It was a bright, sunlit morning for today’s solemn ceremonies in Whitehall marking Remembrance Sunday.
Kate watching the ceremony with Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
Today’s ceremony commemorates the Armistice ending World War I, it was signed at the ‘eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month’ in 1918. Remembrance Sunday is always observed on the second Sunday in November. The statistics from World War I are staggering: there were almost 37 million military and civilian casualties. The British Empire had 1.2 million fatalities in that war.
Her Majesty, Prince Philip, and Prince Harry walking to the Cenotaph.
Kate, Sophie, and Vice Admiral Tim Laurence watching the events.
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Millions across the UK fell silent in tribute to those lost in war, joining the crowds who stood in a moment of contemplation as Big Ben struck 11am.
During the two-minute silence, only the distant sounds of traffic and the rustling of leaves could be heard. Police said that Whitehall was at capacity.
The day is marked throughout the UK and in Commonwealth countries, as well as wherever British troops are serving. Below, an image shared by Her Majesty’s forces of British Troops honoring fallen comrades at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.
Below, wreaths laid by Scouts in Manchester, shared by GMW Scout County on Twitter.
This is the scene at the Cenotaph in Liverpool after wreaths were placed at that city’s memorial.
The scene in Birmingham this morning via John O’Shea’s Twitter feed.
The coat features a high neck, inset satin panels in a ribbed diamond pattern, as well as one of Kate’s favorite design elements in a garment, a fit and flare silhouette. Here is a better look at the satin’s geometrical motif.
And a closer look at the detailing, especially on the back of the garment. The angle also offers a better picture of the coat’s volume, there is significant fullness below the tailored bodice and waistline.
It appears the coat is still available in at least one online shop, it is selling at Coco Boutique for £625, roughly $1000 at current exchange rates. Our thanks to Sarah, she commented with the coat ID on the HRH Duchess Kate page, and Adrienne also noted the brand and style on the WKW Facebook page.
There was also a Noa silk skirt by Temperley, we show it at Lyst.com.
Kate accessorized with her Fairy Tale hat by Sylvia Fletcher for Lock and Company; unfortunately, it is no longer available for purchase.
It appeared she brought back her Cornelia James Gloves with Bow, but that does not appear to be the case. We do not have a definite ID on the manufacturer.
From what we could see it looked like Kate was carrying her trusty black UFO (Unidentified Fashion Object) handbag.
And we saw Kate’s pearl drop earrings by Annoushka as well.
Kate was wearing a new poppy, the Buckley Crystal Poppy Brooch in the large size.
It was lovely seeing Kate in a new piece, an elegant look for the Duchess. Below we see her in the Diane von Furstenberg worn in 2011 (L) and 2012 (R).
A Temperley product update: the brand has restocked the Odele coat Kate has worn on multiple occasions.
We leave you with a portion of Laurence Binyon’s classic “For the Fallen“:
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
NOTE: The post has been updated to reflect uncertainty about the manufacturer/retailer of Kate’s gloves, they are not the Cornelia James as thought.
- The Telegraph‘s video story is here, the Daily Mail’s photo-rich coverage is here, and the Daily Mirror’s live blog is here
- the BBC’s photo slide show is here, Sky TV’s videos may be seen here and ITV’s stories are here
- With thanks to Micki Maynard for the tip, this link is to a video showing the Funeral of the Unknown Warrior in London on November 11, 1920. The video includes the arrival of the coffin at Westminster Abbey as well as a shot of King George V and his sons waiting to lay wreaths.