The Duchess went with a favored designer, Emilia Wickstead, for today’s visit to Luxembourg.
A quick video of Kate’s arrival.
The Duchess of Cambridge begins a day of engagements in Luxembourg. pic.twitter.com/3YcYrPBKJG
— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) May 11, 2017
The Duchess was accompanied by Princess Stéphanie, Luxembourg’s Hereditary Grand Duchess. (More on her dress at the end of the post.)
Kate started her visit at the Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art (MUDAM), MUDAM Luxembourg, where she and Princess Stéphanie were presented with flowers by Gabriel and Charles, six-year-old twins. (How cute are those two?)
More about the visit and the country via Richard Palmer’s story in The Express.
Luxembourg is only a small country about the size of the county of Northamptonshire but over the decades it has become a thriving financial centre after suffering the depression of its iron and steel industries.
Her visit will help improve Britain’s strong relationship with Luxembourg, the Deputy UK ambassador to Luxembourg said.Diplomat Yvonne White, said Kate’s visit was in recognition of the close bilateral ties between the two countries.
The Duchess viewed exhibitions at the MUDAM featuring the work of British artists Sir Tony Cragg and Darren Almond.
Here’s a lovely shot of Kate and Princess Stéphanie at the Museum via the MUDAM Facebook page.
The Duchess met students from St. George’s School outside the Museum.
The primary reason for today’s visit is the formal commemoration of the 1867 signing of the Treaty of London, which confirmed Luxembourg’s independence and neutrality. Here you see the Duchess at a reception with “leading young Luxembourgers.”
Leaving the MUDAM.
The next stop, Place Clairefontaine for a cycling-themed festival.
From a Hello! story:
The Duchess, 35, spoke to professional cyclist Frank Schleck, who has two daughters.“We talked about how they [children] really appreciate riding a bike. For kids, it’s great because they can exercise and – as long as it’s safe – go to school without their parents,” said Frank. “She said their kids have bikes and that they’re always excited about trying to ride.”
She looked at jerseys children were painting for the Tour de France, it comes to Luxembourg in July.
Here is a cute video of 3-year-old Teo Schleck, who became very shy when he was supposed to give the Duchess her flowers.
— Hannah Furness (@Hannah_Furness) May 11, 2017
Little Teo’s father is former Tour de France winner Andy Schleck. For more, we return to The Express story:
Upon seeing the Duchess, who was wearing a pale blue Emilia Wickstead coat, Teo appeared a little overwhelmed, and, as the Duchess crouched down to speak to him, dived into this mother’s arm for comfort.
His mum Jil later said: “She asked if he was shy and said not to worry, it’s totally normal at that age.”
The Duchess with members of the Grand Ducal Family at the Grand Ducal Palace. From left to right: Princess Alexandra, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, Grand Duke Henri, the Duchess, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, and Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume.
The ceremony marking the 1867 Treaty signing was at the Luxembourg City Museum; it just opened a new collection focused on Luxembourg’s history. Below, the Duchess and representatives of other countries pose for a formal photograph as part of the Treaty signing commemoration. Those countries: Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands and Russia.
Kate and delegates from other countries visited the Corniche of Luxembourg’s old town, a UNESCO Word Heritage City. The Corniche has been called “the most beautiful balcony in Europe.”
Now to what Kate wore in Luxembourg.
Her Emilia Wickstead coatdress is a bespoke piece, crafted from a double wool crepe fabric.
The piece features the fitted bodice and full skirt the Duchess is so fond of, with long sleeves, set-in waistband and peak lapels. The fabric very much resembles the material used in a piece from the designer’s a/w 2017 collection, the Foster Tuxedo Jacket. (Our thanks to Heaven for that tip.)
You can see the similarities between today’s piece and the Emilia Wickstead style worn to the Irish Guards in 2012. I have added in the yellow Wickstead first worn to Order of the Thistle in July 2012, seen again last year in Bhutan. Initially, I didn’t include it here because the bodice and collar are different from the other two frocks. From the comments on the post and email, it seems many of us have the same recollection of the item – it seems much like the other two.
Here you see the differences in the skirts of both pieces. The weight and weave of the two different fabrics impact the way the garments move; the Kane is expected to remain stationary, while the Wickstead skirt is intended to move along with the Duchess.
She also carried her relatively new clutch by Etui Bags; this specific style is sold out, and Etui says it is difficult to say if it will be available again.
The company does have similar styles. We have heard from several WKW friends who purchased a bag directly from the company, and they all have been pleased with the process. Alex A. and Angela R.E. contacted the company via direct message on Etui’s Facebook page. In a comment on the WKW Facebook page yesterday Angela said Etui sent a photo of several clutches and she was able to select one from that group. The price is €75 (about $83) and €20 for shipping.
We did learn how Kate ended up with this bag, as well as the green Etui clutch she has carried. Harper’s Bazaar Poland reported yesterday that, as we thought, the handbags were purchased at a retailer. They were not sent to Kate as a sample in hopes she might use and/or purchase one. They are carried at Peter Jones, as well as the John Lewis Oxford Street store and Topshop’s Oxford Street store. I will ask Anna of My Small Obsessions to translate the article and will update the post if needed.
This image offers a look at Kate’s jewelry, as well as Stéphanie’s elegant updo.
The Mappin & Webb Empress pendant.
This gives you a sense of how much shorter Kate’s hair is since we last saw her.
A quick note about the dress worn by Princess Stéphanie; it is Paule Ka’s Satin Back Crepe Dress (€650, roughly $710). The frock is a triacetate/poly blend that is also offered in black. Thanks for this ID also go to Heaven on Twitter.
We’ll leave you with this 1:50 ITV video of today’s visit. (Rebecca Deacon fans will notice the personal assistant just behind Kate in a navy dress.)
UPDATE: With thanks to Diffyred for her comment, I have corrected the post to reflect the presence of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume in the formally posed photo at the Grand Ducal Palace, not Hereditary Grand Duke Prince Félix (the original caption).
- The Kensington Palace story about today’s events may be seen here
- Learn more about Luxembourg by visiting the official website here; the Facebook page is here; the Twitter feed is here
- Information about the Monarchy in Luxembourg may be seen here; to learn about specific members of the Royal Family, click here
- The Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art (MUDAM) website is here; its Facebook page is here; the Museum’s Twitter feed may be followed here
- The Luxembourg City Museum website is here; the Facebook page is here
- For background on the Treaty of London, click here
- The Standard’s story is here; The Mirror’s fashion story is here; The Express story is here; The Daily Mail story is here; The Sun story is here
- The Fug Girls coverage is here; The Hello! story is here; PopSugar’s gallery is here; Luxemburger Wort has a photo gallery here