Jul 282014
 

Kate was in familiar styles today in Scotland.

James Whatling/Splash News

James Whatling/Splash News

The Duchess joined Harry and William for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Their first stop today was at the gymnastics competition, the Daily Express has more.

They sat in the family section of the arena shortly before 3pm as gymnasts from across the Commonwealth competed in the men’s and women’s team finals.

Their arrival at the Hydro went almost unnoticed by the crowds until cameras showed them on the arena’s big screens.

After gymnastics the trio went to the boxing venue, where they watched England’s Scott Fitzgerald take on Azumah Mohammed of Ghana.

Andrew Parsons / i-Images / Polaris

Andrew Parsons / i-Images / Polaris

Mr. Fitzgerald was triumphant over Mr. Mohammed, winning the welterweight match.

Splash News

Splash News

As the Duke, Duchess and Prince departed the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre after the boxing match, Kate thanked volunteers. (Our thanks to John Cushing for allowing us to use his photograph.)

Photo: Kind Permission John Cushng Global Radio (@

Photo: Kind Permission John Cushing, Global Radio (@JohnCushing)

Thus far the Games have been enormously successful, more from the Daily Mail:

Since the Queen opened the event last week, the Commonwealth Games has proved popular with royal visitors, starting with Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, who kicked off a week of royal visits the day before the event got underway.

Other royals to be seen cheering on the athletes in Glasgow include the Queen, who joined the crowds at the hockey and the swimming on last Thursday, and the Earl and Countess of Wessex, who were seen over the weekend at the hockey and the rugby sevens. 

The Glasgow games have already broken Scottish visitor records with more than 350,000 spectators watching events yesterday on so-called ‘Super Sunday’.

In these pictures via Michael Kurn you see them arriving for field hockey competition.

Photos via Kind Courtesy Michael Kurn Twitter (@MichaelKurn)

Photos: Via Kind Courtesy Michael Kurn (@MichaelKurn)

Prince Edward, who is Vice Patron of the Commonwealth Games, joined the younger royals to watch the women’s field hockey.
Stephen Lock / i-Images / Polaris

Stephen Lock / i-Images / Polaris

Whether watching competition, traveling between events, or meeting athletes, Harry, William and Kate seemed to enjoy themselves immensely. Here we see Kate and William reacting to action in the hockey game.

i-Images/Polaris

Having this generation of royals supporting sports initiatives makes perfect sense. The Duke, Duchess & Prince Harry are all athletic, with a particular affinity for team sports. They have all volunteered time for other sporting endeavors, especially those benefiting charitable organizations. Kate is royal patron for SportsAid, an organization providing financial support to young athletes who ultimately want to compete at the Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games level.

SportsAid

SportsAid

Below, Harry posing for a photo with England’s hockey team, tweeted by Georgie Twigg, Team GB Olympic hockey medalist.

Georgie Twigg Twitter Feed

Readers won’t be surprised at what Kate wore at the Games today, many will recognize her clothing and accessories. The jacket is by Zara, we first saw the Duchess wearing it in Auckland, New Zealand, during the royal tour.

Zara / Rebecca English, The Daily Mail & Mail Online Twitter Feed (@RE_DailyMail)

Zara / Rebecca English, The Daily Mail & Mail Online Twitter Feed (@RE_DailyMail)

She also wore skinny jeans and a blouse we have yet to identify.

Andrew Parsons / i-Images / Polaris

Andrew Parsons / i-Images / Polaris

The button-front top is sleeveless and appears to be done in a tone-on-tone stripe. Below, a better look at the collar.

splash News / Polaris Images

Splash News / Polaris Images

It also has domed buttons and vertical tucks from the shoulder seam to the bustline.

Stephen Lock / i-Images / Polaris

Stephen Lock / i-Images / Polaris

If/when the blouse is identified we’ll update the post with that information.

Kate was carrying her Stuart Weitzman for Russell and Bromley Muse clutch in navy suede (£255, about $430). For those not as familiar with the handbag, a snippet from the product description.

In blue suede, the chic minimal design and simple flap closure make this understated evening bag the last word in luxury.

Russell & Bromley

Russell & Bromley

With thanks to those questioning the handbag ID in this post (and on Facebook, Twitter, as well as via email), I raised the question with several closeup photos in Tuesday’s post on the Commonwealth Games. Kate is carrying an Emmy clutch, not the Stuart Weitzman Muse.

At times Kate could be seen holding a pair of sunglasses, but we haven’t yet seen photographs allowing a firm identification. And she was also wearing her trusty Corkswoon wedges by Stuart Weitzman.

Stuart Weitzman

Stuart Weitzman

We show them at Stuart Weitzman above, but they are also available at Zappos. Both retailers charge $398 for the shoes.

The Duchess accessorized with her Kiki McDonough Citrine Drop earrings, Cartier Ballon Bleu wristwatch and Asprey charms necklace featuring charms from the company’s Woodland Collection.

