Apr 192017
 

The Duchess sported a new knit top at today’s event with runners taking part in Sunday’s London Marathon.

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

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Apr 162017
 

We had a surprise this morning, waking up to learn that Kate and William attended Easter church services at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor.

CPNA/ i-Images / Polaris

CPNA/ i-Images / Polaris

This is the first time the Duke and Duchess have taken part in the Easter Service at St. George’s. They were among many royals enjoying the sunshine as they walked to the Chapel. Below you can see Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice; as well as Lady Louise and Viscount Severn, accompanying their parents, the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

©CPNA/i-Images/Polaris

©CPNA/i-Images/Polaris

More from The Express:

The rest of the royal party walked down the hill to the Galilee Porch of the chapel in the Lower Ward of the castle watched by about 50 members of the public who had been let into watch.

The Queen, in a turquoise coat and hat, was driven down to the chapel with the Duke of Edinburgh from her private quarters at the 1,000-year-old royal fortress, her favourite royal residence.

©CPNA/ i-Images / Polaris

©CPNA/ i-Images / Polaris

More from Richard Palmer’s Express story:

Dozens of people waited outside for the royal arrival, and clapped as the monarch entered the church through the Galilee Porch.

At Canterbury Cathedral, the Archbishop of Canterbury gave his annual Easter sermon, in which he called for peace in the Middle East.

Now to what Kate wore, starting with the custom Catherine Walker coat that was initially seen in Canada last fall.

Kate Easter Sunday Church April 16 2017 Catherine Walker Two Shots

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The garment was worn as the Cambridge family was departing Canada to return home after their fall tour.

©Splash News/Polaris

©Splash News/Polaris

You can see that Kate wore the same skirt beneath the coat today that she wore in Canada, it appears to be the Whistles pleated skirt first seen in Los Angeles in 2011.

Kate carried a new handbag by Etui Bags.

©Stephen Lock/i-Images

©Stephen Lock/i-Images

The clutch is done in a modified lattice-style pattern, similar to this orange design. (Kate’s bag has a diamond motif seen in the weave, something not present in the orange clutch.) It measures roughly 7″ x 12″, closes with a magnetic snap and has a detachable chain. The orange style is 230 PLN (Polish Zloty), that is about $58 at today’s exchange rates.

Etui Bags

Etui Bags

This is the second handbag by Etui that the Duchess has carried. The first was seen on St. Patrick’s Day at the Irish Guard and in Paris.

©i-Images/Splash News

©i-Images/Splash News

The Duchess accessorized with her Rupert Sanderson Malory pumps.

©i-Images/Rupert Sanderson

©i-Images/Rupert Sanderson

And she wore the diamond and pearl earrings loaned to her by HM.

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Kate had on a new hat, another pillbox style.

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It appeared to be made of fabric with a satin finish; the piece looked to have a little sheen in the sunlight.

©Stephen Lock/i-Images/Polaris

©Stephen Lock/i-Images/Polaris

We’ll leave you with this video, and hope that all celebrating the occasion enjoy the day.

I apologize for the delay getting this posted, your fearless scribe is a bit under the weather.

 

Apr 072017
 

We are popping in for a quick update on styles Kate has worn recently at private engagements. The first is a casual ensemble seen yesterday as Kate was leaving the west London house where her sister, Pippa Middleton and fiancée James Matthews live.

Most news coverage suggests Kate was helping with plans for Pippa’s wedding May 20. Click here to go to the Daily Mail story and photos. Kate was in the ‘Deborah Waffle Knit, or Egg Knit, sweater by Jonathan Saunders.

Both Photos @Stephen Lock/i-Images

Both Photos @Stephen Lock/i-Images

The Duchess wore the sweater in New Zealand during the 2014 tour.  More about the garment from our original post:

The aqua, white and blush sweater is 100% cotton, but it is sold out. It has been something of a staple for the designer, offered in a wonderful variety of colors over the years.

