Jun 172012

Kate’s busy weekend continued today, she spent time in the country with 28 children, they were gently ‘roughing it’.

David Parker/Daily Mail/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The event was at Margaret McMillan House in Kent, it is part of a Widehorizons program that exposes children to the outdoors as a way of developing teamwork skills and building self-esteem. From the Widehorizons website:

We believe that every child should have access to adventure as part of their education and throughout their lives.

The charity is part of ARK Schools, an arm of William and Harry’s much larger ARK organization, Absolute Return for Kids.

Once again The Daily Mail’s Rebecca English was on hand to cover the event, she shared this via Twitter:

Rebecca English Twitter Feed

Rebecca English/Daily Mail

The children are students from London’s King Solomon Academy.

King Solomon Academy

For many it is the very first time they have seen the countryside. Today the kids made doughsticks with Kate, dough wrapped around a stick and toasted over the fire.

Rebecca English/Daily Mail

Kate seemed very much at home, and seemed to revel in her time with the youngsters.

Rebecca English/Daily Mail Twitter Feed

Here is more from Rebecca’s story:

Zahid Shanvere, eight, made Kate roar with laughter as he held open the tent flap for her and said: ‘After you.’

‘What a gentleman,’ she said.

She was in fits of giggles again when the children told her that they had been a little scared on their first night out under the stars.

‘What were you scared of? That a spider might creep in?’ She asked.

‘A mole,’ said Zahid with enormous seriousness.

Kate was dressed for the outdoors.


We owe a huge debt of thanks to all of the supersleuths who are WKW Facebook friends, they did the hard work identifying items while yours truly was out of pocket most of the day. Kate was in a vest by Really Wild Clothing Company, the brand’s Shooting Waistcoat in the ‘moss’ colorway, Michelle located the waistcoat quickly this morning.

Anna of My Small Obsessions also helped in the ID, above we show the piece at the site where Michelle located it, London Trading Company, it is $870. Michelle is also the whiz who remembered Kate’s fondness for the Really Wild brand, sharing this link to a 2011 Telegraph story talking about that classic shot of Kate wearing Really Wild in front of Blenheim Palace in 2004.  Recognize these pieces?

Really Wild Clothing Company

Thanks to Ashley Margot for pulling up a link to Kate’s Classic Short Skirt in soft green, many will also remember the Conifer Overcoat the Duchess held over her shoulder. (Click here for the Telegraph story.) The brand is available for purchase at the Royal Berkshire Shooting School, as well as many retailers.

Kate wore the Burberry shirt we saw during the couple’s North American tour last year, here she is wearing it July 5 during a visit to the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning at Blachford Lake.

Canadian Heritage

Kate was in the Le Chameau ‘Vierzonord‘ wellies we have seen on many previous occasions, they remain available in many sizes at Philip Morris UK, the US version of these are the Ladies Vierzon Nord, we show them at Orvis, they seem to have most sizes in stock.

David Parker/Daily Mail/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The sweater Kate wore is by Zara, Saffy, Michèle and Ryan identified this one, Ryan’s photos of her own sweater helped in sorting through the possible sweaters.

David Parker & WKW Facebook Friend Ryan

The jeans were also identified by Anna at My Small Obsessions, they are Zara’s as well, the Slim Fit.

Zara Slim Fit Jeans

One reminder for readers, as mentioned by Cherry Sese Sumulong last night on the WKW Facebook page, Zara’s big sale is just around the corner.  I’m guessing it will launch around Friday, June 22, but others may know better than I when it kicks off.


Following her time in Kent Kate moved on to the Beaufort Polo Club, both William and Harry were playing today.

James Whatling/Splash News

We have not yet identified who did Kate’s suede jacket, we’ll update when we do.

We’ll see you tomorrow for Order of the Garter.

For more on the Widehorizons/ARK Schools event, we share these links:

ITN News/Telegraph

Dec 292011

Before getting to our poll today we want to share a quick update on what Kate wore to watch Prince William play football Christmas Eve.

