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It’s Burberry Separates for Meeting with Norwegian Royals & Past Commonwealth Day Looks

It’s Burberry Separates for Meeting with Norwegian Royals & Past Commonwealth Day Looks

The Princess of Wales chose tailored Burberry separates for a meeting with Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway.

Last Thursday, the Prince and Princess of Wales hosted the royals at Windsor Castle. You may recall the couples have met before. You see them below at a school visit in February 2013, during the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s trip to Norway.

The Norwegian royals were in London as part of an official two-day visit. They originally planned to do the trip last September, but that visit was postponed because of the late Queen Elizabeth II’s death. Below, the couple at a London press availability last Wednesday.

After chatting and posing for formal photos on Thursday, both couples participated in a meeting about green energy solutions.

More from Simon Perry’s People article.

After their meeting with the Norwegian royal couple, all four of them sat down with representatives from three leading companies from Norway who are working on green energy solutions.

Around the table at the meeting with the royal couples was Alex Grant, Senior Vice President and UK Country Manager, Equinor, Øivind Eriksen, CEO, Aker ASA, and Børre Jacobsen, Managing Director, Northern Lights JV. Also joining them was His Excellency Wegger Chr. Strømmen, Norwegian Ambassador to the U.K.

Now for our look at what Kate wore for Thursday’s meeting, pieces we saw the Princess wear in photos and a video used for the launch of the Shaping Us project.

The designs all appear to be by Burberry, done in custom colors for the Princess. The blazer looks like a custom version of the brand’s Wool Tailored Jacket ($2050), seen below in grey. The garment features a loose single-breasted silhouette with front flap pockets, defined shoulders, notch lapels, and four buttons at the cuff.

Below, a closer look at the notch lapels and buttons at the cuff.

The jacket is paired with what appears to be the Wool Wide-Leg Trousers ($1050). The trousers have a front zipper, angled front pockets, back button-through welt pockets, pleats, and belt loops.

Beneath the jacket, the Princess wore a blouse seen in photos from a visit to a Bethnal Green school.

The garment looks like Burberry’s Silk Crepe de Chine Tie-Neck Blouse ($1050), shown below. The off-the-rack version of the blouse has two front pockets, a concealed front placket, buttons at the cuff, and neck ties.

The Princess wore her emerald and diamond earrings last Thursday. They have been seen on several occasions, including last year’s St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock ceremony with the Irish Guards and the 2013 ceremony. The Duchess wore them in Canberra during the 2014 tour.


Also today, an update to Kate’s Calendar regarding Commonwealth Day next Monday; the Prince and Princess of Wales are confirmed to attend two events that day.

  • Monday, March 13: The Prince and Princess of Wales will attend the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey. They will also attend the annual Commonwealth Day Reception hosted by King Charles and the Queen Consort at Buckingham Palace after the service. 

Other royals slated to attend the service and the reception: the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Princess Royal, and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence. More about the service via the Westminster Abbey site.  

Held on the second Monday in March, the service is Britain’s largest annual inter-faith gathering. It is traditionally attended by the reigning monarch and other members of the Royal Family.

They are joined by a 2000-strong congregation of High Commissioners and Ambassadors, faith leaders, honoured guests, and 800 school children and young people from across the United Kingdom.

A news release notes, “Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the service will be broadcast live on BBC One in celebration of the first Commonwealth Day to be marked during His Majesty’s reign.”

I thought it would be fun to glance at ensembles worn by the Duchess of Cambridge for the annual service. 

Last year, the Duchess was in an electric blue Catherine Walker coat.

She accessorized with a hat by milliner Sean Barrett.   

The Duchess carried a Jimmy Choo clutch and wore Rupert Sanderson’s Malory heels. She also wore her diamond and sapphire earrings with a coordinating pendant.

For the 2020 Commonwealth Day service, the Duchess repeated a Catherine Walker coat first seen on Christmas Day 2018.

She debuted a new hat by Sally Ann Provan, the SADA Felt Saucer Hat (£460) in ‘berry red.’

And accessorized with her Gianvito Rossi Bordeaux pumps. The Duchess also debuted a pair of earrings not seen before; they look like part of the Mouawad Ruby and Diamond set, believed to be a wedding gift.

The Duchess repeated another Catherine Walker coat for the 2019 service, the Russian Greatcoat style worn for the Cambridge’s April 2014 arrival in New Zealand.

The Duchess accessorized with Emmy London’s Rebecca heels and Natasha clutch. She wore a new hat and diamond earrings that remain UFOs.

We saw the return of a much-loved Beulah London maternity look at the 2018 service

The Duchess carried a Jimmy Choo clutch and had on a pair of Rupert Sanderson heels. She brought back a fan favorite, the “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” hat that was first seen at the Afghanistan War Memorial dedication in 2017.

At the 2016 service, the Duchess debuted an Erdem coat. 

She wore Rupert Sanderson heels and carried an Emmy clutch. Her hat was by John Boyd; Mr. Boyd was a great favorite of Diana, Princess of Wales.

The Duchess first attended the Commonwealth Day service in 2015 when she was expecting Princess Charlotte.

For that service, the Duchess selected a hat by Jane Taylor. 

She wore her Prada pumps and carried her Prada clutch; her earrings were by Kiki McDonough. 

Here is a look at all six ensembles.

A sidebar to Commonwealth Day: my husband is having major surgery on the 13th, so any post I am able to do will be late in the day or evening. 

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Tuesday 14th of March 2023

The suit is lovely, but I would have preferred if she did a cream color blouse to break up all the green.

Susan B.

Sunday 12th of March 2023

Prayers for your husband and your family!


Saturday 11th of March 2023

2020 and 2022 - SO beautiful!!!!


Friday 10th of March 2023

I also want to add that I send good thoughts for a successful operation and complete recovery, for the Admin's husband. Best wishes! 💗


Friday 10th of March 2023

Very lovely color for this outfit! I'm wishing the bow of the blouse could have some fullness to it, though, just a little bit, so that it could have the appearance the Princess is going for, but also have a more graceful look, as I see it. The earrings are very lovely, but, for me, tend to get lost and not stand out enough, when the Princess has her hair down. They show up much better when it is up, as her two St. Patrick's day hairstyles demonstrate so wonderfully. All the Commonwealth Day looks are incredible and gorgeous, but my favorite one is the pink one of 2015. Oh, it is Beautiful! The hat is just marvelous, so unusual and pretty and just wonderful with the long hair down!

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