May 222013

Kate attended the annual Queen’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace today.

PA Wire

PA Wire

The tradition of holding a springtime party at the Palace dates all the way back to 1860 when Queen Victoria hosted breakfasts. For today’s function the Queen was accompanied by Prince Philip, as well as Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. This is the second year Kate has taken part in the function.

The British Monarchy website has more information about the parties:

Tea and other refreshments are served from long buffet tables. The quantities served are enormous. At a typical garden party, around 27,000 cups of tea, 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cake are consumed. Some 400 waiting staff are involved in the serving.

One of the primary purposes of the event is to thank those who have made noteworthy contributions to their communities, to public life or events like last year’s Olympics.

Also attending, the world’s longest married couple. More from the Mirror:

Karam Chand, 107, and and his wife Katari, 100, have been happily married for a staggering 87 years.

The couple have eight children and twenty eight grandchildren.

One of the most enjoyable parts of today’s function is reading tweets that guests wrote, and looking at pictures they posted. Richard Platts wondered about the propriety of posting on Twitter during the event.

Richard Platts Twitter Feed

Richard Platts Twitter Feed

Here is the photo Mr. Platts posted.

Richard Platts Twitter Feed

Richard Platts Twitter Feed

Jo Tomlin shared a photo showing some of the food served served today.

Jo Tomlin Twitter Feed (@JoTomlin)

Jo Tomlin Twitter Feed (@JoTomlin)

Ms. Tomlin also shared a photo of Kate chatting with guests.

Jo Tomlin Twitter Feed (@JoTomlin)

Jo Tomlin Twitter Feed (@JoTomlin)

TeamGB boxer Natasha Jones posted this tweet.

Screen Shot 2013-05-22 at 12.34.22 PM

Natasha Jones Twitter Feed

Kate chose another piece by Emilia Wickstead.

Kate Queen's Garden Party 2013 Yellow Wickstead PA Wire 500 x 800

PA Wire

She wore a modified version of the “Marella” coat by the New Zealand born designer.

Matches Fashion

Matches Fashion

The Marella is named after another Italian socialite and art collector Marella Agnelli, née Princess Donna Marella Caracciolo di Castagneto.

Vogue Australia/PA Wire

Vogue Australia/PA Wire

The silk coat features an abstract yellow and white pattern, three-quarter length sleeves, and a collarless neckline. When bought off the rack the garment features vertical darts; I believe Kate’s was altered. This close-up image shows a horizontal seam not present in the standard Marella.  This would allow the coat to be taken in when the Duchess returns to standard sizing.

PA Wire/Lyst

PA Wire/Lyst

The piece is from Ms. Wickstead’s spring/summer 2013 collection. It remains available at Matches Fashion, selling for $1826 USD.

The sunny yellow pattern is available in other pieces, including the Margerita skirt.

Emilia Wickstead Margerita Skirt at Matches

Emilia Wickstead Margerita Skirt at Matches

As well as the Bouvier Gown.

Kate accessorized with her Russell & Bromley Park Avenue Clutch in beige patent leather.

PA Wire

PA Wire

The clutch remains available at £185m, almost $300 at today’s exchange rate.  The Duchess also wore her Russell & Bromley Park Avenue heels.

Kate repeated the Jane Corbett hat first seen at Order of the Garter in 2012.

PA Wire

PA Wire

Many will recall that at last year’s party was May 29th, Kate was also in Emilia Wickstead for that event.

May 29, 2012 PA Wire

May 29, 2012 PA Wire

And she also accessorized with a hat by Jane Corbett for that event as well.


Jul 052012

EDITOR’S NOTE: We apologize for the late post on today’s events, we just had power restored after 11 hours without electricity following severe weather.

Kate returned to Emilia Wickstead for today’s Order of the Thistle ceremonies in Scotland. Below we see Her Majesty, Prince William and the Duchess following today’s events, in this photo William and HM have removed their ceremonial garb.

James Whatling/Splash News

Continue reading »

May 182012

The Queen’s Sovereigns’ luncheon is always an important occasion, but especially so in this Jubilee Year; today’s lunch was attended by more than 60 monarchs.

For her first appearance at this event Kate chose a pink piece by Emilia Wickstead, below she is seen chatting with Princes Harry and William before everyone sat down for lunch.

John Stilwell/Press Association

We can thank the Daily Mail’s Rebecca English for details on Kate’s frock:

Rebecca English/The Daily Mail Twitter Feed (@RE_DailyMail)

WKW Facebook friend @Kate Spotter made an early prediction on the frock, we thank both ladies for sharing such helpful information today. Below, a better look at the dress and Kate’s earrings.

John Stilwell/Press Association

The soft pink dress is knee length with a full pleated skirt. It also features a fitted bodice with concealed off-center closure and an inset waistband above the skirt.

John Stilwell/Press Association

You can see many elements found in Kate’s dress in this piece from 2011 shared by Michele Boccard; the neckline, bodice and pleats are almost identical, the biggest distinction between the two pieces is the length of the sleeves, and the dress itself.

