Kate Wears Alexander McQueen for Princess Charlotte’s Christening

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On Sunday, we got our first glimpse of the Cambridge’s as a family of four when they arrived on foot for Princess Charlotte’s christening at St. Mary Magdalene Church on the Queen’s 20,000-acre Sandringham estate in Norfolk.

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A crowd of 3,500 well-wishers lined the route to the chapel waving Union Jack flags and cheering as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge strolled through the grounds of the royal estate to the church.

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Prince George walked hand-in-hand with his father and Kate pushed little Charlotte in a vintage pram that was borrowed from the Queen.

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The traditional silver wheeled Millson pram was once used for the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex.

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When the family reached the church they were greeted by the rector Jonathan Riviere.

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Nine-week old Charlotte was christened at a short, intimate ceremony attended by just 22 official guests including the Queen, Prince Philip, other close family members and Princess Charlotte’s five godparents. The service was conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Right Rev Justin Welby, and supported by the Reverend Canon Jonathan Riviere, the rector of the Sandringham group of parishes.

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Charlotte and George’s full-time live-in nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo was on hand at the church to help out.

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The christening had a historical link to Diana, Princess of Wales as the church is also where her christening was held on August 30, 1961.

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Princess Charlotte was christened with the ornate 174-year-old silver gilt Lily Font (the bowl is a large, open lily bloom, hence its name, and it is decorated with lilies, ivy and cherubs) filled water from the River Jordan where Christ was baptized. For the first time ever, the Lily Font was brought to Norfolk from the Tower of London where it is usually on show as part of the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London. Alongside the Lily Font was a christening ewer, made of solid silver and similarly gilded, which dates from 1735 and was made for the christening of George III.

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The font, which dates back to 1840, was commissioned by Queen Victoria (she paid £401 10s) to prevent her family being tarnished by association with the illegitimate children of Charles II. Since then, it has been used for almost every royal christening (we know it was not used at Princess Eugenie’s christening).

 
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After the short half an hour service, the royals began emerging from the church and made their way back to Sandringham where guests were treated to sandwiches, tea, and slices Princess Charlotte’s christening cake. which is one of the eight tiers from the fruitcake served at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding in 2011.

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The Duchess of Cambridge looked elegant in a bespoke Alexander McQueen coat dress. The knee-length, ivory coat dress featured structured shoulders, wide lapels, a fitted waist, and a flared skirt.
 
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Completing her ensemble, Kate accessorized with a matching bespoke Jane Taylor hat (her hair was swept back into an elegant chignon), and her nude patent leather ‘Pointy’ heels from Russell & Bromley (no longer available).
 
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The Duchess of Cambridge added new pieces of jewelry to her wardrobe! She wore Empress White Gold and Diamond Drop Earrings by Mappin & Webb (£3,450). These earrings match her Empress Mini White Gold and Diamond Pendant by Mappin & Webb (£1,850) which she also wore to the christening. Other jewelry included her Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch and her sapphire and diamond engagement ring.
 
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Who are Princess Charlotte’s Godparents?
 
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     *Laura Fellowes – she is Prince William’s cousin and the daughter of Princess Diana’s older sister, Lady Jane Fellowes.
 
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     *Adam Middleton – he is Kate’s cousin and the son of Michael Middleton’s brother, Richard.
 
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     *Thomas van Straubenzee – Prince William’s long time friend. They have known each other since they both attended Ludgrove prep school in Berkshire. He also accompanied the Prince to New Zealand on his gap year.
 
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     *Sophie Carter – she is a close friend of Kate’s
 
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     *James Meade -another of William’s close friends. He went to Eton with William.
 
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     *The Queen & Prince Phillip
 
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     *Prince Charles with his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall & Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton
 
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     *Pippa & James Middleton
 
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     Prince Harry is spending his summer in Africa
 
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     The little Prince wore a Rachel Riley Smocked Set (£85). The outfit is described as
 
‘A Traditional 2-piece smocked shirt and short set. The shirt is hand smocked across the chest with a vintage inspired design. Matching red shorts with button opening at the side’
 
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Completing his outfit, George wore short white socks and his Start Rite Jo Shoes in navy blue leather (£36).
 
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     Prince George’s smocked outfit is similar to an outfit worn by Prince William to visit Harry in the hospital.

The Cambridge’s Join the Queen at Commonwealth Day Observance in Westminster Abbey

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With William by her side, Kate was all smiles as she headed into Westminster Abbey to mark the annual Commonwealth Day celebrations alongside other senior members of the Royal Family.

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The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were all in attendance.

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The Commonwealth Day Service is held on the second Monday of March and it celebrates the richness of the Commonwealth. It is the biggest multi-faith celebration in the UK, which has 53 member countries.

