Jun 122012

We want to share a few updates before tomorrow’s Jubilee visit to Nottingham, as well as an updated itinerary for that trip.

Last Friday Kate and her brother James took Lupo and Ella (we believe it is Ella, the Middleton’s dog and Lupo’s mother) for a stroll in Kensington.

Jocelyn Laidlaw

Canadian journalist Jocelyn Laidlaw saw the pair and took a photo, sharing it via her Twitter account.

Jocelyn Laidlaw Twitter Feed

Ms. Laidlaw says she also has a video, that has not yet been posted. Kate wore her familiar Barbour, the waxed Ladies Defence Jacket.

Country Attire/Jocelyn Laidlaw

It remains out of stock at Country Attire, but Joseph M. shows it in stock at £119.94, about $190 USD at today’s exchange rates. Kate was also in her skinny jeans and sneakers/trainers.

On Thursday night Kate and William went to see one of the summer’s hottest movies, “The Avengers” at a theater in Kensington. A young lady also seeing the movie, Hessa Magunda, tweeted her excitement.

Hessa Magunda Twitter Feed

Because this is one of those times we believe the couple had every right to expect privacy we aren’t posting the photo someone snapped with their camera phone, but we can tell you what Kate was wearing.

Kate looked to be in her J Brand 811 skinny jeans, seen on many occasions, as well as a black top or sweater, and a black gilet (vest) over the top. We believe Kate wore a piece she thought about, or perhaps even planned on wearing to the Jubilee concert last Monday. When the Palace originally released the information on what Kate wore, the message was that it was a “black shearling Alice Temperley coat over a patterned blue and purple dress from Whistles”. However, shortly after the original announcement a change was made to say Kate was wearing a McQueen jacket.

With thanks to Kate in Waiting, here is what we think The Duchess was wearing, the Temperley Leather And Shearling Contrast Gilet, we show it in a different color as seen at Flannels.  Again, Kate’s was black.

Flannels Fashion & Lyst

We also show detail of Temperley’s Sofia coat because it has very similar detailing, offering an idea of how the trim looks in black.


And now a look at the plan for tomorrow’s Nottingham trip. Unfortunately, Prince Philip will not be accompanying the group as planned, he is still recovering from an infection. The Queen is expected to arrive in Nottingham at 10:05am (5:05am EDT), she is traveling by train. HM is to be greeted by William and Kate, I do not know how the couple is getting to the area.Following is a brief rundown of the scheduled events as described on the My Nottingham website:

  • after the 10:05 meeting at the train station both parties will travel by car to the Old Market Square
  • the Royals are expected to arrive in the Old Market Square at 10.10am and will spend time greeting the crowds, before going into the Council House to meet the Lord Lieutenants of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire and invited guests
  • Crowds will get another glimpse of the special visitors when they appear on the Council House balcony to acknowledge the crowd
  • The Royal party will then leave by car at approximately 10.55am… before heading to Vernon Park in Basford which has been granted Queen Elizabeth 2 Field Status, meaning it will be protected for future generations to enjoy
  • The Royal Party will arrive at Vernon Park along Vernon Avenue at approximately 11.00 am for a re-dedication of Vernon Park under the auspices of the QE2 Fields in Trust organisation, of which Prince William is patron.
  • The Queen will unveil a plaque to mark the park’s new status and the Royal party will enjoy sporting and musical performances by children from schools and groups from Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Derby and Derbyshire

City officials are understandably excited about the visit.

My Nottingham Twitter Feed

Below we see an image of Vernon Park taken this afternoon, as shared by Fields in Trust, working hard getting everything ready for tomorrow’s visit. Fields in Trust is the only UK-wide charity dedicated to protecting and preserving outdoor spaces, thus the import of Vernon Park being granted its new status, it will be protected and preserved for future generations.

Fields in Trust Twitter Feed

For more information:

We’ll see you tomorrow.



Jul 052011

With apologies for the lateness of our post, we take a look at Day Six of the Royal Tour, the Duke and Duchess are visiting Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories.

via The Daily Mail

Kate showcased a new look, the “Bullet Dress” by Malene Birger, a Danish designer known for her clean lines and contemporary styling. Here you have a better look at Kate in the dress, once again showcasing her tree-planting skills.

Canadian Heritage

The Duke and Duchess were presented with honorary hockey jerseys.

Canadian Heritage

Kate declined to take part in the street hockey game, preferring a spectator role.

Canadian Heritage

Although described as a ‘linen’ dress in the Clarence House information, the garment is actually a silk/cotton blend in a ‘linen weave’, a perfect weight for the day. The frock also features very strong lines on the shoulders, reverse pleats at the waist and khaki or taupe self-belt detail. Below we show the dress as it was seen when on sale at Selfridges.

Via Selfridges

Kate paired her trusty LK Bennett Sledge2 pumps, eggshell clutch and Kiki McDonough Citrine Drop earrings with the dress for a solid look.

It is wonderful to see Kate trying a new designer, especially one with Ms. Birger’s credentials, although we were taken aback to see a primary garment that didn’t relate specifically to the Canadian or UK fashion scene. We can also see Kate deciding she wanted to mix it up a bit; she did such a good job the online Kate fashion watching community was absolutely stumped trying to figure out who designed the dress.

The Duke and Duchess also sat in on a Youth Parliament session.

Canadian Heritage

The Duchess looked very pretty, her usually tastefully elegant self.  This was a more-than-solid appearance, no question, but it felt the least inspired of her choices thus far, there wasn’t anything that ‘popped’ in the ensemble. And there’s every likelihood that is precisely how Kate wanted it to be. Later this afternoon William and Kate boarded a float plane.

Canadian Heritage

As you can see, Kate was in a more casual ensemble, a camp shirt, her Sebago Bela shoes and another pair of jeans.

Canadian Heritage

The jeans are different from the pair worn yesterday, and the Duchess also sported an interesting leather belt.

Canadian Heritage

We will work on specifics for you regarding the skinny jeans, shirt and belt, with its intriguing embellishment.

BTW, we would declare this as our least inspired post at this point of the tour, we can only imagine how exhausting the trip is for everyone involved, especially those ‘on parade,’ Kate and William.


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