Emilia Wickstead/Press Association/Emilia Wickstead

Emilia Wickstead collections generally offer several pieces in pink; below, pink frocks ranging from 2010 to 2012.

Emilia Wickstead

Some will recall Kate wore Emilia Wickstead for the Irish Guards event on St. Patrick’s Day. (Our post on that appearance is here.)

Anwar Hussein/Press Association

For those interested in learning more about Ms. Wickstead, here is a great video with the designer, described as a ‘posh young talent’ by Vogue Italy.

Vogue Italy

Kate recycled her pink satin Prada pumps, thanks to VE.Lina on Twitter, as well as Anna Marie, Nuria and Ashley Margot on Facebook for quickly identifying them. Kate previously wore the shoes to Peter and Autumn Phillips’ wedding in 2008 (pink jacket over black dress), as well as to the Charlie and Lucy Savory wedding in 2010 (pink Collette Dinnigan lace dress, same pink blazer).

And Kate also reprised the pink Prada clutch we have also seen on multiple occasions, initially noted when carried to last year’s ARK Dinner .

Prada Satin Logo Box Clutch

Kate had two pieces of jewelry on today we’ve yet to identify. Her earrings have been seen before, the always-sharp Ayvee of Diana’s Jewels shared that Kate wore them to a wedding last January of 2011 (our post is here), when Kate wore her classic Libelula black velvet Dulwich coat. Ayvee’s site also notes they were worn to the Rosie Bradford – Harry Meade nuptials in October of 2010.

Additionally Kate wore a brooch we haven’t seen before.

John Stilwell/Press Association

A very sharp WKW FB friend, Michelle Wales, did some hunting and wondered if this might be a piece borrowed from HM, the “Queen’s Amethyst Bouquet Brooch,” a gift to the Queen in 1960. But after more examination, Michelle isn’t convinced it is the same piece, nor are Ayvee (mentioned above) or Anna (of royal jewelry FB site My Small Obsessions).

As is often the case these days, social media provided details on the event. We can thank Richard Palmer of the Daily Express for his update on a topic that was hotly debated, royal protocol and curtsies:

Richard Palmer/Daily Express Twitter Feed (@RoyalReporter)

Senior British Royals were in attendance at Windsor Castle, the entire roster of monarchs at lunch may be seen at the BBC site:

Twelve members of the British Royal Family – including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and the Duke of York – will also be there.

More on the glittering guest list from Rebecca English

A sneak peek at the seating plan showed there were 24 Kings and Queens, one Emperor, a Grand Duke and a Sultan.

Eight princesses, an Emir and a lone Empress added a further layer of gravitas to the mix.
Wondering about the menu for such an illustrious gathering? Royal photographer Mark Stewart tweeted about that.

Royal Photographer Mark Stewart Twitter Feed (@RegalEyes)

It is an amazing gathering of royalty in an extraordinary setting, but it is also said to be a surprisingly informal atmosphere, we return to the Daily Mail story:

The event had the atmosphere of a family gathering, despite the opulent surroundings, with everyone chatting loudly as they caught up.

The British Royal Family circulated around the chamber mingling with their foreign guests. At one point Prince Harry was engrossed in conversation with the Saudi Ambassador while his brother William and wife Kate chatted to King of Jordan Abdullah II and his wife Queen Rania.

Those attending included:

  • Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan,
  • Prince Albert & Princess Charlene of Monaco
  • King Harald  of Norway and his wife Queen Sonja

The BBC’s story is here.


The Telegraph/ITN video is here.

ITN/The Telegraph

Two more items today, the first is our $500 Spending Spree contest winner, compliments of Shop It To Me. The lucky lady is Alicia, who entered with a comment at 7:40am on May 11th, saying her favorite designer would be McQueen, except she can’t afford it. Hopefully this will help out on that front!

Our thanks to both Nicole and Tamara at Shop It To Me for making things go smoothly and offering such a wonderful prize. Alicia promises to let us know what she ends up purchasing, I can’t wait to see what treasures she comes up with!


Our other note involves an incredible savings opportunity at a place we know Kate likes, Links of London.

Links of London 5 Day VIP Sale

Links of London USA is doing a VIP 5 Day Sale and prices are *amazing* on many items, with some pieces up to 60% off.

For example, the iconic Links Sweetie Bracelet shown below left in rose gold vermeil retails at $385, but it is just half of that price, $192.50, until the sale ends at midnight on Monday. On the right we show the Links Sweetie in 18KT Gold over Sterling with freshwater pearls, it sells at $990, but is $693 (30% off) until the sale ends.

Links of London VIP Sale

Or those looking for a little trinket with a bit of Britain might like the British Flag Welly Boot charm (normally $85, now $42.50), or one of my favorites, the British Bulldog charm (it normally sells at $95, but is VIP priced at $47.50) or the Heart Sunglasses charm (also just $42.50). They are all darling in addition to being great buys.

Links of London VIP Sale

But you need to use a special link to get to the sale online, click here to do just that. The VIP event ends at midnight, Monday the 21st.

Kate’s next appointment is tentatively scheduled for the 22nd, the Garden Party at the Palace, and then we get into heavy Jubilee activities, including Epsom on June 2.