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As we continue our year end polls it is time to move to accessories, our first poll looks at Kate’s chapeaux.

We start our visual refresher with the elaborate Vivien Sheriff worn to Anglesey in February for the lifeboat christening ceremony.

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The Whiteley worn at the Epsom Derby in June.

The black Philip Treacy seen at Trooping the Colour, also in June.

The silvery-grey Rachel Trevor-Morgan for Order of the Garter, yet another of the many June events.

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The Jane Corbett paired with the Jane Troughton brocade coat and Zara dress for church services celebrating Prince Philip’s 90th birthday in mid-June.

Another Rachel Trevor-Morgan, this time for the Irish Guards ceremonies on Armed Forces Day, also in June.

Kate’s iconic red Maple Leaf hat for Canada Day was created by the talented Sylvia Fletcher for Lock & Co.

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The Gina Foster seen at the July wedding of Zara Philips and Mike Tindall.

The black Jane Corbett for Remembrance Day in November.

And the berry or aubergine by Jane Corbett seen Christmas Day.

Now it’s time to pick your favorite.


There aren’t quite as many choices for our second poll today, a list of the Duchess’s boots worn this year is much shorter.

The Aquatalia Rouge bootie, worn in ‘espresso’ suede. (Now called the ‘Royal’ and available at Nordstrom.)

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Kate wore her taller Aquatalia boots with some frequency, most recently for the visit she and William made to Centrepoint.  Below we show her wearing them for a February trip to St. Andrews, now sold as the ‘Flinch’ by Aquatalia, at Nordstrom they are called by the original ‘Rumba’ style name. (They were known in the UK as the ‘Hi & Dry,’ sold at Russell & Bromley).

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The R. Soles ‘Vegas Setter’ boots worn in Canada at the Calgary Stampede.

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The Le Chameau wellies seen in August for Kate’s walk on the beach with Pippa, and as recently as Christmas Eve’s football game.

The Stuart Weitzman ‘Zipkin’ worn for the UNICEF event in Copenhagen in November.

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The day was anything but gray for Kate at today’s Order of the Garter ceremony, she selected a Katherine Hooker coat and dress for the occasion. The Duchess chose Ms. Hooker’s raw silk Buxton Coat in a dove gray, officially referred to as ‘ash’.


While slightly similar to the sky blue Catherine Walker ensemble Kate’s mother Carole wore for the wedding, but a good look at the pieces show the distinctions, from the lapels and shoulders to the length of the garments.

The hand-beading on the cuffs and waist is a nice touch, Kate fashion fans will recognize many of the designer’s other looks on The Duchess prior to her marriage to Prince William.

These images come via our Kate’s Favorite Brands-Clothing page, she has long been fond of Ms. Hooker’s designs.

The exquisite hat is by milliner Rachel Trevor-Morgan.

The milliner is a royal favorite, the Queen has been seen in many of the designer’s hats previously. (We expect we’ll see more tomorrow at Royal Ascot.)

Kate accented her look with elegant grey suede pumps by Rupert Sanderson.

Rupert Sanderson ‘Malone’

As far as the bag goes, we’re still working on it and will let you know as soon as we have information on it.

Big credit for some of today’s detective work goes to Dana and Leisa on the WKW Facebook page, as well as Kate Middleton Style, pop over for a visit, we’re pals and she nailed this one, correcting the Daily Mail’s misidentification of Kate’s hat.