Jan 272013

We are back with the long-overdue dress polls. In an effort to keep them as manageable as possible we have divided the dresses into three categories:

  1. more casual dresses
  2. dressier frocks
  3. previously worn garments

I did the best I could trying to sort them into appropriate groups, hopefully everyone will be comfortable with how things are categorized.

We begin with the more casual styles. In February Kate opted for a dress by Jesire when visiting the National Portrait Gallery. The double-breasted dress had an exaggerated shawl collar, three-quarter sleeves and full skirt. There was a bit of chatter after Kate’s appearance that the defunct label might be revived, that no longer seems likely.

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Jun 132012

The Queen’s Jubilee Tour was in Nottingham today, Prince William and Kate accompanied HM on the visit.

James Whatling / Splash News

William and Kate actually drove up from Anglesey for the appearance. Below we see HM being greeted, the Duke and Duchess are about to step out of the car transporting them from the train station, where they met up with the Queen.

Via Genie14 Twitter Feed

Unfortunately the Duke of Edinburgh was not able to join the group as originally planned, he continues to recover from an infection. The Queen wore a lovely silk tweed Stewart Parvin coat and dress in a rich aqua.

The British Monarchy Twitter Feed

The crowds were enormous in Old Market Square.

Via My Nottingham

Everything Kate wore has been seen previously, she first wore the blue tweed M-Missoni coat on March 1 for the visit to Fortnum and Mason with Camilla and the Queen. (Our post on that event is here.)


Some may recall this is a piece Kate purchased at the Bicester Village outlet mall. Another look at Kate and the Queen via Esmik D’Aguiar’s Twitter feed.

Esmik D'Aguiar Twitter Feed

Kate’s hat was seen for the visit she and William made to the Irish Guards last year on Armed Forces Day. (Our post on that is here.) The piece is by Rachel Trevor-Morgan, a royal favorite.


No doubt some will recognize Kate’s diamond and sapphire earrings, the pair we believe were re-fashioned from a pair of Princess Diana’s earrings. She also wore her blue Zara dress underneath the tweed coat, this is at least the fourth time we’ve seen that garment.

Many of the day’s activities were at Vernon Park.

My Nottingham Facebook Page

The group visited Vernon Park in recognition of its Fields in Trust designation, more on that from the Telegraph:

… it was back to the day job for the monarch who unveiled a plaque at Vernon Park in Basford to mark a Fields in Trust project, which preserves parks as recreational spaces, during the first leg of her two-day visit to the East Midlands.

The British Monarchy Twitter Feed

More on the trip to the park from the BBC’s story:

The royal party then travelled to Vernon Park, where the prince made his official jubilee tribute.

He said: “The occasion presents the perfect opportunity for me, through my patronage of the Queen Elizabeth II Fields, to pay tribute to the Queen on her Diamond Jubilee.

“On behalf of Fields in Trust, thank you so much Your Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh for everything you have done throughout your reign to protect these vital outdoor places for the nation.

Here we see the group at the park, with thanks to CNN’s Max Foster for his wonderful photos.

Max Foster, CNN (@MaxFosterCNN)

The Duchess carried the Jaegar ‘Kate’ bag, with thanks to WKW Facebook friends Kate Spotter and Carolin for the quick ID, the bag originally sold at Jaeger sold for £150, it is now sold out.


She also wore her LK Bennett ‘Art’ pumps, initially seen for the couple’s visit to Darwen Academy, most recently worn for Kate’s visit with the Olympic hockey team in March (our story is here).

LK Bennett 'Art' Court Shoe

Another look at the group assembled for the official presentations, our thanks again to CNN’s Max Foster.

Max Foster CNN Twitter Feed

Prince William during the walkabout, with thanks to jasminbahia’s Instagram feed.

Jasmin Bahia Instagram Feed

And a side look at Kate’s partial updo, again with thanks to Jasmin Bahia. This also gives you a slight perspective of what Kate is looking at when at a function of this kind.

Jasmin Bahia Instagram

Some shared their delight at meeting the royals via Twitter.

Rosie Hamer Twitter Feed

Here we see Kate chatting with some of the thousands who came out for the event.

Via Sophie Stewart

Among those on hand, the Nottingham Scouts, they formed part of the welcoming group at Old Market Square and inside the Council House, in addition to help out at the park, the group shared this photo.

Nottingham Scouts Twitter Feed

Kate also helped the Scouts put up a tent.

Nottingham Scouts Twitter Feed

Our brief list of additional stories and sites with photos and video:

  • A Picasa photo album is here, there are loads of fabulous pictures
  • The Daily Mail’s story is loaded with photos, it may be found here
  • The Reuters video story is here
  • The Mirror’s story is also laden with great photos and details, it is here
  • The Telegraph’s video of Prince William’s tribute to the Queen is here

The London Telegraph

And with thanks to WKW Facebook friend Misty for the tip, probably the cutest video of the day from ITN is the one titled “Royals: William & Kate Greet Queen on Arrival in Nottingham,” click here to get to ITN’s main royal video page and scroll down for this story, you’ll love it.

ITN News

It looked like a wildly successful visit for the Queen, as well as William and Kate. The Duchess looked lovely while also demonstrating through her understated ensemble that she has no interest whatsoever in trying to upstage HM.


A reminder that Trooping the Colour is this Saturday, that is the next time we expect to see Kate, as well as other royals.

Jan 042012

As we start to wrap up our year-end ‘Best of’ voting we have the companion post to our ‘Favorite Tour Dress’ poll.

Because we didn’t want that previous post on dresses to have too many choices there are two looks from the tour being included with this poll, they felt like a better fit here. Unfortunately, by minimizing the previous post this one feels beyond overwhelming, I apologize in advance for that. A reminder, the top choices from the previous dress post and this post will have something of a fashion face-off as we attempt to ascertain the most popular apparel look, not including accessories.

Alexander McQueen Sailor dress (which I mistakenly recalled as being separates).

Canadian Heritage Flickr

The other tour look we wanted to include is this, the Whistles separates worn in Los Angeles.

Amanda Wakeley’s navy silk mikado suit worn for the Darwen Academy visit in April (L), as well as for the official Royal Tour photograph.

The British Monarchy

The Luisa Spagnoli Suit seen at St. Andrews in late February.

We saw another Issa on Kate, this one worn for a little shopping in April.


The Blue Pleated Zara dress worn the day after the wedding, April 30, as Kate and William left the Palace grounds. (And also worn for Prince Philip’s 90th birthday church services.)


The Reiss Shola dress was worn for William and Kate’s meeting with the Obamas in May.

Official White House Photo via Flickr

This year at the Epsom Derby we saw Kate in the Reiss Peacock Dress and ‘Nessie’ Tweed Jacket by Joseph.

At Wimbledon the Duchess wore Temperley’s Moraiah in ivory.

When previewing the exhibition showcasing her wedding gown with the Queen Kate chose Joseph’s Scala dress.

British Monarchy/Harrods

Kate wore the Amanda Wakeley Sculpted Felt dress for a visit with William to Royal Marsden.

Kate wore Mulberry’s Polly Push Lock skirt for a little shopping mid-November.


The Mulberry Pleated Shirt Dress in ‘cabbage’ debuted at the press reception in advance of the Queen’s Jubilee.

We saw a return to Zara, Kate selected the Lace Tulip dress for the Gary Barlow concert fundraiser.

Majesty Magazine Twitter Feed/Zara

For December’s visit to Centrepoint we saw Kate in Ralph Lauren’s Turtleneck Dress in olive melange.

Harriet Armstrong-Centrepoint Facebook Page/Ralph Lauren