Kate wore Temperley London for this evening’s Festival of Remembrance.
Members of the royal family attending tonight’s program at Royal Albert Hall included the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Anne and her husband Sir Timothy Laurence, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and the Duke of York.
Also in the royal box: Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, the Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra and the Duke of Gloucester. Below right you can see Prime Minister Theresa May.
The annual event is put on by the Royal British Legion and honors “all those who have lost their lives in conflicts.”
This year’s Festival paid tribute to those killed in the Battle of Somme, more from the Legion:
The Battle of the Somme was fought at such terrible cost that it has come to symbolise the tragic futility of the First World War. Its first day of conflict remains the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army and it was felt deeply at home.
In addition to the military bands and performances, the program included with a duet by Alfie Boe and Michael Ball.
The program wraps up with the Last Post being played…
…as 2 minutes of silence are observed and a shower of poppies falls upon active military personnel.
It concludes with the singing of the national anthem.
Now to what Kate wore this evening.
The Duchess was in the Callas Evening Coat from the Temperley London 2014 pre-fall collection. It is actually a piece we suggested as something that would “work well for Kate” in an August 2014 blog post. Here is a screen grab from the post, it shows the coat fairly well.
Another look at the garment via an old listing on discount site Gilt.com.
The Callas has Kate’s favorite silhouette: a fitted bodice and flared skirt. It is constructed of a floral & diamond pattern jacquard fabric in a wool/polyester/acetate blend. The piece hits just above the knee and features princess seams on the bodice, a high neck, slightly gathered waist, side seam pockets, decorative stitching on the placket and collar and a six-button closure. Here is a closer look at the fabric.
Discount Gilt showed it as originally being priced at $1550 with its last selling price $499. A cached ASOS page shows the coat as originally selling at £995 with a sale price of £400. There was also a Callas skirt by Temperley London.
It looked like Kate carried her Mascaro/Pretty Ballerinas bow clutch.
The first time we saw Kate with the bag was at another event honoring members of the armed forces, the Sun Military Awards in 2011.
It does look like the Duchess wore her Gianvito Rossi black suede pumps. We show them at Net-a-Porter ($670) where they are available in most sizes.
UPDATE: Jennifer M. suggests on the Facebook page that Kate’s poppy brooch is by Buckley. Anna of My Small Obsessions believes the Duchess is wearing her Oscar de la Renta earrings again.
If interested in watching the Festival of Remembrance broadcast, it is available on YouTube for viewing. Our thanks to Vicki for sharing that info in a comment.
We’ll see you tomorrow for Remembrance Sunday.
- Visit the Royal British Legion website here; the organization’s Facebook page is here and its Twitter feed is here
- The Legion’s online Poppy Shop is here; if interested in the history of the event, click here.
Wednesday 23rd of November 2016
I commented here on the Timperley and DVF coat next door and neither contributions were published. Are comments selected because both mine were respectful and pertinent??
Thursday 24th of November 2016
Thank you for commenting. There was no issue with the comments; they were not published because I took some time offline last night. :)
Monday 21st of November 2016
While I think that this is a lovely coat I must say that I am a little underwhelmed by this look. I feel that while the occasion calls for a more restrained look from Catherine, to me I wish for - well more! Perhaps this outfit looks more 'special' in person rather than in photos. There is no doubt that the coat fabric is lovely but the whole look lacks a little pizazz to me. Perhaps an updo would have helped.
Sunday 20th of November 2016
She looks elegant. I think her hair is starting to overwhelm her small frame. If she would only take a few inches off, I think she would look much better
Tuesday 15th of November 2016
This is my favorite look in a long long time- mostly because her hair looks so full and lush- just beautiful. I usually feel like her shoes are painfully high but somehow with this outfit they look elegant and chic. The coat makes her look so pretty with the little ruffle flair at her waist.
Tuesday 15th of November 2016
For me the whole point about is the modern, soft take on the Victorian bustle silhouette.But it's very subtle,almost too much so in my opinion.I understand that a very restrained take on fashion is safer in times of social media blogs and "worst dressed" lists.But too safe can turn into neutral.And this coat is already so minimal it's perfect for a statement sillhuette.At least on photos.It is possible that in real life the "bustle" effect was just perfect but in the photos hardly noticeable.