We are back with the first of our annual polls, but first we make a brief detour to share the darling pictures of George on his first day of nursery school.
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Kate and William took George to Westacre Montessori School, located about 20 minutes from their country home in Norfolk. The Duchess actually took the photographs, here is the second picture.
George is not the first young royal to attend a Montessori school, more from Gordon Rayner’s story in The Telegraph:
Both Prince William and Prince Harry attended Montessori nurseries, though the Duchess of Cambridge went to a local pre-school in Bradfield Southend, Berkshire, where her family lived at the time. Princess Diana worked as an assistant at a Montessori nursery before marrying the Prince of Wales.
How did things go? Richard Palmer of The Express shared this on Twitter.
George wore a 2013 quilted jacket from John Lewis and carried a backpack/rucksack that we haven’t yet identified. For all of the details on what George was wearing visit this post at sister site What Kate’s Kids Wore.
Now to the first of our polls ranking what Kate wore in 2015. We’ll start today with special occasion and formal dresses, pieces worn for events that are a step above standard engagements for Kate, in styles transcending the business attire we generally see for daytime functions.
We begin in May, when Princess Charlotte was born. Kate wore a bespoke buttercup yellow Jenny Packham dress as she introduced her daughter to the world on the steps of the Lindo Wing, and as she was leaving the hospital.
For Trooping the Colour in June Kate returned to Catherine Walker, wearing the Astrid coatdress in a “crisp textured woven ivory and ice blue silk.” The fitted style has a rounded collar, self-covered buttons and princess seams.
For Princess Charlotte’s christening Kate wore a bespoke ensemble by Alexander McQueen in ivory silk. The knee-length coat was exquisitely tailored with multiple seams, gores and darts. It showcased wide, winged lapels, a fitted bodice and fuller skirt, and concealed front placket.
In October Kate attended her first state dinner at Buckingham Palace, wearing the Lotus Flower tiara for that occasion. (More on that in our Jewelry poll next week.) The Duchess engaged in more sartorial diplomacy, wearing a rich red gown for the dinner, the color a nod to the significance of that shade in the Chinese culture. The bespoke Jenny Packham gown features cap sleeves, what looks like a sequin and lace bodice, a satin belt or waistband and a full skirt.
The morning following the banquet William and Kate hosted President Xi and Madame Peng at a ‘collaborative entertainment’ event. I struggled with putting this frock here or in with the standard business fare but ultimately chose this category, if only because this was an important event on the Cambridge’s calendar. Kate wore Dolce and Gabbana’s Lace Guipure Dress in an ‘eggplant’ color; the piece features a ‘turtleneck’ design with a high collar, a fitted bodice, concealed back zipper and internal slip dress with spaghetti straps. (The dress is still available in very limited sizes at Net-a-Porter, where it is discounted by 30%.)
We had the delight of seeing Kate in another party frock just days after the state dinner when she attended the premiere of the newest James Bond film, SPECTRE, with William and Harry. The Duchess wore another custom design by Jenny Packham for the gala evening. It featured a crossover halter-style top in the front that was sheer in the back with a slit open from the neck to the waist, the skirt was full with multiple layers.
Perhaps Kate’s most debated dress of the year was the Erdem Alouette gown worn to the 100 Women in Hedge Funds annual dinner. The silk gazar dress has some very intricate tailoring, with multiple pieces for the bodice, as well as darts and other details it is difficult to show in the photographs. The print is Erdem’s ‘Ohana Tulip’ design, the garment features a bateau neckline, deep vee on the back and a tiered, gathered skirt. The upper portion of the skirt has box pleats in addition to the gathers.
Kate and William joined other senior royals for the Festival of Remembrance in November. The Duchess wore another lace dress by Dolce and Gabbana, the brand’s black lace midi dress. Very similar to the eggplant style worn for the China state visit, the dress has a floral lace motif, high neck, sheer sleeves and upper bodice, with a scalloped collar and hem.
We will be back Friday with more polls, including one on daytime dresses.
EDITORIAL NOTE: The post has been edited to remove the reference to Kate taking the pictures with her phone camera. I am unable to find the original information and without substantiation I don’t think the information belongs in the post. I apologize for any confusion the deleted information may have caused.