Mar 172017

The Duchess chose a new Catherine Walker coat for today’s shamrock ceremony with the 1st Battalion Irish Guards.

 Doug Peters/ EMPICS Entertainment

Doug Peters/ EMPICS Entertainment

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Jun 102016

The Duchess wore a new Catherine Walker coatdress for today’s National Service of Thanksgiving commemorating the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail &  Mail Online @RE_DailyMail

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail & Mail Online @RE_DailyMail

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Apr 092016

We are back with some updates and the conclusion of our coverage looking at designers with British connections Kate might wear on the tour. Our tour updates are brief:

  • The WKW Royal Tour 2016 page is live. You’ll find it located just below the site header, on the far left of that graphic.
    • The page contains a detailed itinerary loaded with links to the sites and organizations involved in each engagement
    • At the bottom of the page we have a series of links with background info and articles; this will continue to be updated.
  • We have made it easy for you to know the local time wherever Kate and William may be with the addition of a clock on the right sidebar, it shows the time at a specified location. Right now it is set to show the time in Mumbai. This is particularly helpful for yours truly, in part because the time difference is on the half-hour. Mumbai is 9.5 hours ahead of EDT, as opposed to 9 hours or 10 hours, I’m not used to that half-hour distinction. When the tour moves to New Delhi the clock will show that time and so on throughout the week. If you see the clock with a gray area and arrow (as shown below right) just click the arrow and the shadow/screen will disappear.

Tour Time Clock Graphic April 8 2016

  • We’ll live blog the Sunday arrival and update expected times for that coverage on the WKW Facebook page and Twitter account.
  • If there are stories that you think should be added to the list of links at the bottom of the Tour Guide, just let me know via email ( or a direct message.

Also this morning, Rebecca English of The Daily Mail shared some fashion updates via Twitter this morning that are interesting:

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail & Mail Online

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail & Mail Online

Rebecca also reports that William and Kate have new luggage and rucksacks for the trip from heritage brand Chapman Bags. More on the tour wardrobe from Rebecca’s story in today’s Daily Mail:

For their India and Bhutan trip, Kate is expected to go through two or three changes a day over seven days – up to 21 different looks in all.

Armfuls of clothes have been arriving at Kensington Palace on almost a daily basis for her to try, new luggage has been bought and her personal hairdresser, Amanda Cook Tucker, will accompany her.


Now to sartorial selections we have been discussing. One thing to remember: as much fun as it is to learn about new designers and different styles thousands of miles away, the reality on royal tours thus far is that local designers aren’t showcased as much as some might think. Here is how the numbers break down when comparing the three tours undertaken by the Cambridges. (“Other” includes pieces from retailers/designers that have neither British or host country ties, such as Michael Kors.)

What Kate Wore Royal Tour Fashion By the Numbers Chart Table Showing Local, Other and British

A visual refresher on the 2014 tour reminds us that in almost three weeks we saw only 5 items from ‘local’ New Zealand and Australia brands: In New Zealand we saw the turquoise Emilia Wickstead dress and Rebecca Taylor’s Sparkle Tweed separates; in Australia Kate wore Zimmermann to Sydney’s famed Easter Show, carried an Oroton clutch and wore a hat by Jonathan Howard (not shown in this montage).

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All Photos: i-Images

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