Kate Wears Hobbs in Last Public Appearance Before the Arrival of the Royal Baby

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In her last solo public appearance before her baby is due, Kate flew to Southampton via helicopter for the naming ceremony of the 3,600 passenger cruise ship in front of hundreds of guests.

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The ship was officially christened the Royal Princess when the Duchess of Cambridge smashed a 15-litre Nebuchadnezzar-sized bottle from Moet & Chandon (£1,250) of champagne against its hull.

Standing on the naming platform with the ship’s Captain Tony Draper, Kate pronounced, “I name this ship Royal Princess. May God bless her and all who sail in her.”

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The naming of a ship is a tradition that dates back thousands of years. The ritual marks the birth of a vessel, and asks for a blessing of good fortune and safety for the ship and its passengers and crew.


The most important element of the naming tradition is the godmother selected to christen a ship. In the mid-19th century it became customary for a woman of distinction to be selected for this honor. A godmother is the symbolic patron, or sponsor, of the ship through its entire life and symbolizes the spirit of the vessel.

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Princess Cruises has a history of illustrious godmothers for past ships including Diana, Princess of Wales, who named the first Royal Princess in 1984. Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, and Baroness Thatcher have all been godmothers in the past.

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The Duchess of Cambridge showed off her baby bump in a £169 black and ivory Dalmatian print coat by high street brand, Hobbs London (sold out). The collarless coat hung to her knees, and featured two front pockets.
Details from the Hobbs London Website:
Sleeve: Long
Sleeve Color: Black Ivory
Fabric composition:55% flax 45% viscose
Lining:100% acetate
Washing instructions: Dry clean
Style code:4001
Extra detail: Visible zip

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Kate complimented her statement look with a matching black hat by Sylvia Fletcher for Lock & Co Hatters, stylish new box clutch (Wicca Mini leather satchel – $1,095 and no longer available) by Alexander McQueen and her favorite black court shoes.
Her jewelry was kept to a minimum as she wore her Annoushka diamond and pearl drops and her sapphire and diamond engagement ring.

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Kate Cheers on Zara Phillips as Team GB Take Home the Silver

The Royals returned to Greenwhich Park today to cheer on Zara Phillips as she helped Team GB take home a silver medal in the Team Jumping final of the three-discipline Olympic equestrian competition.

Kate wore her navy blue Smythe jacket and paired it with a blue and white Breton striped tank.

The Duchess also wore her navy blue J Brand 811 skinny jeans.

Kate accessorized her look with navy suede Stuart Weitzman ‘Coco’ wedges and a navy ‘Muse’ clutch also from high street brand Russell & Bromley.

During the medal ceremony Kate wrapped up in a Team GB jacket.

Earlier in the day

Earlier in the day, Kate, William and Harry dropped in to look at Team GB’s home for the next two weeks and met some of Britain’s big Olympics medal hopes including athletics star Jessica Ennis, cyclist Victoria Pendleton and swimmer Rebecca Adlington.
Update 8/1/2012

Kate’s Stuart Weitzman ‘Corkswoon’ wedges are now on the Stuart Weitman site. http://www.stuartweitzman.com/products/corkswoon/

Additional details:

  • Slip on
  • 4 ½” heel, 1 ¼” platform
  • Leather footbed
  • Made in Spain
  • Color: Nice Blue Suede
  • $375
  • Close up of Kate’s Stuart Weitzman for Russel & Bromley ‘Muse’ clutch (£245).

    Kate’s Team GB scarf is available from Next in small (£5) or large (£10) sizes and all profits go back in to the team.

    Update 8/19/2012

    Kate’s stripped top has been ID’d (thanks to ‘My Small Obsessions’ for sharing the link). It is by Alexander McQueen. It is a cashmere and silk knitted vest that retailed for £455.

    Kate Looks Vibrant in Red at the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant Flotilla

    Today, Kate took her position on the royal barge, the Spirit of Chartwell, to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. This honors the 60th anniversary of HRH’s ascension to the throne.

