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It’s Purple for Queen’s Christmas Luncheon & Kate is the New Wimbledon Patron

We are back with a brief (*very* brief) post on today’s luncheon at Buckingham Palace.

As you can see in the photo, the Duchess was not the lady in red for the annual Christmas party hosted by the Queen and Prince Philip, as she has been in the past.


© i-Images, Polaris / James Whatling, Splash News / Ben Stevens, i-Images

Below, Prince George seated behind Prince William. It looks like he is in his Neck and Neck shirt worn in Canada to the children’s party. For details on Prince George’s shirt and snappy new jacket, have a peek at today’s What Kate’s Kids Wore post.

Not nearly as visible as George, Princess Charlotte. From The Daily Mail’s coverage:

Eagle-eyed royal watchers may have caught a brief glimpse of Princess Charlotte who appeared to be sitting to the left of her mother in the back seat

Here is the one other photo we currently have available, and it offers no better view.

It appears the Duchess is wearing magenta or purple, with a black scarf or shawl. (I’m not 100% ruling out the possibility it is a black garment topped by a purple wrap or scarf, but I don’t *think* that is the case.) Anna of My Small Obsessions writes on her HRH Duchess of Cambridge post that she believes Kate is wearing her Kiki McDonough Morganite Cushion Drop Earrings with the White Gold Classic Hoops with Pavé Diamonds. (The center photo is not from today, it is from World Mental Health Day engagements in October.)

Kiki McDonough / / Kiki McDonough

Kiki McDonough / Splash / Kiki McDonough

Several people have wondered if it might be the Issa dress worn during the 2011 Canada tour. 

Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

The color match looks good, but if Kate elected to start wearing the label again I don’t believe it would be at a function hosted by HM and the Duke of Edinburgh. (Here is a brief refresher on why I think Kate doesn’t wear the brand, from a previous post on the topic:

It’s more-than-unlikely Kate will wear anything from this collection, or any other Issa creation, past, present or future.

Not only has the label’s founder, Daniella Helayel, left the company, but prior to her departure she sold a controlling interest in the brand to Camilla al-Fayed.

Why should that matter? Because her father, Mohamed al-Fayed, previous Harrod’s owner, has been vocal in his belief the Royal Family is responsible for the death of his son, Dodi al-Fayed, along with Princess Diana. That topic is the subject of a film he financed, Unlawful Killing. In the movie the Queen is referred to as ‘a gangster in a tiara’ and Prince Philip is called a psychopath.”)

Having said this, there is an interesting side note via Anna of My Small Obsessions. She writes the Sophie, Countess of Wessex blog, and Anna tells me Sophie has continued to wear Issa on occasion. Most recently the Countess wore the Issa Bay Knitted Dress in June when on tour in Canada.

The label is out of business; founder Daniella Helayel has done a capsule collection for Monsoon and is launching a new line of her own called Dhela. If a fan of the brand there are some great deals on remaining pieces. The UK Outnet site offers 42 pieces; among them, Kate’s Phylis Dress in a black & white print (£285, roughly $350); the Robbie Brushed Wool Blend coat (£397, about $500); and the Chrissy Jersey Dress in black (£193, about $240).

The Outnet UK

The Outnet UK

The Outnet US also has a selection of styles, including the aqua Mills Metallic Stretch Knit Jacket ($170), the Cropped Stretch Knit Cardigan ($81, originally $425); and the Stretch Knit Mini Dress ($104 -n $208 depending on color) in coordinating colors.

The Outnet

The Outnet US


Also today, word of Kate’s newest patronage, Wimbledon.  This morning the palace released a list of 25 patronages from which HM is retiring. More from The Mirror

The Queen is stepping down from 25 of the 600 organisations she is patron of at the end of this year, Buckingham Palace has announced.

The move sees the 90-year-old monarch pass the baton of a chunk of her charity work to younger members of her family.

In a statement today Buckingham Palace said: “Her Majesty will continue to serve as Patron to hundreds of charities and institutions but will now share this work with her family.

As expected, Kate is the new patron. Below, Kate and William at Wimbledon this summer.

Wimbledon AELTC

Wimbledon AELTC

From a Wimbledon news release:

We would like to welcome HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, who will take up The Queen’s former duties as our Patron, and also recognise with appreciation the ongoing contribution of HRH The Duke of Kent, who will continue his long-standing role as our President.”

The All England Club put together a 1-minute video of the Queen’s visit to Wimbledon in 2010.

Kate at Wimbledon over the years.

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i-Images, Polaris/Mirrorpix, Splash News/

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Wednesday 21st of December 2016

Not fashion but what does it mean to be a royal patron? What responsibility does one have?

Mrs. Cambridge

Friday 23rd of December 2016

"Patrons" are those who provide encouragement and support of an organization, institution or cause they believe is important.

Have you ever donated your time to raise money for a local charity? Made a charitable contribution? Spoken to your friends or even in front of a group about the importance of a cause near and dear to your heart? If so, you're a patron.

While organizations value the support of all of their patrons, supporters with higher profiles like celebrities and other public figures can help boost awareness and interest in the group's work significantly.

Think back. Did you know anything about the devastation of land mines until Princess Diana got behind the issue on behalf of the Halo Trust? Or, for that matter had you ever heard of the Halo Trust before her involvment?

While some patronages may have a ceremonial component or traditional role (like giving the welcoming speech at an annual event, chairing a committee, serving as a board member, etc.) there is no universal job description for a patron. What skills, time, and other unique characteristics each possess or are willing to lend, depends on the individual and the needs of the organization. A savvy charity figures out ways to maximize the involvment of its patrons to advance its purpose or cause.

For more info about why royal patronages are important to charities and a bit about the history of members of the British Royal Family serving as royal patrons, this article may be of interest:


Jamie Gibbs

Wednesday 21st of December 2016

I think Prince George is wearing a check shirt with a COAT over it. It is very cold there right now. I see a check shirt on under what looks like a coat. Not even close to the shirt you think he is wearing.

Alison Green

Wednesday 21st of December 2016

Hey, I was very curious about Catherine's violet dress was it Issa, but I thought it was banned? Upon my Google searching I found one tumbler ( said it was a Stella McCartney Coat, say what but Yes the Stella McCartney ‘Edith’ Double Breasted Coat in Violet. Net-a-porter has some lovely pics what do you think? -

Also her fur scarl around her neck may I be presumptuous in saying it is the same worn for the wedding of Mark Tomlinson and Laura Bechtolsheimer in Arosa, Switzerland

My sorries for the messy post.


Wednesday 21st of December 2016

Kate's shoulders look like she is wearing a coat. Unless we are about to see a resergence of 80's shoulder pads I will vote coat, and the Stella Mc is a definite possibility.


Wednesday 21st of December 2016

That Stella coat is a real thought, the color looks close. The fur could be the same also. The coat is gorgeous regardless if that is what Kate has on:) Thanks for the links.


Tuesday 20th of December 2016

I love seeing Kate wedged in the back between car seats, I have done that exact thing while my BIL sat in front with my husband. Ahhhh,,,royals, they are just like us...


Tuesday 20th of December 2016

Good guess Julie. I love the color and it is wonderful on Catherine. I always enjoy seeing all the extended family arriving for this occasion.

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