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The Princess of Wales in Gabriela Hearst and Alexander McQueen for Chilly Waterfront Walk

The Princess of Wales in Gabriela Hearst and Alexander McQueen for Chilly Waterfront Walk

The Prince and Princess of Wales visited East Boston’s waterfront this afternoon.

Emily Nash of Hello shared a video. 

The royals were joined by Mayor Michelle Wu (2nd from right) and Reverend Mariama White-Hammond (far right), Boston’s Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space.

A Kensington Palace news release reports the Prince and Princess were there to “learn about the significant climate challenges that the city itself faces,” and “to see the changing face of Boston’s shoreline as the city contends with rising sea levels.”

Below, members of the public gathered at the park.

More about the engagement from 7News.

The group toured the area despite biting cold and harsh winds and ventured across the pier to the park’s pavilion and beyond. The royals listened to officials recount the history of Boston and what is being done to ensure the park, Boston Harbor and city itself are preserved in the face of climate change.

You saw both Mayor Wu and Reverend White-Hammond at yesterday’s City Hall welcome. Also part of the group today, Lisa Wieland, CEO of the Massachusetts Port Authority (MassPort), seen in the grey coat.

The royals met representatives from several key environmental organizations. 

The groups represented included the following: 

  • Boston Harbor Now is a member of the host committee for this year’s Earthshot Prize. The group notes on its site that it is “working to re-establish Boston as one of the world’s truly great coastal cities. Everything we do is in partnership with public agencies, communities, and private and non-profit partners.”
  • Stone Living Lab is described on its site as conducting “…transformative research and outreach to make vulnerable coastal regions adaptive to climate change while enhancing natural and built environments.”
  • Trustees of Reservations is “…here to protect and share the Massachusetts places people love for their exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value. For their trails, their history, their gardens, their beaches,” per the group’s website. 
  • The Harborkeepers is a waterfront advocacy group working to build “…Coastal Community Resiliency & Fostering Environmental Stewardship in East Boston.”   

People reports in this story that the royals “… spoke with members of the community about their experiences with flooding and storm surges, as well as the projects underway to mitigate the risks of climate change while promoting equity among the diverse residents of East Boston.

Another view of the Princess. 

Lizzie Robinson of ITV shared a video. 

We return to the 7News piece

The discussions also included the city’s resiliency projects. Speaking with 7NEWS after the tour, Mayor Michelle Wu said the royals had wanted to see, up-close, how current and previous projects have been making an impact.

“We talked about the innovation that we’re seeing with the parks under construction here, the new green spaces that have been created and how they double as not only climate protections, but spaces for fun and community and much-needed health benefits, as well.”

At one point during the tour, 7NEWS cameras spotted the group burst into laughter during the tour: the result of humor in the face of frigid temperatures.

“We were talking about wanting to bring them back when some of the new parks are done and some of the infrastructure is fully-installed, and everyone vowed that it would be in summer next time,” Wu said.

If it looks like it was cold, it was: temps were in the upper 30s, and it was windy.

Mayor Wu added a hat as the group approached the water.

Now for our look at what Kate wore. 

She wore a coat by Alexander McQueen. The double-breasted design features peaked lapels, long sleeves with padded shoulders and buttoned cuffs, front flap pockets, a welt pocket at the chest, and a single back vent. It is very much like this Alexander McQueen coat shown at Farfetch (sold out), but in a rich brown hue.

With thanks to Carly at Kate Middleton Style, it looks like the Princess wore Uruguayan-born designer Gabriela Hearst, whose brand is headquartered in New York,  beneath the coat.  More specifically, the Peppe Turtleneck ($790) and Epper Skirt ($1590).

Both pieces are crafted in a blend of 70% cashmere and 30% silk. The turtleneck is a fitted style in a ribbed knit. The skirt features a finer rib, an elastic waist (center photo), and angled ribs at the hip.

The boots are the bespoke Gianvito Rossi pair first worn to a November rugby match

I do not know the scarf or gloves brands. I don’t believe the gloves are one of the Princess’s Cornelia James pairs but could be wrong.   

