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Kate in Blue Catherine Walker & Séraphine Maternity for Snowy Oslo Arrival UPDATED

NOTE: Some of you may have seen me reference a second post to deal with the activities after the welcome and Palace arrival, but I decided to keep it all in one post, including the outside events with Kate in new boots and her alpaca hat.

Kate returned to Catherine Walker for day 3 of the royal tour.

There was heavy snow in Sweden and Norway today as the Duke and Duchess arrived at Oslo Gardermoen Airport.

Kate and William were greeted by Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit.

You get a sense of the snow in this photo from People’s Simon Perry.

Kate and Crown Princess Mette-Marit.

Today’s high tempo in Oslo was expected to be 36℉ and it looked windy; it had to be brisk out on the tarmac.

After the airport greeting, the Duke and Duchess headed to the Royal Palace.

When they arrived the Duke and Duchess were welcomed by King Harald.

This is where William and Kate are staying while in Norway.

The couple was also greeted by Queen Sonja and other members of the Norwegian Royal Family. Below you see Kate and William with King Harald and Queen Sonja.

The photos were taken in the Bird Room. It is one of the best-known rooms at the Palace; its decor was designed to resemble an open garden pavilion.

This picture includes Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit.

After lunch, it was time to tour the Princess Ingrid Alexandra Sculpture Park. Below, you see Princess Ingrid on the far right next to Queen Sonja; on the left, you see Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon.

The garden was officially opened last fall by the 14-year-old, second in line to the throne. More from the Evening Standard.

Following lunch, the couple were given a tour of the Princess Ingrid Alexandra Sculpture Park within the palace gardens, Slottsparken, which opened last year to mark the 25th anniversary of 80-year-old King Harald V’s reign and is named after the young princess.

Kate, William and Crown Princess Mette-Marit looking at a sculpture.

The Park focuses on children and is located on the Palace grounds. People reports there are four sculptures at this point, and they are “designed by and for children, through cartoon competitions in schools across the country.”

Here you see the young Princess with her grandmother, Queen Sonja, and the Duke and Duchess.

Then it was time for a walkabout.

There was quite a crowd waiting to see the royals.

Here you see a gift Kate was given under her arm.

More from Hello!:

During the walkabout, William and Kate received gifts from the crowd, including a traditional Scandinavian knitted hat in red, white and blue, which had been presented to the Duchess by a teacher in the crowd, who said: “I thought the Prince might need it.”

Kate and William also visited MESH.

It is the largest co-working space in the Nordics, home to many start-ups and entrepreneurs.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit with Kate and William as shown in this photo via the Royal Family’s Instagram account.

In this picture, Prince William is getting a virtual tour of Saint Andrews University.

Kensington Palace shared a video on Twitter.
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Simon Perry reports the four royals were trying out a device called the reMARKable tablet in this picture.

Kate and Crown Prince Haakon seemed to be having some fun with the tablet.

We have a sidebar note about events before the arrival in Norway. The day was supposed to begin at Uppsala Airbase in Sweden, but an engagement there followed by a departure for Norway was canceled because of the weather. More from The Daily Mail:

In an announcement in the early hours of Thursday morning, Kensington Palace said: ‘Unfortunately the snowy weather in Stockholm today has meant that TRH’s travel plans have had to be changed. This morning’s engagement at Uppsala Airbase will not go ahead.’

A planned meeting with Swedish Armed Forces Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist was moved from the Airbase to Stockholm.

Now we move to fashion.

Kate was in a new Catherine Walker coat.

The Duchess returned to a favorite brand for today’s dress, Séraphine Maternity.  She was in the Marlene dress, a style from the company’s Luxe line.

The piece features a lace bodice and sleeves, ruffled collar and cuffs, solid blue skirt, black trim at the waist, collar and cuffs, and a concealed back zipper. The fabric content isn’t listed on the website, I imagine it is a mix of fibers.

The Duchess wore her Tod’s suede heels for the arrival and MESH visit.

And a new pair of brown boots for the park tour. With thanks to Maddelena and Emma4Royal, it looks like Kate wore the Stuart Weitzman Fifty Fifty.UPDATE FEB 6: Russell and Bromley confirmed to Middleton Maven that Kate wore the Stuart Weitzman Half ‘n Half in brown, the style currently shown on the brand’s site.

