Jun 122012

We want to share a few updates before tomorrow’s Jubilee visit to Nottingham, as well as an updated itinerary for that trip.

Last Friday Kate and her brother James took Lupo and Ella (we believe it is Ella, the Middleton’s dog and Lupo’s mother) for a stroll in Kensington.

Jocelyn Laidlaw

Canadian journalist Jocelyn Laidlaw saw the pair and took a photo, sharing it via her Twitter account.

Jocelyn Laidlaw Twitter Feed

Ms. Laidlaw says she also has a video, that has not yet been posted. Kate wore her familiar Barbour, the waxed Ladies Defence Jacket.

Country Attire/Jocelyn Laidlaw

It remains out of stock at Country Attire, but Joseph M. shows it in stock at £119.94, about $190 USD at today’s exchange rates. Kate was also in her skinny jeans and sneakers/trainers.

On Thursday night Kate and William went to see one of the summer’s hottest movies, “The Avengers” at a theater in Kensington. A young lady also seeing the movie, Hessa Magunda, tweeted her excitement.

Hessa Magunda Twitter Feed

Because this is one of those times we believe the couple had every right to expect privacy we aren’t posting the photo someone snapped with their camera phone, but we can tell you what Kate was wearing.

Kate looked to be in her J Brand 811 skinny jeans, seen on many occasions, as well as a black top or sweater, and a black gilet (vest) over the top. We believe Kate wore a piece she thought about, or perhaps even planned on wearing to the Jubilee concert last Monday. When the Palace originally released the information on what Kate wore, the message was that it was a “black shearling Alice Temperley coat over a patterned blue and purple dress from Whistles”. However, shortly after the original announcement a change was made to say Kate was wearing a McQueen jacket.

With thanks to Kate in Waiting, here is what we think The Duchess was wearing, the Temperley Leather And Shearling Contrast Gilet, we show it in a different color as seen at Flannels.  Again, Kate’s was black.

Flannels Fashion & Lyst

We also show detail of Temperley’s Sofia coat because it has very similar detailing, offering an idea of how the trim looks in black.


And now a look at the plan for tomorrow’s Nottingham trip. Unfortunately, Prince Philip will not be accompanying the group as planned, he is still recovering from an infection. The Queen is expected to arrive in Nottingham at 10:05am (5:05am EDT), she is traveling by train. HM is to be greeted by William and Kate, I do not know how the couple is getting to the area.Following is a brief rundown of the scheduled events as described on the My Nottingham website:

  • after the 10:05 meeting at the train station both parties will travel by car to the Old Market Square
  • the Royals are expected to arrive in the Old Market Square at 10.10am and will spend time greeting the crowds, before going into the Council House to meet the Lord Lieutenants of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire and invited guests
  • Crowds will get another glimpse of the special visitors when they appear on the Council House balcony to acknowledge the crowd
  • The Royal party will then leave by car at approximately 10.55am… before heading to Vernon Park in Basford which has been granted Queen Elizabeth 2 Field Status, meaning it will be protected for future generations to enjoy
  • The Royal Party will arrive at Vernon Park along Vernon Avenue at approximately 11.00 am for a re-dedication of Vernon Park under the auspices of the QE2 Fields in Trust organisation, of which Prince William is patron.
  • The Queen will unveil a plaque to mark the park’s new status and the Royal party will enjoy sporting and musical performances by children from schools and groups from Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Derby and Derbyshire

City officials are understandably excited about the visit.

My Nottingham Twitter Feed

Below we see an image of Vernon Park taken this afternoon, as shared by Fields in Trust, working hard getting everything ready for tomorrow’s visit. Fields in Trust is the only UK-wide charity dedicated to protecting and preserving outdoor spaces, thus the import of Vernon Park being granted its new status, it will be protected and preserved for future generations.

Fields in Trust Twitter Feed

For more information:

We’ll see you tomorrow.



Jun 042012

Tonight’s Diamond Jubilee concert sounded extraordinary, with more than 500,000 lining the streets around Buckingham Palace for the event.

Before we get to What Kate Wore we want to explain the absence of one of tonight’s key figures, Prince Philip, shown below at yesterday’s River Pageant with his son and grandsons, Charles, William and Harry.

Splash News

The Duke of Edinburgh was taken to the hospital this afternoon, suffering from what physicians believe to be a bladder infection. He will not be at tomorrow’s Service of Thanksgiving or any of the other events, and is not expected to be released from the hospital for several days.

Queen Elizabeth arrived around 9pm.

Hello! Magazine Twitter Feed

Some thought she was running late because of the Duke’s illness but that was not the case according to the Telegraph:

Buckingham Palace aides said that the Queen had always intended to arrive at that time, and that her late arrival was not connected to the Duke’s illness.

Her thoughts may have been elsewhere as she watched the second half of the concert, but she appeared to be enjoying herself nonetheless…

I *think* she was wearing the same cape seen in the classic Cecil Beaton portrait done from 1968.

Cecil Beaton via V&A Museum

Kate opted for a dress by one of her favorite labels, Whistles.

Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Once information about the dress brand was released by the palace, Leisa George-Meigh was speedy, sharing on the WKW Facebook page that it looked like Kate was in the ‘Bella Body-Conscious Dress” by Whistles.

Whsitles 'Bella Body Conscious Dress'

The piece is from an older season (I believe 2011) and no longer available in this print.   Most recently it was sold at ASOS for $260.93. The frock is described this way:

  • Bodysuit: 92% Silk, 8% Elastane
  • Lining: 96% Polyester, 4% Elastane
  • Belt does not come with the garment and is for styling purposes only

In these photos you can see some of the design elements Kate favors, like the waist detailing and ruching front and back, there is also an exposed metal zipper.

