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Kate returned to another favorite designer for this evening’s engagement at the Natural History Museum.

Splash News/i-Images, Polaris

Splash News/i-Images, Polaris

The Duchess wore an elegant Jenny Packham evening gown for the Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year gala.

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Oct 212014
 

The Duchess of Cambridge chose pieces by her “go-to” designers for today’s State Visit ceremonies, as she and Prince William welcomed the President of Singapore and his wife, Mrs. Tony Tan Keng Yam, to the United Kingdom.

Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

The Duke and Duchess officially greeted the couple on behalf of the Queen, enjoying a brief chat at a London hotel. More from the Daily Telegraph:

Mrs Tan said she was glad Kate could make the engagement and the Duchess replied: “So am I. I’ve been looking forward to getting out of the house, that’s for sure.”

The Cambridges posed for an official picture with the president and Mrs Tan before sitting down to tea.

The president commented on the view of Kensington Palace from the hotel, prompting the Duke to joke: “You can probably see into our bedroom window which is a bit worrying – I wouldn’t look too closely.”

Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

The foursome then traveled by car to Horse Guards Parade for ceremonies with the Queen, Prince Philip, and dignitaries. This was Kate’s first official public appearance in more than two months

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Stephen Lock/i-Images/Polaris

President and Mrs. Tan arriving at Horse Guards parade.

UK in Singapore Twitter Feed

UK in Singapore Twitter Feed

HM and the Duke of Edinburgh welcome the Singaporean President.

Sergeant Rupert Frere; Crown Copyright

Sergeant Rupert Frere/Crown Copyright

The Queen and Prince Philip with President Tan and Mrs. Tan.

British Monarchy Twitter Feed

British Monarchy Twitter Feed

Richard Palmer of the Daily Express reported the Queen wore a coat and dress by Karl Ludwig Couture and an Angela Kelly hat. Kate and William at Horse Guards parade.

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James Veysey/Camera Press/GoffPhotos.com

After the ceremonies at Horse Guards Parade Kate and William took part in the carriage procession to Buckingham Palace.

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i-Images/Polaris

The couple rode in the Scottish State Coach with Singaporean government minister Grace Fu.

Sergeant Rupert Frere; Crown Copyright

Sergeant Rupert Frere; Crown Copyright

One young lady along the carriage procession was excited to see the Duchess. Stacey Castiel’s tweet can be seen in a screen grab below.

Twitter Feed

Twitter Feed

This image offers a closer look at Kate in the bespoke coat by Alexander McQueen worn for today’s engagement.

PA Wire

PA Wire

It showcased a familiar silhouette for the designer and for Kate: a fitted bodice, nipped in waist and full skirt. These images show the darting on the front and gores on the back.

James Veysey-Camera Press-Goff Photo-Splash/Nunn Syndication-Polaris

James Veysey-Camera Press-Goff Photo-Splash/Nunn Syndication-Polaris

The coat also featured a shaped, gored back, flared sleeves at the wrist, a chest besom pocket and angled pockets at the hip. You can see the similarities betweens Kate’s coat and these McQueen designs by Sarah Burton for the pre-spring 2015 collection.

Alexander McQueen Pre-Spring 2015

Alexander McQueen Pre-Spring 2015

Digitally enhancing the coat above left better emphasizes the parallels between the two garments.

Nunn Syndication - Polaris/Alexander McQueen/Nunn Syndication - Polaris

Nunn Syndication – Polaris/Alexander McQueen/Nunn Syndication – Polaris

A look at the back of the piece, under which Kate wore a black dress.

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Ian Jones/Nunn Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris Images

Many readers will recognize Kate’s bespoke Jane Taylor hat, previously worn Easter Sunday in Australia as seen below right. The hat is the ‘Lupin’ style, described by the designer as a teardrop beret in grey velour felt.

Kate 2014 Tour Wrapup Grey Jane Taylor Hat Easter Sunday Two Shot i-Images

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Below left you see Kate again in the hat on Easter, the two other photos are from today. The Duchess wore her hair pulled back in a loose pony tail.

Kate Singapore State Visit Grey Jane Taylor Hat 3 Shot Easter 2014 Nunn Syndication 2 i-Images Polaris

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Kate carried a new handbag today.

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PA Wire/PA Wire/i-Images, Polaris

With thanks to those emailing with information about the handbag, it is Jenny Packham’s Roxy style in black suede. It features pleated material, a Swarovski crystal clasp and a detachable snake chain.

Jenny Packham

Jenny Packham

The bag is from Jenny Packham’s Fall 2014 collection and can be purchased with gold or silver hardware. It retails at £378, about $600 at today’s exchange rates.

It appears the Duchess wore the Prada suede round toe pumps previously seen at the Nelson Mandela film premiere last December.

Prada Suede Round Toe Pump at Neiman Marcus

Prada Suede Round Toe Pump

The reason I emphasize ‘appears’? Because the sole of the shoe doesn’t show the raised, gold Prada logo we are used to seeing.

Nunn Syndication/Polaris Images

Nunn Syndication/Polaris Images

The precise Prada style kate wore to the Mandela premiere, and could be wearing today, is now sold out. There is a similar pump available at discount site Bluefly, the Prada Black Suede Classic Pump; it has a slightly more almond-shaped toe.

Prada Black Suede Classic Pump Bluefly.com

Prada Black Suede Classic Pump Bluefly.com

It retails for $650 but the Bluefly price is $535. You can save an additional 20% off the price by using promo code FAMILY; that brings the cost down to $436.

Kate’s jewelry today included her Annoushka pearl drop earrings suspended from Kiki McDonough hoops.

Kiki McDonough/Annoushka

Kiki McDonough/Annoushka

She also wore the Mappin & Webb Empress Mini White Gold & Diamond pendant; we first saw Kate wearing the necklace when she joined William and Harry in planting poppies at the Tower of London.

i-Images/Polaris, Mappin & Webb, i-Images/Polaris

i-Images/Polaris, Mappin & Webb, i-Images/Polaris

Today’s events showcased the pomp and pageantry the British do so very well.

Sgt. Rupert Frere/Crown Copyright

Sgt. Rupert Frere/Crown Copyright

There are several videos of today’s ceremonial events, including this one of the procession to Buckingham Palace, posted by The British Monarchy on its Facebook page.

The British Monarchy

The British Monarchy

It was nice to see thew Duchess well enough to take part in an official appearance. Richard Palmer noted on Twitter that “Kate looked well, not too gaunt, despite suffering HG, acute morning sickness, for weeks now.”

Once again we close with a quick reference to our recent London excursion, this one involving a simply wonderful visit with milliner Jane Taylor at her studio. If wondering about the inspiration for the hat’s style name, meet Jane’s dog, Lupin, ‘supervising’ work at the office.

Jane Taylor and Lupin in Studio

Jane told us that Lupin was actually named for a flower, the Lupine, because of the color of her coat. We’ll have more on the designer and her amazing creations in a future post!

A reminder that Kate’s next appearance is this evening at the Natural History Museum, where she will join Sir David Attenborough in announcing winners in the Museum’s annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

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The Duchess was in royal blue for this morning’s visit to the Tower of London with Prince Harry and Prince William.

Tower of London Facebook Page

Tower of London Facebook Page

Above the group is welcomed by the General, the Lord Dannatt.

Andrew Parsons/i-Images/Polaris

Andrew Parsons/i-Images/Polaris

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