Kate Shops Her Closet for Harry & Meghan’s Wedding

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Yesterday, the Duchess of Cambridge attended the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. She arrived just ahead of the bride, with the adorable bridesmaids and pageboys, helping to usher and coax them into position.

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During the ceremony, she took her seat alongside Prince Charles and Camilla, watching as Prince William took his place next to the groom.

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Kate shopped her closet and wore her ivory Alexander McQueen coat dress which was first seen at the christening of Princess Charlotte back in July 2015. The bespoke knee-length, designer piece featured structured shoulders, wide lapels, a fitted waist, and a flared skirt.

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Adding to her ensemble, the Duchess wore a new, oversized Philip Treacy hat (only ID’d as OC 458 by the designer) and a pair of Jimmy Choo ‘Romy 100’ patent leather pumps ($650).

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The Duchess of Cambridge added new pieces of jewelry to her wardrobe! She wore a new pair of Lemon Quartz Pear and Oval Drop Earrings from the Kiki McDonough Classics Collection (£3,750) and showed off a new ring on her right hand (could possibly be citrine or lemon quartz to match her earrings – pictures are not clear enough. I have messaged Kiki McDonough to see if it is one of their pieces). This may have been a gift from Prince William after the birth of their third child, Prince Louis.

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In closing, I leave you with these adorable snaps of Princess Charlotte.

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Update 5/21/2018

I have confirmed with Kiki McDonough that Kate was not wearing one of their baubles on her finger at the wedding.

What Kate Wore on FB has shared a collage of older pictures of the Duchess wearing the citrine ring on prior occasions. If the designer is ID’d, I will be sure to update, for now it is UFO.

There is now also discussion that Kate’s dress is, in fact, new. Thanks to MF Stylist Perth (@PerthsFashion on Twitter) we have some evidence to prove this.

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Also, in the official photos released from The Royal Family on FB, Kate’s dress seems to have a yellowish tinge in comparison to Charlotte’s white dress.

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We have also been alerted to the fact that Meghan gave six of her best friends and the Duchess of Cambridge a touching gift to remember her big day after they supported her through the nuptials.

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The new Duchess of Sussex, commissioned California-based jeweler Lisette Polny, founder of Zofia Day, to make the bespoke Solid Gold Disc Bracelet as a memento for her loved ones.

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Meghan herself approved the design for the delicate yellow gold trinket, appropriately titled The Kensington Bracelet, which is now available to buy for $450. The bracelet is also available in white and rose gold.

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Disc 6.25mm diameter
Length 6.5” with adjustable rings to smaller size

Update 5/28/2018

I found some clearer pictures of Kate’s ring courtesy of Elle Magazine.

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Kate, William & George Spend a Fun Day at a Military Air Show

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Today, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge along with Prince George enjoyed a day out at the Royal International Air Tattoo in Gloucestershire.

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This is the first time the little Prince has accompanied his parents on an official engagement in UK.

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The air show at RAF Fairford is the largest event of its kind in the world. There was also a celebration to mark 75th anniversary of RAF Air Cadets, of which Kate is Honorary Air Commandant.

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Kate took over the role of patron from the Duke of Edinburgh in December of last year.

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The Duchess wore her Lauren 18ct yellow gold pave diamond leaf earrings (£2,200) by Kiki McDonough.

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The Duchess Debuts Chic Bangs in Scotland

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On Sunday, William and Kate were spotted driving in a convoy of cars from Balmoral Castle to attended morning prayers at Crathie Kirk church in north – east Scotland.

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Crathie Kirk is a small Church of Scotland parish church in the village of Crathie. It is the worship place of choice for the royal family when they are holidaying at nearby Balmoral Castle.

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The couple are thought to be marking the Queen’s landmark reign at Balmoral along with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and other members of the Royal Family.

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The Duchess of Cambridge sat in the passenger seat of the Range Rover driven by Prince William. Prince George and Princess Charlotte were left at home.

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Kate bundled up in her sleek brown, ‘Unlimited Celeste’ coat (£329 reduced to £182) from high street chain Hobbs. You may recall that she last wore the wool coat in Liverpool on Valentine’s Day back in 2012.

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On this occasion, she teamed her chestnut coat with a cozy black turtleneck (UFO) and her gold Kiki McDonough Citrine Drop earrings.

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The beautiful Duchess debuted a chic, shorter hairstyle. She wore her hair in a half up-do with flattering bangs.

William & Kate Have a Busy Day of Engagements in South London

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On Friday, William and Kate began their busy day with a visit to the Stephen Lawrence Center, a youth charity in Deptford, south-east London. This was the Duchess’ last official engagement before the birth of her second child.

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The center was founded by Baroness Lawrence in memory of her son, Stephen Lawrence, who was stabbed to death at the age of 18 by a group of white youths near a bus stop in 1993.

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He aspired to become an architect and the charity was set up by his mother in 1998 to provide support, training and bursaries to budding architects from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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Upon their arrival, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were greeted by Baroness Doreen Lawrence of Clarendon and given a tour of the facility.

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First on the agenda, was a stop at the Harris Academy law workshop in the Center’s lecture room where the royal couple observed students taking part in a law workshop with lawyers from Stephenson Harwood. The purpose was to raise career ambitions through lectures and mentoring.

