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The Countess Wears Jonathan Saunders and Goat Fashion in Scotland, More Engagements for Kate’s Calendar

We are back with a look at what Kate wore for today’s engagements with Prince William in Scotland, as well as a few other updates. The day started with a visit to the Strathearn Community Campus, an area with a variety of leisure and sports facilities.James Whatling Splash News

William and Kate also visited the recently restored MacRosty Park, unveiling a Fields in Trust plaque declaring the Park’s status as a protected green space. Simon Perry of People magazine shared this photo of Kate meeting and greeting the crowds.

The Countess (her title in Scotland) wore a coat by Scottish-born designer Jonathan Saunders; you can also see the Celtic brooch she is wearing, a private wedding gift.James Whatling / Splash News

Another look.Stephen Lock / i-Images / Polaris

William and Kate were given a number of goodies for Prince George, more from royal photographer Mark Stewart’s Twitter feed:

Mark Stewart Twitter feed.

Mark Stewart Twitter feed.

That’s one well-dressed bear.

James Whatling / Splash News

The couple paid a visit to the Famous Grouse, Scotland’s oldest distillery, where they learned more about the process of making distilled beverages.

The Daily Mail‘s Rebecca English and the Evening Standard’s Robert Jobson tweeted about the taste testing.

Renecca English, The Daily Mail / Robert Jobson, The Evening Standard

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail / Robert Jobson, The Evening Standard

From the looks of things it probably isn’t for the faint of heart. William and Kate also officially opened the distillery’s new visitor center, the Famous Grouse Experience.

As mentioned above, Kate wore Jonathan Saunders, the designer’s ‘Athena Wool Jacquard Coat‘ from his autumn/winter 2013-2014 collection.Moda Operandi

Different views of Kate in the coat.James Whatling/Splash news, Stephen Lock/i-Images/Polaris

From the Moda Operandi description of the piece: “This stripe wool jacquard coat from Jonathan Saunders features a notched collar, single breast pocket, full-length sleeves, flap front pockets, and a single vent at back.”

These photos better show the coat’s texture; a blend of  86% wool, 11% mohair and 3% polyamide. You can also see how the buttons were matched to the different colors in the graduated stripe pattern.Moda Operandi

The coat originally retailed at $2555. Below, the Athena in another colorway as shown at Net-a-Porter.

The Palace information on what the Duchess was wearing today only said she was in a Goat dress. There is such a broad variety of possibilities, we asked the folks at Goat if they knew which frock it was and they responded this way:

Goat Fashion Twitter Feed

This is the Thea in ‘geranium,‘ a knee-length fitted dress with flared sleeves in 100% wool. The Thea also comes in a rich navy blue; it is priced at £420, about $700.

UPDATE MAY 29, 2020: Ultimately we saw Kate wear the geranium-colored dress again in July 2014 and it turned out to be a different style, Goat’s ‘Scarlett pleat front dress’ in ‘geranium.’  The Italian wool-crepe dress features a round neck, half sleeves, an optional belt, diagonal pleats/darts at the front waist area, a hidden back zipper and back slit. Evidently I never updated this post when we saw the dress again at the July School Visit.  

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Many readers will recall Kate wearing the Goat’s ‘Redgrave’ coat for an engagement at the Child Bereavement Center last March.James Whatling/Splash News & Goat

The Redgrave remains available at Goat (£580, about $975 at today’s exchange rates) in Kate’s cream color, as well as Geranium, the color of today’s dress.

Kate accessorized with two standbys, her LK Bennett Avona clutch, and Sledge heels.LK Bennett

For jewelry, Kate wore the previously mentioned Celtic brooch and her Kiki McDonough Citrine Drop earrings.Stephen Lock/i-Images/Polaris & Kiki McDonough

You can learn more about the brooch at My Small Obsessions post here, the design is a triskele/triscele pattern.


One other note, a book that Kate wrote the foreword to, Living in the Slipstream, is out today.

Living in the Slipstream

Living in the Slipstream

More about the book from Robert Jobson’s story in the Evening Standard:

The book, “Living in the Slipstream” is a collection of stories told by the wives of Royal Air Force servicemen.

