Mar 202013
 

Kate joined the Queen and Prince Philip today for a visit to London’s famous Underground.

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The occasion was part of the events celebrating the Underground’s 150th Anniversary.

Transport for London

The anniversary was officially marked on January 9, but events commemorating the milestone will go on all year.

Transport for London

It was good to see HM out and about, although most accounts noted that she looked pale. It was the first time she carried out public engagement in almost ten days, she continues to recover from “symptoms of gastroenteritis”.

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail, Mail Online

The Queen was wearing a Karl Ludwig tweed dress with an Angela Kelly hat.  As one might anticipate, everyday Tube riders were surprised to encounter members of the Royal family at an Underground station.

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They were given a tour of Baker Street station, below we see Kate being welcomed with some lovely flowers.

Transport for London

Richard Palmer of the Express explains how Kate came to be involved in today’s function.

She and Philip were joined by Kate, who had scheduled a series of official engagements this week and asked if she could be part of the visit to the historic Tube station after their two offices compared diaries and the Queen formally invited her. “She just fancied it. She asked if she could come along,” a senior royal aide said.

Kate was given a new ‘accessory’ during the visit, one of the famous Baby on Board buttons.

For those unfamiliar with the buttons, here is more from the Daily Mail:

The lapel badges are available free to expectant mothers using public transport as a gentle hint to fellow travellers to offer them their seat and behave, well, in a slightly more courteous manner.

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The Duchess did not put the button on but instead commented she would wear it at home. The group also toured a new train and HM unveiled a plaque naming that train ‘Queen Elizabeth II’.

Kate wore a teal blue By Malene Birger coat for today’s engagement. Laure Laura from Kate Middleton Style discovered this posting on a fashion selling/swapping/trading site.

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The piece is 100% wool with elaborate trim at the neckline and down the front. There are large tabs at the cuffs and on the outer front pockets, accented by oversized buttons. The piece is closed with concealed hook & eye fastenings, if you look closely at the image of the coat back above you will see the additional fabric gathered at the waist.

When our friends at Grazia asked a Malene Birger representative about Kate’s coat they were told it was not one of their designs. But looking at details closely reveals the piece is identical (except for color) as the Malene Birger.

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The soutache style trim is topped with black beads, those beads are set on individual sequins.

The dual signatures on the inside of the garment confirm the listed piece is by Ms. Birger. You can see the interior pockets and polka dot fabric referenced on the Vide Dressing listing.

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One FYI, if reading the VideDressing description (which is in French), it may appear the coat style or name was ‘manteau,’ that is merely because manteau is French for coat.

Denmark’s Princess Mary has also worn this piece, it dates back to at least November of 2006.  Coincidentally, Princess Mary was also pregnant when seen in the coat. Many thanks to the WKW Facebook friends who shared this information, as well as those messaging and emailing.

This is not the first time we have seen the Duchess in a coat with the Birger name on it, she wore a piece by Day Birger et Mikkelsen several times, although Ms. Birger left this company to start her eponymous label. We show Kate wearing it to 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 of 2012 for the London Paralympics Opening Ceremonies.

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Kate accessorized with a hat we have seen previously, the elegant Whiteley beret-styled piece worn in January of 2011 to the wedding of Harry Aubrey-Fletcher and Louise Stourton.

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We also saw Kate’s Episode ‘Angel’ pumps again, along with her Cornelia James Wool Gloves with Bow, and sapphire earrings.

House of Fraser/Cornelia James

We have included links below to a few sites, including the London Transport Museum’s Gift Shop. It has all manner of London Underground 150 items, including mugs and books like these.

London Transport Museum Gift Shop

The teal was perfect for Kate’s coloring and the accessories worked well. She truly looks happy and very centered these last few weeks. Today’s coat looked a trifle short though, hopefully the Duchess isn’t planning to stick with the shorter lengths.

I apologize for the tardy post, we’ve encountered significant technical issues throughout the day. We’ll see you Friday for coverage of Kate’s time with the Scouts.

