Jul 272012

Kate showcased UK designers for today’s Olympic events.

Dominic Lipinski (L) & Michael Kappeler (R)/Press Association Images

The Duchess chose a frock by Scottish-born designer Christopher Kane for the late afternoon reception at Buckingham Palace welcoming Heads of State from all over the world.

The most distinctive feature of the fitted coatdress is the multiple gores front and back, four panels per side. The silk satin piece also has a covered placket down the front, long sleeves, slanted pockets, self-belt, and peak lapels.

Elle magazine has confirmed the dress is a bespoke piece. Our pals at Grazia remind us that Mr. Kane has previously stated he feels Kate should wear more designer clothing and less high street style. More from the Women’s Wear Daily interview with the designer:

Kate Middleton is, of course, on Kane’s list, and while he wouldn’t comment on whether he has been approached by her camp, he is full of praise for her look with one caveat. “It’s a shame she doesn’t wear more designers,” he said. I don’t really like the High Street getting so much of the credit. I understand that there would be an array because you need to relate to so many people in the market, but she is a princess. If I were a princess, I’d be like, “Oh yeah, bring it on.”

That WWD story is from November of last year.

Kate is said to be in nude pumps, we’re speculating they are her go-to pair of LK Bennett Sledge court shoes. She carried a grey suede clutch, we believe it is by Alexander McQueen. The Duchess also sported the same earrings first noticed at the Jubilee Concert back in June. (Our post on that is here.)

Press Association/LK Bennett

My Small Obsessions reports the earrings are by a Kate favorite, Kiki McDonough emailed a response saying they bespoke, crafted of blue topaz and diamonds, and unable for purchase. Diana’s Jewel’s also heard from Kiki McDonough, she was advised the earrings are past season.

Below we see Kate with the President of Mongolia Elbegdorj Tsakhia (left) and Erdene Elbegdorj at the function.

Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The Telegraph had this to say about what Kate wore:

Fittingly, Kate flew the flag for British couture, opting for an ice-blue eau de nil satin fitted coat dress by home-grown designer Christopher Kane.

It was not the first fashion face-off between the two women. That came more than a year ago, when they met at the Palace during a state visit by the Obamas to London.

Doing her bit for the special relationship again today, the Duchess offered Mrs Obama a warm greeting, giving her a big smile as she shook her hand.

At the reception the Queen spoke of earlier Olympic Games when addressing her guests:

This will be the third London Olympiad; my great-grandfather opened the 1908 Games at White City; my father opened the 1948 Games at Wembley Stadium, and later this evening I will take pleasure in declaring open the 2012 London Olympic Games at Stratford in the east of London.

Her Majesty wore a light blue silk ensemble by Karl Ludwig Rehse and Michelle Obama was in J. Mendel. Following the gathering at the Palace everyone boarded buses for the trip over to the Olympic Stadium.

It was an exciting day all around, London was clearly the place to be for many celebrities. Below, the cast of Downton Abbey as they headed into the stadium tonight, the picture was tweeted by Hugh Bonneville who plays Lord Grantham in the hit series.

Hugh Bonneville Twitter Feed

Below we see inside the Stadium before the start of tonight’s Ceremony, the overarching theme was “Isles of Wonder are brought to life,” the part of the program seen in the image below is titled it is a “Green and Pleasant Land”.

London 2012 Facebook Page

Below, a look at the ceremonies underway via Team USA’s twitter page.

US Olympic Team Twitter

It looks like another dramatic ceremony in this image, another from Team USA’s Twitter feed.

Team USA Twitter Feed

We leave you with the look at David Beckham piloting a boat carrying the Olympic Torch to the Stadium.

Team GB Facebook Page


Jul 242012

We didn’t expect to be back with a post so soon, but St. James’s Palace has released dates for official Royal appearances at the London Games and we thought you would like the updated schedule.

Below are confirmed appearances, the times listed for events are not from the Palace, but what we discovered poring over the schedules. Schedules for Princess Anne (President of the British Olympic Association), Prince Charles & Camilla, and other Royals are not included here, our focus is on the three official Ambassadors, William, Kate and Harry.

