We had news today that, as anticipated, the Cambridges are spending time at Balmoral, the Queen’s Scottish estate.
Today the Duke and Duchess accompanied HM to Sunday church services.
The Parish of Braemar and Crathie is one of the largest, highest and most remote in Scotland. It is set in the magnificent Cairngorms National Park.
via Scottish Churches Trust
Also attending church this morning: Prince Charles, Princess Anne and Sir Timothy Laurence, along with Peter and Autumn Phillips. Edward and Sophie Wessex and daughter lady Louise were part of the royal contingent as well. Below, another view of the church. (You can see photos of the royals in this Daily Mail story.)
Kate was in a bespoke Catherine Walker design. For those curious about the blanket, the weather in Scotland was cold and rainy today. We had comments on Facebook noting the high temp was about 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
It is difficult to tell if this is a coatdress or coat. My vote is for a coatdress because of the snug fit and because Kate wears so many by the brand. Below, three Catherine Walker pieces with similar design elements. From left to right: The Ella jacket, the Astrid coatdress, and the Liza coatdress.
Kate’s garment is done in what looks like a fine wool; it features princess seams, a rounded collar, and long sleeves. The collar, cuffs, and buttons are trimmed in black and there is a decorative button at the cuff. The trim *could* be velvet, but it is really difficult to see from the photos. NOTE: In a comment, Josephine suggests the trim is navy, not black. That makes a lot more sense. The lighting is such that on my monitor the hat actually looks black.
The Duchess’s hair was partially up and her hat is a familiar design by Lock and Company, worn on previous occasions. Below right, Kate sporting the chapeau for a service honoring the 75th anniversary of the RAF Cadets.
We saw the return of the Queen’s Bahrain Pearl and Diamond Drop earrings, so named because the earrings were created using pearls that were a wedding gift to Princess Elizabeth from the ruler of Bahrain. The closeup below shows the earrings when worn for Remembrance Sunday in November 2016.
It looks like the Duchess wore her Cartier Ballon Bleu wristwatch. (The photo of Kate’s watch below left is not from today.)
Kate carried a pair of gloves, most likely from royal favorite Cornelia James, although it is impossible to definitively identify them from the available pictures. Many thanks to Gabi and Christin on Twitter for their input on Kate’s hat and earrings, and Aaron on Facebook.
It turns out the family has been at Balmoral since at least Friday; a photo shows Kate driving Zara Tindall, Prince George, and Savannah Phillips to lunch. The Mirror has more about that in this story.