Four Engagements and Three Outfit Changes for Kate on Day Six

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Day 7 began as the royal couple disembarked their RNZAF jet in Dunedin. They were greeted with a traditional Maori welcome from the Ngai Tahu tribe, who are the main tribe on the South Island.

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Elders from the tribe conducted a welcome – or Powhiri – which involved chanting at the couple from some distance before inviting them forward.

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Then the Duke and Duchess rubbed noses with their hosts in a traditional Maori welcome known as a hongi.

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After leaving the airport, William and Kate attended a Palm Sunday church service at Cathedral of St Paul .  The service lasted 75-minutes, and upon it’s conclusion the Duke and Duchess walked down the cathedral steps to cheers and crossed the road to chat to some of the well-wishers.

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The Duchess of Cambridge brightened up the day in a long-sleeved, turquoise Emilia Wickstead  dress. It featured a cinched waist, pleated skirt and fell just above the knee. Emilia Wickstead is a New Zealand born, London based designer and a long-time favorite of Kate.

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The dress may look familiar as it looks a lot like the pale pink Emilia Wickstead that Kate wore to the Buckingham Palace garden party (May 2012).

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Completing her outfit, Kate wore a Bespoke blue hat by milliner Jane Taylor, suede Valerie Carbon court shoes by Emmy London (£400), a Natasha Carbon envelope clutch in kid suede also by Emmy London (£290), the diamond fern brooch on loan from the Queen and her Kiki McDonough green amethyst and earrings.

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Next, it was off to Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would each be coaching a children’s ‘Rippa Rugby’ team accompanied by members of the All Blacks.

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Rippa rugby is a non-contact form of the sport designed for primary school children with players ripping a flag from the belt of an opponent instead of tackling them.

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William’s team, ‘Clutha,’ beat Kate’s ‘Pirates’ 30-20.

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The Duchess changed out of her Emilia Wickstead dress into an oval knit sweater by Jonathan Saunders ($359 and sold out), blue skinny jeans and her taupe suede plimsolls by Mint Velvet.

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After the rugby match, William & Kate hopped a plane to Queenstown. Their first engagement was a visit to Amisfield Winery where they toured the vineyards and even tasted some of their wines.

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The Duchess of Cambridge changed a third time and wore her navy double breasted blazer with gold buttons by Zara, fitted blue and white gingham ‘boyfriend’ shirt from Gap ($49.95), navy skinny jeans and her trusty blue suede ‘Corkswoon’ wedges by Stuart Weitzman.

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After the winery, it was off to the Shotover River, one of New Zealand’s premier tourist attractions.

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After changing into waterproof jackets and donning lifejackets, the couple made their way down a ramp into one of the 15-seater boats. They waved for souvenir photographs and greeted hundreds of tourists and locals who had gathered downstream to see them.

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When they returned 20 minutes later, the couple were wet but clearly exhilarated.

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All Eyes on Kate as she Attends the Queens 2013 Garden Party

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All Eyes were on Kate as she attended the Queen’s Garden Party on the grounds of Buckingham Palace. This was the second year that she attended alone as Williams duties in Anglesey kept him away.

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The Queen hosts this tea annually for 8,000 esteemed members of the public and is considered to be one of the highlights of the royal summer calendar.

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The Duchess of Cambridge spent much of the afternoon in the company of Prince Charles and Camilla, but she made sure to make her way through the 8,000-strong crowd, where she stopped to chat with well-wishers.

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Kate wore a bespoke version of the ‘Marella’ coat (£1,826) by Emilia Wickstead. Her collarless, canary yellow and white abstract check ensemble is 100% silk and features an open front with three quarter length sleeves.
 
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The Duchess of Cambridge recycled her cream Jane Corbett hat with rippled bow. If you recall, she wore this hat to the Order of the Garter ceremony at Windsor Castle in June of last year.
 
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Completing her look, Kate accessorized with nude Russell & Bromley ‘Park Ave’ platform court shoes (£165), her nude Russell & Bromley 5th Ave box clutch (£185) and her Annoushka pearl and diamond drops.
 
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In closing, we cannot forget to mention Kate’s growing baby bump which is clearly evident. She has remained slender throughout her pregnancy due to her tall, athletic physique but there is no mistaking her growing bump. 
 

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The Duchess Wears her First Maternity Outfit as she Attends a Champagne Reception at The National Portrait Gallery

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Last night, Kate was the guest of honor at a champagne reception to celebrate The Art Room’s 11th anniversary and launch a new fundraising campaign. The event was held at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

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The Duchess became a patron of the charity last January. The Art Room helps school children – largely in deprived areas – aged five to 16 boost their self-esteem. self-confidence and independence through art.

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Inside the National Portrait Gallery, Kate watched a brief video about the charity before making her second speech of the week to an audience of 250 artists, schoolchildren and supporters of The Art Room.
 
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The Duchess of Cambridge stepped out in a bespoke, powder blue 50s style Emilia Wickstead cocktail dress and had a very definite baby bump.
 
 
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Kate completed her outfit with nude tights, her grey suede Rupert Sanderson ‘Malone’ Pumps (£375) and her UFO drop earrings. She had her hair curled and swept partly back from her face.

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Update 4/26/2013
 
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Some additional details have come out about Kate’s dress per People Magazine.
 
The pale blue silk blend, full skirted summer dress was a custom creation based on a dress in the current spring/summer collection from Emilia Wickstead.
 
