The Duchess brought back her Beulah London coat for the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey today.
Kate, William, Meghan and Harry arrived at Westminster Abbey together.
Another view of the Duke and Duchess.
It was clear there was some royal fashion coordination; Princess Anne, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Meghan, Kate and Camilla were all in navy or navy and cream.
Fun fact: Princess Anne wore this same coat to the Royal Ascot in 1980 and also to the Epsom Derby in 1985. There’s some royal recycling for you. Thanks to Richard Palmer of The Express and Joe Little of Majesty magazine for sharing this background.
Now to the other women wearing cream and navy, seen as Kate, William, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry as enter the Abbey.
HM awaiting the procession to the front of the Abbey.
Other royals attending today’s service included the Duke of York, The Princess Royal, The Countess of Wessex, The Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra. Below you see HM, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge.
The theme for this year’s service is “Toward a Common Future.” Below, poet, writer and spoken word artist Jaspreet Kaur did a reading at the service.
One Direction star Liam Payne performed John Mayer’s ‘Waiting on the World to Change’ during the service.
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) March 12, 2018
As they departed the Abbey Royal Family members thanked many of those participating in today’s service.
The Queen with Liam Payne.
The Duchess being given a posey.
I love this photo of the Queen after the service.
As noted above, Kate wore a Beulah London coat.
The style is called the Chiara.
Kate’s version of the coat is crafted in 100% wool; it showcases a trapeze cut, fitted at the bodice and then flaring out from the waist.
Beulah described the piece this way: “Its nipped-in waist is elegantly contrasted with the soft folds at the hem. The fabric is thick enough to keep you warm without being too bulky or weighty.”
Below we see Kate in the garment today, and three years ago at the memorial honoring those who served in Afganistan.
With thanks to Sarah for the tip via her comment, Beulah is reissuing the Chiara; they are taking pre-orders here. Thank you also to Sara, she points out the version that can be ordered is made of an acetate/viscose blend.
This is the third version of the Celeste we have seen her carry; below left, the ballet pink color and on the right, the vino colorway. The bag measures about 8″ x 4″ and can be used as a clutch or carried by the snake-chain shoulder strap.
We saw the return of Kate’s ‘Malory’ pumps by Rupert Sanderson.
The Duchess wore the much-loved ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ hat that was first seen at the Afghanistan War Memorial dedication in 2017.
The hat is described by the milliner as “….a style saviour. The stunning, lipped drop-brim and wide Petersham band make this hat a real classic which is perfect for dressier social engagements.”
Kate wore the unidentified earrings we first saw at the Royal Foundation Forum. Here is a closer look at the earrings and a brooch the Duchess wore with the earrings today.
When the earrings were first seen at the Royal Foundation Forum many thought they were part of a Cartier set given to the Queen by her parents in 1945. After seeing better photos of the earrings today that is no longer the prevailing wisdom.
I will be updating later with more photos; there are many I have licensed but haven’t had time to edit yet.
We’ll leave you with this 1:30 video of the service from The Telegraph.
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) March 12, 2018
And here is a link to the entire service. Many thanks to Trisha on the Facebook page for providing the link!
Our collage showing what Kate wore.
For all of the details on what Meghan wore, visit our sister site by clicking here.
- Visit The Commonwealth website here, the organization’s Facebook page is here and its Twitter feed is here
- Learn more about the Royal Commonwealth Society on the group’s website here, or its Facebook page here, you may also follow the Society’s Twitter feed here
- If you would like to look at the Order of Service for today’s event, you can see it here
- The Express coverage of Kate’s ensemble is here; The Daily Mail’s coverage is here; The Telegraph’s primary story on the service may be seen here
- The Fug Girl’s fab slideshow is here; Town & Country’s gallery is here; Popsugar’s basic coverage is here; People’s primary story about the service is here