Aug 022012

Kate remained ‘true blue’ today for the Olympic tennis matches at Wimbledon, below we see her upon arriving, she is with ITF president Francesco Ricci Bitti.

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William and Kate were at the All England Club to cheer on Andy Murray in his match against Spain’s Nicolas Almagro. Kate brought back the blue Stella McCartney dress and also repeated the Smythe blazer.

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LONDON  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, aka Prince William and his wife Kate, surprised fans at the Olympic Games tennis tournament at Wimbledon by sitting in the cheap seats on Thursday.

The royal pair… decided to shun the VIP seating available to them in favor of a regular spot in the stands while watching Great Britain’s Andy Murray play Nicolas Almagro of Spain.

William and Kate would have been eligible to sit in Center Court’s Royal Box, which is reserved for special visitors to the All England Club. But as Murray was playing his quarterfinal on Court One, they instead opted for a normal pair of seats to the left of the players’ box.

The couple was having fun this afternoon, taking part in a “Mexican Wave” several times, a practice known simply as “the wave” in the USA.

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Sports Illustrated’s Bryan A Graham shared this image of the couple chatting with Andy Murray after his singles match, he plays mixed doubles this afternoon.

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A quick memory bump, Kate previously wore the Ridley Stretch dress at the National Portrait Gallery for a private showing of the Road to 2012: Aiming High exhibition in July.

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The dress is officially called the “Ridley Stretch Cady Dress” on the Stella McCartney site, it is now sold out at every retailer we have checked.

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This photo better shows Kate’s dress today.

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She also repeated her pearl stud earrings…

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Along with her navy suede Muse clutch from Russell & Bromley and her Givenchy sunglasses. Kate also repeated her Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon (US name)/Coco Pop shoes.

Andy Murray won his match, moving on to the semi-final round.

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William and Kate also watched the first set of the Djokovic-Tsonga match before heading over to the Velodrome to watch cycling.

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The Duchess opted for a more casual, switching into her Team GB duds, and putting her hair up.

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Once again the couple seemed to be enjoying themselves and all of the Olympic excitement, they were ecstatic when the Team GB won the men’s team sprint, this photo via See75 on Twitter.


Also today, we finally have some photos of Tuesday’s visit to the Olympic Village, William, Harry & Kate visited Team GB at its headquarters, Hurdler Lawrence Clarke shared this picture.

Lawrence Clarke, Team GB Twitter

Kate added an official Team GB scarf to the ensemble.

Previously Kate wore the Team GB Paralympics scarf, both are available at British retailer Next.

The official Twitter account for Belize Olympics shared this picture of Kate meeting the Mayor of the Olympic Village, Sir Charles Allen.

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Olympic cyclist Victoria Pendleton posted this picture of Kate, Ms. Pendleton can be seen in the glasses.

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Team GB Cycling Press Officer Abby Burton shared pictures of Harry and Kate chatting with team members.

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One of the athletes Kate met was Bronze Medal swimmer Rebecca Addlington, here is what she tweeted:

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Below we see Kate chatting with the swimmer, thanks to Alex Littlewood for sharing his photo.

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Multiple reports say the two spoke about shoes, more from Victoria Murphy’s story in the Mirror:

Kate immediately congratulated Adlington on her bronze medal in the 400m freestyle this week – but the swimmer, known for her love of shoes, had other things on her mind.

She admired Kate’s navy wedges, telling her: I love your shoes.

Here are the shoes under discussion.

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That is the Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon in ‘Nice Blue Suede,’ the company has now made them available to US shoppers, they are on the website for $375. (UK shoppers can find them at Russell & Bromley.)

Australia’s Libby Trickett, a Gold Medalist in swimming shared this photo of Harry and Kate via her Instagram feed.

Libby Trickett Instagram

Apparently one of the Australian athletes wanted to give Kate the kangaroo; Harry ended up with it at one point, as did William, as seen in another photo from Miss Trickett.

Libby Trickett Instagram

We will be back with more as events warrant.

Jul 192012

Kate chose Stella McCartney for today’s visit to the National Portrait Gallery.

