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The Cambridge Family Has a Movie Date with Sir David Attenborough

The entire Cambridge family enjoyed a movie date in the gardens of Kensington Palace last week.

The Duke and Duchess, along with Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis had a sneak peek at David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet.

 The film opens in theatres on Monday and premieres on Netflix on Friday, October 4th. More about the film from The Guardian’s review

‘I am David Attenborough and I’m 93. This is my witness statement.” There is a tremendously moving sense of finality about Attenborough’s terrifying new documentary on the climate emergency. It is being marketed as a retrospective, a look back at his life and 60-years-plus career. But make no mistake about its true agenda: Attenborough is here to deliver a stark warning that time is ticking for the planet. It is a personal film – and political, too. There is emotion and urgency in that familiar soothing voice. At one point he rubs his eyes, reddened and damp.

Here is the trailer for the film. 

The group watched the film outside. You get a sense of the setup in this photo from the Kensington Palace Instagram page. 

When it came time to watch the movie, it doesn’t look like the gentlemen paid too much attention to the names on their chairs.

Sir David gave prince George a remarkable present.

More from Rhiannon Mills in her Sky TV story

The Duchess of Cambridge has talked about Prince George’s obsession with dinosaurs in the past – now her eldest son is the proud owner of a shark’s tooth from the time of the prehistoric giants thanks to Sir David Attenborough.

In a new photograph released by Kensington Palace, seven-year-old George looked ecstatic as he handled the fossilised giant shark’s tooth given to him by Sir David.

The giant shark tooth given to George was found by Sir David during a family holiday to Malta in the late 1960s.

Of course, this is not the first time the Duke and Duchess have spent time with Sir David. Their association goes back many, many years. One of the more recent occasions was at a September 2019 ship naming ceremony.   

The RSS Sir David Attenborough, a new polar research vessel, was being formally named.

Here you see the Duchess and Sir David at a July 2017 event at the Natural History Museum in a photo shared by journalist Jack Royston on Twitter.

The Duchess with the renowned naturalist and broadcaster at an October 2017 function at the Natural History Museum. 

Below, the Duchess, Dame Helen Mirren, and Sir David at a dramatic arts reception in 2014

Those on social media might enjoy following Sir David on his new Instagram account. The naturalist and broadcaster opened an account last week and quickly shattered records for gaining followers. NPR reports he “broke the world record on Thursday for the fastest time to reach one million followers on Instagram, according to Guinness World Records.”  Why did he join the social media platform? “I am making this move and exploring this new way of communication (to me), because, as we all know, the world is in trouble.”

Now to what Kate wore, a new denim dress by Gabriela Hearst.

The dress is the ‘Marley’ style, from the designer’s pre-fall 2020 collection. It is 100% cotton with a cotton/silk lining.  The style features a buttoned bodice with concealed placket, adjustable sleeve length with tabs, a self-belt with snaffle closure, and a full skirt accented with mother of pearl snaps on the side.  The dress is available in a deep blue and lighter blue chambray. The detail shots below are in the lighter color.

The darker blue version of the dress worn by the Duchess is offered at Luisa Via Roma ($1590); it is available in most sizes at Neiman Marcus ($1590) and limited sizes at Net-a-Porter ($1590). It is offered in a lighter blue at Matches Fashion ($1590) and in limited sizes at My Theresa ($1590). (To me the MyTheresa version looks like the lighter color, although it is difficult to tell.)  

For those unfamiliar with the label, Gabriela Hearst is a New York-based designer of womenswear and menswear. More from this Business of Fashion piece.  

“We have integrity in how we make our things, check who makes them and where they come from,” Hearst told MatchesFashion. “We make sure that, for our woman, things are made in the best environment, in the best possible way and that those core values are placed to the fore.”

Gabriela Hearst’s emphasis on sustainability results in a limited product offering, with demand far exceeding supply.

Just a few weeks ago, Ms. Hearst was named the 2020 Council of Fashion Designers of America Womenswear Designer of the Year. 

