Aug 292012

Tonight’s London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony was another spectacular show in London.

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Among the evening’s themes, inclusion, the song “Under my Umbrella” was perfect to start the show.

London 2012 Website

The staging, lighting and choreography were stunning.

Paralympic Sport TV YouTube

Her Majesty was accompanied by the UK’s Sir Phillip Craven, he is the President of the International Paralympic Committee, on the right you see Prince Edward.

London 2012 Website

Below, William and Kate.

London 2012 Website

Other in attendance included (left to right) Samantha Cameron, Prince William, Kate, Princess Anne and London Mayor Boris Johnson.

Paralympic Sport TV

From left to right, Sir Philip, the Queen, Prince Edward, Sophie, Sebastian Coe, Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha Cameron.

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As always, the Parade of Nations was a delight to watch, below, Ireland.

London 2012 Website

Here we see Team USA.

Paralympic Sport TV

Iraq is shown entering the stadium, the flag is carried by power lifter Faris Al-Ajeeli.

London 2012 Website

China’s team as they come into the stadium.

London 2012

The roar heard when Team GB entered was overwhelming, tennis player Peter Norfolk carried the flag.

London 2012 Website

The Duchess maintained her focus on wearing very low key pieces seen during the Olympic games, bringing back an item worn previously, a coat first seen at the 2006 wedding of Laura Parker Bowles to Harry Lopes at St. Cyriac’s in Wiltshire.

2006 Splash News

It was made by Danish Label DAY Birger et Mikkelsen, Kate repeated the piece in 2010 for the wedding of Mel Nicholson and Oli Baker at St. Andrews, and then again for the wedding of Zara Phillips in July of last year (seen below).

2011 Splash News

In an eBay auction the coat was described this way:

“brocade fabric with a subtle gold paisley trimmed with champagne colour net.  It is long sleeved with a single breasted, off-centre, three button fastening.  It also has two flap pockets.

The lining is a soft grey colour and would be the perfect occasion coat for any wedding.  Worn with a skirt or trousers it would make the perfect cocktail coat.”
More on the coat may be seen in this post, below, an image from the eBay auction referenced above.

eBay Auction

Many will recognize the Birger name, designer Malene Birger co-founded Birger et Mikkelsen and now has her own line. Kate has worn other pieces  by Ms. Birger, including her ‘Bullet” dress.


Kate accessorized with her trusty LK Bennett Sledge 2 pumps, as well as a Wilbur and Gussie gold clutch, she carried it to the 100 Women in Hedge Funds dinner in October of last year (more here).

Wilbur & Gussie

Activities have been underway for days, below we see the Team USA Basketball team.

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The schedule for William, Kate and Harry’s appearance at the Paralympics follows, prefaced by Clarence House’s caveat:

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are provisionally scheduled to attend during the Paralympic Games. Their Royal Highnesses will attend in their capacity as Official Ambassadors for Paralympics GB.  All engagements are provisional and subject to change at this stage. Attendance will be confirmed nearer the time of each scheduled event.

Thursday 30th August

  • William and Kate will attend Goalball (at the Olympic Park).
  • William and Kate will attend the track cycling (at the Olympic Park).
  • Kate will attend the swimming (at the Olympic Park).

Sunday 2nd September

  •  The Duchess of Cambridge will attend the Athletics (at the Olympic Stadium).

Monday 3rd September

  • Prince Harry will attend the swimming (at the Olympic Park).
  • Prince Harry will visit Paralympics GB House.