Kate Chooses Matthew Williamson and Hobbs for two Engagements in Wales

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Yesterday, William and Kate started the day out by braving the elements to tour the Valero Pembroke Oil  Refinery in Wales which celebrated its 50th anniversary.

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The refinery was officially opened in 1964 by the late Queen Elizabeth and now contributes £1.5 million to the Welsh economy each week. It is built in a deep natural harbor at Rhoscrowther, and processes 270,000 barrels a day. The oil pipeline stretches as far as Manchester and supplies more than 10% of the UK’s fuel.

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Hundreds of well-wishers, spent hours waiting in wind and rain. They cheered and waved Welsh flags to welcome the royal couple.

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The Cambridge’s were ushered into a minibus to travel to the 1,270-acre site’s control room where they met with oil refinery workers and apprentices.

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William and Kate sat in front of screens and pressed a button to create their own gasoline blend. Then, they attended a reception in the refinery’s Fire Hall and met members of community organizations supported by the refinery.

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On a side note, the royal couple used to live in a secluded four-bedroom cottage in Anglesey on the north west coast of Wales.

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Following their engagement in Pembroke, William and Kate travelled to Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium in Cardiff to watch a Rugby Union international match between Wales and Australia.

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During half-time, couple met privately with injured servicemen and their families in the President’s Box.

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The Duchess looked elegant in a baby blue Matthew Williamson wool-blend coat (£1,195) from the designers Fall ’14 runway collection. The crisply tailored, double-breasted coat features four pockets deliberately placed to flatter and emphasize the waist and front button fastenings. It is currently available from Net-A-Porter.

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75% wool, 25% polyester; lining: 100% silk
Dry clean
Designer color: Pacific Opal’
 
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Beneath her coat, Kate wore a Hobbs London ‘Animal Shirt Dress’ in bitter chocolate brown ($355). Thanks to a follower on WKW for the ID.
 
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‘The classic shirt-dress has been updated with animal-print embossed silk jacquard.
This elegant piece features a covered placket and coordinating belt for a sleek look.
Length from nape to hem: 95.5cm
 Sleeve: Long Sleeve
Fabric composition: 100% Silk
Washing instructions: Dry clean
Style code: 5952
Extra detail: Button fastening’
 
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Completing her ensemble, the Duchess accessorized with her black, suede Rhumba boots by Aquatalia, her Stuart Weitzman ‘Muse’ clutch and her Green Amethyst and Diamond Cushion Drop Earrings by Kiki McDonough (£1,200).

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In closing, we will take a quick look at Kate’s growing baby bump. There is just the very slightest hint of her bump seen through her coat.

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The Royals Spend Christmas at Sandringham

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Early this morning, William and Kate joined the Queen and the rest of the Royals at communion. The Duchess greeted the 87-year-old monarch with a curtsey and a kiss.

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Kate wrapped up in a knee-length cream coat, tartan scarf, and her black, heeled Aquatalia Rhumba knee-high boots over black tights. Completing her outfit The Duchess wore her gold Kiki McDonough green amethyst and diamond earrings and a pair of black gloves.

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The Duchess’ coat looks like it is the same UFO coat that she wore to the Bechtolsheimer – Tomlinson Wedding in Arosa, Switzerland in March of this year.
 
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This afternoon, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, walked hand in hand down to St Mary Magdalene church on the 20,000-acre Norfolk estate in a long procession of royals headed by the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Andrew. There was no sign of Prince George.
 
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After the 45-minute service, the royals spent 20 minutes chatting and accepting flowers from the waiting crowds.
 
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Kate shopped her closet and wore her bespoke Alexander McQueen green and navy tartan coat dress with a new green Gina Foster hat topped with a bow.
 
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The Duchess wore the coat last November for a trip to her old primary school, St Andrew’s in Pangbourne, Berkshire, when she was photographed playing hockey with students.
 
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Completing her outfit, Kate wore her black, suede Aquatalia Rhumba knee-high boots over black tights, her gold Kiki McDonough green amethyst and diamond earrings and a pair of black Cornelia James wool gloves with side bow.
 
