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Kate looked relaxed and happy this afternoon while watching William and Harry play Polo.

The Duchess was in the ‘Rebecca’ dress from a label we know she likes, Libelula. Our thanks to Lara who shared the information with the Duchess of Cambridge Style and HRH Duchess Kate for sharing the information on the WKW Facebook page.

Kate wore the shirtdress in the ‘mermaid blue and brown petal’ colorway, it originally sold for £290, approximately $465 USD at today’s exchange rates, but most recently sold for £199, about $320. This close-up offers a better view of the print, a popular print offered by Libelula.

Libelula Studio

The knee-length dress is 100% silk, it is from Libelula’s fall/winter collection. In addition to Kate’s ‘mermaid blue’ colorway, the frock also came in a brighter ‘emerald green with cream petals,’ shown in the two center photos below, as well as a more formal version in black velvet.

Libelula Studio

The button-front dress features piping at the stand collar, cuffs and waist, as well as pockets, a fabulous addition to a shirtdress. (Yes, your faithful scribe is a fan of pockets on dresses when they don’t ruin the line.) I think the collar looks best buttoned, but also include a photo above to show how it looks open and spread.

With thanks to our pals at Grazia Daily for the tip, here is a look at the dress from the side, the image was shared by model and blogger Ruth Crilly of A Model Recommends on Instagram.

Ruth Crilly Instagram

For those not as familiar with Libelula, the line is designed by Sophie Cranston, who early in her career worked with two other brands Kate loves, Alexander McQueen and Temperley. The pieces showcase timeless style with clean lines and luxurious fabrics. One of the more notable Libelula items Kate has worn is the Dulwich coat.

Libelula Studio

Below we show a few items from the S/S 2012 collection including the Isla dress in emerald, the Sofia in blue and the Millie in a lush pink.

Libelula Studio

This is a style Kate is clearly comfortable in, the subdued hue indicative this is another occasion where the Duchess wishes to remain in the background so attention is focused on Harry, William and their teammates.

Once again we can thank the WKW Facebook community for their amazing item identification skills, they quickly found out out and shared who made Kate’s shoes. We specifically thank Carolyn, she discovered that Kate wore the Stuart Weitzman Minx Espadrille.

Weitzman Minx

Stuart Weitzman

The shoe has a cork wedge in ‘camel laniard,’ with a 4.5″ heel atop a 1″ platform, not for the faint of heart when it comes to heel height. The shoes are $398 at the Stuart Weitzman site, available in a broad range of sizes as of this writing, also offered at many other outlets for a variety of prices.

Kate has certainly been to her share of polo matches, and she knows about the perils of hard soled shoes on grass and dirt, one reason these shoes make sense can be seen on the sole.

Stuart Weitzman

From what we could see it looked like Kate brought out the Kiki McDonough Grace studs again.

Kiki McDonough

Harry and William also played an intense match yesterday, the match is a fundraiser for one of their charities, more from the Daily Mail:

More than 200 special guests were invited, including actors Russell Crowe, Gemma Arterton and Tom Hardy, among them.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Audi Polo Challenge, which has raised more than £1.4 million in the last decade.

Funds from this year’s events are being used to support Prince Harry’s charity Sentebale which helps orphans and vulnerable children in Lesotho.

Lupo was quite the crowd-pleaser at today’s function.

James Whatling/

It was obvious from pictures the royal pooch generated quite a bit of attention, more from People‘s story on today’s event:

And he was clearly something of a novelty for guests. “Lupo seemed to get as much attention from the people at the presentation as William and Harry,” an observer says.

At the end, when William and Harry were mingling with guests and present for the award-giving, Kate and Lupo joined them, and the lucky pup got some love from his two favorite princes.


A few other quick notes:

  • In our last post we shared our pal Rebecca’s story in the Daily Mail about Kate’s participation at a Buckingham Palace garden party with the Queen, but we did not know the date. Thanks to the kindness of a commenter, Julia, she shared word the date is a week from Tuesday, May 22 and the function runs from 4-6pm.
  • Now magazine reports Kate is actually volunteering on a regular basis with the Scouts at home in Anglesey. According to the story, the Duchess works with boys and girls aged 6-10 every month:

“She’s been doing it all below radar because this was something she wanted to do in her own time, without fanfare,’ says a source.

‘The first evening she turned up at the group there was obviously great excitement among the other volunteers and children but she got stuck in straight away.

‘Now it’s no big deal. She’s just a volunteer like anyone else.’”