Kate and William have been in the Swiss Alps the last two days, today they were at the wedding of Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mark Tomlinson.
William was an usher at the wedding, so Harry escorted Kate to the ceremony. Mr. Tomlinson is an old friend of both Princes, having played polo with them for years. His parents are good friends with Prince Charles, they own the Beaufort Polo Club where Harry, William and the Prince of Wales have played many a match. The bride is an Olympic medalist in equine events, specializing in dressage.
The hour-long ceremony took place in Arosa’s Protestant Church before the reception at a hotel owned by Bechtolsheimer’s grandfather, the billionaire Karl-Heinz Kipp, 88, who owns the German department store chain Massa.
The wedding service was conducted in English and German….
Almost everything Kate wore has been seen previously.
In the jewelry department, we saw Kate’s Annoushka pearls hanging from Kiki McDonough hoop earrings. Kate wore the gold band that generated so much buzz when noted on her hand during the engagement at Hope House in February.
The ring appears to be set with small rubies, Kate had it on yesterday as well. Some have noted that rubies are July’s birthstone; of course, that is when the baby is due.
Unfortunately we have not yet been able to determine who made Kate’s coat.
This looks to be a “new coat,” new in the sense I don’t recall seeing Kate ever wear it before. It looks like wool or a wool/cashmere blend, and the silhouette is fitted with strongly defined shoulders. The piece is single-breasted with 7 or 8 buttons, concealed buttonholes, besom pockets, and front darts.
I am not convinced the “collar” is actually attached, it may be an entirely separate piece. It looks like a faux fur “infinity scarf” or “collar,” they were very popular this winter. Below, a poor example in the wrong color, shown merely to convey the idea.
Following are a few close-ups, hopefully they will aid in the identification of the garment. The top photo is of the hem/lining, the other two simply show the tortoiseshell buttons and besom pocket detail.
We will update the post if we find out the coat maker. This was a nice look for Kate, understated but elegant, with no loud or distracting elements that would take attention away from the bride.
As many readers already know, Kate, William and Harry arrived in the area yesterday, we return to the Telegraph story:
The royal party arrived in Arosa on Friday, with the Princes going skiing as the Duchess rested. Prince William later joined the Duchess and other wedding guests at a mountain restaurant, the Tschuggenhutte.
Kate also wore skinny jeans and black Mukluk-style apres-ski boots.
We saw the return of Kate’s Givenchy ‘Obsedia’ sunglasses, previously seen at Wimbledon last July.
The glasses are available at UK retailer Eyewear Brands for £155, about $240 USD.
This item is £30, about $45 USD.
Our other item today, a bit more info about Kate doing some shopping last week, Us Weekly has a report about a maternity dress she is said to have purchased.
“…she picked up a sweet flowered frock by U.K.-based clothing concession Lovestruck, a rep for the company confirms exclusively to Us Weekly….
…(she) purchased the brand’s Deirdre dress, a delicate spring sheath with a mandarin collar, a cross-over neckline, and a elasticized waist — to accomodate the first-time mom-to-be’s growing baby bump! The price tag for such stylish garb? A very affordable 37 pounds, or $55.
Our delightful Deirdre dress is back for another season, this time in a delicate spring floral print. It has a forties tea dress feel, with a little mandarin collar and a cross over bust line. Fully elasticated at the waist. This dress is available in two colours, Cream and Purple
“It’s so exciting that the Duchess of Cambridge bought one of my designs,” Lovestruck designer Erika Shaw tells Us. “I think it’s great that Kate wears high street brands.”