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The Princess in Black Watch for Tree Planting

The Princess in Black Watch for Tree Planting

Photos of the Princess of Wales planting a wild cherry tree at Westminster Abbey were released today.

The Princess planted the tree as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative encouraging tree planting in honor of the Queen’s Jubilee. Below, the late Queen and then Prince of Wales as they planted a tree on the grounds of Windsor Castle to launch the endeavor in March 2021.

The project was originally intended to conclude at the end of the year, but that timeline has been extended. More from the Queen’s Green Canopy site

Following the wishes of our Patron, His Majesty The King, The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) initiative will be extended to the end of March 2023 to give people the opportunity to plant trees in memoriam to honour Her Majesty……. the initiative will now be extended to include the full tree planting season, beginning in October 2022 and concluding in March 2023.

The Queen’s Green Canopy is proud to be creating a living legacy with over a million trees planted in Her Majesty’s name across the nation during the first planting season, October 2021 to March 2022. The extension of the QGC initiative will build on this legacy and serve as a lasting tribute to Her Majesty’s extraordinary service to her country and her people.

Another image from March shows Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and schoolchildren after they planted an elm tree in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.

You may recall the “Tree of Trees” sculpture created at Buckingham Palace for the Jubilee celebrations, seen below in this photo of Prince William and Nicholas Bacon, Chair of the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative.

In the photos released today, you see the Princess, the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr. David Hoyle, and members of the Abbey’s gardening team.

I think we also see boys from the Abbey’s choir in one of the images.

Below, a closeup of a plaque commemorating the event. As Royal Central noted in its story, “The wild cherry comes from the estate of the Duchy of Cornwall. Kate is now also Duchess of Cornwall as Prince William immediately inherited the Duchy on becoming heir to the throne.”

The plaque shows the planting was last Wednesday, just a day before the taping of the Together at Christmas carol concert at the Abbey. 

Another view. 

Now for our look at what Kate wore in the new photos. 

The Princess brought back her Holland Cooper Double-Breasted Black Watch Coat (£749, roughly $900 at today’s exchange rates).

The midi-length design features a relaxed fit, notched lapels, vertical welt pockets at the hip with rivets, and the brand’s embossed gold-tone buttons.

Beneath the coat, the Princess was in separates by Iris and Ink, the house label of The Outnet. She wore the Iris and Ink Éloise Wool-Blend Turtleneck ($190, no longer available) and the Ernestine Wool-Blend Midi Skirt ($215, no longer available), both in forest green. The skirt and top are 95% wool with 5% elastane, and they have contrasting ribbed panels.

This is the same ensemble worn in a November 2021 Remembrance video

The Princess wore what appeared to be a new pair of boots. They are very much like the custom Gianvito Rossi brown pair first seen at a November rugby match and worn again in Boston, similar to the Gianvito Rossi Glen in navy suede ($1695). 

The earrings are a familiar style, the Maria Black Cha Cha style ($376), shown below as worn on another occasion. The earrings are sterling silver plated in 22-carat gold. They are also available as single earrings ($155 at Garmentory, $188 at Maria Black).   

UPDATE WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21: With thanks to those who messaged and emailed, the earrings do not appear to be the Maria Black pair. As best I can tell from the limited photos available, they appear to be a new pair worn that was also worn in the promotional video for the concert (below right).  


Today was the royal family’s annual Christmas lunch, the first time it has been held since 2019. The 2020 lunch was canceled because the country was in lockdown, and the 2021 luncheon was also nixed because of COVID-related concerns. King Charles elected to hold today’s get-together at Windsor Castle; it was usually at Buckingham Palace. More from this Hello story

The pre-Christmas lunch has typically taken place annually at Buckingham Palace on the Wednesday before Christmas, shortly before the monarch leaves for Sandringham for the festive period. 

News of Charles’ party comes just hours after Buckingham Palace confirmed that the King, Queen Consort and members of the royal family will spend Christmas at Sandringham for the first time in three years.

In a brief statement, Buckingham Palace said: “Their Majesties The King and The Queen Consort accompanied by Members of the Royal Family will attend the Morning Service on Christmas Day at Sandringham Church, on Sunday 25th December 2022.”

I do not have any photos of arrivals or departures. (The Daily Mail has photos in this article.)


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Sunday 25th of December 2022

Watched the Royal Christmas Carol Service and at least the version shown on the BBC, did not show any of the Royals. It was lovely, but only showed the choir and the people who read short chapters from the Bible, and the Priest giving a blessing at the end of it.

Camilla Siqueira

Saturday 24th of December 2022

Lovely coat.

I wish we could have some comment on her black and gold embellished blouse worn in a recently released video.

Happy Holidays to everyone. =)


Saturday 24th of December 2022

Hi Camilla, I am covering the top in tomorrow's Christmas Day post. :)

Caroline A.

Saturday 24th of December 2022

@Camilla Siqueira, Just for you, here’s my comment on the black and gold sparkly cardigan 😊

At first, I couldn’t understand why The Princess of Wales filmed a Christmas video wearing a garment of which the dominant colour is black. Upon reflection, however, I decided that the black is likely to be a sign of respect for Her Late Majesty The Queen, to whom Catherine refers. I think the cardigan strikes a nice balance between respectful and festive, if that makes sense to others. If it had been all black sequins, it would have been too heavy for the season; the gold lifts it, but it’s still restrained and not too flashy for the occasion. I wonder if HRH owns the matching skirt. She has the figure to wear it successfully, but would only do so in private, given its length. Of course, she may have had it lengthened; it would look very chic just above the knee.

As my Christmas gift to you, @Camilla Siqueira, there’s a piece in the second link below about the new (to us, I think) earrings that The Princess wore with the cardigan.

Merry Christmas to everyone on What Kate Wore, especially to you, Susan - thank you for bringing us this delightful and informative blog again this year! 🎅🏻🎁🎄

Caroline A.


Friday 23rd of December 2022

Perfect! The new boots with the updates heel and toe are a smart add! Love this blog and look forward to it! I learn so much as well!


Friday 23rd of December 2022

I'm so glad we got the chance of a better look at this lovely coat. Kate's other Black Watch coat was more of a close-fitting coatdress by Alexander McQueen, and this Holland Cooper overcoat is more versatile as it can be worn open. Double-breasted doesn't usually hang so well open. but this looks to have been cut carefully enough to manage a reasonably elegant look.

I'm also glad to get another look at the Iris & Ink knitwear set and admire how the different rib textures are used to stylish effect. I love seeing the knee boots with the whole outfit -- Gianvito Rossi? -- rounding off a great winter look for a bit of tree planting


Friday 23rd of December 2022

I think she looks lovely (she could wear a brown paper bag and look chic!) I wonder if a blue belt at her waist that matched the boots would enhance her look even more? The model pictured in a shorter length skirt looked fresh and Catherine could pull that off I believe

Kiki Vancouver

Friday 23rd of December 2022

@Eileen, I agree with you about the belt.

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