Kate wore a new Alexander McQueen coat dress for today’s garden party at Buckingham Palace.
In this video from Rebecca English, you can see Kate, William, HM, and other royals as they arrive and the national anthem is played.
And the National Anthem….. pic.twitter.com/TsIwhZC4dq
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) May 21, 2019
The Duke, Duchess, and HM as the national anthem is played.
There are usually about 8000 guests at the Buckingham Palace garden parties. The functions are considered a good way for HM to meet and speak with a wide cross-section of people, all of them selected because of the positive impact they have made in their community.
Below, you can see the “lanes” guests are standing in; royal family members will take a given lane and greet the guests.
Kate and William with guests.
More about the parties from a story in The Express:
The Queen will welcome more than 30,000 to the grounds of Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Holyroodhouse this summer.
Around 27,000 cups of tea, 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cake are consumed at royal garden parties every year.
HM with I-don’t-know-how-many camera phones aimed at her. (I always thought taking photos of the royals wasn’t allowed at these functions, but I could be wrong about that.)
More about the events from the Royal Family site:
…a long established network of sponsors is used to invite guests, who include Lord-Lieutenants, Societies and Associations, Government Departments, Local Government, the Services, the Church and other Faiths. They nominate guests for invitation and we hope in this way to achieve a representative cross section of the community.
Here you see HM meeting artist Yinka Shonibare.
More about the artist from Art21.com: “Known for using batik in costumed dioramas that explore race and colonialism, Yinka Shonibare CBE also employs painting, sculpture, photography, and film in work that disrupts and challenges our notions of cultural identity.”
Below you see the artist receiving his CBE from Prince William earlier this year.
All members of the Royal Family attending the event greet additional guests.
Below, the Duke of Kent.
The Duke of Gloucester is seen in this photo.
Below, Princess Alexandra with attendees.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex. (I believe she is repeating an Emilia Wickstead design.)
And Prince Andrew.
In this photo, you can see a staff member giving Kate and William names/quick background info on the guests they are meeting.
Rebecca English tweeted a quick video of Kate and William.
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) May 21, 2019
Another view of the Duke and Duchess.
The couple had quite the laugh at one point.
There were several additional photos posted on Instagram by Kensington Palace. You can see them here by just clicking on the image below.
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Today The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. The Queen hosts Garden Parties as a way of recognising and rewarding public service. At today’s Garden Party The Duke and Duchess met Kerry Irving and his assistance dog Max. In 2006, Kerry’s car was hit by a truck, leaving him housebound with chronic neck and back pain. Kerry still suffers with the pain from his back injury, but he credits Max with helping him to get his life back on track. Kerry has since retrained as a locksmith and Max is always with him. Kerry and his wife Angela have held dog walks to give other people the chance to spend time with Max, and helped raise money for local rehoming centre, @EdenAnimalRescue.
The Duchess was in a new Alexander McQueen design.
The coat dress has many of the design elements Kate is fond of, especially in McQueen garments. The piece is double-breasted, with a very slightly raised shoulder, pleats at the front and back, as well as
a partial peplum. UPDATE: For no reason that I can think of, temporary insanity reigned as I wrote the post and I used the phrase “partial peplum,” when it clearly doesn’t have a peplum of any kind. Thank you to Chelle for her comment pointing this out.
The bodice is somewhat similar to the Samurai Coat by the brand Kate has worn, although the buttons on today’s garment are closer than those on the Samurai Coat.
Below left you see the peplum on the left front of the garment; on the right, the peplum across the back.
Kate’s hat was by Juliette Botterill.
She carried her Loeffler Randall clutch and brought back her Gianvito Rossi suede pumps in the praline colorway.
The Duchess wore the Collingwood diamond and pearl drop earrings that belonged to Diana, Princess of Wales.
We’ll leave this portion of the post with a Royal Family Channel 3-minute+ video from the party.
One other quick note today: the trailer for the Downton Abbey film has been released.