Dec 112013
 

Kate and William had multiple engagements today, beginning with a stop at South Africa House to sign the Nelson Mandela book of condolence.

Mirrorpix/Splash

Mirrorpix/Splash

If the Duchess’s suit looked familiar that is because she has worn it on previous occasions. Below left we see Kate wearing it at a 2007 art opening in Dublin, on the right she wears it for Order of the Garter ceremonies in June of 2008. (I’ve no idea of the suit designer and/or retailer but will be looking for that information tomorrow.)

Mark Doyle-PA Wire/PA Wire

Mark Doyle-PA Wire/PA Wire

The suit consists of a fitted jacket and pencil skirt in matching material.

SplashNews.com

SplashNews.com

The jacket features flap pockets and decorative buttons; there is also piping on the lapels and pockets. It looks like the sleeves have self-cuffs; they can be turned back without exposing any lining or hem because they have an inch or two of the same material on the inside.

At the 2007 gallery exhibit Kate accessorized with a necklace we can’t quite see, chandelier style earrings (I think), open-toed heels with a decorative element at the toe, a black clutch and two rings.

PA Wire

PA Wire

When at Order of the Garter in 2008 Kate accessorized with that mysterious black suede clutch (perhaps our most-discussed UFO), a Philip Somerville hat (that was later auctioned) and what looks like a pearl bracelet.

PA Wire

PA Wire

Today Kate paired the suit with her Annoushka pearl drop earrings, it does not look like she carried a purse.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

For this evening’s engagement at the Natural History Museum we saw a return of the black lace ‘Amoret’ gown by Temperley London.

Andrew Parsons / i-Images / Polaris

Andrew Parsons / i-Images / Polaris

The occasion was a screening of “David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive,” a 3D film debuting on Sky-TV New Year’s Day. The movie shows some of the renowned Museum’s exhibits “coming to life” using 3D technology and computer generated images.

Sky TV

Sky TV

Some may recall that Kate became Patron of the Museum in April 2012. She was expected to meet Sir David at a Museum event last November, but he was ill and unable to attend. Kate took to the podium in his place (seen below), greeting guests, sponsors and others attending the opening of the Museum’s Treasures permanent exhibit.

Natural History Museum Twitter

Natural History Museum Twitter

Kate chatting with Sky TV CEO Jeremy Darroch at tonight’s event, via Paul Harrison’s Twitter feed.

Paul Harrison Twitter (@SkyNewsRoyal)

Paul Harrison Twitter (@SkyNewsRoyal)

For those perhaps not as familiar with this garment, a bit of background. Kate first was seen in the frock at the War Horse film premiere in January of 2012.

Weir Photos-Splash News/Shopbop

Weir Photos-Splash News/Shopbop

The dress features a floral motif of French lace atop a nude silk lining. There is also bow detailing at the waist, a keyhole back and deep v-neck on the front.

Shopbop

Shopbop

Kate also wore the dress for a Saint Andrews University dinner in November of last year.

Splash News

Splash News

Back to this evening’s look.

Andrew Parsons/i-Images/Polaris

Andrew Parsons/i-Images/Polaris

A better view at the back of the dress.

James Whatling / Splash News

James Whatling / Splash News

Kate wore her diamond bracelet and earrings again.

Splash News

Splash News

It appears she also has on her Jimmy Choo Cosmic pumps.

Jimmy Choo Cosmic

Jimmy Choo Cosmic

This evening the Duchess again wore a necklace we have been asked about several times.

i-Images/Polaris

i-Images/Polaris

It was first noted when Kate visited the Shooting Star Children’s Hospice last week. We show it below as worn this morning at South Africa House (L), and at the Hospice (R).

SplashNews.com

It turns out the necklace is by a notable jewelry firm, Mappin and Webb. It was first noted by Jenny on Facebook, then Anna of My Small Obsessions got in touch with Mappin & Webb who confirmed it is their piece. Below we show a slightly different version, just to provide a sense of the piece.

Mappin & Webb

Mappin & Webb

Kate’s necklace is white gold and diamonds, part of the firm’s Fortune Collection; that line features a variety of items in white, rose and yellow gold. Below, the Fortune Duo earrings and pendant in white gold and diamonds.

