The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived to cheers from well-wishers as they entered their New York City hotel tonight.
It was a brisk evening as the motorcade pulled up to the hotel. More from Gordon Rayner’s story in the Telegraph:
The royal couple were given a rapturous greeting by hundreds of hardy souls who braved freezing temperatures to wait for their arrival.
The CBC’s Steven D’Souza posted this photo on Twitter of the crowd gathering mid-afternoon.
Some had been standing out in the cold since 9am to see the couple arrive, according to Robert Jobson, the Royal Editor on Twitter.
From a story in today’s New York Times:
Scores of people had gathered outside the hotel on Madison Avenue to catch a glimpse, some traveling from as far as Wisconsin or North Carolina.
A group sang “My Favorite Things,” swaying in the cold. Others, like Jayda Green, 13, from Idaho Falls, Idaho, held flowers.
“Our celebrities and politicians, they’re shooting stars. They come and go,” said Ms. Green’s mother, Colleen, who brought her daughter to New York for the occasion. “Royalty is forever.”
A WKWer on the scene said everyone was convivial, with people chattong about Kate, exchanging phone numbers, savings spots in the crowd for others when they ran to get coffee.
The Duchess was wearing a coat by Seraphine Maternity, a brand she wore several times in her previous pregnancy.
Featuring a boucle textured print and high scoop neckline, this piece was created exclusively for the Duchess by Séraphine.
More from the product description:
…the MARINA maternity coat is made in a luxurious wool tweed bouclé. Subtle silver threads add a touch of sparkle to the rich purple hue. The long-line silhouette is accented with a delicate frayed trim and finished with black velvet ribbon.
The coat is above the knee in length, with an empire waist, pockets and black trim at the front opening, the cuffs and the neckline. The ‘Marina’ coat ($495) is a bespoke piece, but it can be made to order.
Underneath the coat Kate wore a black dress that appeared to be made of a light material, perhaps a crepe chiffon or similar weave.
The Duchess was in a pair of black suede booties or shooties (I’m never sure what to call them)that we have seen her wear before, although they remain unidentified.
Her jewelry included her standard rings and the deco-style diamond earrings we have seen previously, better seen in these head shots.
One whimsical note: the crowd wasn’t limited to humans, this woman brought along a cardboard cutout of the couple she’s had since the wedding! (Our thanks to a generous WKW friend who shared the photo.)
Among those entities welcoming the couple to the USA, the Empire State Building., tweeting this photo and the message “We welcome Their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, by sparkling in red, white and blue.”
Kate then changed into a black lace dress for tonight’s private reception and dinner benefiting the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
I shall update this post as soon as I have photos and info.
More on the event from Rebecca English’s story in The Daily Mail:
The ‘private’ event, which is expected to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for the couple’s charitable foundation, is being held at the cavernous Manhattan apartment of British media and marketing mogul Sir Martin Sorrell, whose personal fortune is estimated at £174 million.
Beulah London has noted that Kate wore a dress from their spring 2015 Collection, the Amara style.
The dress is described this way by Beulah:
The Beulah simple fit and flare dress is a classic staple dress from our Spring Summer collection. The flattering, feminine silhouette made from intricate detailed lace will make the perfect outfit for every occasion this season
One of the frock’s most distinctive elements is the lace motif used for the sleeves. In apparel the pattern often depicts floral designs; in this case the lace is more of a scrollwork pattern.
The dress is a cotton/nylon blend with a silk lining. It can be pre-ordered with delivery in 10-12 weeks, it is priced at £650, about $1050 at today’s exchange rates
Kate wore a new pair of heels for the function, the ‘Power’ pump in black suede by Stuart Weitzman, we show the shoe at Russell and Bromley (£325, about $500). The shoe has a pointed toe and 3.5″ heel. ,
The shoe is available at Stuart Weitzman for $355.
The Duchess elected to go with a pair of statement earrings this evening.
A closer look.
We have not yet identified the earrings either. It turns out the earrings are from an American designer, the iconic Kenneth Jay Lane. With thanks to Arwenn who IDed the earrings, and shared the info with My Small Obsessions, Kate wore a pair of Silvertone Crystal Earrings.
The earrings are from the Kenneth Jay Lane ‘Wear to Kill’ collection, and no longer available.
Kate carried the black Mulberry clutch we have seen previously, we show it below when carried during this spring’s tour.
We will be back within a few hours to cover Monday’s events.
- The Telegraph’s story is here, the Daily Mail’s piece is here, Victoria Murphy’s story in The Mirror is here
- ITV has posted its story and video here
- CNN has posted a video the couple arriving here, and UK in New York shared a video that can be seen here
- you can visit the UK in the US website here, the Facebook page is here, UK Ambassador to the United States Peter Westmacott’s Twitter feed is here
- for additional reading, the UK in the USA Tumblr is here, the British Consulate-General in New York Facebook page is here, and its Twitter feed is here
- if still interested in learning more, the UK in USA Pinterest page is here, and its Instagram feed is here
- there is even a UK in USA Buzzfeed page, click here to visit the page