Jul 052012

EDITOR’S NOTE: We apologize for the late post on today’s events, we just had power restored after 11 hours without electricity following severe weather.

Kate returned to Emilia Wickstead for today’s Order of the Thistle ceremonies in Scotland. Below we see Her Majesty, Prince William and the Duchess following today’s events, in this photo William and HM have removed their ceremonial garb.

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Crowds lined the streets to see the Royals on a foggy day in Edinburgh, including William and Kate, known as the Earl and Countess of Strathearn when in Scotland.

The British Monarchy Twitter Feed

More on the honor from the British Monarchy’s website:

The Order of the Thistle represents the highest honour in Scotland. It is second only in precedence in the UK to the Order of the Garter.

The patron saint of the Order of the Thistle is St Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland…

It is an honor only the Queen can confer. In this image from the British Monarchy we see the Princess Royal and William arriving at the Cathedral.

The British Monarchy Twitter Feed

The Scotsman shares this on this morning’s service:

The short ceremony took place within the internal Thistle Chapel and was broadcast through speakers to those in the cathedral.

The Queen said: “It is our pleasure that His Royal Highness the Prince William, Earl of Strathearn, be installed a Knight of the most ancient and most noble Order of the Thistle.”

Below, the Royal Family leaving the Cathedral after the service.

The British Monarchy Twitter Feed

Kate’s primrose yellow coat dress featured familiar design elements: a fitted bodice, a seamed waistline, pick stitch detailing and a full skirt.

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More on the garment from Jessica at Grazia UK:

Our pals at Emilia Wickstead tell Grazia Daily that this is a bespoke dress specially made for Kate…. the yellow-gold raffia fabric featured a lot in the Spring Summer 2012 collection. They also tell us that altogether a dress like this takes about 6 weeks to complete.

The silhouette is similar to the other Wickstead designs Kate has worn, below left we see Kate with the Irish Guards St. Patrick’s Day, in the center she is at the Palace Garden Party in May (the same frock was worn to the Sovereigns’ Luncheon) and then today.

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Many will recognize Kate’s Whiteley Cappucino hat, first seen at last year’s Epsom Derby and most recently seen at Sarah McCorquodale’s wedding.  She also opted for her favored Kiki McDonough citrine drop earrings.

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We also saw the return of Kate’s Strathearn Tartan scarf first seen for the Jubilee River Pageant.

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Completing the outfit were the brown Emmy shoes and matching clutch, the center photo is from St. Patrick’s Day, when the pumps were first identified.

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That is the ‘Valerie’ shoe, both pieces are in chocolate brown kid suede.

Although I am an enormous fan of Ms. Wickstead I didn’t think this was Kate’s best look. The volume of fabric in the skirt seemed to overwhelm the otherwise elegant lines of the piece. The color was very pretty, the length good, and accessories nicely done. While by no means a “miss,” it isn’t my favorite look Kate has worn from this designer.

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Kate herself looked lovely, proud of William, happy and relaxed.

The Telegraph


Aug 092011

Our post today is a bit unusual in that it really doesn’t focus on a recent appearance by Kate, but rather on a designer she is very fond of, Katherine Hooker.  Below we see the Duchess in a Katherine Hooker coat worn many times, one that was significantly shortened for an updated look at an appearance earlier this year.

Via Hello! Magazine

Because Katherine Hooker has been such a Kate favorite over the years, and because the company’s US trunk shows are almost upon us, we thought it would be fun to share a few looks from this summer’s collections.

Katherine Hooker

The shows start in Jackson Hole (Wyoming) August 31, with stops in places like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas, New York and Washington, DC. Below we show a piece that is new to the collection this year, the Tallulah jacket.

Katherine Hooker Tallulah Jacket

Below we show the Baseball Jacket (L), a detail from that jacket (C), and the Rainey (R).

Katherine Hooker

A nice quality of the stunning pieces from this designer is their versatility, they look splendid in different textiles and weights; below we see the classic Hacking Jacket in linen on the left and a lovely silk matka on the right.

Katherine Hooker

Kate has been photographed several times in the immensely popular Alexander jacket. To see a complete schedule of the US shows, click here. Best of all, appointments are not required, that makes it easy for anyone who decides to pop in at the last minute.

As an FYI, there has been no compensation for this post, nor has any been offered. I am merely a fan of the line and wanted to share the information about the upcoming trunk shows. :)