The original is called the CZ dress, and it comes from a collection inspired by Truman Capote’s “society swans” – one of whom was CZ Guest. Although now sold out, it originally sold for $1500, but the bespoke version costs an extra $300, so Kate would have spent around $1,800. 
  

Updates for The Week of April 8th, 2013

Per request, I am going to be posting separate updates for items that have been ID’ed, as well as updating the original post.

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Our first ID is the belt that Kate wore to present shamrocks to Irish Guards in Aldershot on Sunday, March 18, 2012. Thanks so much to a follower on WKW.

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Her belt is a ‘Black Crocodile Embossed Leather Waist Belt’ by Emilia Wickstead. The belt is currently available in red from Matches www.matchesfashion.com for $100 (marked down from $254).

Kate Recycles Emilia Wickstead Coat Dress at St. Patrick’s Day Military Parade

 

Today, Kate braved the rain to present sprigs of shamrock to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. This was a special patriotic celebration at Mons Barracks in Aldershot, Hampshire.

 
 
 
 

The Duchess took her position next to the Duke as she presented shamrocks to officers and guardsmen (Wills got a sprig too). The last sprig was given to new battalion mascot, eight-month-old Irish Wolfhound, Dohmnall, who was carrying out his first public engagement.

 
 
 
 

The sprigs were worn in the front of their caps, while Kate attached one to her lapel, next to a shamrock brooch.

 
 
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The Duchess recycled an emerald Emilia Wickstead coat dress (Fall/Winter 2011 Collection). This was the same green dress coat she wore to last years event . She styled the coat sans belt and again saw evidence that she got a seamstress to move the buttons to accommodate her growing bump.

 
 
 

Kate teamed her outfit with a black felt Lock & Co ‘Fairy Tale’ hat (seen when she visited Leicester last March), her black, suede Episode ‘Angel’ heels, black tights and her black, wool Cornelia James gloves with side bow.

 
 

The Duchess of Cambridge selected her jewelry carefully for the occasion. She wore her emerald and diamond earrings and a a golden three-leaf clover brooch (owned by the regiment and loaned out for events such as today’s. The late Queen Mother and Princess Anne have worn it.

 

Kate wore her hair up in an elaborate chignon.

 

On a side note, the Duchess has a slight mishap but handled it with grace and poise. She wedged her heel into a drain during the ceremony. Fortunately, William was on hand to aid her. Kate grabbed her prince’s arm, and unfazed, she pulled herself free.

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Kate Makes a Rare Fashion Misstep in Bespoke Emilia Wickstead

Thousands crowded the Royal Mile to catch a glimpse of William and Kate also known as the Earl and Countess of Strathearn while in Scotland.

The Royal Couple joined the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Princess Royal at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh for the installation of The Prince William as a Knight of the Thistle.

The Order of the Thistle is the highest honour in Scotland and is second only in precedence in the UK to the Order of the Garter. It honours men and women who have held public office or who have contributed in a significant way to national life.

This was Kate’s first public appearance as the Countess of Strathearn. She chose a soft yellow-gold coat dress by designer Emilia Wickstead.

The Duchess’ dress (£1,200) was made especially for her. According to Grazia Daily the coat dress is not from a specific season, but the yellow-gold raffia fabric was featured prominently in the Spring Summer 2012 collection. They also tell us that a dress like this takes about 6 weeks to complete.

In my opinion, this was Kate’s first fashion misstep since her wedding! The cut of the coat dress was not youthful like others she has worn. This one was suited for a woman in her 50’s and 60s’. The dress also needed a belt to finish off the look and accentuate her tiny waistline. Maybe one that matched her clutch and shoes. Her hat, one of my favorites, did not look quite right with the dress. The colors were off.

In her hands Kate carried a Strathearn tartan scarf – a nod to her Scottish title and a chocolate brown clutch by British designer Emmy Scartfield of Emmy Shoes.

Completing her look, Kate chose matching chocolate brown suede shoes also by Emmy, a latte hat by Whiteley (£99), and seen numerous times before.

The Duchess’ jewelry was kept simple with just her Kiki McDonough citrine drop earrings and her gorgeous diamond and sapphire engagement ring.

The scoop on Kate’s Strathearn tartan scarf

If you are looking for a scarf just like Kate, we have the details! The pattern is Strathearn No.2 Modern and is available in a heavy weight (wool), a light weight (wool) and a feather weight (pure silk).

The Duchess of Cambridge has the artisan hand-woven silk scarf ($245) and is available from Scotweb Tartan Mill. www.scotweb.co.uk/

Kate Joins the Queen at her First Garden Party

Another royal first for The Duchess of Cambridge, she attended her first garden party at Buckingham Palace.

The garden party is a traditional highlight of the London spring-summer season, and today’s event was the second of two being held at the Palace.

Kate wore a familiar dress: the same £1,200 pink Emilia Wickstead coat dress first seen 11 days ago at the Windsor Castle lunch the Queen gave for visiting royals.She coupled the outfit with a pale pink straw and lace hat by Jane Corbett.

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She tweaked her accessories, choosing her nude LK Bennett pumps over the pink satin pumps and her LK Bennett ‘Natalie’ straw clutch over her satin Prada clutch. Kate finished off her look with delicate white pearl earrings.

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Kate’s pearl earrings have yet to be ID’d but there are similar ones listed on the John Lewis website www.johnlewis.com/
They are Freshwater Pearl Drop Earrings (£55 Product code:- 41251238) with 9ct gold backing.