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It’s Alexander McQueen for Easter in Australia

This morning the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended Easter Sunday services at St. Andrews Cathedral in Sydney.

After the service ended William and Kate signed the First Fleet Bible. The Bible dates back to 1788 when it was brought to Australia by the First Fleet Chaplain, it is considered to be the Bible used in Australia’s first Christian service. They also signed the 1788 First Fleet Book of Common Prayer.

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail, Mail Online

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail, Mail Online

Their signatures are in the upper left corner.

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail, Mail Online

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail, Mail Online

The history for the books is remarkable.

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail/Mail Online

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail/Mail Online

Royal photographer Mark Stewart posted this photo showing other regal signatures, including Charles & Diana’s, as well as those of the Duke and Duchess of York.

Mark Stewart (@RegalEyes)

Mark Stewart (@RegalEyes)

Kate was elegant in a dove grey ensemble from Alexander McQueen.i-Images /

The coat and dress seen on the Duchess are custom pieces, but you can see the genesis of Kate’s is this

That is a past-season piece, described this way:

Nude pink tailored coat from Alexander McQueen featuring a funnel neck, a concealed front fastening, structured shoulders, cropped sleeves, inset pockets to the sides, a rear vent and a straight hem.

The piece was made of a rayon/acetate blend; it originally sold for $2844, but was discounted to $1564.

Many will note the garment’s similarity to Kate’s Christmas 2011 coat.



That coat was said to be made by “an independent dressmaker, ” whose identity was never revealed.

The Duchess wore her hair partially up, better seen in this picture posted by Rebecca English.

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail/Mail Online

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail/Mail Online

I share the image showing how Kate’s hair is styled because that directly impacts how her hat sits. The chapeau is also bespoke, created by Jane Taylor Millinery.i-Images/Polaris

Neither Kate’s clutch or shoes are custom. First, the bag, it is a McQueen clutch we have seen previously. (Before ever being seen in public the skull clasp was replaced by something more…sedate.)Alexander McQueen/i-Images

And the Duchess wore her Harper pumps by LK Bennett. The shoe is no longer offered in Kate’s color, only in a black suede version.LK Bennett / i-Images

This was another elegant look for the Duchess. Judging from online feedback many had hopes Kate would be in something brighter, more Easter-ish (my word) and less reserved. My gut instinct is that she went with a less exuberant color in an effort to make a quieter style statement. It could well be a flawed thought on my part, but it was my visceral reaction.

Kate, William, and hopefully George are due at the Taronga Zoo soon. We’ll be back with another post shortly.


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Judy masher

Thursday 23rd of July 2015

Please help want to buy dove grey coat dress like kate middelton


Sunday 27th of April 2014

Finally something that looks good. but of course it does its McQueen. Although I do think with colours this pale she needed to add a bit more oomph to the makeup colours. She is wearing a lot of heavy makeup though and between that and her hair pulled back all the time is looked a lot older than a woman in her early 30s.


Tuesday 22nd of April 2014

I absolutely adore this elegant look from Kate. Sure, it isn't exactly the color palette that most of us would choose for Easter. However, this sophisticated look has "regal" and "future Queen" written all over it. It is spot on for the occasion.

Former Colonist

Monday 21st of April 2014

Not only do the coats for the Queen and Kate look similar, but is that the Sabitri dress in Eden the Queen is wearing???!


Monday 21st of April 2014

I can't like this coat. I'm tall and slender like Kate and I think long coats like this with no waist or buttons to break it up just make us look blah.