The Cambridges’ Join the Queen for Morning Church Services at Balmoral

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William and Kate joined the Queen, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Edward, the Countess of Wessex and Lady Louise Windsor at a Sunday church service during their stay at the Balmoral estate in Scotland. They were spotted leaving the service at Crathie Kirk Church.

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Crathie Kirk is located near Balmoral castle in Aberdeenshire, where the Queen currently resides during her annual summer holiday.

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Kate wore a gray, bespoke Catherine Walker coat-dress with navy blue piping on the collar and covered buttons, a matching navy blue felt hat by Lock & Co (last seen at the service honoring the 75th anniversary of the RAF Cadets in February of this year), and finished off her look with a pair of the Queen’s glittering Bahrain Pearl and Diamond Drop earrings.

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Two pearls given to Princess Elizabeth as a wedding present in 1947 by the Sheikh of Bahrain Sheikh Salman ibn Hamad Al Khalifa were used to make these gorgeous earrings. The pearls were part of a gift of seven large pearls inside a pearl shell.

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According to Her Majesty’s Jewel Vault, “The earrings each contain one large round diamond and four smaller ones, three baguette diamonds, and a Bahrain pearl dangling below.”

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The Queen, wore the earrings several times when she was young. Before loaning them to the Duchess of Cambridge, they were loaned to Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

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Kate is Back for Trooping the Colour!

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On her first public engagement since the birth of Princess Charlotte (May 2, 2015), Kate attended the traditional ceremony of Trooping the Colour in honor of the Queen’s official birthday.

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More than a thousand soldiers took part in the ceremony that included Prince William who rode on horseback in the processional alongside his father Prince Charles.

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Crowds cheered as a barouche carriage (a type of landau that became fashionable during the Victorian period) carrying Kate, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince Harry left Buckingham Palace.

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But it was George who attracted all the attention.  He was seen with his nanny (Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo) from a balcony window giggling away in delight and sticking out his tongue.

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Following the parade, Prince Andrew, Kate, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice were pictured on the balcony of Buckingham Palace awaiting the arrival of Prince William, Prince George, the Queen and Prince Philip.

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Once the Queen took the salute of the Horse Guards, she headed back to Buckingham Palace and gathered on the balcony with the rest of the Royal Family to watch the traditional RAF fly past.

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Prince George stole the show on his balcony debut in the same sky blue shirt with white frills and matching shorts outfit William wore for his first appearance in 1984. The little royal waved to the crowds as he was held by his dad the Duke of Cambridge.

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Kate looked elegant in a silk dupioni, ice blue and ivory patterned ‘Astrid’ coat dress by Catherine Walker. The coat dress features three-quarter length sleeves, a contemporary pencil line, fabric-covered buttons, and a neat rounded collar.

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Her hat is handcrafted by Sylvia Fletcher at Lock & Co. The disc shaped ‘Marisabel’ hat in blond (£895) has been sculpted using sinamay and then finished with a curled feather in a matching tone.

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Completing her look, the Duchess wore her aquamarine and diamond drop earrings (still UFO).

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The picture of Prince George sticking out his tongue reminds us of Prince Harry during Trooping the Colour in 1989.

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William & Kate are Guests of Honor at St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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On Tuesday, William and Kate were back on military duty at the Mons Barracks in Aldershot to visit the Irish Guards. They were guests of honor at this year’s 1st Battalion Irish Guards’ St Patrick’s Day Parade.

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In recognition of the many courageous acts carried out by Irish soldiers during the Second Boer War, and on the orders of Queen Victoria, the Irish Guards were formed on April 1, 1900.

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This is the fourth year the couple have upheld the 114-year-old royal tradition of presenting shamrocks to the officers and guardsmen of the regiment.

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Once inside the Guards’ Mons Barracks, Cambridge’s watched as 200 men from the battalion were put through their paces on the Parade Square following the Band of the Irish Guards. This year, the parade was much smaller than past years as the battalion currently has troops deployed around the world.

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The parade, which has been an Irish Guards tradition for more than 100 years, was followed by the shamrock presentation ceremony conducted for the third year in a row by the Duchess, who presented the traditional sprigs of shamrock to the Officers and Guardsmen. The shamrock is tucked behind the cap star on the forage cap.

