The Duchess was in a new dress today when she and Prince William met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine and First Lady Olena Zelenska.
The audience was at Buckingham Palace.
Today’s meeting was the first royal engagement at the Palace since the lockdown started in March.
Simon Perry notes in a People story that today’s engagement “underlines once more how William and Kate are increasingly carrying out engagements for the Queen.”
This is the first day of a two-day state visit to the UK; meetings with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab are also on the schedule for President Zelenskyy.
Now for our look at what Kate wore for today’s meeting.
The Duchess was in a cornflower blue dress that has many of the signature elements seen in Emilia Wickstead pieces worn by the Duchess. The knee-length dress is a classic fit and flare silhouette with a vee-neck and self-belt. It has darts on the bodice and gathers at the waist like other Wickstead designs. As the House of Windsor noted, the belt is very much like other Emilia Wickstead belts.
Below, the Duchess today and at a November 2019 engagement. The skirt on today’s dress looks slightly different from that worn last year, almost as if there are pleats at the waist. I am not 100% convinced this is by Emilia Wickstead, more like 85%, but will reach out to see if we can get confirmation from the designer’s office.
Annicke makes a great point in her comment: the Ukraine flag is blue and yellow, clearly a choice on the Duchess’s part to wear something in that color.
UPDATE: The dress is not a Wickstead design, with thanks to Middleton Maven for sharing an email with this info. As noted by Ada in a comment, the eyelets on Emilia Wickstead belts are usually metal, whereas other designers ‘match them’ to the fabric in the garment. Below, two Catherine Walker belts with eyelets matching the fabric. I am not suggesting Kate’s dress is a Catherine Walker design but wanted to show the belt.
Kate wore her Gianvito Rossi ‘praline’ pumps ($632).
The suede pumps have a classic pointed toe and 4″ heel.
The Duchess debuted a necklace we’ve not previously seen.
The necklace features a pendant with what looks like a sapphire surrounded by diamonds, and suspended from it is a larger sapphire bordered by diamonds. The two photos below are the necklace, on the right, we show one of Kate’s earrings today.
Several noted on Twitter and FB the necklace looks like it has been created using pieces owned by Diana, Princess of Wales. More specifically, reworked earrings from a sapphire suite given to Diana by the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia as a wedding gift, as suggested by The Royal Watcher and Elizabeth of Kate’s Closet.
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You can read more about the jewels at The Royal Watcher blog and also at The Order of Splendor.
UPDATE: Several people more knowledgeable about Diana’s jewelry have gotten in touch to let me know the earrings shown in the photo above were not part of the Saudi wedding gift. The earrings that came as part of the wedding gift are shown below.
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