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A Christening Date for Charlotte & A Look at One of Kate’s Favorite Fabrics

We are back with a rather important addition to Kate’s Calendar and a look at one of Kate’s favorite fabrics.

First, the new engagement. Kensington Palace announced today Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana will be christened Sunday, July 5th, at St. Mary Magdalene Church.

princess Charlotte Leaving Hospital

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The Church is located on the grounds of Sandringham, the Queen’s estate in Norfolk. This is also where Anmer Hall  is located.

The Princess will be in the same gown worn by Prince George when for his October, 2013 christening.

John Stillwell/PA Wire

John Stillwell/PA Wire

The service will be a private event; here is a reminder of how small the group was at Prince George’s christening, via this BBC story.

…christening was private, with only senior royals, four members of the Middleton family, the seven godparents and their spouses among the 22 guests.

It is expected Prince George will be on hand for the occasion.

We can look for the Duchess to be in a new ensemble.

PA Wire/Splash News

PA Wire/Splash News

Likely designers include Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen, who created the suit Kate wore for George’s christening, Jenny Packham and perhaps Emilia Wickstead. My guess would be a new design from Ms. Burton.

St. Mary Magdalene is a smaller, more intimate setting than the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace, where George’s service was held.

Sandringham Estate

Sandringham Estate

The Telegraph reports the church was chosen because of the royal family’s connection to it, as well as its proximity to Prince William’s job as an air ambulance pilot. More from the story:

Princess Charlotte will be the most senior member of the Royal family to be christened outside a royal residence for 120 years.

The Queen’s father, George VI, was christened in the same church in 1895, but for the next three generations Royal palaces were used for the christenings of all senior members of the Royal family.

The late Diana, Princess of Wales was baptized at St. Mary Magdalene. (Diana was born on the grounds of Sandringham, at Park House; it is where her family lived for several years.)  A bit more about the church:

St Mary Magdalene, Sandringham, is a country church of exceptional historic interest, with memorials to many members and relations of the Royal Family from Queen Victoria onwards.  It is used regularly as a place of worship by the Royal Family and Estate staff.

Sandringham Church is considered to be one of the finest carrstone buildings in existence, and dates back in its present form to the 16th century.

Sandringham Estate

Readers are familiar with the church; it is where HM, the Duke of Edinburgh and other royals attend Christmas services. 

It isn’t just Christmas Day when members of the royal family are seen at the historic church; it is Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s parish church when they are at Sandringham. Below we see HM following services this February at St. Mary Magdalene.

Robin Nunn/Nunn Syndication/POLARIS

Robin Nunn/Nunn Syndication/POLARIS

Portions of the estate are open year-round to visitor, including the grounds, gardens, and parts of Sandringham House. St. Mary Magdalene church is open April through October. There is no admission fee to visit the Country Park, which is open all year.

Just as at Christmas, it is expected some members of the public will be allowed to gather at the church, although not the enormous crowds seen during the holidays. Below, Kate following last year’s Christmas service.

©Robin Nunn/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

©Robin Nunn/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

We will keep you updated on any changes to the christening plans.

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Our other topic today is a look at one of Kate’s favorite fabrics, broderie anglaise. The idea for the post came from a slide show in The Telegraph this week showcasing items made of the material.

The Telegraph Fashion

The Telegraph Fashion

We’ll get the technical element of the discussion out of the way first, starting with the definition of the term: ‘Broderie anglaise’ translates to ‘English embroidery,’ although the material is frequently referred to as eyelet. I am often asked what the difference is between broderie anglaise and lace. Perhaps the best way to describe it is that broderie anglaise adorns an existing fabric, whereas lace is a material created from scratch. Broderie involves making cuts into a fabric and adding decorative stitching around those cuts. 

The Duchess has shown a fondness for the fabric, especially when on tour. From left to right: Alexander McQueen separates worn in Singapore during the Jubilee Tour in 2012; a midnight blue dress from Mulberry, also seen on the Jubilee Tour; and the primrose yellow dress created by an “independent dressmaker,” initially worn on the Jubilee Tour, then again for a visit to the Taronga Zoo in Sydney during last year’s tour.

Andrew Parsons, i-Images

The UK in Singapore/Chris Jackson, Pool, PA Wire/Andrew Parsons, i-Images

Below we show closer shots of the material.

James Whatling Splash

©James Whatling/Splash News

Another look at those Alexander McQueen separates during the couple’s visit to Gardens by the bay in Singapore.

© The UK in Singapore

© The UK in Singapore

This image taken by Rebecca English of The Daily Mail offers a view of those McQueen separates from the back.

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail & Mail Online

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail & Mail Online

Kate’s ‘Roamer Day Dress’ by Australian brand Zimmermann also featured the material. The frock was seen at Wimbledon in July of last year, but before that we saw the Duchess wearing it in April during the Royal Tour.

Both Photos ©Andrew Parsons/i-Images

Both Photos ©Andrew Parsons/i-Images

These photos offer different angles of the dress.

Andrew Parsons, i-Images/Stephen Lock, i-Images/Stephen Lock i-Images

Andrew Parsons, i-Images/Stephen Lock, i-Images/Stephen Lock i-Images

A closer look.

©Stephen Lock, i-Images/SplashNews.com

©Stephen Lock, i-Images/SplashNews.com

A number of Kate-favored designers are using the textile in this spring’s collections, including Zimmermann. Spring and summer styles include the label’s Ceramic Broidery Dot Top ($360) and matching Dot Shorts ($295); the Ryker Broderie Day Dress in navy ($530), with a silhouette similar to Kate’s Roamer dress; and the Hyper Eyelet Flip dress ($480).

