Dec 252016

Kate was in an old favorite for Christmas church services this morning.

©Pete Maclaine / i-Images / Polaris

©Pete Maclaine / i-Images / Polaris

But the bigger news is that we saw George and Charlotte accompany their parents to church for the first time. The Cambridge family is spending the Christmas holiday with the Middletons at their home in Berkshire.

©Reuters/Pool/Splash News

©Reuters/Pool/Splash News

Above you see Carole, Michael and James Middleton; Pippa and fiancé James Matthews are somewhat obscured. Carole Middleton’s arm looks like it was in a sling. UPDATE: Although it looked like Carole Middleton’s arm was in a sling, it turns out it was not. In the video at the bottom of the post (at about :22 into the video) you can see both arms are moving freely, it looked more like she was carrying something(s). Our thanks to Vicki for noting that and letting me know.

©Pool / Reuters / Splash

©Pool / Reuters / Splash

From The Daily Mail:

Prince George and Princess Charlotte attended their first Christmas communion service at the 12th century St Mark’s Church in Englefield near the Middleton family home. Bells rang as the Royals arrived outside the church where some 100 smiling locals were seen entering for its 10.30am Sunday service.

St. Mark’s is where Kate and William attended Christmas Day services in 2012. It is also where Pippa Middleton’s wedding is expected to take place this May.

©Pete Maclaine / i-Images

©Pete Maclaine / i-Images

We learn a bit more about the music from the service via Richard Palmer’s story in The Express:

At the service, overseen by The Rev Nick Wynne-Jones, they joined the congregation singing three much-loved carols: Hark the Herald Angels Sing, O Little Town of Bethlehem, and  O Come All Ye Faithful.

Below, William and George after the service.



You can see Carole, Michael and James Middleton behind Kate in this photo.

©Zak Hussein/SilverHub/REX/Shutterstock

©Zak Hussein/SilverHub/REX/Shutterstock

Now to what Kate wore this morning. Many will recognize her ‘Celeste’ coat by Hobbs; it was also worn by the Duchess when attending that 2012 Christmas service with her family.

Kind Courtesy Jesal Parshotam

Kind Courtesy Jesal Parshotam

This is the 5th time we’ve seen Kate wearing the piece. Previous occasions include the Duchess’s visit to Liverpool on Valentine’s Day in 2012; as mentioned above, Christmas Day of 2012; and also for engagements in Grimsby in 2013. It was also worn at Balmoral in September 2013, but photos from that day are of Kate inside a car and little is seen of the garment.

As Shown

As Shown

The coat is crafted in a wool crepe in a color called chestnut brown, and embellished with studded leather cuff straps and coordinating belt. 



This offers a look at the back of the coat.

©Pete Maclaine / i-Images / Polaris

©Pete Maclaine / i-Images / Polaris

As you might guess, we have all been chattering about what Kate was wearing beneath her coat; what dress, or skirt and top, she might have on. Here is the best closeup I could make using the photos I have licensed.

©REX / Shutterstock

©REX / Shutterstock

The piece that really seemed to make the look sing is the faux fur collar the Duchess added to her ensemble. The always-on-top-of-things Gemma of Food, Fash, Fit suggested the Duchess was wearing the ASOS Faux Fur Mini Sloth-Through Collar, and I think she is spot-on.


©Pete Maclaine, i-Images/ASOS

The piece was described as being “Super soft-touch faux-fur. Satin-style lining. Stretch band to secure in place. Machine wash.” Originally priced at $23, the collar was most recently selling for $16. Unfortunately, it is now sold out.



Janet Evelyn noted on the WKW Facebook page the look was similar to a fur collar shown on the Michael Kors runway; the model was wearing a suit jacket Kate owns.

Michael Kors/Andrew Parsons, i-Images, Polaris

Michael Kors/Andrew Parsons, i-Images, Polaris

Kate wore her Tod’s Fringed Leather Pumps, first seen during the Canada tour in September.  The design showcases a block heel, fringe leather trim with a gold buckle, and the brand’s pebbled sole. The color is called burgundy.  

Tod's / Pete Maclaine, i-Images

Tod’s / Pete Maclaine, i-Images

She carried another familiar item, her Bayswater Wallet Clutch by Mulberry, a design no longer being made.

©Mulberry/Pool, Reuters, Splash

©Mulberry/Pool, Reuters, Splash

Her earrings are one of the loaned pairs from the Queen we have seen recently. Below left they are shown as worn today; on the right, Kate wearing them for the Duke of Westminster’s memorial service in November.