Kate, who lived with William while he worked as a helicopter pilot based at RAF Anglesey for three years, wrote: “I loved my time in Anglesey when William was serving with RAF Search and Rescue.

“I can’t pretend I didn’t feel anxious at times when William was on shift in howling gales, knowing he was out there flying in extremely challenging conditions, but he loved doing it and I felt incredibly proud of him.

Mr. Jobson notes profits from the book go the Royal Air Forces Association and the RAF Benevolent Fund.


Also today, more engagements added to Kate’s Calendar:

  • Tuesday, June 10: Kate will be at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich for the launch of the America’s Cup exhibit.
  • Thursday, June 12: Kate attends one of the Queen’s Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace, this one honors the 150th anniversary of the British Red Cross.


  • the general news release about the couple’s visit may be read here, the Fields in Trust news release about the visit to MacRosty Park may be seen here
  • Learn more about the Famous Grouse by visiting the company’s website here, following them here on Facebook, or checking their Twitter feed here 
  • the BBC’s video of Kate and William greeting people can be seen here & their trip to the Famous Grouse distillery is viewable here
  • the Daily Mail’s story and abundant photos may be seen here
  • Victoria Murphy’s live blog for the Daily Mirror is here
  • Kirsty McCormack’s story in the Daily Express about the couple’s whiskey tasting during their trip to the Famous Grouse Distillery is here


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Wednesday 18th of June 2014

Sorry. Whats with all these these buttoned up to here coats. This is literally an uptight look. Compare with the v-necked darker version. Much more appealing and sophisticated in a non-mature way. Why is she wearing such a heavy coat. In the pictures other women are in short sleeved dresses. Again, compare the look from a year ago and this year. She looked young and fresh and full of personality. Not now. As for the previous discussion its a fashion blog and pretty civilized by the standards of the net.


Tuesday 3rd of June 2014

Wonderful reporting as usual! Kate is style and class through and through!

X Courtney


Tuesday 3rd of June 2014

The close up photo of the coat shows the texture which is drop-dead gorgeous to me. Honestly I would love to own a coat like this, and I think it would be absolutely stunning person. I think that is a real deal coat, and not one meant to be worn as a dress-coat "dressy" combination. Therefore, it's more roomy and for lack of a better word, bulky, in order for layers to be worn underneath. It's not going to have a slim fit. It's heavy wool, and meant to keep you warm.

As a side-note, I can't believe it was warm enough to wear such a heavy wool coat. I'm in Texas where the air conditioner is blasting and outside it's 90 degrees. What a contrast!


Wednesday 4th of June 2014

That's it exactly Adrienne. We're used to seeing Kate in fitted dress-coats. This is a coat-coat cut to accommodate the clothes worn under it. I love the texture too!


Wednesday 4th of June 2014

Believe me, it has been cold enough at times this spring to be wearing winter clothes! But the weather can be extremely variable. I live in the middle of England. A few days ago it was so cold I put the heating on in the evening. Yesterday the sun came out - wearing jeans and a long sleeved top was way too much because it was so hot. Today the sky is grey, there's a steady downpour and thicker trousers and a pullover are necessary. There's no keeping up with it. Your blue sky Texan 90 degrees sounds wonderful :)

The changeable weather must mean Kate plans at least two outfits for any engagement here - or if the weather had been hotter we might have seen the dress underneath the coat, with a light jacket perhaps?


Monday 2nd of June 2014

After having looked at some pictures of HM (because some wrote, Kates look got more "queenly") and recapitulating some of Kates outfits I wonder if there is a reason to both always (?) wearing brooches on their left "shoulder"? Does anyone know?


Monday 2nd of June 2014

That's where most women wear brooches. If you are right-handed, it's just a little easier to pin them there than on the right.


Sunday 1st of June 2014

This isn't one of my favourite looks; I just don't think the coat is well-cut. I don't mean that it's a poor fit on the Duchess, but even on the model it looks bulky at the hips. And the colouring is quite dated. (She still looks great, as she almost always does, but I wouldn't be rushing out to buy this piece.)

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