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Organized by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Commonwealth Day Observance service is an hour-long service attended by a mixture of Royals, politicians, High Commissioners, Commonwealth dignitaries, and more than 1,000 children. 

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This was a first for William and Kate as they had never before attended the service at the Abbey.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who arrived first, chatted with Charles and Camilla as they waited for Prince Philip and the Queen.

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Next, the royal party was introduced to a line-up including Mr Sirisena and his first lady, plus Commonwealth secretary-general Kamalesh Sharma and senior Abbey clergy.

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They then joined a procession that included a group of Brownies, down the nave of the historic ecclesiastic building before the Queen’s Commonwealth Day message was played via giant screens.

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Upon the completion of the ceremony, a procession of the flags of all the Commonwealth states led the royals and dignitaries from the Abbey where the Queen, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Kate were presented with flowers.

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Once again, the Duchess of Cambridge shopped her closet and covered her baby bump with a pale pink silk crepe dress coat that was custom designed by Sarah Burton from the iconic British design house, Alexander McQueen.
 
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She first donned the coat for Trooping the Colour back in 2013.

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The gorgeous coat features a wide collar, side darting, three-quarter sleeves and oversized pearl buttons. Unfortunately, the bespoke coat isn’t available to buy.

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Kate paired her spring-ready coat with a matching Jane Taylor fascinator in a natural nude hue, her pink satin Prada ‘Raso’clutch and her pink satin Prada court heels in a similarly chic shade.

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She wore a pair of new earrings by Kiki McDonough. They are the Kiki Classic Morganite and Diamond Cushion Drop Earrings (£3,400 and currently sold out). It looks like Kate may have paired the drops with the Kiki Classic 18ct White Gold and Diamond Hoops (thanks to ‘My Small Obsessions’ on FB).

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Lastly, the Duchess opted for a glamorous half-up, half-down style with the rest of her hair loose around her shoulders in tumbling curls.

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This morning, William and Kate welcomed the president of Singapore and his wife Mary at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London, on behalf of the Queen to the United Kingdom.

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The royals greeted Dr. and Mrs. Tan in their presidential suite where they posed for an official photograph and then sat down for tea surrounded by sweeping panoramas of the London skyline.

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The Cambridge’s met the Singaporean leader and his wife for the first time in September 2012 when they traveled to Singapore as part of their Diamond Jubilee tour. On a side note, President Tan is the first Singaporean president to make a state visit to the UK.

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After tea, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge escorted the Tans, by car, to Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall for the ceremonial welcome with the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

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The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh formally greeted the foreign leader and his wife at Horse Guards Parade where Dr. Tan inspected a guard of honor of 96 servicemen and officers from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards.

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After the parade, everyone traveled back to the Palace in a carriage procession. The Queen travelled with Dr. Tan in the first carriage – the Diamond Jubilee State Coach – and Philip with Mrs. Tan in the second carriage – the Australian State Coach.

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Wills and Kate followed in the third carriage, which was the Scottish State Coach, along with Grace Fu, Singapore’s second minister for foreign affairs.

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The Duchess wore a bespoke Alexander McQueen grey check coat dress with a full skirt.

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The grey check pattern is seen in the designers Spring Summer 2015 collection.

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Kate’s hair was pulled back into an elegant low pony, paired with her matching grey, bespoke fascinator created by Jane Taylor Millinery. We last saw this head piece at a private Easter Sunday church service in Australia in April 2014.

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In her hands, the Duchess of Cambridge carried a new black suede ‘Roxy’ clutch by Jenny Packham (£378).

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Kate’s is wearing her Prada Suede Round-Toe Pumps that she wore to the red carpet at premiere of the Nelson Mandela biopic in December 2013.

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The duchess kept her jewelry simple, recycling her Empress Mini White Gold and Diamond Pendant by Mappin & Webb (£1,850) and her gold Annoushka diamond and pearl drop earrings.

William & Kate Travel to Belgium to Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of WWI

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William and Kate joined world leaders in the east Belgium city of Liege to mark 100 years since Britain entered the First World War.

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Britain plunged into war with Germany at 11pm on August 4, 1914 and an estimated 17 million soldiers and civilians were killed during the bloody conflict.

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The Cambridge’s first stop was at the L’Abbaye Saint-Laurent where they were greeted by King Philippe and Queen Mathilde.

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Representing the Queen, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a morning ceremony of commemoration at the Cointe Inter-allied Memorial. They were joined by dignitaries from countries across Europe, including France, Belgium and Germany along with families of the fallen.

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Upon commencement of the ceremony, a luncheon was held at Belgium’s Prince-Bishops’ Palace.