The boot is available at Russell and Bromley (£455, about $635 at today’s exchange rates), described as offering “…a knee-high alternative to the iconic 50-50. In luxurious brown suede with a low block heel, these boots are detailed with trademark stretch panel at the back for a clean fit and elongated silhouette”.

For the sculpture park viewing and walkabout, Kate wore her Lacorine ‘Sumac’ hat in chocolate brown. We first saw it when Kate attended church services at Sandringham in January.  

The Duchess carried her black Bayswater clutch by Mulberry at the airport and then switched to her brown Muse bag for the afternoon activities. (*Thank you* to everyone who commented about this, I forgot to include it when updating.) When arriving Kate had on a pair of her Cornelia James gloves, it looked like either the Imogen or Beatrice style. UPDATE: Kate is wearing her Clementine gloves, also by Cornelia James; the pair was first seen at Sandringham in January.

UPDATE #2 (Feb. 2): After getting all of your input and looking at more photos, I was clearly wrong saying Kate only wore the one pair of gloves. She obviously wore the black gloves at the airport with her black shoes & clutch and then switched to her brown pair with her brown boots and bag for the after-lunch walkabout and sculpture park tour.

Below left, the Beatrice glove and on the right, the Clementine.

Kate wore her sapphire and diamond earrings and her hair was up for the arrival, styled much as it was for last night’s reception.

For the afternoon events, Kate wore her hair down.


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Sunday 4th of February 2018

Happy to see Kate roll out the brown accessories (even if it means the return of that dreaded hat)! They complement the blue coat so well. It was nice to see a bit of a messy bun with that structured collar. I think it's very easy to mess up a long coat-boot combination but Kate nails it here. I was eyeing the 50/50 boot during post-Christmas sales, sadly it never got within my price range and I imagine it'll be gone in no time now!

Not a big fan of the dress, though I can't pinpoint why. At some angles I think it looks juvenile and others I think it's dowdy, reminiscent of the blue Temperley with black bow worn last fall that I also wasn't a fan of. But I am happy Seraphine made an appearance on this tour.


Friday 2nd of February 2018

Favorite look of the tour. (So far) This is maternity wear at its best. I want this dress and im not even expecting. Very pretty today!


Friday 2nd of February 2018

I live in Oslo (but am from Texas) and was able to see the Duke and Duchess in the Sculpture Park yesterday. It was very exciting! She looked as beautiful as the pictures show. I think brown and blue are so pretty together, and the colors really popped in the snowy park. I was standing in a spot that was inaccessible for the couple to come shake hands because it was off of the walking path and quite icy. However, Catherine Quinn (Kate's private secretary) battled the ice to come over and gather flowers that visitors were holding out. She was so gracious and chatted a bit. Someone apologized for our weather, and she said that they loved it! It must seem like a winter wonderland (coming from Texas, I still get quite excited by lots of snow too). It was a chilly 31 degrees and today is going to only be 21(!), but it's a clear day and their visit to the Holmenkollen ski jump should offer gorgeous views of Oslo.

Also, the state news channel broadcast the beginning of their dinner last night. When Kate walks in with the King, it was Wow! I've linked to the video below (not sure it it will work outside of Norway, but give it a try), Kate walks in at 43:10. The King's speech (in English) begins around 53:40 and William's speech is right after.


Friday 2nd of February 2018

Thank you very much for this link. It was great to see Kate and her dress in motion, but listening to the speeches at the end gave a real insight into what these diplomatic visits are all about.

Ricki Older

Friday 2nd of February 2018

What a treat!!! Thank you so much for sharing......the rooms, the tables, Kate so beautiful and poised and William enchanting and royal and warm. Wow-


Friday 2nd of February 2018

Thanks for sharing

Elizabeth G

Thursday 1st of February 2018

I love the Duchess in blue! What a beautiful coat and dress! I agree that booties would have looked really great with the Seraphine dress, but I have a feeling they wouldn't be as comfortable at this stage in her pregnancy. I think I would have preferred her outfit during the walkabout without the fur accessories, but that's a minor opinion on my part. I hope one day we learn what her hair and skin regiment secrets are! I know it sounds corny, but she is glowing like a winter, Disney princess! I know, really corny....


Thursday 1st of February 2018

Blue is the DoC’s signature color (said in Julia Roberts deep southern Steel Magnolias accent).

Her stylist is going to heaven.

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