Whistles Dress at ASOS

Thanks also to Anna of My Small Obsessions for tweeting so quickly with the ID as well.

Grazia shared this comparison, one of the only photos we have seen of Kate standing up, as she applauds the Queen’s arrival.

Grazia UK

The Duchess was also in an Alexander McQueen shearling jacket, but we have yet to locate the specific piece that Kate wore.

Kate appeared to be sporting new earrings, as well as the Tiffany Diamonds by the Yard bracelet seen on many previous occasions.

PA Wire

The earrings appear to be hoops wrapped or embellished with some form of decor.

The weather was much nicer than yesterday, a little nippy but mostly sunny, although there was some rain. Below we see a rainbow over the stage.

The British Monarchy Flickr Feed

The crowds were enormous, here is a shot from the scaffolding used by the BBC, who put on the concert, with thanks to Kevin Bakhurst of the BBC.

Photo via Kevin Bakhurst Twitter Feed

Much of the organizational work for the event was done by Gary Barlow, one of Kate & William’s favorite singers. Below we see him before the show with BBC2 Radio host Chris Evans.

Via Gary Barlow Twitter

Among the entertainers, Sir Elton John, Kylie Minogue, and Rolf Harris.

Via Kylie Minogue Twitter Feed

Sir Elton played one of Kate and William’s wedding songs, the classic “Your Song,” as well as “Crocodile Rock”.

BBC via Hello! Twitter Feed

Appropriately enough, he also played “I’m Still Standing”.

Sir Tom Jones tweeted these photos, asking “How’s this for a stage set?”

Sir Tom Jones Twitter Feed

And will.i.am shared this picture with the caption “Me and my crew holding down the royal palace while people celebrate the diamond jubilee.”

will.i.am Twitter Feed

One of the highlights had to be 80s band Madness performing their classic “Our House”.

The British Monarchy Twitter Feed

Where were they when performing the hit song? You guessed it, atop Buckingham Palace, look at the upper right hand corner in these photos from the British Monarchy (above) and CNN’s David Wilkinson (below).

David Wilkinson - CNN (@Wilkinson_David)

Once the music ended Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and others moved to the stage for a brief program, singer Cheryl Cole tweeted “This image will live with me Forever. I could never have dreamed of this moment.”

Via Cheryl Cole Twitter Feed

Prince Charles spoke to the crowd, noting it was sad the Duke wasn’t able to be at the event; tomorrow’s papers also recognize Prince Philip’s absence:

The Daily Mail/The Telegraph

More on Prince Charles’ tribute to his mother from the Daily Mail:

Standing on stage with his mother the Queen a few feet away, Charles told hundreds of thousands who had gathered to watch the star-studded event that they were ‘celebrating the life and service of a very special person’.

To hear the address Prince Charles made, click here for ITV’s story:


The Queen then lit the last of 4000+ official Jubilee Beacons around the world.

The evening concluded with what is said to have been a spectacular fireworks show.  (We did not have a live stream or other means of seeing the show, we’ll have to wait until tomorrow night.)

Via Sarah Hewson/Sky News (@SkyNewsSarah)

Here is a look from Georgina Brewer of ITV News.

Georgina Brewer/ITV News (@GeorginaITV)

At the Queen’s request younger royals hosted a party at the Palace following the concert, below we see Prince William with will.i.am

will.i.am Twitter Feed

And members of British Boy Band JLS tweeted about the party:

JLS Twitter Feed


Three quick reminders:

  • US viewers can watch an edited version of the concert on ABC tomorrow (Tuesday, 6/5/) at 9pm EDT
  • Tomorrow’s activities get underway with the National Service of Thanksgiving at 10:30am BST (5:30am EDT, that’s 2:30am PDT)
  • BBC America coverage starts at 4:15am EDT

Members of the Royal Family attending the Service include:

  • The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall
  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
  • Prince Henry of Wales
  • The Duke of York and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie
  • The Earl and Countess of Wessex and Lady Louise Windsor
  • The Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Mr and Mrs Peter Phillips, and Mr and Mrs Mike Tindall
  • Viscount and Viscountess Linley, the Hon. Charles Armstrong-Jones and the Hon. Margarita Armstrong-Jones
  • The Lady Sarah and Mr Daniel Chatto, Master Samuel Chatto and Master Arthur Chatto
  • The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Earl and Countess of Ulster, the Lady Davina and Mr Gary Lewis, and the Lady Rose and Mr George Gilman
  • The Duke and Duchess of Kent, the Earl and Countess of St. Andrews, the Lord and Lady Nicholas Windsor, and the Lady Helen and Mr Timothy Taylor
  • Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, The Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor, and the Lady Gabriella Windsor
  • Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy, and Mrs and Mrs James Ogilvy

Some royals, including the Queen, then head to Mansion House (the Mayor’s official residence) for a reception luncheon. Other royals, including William & Kate, Harry, Charles & Camilla, hgost everyone else from the St. Paul’s service at the Guildhall. (It’s possible Charles will be moved to the Mansion House reception, standing in for Prince Philip.)

At 12:45pm (7:45am EDT) the Queen and other senior royals will be trumpeted into Westminster Hall by the State Trumpeters.

Following lunch the much-anticipated carriage processional gets underway, although the weather may make it difficult to see those in the carriages very well.

Links for more information:

We’ll see you tomorrow!