Paul Marsh/Lynn News

The photo was taken by Lynn News photo editor, Paul Marsh, The News is one of the local papers in Norfolk.

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Aug 212011

Yesterday Kate and Pippa managed to make time for a beachside walk on the sandy beaches of picturesque Llanddwyn Island, near Anglesey.

Kate was wearing what looks like a Cashmere Cowl Neck sweater from John Lewis, discovered by Kate Middleton Style blog and WKW Facebooker Brittney. The piece currently sells for £49 (discounted from its original £99 price tag), about $80 at today’s exchange rates. The tunic length sweater is available in a number of colors, it looks like it has a very high snuggle factor, always a big plus.

Another eagle-eyed Facebook pal, Simona, noted that we have seen the sweater before, most recently in the days before Kate and William were married.

The always-on-top-of-things @MrsRegalEyes noted that Kate is wearing boots from Le Chameau, possibly the Chasseur style on the left, or the Vierzonord Wellington Boot, as shown at Philip Morris, also discovered by MrsRegalEyes.

Le Chameau

The Chasseur is lined with leather with a full length outer zipper, while the Vierzonord is lined in neoprene, and lacks a zipper, the sentiment is that Kate is wearing the boot shown on the right, they sell at £145, about $238. The Chasseur boot on the left sells for £295 in the UK and $449 at Orvis.

Le Chameau has been a favorite of royals and serious outdoorsy folks for decades, yours truly is a fan, having been introduced to them at Orvis, something of a favorite haunt. The boots are made by hand in France and the quality is amazing, you can learn more at the company’s website or Facebook page. While there *is* a US website, it is informational only, you will need to select from the retailers listed if planning to purchase anything. We recommend Orvis based on years of wonderful experiences with the company, but there are many other good choices, including Cabela’s, also a splendid company.

Others on hand included Pippa’s longtime romantic interest, Alex Loudon. The Duchess also sported a pair of skinny jeans and carried an olive jacket. It is nice to see the two sisters spend some time together, the island looks absolutely gorgeous.

Also today, we finally have another UFO (Unidentified Fashion Object) riddle solved, thanks to the stellar sleuthing of Facebook friends My Small Obsessions and Brittney (yes, the very one mentioned above), they have identified a necklace worn by Kate on many occasions, most notably her engagement photos.

The British Monarchy/Worthpoint

The official name of the piece is Elsa Peretti® Cabochon by the Yard necklace, the version shown on the right from Worthpoint is identical to Kate’s, below we show the contemporary version at Tiffany.

Elsa Peretti® Cabochon by the Yard Via Tiffany

Here is how the current version of the necklace is described on the Tiffany site:

Necklace in 18k gold with one lapis lazuli cabochon and two round brilliant diamonds. 18″ long. Carat total weight .10.

The necklace is currently available online for $995. As noted on Diana’s Jewels, Kate has been seen wearing the necklace at least as far back the 2008 wedding of Lady Rose Windsor and George Gilman.

There are matching earrings available at Tiffany, appropriately called the Elsa Peretti® Cabochon by the Yard earrings, you can see the quality of the lapis lazuli stones in this photo. On the right we show a closeup of Kate’s earrings (via Diana’s Jewels), clearly different in many ways from the Tiffany earrings.

Via Tiffany & Diana

Kate’s have a tiny bezel set diamond and the blue stone is set in a drop that dangles freely from the top portion of the earring. It is widely believed that Kate has a Diamonds by the Yard Bracelet the picture below is from the couple’s North American tour where it was seen almost daily.

Below left we show Tiffany’s Diamonds by the Yard in platinum ($1155) and Cabochons by the Yard in 18K gold ($1395) bracelets.

Via Tiffany

A big tip of the hat and thank you to both Brittney and Our Small Obsessions, this was remarkable detective work on their part, they show why we enjoy the WKW Facebook community so much.