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It’s LK Bennett for Calling a Bingo Game via Video!

The Duchess brought back an LK Bennett dress for a call with staff and residents at Shire Hall Care Home in Cardiff. 

Shire Hall is part of a family-run network of care homes in England and Wales offering residential, nursing and dementia care.  Kate and William spent time speaking with staff about their experiences working through the coronavirus outbreak.

During the call, you hear the Duke talk with staff about the impact of the virus, the longer hours, and other factors impacted by COVID-19; he asks, “How have you and the team managed to look after yourselves, after your own mental health, because obviously you’re doing a lot more hours, you’re there a lot more?”

The workers gestured at their personal protective wear and said it is “Very hot in all of the gear. But the morale in the home is lovely.”  The couple heard how Shire Hall has adapted, including the ways technology is being used to help residents stay in touch with their families and friends.

They also thanked workers for all of their efforts in continuing to care for and look after the “most vulnerable in our society.” The conversation then turned to the bingo game that was scheduled. William asked for any tips, and the workers said, “You just call the numbers; you’ll be fine.” You then see Kate spin the little bingo cage.

And she presented the first number.

The couple seemed to enjoy calling the bingo game and chatting with residents and staff.

This quick video covers the bingo calling. You hear the Duchess say, “George would like this one, five and five, snake’s alive,” as well as “Six and two, tickety-boo.” They really had the bingo lingo down! 

And this video has content from the entire call, running a bit more than 2 minutes. 

Now for our look at what Kate wore in the videocall.

As mentioned above, the Duchess was in a dress by LK Bennett, the retailer’s Madison style. We first saw the dress last summer when the Duchess took Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis to a polo match in July.

We also saw Kate in the piece when Kensington Palace released a photo of her last September judging entries in a sculpture contest

Kate owns the Madison in both the pink and lilac colorways, the latter worn when attending a private function in August 2015. 

Made of silk chiffon, the midi-length dress features a relaxed silhouette with loose, flowing sleeves that hit above the elbow; the body of the dress is lined while the sleeves are sheer. Here is a better look at the two fabrics.

The Duchess also wore her Catherine Zoraida Fern Drop Earrings (£165/$202), shown below as worn on a previous occasion.

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Also today, a couple of quick fashion flashbacks of note, all three featuring looks by Alexander McQueen. We’ll go chronologically, starting with what Kate wore for her sister Pippa’s wedding on May 20, 2017.   

The Duchess was in a soft rose-colored design with a deep vee-neck, full sleeves, an arched, inset waistband, and pleats at the center front and back of the skirt.

Her hat was by Jane Taylor. 

Kate wore a new pair of morganite and diamond earrings by Kiki McDonough. 

She also had on her praline pumps by Gianvito Rossi.

Two years ago Tuesday, we saw Kate in an understated design for the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The dress prompted quite a bit of debate as it was so similar to the look worn for Princess Charlotte’s christening in 2015, but I ultimately came to the conclusion it was a new piece. Described in an official release as a “primrose yellow wool silk tailored coat,” it was difficult to see the color in the bright sunlight.  

In the official wedding photos, you get a better sense of the color. 

The Duchess’s hat was by Philip Treacy

Her earring looked like Kiki McDonough’s Lemon Quartz Drops

Her shoes were nude pumps that appeared to be the Jimmy Choo Romy style. 

And just one year ago today, the Duchess was in an Alexander McQueen coatdress for a Buckingham Palace garden party

The garment was double-breasted with very slightly raised shoulders, pleats at the front and back, and full skirt. 

A better view of the details. 

Kate’s hat was by Juliette Botterill.

She wore the Collingwood diamond and pearl drop earrings that belonged to Diana, Princess of Wales. 

The Duchess also sported her trusty Gianvito Rossi suede pumps in the praline colorway and carried her Loeffler Randall clutch. 

How is everyone doing as we slog through another week and approach what will be an unusual Memorial Day weekend? My hat is off to everyone managing to homeschool and to all those working on the front lines taking care of people, keeping transportation and vital services running, and getting things on shelves at stores. I hope everyone manages to enjoy the weekend if at all possible and perhaps even get some fresh air and sunshine.   

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Indie

Tuesday 26th of May 2020

I remember seeing photos of the pink McQueen garden party dress at the time and I have the same reaction today. It’s a style similar to one Camilla often wears, and while Camilla wears it nicely, Catherine is considerably younger. It’s a structured and matronly style to my eyes. It does not say “garden party” to me at all. I feel like I’m the only one that doesn’t like this outfit, but ...

ElizaMo

Saturday 23rd of May 2020

This is simply the most fun, I never expected to see even the ever-resourceful Cambridges calling the numbers at bingo, and doing so like seasoned players. Kate’s pretty dress is a fairly standard LKB fit-and-flare, comfy and ideal for summer - the red stands out well for video. The print is fascinating in close-up, thanks for detail illustration. It’s lovely to see Kate’s hair back from her face and her fern earrings remain a trusty standby.

Thanks too for more flashbacks. I’m afraid the McQueen matron outfit for Pippa’s wedding has failed to improve with age, with floppy, soft fabric, clutter of period detail, and washed-out colour. Perhaps Kate wanted to fade into the background for her sister’s big day. Her hat, updo and earrings, however, were sensational, spot on for family group photos.

I’m a big fan of that deceptively simple plain flap collar coat for Harry and Meghan’s wedding, something which calls for some serious tailoring know-how to work. The lemon shade was a sweet choice and her hat was an absolute triumph with its blowsy roses

The pale, pink McQueen coatdress she wore to the garden party, while repeating some features of her Pippa outfit, worked much better. In a crisper fabric, Kate presented herself as accomplished and professional for a large crowd. I’m deeply grateful for these posts and chats to help pass this weary period of time with, thank you so much.

Beverly Mills Gyllenhaal

Saturday 23rd of May 2020

I thought at the time of her sister’s wedding that the only explanation for the pink dress with the droopy bust line was that she wanted to be sure she did not upstage the bride. It was my least favorite dress ever. Still is. But these LK Bennett dresses make me want to go buy one! Love the summer style and both fabrics.

Spruha

Saturday 23rd of May 2020

I enjoy this dress in both colourways, so what fun to see it again! I'm so glad that William and Kate actually got into it with the bingo lingo instead of just staidly calling the numbers out. Thanks so much for the retrospective! I remember all the WKW discussions over these dresses. The one she's wearing to Pippa's wedding is just beautiful, EXCEPT the bustline. If only she could have that fixed and rewear it. And along with many other commenters, the hat she wore to the Sussex wedding is an all-time favourite. I hope you're doing well and staying sane! Please, everyone, remember that just because we get tired of the lockdown and the virus doesn't mean the virus has gone away! Please continue to wear masks and take precautions!

ElizaMo

Saturday 23rd of May 2020

You've reminded me that the Pippa dress wasn't all bad, it looked a lot better from the back!

Carole V. Oatley

Saturday 23rd of May 2020

I feel the same way. I remember being "disappointed" in the dress at the time but now I really love the look. The hat and updo really pull the whole look together for me.