    The Duchess of Cambridge was joined by her husband Prince William and other senior members of the royal family including Prince Charles and his wife Camilla.

    Kate arrived at Cadogan Pier this afternoon and readied herself for the journey down the Thames. There were about a thousand other boats that followed behind the Flotilla to celebrate the Queen.

    Kate looked stunning in a bright red wool-crepe Alexander McQueen dress (£1,195) with a pleated skirt from the Autumn 2011 collection.

    The frock has also been worn by Kim Kardashian and Tulisa who were photographed wearing a short-sleeved version of it last year. Kate’s version had full length sleeves and a longer hemline than the original.
    Photo credit: The Royal Wedding Dress on FB
    The Duchess of Cambridge matched her dress with a vivid red Sylvia Fletcher hat from James Lock & Co (£795) while her hair was safely held in place in a half up do.
    She accessorized with her nude LK Bennett ‘Sledge’ heels (£185) and a small red clutch also by Alexander McQueen. It looked very much like the Alexander McQueen Classic Skull Clutch in Red Velvet sans the skull. Perhaps it was a bespoke version.
    Kate also carried a Strathearn tartan scarf. This is believed to be a a nod to her Scottish title the Countess of Strathearn, a title she uses in Scotland.
    Photo credit: My Small Obsessions on FB
    Finishing off her look, Kate doned a maritime-themed brooch featuring two dolphins – a gift from the Royal Navy Submarine Service, of which William is Commodore in Chief. She also wore her Kiki McDonough Citrine Drop Earrings.
    Update 6/4/2012
    Kate came prepared for the rain with a custom red umbrella by the Royal warranted umbrella maker, Fulton. The Duchess’ umbrella was custom made to match her McQueen dress. It’s the men’s Huntsman’s style and retails for £19.

    UK Diamond Jubilee Tour Officially Begins

    The Queen, Prince Phillip and Kate took an hour-long train ride from London’s St. Pancras station to Leicester station, officially kicking off the UK Diamond Jubilee tour. The tour celebrates HRH’s 60 years on the throne.

    Their first stop was at De Montfort University, where they watched a dance performance in De Montfort Square. Then Kate and the Queen split from Prince Phillip and watched a fashion show that featured the designs of four students.

    The Duchess of Cambridge announced the winner of a shoe competition. The designs were submitted from students in the university footwear design program. She picked 20-year-old Becka Hunt’s 19th-century inspired design as her favorite out of the six finalists. The winning blue suede pump, adorned with crème lace and an open front, was created with Kate in mind, echoing the color of her engagement ring. It will be custom-made for the duchess to wear on future occasions.

    Next, the Royals visited Leicester Cathedral for a service. The service was attended by 700 people. Kate greeted the crowd before the service. Over 5,000 people lined the pavements to get a glimpse.

    Kate sported a deep teal 1940’s inspired ensemble by L.K. Bennett. She wore the elegant  ‘Davina’ dress (£225) and the ‘Jude’ jacket (£296). Both are sold out as of this writing. The wool jacket was cinched at the waist with a black belt.

    The Duchess topped off her look with a black pillbox hat by James Lock.

    Kate’s accessories included black heels (no longer available) by Episode which are exclusive to House of Fraser and a black clutch. She is wearing her green amethyst Kiki MCDonough earrings as well as her sapphire and diamond engaement ring.
    Additional pictures from today’s visit
    Update 3/13/2012

    Kate’s belt has been ID’d (thanks to WKW).  It is the Glossed-leather belt (£480) by Alexander McQueen. It is available on the french Net-A-Porter website.

    Kate Sparkles in McQueen at the Sun Military Awards

    William and Kate were joined by Prince Harry as they attended the Sun Military Awards at the Imperial War Museum in central London. Also known as ‘the Millies’ (or Night of Heroes), the annual military awards show recognizes servicemen and women.

    Kate walked the red carpet in a strapless, black velvet, full length custom Alexander McQueen dress (£4,995). Her gorgeous dress had a frill trim around the bust and a fishtail-style skirt.