One update I think people will want to know about: for the first time in 30 years, the Queen did not attend Christmas services at Sandringham. The cold that bothered her last week continues to be a problem, she stayed inside today.  From The Telegraph:

In a statement issued this morning, a Palace spokesman said: “Her Majesty The Queen will not attend Church at Sandringham this morning. The Queen continues to recover from a heavy cold and will stay indoors to assist with her recovery.  Her Majesty will participate in the Royal Family Christmas celebrations during the day.”

It was a treat to see the entire family this morning, a lovely surprise on a Christmas morning.  I thought they looked terrific, the blues and wine/maroon shades worn by the four coordinated nicely, and George and Charlotte looked just precious. For all of the details on what they wore, pop over to our sister site, What Kate’s Kids wore. I hope everyone celebrating Christmas has had a beautiful day, as well as those marking the second night of Hanukkah. Until then, we’ll leave you this picture of Prince George, the expression on his face is priceless.

©Pete Maclaine / i-Images

©Pete Maclaine / i-Images



Jan 052013

It is time for us to launch our series of year end opinion polls on what Kate wore in 2012. We begin with the coats Kate wore last year, including what I would consider “coat dresses,” pieces that do not seem to have any garment underneath. We have broken this up into two polls, one for pieces that we hadn’t previously seen the Duchess wear, as well as those worn before. We are not including blazers or dress/suit jackets, they’ll be in a separate poll.


February 14 Kate journeyed to Liverpool for a number of engagements, she wore her Hobbs Celeste coat, purchased back in September of 2011.

PA Wire/Hobbs

March 1 it was M Missoni for Kate as she joined HM and Camilla for a visit to Fortnum and Mason’s flagship store in Piccadilly.  The Duchess also wore the coat for a June trip to Nottingham with William and HM.  The collarless coat featured multiple panels in the back, exposed seams, and fringe trim at the neck and down the front placket.

Toby Melville, Ian Jones Photography/Splash News

The annual visit to distribute shamrocks to the Irish Guard on March 20 brought an Emilia Wickstead coatdress.

PA Wire/Emilia Wickstead

For Kate’s appearance at Prince William’s installation into the Order of the Thistle she wore her third Emilia Wickstead piece, a yellow-gold raffia fabric from the brand’s spring/summer 2012 collection.

James Whatling / Splash News

At July 27th’s Opening Ceremonies for the London 2012 Games Kate wore a coat or coatdress by UK designer Christopher Kane. (Some think the Duchess had a dress on beneath the coat, I wouldn’t be surprised if she merely wore a thin camisole underneath, it is difficult to tell.) The bespoke silk satin piece showcased multiple gores, a covered front placket, slanted pockets, self-belt and peak lapels.

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

For a night at a private club in Mayfair this past October Kate was seen in an as yet unidentified black dress coat. This remains the clothing item yours truly would most like to see identified. The sleek lines and fringed placket are very appealing.

Weir Photos / Splash News

For a November stroll in Kensington Gardens we saw Kate sporting a new coat from Temperley, the Odele Coat.

WKW Facebook Friend Sandra/Temperley

When Kate and William traveled to their namesake city of Cambridge at the end of November, we saw the Duchess in a new coat from Max Mara Studio.  The style name is “Belli,” the coat features a funnel neck, hidden buttons, pick stitching and on-seam front pockets.

Splash News

For Kate’s return to her old prep school, Saint Andrew’s, Pangbourne, she chose a custom McQ by Alexander McQueen coat (or coatdress) in the label’s Black Watch tartan.

Photos – L: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire (L) – R: WPA Pool/Getty Images (Courtesy Photo Provided by Aquatalia)

When Kate was released from the hospital December 6 she wore Diane von Furstenberg’s “Simyonette” from the company’s fall/winter 2010 collection. The navy and black plaid coat is double-breasted with slip pockets on the front and ruffled trim at the cuffs, shoulder and back.

Jeff Moore/Splash News

The poll allows other answers (I think), so if I forgot something, by all means, please add it to the list.


We saw Kate wear her LK Bennett Darwin coat on numerous occasions, in this instance it was while out shopping.

Photo L: Used With Kind Permission of IKON Pictures

At the June 6 wedding of Prince William’s cousin Emily McCorquodale Kate brought back her Katherine Hooker Buxton silk coat, seen below left. It was first seen at Order of the Garter ceremonies in 2011 (below right), the raw silk piece is done in a color the designer calls “ash”.

James Whatling – Splash/Katherine Hooker/Splash

In June Kate wore her Barbour Ladies Defence Jacket for a walk with Lupo and her brother James.

Country Attire/Jocelyn Laidlaw Twitter

June 18th’s Garter Day ceremonies saw the repeat of a much-loved Kate style, the Alexander McQueen coat with its tiered “Samurai skirt.”

