Hello and happy almost-weekend to everyone! We are back with a Friday fun post quickly covering some upcoming engagements for the Duchess, as well as the first of our annual polls. Here are the two additions to Kate’s Calendar, both taking place next week.
- Tuesday, January 15: The Duchess will visit King Henry’s Walk, part of the Islington Community Garden, run by volunteers for more than ten years. Kate will meet volunteers and “hear about the benefits of this urban green space” and also ” …take part in a winter planting workshop, bird box building and pizza making in the garden’s kitchen area.”
- Wednesday, January 16: Kate visits the costume department at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden to “learn more about their use of textiles, commissioning of fabrics and supply chain.” She will see the pattern room, dye room, and meet costumiers working on new shows. The Duchess will meet three principal dancers from The Royal Ballet and hear about the way movement, lighting, and other factors impact costume design. Before leaving Kate will watch a rehearsal of The Two Pigeons, an upcoming production featuring dancers from both the Royal Ballet and the Royal Ballet School. The news release for the event points out that “textile and manufacturing industry is an area of interest to the Duchess. Her Royal Highness’ great-great-grandfather, Francis Martineau Lupton, was a mill owner who ran the family’s successful textile manufacturing business, William Lupton & Company, with his three brothers.”
Now for our annual poll asking for your input on the evening gowns worn by the Duchess in the preceding year. We only have five to consider this time, so it isn’t a super involved poll.
The first evening gown we saw in 2018 was an Erdem design worn to a black-tie dinner at the British Ambassador’s residence in Sweden.
The silk satin ‘Stephanie’ dress featured a floral print called ‘Winter Bourne’ in a gold or mustard color. The piece had a tiered skirt, high neck with a ruffled collar, gathers at the shoulder, flared sleeves, a ruffled front placket, and a self-bow or sash.