May 092016

We begin today with news of two engagements added to Kate’s Calendar:

  • Monday, May 16: Kate, William & Harry will be at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the official launch of Heads Together, the trio’s recently announced initiative aimed at destigmatizing mental health issues. They will meet with those benefiting from services provided by the charities that are part of the Heads Together partnership, as well as ambassadors for the charities, and sponsors supporting the campaign.
  • Friday, May 20: Kate will be in Portsmouth again in her role as patron of the 1851 Trust. She will launch two projects aimed at getting a more diverse mix of young people into sailing. Kate will introduce partnerships with the UKSA and the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. This year the Trust will partner with the Foundation to offer free sailing lessons to young people in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas. The Duchess will also meet with students in a local STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths education) program; they are using STEM concepts in relationship to the America’s Cup challenge. (More info about this can be found here.) 


Next, our poll for footwear seen on the tour. We have divided this into two groups so the older pieces are in their own category; it didn’t make sense to have an oft-worn style like the Sebago Bala and the new Prada Nero Sandals in the same poll.

Our review of what shoes Kate wore on the tour begins with the LK Bennett Fern pumps. We saw them when Kate and William arrived in Mumbai, the Duchess accessorized her Alexander McQueen separates with the style. We saw the heels several times throughout the tour. (This shoe is available in limited sizes on the LK Bennett UK/International site. It is expected to be in stock on the US/CAN site in late May or June; LK Bennett suggests interested US/Canadian shoppers register their interest via their email signup page.)

LK Bennett/Polaris

LK Bennett/Polaris

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Jan 192015

Kate returned to a favorite brand for today’s engagements in the London borough of Kensington, not far from her home at Kensington Palace.

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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.

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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. Below, the couple at the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce Christmas lunch, held in New York December 4.

Catarina Åström / Swedish Royal Court

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.