The Duchess of Cambridge paired a previously worn dress with new accessories for today’s garden party at Buckingham Palace.
Prince William was officially the host of today’s function on behalf of the Queen.
In this wide shot taken as the national anthem was sung, you also see (from L to R) Princess Beatrice, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.
The royals greet guests in a quick video from Rebecca English of The Daily Mail.
The first line up…. pic.twitter.com/roWVVOOUO3
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) May 25, 2022
This was the final party of the season at Buckingham Palace.
There will be another at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh in late June. Here you see Prince William greeting guests at today’s event.
As you can tell from some of the photos, it was cloudy and drizzly at times. Below, the Countess of Wessex noted the rain.
You can see there was also sunshine in this photo of the Duchess of Gloucester.
And the Duke of Gloucester, the Queen’s cousin.
Another view of the Duke of Cambridge.
Here is a quick video showing the Duchess as she chats with a guest.
— ChristinZ (@ChristinsQueens) May 25, 2022
The Duchess looked delighted to see Holocaust survivor Manfred Goldberg and his wife at today’s party.
More from The Daily Mail’s story by Rebecca English and Harriet Johnston.
Mr Goldberg, who was with his wife of 61 years, Shary, was a German-born Jew sent to the ghetto, forced labour camps and eventually Stutthof concentration camp near Gdansk in Poland by the Nazis when he was just 14. His younger brother, Herman, was murdered there.
‘Manfred,’ she beamed, ‘it’s so lovely to see you again. How are you? When I saw your name on the guest list I thought ‘yes!’ I am so happy to see you! How have you been?’
The Duchess as she speaks with Mr. and Mrs. Goldberg.
The Duke and Duchess first met Mr. Goldberg in July 2017 when they visited Stutthof Concentration Camp in northern Poland. They also met Zigi Shipper, another survivor seen on the right.
Last year, the Duchess spoke with both gentlemen in a call recorded for Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Rebecca English shared a lovely photo of the Goldbergs at Buckingham Palace today.
Mr. Goldberg told Rebecca English that he has “come to the firm conclusion that hearing testimony from a survivor is one of the most effective ways of educating people into understanding that silence is all that’s needed for evil to triumph.”
Here is a wider view of today’s party.
And a closeup as the Duchess greets Josh Reeves, who received a BEM (British Empire Medal) for his service to people with disabilities.
And now for our look at some of the styles worn today. Princess Beatrice was in a Self-Portrait design, the Check Print Midi Dress (now sold out), with thanks to Laura for the ID. The Countess of Wessex brought back an Emilia Wickstead design previously seen at Ascot and carried a Sophie Hapsburg handbag.
And our review of what Kate wore. She repeated a dress that Kensington Palace said was created by a private dressmaker.
It showcases a pie crust collar, button-front bodice, set-in waistband, bishop sleeves, and a full flowing skirt. It was first worn for a March 2019 reception marking the fiftieth anniversary of Prince Charles’s investiture as Prince of Wales.
The dress has similarities to a style by Russian designer Ulyana Sergeenko.
But there are also multiple differences, including the cuff length and the number of buttons on the front. The fabric used for the Sergeenko is quite a bit heavier than the material seen in the Duchess’s garment.
A closer look at the high, ruffled collar, the self-covered buttons with loop fasteners, full sleeve coming to a fitted cuff, and slightly puffed sleeves.
The chapeau is similar to the Philip Treacy design first seen at the May 2018 wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (seen below right), worn again at Trooping the Colour in June 2019 (below left).
The Duchess’s hair was partially up.
Made of suede, the piece measures about 4″ x 10″ x 1.5″ wide and comes with a detachable shoulder strap. Thank you to Middleton Maven for this ID.
The Duchess sported a new pair of suede heels that Heaven suggests is the Jimmy Choo Romy 100 style, and I think she is spot-on with the ID.
The Duchess wore a new pair of earrings (at least to us) for the party.
Now that the post is up, I will look for the earrings.
UPDATE: It looks like the Duchess was wearing the Aquamarine Delicate Orb Earrings ($180) by Carousel Jewels, a UK-based company.
The earrings are made of sterling silver and finished with a 22-carat gold plating. The company says that for every order they “plant one tree, and make a monthly donation of revenue to the Sea Shepherd Marine Conservation Group, who work to protect marine life globally. Our packaging is plastic-free, and extracted from FSC® forests, that always replace the wood they cut down.” Many thanks to Sarah-Jane and T. Anne for sharing this info via the WKW Facebook page!
The Duchess has an engagement earlier in the day before the garden party. She participated in a Zoom call with Sally Hogg, CEO of the Parent-Infant Foundation. I imagine we’ll see a portion of that call and learn more about the organizations involved in the next few weeks.
The Royal Family Channel offers about 3 minutes of raw video.