NOTE: The post contains images and information about the Closing Ceremonies, yet to be broadcast on television in many places, including the USA.
Prince Harry was the Royal Family’s official representative at tonight’s Closing Ceremony for the Olympic Games, Kate accompanied Harry to the event. The duo are seen above with IOC president Jacques Rogge. Prince William was on duty in Anglesey and unable to attend, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh remained in Scotland following a whirlwind Jubilee spring and summer.
It was a packed house once again at the Stadium.
The theme was a street party, with musical performances by a broad spectrum of British musical acts, including Madness.
And One Direction.
The Spice Girls were even reunited for the evening.
Union Jacks were in abundance.
Artist Damien Hirst designed a special flag for the Ceremony that was showcased on the Stadium floor.
The athletes streamed into the stadium from every entrance.
For her final Olympic appearance Kate brought back the Whistles “Bella Body Conscious Dress” in the multi-petal print. Below she is seen with the Prime Minister David Cameron, and his wife Samantha, as well as Lord Sebastian Coe, just before tonight’s Ceremony.
Here is a refresher on the dress.
The piece is from an older season and is no longer available; most recently it was sold at ASOS. The frock is described this way:
- Bodysuit: 92% Silk, 8% Elastane
- Lining: 96% Polyester, 4% Elastane
In these photos you can better see the waist detailing, exposed metal zipper, and ruching at the front and back. I don’t know that a belt was needed, it’s difficult to tell without a better view.
The Duchess also brought back her Anya Hindmarch Maud Clutch.
The bag is crafted of “A luxuriously soft satin, made using tightly woven thread to give a glossy appearance.” Here you have tighter shots of the detailing on the piece, including the “C” for Catherine.
Good news for those interested in the bag, it is available again for purchase at Anya Hindmarch and online, it is priced at £450 (about $700 USD at today’s exchange rates).
Previously we saw Kate wearing the Bella dress at the Jubilee Concert, which was June 4 of this year.
Our post on that event is here. Tonight Kate wore the same custom Kiki McDonough diamond and topaz earrings seen at the concert.
In short, Kate continued to dress in a manner that would minimize attention on her or her sartorial selections, choosing to keep the spotlight where it belonged, on the athletes, coaches, volunteers, public safety personnel and others working to make the Games a success. She showcased UK designers, wore Team GB gear, repeating ensembles on multiple occasions to diminish interest in what she was wearing, a wise tactic on her part, the mark of someone savvy enough to know the impact she can have.
It looked like an extraordinary evening.
And it seems that Kate and Harry thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
As Sebastian Coe (head of LOCOG, the London Organising Committee) put it:
Then it was time to extinguish the flame.
And fireworks lit up the night skies in London.
The Palace released word of an official reception for Team GB athletes, more from the British Monarchy Facebook page:
Buckingham Palace has announced that The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will give a reception for the 2012 Great Britain Olympic Team on 23 October 2012.
A reminder that Kate, William and Harry are also official ambassadors for the Paralympic Games, they start in just 16 days.Â Additionally, William and Kate start their South Pacific tour in less than a month, the first stop is Singapore on September 11.
- The Paralympic Games page is here, its Facebook page here
- To pre-order the soundtrack for tonight’s Ceremonies, click here
- Learn more about the Closing Ceremony & see great photos here
- To read more about Prince Harry’s statement, click here
- For the Daily Mail’s story with photos, click here
Tuesday 4th of September 2012
Kate is an educated and intelligent woman. She knows exactly what she does. She can have all the beautiful dresses she wants, but why to model those for people to watch?? Look at her wedding dress...it was not the magnificent one but it really showed her personality...And she can wear something again and again...why not?? She is not the fashion model, she is the future queen of England...understand?
Wednesday 15th of August 2012
Kate's clothes were not impressive throughout the entire Olympics, including the ceremonies and events. She showed us that all women, even beautiful and popular ones as her, don't always have the right thing to wear. From the trip to the art gallery in blue Stella and the gold loop necklace to the closing ceremony in a repeat that didn't even stand out the first time, she missed. What a disappointment for us. She has a beautiful face and that shined through the poor picks of too-tight jeans and too-chunky trainers and boring, not to mention ugly, wedges. I still appreciate her style, but for the Olympics I don't recall seeing her give it any effort.
Monday 20th of August 2012
That was the point; didn't you see? The athletes mattered, not the Duchess's clothes, not her style. She got it exactly right for exactly that reason.
Tuesday 14th of August 2012
I have appreciated almost every look of Kate during this world wide sport even although I had expressed my tired feeling over the same smythe jacket. :) She has done really well without any major misstep. I didn't care for this blue printed dress when i first saw it at that concert but she looked nice and appropriate this time, I think. :) It would have been more sleek if she had an updo however.
Monday 13th of August 2012
Monday 13th of August 2012
What's the point of wearing earrings if your hair is going to cover them up?
Monday 13th of August 2012
Because sometimes, people will get a glimpse of your earrings as your hair moves, as you push it back, and so forth.
Subtlety, and perhaps a soupcon of surprise, in dress are always interesting. It can take people years to learn that.