Zimmermann

Zimmermann

Erdem also has items in the textile, below we show the Victor Jacket in a dramatic geometric design as opposed to the more common floral motifs.

Erdem

Erdem

Here is a better look at the design.

Erdem

Erdem

Alexander McQueen is showing just one piece in the fabric, the Broderie Anglaise Mini Dress ($5375). It is from the pre-fall collection, in a cotton/wool/silk blend.

McQueen Broderie Anglaise Mini Dress pre Fall 2015

Alexander McQueen

This image better shows the intricacy of the embroidery.

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen

At Temperley London there are several styles featuring the textile. In the Caspian Long Sleeve Shirt the material is used as a bib insert (£325, about $500).

Temperley London

Temperley London

On the London Summer Shirt ($£295, approximately $450) the decorative stitching shows quite well.

Temperley London

Temperley London

It remains a popular material for children’s apparel, especially girls. But it is used in pieces for both sexes; below, the Unisex Baby Crawler with Little Collar ($33) at Kate-favored Petit Bateau.

Petit Bateau

Petit Bateau

ChildrenSalon has several hats in eyelet: on the left we show the Navy Broderie Anglaise Sun Hat from Tommy Hilfiger ($29.11), on the right it is Mayoral’s Broderie Sun Hat in pink and also in white ($16.85).

Childrensalon

Childrensalon

ChildrenSalon offers this Kenzo dress for Girls sizes 4 Y to 16 Y, it is on sale for $79.67.

ChidlrenSalon

ChidlrenSalon

While not a store where the Duchess shops (that we know of), Lord & Taylor has several broderie anglaise items, including this Little Me romper ($16.80).

Little Me/Lord & Taylor

Little Me/Lord & Taylor

Nordstrom offers some Mini Boden pieces in the material, including a ‘Fifties Summer Sleeveless Cotton Dress‘ in sizes ranging all the way from toddler (1-1/2Y) to big girls (12Y), the style is $48 in all sizes. On the right we show the ‘Broderie Tunic, Bloomers and Hat‘ for baby girls size 3M to 24M, it is $44 – $48. The three-piece set also comes in white.

Mini Boden at Nordstrom

Mini Boden at Nordstrom

I expect we’ll see Princess Charlotte in the material, if not Prince George as well.

 

LINKAGE:

  • Learn more about Sandringham at the estate’s official website, visit the St. Mary Magdalene page here, see the hours various elements of Sandringham are open here, and purchase tickets to visit the estate here
  • Archbishop Justin Welby’s statement about performing the ceremony is here
  • Victoria Murphy’s story about the christening in the Daily Mirror is here, Monique Jessen’s People magazine story is hereThe Telegraph’s story from Gordon Rayner is here, and the Daily Mail’s story by Rebecca English is here.
  • A 1981 story about Broderie anglaise may be seen here,
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KJM

Monday 8th of June 2015

Interestingly, Kate seems to pair cork wedges with her broderie anglaise every time!

intelligently-fashionable

Saturday 6th of June 2015

merci !!thanks !!http://intelligently-fashionable.blogspot.com

ElizaMo

Saturday 6th of June 2015

Delighted to have another chance to look at our baby princess again – Charlotte is a stunner before ever getting on her own two feet. Many thanks for the update on the little church -- and what a delightful thought that is – a country christening. I would like to think that would be reason to opt for a less formal look and maybe a gentle Packham over pin-sharp McQueen tailoring. Or maybe Kate will surprise us all again.

I’m impressed too that when the Cambridges don’t wish to go to the Archbishop, the Archbishop is obliged to leave town and visit them – only if you’re royal! It’s a lovely touch, too, that the link with Diana is present as it helps consolidate the gentle ways in which William is weaving her memory into his new family life.

Thanks too for the in-depth broderie anglaise tutorial, with illustrations. It still amuses me that a fabric I’d thought of as the ‘poor man’s lace’ has reached the elevated heights of royalty with an eye for retro. The examples shown here help me leave behind the worthy economy image it has for me and take on a fresh finesse, especially that snappy black Zimmerman, even though it's a bit short for an antique like me.

I had in fact already bought a summer smock top by Kew – previously the Jigsaw label I think -- in a very sweet broderie anglaise before Kate took to wearing it. I was taking advantage of a sudden rush of vintage detailing like pin tucks and lace inserts to stock up on about half a dozen samples of blouses with features I’d been longing to see again since my twenties.

I see there are plenty of examples of such work about still, there’s a rather lovely Somerset Temperley top with lace inserts at John Lewis, unfortunately in silk which needs better care than being thrown into the weekly wash! The selection of baby items shown here rather underline the utility side of cotton broderie anglaise.

Thanks for the post!

Hannah

Saturday 6th of June 2015

Heads up! Kensington Instagram will be releasing the first pictures of George and Charlotte late tonight (UK time)!

Kristin M

Friday 5th of June 2015

I'm American and have never been to the UK albeit I'm still a HUGE fan of the royal family! I'm going to Dublin on June 16 for 6 months for a work opportunity. Anyways since this is the closest I've ever been to Kate and company, I am definitely wanting to catch a glimpse at some point. This would be a really memorable time in history to see the little family and the queen and all the Middletons! What would be the closest airport to fly into via Ryanair? How soon should a person get there for a glimpse of the family attending the christening? Does anyone want to come along with me so we can keep each other company? :)

Marie

Sunday 7th of June 2015

I recommend you arrive at least 2-3 hours in advance, and there is usually a good atmosphere in the crowd. Transport may be more difficult however.