LINKAGE:

  • You can visit the Underground’s website here, or the Transport Museum here, the Transport Museum Gift Shop may be found here
  • The Daily Mail’s photo-laden story is here
  • Watch ITV’s video here, there is also a short video at that link of Kate being given the Baby on Board button
  • Visit the Malene Birger website to see its spring collection, the a/w 2013 collection can be viewed here here at Fashionising’s site, those interested in Copenhagen Fashion Week might enjoy visiting that site
Feb 042013
 

We have several updates to share, beginning with news many readers may have already seen, Kate has been out and about running errands and doing some shopping.

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Above we see the Duchess in London last Wednesday.

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Dec 032012
 

As many readers have no doubt heard, there was news from St. James’s Palace this afternoon (London time):

Duke & Duchess of Cambridge Website

If unable to read the text on the graphic, it says “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby.”

As is the case these days, the announcement was released via several means, including the Clarence House Twitter account:

Clarence House

While the it is lovely news, there is a downside: Kate is hospitalized with a severe form of morning sickness, and will remain in King Edward VII Hospital for several days. More from the Clarence House statement:

“The Duchess was admitted this afternoon to King Edward VII Hospital in Central London with Hyperemesis Gravidarum. As the pregnancy is in its very early stages, Her Royal Highness is expected to stay in hospital for several days and will require a period of rest thereafter.”

In fact, that is why the announcement was made so early in the pregnancy, the Palace felt they had little choice as word of Kate’s hospitalization would have been leaked to the news media.  The Queen is Patron of the hospital, it is a private facility in London.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum is a serious condition that far transcends morning sickness (misery enough on its own), more from the Hyperemesis Education & Research Foundation:

“HG is a debilitating and potentially life-threatening pregnancy disease marked by rapid weight loss, malnutrition, and dehydration due to unrelenting nausea and/or vomiting with potential adverse consequences for the newborn(s).”

Among other things the site has a list of the Top 10 Things Not to Say to a woman dealing with HG.

The Palace is not announcing a due date because Kate isn’t past the first trimester. Kate and William’s child will be third in line to the throne and a great-grandchild to the Queen. For the first time, if the baby is a girl she can inherit the throne, this as a result of changes to the rules of succession approved by Commonwealth countries last summer. From the BBC:

He or she will one day be head of the armed forces, supreme governor of the Church of England and subsequently head of state of the UK and, subject to approval by the Commonwealth, 15 other countries.

We share a very few possibilities for maternity wear should things progress well for Kate and the baby. (Omitting obvious considerations, like custom pieces from Kate’s favorite labels, McQueen, Temperley, etc..) This is merely a less-than-cursory glance at a few brands Kate might consider, almost all British labels. One is 9 London.

9 London

Below, a pair of straight leg jeans by 9 London, a denim skirt by Isabella Oliver is seen on the right.

Harrod's/Isabella Oliver

Isabella Oliver makes perfect sense. Among other things, the company received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category in 2010. Additional styles from the brand: the Urban Ruched dress is seen on the left, Lulu Lace maternity dress in the center, we show the Olivia dress on the right.

Isabella Olivor

A final three from this brand, all in a jersey knit not unlike Kate’s multiple Issa London frocks: the Florence Maternity Dress in a very royal blue, Tie Knot dress in the center, on the right we show the Willow frock.

Isabella Oliver

A final British brand for the day, Tiffany Rose. The satin ribbon is a bit twee, but Kate could easily replace that with a grosgrain ribbon or other embellishment that is more her style. From left to right: the Twilight in black, Amelia in a lacy style, Anastasia in deep blue, and Chloe in vintage rose lace.

Tiffany Rose

Two denim manufacturers that Kate favors offer maternity styles, we show the J. Brand Maternity Skinny Jeans (L) and the Paige Denim Maternity Verdugo Skinny Jeans (R).

J. Brand/Paige Denim

As fun as it might be to contemplate maternity wear it seems a little frivolous at this juncture with Kate hospitalized.

A note about Kate’s calendar, there are reports she won’t be making her next three scheduled appearances, Wednesday’s ICAP Charity Day, Saturday’s Winter Whites Gala and the British Military Tournament on Sunday. (For details on these three events, as well as future engagements, just click the tab above titled “Kate’s Calendar“.)