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Next, William and Kate were shown a display of some of Stephen Lawrence’s own architectural drawings.

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Lastly, they met with SLIK (Stephen Lawrence Instils Knowledge) Magazine editors in the PC room. The students were working on a digital journalism project called The Write Way that encourages young people to develop their literacy and IT skills.

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Before leaving, the royals signed the visitors’ book, and Baroness Lawrence presented William with a framed photograph of Prince Charles giving the first Stephen Lawrence Memorial Lecture at the Trust’s launch in 2000.

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Outside, Kate was presented with a bouquet of flowers by Stephen Lawrence’s 10-year-old niece Mia.

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The Cambridge’s second engagement of the day was a visit XLP urban Christian charity in Gypsy Hill.

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XLP stands for “The eXceL Project” and describes itself as a Christian urban youth charity operating in seven London boroughs that helps young people from deprived inner city estates to realize their potential. Many of the people it seeks to help are coping with family breakdown, unemployment, gang life and educational failure.

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Upon their arrival, they met Patrick Regan, OBE, CEO of XLP and Hannah Bourazza, XLP Mentoring Manager for Lewisham.

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Inside the church William and Kate watched an Arts Showcase presentation by young performers who have been through XLP’s Arts Program.

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Before they left, they were presented with XLP shirts bearing the logo, “I refuse to believe this is a lost generation.”

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The third and final engagement of the day for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was a visit to an XLP community bus and the XLP mobile recording studio on the Hazel Grove Estate in Sydenham, London.

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XLP’s two specially modified double decker buses travel, every week, to 17 of the 24 inner-London estates where XLP work, targeting areas where there are little or no youth work facilities available. At risk youth have access to computers, games consoles, a music studio, chill out space, and arts and crafts areas. The buses also provide accessible drop-in sessions, which include 1-2-1 mentoring, cooking lessons and small group activities.

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William and Kate toured and sat inside the XL-R8 Community Bus where they also met a group of young people from across the London boroughs who have engaged with XLP projects over a number of years.

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Afterwards the Cambridge’s visited the X-Mobile Recording Studio, which is parked alongside.

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The Duchess shopped her closet and wore her bright pink Mulberry double-breasted coat with black horn buttons (autumn/winter 2014 collection). It retails for £1,500.

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She previously wore this coat on a visit to the National September 11th Memorial and Museum during her royal tour to New York in December.

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Completing her ensemble, the Duchess wore her black, suede Stuart Weitzman ‘Power’ pumps ($355), and held her black, suede Mulberry ‘Bayswater’ clutch.

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As for her jewelry, Kate wore her Kiki Classic Morganite and Diamond Cushion Drop Earrings (£3,400 and currently sold out), paired with her Kiki Classic 18ct White Gold and Diamond Hoops.

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Kate Meets Children and Volunteers at Brookhill Children’s Center

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On Tuesday, Kate paid a visit to Brookhill Children’s Center in Woolwich to learn more about Home-Start and its support for children and families.

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The charity was founded in 1973, and works with about 1,000 families from the immediate area, of which 80 per cent of the families have children aged under five. The Center is one of four run by Home-Start on behalf of The Royal Borough of Greenwich.

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Its volunteers visit clients in their homes, helping to cope with issues such as isolation, mental health disabilities, bereavement, multiple births, illness or disability – many of which have a direct effect on their children.

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The Duchess was greeted by the charity’s chief executive Rob Parkinson and the manager of the center, Dawn Brown. The pair briefed her about the work the charity does to improve confidence and build better lives for children.

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Next, Kate attended a coffee morning where she met with families who have been supported by Home-Start and was able to hear firsthand about their experiences.

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She then observed a volunteer training session, in which volunteers are taught how best to offer practical and emotional support in a family’s home to help children make the most of nursery or school.

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Wrapping up her visit, the Duchess stopped off at the onsite Together for Twos’ crèche to meet families and staff.

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Before she left, she was presented with a bouquet of flowers and a gift basket for Prince George containing a potty training for boys book, a manual on how to teach children to tie their shoelaces, a toy sorter and an Elmer the elephant book.

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Kate wore a simple but chic spot print ‘wrap skater dress with 3/4 sleeve’ by online clothing retailer ASOS (£35). The frock is from the retailers Maternity Exclusive range sold out in a matter of minutes. ASOS have since confirmed the dress is being re-stocked and will be available again next week.

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Additional Details:

The wrap style is perfect to accommodate the changing size and shape through pregnancy
It is machine washable and made out of 96% Viscose, 4% Elastane
Product Code: 583422

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She added an extra layer with an elegant black, tailored coat that had been made by her private dressmaker. We spotted the coat back in 2012 when the Duchess was snapped attending a party at the exclusive Loulou’s in Mayfair, London.

 
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Completing her ensemble, the Duchess wore her black, suede Stuart Weitzman ‘Power’ pumps ($355), and held her black, suede Mulberry ‘Bayswater’ clutch.

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As for her jewelry, Kate wore her Kiki Classic Morganite and Diamond Cushion Drop Earrings (£3,400 and currently sold out), paired with her Kiki Classic 18ct White Gold and Diamond Hoops,  ‘Fortune Drop Necklace’ by Mappin & Webb in white gold and diamonds and her Ballon Bleu de Cartier wrist watch.

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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 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.