Jan 192017

We are back with some news and our first polls looking at Kate’s 2016 wardrobe, beginning with one of my favorite topics: shoes. First, today’s confirmation by Kensington Palace that Kate, William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte will be based in London starting in the autumn.

Kebsington Palace

Kensington Palace

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Aug 252016

Kate sported a new LK Bennett dress for an engagement this morning with Prince William. The couple visited the YoungMinds Parents Helpline, a project under the Heads Together umbrella.

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Mar 162012

The day started with a surprise appearance by Kate, she visited London’s Olympic Park to visit with the Team Great Britain Hockey teams. (Some readers are more likely to refer to this sport as ‘field hockey’.)

London 2012 Home Page

The Duchess is now showcased on the Team GB home page, there is a story about her visit to the team. Some may recall that Kate is more-than-familiar with the sport, she was the captain of her hockey team while at Marlborough College, as she is also an official Olympic Ambassador, this visit makes perfect sense.

Kate arrived wearing coral skinny jeans, there is vigorous debate on the WKW Facebook page as to whether they are J Brand, Oasis, Zara, or something altogether different.

Via Alex Danson Twitter Feed (@AlexDanson15)

The photo above is from team member Alex Danson, he shared this thought about Kate’s visit:

Alex Danson Team GB Hockey Team Twitter Feed

USA Today reports Kate requested the meeting:

Kate, 30, had specifically asked to meet with the hockey team as part of her role as an Olympic ambassador. Together with Princes William and Harry, she will make an effort to see and be seen at the London Olympics and to cheer the home side on.

Kate paired the bright jeans with a white tee and Team GB scarf, thanks to Lia Hervey of Sky News and WKW Facebook friend Inge for letting us know it is the official Paralympic scarf in the large size.

The larger scarf is available for £10, £5 in the smaller size, proceeds from sales go to the British Olympic Association. The always stylish Carly from Kate Middleton Style blog ordered hers yesterday and has already received it, so delivery is speedy for those in the UK.

Here is a better look at Kate’s ensemble, we thank Lia Hervey of Sky News again. (@SkyNewsOlympic on Twitter.)

Lia Hervey, Sky News Twitter Feed (@SkyNewsOlympic)

The Duchess was in her navy LK Bennett Art court shoes.

LK Bennett ‘Art’

We originally noted these when Kate wore them to Darwen Academy almost a year ago.

LK Bennett Press Archive

The maker of Kate’s blazer was very difficult to sort out, in this photo with Team GB’s David Faulkner you have a better look at it.

Lia Hervey, Sky News Twitter Feed (@SkyNewsOlympic)

Fortunately for Kate fashion fans, Ayvee of Diana’s Jewels put her sleuthing skills to work determining who made the jacket.

Emilio Pucci

It turns out the piece is an Emilio Pucci creation, it features classic double-breasted styling, peak lapels, double vents, gold buttons on the front and cuffs. The previously mentioned Carly found a similar Pucci blazer available at Selfridge’s, the Punto Milano version is £1,145, roughly $1800.

Kate switched to Adidas trainers and grey Team GB sweatshirt for the actual ‘workout,’ we don’t know the precise style name or number of the shoes.

More from the USA Today story:

The team seemed to appreciate that she was willing to risk embarrassing herself to help promote their sport. She chatted with U.K. coaches, trainers and players, asking about training.

“Do you still get bananas and oranges at halftime?” she asked.

The visit seemed to evoke a time when she was just Kate, not a duchess, not the wife of a prince, not someone whose wedding was watched by millions around the world.

More on the Ambassadorial role from Andy Hunt via this story on the Team GB website:

“The Ambassadors provide our athletes with a tremendous source of inspiration and it was great to see HRH wearing the official supporter’s scarf of Team GB and ParalympicsGB.”

Kate polished off the look with her Kiki McDonough Grace earrings, glistening in the bright sunlight.

She also posed posed with the Team Great Britain Women’s team in these photos shared by Andy Hunt, who heads up the Team GB efforts.

Andy Hunt, Team GB Twitter Feed (@AndyHunt_TeamGB)

And the Team GB Men’s team.

Andy Hunt/Team Great Britain Twitter Feed (@AndyHunt_TeamGB)

To learn more about the London 2012 Games, click here, for more on Team GB, click here, and here for the Team GB Hockey page. For NBC’s video with Kate playing hockey, click here.

The bright colors were wonderful to see, and the blazer an elegant look. While not opposed to heels with skinny jeans, this chunkier heel didn’t work for me, it seemed to throw off the proportions. But overall this was a fun, patriotic ensemble that looked lovely on the Duchess.

Kate was a quick change artist, switching to a more business-like style for her afternoon appearance with Prince Charles and Camilla at the Dulwich Picture Gallery on behalf of Children and the Arts, one of the Prince’s patronages.

Dulwich Picture Gallery

The Duchess chose another dress by Irish designer Orla Kiely, this one from the autumn 2011 collection.

Orla Kiely

The frock features a floral motif at the front neck, a full pleated skirt, three-quarter sleeves and a self-belt. Kate accessorized with her Links of London Hope Egg earrings and Tiffany Diamonds by the Yard bracelet.

Links of London/Tiffany

On her feet, the past season Episode ‘Angel’ platform shoes in suede worn last week for the trip to Leicester.


Above we show the shoe in leather, our thanks to Shellie Bells on Twitter for sharing the photo link with us.

One vision greeting visitors to the Gallery yesterday, these masks, part of the Great Arts Quest featuring work from school children in South London.

Dulwich Picture Gallery Facebook

More on the Quest from its website:

An appreciation of the visual arts is not innate, it is acquired. Exposure is the first step towards its appreciation. Great Art Quest is that first step for many of its participants.

Here you see one of the masks and children working on them, via the Gallery website.

Dulwich Picture Gallery

The Royals joined children who were drawing pictures of Queen Elizabeth to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.

The Daily Telegraph

For The Telegraph’s video story on the visit, click here.

There is a rather humorous BBC video of Kate and Prince Charles working with irons, this one has had many a viewer in stitches, it seems one of them was more familiar with the household appliance than the other.


To learn more about the Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts click here, for more on the Great Arts Quest, click here.