Hello and Happy Friday to everyone. I imagine most readers are looking forward to a 3-day weekend with Monday being Memorial Day here in the US and a bank holiday in the UK. We start with an addition to Kate’s Calendar.
- Wednesday, June 7: According to Flanders Today Kate & William will visit Mesen, Belgium to take part in ceremonies commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Messines. From the article: “The commemoration of the First World War battle, which took place from 7 to 14 June 1917, will involve a joint British-Irish delegation as well as groups from Australia and New Zealand. The British-Irish commemoration will take place at the Irish Peace Park on the afternoon of 7 June.” Another Belgian newspaper, Het Nieuwsblad, is reporting Kate will accompany William on the trip. There is more background info here on the event.
Thank you, Veronique, for your comment letting us know about the engagement.
Now, updates to our coverage of last Saturday’s post about Pippa Middleton’s wedding, beginning with a note about what is a major feat for this day and age: an utter lack of photos from the second reception, held at the Middleton’s Bucklebury home. I am still hoping we’ll see an exclusive magazine (People? Hello!?) cover story, but at this point, we have nary a clue about Kate or Meghan Markle’s party frocks. There has been speculation that Pippa’s second wedding gown was by Pronovias, but we’ve not heard any verification that was the case.
However, we now have the time to consider more closely some items worn by family, members of the wedding party and guests. Our first look is at the bodice of Kate’s dress, as it generated significant discussion last weekend. Several comments here and on social media referenced its similarity to the ensemble worn by Wallis Warfield Simpson when she married the Duke of Windsor in 1937. The tight waist and shirring are evocative of the Mainbocher jacket worn by Duchess of Windsor (as she was titled after her marriage). There the similarities end: the Duchess of Cambridge’s dress has a deep vee neck and no collar, while Mrs. Simpson’s jacket has a high neckline, creating a continuous line of color from her waist to the collar.
The ensemble was donated to the Metropolitan Museum of Art by the Duchess of Windsor. If interested in learning more about the dress and jacket click here to visit the Met site.
Next, Carole Middleton. It looks like the mother of the bride wore a hat by Juliette Botterill Millinery. More specifically, the Twist Detail Upturn style “in sinamay straw with silk abaca bow knot twists and a single ostrich feather.”
I wasn’t familiar with this brand and learned more from the designer’s website:
After gaining a masters in Fashion Design at Glasgow School of Art in 2006, Juliette worked for London milliner, Philip Treacy. Since starting her own business 4 years ago, Juliette’s hats have been worn by Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and Zara Tindall to name but a few.
Many thanks to Gabi of the Catherine-Duchess of Cambridge blog for her ID work on the hat.
One other note about Carole Middleton; all day Saturday I kept thinking her Catherine Walker coat dress looked familiar, but couldn’t figure out why. A comment by Laura provided the answer: it is reminiscent of an Alexander McQueen maternity ensemble worn several times by the Duchess. The collar, front buttons, three-quarter sleeves and color are similar.
Princess Eugenie also wore a hat by Juliette Botterill. Her dress was a Paule Ka, the Open Shoulder Cotton Dress ($745 at Harvey Nichols, $468 at Farfetch); her clutch was an Anya Hindmarch ‘Crisp’ bag; her shoes were the Kurt Geiger Cobey style ($90).
The outstanding mysteries remain the ensembles worn by Sophie Carter and Lady Laura Meade.
This shows a bit of the collar.
Many thanks to Michelle of Perth’s Fashion for her amazing ID skills. (If you identified pieces and I neglected to mention you, let me know so I can include you in the post.)
We learned more about the tiara Pippa Middleton wore via this Vogue story.
As Robinson Pelham cofounders Zoe Benyon and Vanessa Chilton share exclusively with Vogue, the piece was meant to radiate romantic simplicity, in keeping with the wedding theme
“It’s all about balance,” Benyon says. “You do not want the dress and tiara to fight, so one has to take a back seat.” Perhaps more importantly, they were tailored to Pippa herself. “Tiaras are like sunglasses; not every one suits every shape of face,” Benyon adds.
Thank you, Irish Sara, for pointing out the story, I had completely missed it.
Our final note involves one of the pageboys. Several readers here and on What Kate’s Kids Wore commented/messaged that one of the boys modeling Pepa & Co.’s new ‘Celebrations’ line was also in the wedding party.
I *believe* this is Casimir Tatos; Pippa is his godmother. UPDATE JUN 2: The boy modeling the Pepa & Co. clothing is William Ward, not Casimir Tatos as I originally thought.
If not, then it is either Edward Sebire or William Ward.
We’ll leave you with a few photos that didn’t quite make it into either post before publishing: a smiling Prince George.
And a precious Princess Charlotte, it appears she is mimicking her mother.
I hope everyone has a safe, enjoyable weekend.