Kate returned to another favorite designer for this evening’s engagement at the Natural History Museum.
The Duchess of Cambridge chose pieces by her “go-to” designers for today’s State Visit ceremonies, as she and Prince William welcomed the President of Singapore and his wife, Mrs. Tony Tan Keng Yam, to the United Kingdom.
The Duke and Duchess officially greeted the couple on behalf of the Queen, enjoying a brief chat at a London hotel. More from the Daily Telegraph:
Mrs Tan said she was glad Kate could make the engagement and the Duchess replied: “So am I. I’ve been looking forward to getting out of the house, that’s for sure.”
The Cambridges posed for an official picture with the president and Mrs Tan before sitting down to tea.
The president commented on the view of Kensington Palace from the hotel, prompting the Duke to joke: “You can probably see into our bedroom window which is a bit worrying – I wouldn’t look too closely.”
The foursome then traveled by car to Horse Guards Parade for ceremonies with the Queen, Prince Philip, and dignitaries. This was Kate’s first official public appearance in more than two months
President and Mrs. Tan arriving at Horse Guards parade.
HM and the Duke of Edinburgh welcome the Singaporean President.
The Queen and Prince Philip with President Tan and Mrs. Tan.
Richard Palmer of the Daily Express reported the Queen wore a coat and dress by Karl Ludwig Couture and an Angela Kelly hat. Kate and William at Horse Guards parade.
After the ceremonies at Horse Guards Parade Kate and William took part in the carriage procession to Buckingham Palace.
The couple rode in the Scottish State Coach with Singaporean government minister Grace Fu.
One young lady along the carriage procession was excited to see the Duchess. Stacey Castiel’s tweet can be seen in a screen grab below.
This image offers a closer look at Kate in the bespoke coat by Alexander McQueen worn for today’s engagement.
It showcased a familiar silhouette for the designer and for Kate: a fitted bodice, nipped in waist and full skirt. These images show the darting on the front and gores on the back.
The coat also featured a shaped, gored back, flared sleeves at the wrist, a chest besom pocket and angled pockets at the hip. You can see the similarities betweens Kate’s coat and these McQueen designs by Sarah Burton for the pre-spring 2015 collection.
Digitally enhancing the coat above left better emphasizes the parallels between the two garments.
A look at the back of the piece, under which Kate wore a black dress.
Many readers will recognize Kate’s bespoke Jane Taylor hat, previously worn Easter Sunday in Australia as seen below right. The hat is the ‘Lupin’ style, described by the designer as a teardrop beret in grey velour felt.
Below left you see Kate again in the hat on Easter, the two other photos are from today. The Duchess wore her hair pulled back in a loose pony tail.
Kate carried a new handbag today.
With thanks to those emailing with information about the handbag, it is Jenny Packham’s Roxy style in black suede. It features pleated material, a Swarovski crystal clasp and a detachable snake chain.
The bag is from Jenny Packham’s Fall 2014 collection and can be purchased with gold or silver hardware. It retails at £378, about $600 at today’s exchange rates.
The reason I emphasize ‘appears’? Because the sole of the shoe doesn’t show the raised, gold Prada logo we are used to seeing.
The precise Prada style kate wore to the Mandela premiere, and could be wearing today, is now sold out. There is a similar pump available at discount site Bluefly, the Prada Black Suede Classic Pump; it has a slightly more almond-shaped toe.
It retails for $650 but the Bluefly price is $535. You can save an additional 20% off the price by using promo code FAMILY; that brings the cost down to $436.
Kate’s jewelry today included her Annoushka pearl drop earrings suspended from Kiki McDonough hoops.
Today’s events showcased the pomp and pageantry the British do so very well.
There are several videos of today’s ceremonial events, including this one of the procession to Buckingham Palace, posted by The British Monarchy on its Facebook page.
It was nice to see thew Duchess well enough to take part in an official appearance. Richard Palmer noted on Twitter that “Kate looked well, not too gaunt, despite suffering HG, acute morning sickness, for weeks now.”
Once again we close with a quick reference to our recent London excursion, this one involving a simply wonderful visit with milliner Jane Taylor at her studio. If wondering about the inspiration for the hat’s style name, meet Jane’s dog, Lupin, ‘supervising’ work at the office.
Jane told us that Lupin was actually named for a flower, the Lupine, because of the color of her coat. We’ll have more on the designer and her amazing creations in a future post!
A reminder that Kate’s next appearance is this evening at the Natural History Museum, where she will join Sir David Attenborough in announcing winners in the Museum’s annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
There is news today about Kate’s health, due date and schedule. From a Kensington Palace news release:
Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in April 2015.
The Duchess of Cambridge continues to be affected by Hyperemisis Gravidarum, but her condition is steadily improving.
In addition to the good news about Kate’s health, the release should put to rest rumors the Duchess is expecting twins, with the wording “expecting a baby”.