Jun 272016
 

We are back with our jewelry polls as well as a delightful giveaway for something I think you will like.

We begin with the polls, which we have broken into three separate categories.

  • the first inludes only new pieces
  • the second covers items we have previously seen Kate wear
  • the final is limited to earrings only

The first new item we saw was at the SportsAid gala when Kate wore the Cartier Trinity Hoops in yellow, white and rose gold.

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At the National Service of Thanksgiving Kate debuted a new necklace that appeared to be an aquamarine surrounded by diamonds.

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Jun 172016
 

As promised, we are back with polls on the many styles worn by the Duchess this past week. However, we have an update to Kate’s Calendar to take care of first.

Wednesday, June 22Kensington Palace confirms a Daily Mail report that Kate will host a fundraiser for the EACH Nook Appeal at historic Houghton Hall, the stately home of the Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley. This is where Kate took Charlotte and George to the horse trials. The EACH news release notes William will also be attending. “A Taste of Norfolk” will feature a champagne reception, 5 course dinner and performance by the Treehouse Choir. More from EACH:

A special five course meal will be served with courses created and cooked by five world renowned chefs: Galton Blackiston, Sat Bains, Claude Bosi, Tom Kerridge and Mark Edwards. The evening will also feature a number of exclusive highlights for guests, beginning with a champagne reception featuring musical entertainment by the Jefford Brothers and Sam Aldersey-Williams and magician Archie Manners. 

You may recall Kate’s participation in the launch of the Nook Appeal in November of 2014.

All Photos by James Whatling/Splash News

All Photos by James Whatling/Splash News

From our 2014 post:

EACH hopes to raise £10 million for construction of a new hospice that would allow things like more overnight accommodations, more private family support areas and treatments such as hydrotherapy. Below, a rendering showing how the hoped-for new hospice would look.

She also took part in the formal opening of an EACH store this March.

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©NPA Pool/i-Images/Polaris

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Now to our primary topic, polls asking for your favorites from this busy week of engagements.

Next week we will do jewelry polls, as well as our very last poll. That final poll will ask for your favorite overall look, what entire ensemble (clothing, hat, shoes, bag, jewelry) you liked the most. So keep that in mind as we do all of the polls for individual items.  We begin with your choice of favorite dress/coatdress as a standalone item, not including accessories.

The week started with the annual Sports Ball celebrating SportsAid’s 40th anniversary. Kate wore the ‘Nansen’ gown from by Roland Mouret

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 A weekend of events marking the Queen’s 90th birthday started with a National Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral when Kate wore a new Catherine Walker coatdress.

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©Polaris/Polaris/i-Images

For the Queen’s Birthday parade, also known as Trooping the Colour, the Duchess brought back the custom Alexander McQueen coatdress first seen at Princess Charlotte’s christening. This is a tough one because the event precludes full length photos.

©Nunn Syndication, Polaris / Splash News

©Nunn Syndication, Polaris / Splash News

We saw a new dress by Roksanda Ilincic at the Patron’s Lunch, a giant picnic on the Mall in London. 

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©Stephen Lock, i-Images / Splash News / Polaris

For Order of the Garter Kate wore the red ensemble by Catherine Walker first seen during the North American tour. 

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©Polaris/Splash News/Polaris/i-Images

Kate chose her Day Birger et Mikkelsen brocade coat for the annual garden party in Northern Ireland.

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©Polaris / Stephen Lock, i-Images

Kate and William’s first time at Royal Ascot brought a repeat of the Dolce and Gabbana Cotton Blend Lace Dress first seen at the Queen’s Royal Windsor birthday spectacular.

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©Polaris/Polaris/i-Images/Splash News

NOTE: The ensue blue with the Tory Burch dress and Ralph Lauren jacket worn to the US Embassy for the signing of the Book of Condolence is omitted deliberately.

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In the chapeaux department there were quite a few new pieces and some previously worn favorites. At the National Service of Thanksgiving on Friday we saw the the Jane Taylor style first worn for Princess Charlotte’s christening.

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Trooping the Colour brought a new hat by Philip Treacy.

