Kate & Wills Celebrate Armed Forces Day

This morning, the Royal couple celebrated Armed Forces Day with soldiers who had recently returned from fighting in Afghanistan. The ceremony was held at Windsor Castle.

Kate presented Elizabeth Crosses to families of three members of the regiment who were killed during the six month operational tour.

The duchess wore a chic figure-hugging, dark navy, wool crepe double-breasted coat by Alexander McQueen with gold buttons that finished just above the knee. The epaulets and double row of buttons gave it a distinctly military feel. The topper is part of the designer’s pre-fall 2011 collection (said to retail for about $1,840). I was not able to find an exact picture of the coat in McQueen’s new collection but there are some similiar styles below.

Kate chose a small matching Rachel Trevor-Morgan hat which had the feel of a military beret in size and slant, but the bow embellishment gave it a glamorous look.

A gold Irish shamrock brooch was pinned to her lapel. This is the emblem of the Irish Guards and one of the flowers included in the lace detail of her wedding dress. The brooch was loaned to her by the regiment and has previously been worn by Princess Anne and the Queen Mother.

Kate accessorised her outfit with simple blue shoes (reportedly Prada but not yet confirmed), a blue Anya Hindnarch ‘Marano’ clutch (£995.00), gold link bracelet with single engraved charm (resembles her official seal), and Kiki McDonough citrine drop earrings.

The Anya Hindmarch clutch is covered in blue shagreen (stingray). Description from the Anya Hindmarch site:

‘This Marano is crafted from Shagreen set on a pale gold box clutch. Features clip clasp closure with discreet bow logo, suede lined inner with card pocket.’

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