Update 12/26/2013
 
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A follower on WKW has suggested that the tartan scarf worn by Kate to communion/morning church service is by the Really Wild Clothing Company. It could possibly be the cashmere mix wrap in claret (£135). 
 
Description from the Really Wild Clothing Co.
A luxurious Cashmere Mix Wool Wrap in a warm tartan consisting of Claret and Navy Checks.
95% Wool, 5% Cashmere.
Made in Scotland.
 
I will contact the company to confirm and will update when additional details are available.
 
Update 12/27/2013
 
I have received confirmation from ‘Really Wild Clothing Co.’ that Kate was wearing the ‘Cashmere mix wrap in claret.’
 
“Hello Nicole

I can confirm this was a Really Wild Clothing scarf that the Duchess was wearing.

Kind regards

Hannah”



Kate Recycles Orla Kiely Bird Print Frock on ‘Only Connect’ Visit

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This morning, the Duke and Duchess paid a visit to crime prevention charity Only Connect. The couple toured the central London office, and then met with staff and young people who spoke about the ways Only Connect helps support ex-offenders and young people at risk of re-offending.

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The charity, helps about 10,000 people a year, and is said to have reduced re-offending by nearly half.

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Helping former offenders is a cause close to William’s heart, as his aunt Lady Jane Fellowes — the sister of Princess Diana — is one of the trustees of Only Connect.

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William and Kate then visited two sister projects which are based at Only Connects King’s Cross head office — Bounce Back, which works with prisons to offer work experience, training and employment for offenders at the end of their sentences, and Handmade Alliance, which trains prisoners in textile making.

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The Duchess wrapped up in an Orla Kiely bird print dress which showed off her svelte figure. The ‘Birdie Shirt Dress, had its first outing back in 2012 when Kate wore it to The Art Room in Oxford. The brown wool jacquard dress features a cream retro print that looks like ducks, buttons in the center and a pleated skirt. It originally sold for £325 but was picked up on sale by Kate for £162.50.

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She completed her elegant look with chocolate suede ‘Royal’ Aquatalia ankle boots and a matching brown clutch. In the UK you can buy a similar version of these from Russell and Bromley.
 
 
 
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Kate kept her jewelry simple. She wore her Kiki McDonough citrine drops, her gorgeous sapphire and diamond engagement ring and a Tissot watch.
 
 
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Kate Recycles Armani Coat on Day Two of Scotland Visit

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William and Kate joined Prince Charles to open the Tamar Manoukin Outdoor Centre at Dumfries House in Ayrshire. They were given a warm welcome by hundreds of locals, cadets, brownies, guides and scouts.

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Charles showed his son and daughter-in-law around Dumfries House and grounds, which is now open to the public for the first time in 250 years. This was an effort to publicize the new outdoor center. After that, the royal trio watched children tackle an obstacle course.

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The 18th century mansion was bought, along with its contents and adjoining land, by a consortium led by the Prince of Wales in June 2007.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge then moved on to Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria to learn about the new Astute Class of nuclear powered submarines being built for the Royal Navy by BAE Systems.

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They saw the production facilities at the offices of the Vanguard replacement program before meeting the crew of Artful, currently based in Barrow.

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Kate recycled her red angora Armani coat. She wore the piece to William’s passing out ceremony in 2006. It looks like she strategically had the buttons moved to accommodate her growing belly.

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The Duchess teamed her outfit with her trademark black tights and black suede mid-calf Hi and Dry by Aquatalia for Russell & Bromley boots (£395).

 
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‘Black weather resistant stretch suede
•Fabric lining
•Non-slip rubber sole
•Heel measures approximately 8cm
•Platform measures approximately 2cm
•Boot length 40cm
•Half inside zip
•Made in Italy
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Other accessories included her Strathearn tartan scarf (£150 – the pattern is Strathearn No.2 Modern) – a nod to the fact her and William are known as the Earl and Countess of Strathearn in Scotland, black wool Cornelia James gloves with side bow (£52), and bespoke green amethyst and diamond Kiki McDonough drop earrings.

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William & Kate Spend Two Days in Scotland

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This morning, William and Kate flew commercially from London to Glasgow. They are headed to Scotland for two days of engagements championing causes close to their hearts.

