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 Anna of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge blog.

©Chris Jelf via Paul Ratcliffe Twitter (@

©Chris Jelf via HRH The Duchess of Cambridge Blog

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 162016
 

The Duchess wore Banana Republic and Goat Fashion for today’s Heads Together launch.

William, Kate and Harry launch Heads Together

©James Whatling/Splash News

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Apr 212016
 

We are back with a look at the historic Annie Leibovitz photographs, some retail updates and other tidbits. The photographs have been seen by everyone, but to memorialize them in this space we share a brief overview.

©Annie Leibovitz/PA Wire

©Annie Leibovitz/PA Wire

The official caption accompanying the image: The photograph shows Queen Elizabeth II with her five great-grandchildren and her two youngest grandchildren in the Green Drawing Room, part of Windsor Castle’s semi-State apartments. The children are: James, Viscount Severn (left), 8, and Lady Louise (second left), 12, the children of The Earl and Countess of Wessex; Mia Tindall (holding The Queen’s handbag), the two year-old-daughter of Zara and Mike Tindall; Savannah (third right), 5, and Isla Phillips (right), 3, daughters of The Queen’s eldest grandson Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn; Prince George (second right), 2, and in The Queen’s arms and in the tradition of Royal portraiture, the youngest great-grandchild, Princess Charlotte (11 months), children of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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