Paul Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire/Press Association Images

In August Kate wore a piece seen on several previous occasions by Danish Label DAY Birger et Mikkelsen, this time worn for the Paralympics Opening Ceremonies. The coat was first seen at the 2006 wedding of Laura Parker Bowles to Harry Lopes (below left), then again in 2010 for another wedding (Mel Nicholson and Oli Baker at St. Andrews) and once more for the wedding of Zara Phillips (below center) and then July 2012 (far right).

Splash/Splash/Paralympic Sport TV

For October’s opening of St. George’s Park Kate wore a coat that technically we had seen before, it was just never identified. It’s the “Angel Fit & Flare” coat by Reiss, previously seen on Christmas Day of 2011. The coat has wide, top-stitched lapels, front pockets, multiple gores, and a concealed front fastening.

Ian Jones/Splash – James Whatling/Corbis

October 11 brought the return of another Christmas Day piece, the Aubergine coat by an independent dressmaker, worn by the Duchess for her trips to Newcastle and Stockton.

Splash News/Kind Permission WKW Facebook Friend Alyssa Phillips

Remembrance Sunday of 2012 Kate wore the same coat seen for the solemn occasion 2011, a 2008 style by Diane von Furstenberg. The double breasted piece has distinctive soutache trim on the detachable collar and cuffs and decorative buttons.

Splash News/Splash News

Also in November, Kate repeated her red LK Bennett Ami coat in support of Wale’s rugby team, known as the Red Dragons, for a match at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

Michael Steele – WPA Pool/Getty Images

I believe that is it for repeated coats, but if not, do write in anything I left out.


Today’s other item, the winner of our Cornelia James glove giveaway.

Congratulations to Heather B, she will receive a pair of Kate’s Pure Wool Glove with Side Bow! Many thanks to Jodie at Cornelia James for making this one a breeze!

Dec 262012

William and Kate joined the Middletons yesterday for Christmas services at St. Mark’s Church. Below we see Kate, Carole and Pippa outside the church.

Jesal Parshotam / Splash News

Yesterday’s Christmas observance included Communion and carols. Many will recall that Kate and William elected to spend part/all of the holiday with Kate’s family at their home in Berkshire, instead of joining the Queen and other Royals at Sandringham. The Middleton gathering was expected to be lower key and more relaxing than the annual Sandringham festivities.

Jesal Parshotam / Splash News

Kate opted for pieces some will remember seeing previously, including her Celeste coat by Hobb’s.

Kind Courtesy of Jesal Parshotam

The coat is wool crepe accessorized with studded leather fastening straps at the cuffs and matching belt.

Hobbs ‘Celeste’ Coat

Previously we saw Kate wearing the piece when she visited Liverpool in February of this year.

James Whatling/Splash News

Yesterday the Duchess accessorized with patterned black hose.

Jesal Parshotam/Splash News

We also saw Kate’s trusty Aquatalia Ankle Boots, known as the ‘Ruby Dry’ at Rusell & Bromley in the UK, called the ‘Regal’ at Aquatalia, and the ‘Royal’ at Nordstrom & Bergdorf in the USA. Aquatalia no longer offers the espresso brown suede (they do have black and red suede), Nordstrom has the brown suede in a few sizes, as well as the black and espresso brown leather in almost all sizes. This particular shoe runs $398.

Aquatalia ‘Royal’ Ankle Bootie

Kate also wore a bright red scarf, we believe it is the same worn during the 2011 North American Tour (left), many thought it was a Hugo Boss piece.

Canadian Heritage Flickr/Hugo Boss/Jesal Parshotam-Splash News

The closest thing we have found in the company’s current line of scarves is a deeper red, essentially a maroon version.

Kate carried the red Gucci logo bag seen most recently at the rugby match in Wales on November 24th (our post is here), an older Monogram Canvas Horsebit Shoulder Bag/Clutch. It is from the company’s 1921 Collection, it’s clear she has owned the bag for many years.


The company no longer offers this piece in its logo canvas, a contemporary version in leather is available from Gucci for $1580.

Kate also sported the Kiki McDonough green amethyst earrings first seen on Christmas Day 2011 (shown below) when she wore them during the traditional walk home from church at Sandringham.

Mirrorpix/Splash News

Kate still looks a little peaked, hopefully she can continue to rest and enjoy time with her family.


One other item of a royal nature, a wedding date has been announced for Sweden’s Princess Madeleine and British-born banker Christopher O’Neill.

Swedish Royal Court

The couple will wed June 8 at the church inside the Royal Palace in Stockholm.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Apologies for the tardy nature of the post, I have been out of town every day since Christmas Eve, trying to play catchup when I have time in the office. Additionally, I wanted to be sure I was comfortable using these photos. It turns out some UK publications are publishing them (the SkyNews story here) and others are not (the Daily Mail story here). As this was a public church service and the photographs were taken from an area actually cleared for the media by law enforcement, I have elected to publish them.