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On a side note, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are known as the Earl and Countess of Strathearn in Scotland.

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Their first stop is at Emirates Arena in Glasgow. The Emirates Arena is one of the venues for events at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. They will tour the arena, including the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, where they watched riders in a practice session. They also met Games organisers and budding athletes, before unveiling a commemorative plaque to mark their visit.

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After lunch at City Hall Civic Chambers, the couple headed over to the Quarriers Stopover project which is a homeless charity. The Stopover Project provides short-term accommodation and support to 16 to 25-year-olds.

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Next on the agenda was a stop at the Donald Dewar Leisure Centre to launch a new project for their foundation. The Royal Foundation is partnering with Glasgow Sport and the Hunter Foundation on a new pilot as part of its national Coach Core initiative.

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Despite the chilly weather, Kate wore a short tartan coat by Gloucestershire-based designers Moloh. The £425 blue and grey plaid ‘Workers’ coat is 100% wool – perfect for a cold day in Glasgow. The coat featured silver buttons, a flared skirt and a short hemline.

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The coat was created by Caroline Smiley, designer and founder of Moloh. These have been released in limited edition – only 20 have been made.


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Additional details about The Duchess of Cambridges coat:
• 100% wool, fully lined, dry clean
• Two side pockets, double back vent
• Length 89cm • Sizes: 6, 8, 10, 12, 14
• Blue and grey plaid
 
 
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Completing her outfit, the Duchess wore her black Aquatalia Rhumba knee boots, black opaque tights, her still UFO black suede clutch and her diamond and sapphire earrings.
 
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Merry Christmas!

 

This year, William & Kate broke with royal tradition and opted to spend Christmas with Kate’s family in Bucklebury. The other members of the royal family celebrated the holiday at Sandringham.

 

The couple joined Michael and Carole Middleton, sister Pippa and brother James for family Eucharist and Christmas carols at St Mark’s Church earlier today.

 
 
 

Kate wore her brown Hobbs ‘Unlimited Celeste’ coat (£329 reduced to £182) , her red Gucci monogram canvas horsebit clutch w/chain Gucci (£1200 and no longer available), and a red Pashmina.

 
 
 
Completing her outfit, the Duchess accessorized with a pair of brown patterned tights, her brown Aquatalia by Marvin K ‘Royal’ Weatherproof ankle boots and her bespoke Kiki McDonough green amethyst earrings. She also wore her hair up with her bangs framing her face.
 
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I also wanted to wish all my followers a very merry Christmas and thank each and every one of you for taking time out of your busy day to read my blog!
 


 

Kate Takes A Trip Down Memory Lane and Visits her Old Prep School

 

Yesterday, Kate took a trip down memory lane and paid a visit to her old primary school, St Andrew’s School in Pangbourne, Berkshire. She attended the school from 1986 to 1995.

 
 
 

The private boarding and prep school has an annual St. Andrew’s Day (the annual celebration of the patron saint of Scotland) festival and play day, and they invited the Duchess of Cambridge to participate.

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Kate met teachers and students for lunch before opening a new Astroturf playing field and watching the school’s traditional “Progressive Games” – where teams of children take part in several different games.
 
 
 
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The Duchess of Cambridge wore a blue and green tartan Alexander McQueen coat dress that matched the school’s uniforms. The bespoke coat-dress features long-sleeves, a high neck and a flared knee-length skirt.
 
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Completing her outfit, Kate wore a pair of heeled Aquatalia Rhumba knee-high boots over black tights, she held a simple black clutch (still unidentified) and her sapphire and diamond earrings.

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Additional information on black watch tartan
 
The tartan that Kate is wearing is called ‘black watch tartan.’ This tartan bears the name of the famous 42nd Royal Highland Regiment (The Black Watch), the premier Highland Regiment. First raised in 1729, as four Independent Companies of Highlanders to patrol and keep the peace within the Highlands. Their complement was increased in 1739 and the companies formed into a regiment. The Black Watch has a long record of military service to the nation. They were called “Freiceadan Dubh” by the Highlanders in allusion to the sombre colours of their tartan and to their employment as Watchers over the Highlands.