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It’s Vintage Yves St. Laurent for Belize Departure UPDATED

Hello, and welcome to a two-topic post. The first subject we’ll cover is the Duke and Duchess’s departure from Belize this afternoon.

As the royals departed Belize this afternoon, the Duchess wore a vintage Yves St. Laurent jacket. Our second topic: the video and photos released by Kensington Palace of the couple doing some diving this weekend.

We begin with the couple at the airport as they left Belize and headed to Jamaica. There was a military guard and band, as well as officials and dignitaries.

Another view. 

A wave goodbye. 

A quick video from Rebecca English of The Daily Mail

Now for our quick look at what Kate wore. 

She was in a vibrant red jacket by Yves St. Laurent that goes back to her days at university (per information released to the royal media covering the trip). The button-front piece has a loose fit with a self-belt to give it some shape and definition. It features large plastic logo buttons, flap pockets, tabs at the sleeve cuff, and a straight hem.

Bojana suggests her trousers could be by Alexander McQueen, the Flared Crepe Tailored style ($870).   

They look like a good possibility, but it is tough to identify them without seeing more of the design. UPDATE: As suggested by T.anne in a comment, there do not appear to be back seams on the trousers the Duchess wore, so this is not a likely match. 

We saw a new pair of heels that look like the Aquazzura Cece 105 Pumps (£605, about $795 at today’s exchange rates). 

The shoe is a point-toe style in white leather with gold accents, a 4″ heel, and cut-out detailing. Thank you to Royal Family 93 for this ID. 

We saw the return of the Small Amberley Crossbody bag by Mulberry, first noted at Wimbledon last July.  

The Duchess wore her hair partially pulled back. 

We have not yet identified the earrings worn for today’s departure.

Thematically they work with the shell shape on the top and what looks like painted coral or pearls on the bottom.  UPDATE: With thanks to Carly of the Kate Middleton Style blog and Lee on the Facebook page, they look like Anthropologie’s Coral Shell Drop Earrings (€55, about $60). 

The earrings are 14k gold plated brass with baroque pearls. 

The Duchess repeated her Maya Torque Aquamarine & Gold Bangle by Halcyon Days. 

Now to the video and photos from a little private time the Cambridges enjoyed on Sunday. Here is a video released by Kensington Palace this afternoon.

Below, another photo posted by the Palace. 

Text from the social media post: 

On Sunday, we were lucky enough to spend time diving at South Water Caye, directly above the spectacular Belize Barrier Reef. It was a privilege to see for ourselves the world-leading ocean conservation work being done here.

South Water Caye Marine Reserve is “the second largest marine reserve in Belize, covering 117,875 acres, and was established by the Fisheries Department in 1996, in recognition of the exceptional integrity of the marine ecosystems, and its national, regional and international importance,” per the Belize Wildlife Conservation Society

More from The Mirror’s story

The royal couple donned their scuba gear to explore the underwater wildlife in the country, which is home to the second-largest barrier reef in the world. The footage shows them jumping off a boat and going under the water as tropical fish swim past.

William said it had been “really fantastic” and hailed the “wonderful work” of those helping to ensure the coral and fish are protected.

He said: “(It’s) really fantastic to see the underwater environment here in Belize, and what wonderful work they’ve been doing to protect the coral and the fish life.

“Belize’s work on marine protection is world-leading, which is crucial when you’re protecting the world’s second largest barrier reef, and in fact it’s a Unesco World Heritage site.

Here is the text accompanying the photos and videos on social media:

While the effects of climate change are evident, the Government of Belize and communities across the country deserve huge recognition for their efforts to restore this incredible marine environment – with a commitment to protect 30% of it by 2030. 

This is the first of at least two posts today. The next one will cover the arrival in Jamaica and meeting with the Governor-General. 


Here are roughly 40 seconds from today’s departure ceremony at the airport. 



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Thursday 24th of March 2022

When designers put together "resort wear" collections, this is precisely the aesthetic the industry means - the jet set on vacation in the tropics. Now, of course, this is a working tour for our favorite royals with a very real agenda for foreign affairs in the Commonwealth. But Catherine has unequivocally delivered on what one could hope for in this context. The jacket is superb, just brushing up against its description as vintage; she continues to delight us when we've think we've seen it all by pulling out these older pieces from her wardrobe. (One might critically note that her tailoring has gotten sharper over the years in the shoulders and arms, but that really would be bordering on petty.) I think the earrings and trousers would be hard pressed to succeed on her home soil in the course of her more routine duties but dazzle here as statement pieces. The purse translates well across continents; and I hope with every fiber of my fashion soul that those amazing courts do as well. Consider my breath bated as I await their reappearance.


Thursday 24th of March 2022

Spectacular! Fresh colours, fantastic tailoring and always great to see the DoC keeping and re-wearing clothes.


Wednesday 23rd of March 2022

Wow, a truly elegant, beautiful look! The white trousers are absolutely chic and the perfect cut. Finally, some exquisite trousers style for Kate and great shoes! Catherine’s style during this tour has been magnificent.

Does anyone know if she has a new stylist? Her clothing is absolutely on point.


Wednesday 23rd of March 2022! The shoes. I swoon!


Thursday 24th of March 2022

Me too???? love love love the shoes! Cut outs and sling backs - hooray!

Dawn C

Wednesday 23rd of March 2022

L-O-V-E this so much. This is like Charlie's Angels goes on a Love Boat cruise.

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