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©Splash News/Splash News/Polaris

For Order of the Garter Kate returned to a lush Lock and Company piece initially worn to the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant in 2012.

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At the next day’s Garden Party Kate sported a new piece by Lock and Company, the milliner’s Morning Rose Perching Hat.

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©i-Images/Polaris

For her first appearance at Royal Ascot Kate debuted the ‘Una,’ a new (to us) design by Jane Taylor.

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©Nunn Syndication / Polaris

(No hat was worn at the Sportsaid dinner or Patron’s Lunch.)

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In the footwear department we saw just one pair of new shoes among the many styles worn during the hectic week.

At the SportsAid dinner Kate was in Gianvito Rossi’s Sisely suede sandal. Unfortunately I do not have a good photo of Kate wearing these heels.

Gianvito Rossi

Gianvito Rossi

For the Service of Thanksgiving Kate wore her Gianvito Rossi ‘Praline’ suede heel.

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©Polaris / N

At the  Patron’s Lunch walkabout the Duchess was in her LK Bennett Fern heels.

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©Splash News/LK Bennett

We saw new heels for Order of the Garter ceremonies, another pair of of Gianvito Rossi suede pumps, this time in a deep red.

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When at the Garden Party on Tuesday Kate brought back her Fern heels by LK Bennett.

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The praline Gianvito Rossi suede heels returned for Royal Ascot.

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(There is nothing shown for Trooping the Colour because we did not see Kate’s shoes.)

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We now move to handbags, starting with the SportsBall, when the Duchess carried her Prada clutch.

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For Friday’s Service of Thanksgiving Kate had her LK Bennett Nina clutch.

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© Splash News /LK Bennett

Once again, the constraints of Trooping the Colour impacted our ability to see the bag Kate carried, although there is one image The Daily Mail published that shows Kate carrying a clutch. It looks like the ‘buttercream’ suede version of the Mulberry Bayswater Clutch Wallet that we first noted on the April tour.

Mulberry

Mulberry

At the Patron’s Lunch the Duchess returned to her Nina clutch from LK Bennett.

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©Splash News/LK Bennett/Splash News

For Monday’s Order of the Garter we saw the red suede clutch by Alexander McQueen again.

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The Nina clutch by LK Bennett returned for the Northern Ireland Garden party.

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©Nunn Syndication, Polaris / Stephen Lock, i-Images

Kate brought back a favorite for Royal Ascot, the LK Bennett Natalie clutch.

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©Polaris/LK Bennett/Polaris

Early next week we’ll have our jewelry polls along with the one asking for your favorite overall look, the ensemble you most liked.

May 092016
 

We begin today with news of two engagements added to Kate’s Calendar:

  • Monday, May 16: Kate, William & Harry will be at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the official launch of Heads Together, the trio’s recently announced initiative aimed at destigmatizing mental health issues. They will meet with those benefiting from services provided by the charities that are part of the Heads Together partnership, as well as ambassadors for the charities, and sponsors supporting the campaign.
  • Friday, May 20: Kate will be in Portsmouth again in her role as patron of the 1851 Trust. She will launch two projects aimed at getting a more diverse mix of young people into sailing. Kate will introduce partnerships with the UKSA and the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. This year the Trust will partner with the Foundation to offer free sailing lessons to young people in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas. The Duchess will also meet with students in a local STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths education) program; they are using STEM concepts in relationship to the America’s Cup challenge. (More info about this can be found here.) 

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Next, our poll for footwear seen on the tour. We have divided this into two groups so the older pieces are in their own category; it didn’t make sense to have an oft-worn style like the Sebago Bala and the new Prada Nero Sandals in the same poll.

Our review of what shoes Kate wore on the tour begins with the LK Bennett Fern pumps. We saw them when Kate and William arrived in Mumbai, the Duchess accessorized her Alexander McQueen separates with the style. We saw the heels several times throughout the tour. (This shoe is available in limited sizes on the LK Bennett UK/International site. It is expected to be in stock on the US/CAN site in late May or June; LK Bennett suggests interested US/Canadian shoppers register their interest via their email signup page.)

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LK Bennett/Polaris

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