May 272016
 

We have a few items of interest to share, beginning with an update to Kate’s calendar.

  • Thursday, June 9: Kate attends the annual SportsAid dinner. This year the event celebrates the organization’s 40th anniversary with a dinner at Kensington Palace. Kate will meet athletes and SportsAid ambassadors at a reception before the dinner; she will then attend the dinner, which begins at 18:30 local time, that is 1:30EDT/10:30PDT.

Kate has been the charity’s royal patron since 2013. The Duchess attended the organization’s SportsBall in November of that year; you see her below at the event wearing the Templeton dress by Temperley London.

©Splash News/Splash News

©Splash News/Splash News

This year’s SportsBall will be of particular interest as it is an Olympic and Paralympic year, athletes competing in those Games will be at the event.

Thursday’s engagement is the first of several functions Kate will be taking part in next week. A quick rundown:

  • Friday June 10, 11am Local/6am EDT: National Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral in honor of the Queen’s 90th birthday. I think we can expect Kate and William at the service, along with all of the other royal family members.
  • Saturday June 11Trooping the Colour, the Queen’s Birthday Parade at Horse Guards Parade & Buckingham Palace. Again, I would expect to see Kate at this event; hopefully with George again. (There are rumors Charlotte may also attend because of the event’s significance, we’ll have to wait and see if that transpires.)
  • Sunday, June 12The Patron’s Lunch, a giant street party on the Mall in St. James’s Park, will host thousands in celebration of the Queen’s patronage of more than 600 charities and organizations. William and Harry are Joint Presidents of the event; there is no word about Kate’s participation. Information released today says “The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, will attend The Patron’s Lunch on The Mall. Other members of the Royal Family will be present.”
  • Monday, June 13:  Annual Order of the Garter ceremonies take place at Windsor Castle. Kate was at the event in 20112012,2014; she did not attend in 2013 because of George’s impending birth, while Charlotte’s recent birth in 2015 prompted the Duchess to skip the event.

We do not have official confirmation about Kate’s attendance at the events. If there is one of the events I would put in the “iffy” column it would be the Patron’s Lunch, but only because that is the function I am least familiar with; the others are ‘regular’ engagements, annual appearances with which we are familiar.

Also today, word about the Queen’s wedding and coronation gowns. The two have never been displayed together, only shown separately. That is until this summer, when they’ll be displayed jointly at Buckingham Palace as part of Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from the Queen’s Wardrobe, an exhibit beginning July 23rd. Below, the coronation gown and designer Sir Norman Hartnell’s sketch of the design.

Royal Collection Trust via The Telegraph

Royal Collection Trust via The Telegraph

More from the Royal Collection Trust:

Unknown to The Queen, Hartnell added an extra four-leaf shamrock on the left side of the skirt for good luck, so that Her Majesty’s hand could rest upon it during the ceremony.

Below, the wedding gown of  ivory silk and decorated with crystals and 10,000 seed pearls.

Royal Collection Trust

Royal Collection Trust

Back to the Royal Collection Trust:

The gown incorporates a 15 foot (4.6m) star-patterned train, woven in Braintree in Essex, inspired by the famous Renaissance painting of Primavera by Botticelli, symbolising rebirth and growth after the war.

In 1947 Britain was still subject to rationing, so Princess Elizabeth collected clothing coupons to pay for the dress.

There are actually three exhibits under the “Fashioning a Reign” umbrella; one is at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh; another is at Windsor Castle; the third is at Buckingham Palace.

Constituting the largest collective display of The Queen’s dress ever mounted, the first exhibition will open at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh for Her Majesty’s birthday on 21 April 2016 until 16 October 2016. The second, and largest exhibition will be at the Summer Opening of the State Rooms, Buckingham Palace, from 23 July to 2 October 2016 and the third will open at Windsor Castle from 17 September 2016 to 8 January 2017.

Two more Norman Hartnell designs: an ‘evening dress of embroidered duchesse satin worn by The Queen with a sash of Royal Stewart tartan for the Gillies Ball at Balmoral Castle in 1971″ and an ensemble of  consisting of a “turquoise-blue dress with a matching bolero jacket of silk taffeta, guipure lace and silk tulle worn by The Queen to the wedding of her sister Princess Margaret and Mr Antony Armstrong-Jones on 6 May 1960.”

The Royal Collection Trust Facebook

The Royal Collection Trust Facebook

At the end of the post there are links to a preview of the exhibit at each location.

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With a holiday weekend comes retailers with discounts. The retail sector has experienced another tough quarter, with mass merchandise department stores like Macy’s, Target, Kohl’s, JC Penney and Sears reporting lower than expected revenue and profits. Many have excess inventory that has not sold; that translates into more ‘promotional activity,’ which is essentially a codeword for discounts/sales. From a Reuters story

Moving the stale stock of mostly clothes, accessories and electronics is likely to lead to bigger discounts and steeper markdowns…

The stores that are doing well are almost all off-price outlets, like TJ MaxxBurlington Coat Factory, dollar stores and other discount establishments.

Let’s look at the promotions running at some of the Kate-centric retailers.

Other retailers offering savings:

NOTE: The post has been updated to correct a misplaced quote implying rationing coupons were collected for the coronation gown, when it was the wedding gown that required the coupons.

