Jul 052012

EDITOR’S NOTE: We apologize for the late post on today’s events, we just had power restored after 11 hours without electricity following severe weather.

Kate returned to Emilia Wickstead for today’s Order of the Thistle ceremonies in Scotland. Below we see Her Majesty, Prince William and the Duchess following today’s events, in this photo William and HM have removed their ceremonial garb.

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Crowds lined the streets to see the Royals on a foggy day in Edinburgh, including William and Kate, known as the Earl and Countess of Strathearn when in Scotland.

The British Monarchy Twitter Feed

More on the honor from the British Monarchy’s website:

The Order of the Thistle represents the highest honour in Scotland. It is second only in precedence in the UK to the Order of the Garter.

The patron saint of the Order of the Thistle is St Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland…

It is an honor only the Queen can confer. In this image from the British Monarchy we see the Princess Royal and William arriving at the Cathedral.

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The Scotsman shares this on this morning’s service:

The short ceremony took place within the internal Thistle Chapel and was broadcast through speakers to those in the cathedral.

The Queen said: “It is our pleasure that His Royal Highness the Prince William, Earl of Strathearn, be installed a Knight of the most ancient and most noble Order of the Thistle.”

Below, the Royal Family leaving the Cathedral after the service.

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Kate’s primrose yellow coat dress featured familiar design elements: a fitted bodice, a seamed waistline, pick stitch detailing and a full skirt.

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More on the garment from Jessica at Grazia UK:

Our pals at Emilia Wickstead tell Grazia Daily that this is a bespoke dress specially made for Kate…. the yellow-gold raffia fabric featured a lot in the Spring Summer 2012 collection. They also tell us that altogether a dress like this takes about 6 weeks to complete.

The silhouette is similar to the other Wickstead designs Kate has worn, below left we see Kate with the Irish Guards St. Patrick’s Day, in the center she is at the Palace Garden Party in May (the same frock was worn to the Sovereigns’ Luncheon) and then today.

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Many will recognize Kate’s Whiteley Cappucino hat, first seen at last year’s Epsom Derby and most recently seen at Sarah McCorquodale’s wedding.  She also opted for her favored Kiki McDonough citrine drop earrings.

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We also saw the return of Kate’s Strathearn Tartan scarf first seen for the Jubilee River Pageant.

Splash News/UK Press Association

Completing the outfit were the brown Emmy shoes and matching clutch, the center photo is from St. Patrick’s Day, when the pumps were first identified.

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That is the ‘Valerie’ shoe, both pieces are in chocolate brown kid suede.

Although I am an enormous fan of Ms. Wickstead I didn’t think this was Kate’s best look. The volume of fabric in the skirt seemed to overwhelm the otherwise elegant lines of the piece. The color was very pretty, the length good, and accessories nicely done. While by no means a “miss,” it isn’t my favorite look Kate has worn from this designer.

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Kate herself looked lovely, proud of William, happy and relaxed.

The Telegraph


Jun 142012

We wanted to update Kate’s calendar for those planning ahead, there is another official function this weekend in addition to Saturday’s Trooping the Colour. But first a quick update on times for Saturday’s event, which is also the day the sovereign’s birthday is officially marked:

  • 10am (5am EDT): the Royal party arrives and HM takes the official salute, carries out formal inspection of the troops, followed by carriage procession back to the Palace
  • 1pm (8am EDT): royals view RAF flypast from the balcony at Buckingham Palace

A Sunday solo engagement for Kate has been announced, more from Richard Palmer on Twitter:

Richard Palmer/The Express (@RoyalReporter)

ARK Schools is part of the larger ARK organization, “Absolute Return for Kids”. Many readers likely know of Prince William’s work with the group, it was just last year that £17.2 million pounds ($28 million USD) was raised at the ARK Dinner gala, Kate and William’s first formal engagement following their April wedding. (Our post on the evening is here.)

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Kate will be working with kids from London’s King Solomon Academy, royal expert Victoria Arbiter shared via Twitter a bit of what is expected on Sunday:

Victoria Arbiter Twitter Feed (@VictoriaArbiter)

Also on the calendar:

Via The British Monarchy

  • Thursday, July 5, Order of Thistle: During the Queen’s annual week in Scotland at Holyrood, William will be formally installed as a “Royal Knight of the Thistle” (technically “The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle”), more from STV:

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are set to return to Scotland in July, as they accompany the Queen on her Diamond Jubilee engagements.

Kate and William, or the Earl and Countess of Strathearn to use their Scottish titles, are particularly looking forward to a special service being held in Edinburgh’s St Giles’ Cathedral… when William will be formally installed as a Royal Knight of the Thistle.

We will share more details when we have them.


Also today, some lovely photos of yesterday’s Jubilee Tour appearance in Nottingham, with thanks to Jessica.  She was good enough to comment on our post, sharing that she was at the event:

I was at the Vernon Park event today. I got great views of the Queen, William and Kate, despite the crowds.

Here is one of her wonderful pictures, HM arriving at the Park.

Generous Courtesy of "Jess and the Rebels"

Jessica also noted:

Kate was lovely. She is not quite as tall, and also not quite as thin as I expected…

Generous Courtesy of "Jess and the Rebels"

More from Jessica’s comment on yesterday’s exciting activities:

She was extremely chatty with everyone she met, and they got delayed a few times because of this, which was quite funny. The nicest moment I saw was when she broke away from the group to briefly greet an elderly spectator in a wheelchair behind the barrier near me.

Kind Generosity of "Jess and the Rebels"

Jessica also has outstanding photos of Prince William.

Kind Generosity of "Jess and the Rebels"

This one is cute, Kate almost looks mischievous.

Kind Generosity of "Jess and the Rebels"

Our thanks to Jessica for being so gracious in sharing her impressions and her photographs from yesterday, she also has a delightful blog, “Jess and the Rebels,” pop in for a visit to read about her adventures traveling the world.

Kind Generosity of "Jess and the Rebels"

We’ll see you Saturday.

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