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No matter how hard she tried, the Duchess could not get a sprig of shamrock to stay in the collar of Domhnall, a three-year-old Irish wolfhound who serves as the regiment’s mascot.

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The tradition of presenting shamrocks was inaugurated by Queen Alexandra, the wife of King Edward VII, in 1901, the first year of his reign. Other royals who have taken on the job include the Queen Mother and Princess Anne.

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After the ceremony, the Duke and Duchess off Cambridge moved to the marquee, where William who is Colonel of the Regiment. toasted the regiment with a pint of Guinness. Kate, settled for a glass of water.

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Before they left, William and Kate met with soldiers and their families and then sat for group photographs with the officers’ and sergeants’ mess.

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Kate wore a bespoke, knee-length, chestnut brown coat by Catherine Walker. The double wool crepe coat features hidden button closure and a portrait collar.

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Completing her ensemble, the Duchess of Cambridge accessorized with a chocolate brown ‘Betty Boop’ pillbox hat with bow by Lock and Co (£245), matching ‘Valerie’ brown kid suede heels by Emmy London (£400), her brown suede Emmy London ‘Natasha’ clutch, and her brown wool ‘Imogen’ Cornelia James gloves with side bow.

 
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Lastly, a look at Kate’s jewelry. She wore her gold Kiki McDonough Citrine Drop earrings and a gold shamrock brooch owned by the regiment and loaned to Kate. It has also been worn by the Queen Mother and Princess Anne.

A look back at what Kate has worn to the Parade in previous years

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The Cambridge’s Undertake a Full Day of Engagements in Canberra

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William and Kate started the day by planting an English oak tree at the National Arboretum amid lush terraced hills and forests overlooking Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin.

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They were helped with the planting by young twins, Sebastian Lye, who has Down Syndrome, and his brother Oliver.

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After the planting, Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory, Katy Gallagher, showed the couple around the arboretum.

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The second engagement of the day for the young royal couple was a reception at Australia Parliament House in Canberra.

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They were met by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his wife, Margie Abbott and presented to senior politicians including Speaker Bronwyn Bishop, Senate President John Hogg and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

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Other attendees included members of Australia’s House of Representatives and Senate, diplomats, and members of the armed forces, as well as prominent Australians, including Lord Of The Rings actor David Wenham and former cricketer Glenn McGrath.

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Before leaving Parliament House, the Duke and Duchess signed the parliamentary guestbook and then headed to the National Portrait Gallery, for their final public appearance of the day.

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After Kate received flowers from three year-old Wilameena, the royal couple were met by National Portrait Gallery of Australia Chairman Dr. Helen Nugent AO and gallery director Angus Trumble. They then toured the gallery and met artists who have produced some of the gallery’s most celebrated works.

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The Duchess of Cambridge looked elegant in a bespoke emerald green dress coat by Catherine Walker. Her knee-length dress coat features a high neck with a zip at the front, a broad belted waist and a full A-line skirt.

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If you’re looking for a similar, ready to wear frock, you might consider Catherine Walker’s ‘Evelyn’ dress. Price is by request.

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You may recall that Kate wore Catherine Walker at the start of her tour, when she touched down in New Zealand. She wore a red dress with military buttons down the front.

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The Duchess teamed her coat dress with her trusty ‘Sledge’ nude shoes by L.K. Bennett, her emerald and diamond earrings (still UFO) and her sapphire and diamond engagement ring. She let her hair loose in soft curls.

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Kate Channels Jackie O Upon her Arrival in Wellington

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William, Kate and Prince George have landed in Wellington, New Zealand and have officially begun their royal tour.

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They were greeted on the tarmac by Prime Minister John Key, Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown and aide-de-camp to the Governor-General of New Zealand Commander Richard Walker. Then, the family made their way via motorcade around Wellington Harbor’s bays to Government House.

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At Government House, the Duke and Duchess were given a ceremonial Maori welcome which included rubbing noses with a local dignitary and a traditional ancestral war cry dance.

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The Royals have no further official duties until Wednesday afternoon.

