Dec 242013

For today’s Christmas church services Kate brought back two coats we have seen before, including her very popular Black Watch tartan.

Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Joe Giddens/PA Wire

William and Kate were among many royals worshiping today at St. Mary Magdalene. Prince Harry, just back from a South Pole trek, is still sporting the beard grown while he was away. (The Prince took part in a daunting trip that was a fundraising effort for Walking with the Wounded.)

Nunn Syndication/Polaris Images

Nunn Syndication/Polaris Images

St. Mary Magdalene is on the grounds of Sandringham, the royal estate, where four generations are celebrating the holidays this year.

Splash News and Pictures

Splash News and Pictures

More from the BBC:

Among the thousands of people waiting in the winter sunshine there was one question; will Prince George be here?

They were – perhaps unsurprisingly – disappointed. But there was applause for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who – in a break with royal tradition – walked hand in hand to church.

Among the crowds was a young boy who comes to Sandringham every year. His persistence was rewarded – several members of the family spoke to him, including the Queen. “She said good gracious are you here again!” he told me.

We saw the Duchess in a new hat by Gina Foster, described by the milliner as being a hard shell beret with a large bow.

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Splash News and Pictures

The coat was first seen in November of 2012 when Kate wore it for a visit to her old prep school.

PA Wire/Aquatalia Courtesy Photo by Getty Images

PA Wire/Aquatalia Courtesy Photo by Getty Images

The garment is from the McQ by Alexander McQueen diffusion line, modeled after the label’s Black Watch coat. There are two essential distinctions between the two pieces: Kate’s print is much smaller in scale, and her coat doesn’t have lapels.

Prince George was not at church this morning. ITV reports that he seemed to enjoy the wrapping paper more than his gifts:

Cicely Howard, 75, from Great Yarmouth, met Kate and asked about the baby.

She said: “She told me he was having a lovely day but was more interested in the wrapping paper than the presents.”

For the morning’s earlier service the Duchess was in another coat we have seen previously.

Splash News & Pictures

Splash News & Pictures

This is the UFO coat initially noted when worn in March of this year for the wedding of close friends in Switzerland.

Splash News

Splash News

The shawl or scarf is new; a reader at HRH Duchess Kate suggests it is the Tartan Wrap by Really Wild Clothing Company.

Really Wild Clothing Company

Really Wild Clothing Company

The dimensions seem to match (roughly 6.5 feet by 2.5 feet) and the colors look the same from what we can see. Perhaps more importantly, the fringed ends look the same. The piece is 95% wool and 5% cashmere, it sold for £135 (approximately $220 at today’s exchange rates) and is a fall/winter 2013 item.

In both instances today Kate wore her trusty Aquatalia Rhumba boots.

Rhumba by Aquatalia

Rhumba by Aquatalia

It looks like Nordstrom once again has the boots available in all sizes, retailing at $698.

Kate also wore the diamond and green amethyst (more properly known as prasiolite or quartz) earrings sold by Kiki McDonough for both church services.

Mirrorpix/Splash News

Mirrorpix/Splash News

Many will recall that Kate’s different ensembles from Christmas Day 2011. Below left she is seen in the ‘Angel’ Fit & Flare coat by Reiss, on the right Kate wears an aubergine coat made by an ‘independent dressmaker’.

Splash News

Splash News

Last year William and Kate did not go to Sandringham, opting instead to attend Christmas services with the Middletons. The Duchess wore her Hobbs ‘Celeste’ coat.

Jesal Parshotam

Kind Courtesy of Jesal Parshotam

In her Christmas message this year the Queen spoke about Prince George, more from a Telegraph story:

The Queen spoke about her great-grandson Prince George in her Christmas message to the nation, reflecting that the birth of a baby allows people to think about the future with renewed “happiness and hope”.

“After the christening, we gathered for the traditional photograph. It was a happy occasion, bringing together four generations.”

Her words were accompanied by behind-the-scenes footage of the baby prince sitting for his first official photograph under the direction of celebrity portrait photographer Jason Bell.

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

To see the Telegraph‘s video in its entirety click here.


Also today, an update on plans for Kate and William’s tour of Australia and New Zealand. Following is what we know officially, as released by Kensington Palace:

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit New Zealand and Australia in April 2014. Their Royal Highnesses have been invited by the New Zealand and Australian governments. Further details on the exact dates and itinerary will be issued in due course.’

As Richard Palmer reports in the Express, this will not be a short trip:

The royal couple will spend between a week and 10 days on official engagements in both countries, beginning in New Zealand. But with rest days and travel, the entire trip will take the best part of a month.

Much discussion has centered on whether or not the couple will take Prince George with them, back to Richard Palmer’s story: .

William and Kate, both 31, have said they intend to take George but will wait to make a final decision nearer the time, depending on his health and what they think is best for him. Aides, however, think it highly unlikely that they will leave their child at home, unlike previous generations of royals who were often absent for months.

George is unlikely to accompany them on most of their public duties but aides anticipate that there will be occasions in both countries when George will appear before the cameras.

They will make a final decision on whether to take him nearer the time but a senior aide said: “It is anticipated and planned for that he will go.”

The young Prince will be just about the same age William was when taken along for his parents’ tour of New Zealand and Australia.

There is at least one engagement we can pencil in on the calendar: Australia’s Daily Telegraph reports the Duke & Duchess will be guests of honor at Royal Randwick Races.

THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be guests of honour at Royal Randwick’s $18 million festival of racing when they visit Australia in April.  The young royal family are expected to arrive in NSW three days before race day on April 19th, where monarchists will be keen to set eyes on Prince George for the first time.

And there will be no question which horse William and Kate will be backing on the day with the Queen’s Gai Waterhouse-trained Carlton House set to race in the Stakes.

The Queen Elizabeth Stakes are part of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival; in 2014 they will be held on April 19th.


Finally today, we wanted to alert you to a one-day opportunity to save at Beulah London. The label is having a flash sale underway now.

Beulah London

Beulah London

Pieces in the sale include Kate’s Sabitri dress in her powder blue color, as well as the silver and navy rose print.

Beulah London 'Sabitri' Dress

Beulah London ‘Sabitri’ Dress

All of the sale items may be found here.

EDITOR’S NOTE: I have deleted the erroneous information saying the coat could still be purchased by special order from Net-a-Porter; it’s no longer available. Thanks to Jordan Fallon for sharing the information on the Facebook page.

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.

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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!

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