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Kate Wears Paule Ka for Middle Temple Visit

Kate was in deep burgundy for today’s quick visit to London’s Middle Temple where she and William were meeting with law students.

The pair were not only meeting recipients of existing Scholarships memorializing HM, Princess Diana and the Queen Mother, but today’s event also marked the launch of the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge Scholarships.

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Prince William was made an honorary barrister at Middle Temple in 2009.

PHOTO via Middle Temple Hall

More from the Middle Temple website.

He was not only called to the Bar to be made an honorary barrister, but also called to the Bench, the Inn’s governing body.

The Prince is the sixth member of the Royal Family to be called to the Bench as a Royal Bencher and follows in the footsteps of the Queen Mother and his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, called in 1988.

More from Conference News UK:

The event took place in the Prince’s Room which was renamed after Prince William was called to the bar. Kate’s separates are by Paule Ka, a French ready to wear brand founded by designer Serge Cajfinger.

More on Mr. Cajfinger’s design aesthetic from this story in The National:

“My favourite fashion decade is definitely the Fifties, for the style and the elegance,” Cajfinger tells Alexandria Gouveia. “The cinema of that time inspires me and my style. I like Cary Grant and Fred Astaire. Mad Men is very close to the Paule Ka fashion. I love it.”

A look at the label’s website:

Paule Ka

Below, three of the label’s Black Carpet pieces for this fall’s collection.

Paule Ka Black Carpet Fall 2012

For a complete list of Paule Ka boutiques, click here.

Kate’s double-breasted jacket is a shorter cut with a shawl collar, two patch pockets, a slanted breast pocket, and modified peplum detailing at the waist.

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We have not yet the skirt found online, With thanks to Anna, Carolyn and Andrea, a more detailed look at the skirt.

Paule Ka Skirt

On the Paule Ka Facebook page the color is referred to as ” Burgundi”. Underneath the jacket Kate wore a black lace or crochet-style top.

PA Wire

Many thanks to WKW Facebook friend Lurdes for helping us find additional images of the jacket. We believe the pieces date to at least the fall 2011 collection, My Small Obsessions‘ Annie N. thinks this is the same ensemble worn to last year’s pre-Christmas luncheon at Buckingham Palace December 19. (There were no official photos of that function, only fleeting images, some may be seen here.)

Kate accessorized with her black Episode ‘Angel’ heels, although Kate’s are black suede. (Past season & out of stock, a similar pair by Episode may be found here.)

Episode ‘Angel’ Shoe

The Duchess did not carry a bag today, but it did look like she was sporting a new pair of earrings. It was a solid look in a lovely fall color, and the jacket was very flattering, but the skirt seemed a trifle shorter than might be optimal for someone in Kate’s position.


One quick update, it turns out that Kate will be doing all of Wednesday’s events solo, William will attending the funeral of Olga Powell, the longtime nanny he and Harry shared growing up. More from the BBC:

The Duchess of Cambridge will visit Gateshead, Newcastle and Stockton as planned on Wednesday.

She will meet community groups and charity staff during her stay in the region.

For more on these events, Chronicle Live has a detailed article with times and a map of events.

Chronicle Live UK

We’ll see you tomorrow with a post on the couple’s visit to St. George’s Park for the official opening of the new football facility, and a quick preview of the event via the Football Association:

The Royal Party will be accompanied by many special guests from the football and sporting world for the official opening of England’s new £100m training home.

The Duke of Cambridge, who is the Honourary President of The FA, will officially launch the new national facility after enjoying a tour of the site and meeting senior figures from The FA, local community figureheads and young grassroots players.



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Wednesday 17th of October 2012

Love the colour - like the outfit - it makes Kate look as young as she is!!


Monday 15th of October 2012

hi again, looking t the second photo of the daily mail post it doesn't look that the earrings could be the azuni ones, right?


Monday 15th of October 2012

Congratulations on your wonderful posts. I have bought various items through them, including shoes, clothes and 10 of her earrings, including the kiki citrine drops and white topaz and diamond studs. Concerning the earrings of this outfit, which you correctly mention that one can not make out well, watching the video link (especially when she is sitting down to sign) you provided can it be that the earrings seem to have some kind of gold stud with drop stone in a colour that matches the outfit? Do you think it's possible she is wearing: in garnet colour? i.e. like the one she first wore in Tavalu but in different colour? Thank you in advance. Penelope


Thursday 11th of October 2012

beautiful! bellissima !

I don't share the opinion the hemline/skirt is too short: this outfit reminds me how considerate Kate was, while in SE Asia, of the culture around her.. she eschewed sleeveless and chose away from figure-hugging lines-

now, she's back on U.K. soil and.. "rockin' it"! as they say, on this side of the pond (-:

but rockin'-it as befits a young, brimming with life, future Queen.

any hint of 'going too far' (up!), in my opinion, is more than offset by the opaque, black hose.

YAY, Kate!


Friday 12th of October 2012

! a second post in the same thread..

JUST IN CASE any criticisms/observations from this site ever, actually, get back to the Duchess (doubtful..?!)

I want to re-iterate, underline, emphasize:

imho, the skirt is DEFINITELY NOT too short!

it's hard not to look old in a suit! this look is SO NOT old..

the cut of the skirt (terrific).. the black, opaque tights.. the rich, vibrant color..

I think it's one of my favorite looks on Kate ever! so there.. (-:


Wednesday 10th of October 2012

she looks beautiful!!!

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