Nov 082014

The Duchess debuted a new coat by Matthew Williamson for this morning’s visit to the Pembroke Oil Refinery in Wales.

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Stephen Lock/

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Nov 072014

Two more engagements have been added to Kate’s Calendar.

  • Wednesday, November 12: In her role as Patron of SportsAid Kate will attend a workshop at the Human Performance Lab. She will watch athletes being measured in a variety of ways, including strength and power tests, cognitive assessments, and more.
  • Wednesday, November 19: Kate will attend the Place2Be Wellbeing in Schools Awards in the Kensington Palace State apartments. The Duchess is the organization’s Patron, there is more information about the awards here.

You can always see the updated list of engagements on our calendar of engagements.

A reminder that Kate and William have two engagements in Wales tomorrow (the 8th). The first is at the Pembroke Oil refinery, where the couple will view a display of the facility’s history in the community. They will also meet workers and members of community groups supported by the refinery and view a performance by the Young Actors Studio. Because it doesn’t appear they will be touring any outside operations, I don’t think we will have another ‘hardhat moment,’ it’s more likely Kate will be in one of her standard daywear dresses and a coat.

The second engagement is the rugby match between Wales and Australia at Millenium Stadium in Cardiff. Weather in both locations is expected to be in the low 50s, with an 80% chance of rain. The stadium has a retractable roof so weather shouldn’t impact the match in any way. For those planning their Saturdays, the match begins at 14:30 local time, 9:30am ET. Cardiff is about two hours by car from Pembroke (a chopper ride between the two cities will be much shorter), so if backtiming from the 2:30 match start it is obvious the Pembroke engagement will be in the morning; my guesstimate is 10am-ish.

This is not Kate’s first visit to Millenium Stadium. She attended a rugby match there in November 2012 and the Welsh team also played on that occasion. The team’s primary color is red; fittingly the Duchess wore her red LK Bennett ‘Ami’ coat and carried a red Gucci clutch.

Michael Steele - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Michael Steele – WPA Pool/Getty Images

At that time Kate was in the first trimester of her pregnancy with Prince George, not dissimilar to her current situation. A closer look at Kate’s bag.

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PA Wire

Look for Kate to be wearing red again, and for both the Duke and Duchess to be wearing poppies. With Remembrance Sunday this weekend, and Armistice Day next Tuesday, we will be seeing many poppies.

We also expect Kate to view Remembrance Sunday ceremonies. The official service at the Cenotaph begins at 11am local time, 6am ET. The BBC’s coverage starts at 1025am. In past years it has been shown on BBC America although I don’t know if that is the plan this year.

Clarence House has started its rolling blog covering Remembrance activities through next Tuesday. Click here to go that site.

The British Monarchy

The British Monarchy

NOTE: Your trusty correspondent is out of town Saturday and will be attempting her first post via the iPad. To mangle actress Bette Davis’s quote in All About Eve, it could be a bumpy ride.


The poppy conversation is a convenient segue to our other topic today, an update on the art installation at the Tower of London honoring the Centenary of World War I, now simply referred to by many as the ‘Tower poppies‘. This is a fairly long portion of today’s post, and while somewhat related to what Kate wore, it is a more general update on the memorial and growing debate about its immediate future. Readers more interested specifically in fashion may want to depart until tomorrow’s post. Some of the background material will be repetitive for some, it seemed a good idea to share the basics one more time.

The installation’s formal name is “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red.” Here is how it looked when we visited on October 16th.

Tower Poppies Cascading Shot KVK Photo

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There will ultimately be 888,246 poppies filling the Tower’s renowned dry moat, each representing a British or Colonial fatality from the First World War. Almost all have been planted now.

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Nov 032014

We are back with several updates, starting with two new engagements for the Duke and Duchess in Wales this weekend.

  • Saturday, Nov. 8: Kate and William visit the Valero Pembroke oil refinery located in southwest Wales
  • Saturday, Nov. 8: Kate and William will attend the rugby match between Wales and Australia at Millenium Stadium.  The match begins at 2:30pm local time, that is 9:30am ET. Prince William is Vice Patron of the Welsh Rugby Union; the Queen is the organization’s Patron.  Majesty Magazine reports the Duke and Duchess will “observe the Remembrance Tribute at the start of the match, and privately meet injured servicemen in the President’s Box during half-time.”

Additionally, this Sunday is Remembrance Sunday, always an important date in the royal calendar. This year holds special significance as the Centenary of WWI is being commemorated. We don’t yet know if Kate will attend the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph, but I expect she will watch the ceremony as she has in previous years. More on the event from the Royal British Legion:

“Remembrance Sunday, the second Sunday in November, is the day traditionally put aside to remember all those who have given their lives for the peace and freedom we enjoy today. On this day people across the nation pause to reflect on the sacrifices made by our brave Service men and women.

As always, the observance begins with two minutes of silence at 11am BT, 6am ET/3am PT.


Next, a quick look at a piece in today’s Daily Mail critiquing the colors Kate wears. It’s an interesting story, one that has stirred comment on the WKW FB page.

…while she looked every inch the glamorous princess on the Tuesday at an awards ceremony at the Natural History Museum, on Wednesday during an Action on Addiction gala dinner fashion watchers described her as looked [sic] rather more washed out.

Why? Is it because she was attending her third event in two days. Because she is the mother of a 15-month-old toddler? Or because she is 13 weeks pregnant with her second child? None of the above according to certain style experts, who say it is because she doesn’t always choose colours that suit her complexion.

Kate’s aubergine coat from Christmas Day of 2011 and Hobbs Celeste coat are cited as ‘hits’ while the Hobbs Persephone coat worn for St. Patrick’s 2014 and yellow Emilia Wickstead coat are deemed ‘misses’.
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Splash/Splash/Splash/PA Wire

The expert quoted in the article, Melissa Nicholson, uses the decades-old seasonal color palette in determining what works for Kate and what doesn’t, in her estimation. From Ms. Nicholson’s perspective:

…the shades that compliment Kate’s skin tone…are from the ‘summer’ palette, which means she looks her best in clothes with a blue tint rather than a yellow one.

‘It is quite obvious that Kate is a summer,’ she said. ‘I would say her best shades are French navy, airforce blue, aubergine, plum, burgundy, soft berry and grey (anything from silver to slate).

You can see the entire story here.

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