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Above she is seen with Gallery Director Sandy Nairne. The Duchess enjoyed a private showing of Road to 2012: Aiming High exhibition, featuring photos of athletes and those working to “make the London 2012 Olympic and Paraympic Games happen.” Kate was actually acting in two roles, she is an official ambassador for the London 2012 Games, as well as a patron of the Gallery. More on her visit to the exhibit from The Standard:

Gallery director Sandy Nairne said: ‘We know she [the Duchess] loves taking photographs. She was very intrigued about how things got taken and why they got taken. She was on very good form and she was asking lovely questions.’

Another view of Kate and Mr. Nairne.

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The exhibit showcases stunning photographs taken over a three year span; many offer an inside look at athletes pursuing their rigorous training regimes.

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This black and white image of the Duchess taken by Jillian Edelstein during Kate’s visit to the Olympic Park in March is on exhibit at the Gallery. (Our post on that event is here.)

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Kate wore Stella McCartney’s Ridley Stretch dress for this morning’s appearance, it is a piece from the designer’s fall 2012 collection.

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The most distinctive feature of the dress is the darts on the outside of the garment, usually they are concealed inside a piece. The form fitting dress is made of a viscose/acetate blend with a touch of elastane for stretch, it features short sleeves and a hidden back zipper frock.

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The piece is priced at $885 on the Stella McCartney US site but could be found priced as low as $625 at other online retailers. It is no longer available on the UK McCartney site, but Selfridge’s still shows it online in a few sizes.

Kate’s decision to wear Stella McCartney makes perfect sense, she designed Team GB’s Olympic uniforms.

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Those uniforms were not warmly received when unveiled in March, many felt the colors don’t accurately reflect the Union Jack. Andy Murray in the official styles.

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One of the jackets athletes will wear for medal presentations, I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw Kate in one of these.

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The Games are only 8 days away. Kate, William and Harry welcome Olympic Torchbearers to Buckingham Palace next Thursday as the Relay makes its way through London. The Opening Ceremonies follow the next day, Friday, the 27th.

Kate accessorized with earrings and a necklace we haven’t previously seen.

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The necklace turns out to be by Cartier, from the jeweler’s Trinity collection. Described online as “The pure simplicity of three magically intertwined circles of pink, yellow and white gold,” the circles are set with shimmering diamonds.


The electric blue dress was ideal as a backdrop for the glittering necklace. Our friends at Grazia report the piece retails for a whopping £49,000, roughly $78,000 at today’s exchange rates; that price tag ignited an online debate about appropriateness in such austere times, others merely didn’t like the design.  Richard Palmer of the Express tweeted that the necklace is a personal item.

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The design of the piece does echo an Olympic rings look, we are presuming the necklace was a gift but have no other information on its provenance. Princess Diana was also a fan of the jeweler’s Trinity collection, Diana’s Jewels shows the the Princess wearing a ring from the line in 1983.

Rebecca English of the Daily Mail was kind enough to share some of her own photos from the event via Twitter.

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The Duchess did not carry a bag this morning, we did see the return of her black Prada heels.

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Also today, an update on a dress many Kate fans are fond of, the black lace Temperley London gown she wore to the premiere of War Horse.


More on the gown from Temperley, officially called the Long Sleeved Amoret Dress:

…Amoret Dress is made using luxurious French lace underlaid with a silk contrast lining that accentuates the floral design. A broad scallop edges the v neck line and continues round  to the nape of the neck where the dress fastens with a keyhole detail. The body is fitted to just below the hip where it flares into a full length skirt while both the skirt and elegant long sleeves are finished with a delicate scalloped edge.

The dress is available in just one size on the Temperley website ($3995), I no longer see it on the Shopbop site where it was selling at $2520. Our thanks to Gena, she left a comment alerting us to the availability of the dress. Below, photos better showing the level of detail in the lace as well as other elements of the frock.

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Our original post on the War Horse premiere may be found here.

We’ll see you again shortly, we hope before next week’s Olympic events.