Mappin & Webb

Mappin & Webb

Mappin & Webb is a well established fixture on London’s retail scene, dating back to the 1770s. They have served five monarchs over a continuous period for the last 115 years, and also hold Royal Warrants as Silversmiths to both HM and Prince Charles.

There is one more accessory the Duchess sported tonight.

Splash News

Splash News

The Duchess (and everyone else) donned the ungainly glasses so she could enjoy the film in all of its 3D splendor.

LINKAGE:

Nov 082012
 

Kate brought back the Temperley ‘Amoret’ gown for tonight’s Saint Andrews gala in London.

Steve Finn/Splash News

The gala was at Middle Temple Hall, held to support the University’s 600th Anniversary Campaign, of which the William is Patron.  CNN’s David Wilkinson shared these images on Twitter of Kate and William speaking with guests.

David Wilkinson/CNN

The dress showcases exquisite French lace. Kate accessorized with her poppy this evening.

WeirPhotos/SplashNews

The dress remains available at Temperley,

Weir/Weir Photos/Splash News

The dress is crafted of sheer lace is also highlighted by the scalloped and eyelash-trimmed plunge front, cuffs and hem, keyhole back, and detachable blush silk slip liner.

Temperley London

There is also a removable satin bow belt and a concealed zip fastening on the back of the dress. This image gives you a better look at the McQueen Box Clutch and a peek at that belt.

Splash News

We previously saw the Alexander McQueen box clutch for the Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant in June, you can see how the skull clasp was removed and replaced by three rhinestones in the photo on the far right.

Splash/McQueen/Splash

The Duchess also brought back her black suede Jimmy Choo Cosmic heels.

Jimmy Choo Cosmic

My Small Obsessions has more on Kate’s poppy here.

The couple’s ties to the University run deep, it is where they first met and where their degrees are from. Many will recall the Duke and Duchess visiting Saint Andrews to officially launch the fundraising effort back in February, 2011.

University of Saint Andrews 600th Website

The fundraising effort runs through next year, as of this writing it looks like more than £32,000,000 has been raised.

University of Saint Andrews

(For the February 2011 appearance Kate wore a Luisa Spagnoli dress and jacket, and her Aquatalia Rhumba boots.) One of the first wedding gifts Kate and William received was from the University, a scholarship in their name; applications for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge scholarship just opened November 1st.

During his remarks this evening William shared how he feels about the University, as seen in this Tweet from Richard Palmer of the Express:

Richard Palmer/Daily Express

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Many may have heard that Kate was out and about with Pippa yesterday, royal pooch Lupo was also with the ladies for the Burlington Bazaar, held at Mayfair’s upscale Burlington Arcade shopping area.

Ormiston Children & Families Trust

Proceeds from the Christmas Bazaar go to the Ormiston Children and Families Trust, located in East Anglia. Below we see photos of Kate and Lupo (left), Pippa is is seen in the image on the right, our thanks to Thomas Lyte for sharing these on Twitter.

Thomas Lyte Twitter

More from the Ormiston website:

Ormiston Children & Families Trust, along with its president Lady Tollemache and Executive Committee, hosted a Winter shopping bazaar at the Burlington Arcade in Mayfair, London, giving those in and around the capital the chance to shop for some exclusive presents in the run up to Christmas.

There to pick out the finest gifts were none other than Pippa Middleton and sister Kate as well as Princess Beatrice.

Below we see Princess Beatrice at the event.

Ormiston

You can see professional photos of Kate and Pippa here at PopSugar, or here in the Daily Mail’s story.

Many will have recognized Kate was in the Darwin Jacket from LK Bennett.

LK Bennett ‘Darwin’ Jacket

She was initially seen wearing it in December of last year and it quickly sold put, LK Bennett then decided to reissue the piece. Many think Kate was also wearing the Zipkin Boot by Stuart Weitzman,

A few other tidbits of interest:

  • The East Anglia Children’s Hospice, of which Kate is Patron, has crafted a lovely music video incorporating photos with the words from a letter Kate sent the group, click here to watch the video on YouTube.

    EACH East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices

  • A reminder that William and Kate will join HM and other royals at Sunday’s Remembrance Day event.

LINKAGE:

Facebook Like Button for Dummies