Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Royal Reception for Team GB at Buckingham Palace

Queen Elizabeth hosted an evening event at a Buckingham Palace to celebrate the British Olympic and Paralympic gold medal winners at the 2012 London Olympics. HRH wanted to show her appreciation to the more than 300 British athletes for their huge success.

Kate flew solo at the reception but seemed at ease as she chatted to all the guests and shared a laugh with the Prime Minister.
Photo credit: WKW
The Duchess of Cambridge wore a black Alice Temperley knee length dress with sheer black detailing around neckline and hem. It featured white embroidered flowers each with a metallic bead  and a bow around the waist.
The look was kept simple by teaming the frock with a small black, suede bow clutch (still unidentified), black Jimmy Choo 'Cosmic' suede heels and a dazzling diamond bracelet we've seen on several occasions before. Kate wore her hair sleek and straight with a few curls in the ends.

Additional Information on Kate's Diamond Bracelet

Photo credit: Diana's Jewels
According to 'Royal Insight,' the Duchess of Cambridge was given the diamond bracelet and matching earrings by Prince Charles following her marriage to Prince William in April 2011.

Additional Pictures

Update 11/7/2012

Per Alice Mortali (a friend on FB) 'Girls Temperley just answered my question about Kate's dress wore for the GB Team Reception at Buckingham Palace..here is the message:

Dear Alice,
The dress The Duchess of Cambridge wore to the event was a bespoke make, which is unfortunately not part of a collection and not available in store.
However, thank you for your appreciation.
Temperley London.'


Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Royal Couple Reunites for a Night Out

After a busy day where William attended the funeral of his beloved nanny and Kate visited Newcastle on an official engagement, the Royal couple were reunited.

They went to a party at the exclusive Loulou's in Mayfair, London. This is a private members club. Other guests included Pippa Middleton and Princess Eugenie.

Photo credit: WKW
Kate looked elegant in a black, above the knee scalloped dress. Over her dress she wore a knee-length evening coat. She paired it with a black clutch and pumps.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Kate Recycles an Old Favorite on a Visit to Newcastle

Kate flew solo today as she arrived in the north east of England to carry out a string of engagements.

Crowds gathered at Newcastle Civic Centre as she arrived to meet with a range of people - from those who contributed to making the Olympic Games a success in Newcastle to volunteers who help make the city centre a more welcoming place for people and businesses.

The Duchess of Cambridge wore one of my favorite coats by an unamed, independent British designer. We first saw this coat in December 2011 at Sandringham. It's an elegant three-quarter length berry-coloured coat with a high neck.

At today's engagement, Kate paired the coat with a black Alexander McQueen belt (seen previously), thick black tights and her Aquatalia Rhumba boots.
The Duchess finished off her look with her Kiki McDonough citrine drop earrings.

A Note on the Dress Kate is Wearing Under her Coat

Current speculation is that Kate is wearing a burgundy Whistles 'Sofie Rae' dress ($135 from a previous season and no longer available) under her coat. The dress is described as pure silk in a warm seasonal burgundy. It has a deep v-neckline, long sleeves and a flattering defined waist. A floating midi skirt and removable belt.


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

HRH Catherine Chooses a High Street Favorite for Official Opening of St George's Park

This morning, William and Kate travelled by helicopter to St George's Park, the England football team's new Staffordshire training base in Burton-Upon-Trent, Staffordshire. Specifically, they were to officially open the new £100m FA centre.

They were given a tour of the main facilities before meeting England manager Roy Hodgson and his squad as they trained for their World Cup qualifier on Friday.

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a steel grey winter coat by one of her high street favorites, Reiss. It is the 'Angel Fit and Flare' coat (£227) in military grey from their AW10 collection.

Photo credit: Duchess Kate Blogspot
Photo credit: Duchess Kate Blogspot
The coat was accessorised with a grey Reiss Betony belt (£69) from their SS09 line, black suede Aquatalia 'Rumba' boots over thick black tights and a black suede clutch (another favorite but not yet ID'ed).
Completing her look, Kate wore her Kiki McDonough 18ct gold, green amethyst and diamond earrings
Additional Information on Kate's coat
Knee length, fit and flare style wool coat with a large wrap around collar and smart multi stitch detailing. Sleek, with clean lines and a block colour palette. 80% Wool, 20% Polyamide.
This may also have been the unidentified coat we saw Kate wearing at Sandringham, Christmas 2011.
Reiss also confirmed that while shopping in their Bichester village (end of October 2011), Kate
purchased the 'Angel fit and flare' coat in fawn. So keep an eye out for this too.

More Pictures from Today's Visit




Update 3/28/2013

The dress that Kate wore under her Reiss coat has been ID'ed! Thanks to a follower on WKW and a seller on Ebay (Copykate). It is the Cezzane Print dress in Pine Needle from Great Plains (currently on sale for £48).

Copykate on Ebay
Copykate on Ebay