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Kate Mixes Old & New at Swiss Wedding

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 Telegraph has more on the day’s events:

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.

We see just a touch of the dress in the photo above, more than enough to know it is the MaxMara Studio dress worn by the Duchess when she visited Cambridge with William last November, seen below.

Many will recognize the hat, Lock & Company’s ‘Betty Boop’ style, first worn for the Shamrock Ceremony with the Irish Guards on March 20 of last year.

Kate wore her Valerie pump from Emmy Shoes and carried the matching Natasha bag, both in chocolate; she also carried brown suede gloves.

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.

James Whatling/Splash News

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.

Nordstrom Halogen Scarf

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.

Splash News

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.

Underneath the LK Bennett Darwin jacket it looked like Kate was wearing another Temperley Honeycomb Tunic sweater, this time in black. (Click here to see the Duchess wearing it in white.)

Kate also wore skinny jeans and black Mukluk-style apres-ski boots.

Splash News

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.

An UPDATE about the bag Kate was carrying for Rosie Meade when walking on base of the ski slope Friday, it is the ‘Cristina‘ by Bill Brown.

‘Cristina’ by Bill Brown Bags

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.

This is the frock shown in the magazine’s story, it is not shown on the Topshop site.

LoveStruck Deirdre

Sold in S/M or M/L sizing, here is the description from Lovestruck’s site:
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
The one downside is the fabric content, 100% polyester. It is always fun to see designers react to news Kate has purchased or is wearing one of their creations, back to the Us story:
“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.”
Perhaps we’ll see Kate wearing the dress when it is much warmer.


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Sunday 13th of September 2015

Her ring may not have rubies in it. Garnet is the January stone so it may be for her birth stone!


Friday 10th of May 2013

A few exact Lovestruck dresses available from this lovely Irish boutique (will ship throughout the EU free) - just ordered mine!


Monday 1st of April 2013

Yikes-- I hope you have not been hacked. There are strange cash advance ads all over the place that don't fit with your wonderful site at all.


Tuesday 2nd of April 2013

Thank you for letting me know the problem was back again, hopefully we've remedied this time. But if not, *please* don't be shy about commenting or emailing, it's really helpful. :)


Friday 29th of March 2013

What a mess!!


Wednesday 6th of March 2013

I am italian and I am 100% sure her pink coat is Max Mara ! I saw also in Italian magazines here in Italy !


Friday 8th of March 2013

It's not the "Belli" coat but I agree it looks like Max Mara.

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