For this afternoon’s garden party at Buckingham Palace the Duchess brought back a much-loved frock.
She wore the bespoke lace dress by Alexander McQueen admired by many fashion followers.
It was a beautiful day for the party at Buckingham Palace, as seen in this photo by Matthew Ford.
The food wasn’t your average fare.
There was a special reason to commemorate the day, Prince Philip celebrated his 93rd birthday.
A closer look at the garment as seen today.
The Daily Mirror shared this photo in its live blog, offering a look at the back of the dress.
Today the Duchess accessorized with a new hat from Jane Corbett.
The hat was created specifically to coordinate with this dress. From Jane Corbett’s blog:
So delighted to see HRH The Duchess of Cambridge wearing one of my hats at today’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. The new hat was specifically designed to be worn with the beautiful Alexander McQueen lace dress that HRH has worn previously. How perfect to have summer sunshine for a Garden Party!
Kate accessorized with a pair of nude patent heels we’ve not previously seen.
We will update as soon as we are certain of the brand and style. (Currently under discussion: Russell & Bromley’s ‘Power’ heels by Stuart Weitzman and the ‘Florete’ pumps from LK Bennett.)
UPDATED JUNE 12, 2014:
It appears that Kate was wearing Russell and Bromley’s 5th Avenue heels. Thanks to everyone who got in touch with Russell & Bromley about this one, as well as those getting in touch with me directly, in an effort to sort out just what shoe Kate was wearing. This includes Anna of My Small Obsessions (she was told by Russell and Bromley they couldn’t confirm Kate was wearing their shoes), WKW Facebook friend Stephanie, and Ashley Marie, who was persistent and ultimately told by a more senior Russell and Bromley employee that Kate was wearing a past season pair of the brand’s 5th Avenue heels.
Kate’s nude patent color is no longer offered, Russell & Bromley tell Ashley the shoes are from 2013. Thanks also to Adriane, she posted a link on the WKW wall to an eBay auction showing the older style in a different color.
The 5th Ave is currently available in a variety of colors and materials:
From the product description:
These point toe courts are a must-have silhouette in every woman’s wardrobe. The delicate point toe and slim 8cm heel height is the perfect modern update to the essential court shoe.
8cm is just about 3″, still much taller than a pair of flats. (One tip: the shoe’s actual name is 5th Ave, not 5th Avenue.)
One element of this that is interesting: the shoes worn by Kate when changing planes in Sydney at the start of the recent Tour were not identified. Tatiana’s Delights suggested they might be the 5th Ave., today’s information could lend credence to that theory.
The Duchess carried her nude patent Park Avenue clutch from Russell and Bromley.
But those aren’t just any figures wearing the talented milliner’s creations, they are names you know, here is more from the Western Morning News:
Describing it as her most unusual commission yet, Royal hat-maker Rachel Trevor-Morgan said the process of creating the tiny headpieces was an intricate one.
“They are all made in exactly the same way that we might be making our hats in the work room. Each edge is still stitched as we would do in any of our hats so the detailing is there and they are quite intricate.”
Below we see Kate.
A better look at Her Majesty.
There is a link below that takes you to a site with fairly large pictures of the whimsical royals in their finery from Ms. Trevor-Morgan.
(With apologies for a not-quite-complete post, your fearless correspondent must depart Planet Kate for a bit, with hopes of returning later this afternoon or evening to add more photos & supplement information.)