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After lunch, William and Kate (and also where the couple were joined by Prince Harry) headed to the events in Mons — the scene of a do-or-die rearguard action by British troops later in August 1914, and also the place where the last British soldier was killed on November 11, 1918.

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The Mons ceremony focused on the small military cemetery of St Symphorien, where 229 Commonwealth and 284 German solders were buried together.

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As the sun went down, the trio attended the third and last commemorative event of the day. It was an hour-long twilight service at the Saint Symphorien Military Cemetery in Mons.

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The event was organized by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and included music and poetry.

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The Duchess couldn’t have chosen a more appropriate ensemble and looked stunning in a bespoke, cream coat dress by Alexander McQueen. It featured a full pleated skirt, long sleeves, dropped waist and an adorable Peter Pan collar.

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Thanks for the tip from ‘Kate’s Closet on FB, who shared a similar Alexander McQueen coat dress currently on sale for $2,883.45 (originally $4,276.35). The black wool blend coat features a turnover collar, a fitted waist, long sleeves, a flared and pleated lower section and a pleated storm flap to the rear.

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Kate topped off the look with a matching ‘Fleur – Ruffle’ beret adorned with dusty pink peonies by Jane Taylor. The summery blooms perched atop her hat seemed to echo the fresh flowers laid on the war memorial at St Symphorien cemetery in Mons by Prince William.

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Completing her outfit, the Duchess wore her favorite pair of nude LK Bennett Sledge heels, her bespoke Alexander McQueen clutch and kept her signature tousled tresses pinned back to reveal her Kiki McDonough diamond and pearl drop earrings.



Kate Celebrates the Queen’s 88th Birthday in Style

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Today, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her official birthday with the Trooping the Colour parade. Her actual 88th birthday was on  April 21, but her annual Trooping the Parade birthday celebration takes place every June, when there’s a better chance of pleasant weather in notoriously – cloudy London.

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The Queen and Prince Phillip rode in a vintage carriage from Buckingham Palace, along The Mall with a sovereign’s escort of Household Cavalry.

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Following the Queen, were the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry in another coach.

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The Duke of York, Princess Eugenie and the Earl and Countess of Wessex followed them.

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In the final carriage, rode the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra.

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The Duke of Cambridge, Prince of Wales and the Princess Royal rode on horseback.

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

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Kate turned to one of her favorite designers and wore a bespoke, exquisitely detailed, cropped jacket and skirt by British fashion house Alexander McQueen. The ice blue suit had a brocade texture fabric which showed McQueen’s signature skull trademark.

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If you’re looking for something similar, McQueen has a snow white, silk – cotton Jacquard peplum jacket. It features a short stand-up collar with thin V neckline, long sleeves with four button cuffs and a peplum with cut-out front and pleated back.

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Completing her outfit, the Duchess wore a matching light-blue, bespoke Jane Taylor hat, her bespoke Alexander McQueen clutch, a six-pearl cluster brooch (not yet ID’d) and her Annoushka diamond and pearl drop earrings.

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As always, Kate’s hair was looking fabulous. She wore it in loose curls.

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The Royal Couple Attend a Private Easter Sunday Morning Service in Sydney

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William and Kate began Easter Sunday in traditional style by attending morning service at St Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney.

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When the couple arrived at the church, they were met by The Most Reverend Dr. Glenn Davies, Archbishop of Sydney, and The Very Reverend Phillip Jensen Dean of Sydney.

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Following the 10:30am service, the Duke and Duchess signed the First Fleet Bible, a historical King James Bible that first brought over to Australia on the First Fleet in 1788. It was also used in the first Christian service held in that same year. They added their names to the Book of Common Prayer too and was signed by generations of royals before them.

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The Queen signed it in 1954. William’s parents, added their names in 1983, the Duke and Duchess of York in 1988 and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in 1958.

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Afterwards the couple chatted to members of the choir and the Cathedral’s Sunday School students.

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Kate chose a bespoke dove grey Alexander McQueen tailored coat over a matching dress for the occasion. The coat features a funnel neck, structured shoulders and cropped sleeves. There is also a concealed front fastener which add an extra touch.

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Alexander McQueen offered a similar off the rack style with this ‘Beige Funnel Neck Coat’ (originally $2844 reduced to $1564. No longer available).

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As she often does for a church service, the Duchess wore her hair half-up in a gorgeously twisty style. It made room for her dainty, Bespoke fascinator created by Jane Taylor Millinery.

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Completing her outfit, Kate held a small grey Alexander McQueen clutch (seen on previous occasions), LK Bennett ‘Harper’ heels, UFO blue topaz and diamond earrings, her Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch and her Mappin and Webb necklace.

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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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