UPDATE: Cornelia James tells me the Princess was wearing their Imogen Merino Wool Gloves ($173).

UPDATE JAN 2023: I do not think the gloves worn were the Imogen, I cannot see a bow on them.

The Princess’s hair was partially pulled back. 

Her earrings are the Daniella Draper Luxury Maxi Cupid Hoops ($3100) worn for the day’s earlier engagements.

If you missed the earlier post, here is the post covering the Roland Mouret suit seen earlier today. 

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Wednesday 28th of December 2022

For me this was the first miss of the tour, though given the cold temps I'll accept that fashion might have taken a backseat to practicality here! I don't really like any piece of this outfit on its own, and together it looks worse. The red turtleneck and skirt have too much orange in them to work with the deep brown of the coat. The boots, scarf, and gloves all in different brown shades, none really matching nor contrasting the coat, look odd to me. As much as I hate the style, I've begun to accept Kate's tendency to wear very long coats – but if that is going to be her go-to style, I think she would do well to pick coats with a few more rows of buttons. The danger of such a long coat is that it is going to be blown open wide by wind gusts caught up in that amount of fabric, which seems to defeat the purpose of wearing something so long to help stay warm.

And finally, while I don't usually comment on this sort of stuff, I'm quite frustrated to see Kate debut an almost entirely new outfit for one engagement that probably lasted less than an hour. It's very much at odds with the cost of living crisis going on in both the Waleses' home country and the country they are visiting, and also with the message of the Earthshot Prize around sustainability. I really don't see any reason why rewearing an old coat and turtleneck dress couldn't have worked for this engagement.


Monday 19th of December 2022

Brilliant!!! Love this look - Kate's usual style of understated elegance. Slim, chic, sophisticated casual.


Wednesday 14th of December 2022

It’s a shame we weren’t able to see the Gabriela Hearst outfit the princess was wearing underneath her coat. The outfit looked beautiful. I am a big fan of Gabriela Hearst’s designs.


Wednesday 7th of December 2022

Am I the only one bothered by the dress that is a tiny bit too long and peaks out under the coat? Good to see in the picture of the boots, that’s one of my all-time pet peeves. Also not a fan of the all-brown accessories, I would have loved to see Kate’s red and gold tartan scarf with this coat and (slightly shortened) dress!

The earrings are lovely, but man that’s a steep price 😳

Caroline A.

Friday 9th of December 2022

@Cersei, The length of the coat versus the skirt bothered me a bit, too. At first I thought that it proved that the coat was bought off the rack, but please see my comment at the end of this reply. Considering that the custom made boots must have been very costly, it seems odd to me that The Princess didn’t have the coat custom made to accommodate the length of the skirt, but perhaps she didn’t realise early enough that it was a tad short to have the skirt shortened or to have a coat custom made. I love the entire outfit, except for that, and the fact that a hat like the one in the link below might have been a nice addition in such bitterly cold weather. I agree that the Strathearn Tartan Fringe silk scarf would have coordinated well with this outfit, but perhaps HRH wanted to achieve a slightly less busy look in choosing the plain scarf.

I wonder if the McQueen coat could be a customised version of the coat in the link below. That one seems to have an odd hem feature, which I guess is the ‘slashed’ element referred to in its name.

Caroline A.


Tuesday 6th of December 2022

Hi there! First time commenting here, but I've been following for quite a while now (and I absolutely LOVE the site). I'm from Uruguay, so I have to mention that Gabriela Hearst is Uruguayan (born in Uruguay, then married to an American, so an American herself since then). We're incredibly proud to hear her clothes and accessories are worn by celebrities around the world, like Kate and First Lady Jill Biden.


Tuesday 6th of December 2022

Thank you, Cecelia. I am a big fan of both the brand and its founder (I wrote about her in greater detail on another site). I'm glad you commented, because while intending to reference the brand's headquarters, it didn't read that way at all, and I appreciate the perspective! :)

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