Kate wore Alexander McQueen for today’s arrival in Warsaw, Poland.
It was a cloudy afternoon with a touch of drizzle.
This is the first of five days in Poland and Germany, a trip that Kensington Palace says “will encompass cultural and geographic highlights of both countries, from the Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre to the Neckar river.” More from The Mirror:
William and Kate’s trip, taken at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, is likely to be seen as another Brexit diplomacy, helping to maintain and strengthen the UK’s relations with Europe as it leaves the EU.
As expected, Princess Charlotte and Prince George looked darling.
George wore his standard checked shirt and shorts.
Charlotte was engaged in a little sartorial diplomacy, wearing a red and white dress; red and white are Poland’s national colors.
After landing at the airport, William George and Charlotte were taken to Belvedere Palace in Warsaw, where the family will be staying while in Poland. In case you missed yesterday’s Guide to the Royal Tour, here is a look at one of the areas set up where Charlotte and George can play.
The Duke and Duchess then went to the Presidential Palace where they were welcomed by Poland’s president, Andrzej Duda, and First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda.
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An official wave for the cameras.
The foursome enjoyed lunch. On Kate’s right is the UK’s ambassador to Poland, Jonathan Knott.
Kate and William greeting people in the crowd gathered to see them.
The latest pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge in Warsaw, meeting members of the public, as part of a trip to Poland and Germany pic.twitter.com/wShq1axHFY
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This afternoon the Duke and Duchess visited the Warsaw Rising Museum, dedicated to the 1944 uprising against the German occupation. Kate & William toured the Museum, and also met with veterans.
A quick video from The Mirror’s Victoria Murphy.
The Duke and Duchess were given a tour of the Museum. The Warsaw Uprising was a major military movement in 1944 to liberate the occupied city from the hands of the German army. More than 200,000 Poles died in the 2-month fight against the Nazi occupation.
They also met four Polish Second World War veterans, two of whom fought in the uprising, and another two who escaped from Poland to join Allied forces and take part in military campaigns.
Among them was Colonel Edmund Brzozowski, 98, who joined the Polish resistance and was captured by Stalin’s forces early in the war and imprisoned in Russia.
William and Kate laid a lit candle under the bell on a wall of remembrance listing those who fell in the heroic conflict. Kate and William read the names of those who took part in the uprising, including British RAF pilots.
The Duke and Duchess then visited Heart Warsaw, a business incubator for corporate start-ups and collaboration. The Duke and Duchess trying out some virtual reality technology at Heart Warsaw.
Now for our look at what Kate wore for her arrival in Warsaw.
No one will be surprised to read the Duchess opted for a design by Alexander McQueen, the brand’s Peplum Coat.
The off-the-rack version of the design is made in Italy from a midweight wool/silk twill. The coat, or coatdress (which seems a more apt term), has an a-line silhouette, three-quarter sleeves, a concealed front closure, v-neck, and a ‘rippling peplum.’ However, as many have noted in the comments, Kate’s version of the garment does not have that extra material at the side and back waist.
I’m wondering if Kate’s is actually white, or if it is merely the lighting that makes it look brighter than the ivory seen online. The coat remains available in very limited sizes at Net-a-Porter, where it is discounted by 50% to a price of $1538.
We saw the return of Kate’s Jenny Packham ‘Casa’ clutch.
Kate had three different pieces of jewelry we’ve not seen previously: the ring seen above, as well as new earrings and a pendant.
There are many comparisons to pieces by G. Collins & Sons, as Kate has worn their jewelry before. Looking at the earrings first we can see they are not the same. Kate’s earrings are suspended from a diamond and the setting is different; her large center stone is set in gold.
The pendant worn by the Duchess also has elements distinguishing it from that show in the G. Collins photo. The diamonds surrounding Kate’s center stone are smaller and more numerous than those in the G. Collins piece, and Kate’s actual setting for the stone is gold with gold prongs, not white gold or platinum.
This doesn’t mean the pieces couldn’t be by the jeweler, it is certainly a trusted resource. But they could be by many other designers and/or retailers. They may also be items that are reset from other jewelry. We’ll keep looking, it would be great to solve the mystery!
The Duchess also wore her Gianvito Rossi suede heels in the ‘praline’ colorway.
This evening the Duke and Duchess will attend a birthday party for HM hosted by Ambassador Jonathan Knott. The event is being held at the picturesque Orangery at Lazienki Park; more than 600 guests are expected, and Prince William will deliver remarks.
NOTE: This just our first pass at coverage; I will be adding info and photos all morning (EDT). I will also be doing a separate What Kate’s Kids Wore post. We’ll do a separate post covering this evening’s party.