Kiki McDonoough/Cartier/Asprey

Kiki McDonoough/Cartier/Asprey

Not everyone was thrilled with what Kate wore: a look at Twitter, the WKW Facebook page, other blogs, and some of the comments on this post is all one needs to verify that sentiment. Why? Because many feel Kate settles for a ‘uniform’ when she should be showing variety, at least a little bit, in her wardrobe. A look at the headline and montage from Dhani Mau’s post today in Fashionista:

Fashionista.com

Fashionista.com

From Dhani’s story:

“…fashion-wise, it was not very exciting. That’s because she was wearing an outfit that she’s worn literally a dozen times and seems to choose for every occasion that calls for something casual — i.e. not a dress.”

It’s a good point. Except I think Kate wants to be “boring”: she wants attention on the occasion/event/function she is attending, and the people involved with that event. She doesn’t want the focus on her and what she is wearing. I respect her feeling that way (if, in fact, it is how she feels, obviously it’s mere speculation on my part). Unfortunately, one need only look where all the cameras are pointed when Kate is present to realize the noblest of intentions can be overwhelmed by the reality of a wired world demanding its pictures. Now. They want them now, as in I wanted-them-yesterday-now.

Would there be even more buzz and tweeting and chatter if the Duchess wore something new? I don’t know, but my instinct is there would be; the old Tweet-o-Meter would be peaking in the red zone. While I am not a fan of everything Kate wears in this sort of ensemble, I respect what appears to be her determination to not feed the beast, if at all possible, and to stay in the pleasantly ‘uninspired’ category.

Kate and William watching swimming this evening.

Stephen Lock / i-Images / Polaris

Stephen Lock / i-Images / Polaris

And William fanning her with her credentials because it’s warm at the swimming venue.

Andrew Parsons / i-Images / Polaris

Andrew Parsons / i-Images / Polaris

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Also today, a very quick update on what the Duchess wore this Saturday when attending a wedding with Prince William. They were in Batcombe, a small village in Somerset, for the marriage of Alexander Vaulkhard and Sarah Nicholson. The Prince became friends with Mr. Vaulkhard when both were attending Eton. There are no photos available for licensing, although you can see a few images here. The Duchess was in a Jenny Packham frock we have seen before, worn to a polo match in California during the 2011 N. American tour.

Jenny Packham

Jenny Packham

We did not see the dress again for almost a year, when Kate wore the silver and marble grey hand-painted silk frock to the June 2012 wedding of Prince William’s cousin, Emily McCorquodale.

James Whatling / Splash News

James Whatling / Splash News (June 2012)

Kate also appeared to be wearing the ‘Sliver’ sandal this weekend, the same shoe originally worn with the dress in 2011, it is by LK Bennett.

LK Bennett

LK Bennett

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In Friday’s post we wrote about the incredible display of 880,000+ handmade ceramic poppies being ‘planted’ in the dry moat at the Tower of London.

The Tower of London/Historic Royal Palaces

The Tower of London/Historic Royal Palaces

Ceramic artist Paul Cummins and set designer Tom Piper are doing the installation in tandem with Historic Royal Palaces as part of the World War I Centenary observances. Mr. Cummins has been working with volunteers for more than a year, creating the handcrafted glazed red ceramic poppies. Now there is a small army of more volunteers (8000+) who have been working for days ‘planting’ the poppies at the Tower, all part of Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red.

Historic Royal Palaces Instagram

Historic Royal Palaces Instagram

From Historic Royal Palaces:

Entitled ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’, the installation is being created in the Tower’s famous dry moat. It will continue to grow throughout the summer until the moat is filled with 888,246 ceramic poppies, each poppy representing a British or Colonial military fatality during the war.

It is a massive undertaking.

Coming Home Facebook Page

Coming Home Facebook Page

The sea of red is already a spectacular sight.

Coming Home

Coming Home

This photo gives you an idea of the scale in terms of size, that is Crawford Butler holding the flower in a picture taken earlier this month. Mr. Butler is the longest serving Yeoman Warder at the Tower of London and he was given the honor of planting the first flower.

Tower of London

Tower of London

A closer look at one of the poppies.

Via

Via the Tower of London

Here you see another Yeoman Warder in a photo taken today, as he stands amid the poppies rapidly filling the moat.

Historic Royal Palaces Twitter

Historic Royal Palaces Twitter

Several WKWers have actually worked on the project as volunteers, and others have registered their interest to purchase one after the installation is closed.

Each ceramic poppy will be available to buy for £25 (+p&p) from 5 August 2014. 10% from each poppy, plus all net proceeds, which we hope will be millions of pounds if all poppies are sold, will be shared equally amongst six service charities.

The charities chosen are Confederation of Service Charities (COBSEO), Combat Stress, Coming Home, Help for Heroes, Royal British Legion and SSAFA (formerly the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association).
To register your interest in purchasing a poppy, click here. We’ll leave you with this latest image shared by Coming Home, one of the 6 organization’s  that will benefit if enough of the poppies are sold.
Coming Home Twitter (@ComingHomeOrg)

Coming Home Twitter (@ComingHomeOrg)

We will see you tomorrow, when Kate is due back at the Commonwealth Games.

 

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