    Kate’s dress is reminiscent of the black strapless taffeta evening gown (by Elizabeth Emanuel) that Princess Diana wore on her first official appearance after her engagement to Prince Charles.

    The Duchess of Cambridge accessorized with sparkly earrings (seen at Zara Phillips wedding and in Canada) and a chunky diamond & ruby necklace and matching bracelet that she received as a wedding gift from a family friend.
    She held a matching black velvet clutch and donned Jimmy Choo ‘Cosmic’ ( £435) black suede platform pumps (heel height 120mm / 4.8″). Kate’s shiny brunette locks were styled into loose curls with a side part.

    The Duchess of Cambridge presented The Most Outstanding Soldier award to Ryan McCready

    Earlier in the Day
    Kate and William attended a luncheon hosted by The Queen at Buckingham Palace. The couple were among the close relatives invited.

    Update 12/20/2011

    Thanks to ‘My Small Obsessions’ here are some close-ups of Kate’s beautiful necklace and bracelet (top two).

    Looking through McQueen dresses, this is the closest one to Kate’s that was once available off the rack, but now sold out (originally $6,850 reduced when on sale to $3,425).
    Description from the Net-A-Porter Website:
    Strapless gown
    Black velvet
    Sweetheart neckline
    Boned bodice with underwired cups
    Half scalloped trim at skirt
    Sheer chiffon lower skirt
    Partially lined
    Concealed zip fastening along back
    60% silk, 33% rayon, 7% cotton; lining: 71% acetate, 29% silk

    Kate’s clutch has been ID’d (thanks to WKW). It is the black velvet clutch bag by Pretty Ballerina (reduced from £185 to £111). As of this writing, it is sold out.

    The following description is from the ‘Large Designer Shoes’ website:
    Pretty Ballerina black velvet clutch bag with oversized bow on the front. Double magnetic clasp fastening. Interior zipper pocket. Lined in Jaime Mascaro logo fabric. Bag measures: 29cm long x 17cm high
    Update 1/15/2014
    Blogger ‘Duchess Kate’ has received confirmation from Mouawad (www.mouawad.com) that they were instrumental in the design and manufacture of Kate’s gorgeous necklace and bracelet. They have a piece reminiscent of Kate’s displayed on their website called the ‘Haute Joaillerie Diamond, Ruby, 18K White Gold Necklace and Earrings Suite.’
    Another piece, an 18K white gold, diamond, ruby and pearl set that included a matching bib necklace, bracelet, earrings and ring was worn Najwa Karam (a Middle Eastern superstar) was posted on the Mouawad FB page. The necklace and bracelet have distinct elements seen in Kate’s set.
    Mouawad FB Page
    Thanks to ‘My Small Obsessions’ and one of her FB followers, we see that Kate’s necklace and bracelet are not bespoke. Moroccan singer Samira Said, wore the same set.

    Kate in her first ‘Trooping of the Colour’

    This morning, Kate participated in her first “Trooping of the Coulour.’ She shared a carriage with Prince Harry, her mother-in-law Camilla Parker-Bowles, and Prince William’s uncle Andrew.

    The annual ceremony is held to recognize the birthday of the sovereign, though Queen Elizabeth turned 85 on April 21.

    Kate watched with pride as her hubby took part in one of the world’s greatest spectacles in honour of the queen.

    The pomp wrapped up with The Royals reuniting on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

    Kate took center stage in a long double-breasted ivory dress coat with elegant, layered drapery detail running down the sides. It is by Alexander McQueen ($3,845 but no longer available). She wore a black Ark & Co straw and feather hat, simple studded earrings and had her hair loose.
    Details about the cotton and wool blend pique coat from Net-a-Porter
    ‘White cotton and wool-blend piqué coat with a softly pleated tiered Samurai skirt. Alexander McQueen coat has a short collar and lapels, accentuated padded shoulders, long sleeves with button-fastening cuffs, button fastenings through double-breasted front and is fully lined.’