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The duchess stepped off the Royal New Zealand Air Force plane in a bright red, double-breasted coat with military-style silver buttons from London-based couture house Catherine Walker.

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It is, aptly called the ‘Russian Greatcoat,’ and is described as a sharply tailored military style greatcoat with high collar, full skirt and gleaming buttons (thanks to ‘My Small Obsessions on FB for the additional info).

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Kate had a minor Marilyn moment while coming down the plane’s stairs. The coat’s voluminous skirt caught a gust of wind and revealed her fabulously toned legs.

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The designer was favored by the late Princess Diana who wore more than 1000 outfits by Catherine Walker, and was even buried in one of her black dresses.

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The Duchess matched her hat to her coat and wore a red pillbox ‘Seaford’ Gina Foster hat (£450).

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Kate completed her look with a bespoke pair of black pumps by UK label Emmy, a Natasha Carbon black envelope clutch in kid suede also by Emmy London (£290), Kiki McDonough Grace earrings and a silver diamond and platinum fern brooch, borrowed from the Queen’s personal jewelry collection.

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The monarch was given the bejeweled version of New Zealand’s recognized national symbol on Christmas Day 1953 during her landmark six month world tour.

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A committee of women’s organizations in Auckland raised money in order to gift the Queen with the standout jewel and it has been worn by the monarch for New Zealand-related functions ever since.

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Prince George didn’t seem to get the memo about Wellington’s weather – he was wearing summery white shorts, a cream cardigan over a white shirt and a pair of ivory leather pre-walker shoes by Early Days (£27).

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Kate Dazzles in Red!

The Duchess of Cambridge dazzled in red on the final day of the royal couple’s tour of Canada. The couple attended a reception thrown by the Premier of Alberta, Ed Stelmach, at Calgary Zoo to promote the province’s research and development potential.

Wearing a bright red satin and wool ‘Marianne’ coat-dress with a full skirt by Catherine Walker, with The Queen’s Maple Leaf brooch (the same brooch that she  wore on Canada Day), Kate changed out of the casual jeans and shirt combo she wore for the the Calgary Stampede Parade she attended in the morning. On her feet were her favourite LK Bennett Sledge2 Court shoes in taupe leather and in her hand she held her moc-croc clutch that we’re thinking is a Prada.

Kate chose to wear her Kiki McDonough earrings – from the ‘Grace Collection.’

After the reception at the zoo, the pair headed to airport and boarded a Los Angeles-bound jet.

The Royal Couple Travel to Ottawa on Day 3

William and Kate have started the third day of their Canadian tour with a tree-planting ceremony at Government House that has become a royal family tradition.

Prince Charles, Princess Diana, and Queen Elizabeth II have all planted trees on previous visits to Rideau Hall, the official residece of both the Canadian monarch and Governor General of Canada.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge each wielded a shovel as they planted a Canadian hemlock — an evergreen tree known for its longevity.

Kate wore a mid-length, above-the-knee grey, Kensington shift dress, from Catherine Walker (a favourite designer of the late Princess Diana).

The dress has a dramatic deep v-back and eye-catching detailing around the neckline, with an angled collar folded down against the dress (a hot trend seen on the Spring runways of Balenciaga, Miu Miu, Marc Jacobs and Phillip Lim). The Duchess wore her hair loose, allowing it to rest against the dress. She is carrying a matching suede clutch from Hobbs London (Somerton Bag £99) and wearing a pair of pointed Tabitha Simmons greige pumps.

Next, the couple will head to the Canadian War Museum, where about 1,500 spectators are waiting to greet them.

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I think I have found the designer for Kate’s shoes…I’m thinking it’s Tabitha Simmons.

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The lizard skin on the heel and toe of shoes are very close to the lizard skin above in Kate’s shoes. These shoes are from last seasons collection. I will update once Tabitha Simmons releases her new collection.
Our wonderful follower Ainsleigh has sent me the following update “HRH shoes have been confirmed by Tabitha Simmons’ rep. and they will be part of her A/W 11 Collection!”
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Close up of  Kate’s ‘Dela Lizard Pump’ by Tabitha Simmons. They will be available this Fall!