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May 252016
 

We are back with a quick look at the new official photos of Kate.  In yesterday’s post we spoke about the new solo shot of the Duchess, something initially covered last Thursday. Then we saw another new official photo, this one of Kate and William together. That picture was shared on Twitter this morning by Paul Ratcliffe.

New Official Portrait Kate William by Chris Jelf via Paul Ratcliffe Twitter PDRatcliffe May 25 2016

©Chris Jelf via Paul Ratcliffe Twitter (@PDRatcliffe)

Mr. Ratcliffe received a ‘thank you’ from the Palace for his congratulatory correspondence to William and Kate on the occasion for their 5th anniversary.

Paul Ratcliffe Twitter (@PDRatcliffe)

Paul Ratcliffe Twitter (@PDRatcliffe)

The note on the card reads:

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were so touched that you took the trouble to write as you did on the occasion of their 5th Wedding Anniversary. It really was most thoughtful of you and Their Royal Highnesses send you their warmest thanks and best wishes.

Mr. Ratcliffe is a photographer who has been following the royal family for years. He says he has been “fascinated by the pomp and pageantry associated with the monarchy” since he was young. His blog, Royal Family Photography, showcases some of his work over the years. There are some lovely photographs, including many of the late Diana, Princess of Wales; I think you will enjoy visiting the site.

Now to the solo portrait of Kate.  It was initially seen when posted on Twitter by Stephen Connor while he attended the International Children’s Palliative Care Conference. Mr. Connor is the Executive Director of the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance and he shared the news that the Duchess sent a message of support to the Conference.

Stephen Connor (@

Stephen Connor  (@SRConnor)

It turned out Kate and  Archbishop Desmond Tutu were listed as Ambassadors in the Conference program.

Stephen Connor (@SRConnor)

Stephen Connor (@SRConnor)

Just yesterday we shared a photo of Kate’s letter of support, along with the new photo as published by E Hospice News.

E Hospice News

E Hospice News

Both of the new official photographs are by Chris Jelf. You may recall Mr. Jelf took the family photo used for the Cambridge Christmas card.

©Chris Jelf

©Chris Jelf

 Below, a closer look at the solo portrait of Kate by Mr. Jelf, shared by the International Children’s Palliative Care Network on the organization’s Facebook page .

©Chris Jelf via International Children's Palliative Care Network Facebook

©Chris Jelf via International Children’s Palliative Care Network Facebook

Kate wears a jacket that many of us thought bore resemblance to Rebecca Taylor styles. The tweedy, fringed look is something Ms. Taylor does very well, and Kate owns Rebecca Taylor pieces. But we were wrong, it turns out Kate is wearing a Philosophy by Alberta Ferretti piece. The ID was made by Melissa J on the What Kate Wore Facebook page.

©Chris Jelf/Lyst

©Chris Jelf/Lyst

The jacket was also offered in a rich, deep blue.

Kate New Chris Jelf Official Photo May 25 2016 Alberta Ferretti Philosophy Jacket White and Navy Blue Montage

Lyst/Lyst

The fitted jacket has front patch pockets, concealed front closure, three-quarter length sleeves and applied ribbon detailing at the collar, sleeves, front placket and the pockets. A closer look at the trim.

Lyst

Lyst

The jackets came with matching skirts.

Lyst

Lyst

As best we know this is a new brand for the Duchess. Philosophy is the Alberta Ferretti diffusion line targeting a younger demo, featuring more contemporary designs and lower price points. The brand is carried online at YOOX, as well as Barney’s Warehouse, and the Philosophy portion of the Alberta Ferretti website.

The Duchess appears to be in the Whistles Lina Dobby Skirt first seen in Los Angeles during the North American tour in 2011, although it is difficult to be sure without a full length view.

©Polaris/Polaris/Whistles

©Polaris/Polaris/Whistles

If for any reason Kate is in a different skirt she might have opted for something like this Joseph skirt, suggested by the ever-savvy Michelle from Perth Fashion.

FarFetch

FarFetch

There is nothing to suggest Kate is wearing a new skirt, this is merely a contemporary piece by a brand she favors.

The look reminds me of the separates worn to the Epsom Derby in 2011.

Kate New Chris Jelf Photo Official Philosophy Alberta Ferretti Jacket Epsom Derby 2011

Many thanks to Paul Ratcliffe, Anna of the Kate & Sophie blogs, and Melissa on the Facebook page for their contributions to the post!

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Also today, a quick retail note about a shoe many were fond of, the Agata by LK Bennett.

Kate William ARK  June 2011 Jenny Packham Agata Polaris Splash May 25 2016

© Polaris/Splash

It was first worn to the ARK dinner in 2011, and now it has been reissued in new colors. Below left, the ‘pink mashmallow’ version ($395), and on the right, the new navy colorway ($425).

LK Bennett

LK Bennett

There are some differences between the new Agata and the style worn by Kate: the 2011 version is in the middle. On the left, you can see the new bow, which is wider than the 2011 version. On the right is the new black leather style ($395). With thanks to Lacey for her comment, the heel height is also significantly different: Kate’s style has a 4″ heel while the new Agata is listed at 2.7″.

LK Bennett

LK Bennett

It’s fun to see this shoe reissued, it is a favorite for many Kate fashion followers.

We leave you with this video released by Kensington Palace from last Friday when Kate went for a sail.

May 242016
 

The Duchess wore Alexander McQueen for today’s garden party at Buckingham Palace.

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

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