©Jonathan Saunders

©Jonathan Saunders

Kate wore designs by Mr. Saunders several times. Unfortunately, he shuttered his label in late 2015. The Scottish designer was hired last May by another Kate favorite, Diane von Furstenberg; he is the company’s first Chief Creative Officer. Kate also had on her Superga Cotu Classic Sneakers, initially seen during the Canada tour last fall. Nordstrom does have the Cotu in stock ($64.95) The retailer also offers a style on sale that is almost identical ($48.71). The distinctions are minor; one pair has white eyelets like Kate’s, and the other does not; one pair has a colored logo tag, while the other is monochrome. (These are *really* minor differences, the sale price would look pretty good to me if I were purchasing the style.)

Superga/Polaris

Superga/Polaris

Other retailers with the shoe in stock include Shopbop, along with DSW, LL Bean and Athleta. The price is $65 at all four retailers. The other ensemble we want to cover was worn March 30th when Kate and Willliam were dinner guests of Pippa and James Matthews.

The Daily Mail

The Daily Mail

This was also at the couples’ Kensington home. More from The Daily Mail:

With her own big day just seven weeks away, the bride-to-be hosted a pre-wedding summit to introduce sister Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and husband Prince William to future in-laws David Matthews and Jane Parker. Pippa and Kate’s brother James Middleton, 29, also attended the South Kensington party, as did James Matthews’s brother, reality TV star Spencer, 27.

Kate was in the Peony Off the Shoulder Dress ($128) from Alice Temperley’s Somerset line for John Lewis. The dress is an off-the-shoulder design, although the Duchess pulled the garment up over her shoulders.

John Lewis

John Lewis

Thank you to Middleton Maven for her ID of Kate’s dress. There are other pieces in the pattern, including the Tie Neck Shirt ($89.50).

John Lewis

John Lewis

And a midi Peony Skirt ($102.50). The fabric is 100% viscose, and all pieces can go in the washing machine.

John Lewis

John Lewis

There are also Peony pieces with a white background.

John Lewis

John Lewis

Over the years there have been several items from the Somerset collection I liked. These are not my favorites.

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Today the BBC released details about its TV special focused on the London Marathon and Heads Together, the mental health charity started by Kate, William and Harry. The organization is the London Marathon’s Charity of the Year. There are hundreds of runners on the Heads Together team; they will be running “…to raise money and awareness for the inspiring mental health charities that provide practical support to those who need it.” The BBC broadcast follows several runners as they train for the April 23rd race. William, Kate and Harry are featured in the program as they take part in a team training day. The program is called Mind over Marathon; it airs on BBC One April 27th.

BBC

BBC

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Kate & William are being honored with the Tuvalu Order of Merit.  From Richard Palmer’s story in The Express:

Discussions are under way for William and Kate to be invited to an investiture in London to each receive the Tuvalu Order of Merit in recognition of their 2012 visit to the Polynesian nation of nine tiny islands  Tuvalu’s honorary consul in London, Dr Iftikhar Ayaz, confirmed that the couple have now been honoured almost five years later to recognise the joy that their visit brought to Tuvalu. The Queen approved the honour on the advice of her government ministers in Tuvalu

Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

Orders are worn affixed to a ribbon.

Nunn Syndication/POLARIS Images

Nunn Syndication/POLARIS Images

Here is a screen grab of the ribbon for the Tuvalu order as shown on the Worcestershire Medal Service Ltd website.

Worcestershire Medal Service Ltd

Worcestershire Medal Service Ltd

There are two terrific primers on royal orders at the Royal Order of Splendor.  Click here for the first and here for the second.   A side note: thank you everyone who was so patient & supportive when the site was inaccessible yesterday. Because it went down while we were at the airport frantically trying to salvage a vacation following a flight cancellation, we weren’t immediately aware of the problem. It looks we’re back to 100% functionality.