We are back with a post covering Kate’s appearance in the upcoming ITV documentary Our Queen at Ninety.
The much-discussed program is being referred to as a landmark project, largely because of the access given to Oxford Film and Television, the production company creating the documentary. More from Robert Hardman’s piece for Weekend Magazine.
For much of the last year, during which the Queen has become the longest-reigning monarch in British history, a small television documentary team (of which I have been a part) has been granted privileged access to the Queen and to those who know her best.
ITV’s description of the program:
Told in the words of those closest to her ‘Our Queen at Ninety’ features interviews with family members about what the 89-year-old is really like as well as showing behind the scenes footage of her life while homage is paid to her many years at the helm of the Royal family.
Kate’s first solo television interview is one of those featured in the broadcast, as are interviews with nine other senior royals. The others personally interviewed: Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry, The Duke of York, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, The Countess of Wessex and Peter Phillips. In clips released Friday, the Duchess speaks fondly of HM’s kindnesses.
She’s been very generous in not being forceful at all and in any of her views, but I feel she’s been there, a gentle guidance really for me.
The Duchess says her most memorable engagement with the Queen was a visit to Leicester in March of 2012.
She describes how supportive the Queen was:
I went without William, so I was rather apprehensive about that. She was very supportive. The fact she took the time to make sure that I was happy and looked after for that particular occasion, which probably in everything that she’s doing is a very small element, it shows just how caring she is really. ‘The fact she took the time to make sure that I was happy, and looked after me, shows just how caring she is.’
Clips reveal Prince George’s special name for the Queen.
He calls her Gan-Gan.
Kate’s interview also covers HM’s delight in Princess Charlotte’s birth and other topics. The doc looks like a wonderful program; again, it airs Easter Sunday from 8-10pm on ITV. At this point I don’t know about ways to watch the program for those of us outside ITV’s broadcast area, but will keep searching for info. We have had a few comments referencing the dilemma, including one from Sati, a reader who shared “… my friend in California watches British TV through a website called Tunnel Bear.” A portion of Kate’s part of the program via The Daily Mail.
In the 2-hour special Kate wears her ‘sparkle tweed jacket’ by Rebecca Taylor for the interview. We first saw Kate wearing the separates in April of 2012 at a reception honoring the Scott-Amundsen Centenary Race to the South Pole, as well as in New Zealand during the 2014 tour.
The program shows Her Majesty in situations both informal…
…and formal. This image comes from the footage shot at the Queen’s annual diplomatic reception last December. In the background of that photo, on the far right, you can just see Kate about to enter the hallway leading to the state dining room at Buckingham Palace.
Readers will recognize the Cambridge Lovers knot tiara the Duchess wore to the reception.
And the icy blue Alexander McQueen gown, really a lovely look for the Duchess.
And a screen grab with a side angle showing the dress, as well as the tiara, shared by HRHKateMiddletonUK on Instagram.
Kate also wore this frock to the 2013 diplomatic reception. The silhouette of the dress is similar to several other pieces Kate owns, including the red Jenny Packham worn for the China state dinner, with a lace overlay on a fitted bodice with cap sleeves, a nipped-in waist and belt, and a fuller skirt flowing from the waistline.
The Sarah Burton gown is that icy blue color we have frequently written about in these pages. Below we show the Duchess in that hue as she wears Emilia Wickstead to the National Portrait Gallery in 2013, Jenny Packham for a 2014 photo awards gala at the Natural History Museum and Christopher Kane at the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony.
Kate selected another bespoke Jenny Packham icy blue gown for last October’s premiere of the new James Bond movie.
We share the images above because Kate carried Jenny Packham’s miniature ‘Casa’ bag for the film opening.
You can also just see a bracelet on each wrist, they appear to be the two worn for the China state dinner. The Duchess elected to wear the same earrings for both receptions, the diamond chandelier-style pair.
We first saw them at the 2011 BAFTA reception in Los Angeles.
It wouldn’t be proper to wrap up the post without thanking many of you for email, direct messages and other methods of communication to be sure I was aware of the new image of Kate at the diplomatic reception. Unfortunately I have been a little under the weather, but am immensely appreciative for all of your correspondence. Thank you!
NOTE: The post has been corrected to show Kate first attending the diplomatic reception in 2013, not 2014 as I first wrote. (Thank you Alejandra!)
- The entire documentary is currently on You Tube (this is not on ITV’s channel so I don’t know how long it will be available for viewing)
- ITV’s news story is here, with clips showing HM and the Duchess
- Gordon Rayner’s story about the program in The Telegraph can be read here, Victoria Murphy’s story for The Mirror is here, The Sun’s story is here
- The in-depth story by The Daily Mail’s Robert Hardmanfor Weekend Magazine may be seen here