There is a debate about which shoes the Duchess is wearing, her navy Rupert Sanderson heels, or her Emmy London pair. I will take a closer look and see if I can see any distinguishing traits that might help determine which style she is wearing. 

It looks like the Duchess may have been wearing new earrings, the Pangolin Haka style ($234) in silver by Patrick Mavros. (Note: both photos below are from Patrick Mavros, that is not a shot of the Duchess wearing the earrings.)

The earrings are described this way: “these tapered earrings are hand-polished to perfection. Inspired by the symmetry of a Pangolin’s tail, the classic shape epitomizes the rare style of this exceptional mammal.” Many thanks to the UFO No More crew for this fab ID. 

What a nice treat to have new photos on a Saturday! For more information on what the children are wearing, visit What Kate’s Kids Wore.


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KarenD in Hawaii

Thursday 1st of October 2020

Susan, I see many people have posted about the expense of the dress. Is it possible the dress was donated by the designer? I personally love the casual but elegant look. I’m also always in awe of Kate’s hair. I’ve been to London several times, and I too have long, thick, curly hair. However, on my best day, mine could never look this amazing, especially with frequent rain.?


Thursday 1st of October 2020

Hi, Karen! While it's likely the dress may have been purchased at a discounted price, the policy followed by British Royals prohibits accepting an outright gift. "Gifts offered by commercial enterprises in the UK should normally be declined, unless they are offered as a souvenir of an official visit to the enterprises' premises, to mark a Royal marriage or other special personal occasion." If interested, there is more info on the policy here: Gifts offered by commercial enterprises in the UK should normally be declined, unless they are offered as a souvenir of an official visit to the enterprises' premises, to mark a Royal marriage or other special personal occasion. :)


Tuesday 29th of September 2020

I think the dress in overpriced, looks too loose in wrong places and is too modest. Kate is a beautifull woman and this dress washes her out. Didn't like the shoes, lower hill would be better.


Monday 28th of September 2020

Such a happy family occasion, what a treat to see so many smiles. I can only marvel at the degree of colour coordination which has even included the young family’s prestigious visitor. The Gabriella Hearst shirtwaister is very beautifully made, if a little dull in such a uniform shade of blue. The fabrics used are light enough to preserve swing in the skirt, but don’t make for such a crisp finish as some other shirtwaisters Kate has worn.

The lighter fabric makes for easier detailing like the pearl snaps down the side and will be comfortable to wear with a silk lining. It’s not so good for the belt which, being slim, ends up looking a bit stringy. For a denim style I think something a touch sturdier is more effective. Meghan wore a denim Caroline Herrera to a polo match which boasted a particularly well-styled belt, as I recall.

With such a full skirt, covered placket, and slender belt, the overall effect is far from arresting, but very much in the present WFH zone and just right for a coordinated summer evening in the garden. Kate’s dark courts help give some definition and I think the earrings are a real treat - a neat gesture towards the conservation theme.


Monday 28th of September 2020

Susan you were wonderful in the People Royal Report! What a treat to “see” you in your element :)

I adore this outfit on Kate and I wonder if her wearing blue around Sir David is a tribute to his Blue Planet series? Just a back to the clothes. The dress is perfect just enough dressy and casual together and the heels help balance her height with William in the photo....flats would have made the proportions look off in the photo and I think in general with the outfit. The kids look adorable...I love Charlotte’s face ❤️ It’s a 10 from me!


Sunday 27th of September 2020

What a beautiful family! The children look sharp and age appropriate. They also appear to be very well behaved.

I love Kate's dress - it reminds me of a cowgirl skirt that I bought in Denver years ago - indigo denim a-line, midi length, with pearl snaps on the deep front pockets. I am not a cowgirl, but I wore that skirt for years in the SF Bay Area, dressed down with tees and sandals, dressed up with linen or silk blouses and boots.

Kate looks wonderful in that dress and silhouette - the midi length is so practical for public events with children - Kate can bend down or squat with no worries about what she is "showing" to the public. The color is beautiful on her. And the pearl details are elegant but playful. A solid candidate for Kate's best looks of the year for me.

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