Kate brought back a Catherine Walker coat for tonight’s Remembrance Sunday service at Westminster Abbey.
There was a special service this year commemorating the Centenary of the signing of the armistice effectively ending The Great War.
Below you see Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Prince Michael of Kent arriving at the Abbey.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall with the Very Reverend John Hall, Dean of Westminster.
Camilla coordinated nicely with the Queen.
The service was described as being one “to give thanks for peace and those who returned.” Below, the Dukes and Duchesses inside the Abbey.
HM and the President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior. At this morning’s service, the President laid a wreath at the Cenotaph, marking a historic reconciliation between the two nations.
Each held a wreath to be added to those at the grave.
The Abbey notes “The flowers are brightly coloured to symbolise celebration, and include heather, gerbera, lilies, roses and chrysanthemums.”
Nine young people who have been involved in World War I commemorative events over the past four years also placed flowers at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior.
Actor John Simm read from Private 12768: Memoir of a Tommy, John Jackson’s memoir of his experiences in WWI.
From the selection read tonight:
…on the stroke of the eleventh hour the sounds of war ceased abruptly…after years of noise, the calm and quietness of that cold, November, day was bewildering.
Prime Minister Theresa May did a reading from Isaiah: “‘Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that he break every yoke?'”
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, delivered the address this evening.
Actor Simon Russell Beale CBE read from The Unfinished Task, a chapter in Winston Churchill’s book, The World Crisis Volume IV: ‘The penalty of defeat is ruin. The reward of victory is responsibility. It is an awful recompense…’
Prince Charles did a reading from John 15: verses 9-15, probably best known for the line, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
In his remarks he said, “The final verdict on evil is defeat…On this day we remember, in order to act…Enemies have reconciled and that is hope for the world.”
I will see if I can locate video of the service; it would be terrific to experience any/all of it on tape.
Now for our look at what the Duchess wore for this evening’s service.
Kate was in a coat by Catherine Walker that is very much a favorite of the Duchess’s fashion followers.
The double-breasted fit and flare style is quintessential Kate, with velvet trim at the collar, cuffs and pocket flaps.
The Duchess wore a new headpiece by royal favorite Jane Taylor.
Initially, we thought the Duchess was wearing one of the milliner’s Velvet Headbands ($1138). However, when looking closely at the piece, Kate’s style does not have the wrapped fabric element seen on the left in the photo above. UPDATE NOV 13: Anna of the Sophie of Wessex blog has heard from Jane Tylor and they say the Duchess is wearing a version of the headband that does not have the additional wrapped fabric.
Kate carried her Jimmy Choo Celeste Clutch style in black velvet.
It looked like she was wearing her Jimmy Choo Romy 100 Velvet Pumps ($895).
The Duchess was also wearing her Cartier wristwatch.
Below, the wreaths laid by the Queen and German President Dr Franz-Walther Stenmeier lay together at the Grave of the Unknown Soldier.