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The Duchess In Catherine Walker for Commonwealth Service

The Duchess brought back a Catherine Walker coat for today’s Commonwealth Service.

The service was at Westminster Abbey. 

A wave from the Duchess. 

Below, HM arriving.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. 

The Earl and Countess of Wessex.

There are 54 countries that are Commonwealth members, with a population of more than 2 billion citizens. The annual celebration is marked in Commonwealth nations in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, the Pacific and Europe. This year’s theme is ‘Delivering a Common Future’, “highlighting how the 54 member countries in the Commonwealth family are ‘innovating, connecting and transforming’ to help achieve some of its biggest goals like protecting natural resources and boosting trade.” Below, I believe the Cambridges  and Sussexes are standing as they await the arrival of HM. 

At today’s service we did not see the usual handshakes and hugs as people greeted each other; more from The Times of London

At the beginning of the service there were no handshakes between the members of the royal family and the clergy and Commonwealth dignitaries who were lined up to greet them. It is understood that the Queen and other senior royals were following the protocol that the Abbey has been operating under in the past few days.

There were more than 2000 in attendance at the service, including elected officials and dignitaries, ambassadors, faith leaders, and more than 800 school and young people. Below, flags of member nations are brought into the Abbey. Here you see senior members of the Royal Family at the service.

Highlights included performances from West-End star Alexandra Burke performing “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”

Along with a performance by an African drumming group called “One Drum.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson did a reading from Luke 10. 

Multi-platinum, multi-award winning singer-songwriter, Craig David sang his hit, ‘Unbelievable.” 

World heavyweight boxing champion and Olympic Medalist Anthony Joshua spoke.

Mr. Joshua said he was “proud to be a child of the Commonwealth” and asked people to remember how “our Commonwealth cousins stood shoulder to shoulder in combat” and spoke of the values of “fairness, responsibility, tolerance and diversity which bind us”.  

Below, HM and senior royals as they were leaving the service. 

They spoke with those taking part in today’s presentation.

Below, HM chats with Mr.Joshua.

The Duchess was given a posey by Ruby who is aged 6; she is from the 1st Magor Rainbows in Wales. 

We turn to our overview of what some of the royal women wore for today’s service, starting with HM. The Queen was in a powder blue cashmere coat by Stewart Parvin adorned by the Jardine Star brooch and carrying a Launer handbag.

The Duchess of Cornwall sported a navy coat by Bruce Oldfield and a matching blue feather hat by Philip Treacy.

The Duchess of Sussex wore Emilia Wickstead with a hat by William Chambers.  

The Countess of Wessex repeated a dress by Suzannah London first worn to Royal Ascot, accessorized by a Jane Taylor hat. 

And now for our look at the Duchess of Cambridge.

Kate brought back a Catherine Walker coat first seen on Christmas Day 2018

The double-breasted style features a fitted bodice, full skirt, slanted pockets, and velvet trim at the collar, cuffs, pocket flaps and on the buttons.

Kate carried her Prada clutch and a pair of gloves we’ve not identified. 

She brought back her Gianvito Rossi pumps in ‘Bordeaux’ suede. 

The Duchess wore a new hat by Sally Ann Provan, the SADA Felt Saucer Hat (£460) in ‘berry red.’

The piece is described as a “felt saucer style hat trimmed with hand-made silk camellias in toning shades, and finished with hand-made felt leaves in toning shades, and is perfect for a winter wedding or event.” Many thanks to PolkaPopp for the ID on this piece. 

As is evident in many of the photos, the Duchess’s hair was styled in an elaborate updo.

This provided a better view of her ‘new but familiar’ earrings. They appear to be reworked from a necklace by Mouawad Kate wore to the 2011 Sun Military Awards. The jewelry was believed to be a wedding gift. Kate Middleton Sun Millies December 2011 Black Velvet McQueen Gown Mouawad Necklace Earrings Rubies Diamonds

A closer look. 

UPDATE: A number of people have asked a very good question via their comments, something I should have originally addressed in the post. The question is about why I think the earrings are re-worked portions of the necklace. My personal belief is that because Kate wore the matching bracelet to the awards it is likely she would have worn the matching earrings as well if she had them. There is no way of knowing that; there is every chance I am wrong and the earrings seen today came with the necklace and bracelet. But my gut is that the earrings were created from the necklace seen in 2011.     

We’ll leave you with the bells of the Abbey ringing as the Royal Family leave following the service. 


I’ll be back as soon as possible with a post on Kate’s repeat of the Jenny Packham for tonight’s Place2Be 25th anniversary gala at Buckingham Palace, seen below.   Kate Middleton blue beaded Jenny Packham Gown Place2Be 25th Anniversary

With thanks to Bonnie for the heads-up, here is the entire broadcast of the service. 

The Royal Fashion Channel offers a 3-minute look at today’s styles.


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Monday 27th of September 2021

The gloves are a rewear of the m&Co pair, they have the same bow detail!


Tuesday 17th of March 2020

From top to bottom she looks absolutely stunning i adore the chianti coloured coat and the rose inspired hat.

Jenn Black

Monday 16th of March 2020

I loved this outfit, the hat made the look! I think that the ladies were directed to wear royal colors, red, green, navy. It was perfect for the occasion, I think the re-wear was intentional to allow Meghan a spotlight. Kate and Wills were perfectly coordinated as well as M&H and S&E.


Wednesday 11th of March 2020

I appreciate that the Duchess of Cambridge has developed her own flattering and appropriate "working uniform" that is not dissimilar to the Queen's. I understand the wish that she would wear something more of the moment or interesting, but that is not her role. Her role as a future queen consort and mother to a future king is to project continuity and tradition when she is out in the public eye in formal events like this. There is a reason we always see the Queen in a nearly identical version of a tailored coat in a bright color with a hat and a brooch. The Duchess of Sussex, who also looked beautiful, can try different silhouettes because she is now a private citizen and a member of the royal family, rather than a representative of the Queen and the UK. To me, the diamond and ruby earrings were an acknowledgment of her vital role and that the "working royal" part of the family is going to increasingly focus on Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, and their three children. I imagine we may see the Duchess of Cambridge wear more jewels for official state events in the future. Both the Duchess of Cornwall and the Queen always do...

Tracie Hunsaker

Sunday 15th of March 2020

I have always believed Harry got her that Ruby necklace/bracelet/earrings(?) for a wedding gift. She only wore it once - when she was going out with Harry and William. I believe it even more now.

Jack Bing

Wednesday 11th of March 2020

I LOVE this ensemble and I loved it back in Christmas 2018 as well. Recently you posted about the Penelope Chilvers boots that the Duchess has had since 2004, and I think somewhere else I read that the DoC is 'the most famous re-wearer of clothes' in the public eye. I find it amazing that two or three wears of an item in public counts (to some) as being repetitive— I love to see these wonderful items worn again and again. I personally would consider an item that only got 10 or 15 wears as having a short shelf-life! But then, I am not a Duchess.

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