Jul 292014
 

Kate was in navy and royal blue for today’s activities at the Commonwealth Games.

Stephen Lock / i-Images / Polaris

Stephen Lock / i-Images / Polaris

The Duchess started the day with a SportsAid reception, attending mentoring sessions and meeting with athletes and ambassadors for the organization.

SportsAid

SportsAid

She also took part in activities in the Athletes Village with Harry and William. More from the Daily Mail’s coverage:

They were given a tour of the recreation facilities for the athletes, where William played video games with some of the Welsh women’s hockey team.

All three moved on to the village green where they heard a performance of the Games’ anthem for Unicef from a group of local school children.

Prince William reacts after playing a traditional South African game called ‘three tins’.

UNICEF UK Facebook

UNICEF UK Facebook

Many of the children seen playing above are part of East40, a choir from schools in Glasgow’s East End. Here you see little Kacey Armstronge giving Kate a teddy bear that is a gift for Prince George.

Mirrorpix/Splash News

Mirrorpix/Splash News

The Commonwealth Games have partnered with UNICEF and the Commonwealth Games Federation in a first-ever joint fundraising initiative, Put Children First. More from the UNICEF blog:

Throughout the Glasgow 2014 Games, UNICEF has been leading sessions for athletes and the public drawing attention to the Put Children First appeal which aims to reach every child in Scotland and around the Commonwealth.

That fundraising effort was kicked off during the Opening Ceremony last Wednesday. By the time the Ceremony concluded more than £3.1 million was raised, with nearly 600,000 donations coming just by text. Back to the UNICEF blog:

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry then joined the children in playing three traditional games enjoyed by young people from different countries across the Commonwealth.

HRH the Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed a game from the Caribbean with the children although she said, “This is much harder than it looks!”

UNICEF Blog

UNICEF Blog

William and Kate in a more formal picture, surrounded by children who look elated to be spending time with them.
John Young/UNICEF

John Young/UNICEF

The trio also spoke with athletes competing at the Games. Here you see them with the world’s fastest man, Gold Medal sprinter Usain Bolt.

Usain Bolt Twitter

Usain Bolt Twitter

Kate and William played a game of table football with athletes.

Clarence House Twitter

The photobombs continue, below we see Prince William grinning in the photo of Guyanese cyclist Scott Savory (l) and Olympian Sir Chris Hoy (r), shared by Mr. Savory in this Instagram picture.

Scott Savory Instagram

Scott Savory Instagram

Prince Harry was reveling in the practice last night, he can be seen giving the double thumbs-up in the photo being taken of (left to right) New Zealand Rugby Sevens coach Sir Gordon Tietjens, former boxer Trevor Shailer and professor Gary Hermansson. Mr. Shailer posted the photo on his Facebook page last night.

Trevor Shailer Facebook

Trevor Shailer Facebook

A photo posted on Twitter by Street Soccer Scotland founder David Duke prompted us to ask “best photobomb ever?“, as it features Princes Harry & William, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Mr. Bolt again, all behind Mr. Duke.

David Duke Twitter (MrDavidDuke)

David Duke Twitter (MrDavidDuke)

(Fear not, your correspondent stands corrected and now grasps the distinction between a “photobomb” and a “selfie”.)

Many will recognize key pieces in Kate’s ensemble.

Mirrorpix/Splash News

Mirrorpix/Splash News

We’ll start with the Ridley Stretch Cady Dress by designer Stella McCartney.  The color is ideal, almost identical to the blue in Scotland’s flag.

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney

Below you see Kate wearing the frock to an opening at the National Portrait Gallery in 2012, at the Men’s Tennis Finals at the 2012 London Games (she and Prince William are seen speaking with Andy Murray) and most recently when arriving in Canberra during the April tour.

Splash News/Bryan Graham/Polaris

Splash News/Bryan Graham/Polaris

The dress is a stretch jersey, its most distinctive feature is the exposed seaming on the darts, a tailoring element usually concealed on the inside of a garment.

Kate was also in her Smythe Jacket today, previously worn with a Ralph Lauren top and skinny jeans for this SportsAid engagement in October of last year.

All Photos Splash News

All Photos Splash News

The piece is Smythe’s One Button Blazer. We are using an older product montage below from retailer Revolve Clothing to better showcase the cut-out portion on the back of the blazer.

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It has been reissued several times since Kate first wore it when departing England for the 2011 tour of North America.

PA Wire

PA Wire

The blazer is currently stocked in all sizes at Saks ($595). It is made of 100% wool, features princess seaming with front pockets and the cut-out back section. Shopbop also has the blazer in stock, although sizing is limited.

Smythe One Button Blazer at Saks Fifth Avenue

Smythe One Button Blazer at Saks Fifth Avenue

There has been some discussion about Kate’s handbag and whether it is actually her oft-carried Stuart Weitzman for Russell & Bromley Muse. These are both from today, and to me it looks like it is, but I will be the first to admit I don’t always catch every detail on an item, one reason I value reader feedback and comments.

i-Images/Polaris

i-Images/Polaris

UPDATED 7pm EDT: The always-brilliant Carly from Kate Middleton Style suggests the bag may be by Emmy, a brand we know Kate carries in multiple colors. Here is one more picture from today: the angle might make it appear the flap comes all the way down the full front of the bag, but that is just the perspective of the photo. Today’s tip of the tiara goes to Carly for sorting this out.

Andrew Parsons/i-Images/Polaris

Andrew Parsons/i-Images/Polaris

Below you see two Emmy bags as Kate has carried them.

i-Images/Splash

i-Images/Splash

Our thanks to everyone who commented or tweeted yesterday and/or today saying they didn’t think the Muse pictured was Kate’s clutch, I’m off to correct that post next!

The Duchess wore her favorite shoes, the Corkswoon style by Stuart Weitzman.

i-Images/Polaris & Stuart Weitzman

i-Images/Polaris & Stuart Weitzman

Kate kept things simple in the jewelry department, opting for the pieces she wore yesterday. Left to right we have the Kiki McDonough Citrine Drop earrings, Cartier’s Ballon Bleu wristwatch, and charms from Asprey, the jeweler’s Woodland Collection.

Kiki McDonough/Cartier/Asprey

 

 

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Jun 152014
 

Kate was casual today as she brought Prince George to watch his father play polo.

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Splash News

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Jun 042014
 

We are back with a wrap-up of the polls looking on favorite pieces worn by the Duchess in New Zealand and Australia, beginning with a look at Kate’s hats.

©2014 What Kate Wore

©2014 What Kate Wore

The dove grey Jane Taylor worn to Easter Sunday services was your top choice, Gina Foster’s ‘Seaford’ style came next in the voting.

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Top: Nunn Syndication, Polaris Images/Jane Taylor  Bottom: i-Images, Polaris/Gina Foster

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