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Kate in Erdem for Day Two of the Royal Tour (Food, Fun & Shakespeare!)

(If looking for our post on Kate and William’s visit to the Stutthof camp, it is here, sans any fashion information.)

The Duchess returned to a favored designer for the second day of the couple’s royal tour of Poland and Germany, wearing separates by Erdem.

Following this morning’s trip to Stutthof concentration camp, William and Kate headed to the Old Market Square in Gdańsk where they were welcomed by enormous crowds. 

Gdańsk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz was the host for the Duke and Duchess’s visit. 

When they were seen by the tens of thousands who had been waiting for a glimpse of the royals, the reaction was said to be ‘rapturous.’ A quick video of their arrival.

From The Daily Mail’s story.

As the royal couple emerged from the town hall to the strains of Handel’s ‘Zadok the Priest’ – played at every English monarch’s coronation since King George II in 1727 – the crowds cheered enthusiastically.

The crowds, ten deep, were held back amid tight security behind steel barriers and the royal couple flanked by close guarded maximum security.

There has been a significant security presence on this trip.Poland Gdansk Kate Middleton Erdem suit Hurst Rose Print

The Daily Telegraph’s Hannah Furness reports:

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were today mobbed by thousands of curious well-wishers, as they visited a Polish market to sample the local dumplings and down a shot.

The Royal couple were swamped by Gdansk locals, who turned out with flags and selfie sticks to see them.

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Then it was time to sample some of the local cuisine.Kensington Palace

William and Kate survey the offerings.Kate William Gdansk Duchess Erdem hurst rose separates Royal Tour poland germany

More from The Mail’s coverage:

They couple then downed glasses of Gdansk liqueur at the next stall, Goldwasser (golden water), a strong root and herbal liqueur which has been produced since at least 1598.

They also sampled some polish dumplings – a specialty of the restaurant as their favourite was to be named after them. Kate chose the salmon and crayfish and William picked a mushroom one.

Having sampled more than a little Goldwasser (cough-cough), I can share that the stories are true. The bottles really do contain flakes of gold. Kate is said to have remarked the liqueur was ‘quite strong.”

The Duke and Duchess then visited the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre, opened in 2014.  @PolishEmbassyUK (click photo to see Twitter feed)

William’s father, the Prince of Wales, is the Theatre’s Patron. The theatre is “adaptable,” allowing for stages in three different sizes; the facility also has a retractable roof. Polish Embassy UK

The couple watched a special performance and also took part in a “small reception inside the theatre for Poles from the world of arts, culture and media.”

The day’s final stop was the European Solidarity Centre.Kate Middleotn Gdansk Erdem Dress Royal Tour

The couple met Noble Peace Prize winner Lech Walesa, co-founder of Solidarity, the first independent trade union in communist Poland. The Duke and Duchess each laid a rose at the Fallen Shipyard Workers memorial, honoring those killed during the suppression of a strike in 1971.Kensington Palace

As mentioned, the Duchess wore Erdem for the day’s engagements.©Nunn Syndication, Polaris

Kate’s separates are in Erdem’s “Hurst Rose” pattern from the s/s 2017 collection. Below you see the print in the label’s Imari skirt. It is midi length with a high waist, tucked folds that create volume and pockets.

A look at Kate’s top.Both © Nunn Syndication/Polaris

It is similar to Erdem’s standard ‘Arleen’ top, with its elbow-length sleeves and boatneck design, minus the buttoned pleat at the shoulder.Erdem Aleen Top 2 ExamplesJul 18 2017

The print was also used in other pieces, including this cold-shoulder gown at Neiman Marcus ($677).Neiman Marcus

The Duchess carried a new clutch by Poland’s Etui Bags, a brand she started carrying publicly in March. By my count, this is the third Etui piece we have seen the Duchess using.Kate Middleton Purse Gdansk Etui Handbag Clutch Royal Tour

The mystery of the nude sandals first seen at Wimbledon has been solved: say hello to the Stuart Weitzman Nearly Nude Ankle Strap Sandal.Kate Middleton shoes Stuart Weitzman Nearly Naked Sandals nude patent block heel

Described as a “minimalist must-have,” the block heel style features a thin strap over the open toe and a delicate ankle strap; the heel height is 3″.

Kate’s jewelry today included two pieces that appear to be made of Baltic Amber.

The pendant and earrings feature yellow cabochon stones in an intricate filigree setting. I do not know the origins of these pieces.

UPDATE AUGUST 2021: It looks like the Duchess may be wearing a set like this one from the Polish Art Center.  

The set features oval-shaped gold-plated sterling silver earrings and pendant with a center of honey-colored amber. Poland Day 2 Kate Yellow Earrings Mix Shots July 18 2017

Separately, Kate was given a pendant, and William cuff links, made of Baltic Amber. These items are a gift from the citizens of Gdansk.

We also saw Kate’s Ballon Bleu watch by Cartier today.Kate Middleton Cartier watch Duchess Kate Ballon Bleu wristwatch

We will see you tomorrow!Kensington Palace


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Sunday 6th of August 2017

I just love this ensemble. I have just started making my own clothes, and I think I will make a RepliKate in a similar style for myself. I decided to start making my own clothes because I found that the time I spent shopping for clothes that I ultimately always end up feeling mediocre about I could just spend sewing my own clothes that I absolutely love and were more durable and high quality.


Thursday 20th of July 2017

This may be my favorite look ever. She looks incredible.

I love the separates. The full skirt is just right, and the fabric design is just beautiful. The colors suit her very well.

Her hair looks great. I am glad to see a departure from the curling iron curls to the looser waves.

The sandals are fun and pretty, and her toes are polished!

Just perfect! :-)


Sunday 6th of August 2017

I totally agree, I think this is my favourite look of all time on her!


Thursday 20th of July 2017

I feel as I am in the majority when I say that I quite like this look. Unlike many others, I think that the pattern of this dress is beautiful and quite elegant. The dress is very flattering on the Duchess.


Thursday 20th of July 2017

I don't normally like crop-tops as they can be revealing in day-to-day activities. Even though I prefer dresses this gets top marks off me, not only do I love the print, she looks modest & appropriate in everything. I don't get this sandals are too gay & inappropriate for a concentration camp, this is what people wear in summer, they are standard wear in hot weather. It is the Royal family that are out of step (no pun intended) with everyone else with their closed toes & hats. And how gay or cheery is a boring, colourless pair of beige sandals. Nail varnish? That's worn by a significant amount of people too. She didn't look bright & had a lot of other events to go too. I haven't liked something so much since she went to India (though I liked the Wimbledon dress, it would have been amazing with the print up to the arms so there wasn't so much of T-shirt look, more like a pinafore dress).


Wednesday 19th of July 2017

The comments on this blog are my favorite part. There are many other Kate fashion blogs but getting to see what other people think is just great fun. I am more often a critic or at least not an everything is perfect person, but I think this outfit is quite lovely and appropriate for all of her activities this day. It was a gentle, demure but still optimistic outfit. I think it fit her better than other outfits that she has worn. I don't quibble with the open toe shoe and the block heel is absolutely a plus but I would have probably done Burgundy or black shoes and accessories. I just love hearing all your opinions.

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