Kate was in another Dolce and Gabbana lace dress for this evening’s Festival of Remembrance at Royal Albert Hall.
The royal box this evening.
HM is patron of the Legion and has only missed two Festival performances since its inception.
She had William seated on her left in the royal box and the Duke of Edinburgh on her right; Kate was on William’s left, next to Prince Andrew. (Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are touring in New Zealand.)
The evening’s performances are primarily of a solemn nature, honoring the armed forces and all victims of war and conflict.
Performances include choral works and prayers. Below, tenor Andrea Bocelli singing “Now we are Free” from the Gladiator soundtrack.
There are also military displays from the armed forces. Members of the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas backstage waiting to perform.
The Band in action, along with the Pipes and Drums from the Brigade of Gurkas.
The Chelsea Pensioners entering the Hall to a standing ovation.
Pensioners are residents at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, a retirement and nursing home for former British Army servicemen.
Rod Stewart performed, singing “Way Back Home.”
There were also videos shown, this one featured a gentleman named Bob Hucklesby who spoke of his time as a Japanese POW 70 years ago.
The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines performing as a fog started to fill the Hall.
Pixie Lott singing with the Central Band of the RAF and the Queen’s Color Squadron of the RAF.
Jazz vocalist Gregory Porter singing Amazing Grace, you can just make out the drums in the center draped with the British flag.
One of the most poignant and dramatic parts of the evening is near the end of the performance, when a two-minute silence is observed and thousands upon thousands of poppy petals fall from the roof of Royal Albert Hall.
At the end of the service the national anthem is sung and three cheers are given for HM.
Another view of the Duke and Duchess.
As mentioned, the Duchess elected to wear another frock from Dolce and Gabbana for this evening’s performance.
She wore the brand’s Lace Midi Dress.
The dress is a viscose/rayon/cotton/nylon blend. My friend Micki Maynard pointed out the dress is crafted of ‘bobbin lace,’ designed to lay flat and stand up to things that might snag or pull, like jewelry. It is priced at $3175 at Net-a-Porter.
Tonight’s style is quite similar to the aubergine D&G lace dress worn for an engagement during the China State Visit. It is knee-length with long sleeves, a fitted bodice, and nipped in waist; it also has a detachable silk slip lining. The fabric for this evening’s dress differs from the eggplant-colored frock, and the neckline is also different; tonight’s has a scalloped neckline, while the other dress covered a portion of the neck.
In the post about the D&G dress worn for the China State Visit I mentioned it wouldn’t be surprising to see Kate in other D&G lace designs. It is something of a signature item for the label and once Kate finds a design she likes she has shown a willingness to purchase it in multiple colors.
Kate accessorized with the diamond earrings that are thought to be a wedding gift from Prince Charles,
Kate carried her ‘Maud’ clutch by Anya Hindmarch.
And wore her black ‘Aimee’ heels from Jimmy Choo. (Photo on right is from file, for illustration purposes only.)
DVD’s of the program will be available for purchase in the Legion’s Poppy Shop sometime in early January.
A quick reminder for those who might not have entered our $1000 StyleRocks giveaway yet- you can still get entered, this post has all the info you need.
We will see you tomorrow for Remembrance Sunday.