We begin with what was an exciting morning for Emily Rickard. She is from Exeter, in Devon, and was visiting London with her family. As they were checking out of their hotel this morning they were told Kate, William and George might be at the Butterflies exhibit. So they headed that way and sure enough, the Cambridges were just wrapping up their visit.
In the photo Emily shared above you can just see Kate carrying Prince George, with Prince William in jeans on her left. Emily described the sequence of events this way:
So we walked down not really believing that they would be there, but because we wanted to go to the museum anyway we didn’t mind. And then we saw a few body guards so we waited for a few minutes and then we saw them coming out!!! We went in afterwards when the museum was officially open!!
And one of the official photos released for Prince George’s first birthday, taken by John Stillwell at the exhibit.
In the next photo, you can see Kate’s assistant, Rebecca Deacon, leaving the exhibit behind William; Rebecca is in front of a photographer so I imagine we’ll see more pictures from the outing before too long.
Emily tells me Prince George “looks very cute.” She also shared that the family “…just looked so normal and happy, unlike some celebrity couples I guess…it must be hard for them to be in the public eye so much. But they cope really well!” Our thanks to Emily for sharing her London adventure with us. Below, the other photo released to mark the occasion.
It looked like Kate was wearing the Budding Hearts tea dress by Suzannah. (I did ask Emily if she thought this was the dress Kate had on and she said ‘yes’.) It is the dress Kate wore for several engagements in New Zealand, she had it on beneath a green Erdem coat.
The dress is “matte silk crepe with skirt part lined in 100% silk,” it is available in almost all sizes at Suzannah (£475, roughly $800).
It appears the Duchess might have been wearing her Imperia wedges. (Kate’s were sold by Pied a Terre, they are now sold at Dune.) See note below. If not the Imperia my next guess would be an off-white pair of Corkswoons, or a very similar shoe. We’ll keep an eye out for the photographs and update as appropriate.
UPDATE: Several commenters have pointed out the shoes are not the Imperias, it’s obvious in looking more closely at the pictures they are correct. Many thanks to those commenting on these, it was a little frenzied when I was blasting out the door this afternoon, my attention to detail wasn’t what I would call stellar.
Next, the Duke and Duchess at Wimbledon. They attended the quarter-final match between reigning Wimbledon Men’s Champion Andy Murray and Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov. Here you see Kate getting ready to take her seat in the royal box at Centre Court.
No doubt many readers recognize Kate’s broderie anglaise frock, it is the Roamer Day Dress by the Australian label Zimmermann. It looked like a lovely afternoon for tennis.
Unfortunately, as time wore on it became obvious Mr. Murray’s chance for a repeat title was in jeopardy. After just three sets it was over and the champion was out of the Tournament. Mr. Murray said “He was the better player from start to finish”.
Now for our look at what Kate wore.
As noted above, she brought back the ‘Roamer Day Dress’ by Zimmermann. The broderie anglaise piece showcased a floral motif, with a fitted waist and sleeves, full skirt, and insert trim at the waist, sleeves and hem. We first saw the dress during the 2014 Australia tour.
The Duchess accessorized her white dress with an Anya Hindmarch bag many readers will recognize, although it goes back several years.
See update below:
Kate was in the Ray Ban Folding sunglasses first noted in Auckland during the New Zealand/Australia tour. I’ll be back to fill in some of the details left out of the post, but need to scoot for an appointment out of the office.
UPDATE: With apologies for the delay, we have an update and completion of the little details I wasn’t able to wrap up earlier. Before racing madly out the door this afternoon I chatted briefly with Anna of My Small Obsessions, asking her opinion on how dark the glasses looked. She suggested they might be brown, concurring they are much darker than the Ray Bans worn on tour. Here are two closeups of the glasses worn today.
In looking more closely at the images one can see they aren’t the tortoiseshell pair. I haven’t had time to look at Ray-Bans to try and discover precisely what style Kate is wearing, or touch base with Anna, I will do that in the morning. (It’s midnight here at Planet Kate, I’m about to turn into a pumpkin!):
UPDATE #2: I’ve not found an identical pair in looking at online possibilities. Anna pointed out the glasses are not polarized, they have gradient lenses, and the frame is a dark tortoise. She also thinks they are foldable.
Also today, the Duchess was in her Sledge pumps ($345) from LK Bennett, they show only a mixed number of sizes available on the US website. Other retailers have a better selection of sizes, including Nordstrom, as well as Shopbop; both stores offer free shipping & free returns.
….and she had on her Cartier Ballon de Bleu wristwatch.
Thank you for sharing your insight via comments, it was very helpful.
- The Natural History Museum’s home page is here, its Facebook page is here
- The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club website may be seen here, the AELTC/Wimbledon Facebook page is here
- The Daily Mirror’s story is here and its photo gallery is here; The Daily Mail’s photo-laden story is here and The Express story is here
- USA Today has photos showcasing the funny faces William and Kate made when watching the match events, there is also a humorous Vine video of William reacting to the match – it can be seen here