new official portrait of Prince George to mark HRH’s 4th birthday tomorrow. TRH are very pleased to share this lovely picture, and would like to thank everyone for all of the kind messages they have received.

Some readers will recognize the photographer’s name; it is Chris Jackson of Getty Images. From a BBC story:

Getty Images royal photographer Mr Jackson, who took the photo at the end of June, said: “I’m thrilled and honoured that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen to release this portrait to celebrate Prince George’s fourth birthday.

“He is such a happy little boy and certainly injects some fun into a photoshoot.”

Below, Mr. Jackson attending Wimbledon in early July with his wife, Natasha Archer. Ms. Archer is one of the Duchess’s assistants, widely believed to act as her stylist.

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Chris Jackson Instagram @ChrisJacksonGetty (Click photo to visit Mr. Jackson’s Instagram page)

It is a delight to have a new photo of Prince George. For the details on what he is wearing and a look back at previous birthdays, visit What Kate’s Kids Wore.

NOTE ON COMMENTS: I am deleting comments about whether or not the children should have been on the tour. I wasn’t paying attention and approved a few, and we now have a debate that doesn’t relate to Kate’s fashion or style. My bad, my apologies. (I’m blaming tour brain!)

Jul 202017
 

Kate made her third wardrobe change of the day for tonight’s creative industries reception. She used the opportunity to wear another sartorial selection recognizing her host country. The Duchess wore a dress by Markus Lupfer, a German-born, London-based designer.

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Jul 202017
 

As the royal tour continues we see Kate once again practicing fashion diplomacy via her clothing. Today’s first example is a dress from one of her go-to designers, Jenny Packham.

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©RONALD WITTEK/EPA/REX/Shutterstock

Kate and William started the day in Heidelberg; the city is a twin (akin to a sister city) to Cambridge. Their first engagement was at the German Cancer Research Centre in Heidelberg. Below you see the Duke and Duchess with board members from the Centre.

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Via German Cancer Research Centre @DKFZ

The couple learned about the latest research techniques.

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Via German Cancer Research Centre @DKFZ

Accompanying Kate and William, Winfried Kretschmann, governor of the state of Baden-Württemberg (behind Kate).

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@DKFZ

Then it was time for a walkabout in Heidelberg’s Marketplatz, or Market Square, with Mayor Prof. Dr. Eckart Würzner as their tour guide.

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

Next, a pretzel making contest. More from The Express:

The royal couple also got their hands dirty as they were pictured trying their hand at making traditional German pretzels during a vist to a market in the Central Square.

Kate giggled and appeared to tease William as he had a go in front of a crowd of revellers in the centre of the market.

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

This brought back memories of the cooking class Kate and William took in 2011 at Quebec’s renowned Institut de Tourisme et d’Hôtellerie

Duke Duchess Cambridge Cooking Class Quebec 2011 Kate Middleton Chef uniform

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They also tried making sweeties.

Now to what Kate wore, starting with the Jenny Packham dress.

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©James Whatling

Crafted from what I initially thought was a brocade, the dress is made in a fabric that is more like a lace (thank you to Sarah for the heads-up on this). In a comment Alexa suggests it may be ‘linen with appliqued lace or embroidery,’ and I bet she is right. The color is either a sunny yellow or rich gold, depending on the lighting. I like Jessica’s word in a comment; she referred to the color as marigold.

©Stephen Lock / i-Images / Polaris

©Stephen Lock / i-Images / Polaris

The dress features a fitted bodice with princess seaming that is accentuated by white piping. It also has a set-in waistband with box pleats that create the volume in the skirt. (I initially thought there was an asymmetrical front flap but Erin pointed out in a comment that was really a trick of the way the skirt fell in that particular photo.)

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©James Whatling

The dress looks like it may have that beautiful sheen and the floral motif is very pretty, but the fabric somehow makes the dress look heavy.

The Duchess wore a new pair of earrings by Oscar de la Renta, the brand’s Pearl Star Button earrings ($175). They are made with gold plated pewter and glass (or resin, depending on the retailer’s description) pearls. The style is also available at Neiman Marcus, as well as Halsbrook. Our thanks to Katie on Twitter for the speedy identification of the earrings.

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©REX, Shutterstock/Oscar de la Renta/Halsbrook

Kate carried an Alexander McQueen suede clutch she has used previously.

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©REX/Shutterstock

And wore her Fleur espadrille wedges by Monsoon. These made perfect sense for the cobblestone streets Kate had to walk on but seemed casual in contrast to the dress.

Monsoon / REX

Monsoon / REX, Shutterstock

The Duke and Duchess did a quick change of clothing and headed to the River Neckar for a friendly rowing competition, with each leading a team.

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©Stephen Lock/i-Images

This video shows Kate and William as they head to the River and gives you a sense of the crowd size.

More from Robert Jobson’s Evening Standard story:

The Royal couple renewed their friendly sporting rivalry as they faced off in a competitive boat race during their visit to the picturesque city of Heidelberg.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took to the waters of the River Neckar and were both charged with steering their respective boats.

The Duchess with her team.

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German Embassy (Click photo to visit Embassy Twitter feed)

The Evening Standard piece noted that Kate “….jokingly told her crew: “No pressure, but I do want to beat my husband!”

William looking over at Kate’s team.

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German Embassy (Click photo to visit Embassy Twitter feed)

Longtime followers of the couple will remember another event in Canada during the 2011 tour, only the teams were in dragon boats.

Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

Prince William was the victor on that occasion.

Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

That was also the case today. From The Telegraph’s story:

They have a long history of friendly spousal rivalry.  It was the Duke of Cambridge who had cause to gloat today, after he beat the Duchess in a Royal boat race.

The Duke punched the air after his boat crossed the finish line narrowly ahead of his wife,

William’s team took first place, but both Cambridges were awarded medals.

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©Zak Hussein

After the race steins of beer were hoisted in celebration.

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©James Whatling

Kate’s top is by Hugo Boss.

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German Embassy (Click photo to visit Twitter feed)

We saw the return of Kate’s Superga Cotu Classic sneakers.

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©Zak Hussein

NOTE: Kate and William are headed back to Berlin, and we will have a separate post for their evening event. We will continue updating this post with images and information.