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).

Additional details on the Seaford hat
Velour fur felt Jackie-O pillbox with felt flower trim. 
Secured with a comb and an elastic that sits under your hair.
Seaford is made to order – it will be ready to ship in 10 to 15 days.
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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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William & Kate Are Guests of Honor at Irish Guards’ St Patrick’s Day Parade

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Yesterday, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the St. Patrick’s Day parade at Mons Barracks in Aldershot, Hampshire where the Irish Guards are based.

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The event is the one day when the entire regimental family comes together and also where veterans proudly display their medals on their suits along with a small contingent of cadets.

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The royal couple arrived at the military base by chauffeur driven car and were greeted by the commanding officer 1st Battalion Irish Guards, Lieutenant Colonel Ed Boanas.

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Families and friends of the soldiers looked on as Kate stepped forward to present traditional sprigs of shamrocks to the officers and warrant officers, who in turn issued it along the ranks. This is a century-old tradition, which was began in 1901 by Queen Alexandra, the wife of the Edward VII. The role has been previously carried out by the Queen Mother and the Princess Royal.

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The Duchess also honored the regimental mascot, a 19-month old Irish wolf hound Domhnall, with his own bunch of the well known plant. Kate stroked his head before she pinned some shamrock to his collar.

 
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After the ceremony, William and Kate met with members of the regiment, before sitting for officers’ and sergeants’ mess photographs.

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Then they visited the Guardsmens’ cookhouse where they accepted a toast in their honor, and then sat down to lunch before leaving the barracks.

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The Duchess looked polished in a new, pine green Persephone Trench by Hobbs London (originally £279, currently on sale for £195). The coat features raw edges, traditional storm flaps and epaulette detailing.

Additional details:
•Length: 113cm
•Sleeve: Long Sleeve
•Fabric composition: 63% viscose 37% wool
•Lining: 100% acetate
•Style code: 3022
 
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Completing her look, Kate accessorized with a matching ‘Meribel’ hat by Gina Foster (first seen on Christmas day),  suede Valerie Carbon court shoes by Emmy London (£400), Natasha Carbon envelope clutch in kid suede also by Emmy London (£290), and a new black, leather belt (not yet ID’ed).

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The Duchess of Cambridge’s jewelry included her Green Amethyst and Diamond Cushion Drop Earrings by Kiki McDonough (£1,200), the gold Cartier shamrock brooch with emerald center(belongs to the regiment rather than the royal family and seen on the Queen Mother and Princess Ann), and her Tissot watch. She also wore a large shamrock sprig on her left shoulder.
 
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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 & William Attend the wedding of Zara Phillips & Mike Tindall

Kate & William attended the private wedding of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall at Edinburgh’s Canongate Kirk. The couple paused briefly to wave to the crowd before ducking inside the church.

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a gorgeous cream knee-length brocade style coat dress and matching hat with rose enhancement. Her coat dress was never identified but in my opinion, it looks very similar to the blue Jane Troughton Coat dress that Kate has recycled.

She also wore her taupe LK Bennett Sledge2 Court shoes and carried her woven straw LK Bennett Natalie clutch.

A half-up hairdo and pretty drop earrings completed her look. Our wonderful follower TH mentioned that Kate wore the same Diamond Cluster Drop Earrings that she wore to the Canada Day Concert.

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The coat dress looks like the same one she wore to the wedding of  Laura Parker Bowles and Harry Lopes in 2006.

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Just a guess on my part but at the Parker Bowles/Lopes wedding above we see the lace skirt peeking from beneath her coat dress which could very well be the dress that she wore to the Simon Sebag Montefiore Book Launch in 2007. I wonder if that is what she chose to wear today as well?

One last picture is of the stunning bride Zara Phillips (she will keep her last name). She is wearing a beautiful ivory silk and duchess satin Stuart Parvin Wedding Gown.

Update
Our follower Annis let me know that the lace dress Kate wore to the 2007 book signing could be a Collette Dinnigan design. Looking through some of Ms. Dinnegan’s past collections, I have found some similar dresses. The top two are from the 2005 ready-to-wear collection and the bottom dress is from the 2006 collection.

I also found this article in an Australian newspaper confirming that Kate is, in fact a customer of Collette Dinnigan.

‘The Sydney-based designer told us that the princess-to-be is a loyal customer.
In the past she’s purchased lace pieces that complement her slim figure and she seems to have a good understanding of the styles that suit her shape, Dinnigan said.
Middleton and her sister, Pippa visit the London boutique regularly.’
Update 7/31/11

After looking at what seems like a zillion pictures, I found a picture that confirms that Kate is wearing the same lace dress under her cream dress coat as she wore to the Parker Bowles/Lopes.

Update 8/1/11
Kate’s dress coat had been ID’ed!!! It is by a danish designer Day Birger et Mikkelson from their 2006 resort collection. I found a listing on Ebay for the coat (it has since sold for £600.00). Below are some pictures of the coat from the Ebay listing.

Kate’s dress has been ID’ed as well. Collette Dinnigan confirmed via her Facebook page that it is her dress.

Investment dressing doesn’t get any better! So Chic – Princess Catherine recycles Collette Dinnigan french lace dress’
Another Update 8/1/11
Follower TH has alerted me to the fact that Kate’s gorgeous hat is a Gina Foster design. It is from the Spring/Summer 2011 collection www.ginafoster.co.uk/index.html 
Additional details – the hat is a natural straw coulis, called ‘Launceston Place.’ It retails for $675 and was customized by the duchess herself in a visit to the hat maker 10 days before Zara’s wedding. Kate decided to add an additional flower under the bow detailing.
Gina formed her own label in 2006 and opened her Millinery Boutique in 2010. Below is a similar hat that I found on the Gina Foster Millinery website.