Thursday, July 26: Kate, William & Harry watch the Torch Relay go by Buckingham Palace at 6:35pm (1:35pm EDT/10:35am PDT)

Friday, July 27: The trio joins other Royals at a Buckingham Palace reception for Heads of State and Government, followed by the Opening Ceremony (9pm/4pm EDT)

Saturday/Sunday, July 28/29: William will attend Equestrian events at Greenwich either Saturday or Sunday, but not both days. Competition begins at 10am both days (5am EDT/2am PDT)

Sunday, July 29: William watches Football, Team GB plays UA Emirates at Wembley at 7:45pm/2:45pm EDT

Monday, July 30:

  • All three young royals watch Equestrian competition at Greenwich. Individual and Team Cross Country events commence at 12:30pm/7:30am EDT
  • Harry will be at the 10M Diving (I believe this is the 10M synchronized diving final, starting at 3pm/10am EDT)
  • William and Harry are both slated to visit Team GB House (see more in this BBC story)
  • Kate is at the UK Creative Industries reception showcasing the GREAT Campaign at Royal Albert Hall

Tuesday, July 31:

  • William, Kate and Harry attend Equestrian Events at Greenwich, they are also expected to award medals. Team Jumping Finals begin at 10:30am (5:30am EDT), the Individual Jumping Final begins at 2:30 (9:30am EDT)
  • All three will also visit the Athletes’ Village at Olympic Park

Thursday, August 2:

  • William & Kate attend Tennis at Wimbledon (Team GB Tennis is here), matches begin at 11:30am/6:30am EDT
  • Prince Harry will be at a reception for medal winners from May’s School Games, he is President of the organization. More than 1600 school-age athletes took part in the Games, held at four Olympic Venues. This is a morning function, we don’t have a specific time yet.

Friday August 3:

  • William and Harry watch Equestrian Dressage at Greenwich, events start at 11am/6am EDT and run through 3:30pm/10:30 EDT
  • William and Kate will attend Swimming at the Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, there are multiple events for both men and women. Medal races today include the always-popular Men’s 50m Freestyle and Women’s 800m Freestyle, heats begin at 10am/5am with Finals starting at 7:30/2:30pm EDT

Saturday, August 4:  Kate will be watching Women’s Hockey at the Olympic Park, we expect her to attend Team GB’s game against China at 4pm/11am EDT

Sunday, August 5:

  • Kate goes to Gymnastics at the Olympic Park, there are 3 medal events today, including Men’s Floor Exercise at 2pm (9am EDT), the Women’s Vault at 2:50pm (9:50 EDT) and Men’s Pommel Horse at 3:40pm (10:40pm EDT). The Team GB Gymnastics site is here, its Facebook page is here.
  • William, Kate and Prince Harry will attend Athletics (commonly referred to as Track and Field in the USA). Medal events include the Men’s 100m, the winner of this race is frequently referred to as “the fastest man in the world”. It’s expected Harry will want to watch Usain Bolt, presuming he qualifies for this event. (Harry famously “raced” Mr. Bolt when visiting Jamaica earlier this year.) The Men’s 100m starts at 9:50/4:50pm
  • Kate will also visit Team GB House at some point in the day

Monday, August 6: Kate will be at some of the day’s Sailing events at Weymouth. There are two medal races on the schedule, the Women’s Laser Radial at 13:00/8am EDT and the Men’s Laser race at 14:00/9am EDT. There are also qualifying races at Weymouth today.

Wednesday, August 8: Prince Harry will attend the Beach Volleyball at Horseguards Parade. The Bronze Medal match begins at 7pm/2pm EDT, the Gold Medal match is scheduled for 9pm/4pm EDT.

Thursday, August 9:

Friday, August 10: Kate watches Women’s Hockey if Team GB qualifies, games start at 8:30am/3:30am EDT

Saturday, August 11: Kate is planning on attending the Men’s 10m Diving at Olympic Park. The semi-finals begin at 9:55am/4:55am EDT, the Medal round is at 8:30pm/3:30pm EDT, my guess is she will be at the Finals at 3:30pm EDT.

Sunday, August 12: Kate, Harry and Princess Anne are on hand for the Closing Ceremony (9pm/4pm EDT), along with quite a few other Royals.

The release from the Palace shares this about William’s schedule:

The Duke of Cambridge is unable to attend events in the second week of the Olympics Games owing to his Royal Air Force Search and Rescue commitments.

These are not necessarily the only events the young trio will take part in, back to the news release:

Their Royal Highnesses may undertake other engagements in and around the Olympic venues, including to meet athletes from other Commonwealth nations. Details will be announced in due course.

Hopefully this will help everyone in planning what events they hope to watch. Following are some links that may also be of assistance: